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Our Story

From The Forest

Greetings from our woodland home and center in a Balsam Fir Forest of the southern Adirondack Park. This land is home to bear and deer, bobcat and coyote, snowshoe hare and others whose wild nature has much to teach us of our own.

Of the Earth

We Are Wildcrafters

Kate Gilday

KATE GILDAY has been a clinical herbalist, flower essence practitioner and creator, Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant and teacher for over 30 years. A creative medicine maker, Kate is the founder of Woodland Essence, a forest botanicals and flower essence company and workshop center. For many years, Kate was a member of Collaborative Healing, a group of local practitioners who address health care through a unique integrative network, educating the community and combining conventional medicine with expert complementary care. She is well-loved for the clarity and clinical relevance gleaned from decades of experience in her teachings. Kate brings her love of the wild places, song and healing to the workshops she presents around the Northeast. She has just stepped back from her practice to spend time with her grandchildren, and (finally!) begin writing a book about the woodlands she loves so well.

Don Babineau

DON BABINEAU has spent his life in the forests and on the shoreline of the Northeast. From backpacking and winter camping in the white mountains and attunement with this land. He and his wife, Kate, are certified New York State Guides.

Handcrafted

Mindful. Graceful. Joyful.

Everything is made with great care and heartfelt compassion. It’s so much more than what we do, it’s how we live. Like a seed is planted in the earth, it must be nurtured and cared for as children are. Our intention isn’t only to plant a seed but to nurture it, care for it and watch in grow. All seeds had the possibility to grow and become a life force of vitality for everyone.

We believe nature has everything we need.

"Our desire is to connect you with the healing wonders
of nature so that you may restore wellness."
Love and Blessings from the Forest,
Kate & Don

  • Did you know?

    The window of time for gathering Scots Pine Pollen is a brief week in Spring when our Woodland Essence team cheerfully picks the pollen-filled strobiles one at a time!

  • Did you know?

    Echinacea purpurea is a native plant that grows in high grass prairie and open wooded areas as far east as New York and Pennsylvania. Echinacea angustifolia is a native of the western sandy prairie.

  • Did you know?

    The plant Jewelweed can be crushed and applied to skin that has been in touch with poison ivy to either prevent or treat a poison-ivy rash. 

  • Did you know?

    Reishi mushrooms are one of the oldest medicinal mushrooms, referred to as “the mushroom of immortality” for the health benefits it bestows.