I met Kristen Caissie at Mercado Sagrado in the fall of 2019, when she stopped by our booth to gush about herbs. I loved her already. Kristen is the nationally-acclaimed florist behind Moon Canyon, author of Gathering: Setting the Natural Table, and a budding herbalist, studying at the legendary California School of Herbal Studies. Follow the flowers to get to know this flower child a bit better...
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi! I am Kristen Caissie of Moon Canyon Design, a floral design company based out of Los Angeles. I am also a full time student at the California School of Herbal Studies and have been taking big steps on the plant path journey. Basically I'm a huge plant lover in all the ways I can be.
What’s your earliest plant memory?
I think my earliest plant memory is being very very young in the summer grass and feeling how alive the Earth was. I remember laying my head down and placing my ear to the ground listening to the world and fixing my gaze on the level of the tiny clover and blades of grass. The illusion of separation hadn’t quite taken over at that point.
Are plants involved in your current work? If so, in what way?
Plants are very much involved in my life and work. For the last 18 years I have been a florist and in 2012 I started my business, Moon Canyon, to share with clients my love affair for flowers and the poetic language they speak. I very much try to tell the story of a moment in time, captured, in bloom. I mainly create floral pieces for weddings and so my own romantic nature gets to live out its wildest floral fantasy most of the time.
During the production of my book that just came out in March I had a bit of a spiritual awakening. I was in a situation where I was being asked to share what was important to me in my work and in life. I realized that I really wanted to learn more about plant medicine. It’s a long story but over that next year I went deeper into myself and found a calling that I had felt for years. I am now fully involved in that co-creation with nature and deepening my love and respect for our Mother Earth.
Do plants speak to you and how can you tell?
Nature speaks in so many different ways. Because I am human I tend to put things into symbol, story or word and so I often perceive the metaphysical realms in that way. There’s been moments of deep transcendence when its impossible to ignore the messages. In everyday life I listen to all the impulses I am receiving and commune in this thoughtful communication as often as possible. I practice a sort of call and response these days where I sit in prayer and ask for guidance. This is something I used to do as a child and have returned to this exchange more recently. Tuning in in this way allows me to recognize and listen to what the plants and nature spirits are offering.
What’s your favorite plant?
Oh gosh! If I had to choose one I'm not sure if I could! Redwood is my mother, my ancestral lineage that has been guiding me for years. I would have to say my love affair for her is all consuming. Mugwort is a more recent guide I have been working with and love so much.
What’s your favorite natural therapy, whether that be plant medicine, acupuncture, or something else?
Earthing is probably my most favorite and supportive practice. It isn’t always calming and “grounding” in the way one may expect. It opens me up into pieces and parts of my soul that is unhealed and needs attention. I am a big believer in somatic therapy and have while in school for plant medicine have decided to also enroll in a year long somatic therapy practitioners program. I feel these work so well together to help heal mind, body and spirit.
What’s your favorite Wooden Spoon Herbs remedy? How has it helped you follow the plant path?
I've enjoyed working with Solar-power energy! Truly a perfect addition to any plant path as nettles and raspberry leaf help ease you in and lift you up.