“Isadora is a practical nurse and healer. Her inviting presence can melt any skeptic’s disbelief. I was so impressed with Tavens, I immediately went to make an appointment with her…no matter what time of the year, treat yourself to a greater healing in your life with this special intuitive Earth Mother.”
Worldwide Review Magazine
Isadora brings a shining light of intuition and extensive training in natural healing to support the path of those seeking true wellness. An internationally respected Reader and natural health expert Isadora has offered clear guidance for over three decades. Her recommendations encompass the wisdom of traditional cultures, contemporary wellness practices, scientific research and a gift of intuition.
While growing up in the Midwestern United States, Isadora had a great curiosity about other cultures and the desire to understand what motivates people to act as they do. In her 20s she devoted a year to traveling overland from England to India. Visiting an encampment of nomads situated just outside the remote Afghan village of Bamiyan, a distraught woman approached her desperately seeking help for a tiny infant lying limply in her outstretched arms. The nearest medical help was a long day’s journey away through rough, mountainous terrain. Lacking medical training, Isadora was unable to help the unconscious infant. Deeply moved by this encounter, she entered nursing school after returning to the United States.
An early interest in nutrition and herbal healing was the seed; the quest to understand people provided fertile ground. The need to explore healing beyond the medical model of healthcare was the seedling tended to full growth.
Inspired by the inner impulse to serve others, Isadora has extensively studied herbal healing, flower essences, holistic health, culture and consciousness, attending conferences and more than 200 classes and lectures throughout the United States. She has been fortunate to have attended classes with many of North America’s foremost natural healing teachers, including Steven H. Horne, past president of the American Herbalists Guild. Isadora is a contributing author to his book, The Endocrine Symphony. In 2011 they jointly created and presented a well received series of flower essence webinars: Flower Essences for Contemporary Issues, Healing Childhood Wounds, Mid-life Issues and Latter Life. Flower Essences for the Three Seasons of Life are available as a set from
“Isadora is one of the most gifted healers I know.”
Steven H. Horne, AHG
Past President, American Herbalists Guild
St. George, UT
For nearly a decade Isadora was Consulting Herbalist and Flower Essence Practitioner at the largest independent health food store in Chicago, Illinois (USA). (See Manager’s recommendation under Classes and Presentations.) Subsequently, she served as Midwest Field Educator for the Flower Essence Services. During that time, Isadora presented numerous training programs and public talks in cities and smaller communities from Ohio to Minnesota. These programs drew on twenty-five years of personal and professional experience working with flower essences, along with her “trademark” blend of humor and numerous intriguing stories of flower essence healing in action.
Isadora resided on the island of Jamaica for over two decades and was drawn deeply into the culture through supportively nurturing eight children and teens in need. In conjunction with a Chicago Brownie Troop, a large quantity of books were collect and transported to Jamaica for a newly built Junior (Childrens) Library. During her time there, she also explored and experienced first hand the Jamaican methods and philosophy of healing which derive from numerous indigenous and West African traditions.
Drawn to her wealth of knowledge, traditional and holistic healthcare practitioners, parents, business people, artists, and cultural creatives consult with Isadora. Her work encompasses helping individuals of many communities including the African Diaspora and members of the GLBTQ community.
Now based in the Chicago, IL area, Isadora travels to teach and meet with clients.
An international clientele benefit from her perceptive, intuitive understanding of each individual’s need for well being and a gift for weaving together alternative healing practices with positive encouragement and a bit of sweet humor to keep things light. She generously shares her expertise in creating concise, practical and effective programs for people with busy lifestyles. As Isadora does not sell nutritional supplements, recommendations are based solely on what is perceived as being for the highest good of each individual.
On his album Healing, musician Todd Rundgren sings~
“There’s no prescription that’s sold that
can heal you like compassion.”
Interviewed after its release Todd expressed a simple truth~
“…I think most healing comes from inside the person… Someone external from them can help them focus it. But the only person you can truly heal is yourself.”
Isadora’s goal is to be a compassionate presence on your path, awakening and supporting the healer within.
Learn more about flower essences in an informative radio interview
of Isadora by Mary Laven of Wind Over Fire Healing Arts Center ~
Whether in one session or on an ongoing basis let
Isadora’s brightly shining light illuminate your path
to greater wellness.
Some of the internationally known teachers
Isadora has been privileged to study with:
Herbs, Healing and Flower Essences
Steven H. Horne, Richard Katz and Patricia Kaminski, co-founders, Flower Essence Services, Ian White, ND and founder of Australian Bush Flower Essences, Bernard Jensen, DC, Keewaydinoquay (Ojibwe/Chippewa Elder Herbalist), Rosemary Gladstar, Juliette de Bairacli-Levy, Amanda McQuade Crawford, Ed Smith, co-founder Herb Pharm, James Duke, PhD, Davis Winston, Traditional Mayan Healer Beatrice Waight, Dr. Tenzin Choedrak (The Dalai Lama’s Senior Tibetan Physician), Daniel Mowrey, PhD, Terry Willard, MH, PhD, Tieraona Low Dog, MD, Patch Adams,MD, Michio Kushi, Nan Koehler, Ryan Drum, Jane LaForce, Feather Jones, Gail Ulrich, William Le Sassier, 7Song, Ohashi, Malidoma Some, Sobonfu Some, Elliot Cowan, Patch Adams, Carolyn Myss, Rosita Arvigo, ND, Herbalist Michael Moore, Pam Montgomery, Rudolph Ballantine, MD, Hanna Kroeger, Murray Synder, Thomas Verny, PhD, and numerous others
Culture and Consciousness
Shakti Gawain, Field Museum (Chicago), Art Institute of Chicago, Marshall Rosenberg, PhD, Helen Nearing, Continuum Center (Minneapolis, MN), DePaul University, (Chicago)
Himalayan Institute (Glenview, IL), C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, Green Nations Gathering (NY), Herbfest (Iowa), Shambhala Center (Chicago) Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Rudolph Steiner Education Program (IL), Anthroposophical Nurses Association of American- Art of Nursing I Course, Midwives Alliance of North America Annual Conference, Kushi Institute (Chicago), Nutrition for Optimal Health Association, Arcturus: Rudolph Steiner Education Program (Chicago), Bach Flower Essences National Education Seminar, Oasis Center, Ohashiatsu Chicago, Anthroposophical Society (Chicago), New Leaf School (Chicago)