rhi1 I believe I’m holding a new children’s classic, a book that will be treasured by children –and their parents – for years to come.”
-Rosemary Gladstar, Herbalist, author of The Family Herbal

The author’s delightful daughter Rhiannon was the inspiration and model for this tale of realization and growth, as she first resists believing she could ever be a Medicine Woman like the herbalists and healers she’s met, but then realizes the ways in which she is already the woman of power she hopes to be! Includes a “Name the Herb” game.


I'm a Medicine Woman, Too!
by Jesse Wolf Hardin
© Hops Press 2009
8.5x11” Hardcover, 48 pages
35 Full Color Illustrations, with 11 full-size Medicine Woman Archetypes suitable for framing
ISBN 978-1-892784-31-5

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"I’m a Medicine Woman, Too! is full of wisdom, beauty and encouragement not only for young girls, but for people of all ages. The author's exquisite illustrations quickly draw the reader in and cleverly teach about healing plants. A high recommend for empowering all medicine women!"

-Lesley Tierra, author of Healing with the Herbs of Life and A Kid's Herb Book

For All Ages



I’m a Medicine Woman, Too! was originally conceived for children, before realizing the number of adults who would find it inspiring enough to want copies for themselves. Let’s think of it as book for all ages then, with 3 to 5 year olds benefiting by not only by associating themselves with the illustrations but also by having the story read to them aloud; with those aged 5 to 10 already knowing enough of the words to be pulled into the story on their own, and being motivated to ask or look up the definitions of any they’re unfamiliar with; with material not even a quick or critical 12 year old would be bored by; and with artwork and a message that might move even elders to reawaken their neglected aspirations and hopes.

“My initial inspiration,” the author writes, “included not only my daughter Rhiannon, but all those kids who from an early age seem inclined towards self exploration, challenge and growth, sometimes longing for meaning and a special purpose as much as they desire fun and love. This includes the fortunate daughters of herbalists and healers, looking for affirmation, positive archetypes and strong women models to look up to.... as well as all the other little girls who seem called to tend and heal, or who feel drawn to the amazing ways of nature and intimate company of plants. It was halfway through putting this book together that I realized I was actually doing it for every child including little boys – and indeed every person regardless of their years on the planet – who might be able to benefit from its core theme: learning to believe in ourselves enough to dare to live our dreams.”

I felt the voice of the Earth Mother herself speak from the pages of I'm A Medicine Woman, Too!. The sense of presence and higher awareness will benefit younger and those with accumulated years as well. A fine offering to raise consciousness!

-Margi Flint AHG HM, Author of The Practicing Herbalist

The Artwork







I’m a Medicine Woman, Too! features 35 original color illustrations, mixed-media color pencil and ink drawings as well as fanciful botanical page borders. Once primarily known for his nature and fantasy paintings, the author, Jesse Wolf Hardin enjoyed this excuse and opportunity to focus on drawing again. Besides the various depictions of Rhiannon on her journey of self discovery, you will also find all the herbs accurately portrayed for the benefit of the “Name the Herb” game that the book concludes with. There are also 11 portraits of Medicine Woman archetypes, including a White Mt. Apache with her mano and metate grinding stones, a Hispanic curandera in her adobe Botanica herb shop, and an Anglo teacher, gardener and herb chef. These are a full page in size and suitable for framing, with some folks buying two copies of the book in order cut the pictures out of one for framing and hanging, while keeping the second copy intact.


A book thoroughly enjoyed by both myself and my little boys, I'm a Medicine Woman, Too! entices us not to look to others for ourselves, but rather to go within and bring out what we are, and know in doing so that we give the world around us what it needs. That such an important insight is accompanied by such beautiful images makes this book even more of a treasure."

-Jim McDonald, Herbalist and teacher

Name The Herb Game


bottles1Here’s a fun game for the reader to try after reading the story. All of the plants in the book are well known for their medicinal uses, most (though not all) are found wild in the mountain and desert West, and one can read about them in popular herb books. A key with the correct answers is found at the back, and everyone is encouraged to further research their complex actions and varied uses.


The Author & Illustrator


wolf1Jesse Wolf Hardin is the author of 7 books and over 500 published articles, a teacher of Animá nature-inspired practice and cofounder of the Animá Medicine Woman tradition. He and his partners offer empowering online courses, as well as counsel and healing consultations, retreats and Summer events at their botanical sanctuary in the enchanted wildlands of Southwest New Mexico. His work has been praised by luminaries from Gary Snyder, Paul Winter, Edward Abbey and Joanna Macy to Terry Tempest Williams.

