Kelsey Crawford is a visual artist, certified wholistic nutritionist (CN), herbalist creative, and a level III Usui Reiki practitioner. She founded Go Forth Culture (now, The Painting Herbalist) in 2013 and has been providing nutrition counseling and workshops in her community for the past five years.
She began her educational journey into wholistic wellness by becoming the youngest graduate of the Juut (Aveda) Institute’s Ayurvedic based self-care curriculum, in 1992 at the age of 13 in Minneapolis. Throughout her teens, Kelsey worked as an intern on her aunt’s ranch in Southern Oregon, studying native plants and learning the basics of biodynamic farming. After spending nearly 20+ years in the culinary industry, moonlighting as a touring musician, Kelsey returned to school and earned her nutrition certification from the Wellspring School for Healing Arts, in an extensive holistic nutrition program. Graduating in 2016, Kelsey was then hired on by the Wellspring School for Healing Arts as their social media manager and continued to do so until 2019.
She continued her education in herbal formulations through NUNM (National University of Natural Medicine), as well as caring for cancer, women’s wellness, and medicinal herbs in a culinary application through the Wellspring School for Healing Arts.
Kelsey was first introduced to universal energy work in 2008 by a family member/Reiki practitioner & universal energy worker. Although she recently completed her formal Reiki training and received her certification at the beginning of 2020, Kelsey’s informal education in energy work has been ongoing for over a decade.
Her passion for illuminating the connection between the creative and healing arts is informed by her philosophy that creative expression comes in all forms as a fundamental element of holistic wellbeing.