Sailing on the Winds of Change

Early last spring, after experiencing a boat-load of challenges, I was planning to write an article entitled “Sailing on the Winds of Change”. At the time, I had no idea of just how far those winds would take me…

Having been out to sea for quite a while, I have not had a chance to write that article. But now that I can see land in the distance, it’s time to share the story of the journey thus far – a personal story of struggle, surrender, faith and adventure.

After months of working 7 days a week, we launched our “purposeful tea” company in October of last year. It was both a physical and a financial drain, but we are still in business, and my dream of empowering people to take charge of their health is taking shape. A big hurdle that stopped us almost dead, is the cost of workers’ comp in the State of California – 4 times the national average! So, we decided to do it all sans-employees.

At the beginning of this year, Jessie, my office manager of nearly six years, decided to move too far away to stay on at One River, and we were faced with the challenges of new hires. In a matter of 3 months, I wrote SEVEN termination checks! (Mostly due to personal/family commitments taking priority – as they should.)

I started to question why I was working so hard, and why it was such a struggle for me to continue to do what I thought was important. So, daily, I would open my arms to the heavens and say “I’m open. I am willing to let go of everything I have created. Just let me know what I am supposed to do.”

In March, I got a case of poison oak that went into my lymphatic system! That was the last straw. I felt that I was being rejected/ejected from California. I suddenly realized that I only like it here 3 months of the year, and those 3 months are marred by poison oak. I started looking in to moving to Belize or Panama, still asking for guidance.

Hawai’i was suggested by my husband and other family members, and although I had put aside the thought of ever moving back there, I decided to check the real estate market. On the real estate map, I zoomed in to my favorite area, the Hamakua Coast, clicked on the first property that attracted me, and WHOAH! It was the 14 acres I used to own!

My heart was pounding! I immediately emailed two agents over there, and it was already in escrow. Well, that made me realize how much I have missed living there! I have been working this hard to make it okay to live here, and it has taken time away from the reason I moved back here – grandchildren.

Within days, I received an email from Hawaiian Airlines saying that I needed to have activity on my account or I would lose the miles I have had for years, and had no time to use. We decided to go with open hearts and minds to see how it felt, and I booked a short trip to the Big Island the following weekend.

The night before we left, I cried. I could feel my heart being pulled back, and I already knew I needed to return. I cried because I knew I needed to let go of the dreams we had that had given us the drive to build our home and our businesses. The dreams of our grandchildren playing in our house, which we designed with them in mind. Adventures at the river, harvesting herbs and food from the garden, and the older kids learning to run the tractor.

The trip was magical! Our first stop was my old house/office in downtown Hilo, which is now Kilauea Kreations. While visiting the proprietors, the husband told Ty, three times, “If the wife’s happy, I’m happy.” And when we got to the cottage we rented, the host told us “You guys need to move here, we need you here.”

We looked all around to see how we felt. We started listing the things that were important to us: 1) Easy access to Hilo, but not in the city, 2) In a community, walking distance to some amenities, 3) Rural with farmable land, 4) Running water – a stream or river, 5) Ocean view, etc.

On day 2, we found it! Eight miles north of Hilo on the Hamakua Coast, on the edge of an old plantation village, walking distance to a little market/shave ice place. We went back several times.

On Day 3, we went to the farmers’ market near my old house. I ran in to an old friend whom I hadn’t seen in eight years. He said, “I was just talking about you a few weeks ago. There’s a young MD in downtown Hilo who is opening an integrative health center. She was saying she needs a really good acupuncturist, and I told her about you.” He handed me her card, and said “You need to get in touch with her.” Later, he told Ty, “You need to bring that girl back here. This island needs her.”

On Day 4, we went back to the property, set our intention and asked for blessings, then caught our flight home.

Fast forward a couple months:

We bought the land, and in the process found out that the old plantation hospital and clinic used to be on the top portion, from the 1920’s to 1962. It served all the plantations on the southern Hamakua Coast. We met our neighbor, who grew up there and his mother and father worked in the clinic. We went to the plantation museum and found pictures and newspapers. We explored the property and found a waterfall, lots of bananas, mango and avocado.

