Located in downtown Ridgway, Colorado, Wayside Studio was founded in 2018 by Anamaria Worswick as a therapeutic massage studio, herbal apothecary and medicinal plant nursery. Our aim is provide quality, affordable bodywork, herbal products, as well as herbal and garden education opportunities for all ages. Our mission is to inspire individuals to take charge of their health and deepen their connection to the natural world through gardening. The Wild and Wayside apothecary offers high quality locally grown or wild harvested botanicals, all Colorado sourced medicine making ingredients, herb and garden books and other local products to our community and those visiting our region. We offer a lovely outdoor courtyard for gatherings and classes and a herbal reference library.
Anamaria was born and raised in Ridgway, right next door to the True Grit Cafe. She cut her teeth on Hastings Mesa free-ranging with her sister Mercedes, exploring wild places and playing with plants all along the way. As a child and through high school Anamaria was mainly home schooled, traveling the world with her parents as they searched the world over for exciting and beautiful handicrafts to bring home to their global imports shop in little Ridgway. Anamaria moved to Olympia, WA were she studied ethnobotany and human health at The Evergreen State College and worked for two seasons at a medicinal herb and lavender farm. She then moved to Sebastopol, CA to attend the nine month community herbalist and garden apprentice training at California School of Herbal Studies. After sailing the oceans blue for several years, along with her daughter AlkiMia Rosmaryn, she moved back to Ridgway, the place that has always been their home. Ana attended massage school in 2015 and has been enjoying fusing her love of healing botanicals and the profound capacities of therapeutic massage since. She enjoys especially working with pregnant women and babies has a birth doula and certified prenatal massage therapist. Anamaria passionately studies plant cultivation, both wild and in the garden, permaculture, herb craft and many other earth skills. She continues her herbal education through Aviva Romms Herbal Medicine for Women distance learning course as well as the daily use of plants she grows and gathers from the wild. She is a Colorado Master Gardener Apprentice and loves talking to people about plants.