Red Road Herbs Retreat & Learning Center LLC is a three-generation family business located in rural Stanton County, Nebraska. We have lived, worked and learned on this acreage for over 20 years. My daughter, granddaughter and I take care of the growing, harvesting, making salve and marketing. My husband and son help with events, building projects and the all-important maintenance.

Our journey on the path to health and harmony started with my interest in Native American culture, which came from the influence of a Girl Scout leader when I was 10 years old. After graduating from college with a BA in Behavioral Science, getting married and having two children, I worked as a public assistance specialist, an educator, a researcher and a counselor until 2010, when my daughter joined me as a business partner.

Many people would say I’m a self-taught herbalist, but the plants are my teachers. I’ve taken classes here and there, became a Master Naturalist, had discussions with Native American elders and studied the written works of herbalist extensively, but most of my knowledge comes from direct observation, cultivation and daily connection to "the Standing People" and my belief that there is a healing connection between plants and people.

When we moved to this acreage, I found my passion was plants and became a gardener. The gardens grew and so did my passion. In 1996 I started teaching classes about herbs, which was the same year my daughter and I made the first batch of "The Best Herbal Salve Ever." We now have over 100 herbs growing in cultivated gardens and stands of native plants that we call "living textbooks."

Our business name comes from the Good Red Road, part of the Medicine Wheel of traditional Native American culture. The Medicine Wheel is, in its simplest terms, a symbol of Life. On the Medicine Wheel, the Good Red Road of spiritual understanding intersects with the Hard Black Road of everyday life. At the place where the two roads cross and we have a chance in our everyday lives to feel the presence of spirit, that place is sacred.

As stewards of this haven of peace and tranquility, it is our pleasure to share its healing beauty with others. It is also our pleasure to share the knowledge gained from our connection to the plants growing here. We have classes, retreats and monthly events from May through September and invite you to visit Red Road Herbs, your path to health and harmony.

~ Rachel Lynn Liester

 

Disclaimer

The information provided here is for educational purposes only, and should not be used to diagnose and treat diseases. If you have a serious health problem, we recommend that you consult a competent health practitioner. We do not treat, prescribe, diagnose or cure any disease or adverse condition.