Alumni, BA in Health Arts and Sciences
Residency Site: Plainfield VT


MS in Herbal Medicine, Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts; BA in Sustainable Health, Goddard College.

Personal Statement

Larken is running a campaign to bring medicinal plants, and the skills to use them, to kitchens and medicine cabinets everywhere! Watch the video below to learn more about her “Plant-based Wellness Revolution.”

Larken Bunce (BA RUP ’98) is a clinical herbalist and health educator in Central Vermont, where she co-directs the school/clinic, the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH).

Larken is a regular guest presenter at residencies for the MA and BA in Health Arts and Sciences program, where she brings the VCIH mobile herbal clinic a few times each year.

Emphasizing whole-person healing, her “medicine bag” includes Western herbal medicine, healing foods and functional nutrition, the biological sciences, Traditional Chinese Medicine, bodywork therapies, and mind-body techniques (meditation, breathing exercises, journaling, drawing, mindful eating).

As a graduate of the country’s first accredited Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine, she has studied both evidence-based and traditionally supported clinical applications of herbs in Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions.

Additional Training: Mind-Body Skills, Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington, DC; Foundations of Nutrition, Rooted Wisdom Center for Wholistic Living, VT; Traditional Herbal Diagnosis, Matthew Wood /Sunnyfield Herb Farm, MN; Avena Institute Herbal Studies Internship, Deb Soule, ME; Swedish/Esalen Massage Technician, Heartwood Institute, CA; Zen Shiatsu Acupressure & Whole Foods Nutrition, Heartwood Institute, CA.