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A Tribute to Cascade Anderson Geller

Tuesday, June 11, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brook Schales
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Natural medicine has lost a true visionary, and many of us here in Oregon have lost a very good friend. Cancer claimed the life of Cascade Anderson Geller on May 4, 2013.  A deeply respected and much beloved member of our community, Cascade was a leader in the field of herbal medicine.

Throughout her career, Cascade inspired thousands of healers with her wisdom about plants and herbal medicine, which she developed over a lifetime of passionate study.  Her mission was to teach what she loved and lived and to share her deep wellspring of knowledge about the healing power of plants. In so doing she helped all of us better understand and honor the traditional roots of medicine.

Cascade was a graduate of the herbalist program at Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver, B.C., but she became immersed in plant medicine much earlier. She was raised in a family whose herbal knowledge went back several generations. After graduation, Cascade's desire to learn about the plants she loved led her to study traditional healing methods throughout the world, from England to Nepal.

Cascade had a long history with NCNM.  She joined the NCNM faculty in 1979 after giving a guest lecture about herbal medicine and later became chair of the Botanical Medicine department, teaching at NCNM until 1992.

Cascade's passion for plant medicine ignited generations of NCNM students to cherish it as she did. She was awarded the prestigious NCNM Teacher of the Year in 1985. In 2012, NCNM awarded Cascade a Doctor of Laws degree for her lifetime of contributions to the field of botanical education.

Cascade's name became synonymous with botanical medicine and herbalism. She helped jump-start the botanical medicine programs at Bastyr University and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in the 1980s and 1990s. She was a consultant for the American Herb Association, a founding member and advisory board member of the United Plant Savers, and a founder of Everett House Healing Center in Portland (now known as Common Ground). Until the end of her life, Cascade consulted with a wide range of practitioners about herbal therapies and frequently lectured at conferences throughout the world.

OANP extends its deepest sympathy to Cascade‚Äôs family including her husband Eliot and her children, Ayala and Lance. Her legacy of healing through natural medicine will not be forgotten among those of us who were fortunate enough to work with her. 

OANP acknowledges NCNM for its contributions to this tribute.

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