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Meet Sandrine D’Andrea of Sage River Bird in Highlands Ranch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandrine D’Andrea.

Sandrine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in the south of France in the city of Marseille. Close to the ocean, very connected to nature. Raised by my grandparents (on my father’s side) until the age of ten, then by my mother. I was exposed very early on to the use of conventional medicine and alternative medicine as well. I guess it opened my eyes really early on to the effect of both sciences on my body.

I moved to NYC in 2000 and lived what I like to call the happiest and unhealthiest years of my life. Life in the city was very fun but also very stressful and it took a toll on my spirit and my body. Luckily, in 2014, my husband was offered a position in Rome, Italy. We moved there with our two daughters and spent five amazing years traveling through Tuscany, the Amalfi coast and other European countries.

At that time, I was working as an independent artist and designer. This new lifestyle was exactly what I needed to find myself again. And I did. Going back to Europe offered me a chance to reconnect with my roots. I started to pay more attention to what we were eating and I visited the Herboristeria (apothecary) pretty often.

Seeing how my health was improving, I decided to dig deeper and started to study Herbalism or the science of plant medicine. I also took a deep meditation course and fell in love with it. Everything was connected—mind, body, and nature. Slowly, learning more about the alchemy of herbs, I became self-sufficient.

I rarely visited the pharmacy and made all the essentials our family needed. From immune booster to anxiety reliever, I made herbal extracts, syrups and skincare products. Our trips to the countryside became a reason for me to harvest wild plants. Friends and other members of our community became clients and before I knew it, I was organizing some workshops. I created an Instagram page called SageRiverBird, where I’ve been recording my progress and experiences. There is a very high demand for whole natural products and holistic practices. The world seems to be changing and people are conscious about what their body needs.

Has it been a smooth road?
From the day I decided to open myself to the world of mindfulness and herbalism, doors started to open. I believe that we are all here on this planet for a reason but we need to stay open and take note of the signs the universe is sending us. Herbalism is a lifelong study, not a short term learning path. I will stay focus and keep learning from others who have been there before me.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a community herbalist. The person everyone can turn to with questions and doubts. I define my job as “helping people reconnect with the simple things”. The majority of people turn too easily to Over The Counter meds when easy homemade recipes and herb extracts can help without all the side effects. I do NOT give medical advice, I am no doctor. But I am here to facilitate the reconnection between people and the old ways of healing.

I also offer stress management sessions via mindfulness and meditation. Breathwork is offered during each session as well as guidance. It took me years of dealing with stress to realize how it could turn my life upside down. Through mindfulness, I learned how to corner it and let it go. Today, I am living my best life and thrive to help others do the same. To hear that someone feels better and found peace within while working with me is a huge satisfaction. And seeing people come back for more means the world to me.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Denver is a vibrant city. I love its energy. The fact that it’s so close to the mountains and other outdoors is a must for us. I haven’t yet explored enough to say what I dislike.

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