About Us

Why “Grounded Goodwife?”

The Grounded Goodwife inspiration was born at Rich Farm Ice Cream Shop in Oxford, CT. It dawned on Ehris and Velya (over hot fudge sundaes) that they should team up and work together. Since Ehris owned Grounded Holistic Wellness, and Velya’s lively and engaging presentation was titled The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife, they decided to join forces and merge names. All good things begin with ice cream!

Meet Ehris & Velya


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 green witch, herbalist, holistic nutritionist, and 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. 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 herstory unsanitized expert. 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. She has been married to Jim for 36 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 (Green Writers Press, 2019), reveals how the duo were grounded, lost everything, became better versions of themselves, and a dynamic mother/daughter team. Their second book, Dare to be a Green Witch, will be released by Llewellyn Worldwide in July 2021.