Susan graduated from Indiana University School of Nursing with high distinction, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1988, and then worked at Bloomington Hospital as a Medical/Surgical charge nurse for four years.
Motivated by life-long interests and experiences in holistic healing and perspective, she has received training in many areas of health care. These include management of a health food store and training in nutrition, iridology, applied kineseology, natural childbirth, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, AMMA Therapy, Therapeutic Touch, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is an experienced herbalist, and uses medicinal herbs for her family’s health and in her client practice.
Susan Clearwater began her holistic nursing practice in 1993, and later became a certified Holistic Nurse Practitioner through the American Holistic Nursing Association. She currently enjoys her independent nursing practice at her botanical sanctuary in Nashville, Indiana where she sees people of all ages for a wide variety of health issues.
Susan has been an enthusiastic gardener and herbalist for over 40 years. In addition to her nursing practice, she owns and manages Green Turtle Botanical Sanctuary, where she develops and maintains meadow and woodland gardens of medicinal herbs. The herbs are organically grown, processed into tinctures and salve from freshly harvested plants, and sold under the label “Green Turtle Botanicals” to clients and local health food stores.
Susan is also the author of The Art of Herbal Healing: A Guide to Health and Wholeness; a practical, comprehensive reference. This 700-page book contains a wealth of information, step-by-step instructions, and colored illustrations enabling safe and responsible use of herbal medicines to heal and promote vibrant health. The book was written over a period of 25 years synthesizing her herbal and nursing experience.
After more than 28 years of offering classes and apprenticeship programs, Susan has recently retired from the strenuous teaching load. However, she is available as a paid guest speaker by invitation. The classes she has taught include:
- Medicinal Herbalism: Cultivation; Preparing teas, tinctures, salves and poultices; How to use medicinal herbs for health care
- Herbs for Pregnancy
- Herbs for Children
- Women’s Health
- Many Aspects of Holistic Healing
- Healing with Sound
- Therapeutic Touch
Susan is dedicated to promoting well-being and vibrant health for her clients and students.