Instructors

Martin G. Hansen

Martin G. Hansen is a licensed esthetician, herbalist, aromatherapist and educator. He specializes in Holistic Esthetics incorporating his foundations in plant medicine, aromatherapy, supplements and nutrition into his practice. He has been a community educator in Denver since 2000 on a variety of subjects from making herbal preparations and garden skin care to skin care nutrition and aromatherapy.

For the past 20 years he has explored natural and alternative solutions to whole person wellness, counseling people to create multi level change in their lives to achieve their goals for health and beauty. He has had a life long passion for gardening and cooking that has allowed him to experience first hand the communion and healing that comes from the process of planting, growing, harvesting, and utilizing the bounties of the earth.

Kimberly Thompson

Kimberly has spent the last 20 years cultivating her love and passion for the natural world and sharing it with others. In addition to being a clinical herbalist, Kim is also a Certified Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist, Licensed Esthetician, and Certified Cupping Therapist. She practices many different modalities including Mayan Abdominal Massage, Mayan Tradition Spiritual healing, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Lymph drainage massage, Neuromuscular Massage, Cupping, Gua Sha, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Thai Massage for the table, Ashi-atsu barefoot massage, and Ashi Thai are among the many bodywork methods that she practices. She adds a spiritual healing style to each of her treatments. She uses an intuitive approach to help gently unwind the tissue and bring the body into balance. She loves beauty and skincare and offers Facials, Dermaplane, Microdermabrasion, and Waxing. She also offers herbal consultations to assist clients in their herbal healing journey. She has worked for 18 years at Apothecary Tinctura teaching classes in Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy, and working in the clinic. Her practice at Apothecary and her own private practice has an emphasis on women’s holistic health. She has been teaching classes for the last 5 years for The Denver Integrative Massage School and Herbalism Roots. She loves time in nature teaching people about wildcrafting, medicine making, and plant identification. She also loves teaching and sharing her love of bodywork.

Sharona Thompson

Sharona Thompson absolutely hated gardening as a kid! It is a miracle that as an adult she awoke to the power and beauty of plants and has been committed to growing and studying them ever since. Over the years she has been a leader for three community gardens and served as a Peace Corps agriculture volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. She went on to earn a Permaculture Design Certificate through the GrowHaus and an Advance Permaculture Certificate with Woodbine Ecology Center. She is currently working on her CSU Master Gardener Certificate and her Herbalism Roots Certificate. In 2011 she and her husband bought a house in South West Denver. Over time, their 50’x126’ lot became known as the “Ruby Hill Tiny Urban Farm” with chickens, rabbits, beehives, worms and a cat taking residence. Veggies, fruit trees, berries, medicinal plants, culinary herbs, pollinator supporting flowers, and a little “she-shed” apothecary replaced the lawn. They have incorporated the ability to harvesting rainwater for the garden and installed a “laundry-to-landscape” system to water fruit trees. Sharona’s larger goal is to live more sustainably, create a living demonstration site and teach others what is possible while designing with permaculture tools and using whole system thinking in mind.