Emily Ruff

  • Emily Ruff, Director of the Florida School of Holistic Living, is a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. Her studies have taken her around three continents, where she has studied under indigenous healers of many traditions.

    In 2004, Emily launched her product line, Orenda Herbal, to provide her community with quality herbal preparations formulated with organic, locally grown, and sustainably produced ingredients. She joined the Florida School of Holistic Living in the Spring of 2005 as a teacher, soon after stepping into the role of the school's Director. Emily's classes have been described as heart-filled, enriching, and joyful, and seek to create a bridge between the teachings of our ancestors and the technologies of our modern world.

    Today, Emily stewards an herbal urban homestead in Central Florida, where she lives her joy immersed in the healing environment of her backyard garden, or in her other joys which include cooking, yoga, photography, and creating music with family and friends. She is a frequently published author whose articles have appeared in Natural Awakenings, Orlando Weekly, and as Gardening Columnist for Edible Orlando. Through a daily practice of meditation and digging her fingers in the dirt, Emily says the plants continue to be her greatest teachers.


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