I met with Dr. Mitchell and I really like her. She is working on getting the major insurers there to cover integrative healthcare as a pilot program. We have a meeting with them to present our arguments mid-August. I’m not sure what my role will be in the clinic, and I am staying open to all possibilities. I will most likely teach more and treat less. I plan to create a retreat-style medical qi gong training, and hope to teach acupuncture students again.

As for the Purposeful Teas, we plan to have local farmers grow herbs for us (many Chinese herbs grow well in Hawai’i), and we may open a Purposeful Tea Shop in downtown Hilo. We will still have an online presence, and hopefully distributors on the mainland.

I don’t know our timeline yet, but we are moving forward with faith and a sense of wonder!

REQUEST FOR TESTIMONIALS: If any of you would like to help us succeed in convincing insurance companies to cover acupuncture and herbs, please send me your testimonials!

A Free Purposeful Tea Party – Please RSVP

This week we are talking about the advanced stages of a cold – sore throats, swollen tonsils, fevers and red eyes. If you would like to join the conversation and unable to make it to the party – no worries – we will be streaming the party LIVE on Facebook @OneRiverMedicine

Please join us for our final, in-depth look at combatting these pesky pathogens that plague us all.

We will be covering the following selection of teas:

  • Cool – For burning irritation. Formulated for sore throats, fevers and rashes. We covered this blend last week, but it has so many uses that we are going to cover it again. We will feature Cool separately, and then we will be combining Cool with the following blends:
  • Silk –  This all-purpose formulation is designed to soothe irritated linings such as those in the throat, stomach, intestines, and urinary tract. Whether you’re sick or not, this is the perfect tea to alleviate and quench any type of dryness that you may experience from time to time.
  • Clear – For clearing heat, redness, and congestion. Opens sinuses and relieves burning, irritated eyes.
  • Shield – This is a good all-purpose blend that is suitable for battling a cold at any stage.

This event is part of our ongoing Purposeful Tea Party, a free offering that takes place every week on Tuesday evenings. Please don’t forget to RSVP by calling 530-878-4828 or emailing

A Purposeful Tea Party

Tuesday, 2/28/17, 7:15-7:45pm

Nature provides us with many remedies for warding off a cold. But not all colds are created equal, and understanding the different types and stages is key to choosing the one that will be most effective. Chinese Medicine differentiates common colds based on symptoms such as chills, fever, sweats, body aches, sore throat, location of symptoms, amount of fatigue and digestion, plus quantity and quality of any present phlegm.

The main objectives when trying to ward off a cold are:

  • Shielding against the elements of cold and wind, and exposure to pathogens.
  • Moving blood and lymph, so that the immune system can work more effectively.
  • Releasing and clearing pathogens and toxins from the body.
  • Supporting the body’s natural defenses.

You are invited to join Linnie O’ Flanagan, L.Ac. and Marta Correll, L.Ac. for an evening of tasting and exploring our extensive array of purposeful teas, suited for any specific type of winter cold.

We will discuss the different types of colds and the teas that are best suited for treating them. The right combination will restore you to optimal health as winter melts away into spring.

Our purposeful teas are modular, so they are designed to be mixed and combined in accordance with your individual symptoms and unique constitution – and they taste wonderful. Each one can be further combined with our line of animal-inspired teas, which are formulated to target different areas of the body.

What better way to alleviate your cold than to relax with a warm, inviting, tasty cup of tea … please join us for this evening of sipping and sampling!

This is the first in a series of free Tuesday evening events. Please RSVP !

Important Announcements!

  • New Acupuncturist
  • January Special
  • Group Acupuncture Returns
  • New Scheduling & Rates
  • Prepayment Discounts
  • Variable Tincture Pricing

New Hours

Starting January 16th, our teashop will be open to the public Monday thru Thursday 10am to 6pm.

New Acupuncturist

We are pleased to announce a new addition to our professional staff!

