About Stephany

Stephany presenting at the 2015 AHG Symposium.

Stephany presenting at the 2015 AHG Symposium.

After beginning her career as a self-educated healer in the late 90’s, Stephany chose to pursue advanced studies culminating in a Bachelor’s degree from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont where she studied clinical herbalism, ethnobotany and ecological design. Having this perspective has allowed her to meld the historical practice of community healers with  modern scientific research in a unique manner.


Stephany is also the event Manager for the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference

Stephany is also the Event Manager of the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference

While maintaining a small clinical practice, Stephany has more recently turned her focus toward herbal education, offering a year long intensive to a small number of applicants and teaching continuing education classes on herbal self-care and preparation. She has presented at many conferences including the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, The AHG Symposium, The Midwest Herbfest and the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference. She is also an Associate Academy Educator at The Herbal Academy having contributed to their  Entrepreneur Course and  their Advanced Herbalism Course.

As a writer, Stephany has maintained this website for over 12 years and has written for various herbal publications including The Essential Herbal Magazine, Plant Healer Magazine and Natural Herbal Living Magazine. You can contact her by e-mailing stephany@naturallysimple.org or calling 319-512-2422.

Stephany Hoffelt Iowa City Herbalist

Stephany and her four-year-old granddaughter.

Stephany’s other passion is ecological gardening. She is certified through Iowa State University as a Master Gardener. Her hobby is the design and implementation of her own teaching garden. When she is not busy in her own garden, she devotes her volunteer time to various community gardening initiatives including a local edible food forest, and to organizing community events for urban homesteaders.