Sacred Wheel Herbals is the creation of herbalists Karen Parker and Cheryl Placido. Beginning in 2003 with the creation of a Medicine Wheel Garden, our extensive gardens now include 22 raised beds where a wide variety of herbs and healing plants are grown. Incorporating principles of French bio-intensive gardening, composting, and organic agriculture has resulted in a healthy soil yielding healthy plants, pollinated by our own honeybees. We offer classes on growing herbs, herbal medicine, cooking with herbs, and many other subjects related to healing with nature.
Herbalist Karen Parker has been in the field of health and fitness for over 30 years, coordinating corporate and private pre-sport fitness programs. As a sports massage therapist, she had the opportunity to travel for several years with a division of the US Track and Field and US Rowing Teams, participating at several national and World Cup events including the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Karen returned to school in 2005 to study herbalism to help guide her massage clients toward better lifestyle choices. She is a Clinical/Community Herbalist, receiving a certificate in advanced herbal training with Rosemary Gladstar of Sage Mountain. Karen also completed a course with herbalists Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals and Maia Toll of Earth Ways. She competed a 4 year intensive course with herbalist and ethnobotanist David Winston. David is a founding member of the American Herbalist Guild and is the owner of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies. Karen is currently studying with Dr. Avaia Romm in her Herbal Medicine for Women course. She is the secretary of the Connecticut Beekeepers Association and has been keeping bees for over 8 years.
She lives in Old Lyme with her husband, Jonathan, a licensed arborist and owner of Yankee Tree LLC. “Jon is our “behind the scenes” support, from landscaping to helping with the heavy work, he’s always there for us”. They enjoy spending time in the gardens with their 7 grandchildren, sharing the gifts of nature.
Herbalist Cheryl Placido, M.S.W. has over 20 years experience creating , designing, and maintaining gardens. For seven years she taught students with special needs in an outdoor farm setting, implementing a farm to cafeteria program. She holds certificates in herbal studies from Susan Clements and a certificate in advanced herbal studies from Rosemary Gladstar. Cheryl continually attends NOFA horticulture workshops and the New England Women’s Herbal Conferences. She completed the 2011-2012 Connecticut Women’s Farming Group where she is learned the foundations of Holistic Management. In 2011, Cheryl completed the Nutrient Density and Soil Fertility course taught by Dan Kittredge. She has created a variety of unique gardens, including the Medicine Wheel garden for our business and a Labyrinth garden at Logee’s Greenhouses and Nursery.