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John Slattery is a clinical herbalist who founded Desert Tortoise Botanicals in 2005 to provide quality herbal remedies to the people of the Southwest. He has been invited to speak about the edible and medicinal flora of the Southwest at numerous venues throughout the region, offering experiential courses in the field and lectures on a wide variety of subjects. Since 2008, John has been leading foraging and plant-based cultural tours into Sonora, Mexico, where he has formed relationships with indigenous herbalists and wild plant lovers of the Sonoran Desert region. John began offering the Sonoran Herbalist Apprenticeship Program in 2010 in Tucson, Arizona, helping participants learn about local plants, and establishing the principles of vitalist healing philosophy, a holistic approach to healing. As a bioregional herbalist and forager, John is primarily focused on the indigenous and naturalized plants of the Southwest region. John writes for his blog at www.desertortoisebotanicals.com.