"Solidago" is the botanical name for Goldenrod. It means "to make whole, strong and healthy" in Latin. Our school teaches the art of holistic herbalism. We help people make themselves, their communities and their surrounding environments whole, strong and healthy.
The Solidago School of Herbalism is dedicated to building relationships between humans and plants. In doing so, we restore herbal medicine as people's medicine, inspiring students to find power in their own healing, with the help of plant allies.
Brighid Doherty is an herbalist of the Wise Woman Tradition. She resides on Deer Isle, a bridged-island in Downeast Maine. Brighid is a passionate herbal health educator and a professional gardener. She is the founder of Solidago School of Herbalism and co-founder of the Dandelion Herbal Collective, both located on Deer Isle. Brighid began her connection with herbs while playing in her mother’s gardens as a child, their scents and beauty attracting her curiosity. For the past two decades, Brighid has worked with medicinal plants in a variety of ways; as a student and a teacher, a gardener and a forager, a medicine maker and health consultant. She received a BA focused in Organic Agriculture and Herbal Medicine from Evergreen State College. She has had many wonderful herbalist mentors including Susun Weed, Rosemary Gladstar, Juliet Blankespoor, Deb Soule and KP Khalsa. She leads and teaches a variety of workshops on the beautiful rock bound coast of Maine, including medicinal plant walks, herbal spas, hands-on medicine making, and herbal retreats. Brighid inspires self-reliant health care by teaching people how to bring herbal medicine into their lives and how to relate to the plants in their bodies, kitchens, gardens and the wild.