Licensed acupuncturist, Marta Correll, will be offering both private and group acupuncture here at One River Medicine, beginning Wednesday, January 11th with private sessions.

January Special!   15% off treatments with Marta!  

Group Acupuncture

We are excited to announce that we are offering Group Acupuncture again!

Done while relaxing in lounge chairs, this is a more affordable way to get acupuncture when the condition allows for extremities-only treatments. Group acupuncture can be used to supplement your regular treatments, or for general health maintenance and treatment of many chronic issues.

Group Acupuncture appointments will be with our new acupuncturist, Marta Correll, L.Ac. Starts Thursday, January 12th.


  • Our schedule will be running on 10 minute increments to accommodate group acupuncture appointments.
  • “Simple” private acupuncture treatments will increase from 15 minutes to 20 minutes with the practitioner, allowing for more conditions to be treated in these shorter sessions.
  • A 10-minute Evaluation & Management will be added to your regular appointment when custom tinctures and teas need to be formulated or reviewed.

New Schedule

  Group Acupuncture

Marta Correll

Private Treatment

Marta Correll

Private Treatment

Linnie O’Flanagan

Private Instruction

Linnie O’Flanagan

Mon. 2:00-6:10pm 10:00am-12:10pm 1:30-6:30pm
Tue. 10:30am – 2:30pm 10:30-6:30pm 4:00-6:30pm
Wed. Noon-6:30pm 10:00am-6:30pm
Thu. 2:00-6:10pm 10:30-6:30pm 10:30am-12:30pm

New Rates

With the new scheduling comes new rates, effective January 16, 2017. Click for new rate sheet.

Prepayment Discounts

We are now offering a single option for those who would like to pay in advance for their treatments.

  • Deposit $1000 toward your treatments, to be used within 12 months.
  • Receive 15% off all services paid for with the deposited funds.
  • Credit card payment requires additional $27.50 to cover the merchant service fees.

Variable Tincture Pricing

The price of herbs is continuously rising, and we can no longer afford to offer a flat rate for our custom tinctures. Effective immediately, the price of tinctures will reflect the cost of each herb in the blend. Some of you may have an increased cost and some may have a decreased cost. This also means that the cost of your tincture will vary, depending on the cost of the herbs at that time. Remember, if we refill into your bottle, you get $1.50 off.


My Heart Weeps for All the Women of the World

As a Woman, I reach into the depths of my womb

to find the Eternal strength of Life.

As a Mother, I call forth molten gold

arising from the Earth and filling my core.

As a Daughter, I live in gratitude for my Maternal Ancestors

for guiding, nurturing, and Enduring.

As an Aunt, I open myself to the Divine

Its Radiance dances in my Heart.

As a Grandmother, I broaden my stance and open my arms

to bear the weight of the World.

As a Wife, I breathe deep into prayer

that we may live in Peace on this Earth.

As a Sister, I remember we are All

in this together.

Linnie O’Flanagan-Gorre, woman, mother, daughter, aunt, grandmother, wife, sister

Election night, Nov. 8, 2016

Video by Kelli Lagges


Nutrition Education, Active Meditation & Gentle Yoga

Yin Yang YOGA

5-Week Series Beginning Wednesday July 13th

Every Wednesday July 13th-August 10th 10am-11:15am

Join us as we open the intellect by embracing nutritional wisdom, warm our lungs and prana through active meditation breathing, warm our bodies and target muscles by moving through Yang-like Vinyasa Yoga Sequences, still our minds and target ligaments and joints with meditative Yin-like Hatha Yoga postures. Then, everyone’s “favorite” posture, shavasana rest which will include a final meditation sequence.

Our 5-week Yoga Yin Yang course will provide a well-rounded education in the 5 points of yoga as described by Swami Sivananda, including: Proper Diet, Proper Breathing (Pranayama Exercises), Proper Exercise (Yoga Asanas), Positive Thinking, and Proper Relaxation.

