Lanny’s Teachers (R.I.P.)

Some of my teachers have passed on. This page is dedicated to them.


William LeSassier (1948-2003)

In Remembrance of William LeSassier by Margi Flint

William LeSassier (rt.) with David Winston
William (circa mid-1970s during the time I knew him) explaining his unique Pythagorean or triune system of creating herbal formulas with triangles












Juanita Centeno (1918-1992)

Juanita is prominently featured on the left side of this “Ethnic Diversity” wall mural in Lompoc

“If anyone has children, they better teach their children to follow the traditions that we’re leaving behind because it is later than we think…”

“Destroy Nature and you destroy yourself” ~ Juanita Centeno

Visit the Juanita Centeno Memorial Gallery at Lompoc Museum

Read an interview with Juanita in Wisdom’s Daughters: Conversations with Women Elders of Native America




Henry Hilgard (1936-2013)


Michael Moore (1941-2009)

Read Michael Tierra’s tribute to Michael Moore.

From the Introduction to Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West by Michael Moore:

1. Be sure of the plant you are picking.
2. If the herb makes you sick, take less or throw it away.
3. If it doesn’t work, use more or forget it entirely.
4. Trust your own judgement above all.
5. That which stimulates can irritate; that which helps can hurt.
6. If you don’t get better or get worse quickly, call your doctor.


Ken Littlefish (1946-2012)

Colin Kingfisher (l.) and Ken Littlefish (r.) singing prayer songs at Nevada Nuclear Test Site in support of the Shoshone tribe

Ken Littlefish “Rainbow Hoop” Video

Ken Littlefish lecture on Native American Church

Ken’s Obituary

5 thoughts on “Lanny’s Teachers (R.I.P.)

  1. Didn’t know that Will LeSassier died. He was brilliant as was M. Moore. By the way, the person to the left of William is a most excellent herbalist by the name of David Winston who started Herbalist & Alchemist, from New Jersey. The man in profile behind William appears to be David Hoffman, an eminent British Herbalist. Amanda knows both of them well I would imagine. I’ve had the honor of studying with all of these fine folks at one time or another over the years. I am new to Santa Barbara and look forward to joining you on one of your herb walks, perhaps tomorrow.

    1. Thanks for the ID on the photo. William had quite an influence on me at a formative time in my life though we lost touch in later years. I have David Hoffman’s book, on Amanda’s recommendation. Amanda introduced me to Michael Moore, though I was quite familiar with his work, and we brought him out to Ojai for a great multi-day workshop with the 3 of us. I’ve been blessed with some great teachers and, sadly, had to witness their untimely passing. I look forward to meeting you one of these days.

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