Hi, I’m Ashley
I’m an herbalist, board-certified health coach, an educator, a mother and a writer. My health and wellness practice, Dreamkeeper Botanicals, is rooted in the magical fusion of nature and science.
As a child I wandered the woods, learning the plants and animals living in the wild patch of land in my suburban backyard. I mixed magic potions and wrote poetry to naiads (the water spirits) and dryads (the spirits of trees and forests).
I went to university in Albany, NY where I studied Anthropology. Misplaced in a city and big university I sought sanctuary in nature whenever I could. My life took a serendipitous turn when I traveled to Nicaragua in 1999 and had the great fortune to study with an indigenous midwife.
What I previously knew about medicine and health transmuted into a new understanding that completely changed my life.
Witnessing the stark contrast to the conventional medical system fueled my lifelong commitment to learning herbal and holistic healing methods and helping others to integrate them into their lives.
My Story Continues
Once back in the States I traveled wherever I could to find an Herbalist or Indigenous Healer to learn the medicine of the plants from. I worked at health food stores while going back to school to be a teacher.
When my daughter was born in 2008 I left my job as an elementary school teacher and founded Dreamkeeper Botanicals.
My daughter and son have been raised on plant medicine and I have happily provided herbal medicine and education for my community. Learning and teaching as much as I could along the way.
In 2016 my own health deteriorated and I needed support from the conventional medical system. Embracing my clinical knowledge as an Herbalist and finding a way to get the tests I needed from a team of doctors ultimately helped me regain my balance, although the process was not easy. This was the impetus for my return to school to learn about functional medicine and the psychology of change.
I worked in Manhattan at a Psychotherapy Collective, in the integrative health wing, for two years before that beautiful project came to an end in March of 2020. Since then I have been working, virtually, as a clinical health coach at a Functional Medicine Clinic as well as running Dreamkeeper Botanicals.
My Passion and Mission
- Establish a collaborative therapeutic bond with you, offering a secure space to explore your challenges, and working together to discover the best solutions for your unique needs
- Uncover the root causes of your symptoms, aiming beyond mere symptomatic relief
- Partner and delve into the reasons behind these symptoms
- Provide guidance on the essential aspects on your path to vibrant health
- Empower you to grasp control of your well-being, emphasizing that your journey to optimal health lies within your own hands
I Specialize In Supporting People With:
- Deep Immune Support
- Digestive Issues
- Healthy Weight Maintenance
- Lack of Energy/ Adrenal Fatigue
- Nervous System Dysregulation
- Chronic Pain & Inflammation
- Sleep Support
- Thyroid Health
- Seasonal Health & Mood Shifts
- Recovery from Surgery or Illness
- Hormonal Health Support
- Pre-Natal Health/ Pregnancy/ Birth
- Breastfeeding & Post-Partum Needs
- Peri-Menopause/ Menopause/ Post Menopause
- Health & Lifestyle Optimization
- Prioritizing Their Health
Let's Work Together
Take the First Step to Empowered Health
If you would like to schedule a Wellness Consultation you can do so below. If you are considering a coaching package please book a complimentary discovery call first. I'd love to find out more about you and share detailed information about our Seasonal Coaching Packages.
A scholarship is offered for one wellness consultation each month. The majority of our scholarships are specifically for our Black, Indigenous, people of color, members of the LGBTQIAP2-S community, people living with disabilities, undocumented people, and anyone who has experienced or been impacted by systemic inequity or oppression, but all who are in need of a scholarship are welcomed and encouraged to apply. Please send an inquiry via the Contact page.
My Workshops and Wellness Consultations are designed to help you nurture your connection to nature, embrace the rhythm of seasonal cycles, and learn accessible wellness tools. Workshops are announced through my newsletter Magic & Medicine, along with current health research, recipes, nature musings and inspiration for seasonal rituals.
Seasonal Coaching Packages Provide Ongoing Support to Build Lasting Change
Dreamkeeper Botanicals offers Seasonal Coaching Packages that provide ongoing support for integrating appropriate movement, meditation, lifestyle (including rituals that resonate for you) and nutrition into your life. These packages enable us to collaborate in creating wellness plans that empower you to take control of your health and elevate your wellness practices. Together we will navigate your journey towards better health and well-being with resources, support and accountability.
Each of my clients is unique, and our work together reflects that individuality.
~Ashley Sapir Lathrop
The Home of Dreamkeeper Botanicals
Dreamkeeper Farm is nestled under the Shawangunk Mountains on five acres of meadow, woods and gardens, tended by myself and my family. This sanctuary has been the home of Dreamkeeper Botanicals since 2012. As newcomers to this land we strive to deepen our understanding of the local Indigenous communities and commit to reframing responsibilities to the land and community, in order to honor its original inhabitants- the Esopus and Munsee people- and all of the species of life that reside here. Dreamkeeper Farm is where the Apothecary and Medicine Gardens reside. I meet with people both virtually and in person from my office in New Paltz, NY and travel for workshops, sometimes hosting special events on the Sanctuary Land.