Wed. 10-11:15a                     7/13-8/10 (5 wks)             $50 (pre-register by 7/6, otherwise $70)

June News – Order in the House of the Mind

There’s a lot brewing here at One River Medicine. As the demand for our herbal products has been steadily increasing, we have been busy planning for the future, designing new branding and better packaging for our line of Purposeful Teas. Tyrone has been expanding work space and refining the processes of making our teas and tinctures, and Jessie and I have been researching equipment for grinding and labeling. We are also planning some staff changes and additions. Now that the season of summer is virtually upon us, it’s time to get things clearly planned out and in order, so that we can thoroughly enjoy those fun-in-the-sun days of the season!

Speaking of the Season, we are approaching a transitional time right now, which means the Spleen and Stomach may show some stress from the 12th to the end of the month. In such times, there tends to be an increase in digestive issues, water retention, phlegm, frontal headaches, swollen glands and vertigo. You might also find yourself worrying, over-thinking, foggy-headed or having difficulty falling asleep.

The Winds of Spring stirred up our creative energy, which is great for envisioning our future. The scattering nature of the wind keeps us from becoming stagnant and allows for creativity. But if that creative energy is not reigned in to order by Summer, the Heart’s Fire will be overstimulated and life may feel chaotic, making it more difficult to accomplish our goals. The transitional time of Spleen is the perfect time for the creative energy to take form. But we must caution against overthinking. For a healthy Spleen, squelch your sugar consumption and keep moving!

Being the Year of the Fire Monkey, this Spring was particularly fast moving, exciting and productive. In the coming season of Fire, in a Fire year, we need to pay special attention to our Heart’s desire. The Heart is said to ‘House the Mind’, and when summer heats up, it’s time to ‘Stay calm, cool and collected.’

Learn about the Fire of Summer and the corresponding organs, emotions, and spirit of the season. Join me next Monday evening for my seasonal Health & Longevity class: Summer and the Heart!

See you there!

Linnie O’Flanagan, L.Ac.


Taming the Po

Qi Gong to Soothe the Soul

with Linnie O’Flanagan, L.Ac.

According to ancient Chinese philosophy, humans have 7 Corporeal Souls, called ‘Po’, which are connected to our physical survival. The Po stir up our emotions and inner dialog, thus influencing the way we interact with the world.

We also have a True Spirit, the ‘Shen’, which carries a spark of the Divine, and resides in the Heart. Optimally, the Po inform the Shen of our survival needs, while the Shen keeps the Po in check through its connection to the Divine, and the heavenly virtues we brought with us.

Emotions are stored in our physical tissues and greatly impact the function of our organs, and therefore life-force and vitality. It is through our connection to the Divine, that we can release stored emotions and experiences, and truly heal.

Transform Earthly Emotions into Heavenly Virtues:

Anger -> Kindness

Grief -> Integrity

Worry -> Trust

Anxiety -> Joy

Fear -> Wisdom

Medical Qi Gong is a branch of Chinese medicine which accesses the energetic matrix of our beings and heightens our connection to the Divine. It includes techniques to clear out impurities of all sorts, and refill with Divine Energy.

Qi Gong practices include simple physical exercises, meditations, breathing techniques, visualizations and sound. This class will focus on the emotional aspect of Qi Gong, for ultimate healing and radiant health.

Preregistration required by 3/17. Prior or concurrent participation in Foundations of Qi Gong I & II is required. Register online here.

Foundations I & II                                  Sun. 9:30-11:30a                   3/20 & 4/3                    $75

Taming the Po                                        Sun. Noon-1:30p                   3/20, 4/3, 4/17             $75

Walking Between Heaven & Earth    Sun. 9:30-11:30a                   4/17                              $40

->Sign-up for all of the above for $175

It’s time to let your Spirit soar!

Recipes for Healthy Holiday Treats

The Healthy Holiday Treats that we made in Nitza’s class were incredible!   If you missed the class you can still try out these two recipes for some Delectable Nutrient-Rich Goodies!

(We have most of the super food ingredients available in bulk in our tea shop.)

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