Karen Rose Is the founder of sacred vibes apothecary, a master herbalist, a spiritual healer, a medicine woman, a mother, a community leader and a teacher.
Trained in Eastern and Western Herbal Medicine, Master Herbalist, Karen Rose created an outlet for her teachings and healing modalities with the opening of Brooklyn-based Sacred Vibes Healing and Sacred Vibes Apothecary in 2002. Her inspiration for this work began as a child in her native home of Guyana, where she was exposed to how African, Caribbean and Latin American traditions profoundly influenced plant medicine and community healing. The legacy of these lands is the foundation of Karen’s spiritual and healing practice.
Karen is dedicated to empowering individuals to make informed decisions not only about their health, but their total lifestyle. She has developed authentic and enlightening materials as well as an extensive line of herbal products, all of which are available through the apothecary, apprenticeship classes and mentoring programs, such as her Get Off Your Knees platform, in which she weaves myth, fairytale, folklore and her own experiences to uniquely coach clients on how to become their spiritual, physical, and emotional best selves based on their innate talents and gifts.
A strong advocate of community partnerships in healing, she believes that all spiritual traditions offer guidance on the path to finding truth, and she has authored articles on the power and simplicity of herbs used to heal and nourish mind, body and spirit.
Karen and her work have been featured in a variety of media outlets, including on The FEED, featuring culinary celebrity Marcus Samuelsson, the New York Times, Black Enterprise Magazine, Organic Life, and the New York Daily News. Aside from her dedication to healing, Karen is also a devoted mother of three, who she proudly believes are her best apprentices.
Karen on being Karen:
"I recently arrived to speak at an event on plants and one of the women attending said that until I started speaking she thought I was a designer. I am well aware that many may look at me and not see what their idea of a medicine woman or herbalist looks like. I love that! Right away, it's a great opportunity to begin the dialogue regarding what exactly is an herbalist, authenticity and how can herbalism be practiced in the city.
I am a single mother of three, who owns her own business, of African American descent, loves fashion and I am a trained Master Herbalist. This is the portrait of a modern urban herbalist.
The study of herbalism is the most defining aspect of my life. It is incorporated in all areas of my life from the way I raise my children to my basic everyday decisions.
How does a woman raised in Brooklyn living an urban lifestyle choose the herbal way? Let me give you a brief background. Born and raised in Guyana until I was in my early teens I was no stranger to natural/nature medicine, it was part of my breeding. As with many of us of Caribbean heritage, "bush medicine" was the back bone to our healing process. In retrospect many of our grandparents or community elders were herbalists in their own rights.
What is an herbalist? Herbalists are people who dedicate their lives to working with medicinal plants. This includes grandma who worked "magic" plants, native American healers, curanderas, holistic medical doctors, naturopaths, medicine makers, herbal farmers, writers, mid-wives, and researchers, to name a few. While we are all varied in our work we are all united by a deep respect and love for life, especially the relationship between plants and humans."
Apprentice at sacred vibes with Karen
Our apprenticeship program is an
opportunity for women to reconnect
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work with karen as a healer