Patrick Kooyman is an a practicing herbalist, ethnobotanist, wildcrafter, herb cultivator and educator living in Nelson, British Columbia. He is the owner of Blue Lotus Ethnobotanicals, a small herbal company providing handcrafted herbal medicines, with a focus on using locally cultivated and ethically wildharvested plants and fungi. He has studied botany at the University of Calgary, and herbal medicine through Wild Rose College and Emery Herbals. Patrick is interested in the beneficial relationships developed between plants and people, the nature of plant consciousness, and how we can communicate with plants by approaching them as living sentient beings. He is an avid forager of wild plants and fungi for use as food and medicine, and loves growing plants in the garden.