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 is a certified herbalist and holistic nutritionist, and a graduate of 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. As Grounded Goodwife, Ehris and her mom, Velya, teach a variety of herbal/historic 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.” Zany and gregarious, she is a teacher, author, former Brazilian dairy farm owner, and expert on New England’s colonial women. Moving into a 1770 Connecticut farmhouse ignited Velya’s obsession with the colonial era, and led to her entertainingly-informative presentation, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife. As Grounded Goodwife, Velya and her daughter, Ehris, present at venues throughout the Northeast and teach a variety of herbal/historical workshops. Whooo Eats What?, Velya’s first book in a hands-on science series for children, was inspired by her How Cool Is That?! (Hands-On Science) classes. She has been married for 35 years and is the mother of two grown children. Velya 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.
Velya and Ehris’ mother/daughter memoir, How to Survive a Brazilian Betrayal, will be released on Mother’s Day 2019 by Green Writers Press.