Ehris Urban, owner of Woodbury, CT’s Grounded Holistic Wellness, believes, “if you’re grounded, you can navigate even the bumpiest roads in peace.” She grew up in a family passionate about holistic medicine. Ehris has attained Foundations of Herbalism and Practices & Protocols certification through Twin Star Herbal Education, and is continuing her studies at the New England School of Homeopathy. Additionally, Ehris is a Flower Essence Therapy practitioner. She became interested in Reiki as a teenager and attained Reiki Master certification at age 17. Ehris is also a certified Ingham Method reflexologist. She teaches a variety of herbal workshops throughout New England. A graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology, she is also a certified ESL teacher. Ehris enjoys beekeeping, tending her organic vegetable and herb gardens, and working in her apothecary.
Velya Jancz-Urban lives her life by the adage, “there is no growth without change.” She is a teacher, author, former Brazilian dairy farm owner, and expert on New England’s colonial women. Her entertainingly-informative presentation, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife, is a result of the research completed for her novel, Acquiescence. Velya has presented at venues throughout the Northeast and teaches a variety of historical/medicinal workshops with her daughter, Ehris. Whooo Eats What?, her first book in a hands-on science series for children, was inspired by her How Cool Is That?! (Hands-On Science) classes. Velya has been married for 34 years and is the mother of two grown children. She has a few too many rescue dogs and cats, is happiest with a fresh stack of library books, loves thrift shops, and is passionate about alternative medicine.