Teacher Bios

Lizzy Simpson, Farmer, Herbalist, Newbie Death doula and lead educator at Portland Herb Craft School. Lizzy founded the medicinal herb farm Rise Up Remedies in 2018 which she co-owned until its closure in 2023. Prior to farm ownership, Lizzy studied at the Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine and farmed at several diversified vegetable farms in Oregon, Colorado and North Carolina. She  holds a masters degree in Agroecology from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Lizzy is starting her journey as a death doula by creating "Death Ware" that promotes conversations about death. You can learn more on her website, ithir.co

Laura Green is a licensed massage therapist, death doula and a feeler of grief. She co-founded the Portland Grief House - a community led resource that creates and supports offerings which metabolise grief from all kinds of loss, with her long-time friend, Sascha Demerjian. Explore The Grief House on their website and on Instagram @portlandgriefhouse. You can also listen to Laura and Sacha talk about grief, trust, friendship and the strange experience of being human on their Podcast, Portals.