Nutrition Consultant, Herbalist & Weight-Loss Coach
Miriam Wiener is passionate about showing women how to use nutrition and herbs to lose weight permanently.
She specializes in helping post-pregnancy mothers reset their female metabolism for increased energy, mental alertness, and fewer cravings – without the use of drugs or surgery.
A mother of seven, author, nutrition consultant and herbalist with over twenty years of experience, Miriam is known for her warm, intuitive approach, combined with highly effective tools and techniques that work.
Her educational background includes a B.A. from UCLA in anthropology with specializations in medical anthropology and public health, a year-long work-study program at the Vega Macrobiotic Study Center with Herman and Cornelia Aihara (1991-92), and a professional apprenticeship with Master Herbalist Jane Bothwell (1992-94). Miriam is currently completing her M.S., C.N.S. in human nutrition.
Her professional affiliations include the Society for Medical Anthropology, American Botanical Council, United Plant Savers, Society for Economic Botany, Seventh Generation Fund, and the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Miriam has been the proprietor of Miriam’s Garden Herbal Products since 1994.
Through her exciting workshops, coaching programs, and mentorships, Miriam guides women step-by-step toward a life of radiant health, the Jewish way.
Educated by the Masters
Born in New York City and raised in Connecticut, Miriam’s educational background is diverse, and includes numerous teachers and apprenticeships. At the age of 18, she was accepted into an apprenticeship program at the Vega Macrobiotic Center in Oroville, California. She lived and worked as a Vega staff member for a year from 1991-92, studying under some of the finest macrobiotic teachers in the world, such as Herman and Cornelia Aihara, and David and Cindy Briscoe.
She was assistant chef under Cornelia Aihara at the Vega French Meadows Lake Tahoe Macrobiotic Summer Camp, and had the privilege of studying hands-on the healing energetics of food and cooking.
From Vega, Miriam went on to study first at a beginner-level, and eventually to participate in a Professional Apprenticeship under Master Herbalist Jane Bothwell.
In the summer of 1994, Miriam’s graduation project was the launching of her own herbal company, Miriam’s Garden.
Miriam’s Garden Testimonials
“Miriam…You are a jewel!”
Central Coast, Oregon
“Boy – I LOVE this company! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all your help!”
Wallkill, New York
“Miriam, I really appreciate your guidance. This is not found in many online herbal companies.”
Cris Longacre, R.N., L.Ac.
Fort Apache Indian Reservation, Arizona
“Rest assured I will be back in the future. And I will be spreading the word about Miriam’s Garden through every venue I can.”
Brook Elliott, Holistic Health Practitioner
“I’m totally excited! Thanks so much…for the extra goodies and all the good vibes. I love the herbal blessings.”
Elana Kahn-Oren, Director, Jewish Community Relations Council
Milwaukee Jewish Federation
“… yours will be the first place I recommend when anyone asks me about herbs.”
Self-Care, Not “Health Care”
In 1996, Miriam entered UCLA as an undergraduate. She worked as a research assistant at the UCLA School of Public Health, documenting health statistics within the United States healthcare system and recording the history of herbal medicine through the UCLA Folk Medicine Project. She also worked as a consultant grant writer for the Los Angeles American Indian Health Project (LAAIHP).
Miriam came to see how especially now, in our current health care model where many are without health care insurance, that self-care with nutrition and herbs can be the smartest, lowest-cost method for staying healthy and reducing the need for doctors and hospital visits.
From UCLA to Jerusalem
While a student at UCLA, Miriam’s interest in healing and spirituality led to a deeper commitment to Judaism.
In 1997, she was privileged to spend the summer studying at Neve Yerushalayim College in Jerusalem with Rebbetzin Bracha and Rabbi Moshe Zaret and Ashreinu, returning the following year to continue at Machon Alta Seminary in Tzfas, the “Center of Kabbalah” in northern Israel.
Shortly afterwards, she met her bashert (soul mate) who had followed a similar path from Los Angeles to Israel (and back to Los Angeles again), and together they now strive to share the beauty and depth of Torah with their children and those around them.
Miriam has been blessed to experience healthy pregnancies and to breastfeed problem-free. Her seven children have never had ear infections, strep throat, asthma, or allergies – and have never been prescribed antibiotics.
Miriam shares this information not to impress, but instead to impress UPON other mothers that these are not coincidences, but instead results of healthy lifestyle choices that began in the kitchen – and Miriam believes passionately that everyone can enjoy similar successes of their own, with better nutrition and preventative self-care.