ALICIA ALLISON I CLOVER & TIMOTHY
Herbalist, Herbal Artisan, Wildcrafter & Educator
"I believe the more we can sense and understand our physical bodies the better we can come to know ourselves and be present. When you work with the body you get out of your head and are better able to access your heart and core."
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Trenton NJ in a small neighborhood called Chambersburg where many working class families and first and second generation Italians lived. Picture two family homes, ladies sitting on porches through the night, kids playing in the streets, small bakeries and big street festivals. It was a real neighborhood; everyone seemed to know each other. When I was an adolescent we moved to the suburbs.
What were you like as a child? What did you want to do when you grew up?
My mother says I was happy-go-lucky and joyful. That I liked to talked to people and had a vivid imagination.
I was an only child raised by a single mother. We spent a lot of time with my grandmothers and extended family. I spent most days with my two boy cousins so I while I loved dolls and crafts, I was also really physically active. Whether we were in the city or the suburbs were always outside riding bikes, skateboarding, playing baseball and exploring local creeks. I remember playing with a lot of worms and building a lot of forts.
When I was 5, I wanted to be a professional ice skater. I was obsessed with Katarina Wit.