We would love to have you join us! If you are not currently a member of this small group, but would like to attend this event or future small group events, please fill out the form, "Join A Small Group" on the Small Groups main page and a host will reach out to you at the email address you provide!
Meet The Host’s!
Gaia Kile has been a vegetarian for about 40 years and a vegan for nearly 10 years. He is a Family Nurse Practitioner. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Nursing in 1998. He is dedicated to holistic patient-centered care grounded in science-based information. He is passionate about the therapeutic power of lifestyle changes, including Plant based nutrition. He is currently working on writing a book about plant based nutrition, is involved in an effort to make Ann Arbor a Blue Zone, and hopes to start a plant based journal (reading) group.
Born and raised in Michigan, Lindsay Merchant. is an educator and college counselor by trade with a Masters in the Art of Teaching, which she put to use through her work in urban education in Chicago and Detroit. Her true passion, though, lies with the power of plant-based eating and natural lifestyle habits. She suffered from autoimmune disease for the better part of 20 years, while western medical treatments continuously failed to provide more than temporary relief and horrible side effects. Through a whole-foods, plant-based diet and the use of Ayurvedic medicine, she has nearly put her autoimmune condition into remission. Lindsay started the Ann Arbor Small Group with her co-host Gaia Kile in 2016 and, despite moving to the west side of the state, continues to meet with that group monthly because connecting directly with others for the purpose of better health gives her so much energy! When she’s not talking about plants, researching how to heal with plants, cooking plants or eating plants,