“Wolf’s work helps us to see the world as whole – even holy.”
–Terry Tempest Williams

I'm a Medicine Woman, Too! is a wonderful book to connect children with herbal traditions. The story role-models an ethic of healing and caring for other people and honoring our elders. The delightful illustrations touch the reader at an emotional level, compelling us to become healers too."

-Thomas J. Elpel, author of Botany in a Day and Shanleya's Quest




Then one day she came to me looking much more thoughtful than usual... and maybe just a little bit sad.

“What’s the matter, my daughter?” I asked.

“I could never be a Medicine Woman like Mama Kiva or Mama Loba,” she answered with the cutest of pouts.

“No,” I told her, “but you could be a Medicine Woman that is the fulfillment of the real, whole you... like nobody else in the world can do.”




“Whether you know it or not,” I told her, “you are part of a long chain of women and girls throughout history, reaching out hand to hand from mothers to daughters and teachers to students, from the most ancient human tribes right up until our modern day times.

“You can feel their hands in yours. They whisper sweet hints in the wind in the trees, in the yard or the shadowy far ends of a neighborhood park. They keep you company like faery friends helping you have wonderful dreams at night. These generations of Medicine Women want to teach you what you need. But even more importantly, they want to remind you of the strength and knowledge that you’ve already got.”








“A Medicine Woman is not something you wait to become, it’s what you do with your life, starting right now!”




“The job of the Medicine Woman isn’t just to heal sickness,” I added, “but to help make everything healthier and more beautiful. Each woman works in her own personal ways to both create and improve the world. Each follows her heart, knows her purpose, and answers her special calling. And each must be brave enough to live her wildest dreams, no matter how hard that ever seems.”

“In that case, it must be true…” my little girl said. “I’m a Medicine Woman, too!”

“This is just the kind of story I want my children hearing over and over – the kind of story that will help them grow into themselves with grace and beauty.”

-Kimberly Gallagher, M.Ed., CCH, &



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The Medicine Woman Tradition

The Animá Medicine Woman Tradition was developed by Kiva Rose and I’m a Medicine Woman, Too! creator Jesse Wolf Hardin, to help inspire and inform the healing of not only ourselves and others but also the larger world of which we are a part. The Medicine Woman site features medicinal plant monographs and tips on medicine making, plus details of the Medicine Woman Core and Herbal courses and related events, plus a link to Kiva’s weekly updated Medicine Woman’s Roots Blog.

Animá Learning & Retreat Center

Kiva, Loba and IMWT! author Jesse Wolf Hardin offer a nature-inspired system of personal awareness and empowerment, through Anima Medicine Woman, Shaman Path, ReWilding and Path of Heart correspondence courses, instructional books and apprenticeships... as well as workshops and gatherings at the Animá Sanctuary, a botanical and wildlife refuge in a wild river canyon in the mountains of the enchanted Southwest.

The Medicine Woman’s Roots Blog

You can subscribe to Kiva Rose’s award winning blog, featuring weekly updated medicinal plant profiles, case histories, and her ongoing story as a wilderness based Medicine Woman and teacher.

I’m a Medicine Woman, Too! is a beautifully written story of a child’s quest for her own magical gifts and her place in the circle of ‘medicine women’. The story unfolds by Rhiannon, the little girl of the tale, asking the questions of how one becomes a ‘medicine woman’ and her search for what her special purpose in the world is. There is simple earth wisdom in the answers that are offered, and teachings about the plants and healing scattered throughout that are sure to enchant any young nature lover. But what makes this book really stand out are the lush illustrations of plants, nature, goddesses, our little seeker Rhiannon, and the special ‘medicine women’ in her life. While the story is lovely and inspiring in itself, the colorful drawings add a special touch that is sure to appeal to every child who has ever lingered in a field of wildflowers or asked the questions, either aloud or quietly, ‘Where is my place in the circle of life?’ ‘What are my special gifts?’ Jesse Wolf Hardin has written a book that will inspire children to fully believe in themselves and to reach for their own unique dreams.

-Rosemary Gladstar, Herbalist and author of The Family Herbal