ABOUT US

Who We are - Meet our TeamAbout us - Verse Team

WELCOME TO THE LAND OF VERSE

Which we lovingly call Verse

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OUR STORY

In 2018, the School of Traditional Healing Arts was born in the basement of The Scarlet Sage Herb Co. out of a desire to bring herbal medicine education into an urban setting. During this time, we have been able to serve our community through Scarlet Sage in the most successful way possible.

In March 2020, at the beginning of COVID, as we sheltered-in-place, we moved our certifications online and thankfully we were able to continue to provide empowering wellness education to our community. Even during a global pandemic, we have continued to grow exponentially. Almost two years into the pandemic, our school has expanded beyond our humble basement beginnings.

We now have students from around the world joining our online learning community and we are excited to welcome more. After much work and a lot of thought, we have built a new company to hold all of our students and a vision of healing the world one class at a time.

THE DREAM TEAM

Laura Ash, Verse CEO

Laura Ash

Verse Founder & CEO
Laura (she/her) is a clinical herbalist, a mother, a teacher, a dancer, a storyteller, and a social entrepreneur.
In 2006, Laura graduated from The California School of Herbal Studies in Clinical Herbal Medicine while running a chai tea company, and in 2008, Laura co-founded Avra Organic Spa in San Francisco, founded Herbal Anthropology Project, 501(c)3 in 2011, and in 2015 acquired The Scarlet Sage Herb CoLaura's current passions are in supporting feminist business principles and encouraging sound financial education for healers.

  • Rising sign: Scorpio
  • Fav Herb: Lavender
  • Family Ancestry: Western European
  • Fav animal: Bear
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Kursten Hedgis

Operations Manager and Director of Metaphysical Arts at Verse
Kursten (she/her) is a folk herbalist, ops maven, and meditation junkie. She earned her BA(s) in Critical Theory and Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University while working simultaneously as an administrator at an Acupuncture clinic and a tech advisor at Apple.
Since then, she's leaned into her unique ability to bridge the worlds of business and esotericism by working with companies like Scarlet Sage Herb Co, Modern Mystic Shop, Adult Swim, Mailchimp, Samsara, and Off the Mat, Into the World to support everyday lives (and corporations!) with metaphysical tools and services. Her work with Verse is the denouement in her mission to merge modern technology's innovation with the ancient wisdom of healing arts. You can find her writing, painting, or basking in the East Bay sunshine under the oak trees of Lake Merritt with 16-year-old dog, B.

  • Rising sign: Leo
  • Fav Herb: Ocimum sanctum, Holy Basil
  • Family Ancestry: 2nd generation Greek American, specifically from Aegean Islands
  • Fav animal: Whales!
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Kursten Hedgis, Operations Manager and Director of Metaphysical Arts at Verse
Kelsey Barrett, Director of Herbal Education at Verse

Kelsey Barrett

Director of Herbal Education at Verse
Kelsey (she/her) is a California based clinical herbalist.
Her mission is to foster intimacy with self, health and the natural world. Her herbal and environmental insights have been published in Vogue, Edible East Bay, GOOD Magazine and Gestalten, and she is currently Director of Herbal Education at Verse.

  • Rising sign: Leo
  • Fav Herb: Linden
  • Family Ancestry: Irish, Scottish, French 
  • Fav animal: Sea Turtle
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Tessa Kappe

Communications Manager & Botany Teacher at Verse
Tessa (she/her) is a clinical herbalist, gardener, folk botanist and educator on Ohlone territory in San Francisco, CA.Tessa holds a clinical herbalism certificate from School of Traditional Healing Arts, a BA in Politics with a focus in Feminist Studies, a Permaculture Design Certificate and two decades of organic gardening experience. Prior to her work with Verse and running a small private practice she spent a decade leading nonprofit programs in nature connection, food justice and nutrition for underserved youth. Find her in the garden, hiking the California coast, marveling at vegetables at the farmers market, fermenting, ogling sidewalk weeds and adventuring with her urban farmer sweetie. 

  • Rising sign: Aquarius 
  • Fav Herb: Avena sativa, Milky Oats
  • Traditional Ancestry: Ashkenazi Jewish +Northwestern & Eastern European
  • Fav animal: Fiery Skipper Butterfly
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Tessa Kappe, Communications Manager & Botany Teacher at Verse
Marie Lamy, Tech Lead at Verse

Marie Lamy

Tech Lead at Verse
Marie (she/her) is a French tech maven and marketing passionate. Over the last fifteen years, Marie has been working with International companies like L'Oréal, Lancôme, AFP and Galileo Global Education to manage their online presence, content and e-commerce strategy. Passionate with traditional wellness and herbal medicine, Marie joined the Scarlet Sage Herb in 2018 as Digital Marketing Manager.
She now uses tech to turn the Verse team's educational vision into a real-life online reality. Mother of two, Marie is based in France and is deeply integrated in the French Tech Ecosystem.

  • Rising sign: Aries
  • Fav Herb: Pineapple Sage
  • Traditional Ancestry: French
  • Fav animal: Fishes
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Our Mission

Verse uplifts pop culture’s desire for self-empowerment through a curated wellness education marketplace for all levels of students with modern technology.

Our Vision

Verse connects people with traditional healing arts that empower everyday lives with purpose, physical well-being, and spiritual connection.

Verse infuses online learning with embodied experiences to create connection and wholeness, a missing component in most eLearning platforms.

Verse brings online healing arts education into your home and expands your global community of like-minded folks.

Our Values

  • We celebrates Diversity
  • The earth is a stakeholder
  • Our students are Empowered through Interdependence
  • We all have ancestral remedies & traditions - we support our students to find them
  • We are connected to one another through our passions and curiosity
  • We uplift Indigenous teachers from around the world
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