MILLA grew up in the endless boreal forests of Eastern Finland about two hundred miles from the Arctic Circle and a hundred miles from the Russian border. Her work is grounded in her people’s ancestral folk medicine, and her culture’s surviving land-based practices; and her early teachers were grandmothers, both
human and plant. She’s a folk herbalist, a writer, a forager, a local plant enthusiast, a community organizer, an activist, and a gardener, among other things. She finds the intersection of all of these trades in calling herself a witch, or in her native Finnish, “Noita”.
She now lives on a small island on unceded Coast Salish Territory in the Cascadia Bioregion, where she hosts classes and workshops on Old Ways for these wild and wooly times.
The challenge of transferring her plant knowledge to a new, and different bio-region, has been the inspiration for her current work in bringing together folk herbalism, Earth activism, ancestral knowledge, decolonizing and reciprocity, ancient healing modalities, mythology, and creating local resilience and culture. Her passion is connecting people with their own ancestral folk lineage with plants.