Meet The Formulator
Emily Ruff, Director of the Florida School of Holistic Living, is a community herbalist and health educator who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. The roots of her study were passed down during her childhood wandering the wilderness of Central Florida with her father, a botanist and professor, and digging in the soil with her grandfather, an urban farmer. Her journey into herbalism was sparked in adolescence, when she traveled to Guatemala and apprenticed with local plant healers.
Returning to the United States, she completed apprenticeships with many admired Western herbalists, including Rosemary Gladstar, Carolyn Whitford, and George Darcy, founder of the Florida School of Holistic Living. Her interest in nature-based living inspired her to relocate to a primitive camp along the Econlockhatchee River, to develop a deeper intimacy in her relationship with Florida’s plant medicines.Continuing her studies, Emily completed advanced studies including teacher training and a residential internship with her mentor, Rosemary Gladstar, at her home and education center, Sage Mountain, in Vermont. Emily continues her studies of the healing traditions of Central and South America to this day, traveling regularly to gather knowledge of plant medicine from the tropics to bring back to her home state of Florida, where her efforts restore the bioregion’s melting-pot-apothecary into modern herbal practice.