Dara Saville is the Founder and Primary Instructor of the Albuquerque Herbalism bioregional herbal studies program and is the Director of the Yerba Mansa Project, a community service partnership to restore native plant communities in the Rio Grande Bosque. She has a Bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master’s degree specializing in Geography of the Southwest from the University of New Mexico. She is also a graduate of Dr. Tierona Low Dog’s Foundations of Herbal Medicine Program. Her herbalism journey has included apprenticeships with New Mexico herbalists as well as classes with other well-known herbalists from across the country. Dara is also a regular columnist for Plant Healer Magazine, a board member of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico Albuquerque Chapter, and has many years of resource management and field work experience for the National Park Service. In addition to learning from plants and working with students, she happily maintains her own medicinal herb garden, homeschools her two children, and explores the wilds of the Southwest and beyond.