About Us

inside our world of walking the plant path

WHO WE ARE & HOW WE GOT HERE

Well, that's quite a long story... For me, Sajah, it probably started when I was a little kid and dreamt of healing people's hearts by becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. But it really took root in the depths of my spiritual quest for unity, meaning, and a true understanding of the nature of healing in my adolescence.

For me, Whitney, it began in the sunny days in the flower garden I had planted outside of my playhouse, where I imagined there couldn't be anything better in the world than to be a florist so I could work with flowers all day. But it really got going when I fell off of a skateboard at 17 and dislocated my shoulder - at which point I discovered herbal medicine by making comfrey poultices.

Looking back now, it's so obvious that something in my spirit knew what it was doing when I continually took my mom's mortar & pestle out into the woods and smashed up whatever leaves, flowers, and mud I could find (despite getting in trouble for it again and again). What's even funnier is how many other herbalists I know started out the same way - making muddy foraged forest concoctions for the family.

But what's clearer than ever is that at some miraculous moment in both of our lives, the plants spoke to us - there was a point where they boldly stepped into our paths. They healed something in us and woke us up to a calling that we had carried with us before we even came into this world. It was a calling to help others and to make the world a better place through the wild and wondrously beautiful medicines that grow from the Earth.

Sajah Popham

B.S. Herbal Sciences, Founder & Core Instructor

Sajah Popham, founder of Organic Unity and The School of Evolutionary Herbalism, is a student of the universal truths found within both ancient and modern herbal traditions from around the world. The focus of his work is on integrating ancient teachings for a new paradigm of plant medicine, one that is truly holistic in its honoring of the spirit, energetics, and body of both people and plants. His unique synthesis bridges herbalism not only east and west, but north and south, above and below, into a universal philosophy that encompasses indigenous wisdom, Ayurveda, western Alchemy and Spagyrics, Astrology, clinical herbalism, and modern pharmacology.

Sajah’s vitalist approach utilizes plants not only for physiological healing and rejuvenation, but for the evolution of consciousness, for a truly holistic practice of plant medicine. Sajah’s teachings embody a heartfelt respect, honor and reverence for the vast intelligence of plants in a way that empowers us to look deeper into the nature of our medicines and ourselves. He lives in southern Oregon with his wife where he teaches at his school, makes spagyric medicines, and practices his art.


"Sajah has an eloquent and beautifully simplified approach in articulating his knowledge of the the plants, the elements, and our bodies. I am deeply grateful for his teachings in my life and they continue to inspire me as I walk this path of communion with nature."

-Coco Kimmet, British Colombia - student of the Immersion Program



"What Sajah offers is beautiful and truly unique. He's explored the wisdom and knowledge of the ancients and found a voice in which to convey these truths to our Western trained minds. The information he presents is relatable and tangible. I can truthfully say that Sajah's classroom space is unlike any I have ever experienced and would enthusiastically encourage peoples from all walks of life to pursue studies with him. It may just open up your heart and your mind to a world of possibility you never knew was within you!"

-Jamuna Galay, British Colombia - student of the Immersion Program



"Sajah's course was transformative for me. Working with the plants was inspiring and healing, but it was Sajah's particular way of seeing the world and presenting the information that made this school truly powerful. I came away from it with a new experience of myself and a totally different understanding of our natural unity."

-Mike Goldstein, Seattle WA - student of Botanical Constellations & the Immersion Program


Whitney Popham

Co-Founder & Instructor

Whitney Popham is an herbal practitioner and the co-founder of The School of Evolutionary Herbalism and Organic Unity. Her calling to plant medicine began from a deep passion for activism and a vision for creating healing and positive change in the world. She has devoted her life to that vision by being a humble vessel for the plants to touch people's lives and bring more healing and beauty into the world.

Through her own health challenges and struggles, she experienced the profound healing gifts of plant medicines and then committed her life to helping others reach vibrant levels of health. She specializes in digestive health in her clinical practice through working with herbal medicine, nutrition and lifestyle coaching. Her true gift is in listening to the plants through intuition and vision, which she uses to help her clients with healing on the emotional, psychological, spiritual, as well as physical levels of health.

She comes from a tiny island off the coast of NW Washington, but now homesteads and works with her husband Sajah on their beautiful land in the hills of Southern Oregon. Her beehives hold a special place in her heart, she swoons at the sight of the first blossoms in spring and she feels most at home when she's near the ocean.


“My life has changed ten-fold. I have experienced a complete paradigm shift. Before this class, my heart was closed off to the magical world of the forest - the spirits. Now, I embrace it fully. I can’t thank you enough Sajah & Whitney.”

-Julia Bentley - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - student of the Immersion Program & the Advanced Clinical Herbalism Program



"I really am impressed with your depth of knowledge and feel like after studying herbalism for over 25 years, I am still learning tons from you. Keep up your amazing work!"

-Julie Rothman, student of Materia Medica Monthly



"For so long now I was feeling like I was just jumping from study to study and not getting far enough to feel like there was a purpose. But through Evolutionary Herbalism, I feel all the threads of my life and life study being woven together into something deeply meaningful and powerfully healing. THANK YOU. You both are doing incredibly important work and creating something not only deeply beautiful but so much what our battered world needs."

-Kathryn Foubister - student of Materia Medica Monthly


To us, herbalism is more than a passion, a calling, or a career - it's a lifestyle. As people who care deeply about the health and wellbeing of those we love and serve, it's only natural for us to care that much more for the planet we live on.

Our vision for the school has always held space for more than herbalism. We've seen it expanding to be a model for how to live on the Earth in a way that gives back more than it takes. We see it growing to include teaching about ways to heal the Earth, such as in biodynamics and permaculture.

Though we're well versed in healing through herbal medicine, we're still learning a great deal about how to live in way that's supporting the healing and regeneration of the planet. We're doing our best to make changes in our lives that move us in the direction of sustainability.

One of the biggest dreams that came true for us this year was anchoring the home and land to grow these dreams into fruition. For years we had held our classes at other locations, but finally this past year we established the permanent home for the school. We resurrected the 30 ft. yurt we used to live in and created a classroom on our own land to host our workshops. We bought another 30 ft. yurt and set up our Alchemical laboratory for the creation of our Spagyric herbal product line, Organic Unity.

It's just the beginning of a big and beautiful vision that was shown to each of us before we met each other. When we came together and shared the visions for our lives, it was clearer than ever that the same dreamseed was planted within each of our hearts and we were destined to create it together.

We see the land as being a sanctuary and a place for healing and learning. We have plans for building a more permanent classroom, along with lodging for retreats (which will probably include some tree houses and hobbit sized cabins). We'll be building a clinic space and healing center to see clients and to give our students a foundation in practicing herbalism.

But for now, we're just learning every day about water catchment systems, earthworks, how to tend orchards and take care of baby ducks, how to build with straw & clay and how to stay on top of chopping enough firewood to stay warm throughout the long winter moons. We're doing our best to set up our lives in a way that feels connected to the land we live on and the elements that sustain us - which ultimately is bringing us a ton of joy and satisfaction.

To come along with us for the ride, follow our Instagram page as we share the inner workings of learning a homesteading lifestyle.

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