The ongoing destabilization of our economy and landscape compels us to reflect on our priorities and reconsider our conditioning. Even in the best of times, the status quo of dominant culture in the United States does not serve humanity or honor our natural environment. We live, practice, teach, play, and grow on stolen land of the Kickapoo, Lenape, and Myaamia peoples. This legacy of betrayal and oppression impacts our daily lives. We are guided and inspired by the resilience of the indigenous stewards of this land.
Persimmon Herb School is committed to being a vehicle for social justice, environmental justice, and community care for all. We share programs, services, products, and experiences in the spirit of healing and reparation as an offering to the ancestral stewards and the traditional wisdom keepers of herbal medicine and yoga.
“Injustice and oppression never ended through silence and inaction. Compassionate action is necessary.” – Anusha Wijeyakumar
Welcome! We’re Greg Monzel and Colleen Donahoe, founders of Persimmon Herb School, formerly Wild Persimmon School of Wellness. Since our first date in 2009, we have centered our partnership around a deep connection to the healing power of nature. We are both experienced organic gardeners, naturalists, and educators with complimentary expertise in community herbalism and traditional yoga. While traveling our own personal healing journeys we found our respective traditions and built Persimmon Herb School as a way to share these powerful practices with our community.
Nestled between Irvington and Beech Grove, we have easy access to 465 and are surrounded by farm fields, fruit trees and medicinal herb gardens. We make the most of our setting utilizing both indoor and outdoor teaching space. The name Persimmon Herb School is a tribute to the six productive native persimmon trees who called our land home long before we found it. We add native edible perennials and medicinal plants to our food forest every season, sharing our commitment to ecological peace and balance with the public through classes, workshops, and community events.
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We are located on the southeast side of Indianapolis, just minutes from Irvington, Fountain Square, Downtown, and Beech Grove.
6215 East Raymond Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203
Check out this winter tour of our property filmed January 2022 by J.P Rowley