Teacher Bios and Workshops


We hope the hardest decision you have to make all weekend is deciding which of the amazing classes to attend! 
May your minds be stretched; your hearts opened.

At the WHC, we specifically strive to bring together plant lovers/herbalists/healers who represent the various aspects of herbalism from folklore and family herbalism to clinical, gardener and farmer, to shamanic and plant spirit teachings.  We strongly feel by interfacing and coming together in the spirit of the green, that we can best expand our green network, not only locally, but globally, creating a myrochizzial network that is organically ‘shape shifting’ the world of health and healing into a healthier world for all. We, all of us together, are part of a revolution in health care, and many of the herbalists who will be attending the WHC as speakers and participants alike have helped green the way…

Each year depending on the teachers, we offer a wide variety of topics and  classes at the WHC. We don’t normally choose a specific topic or have ‘tracks’, because we offer such a variety of classes for all level of participants, and we’ve found that people generally choose what they are most interested in attending. Enjoy! We welcome your feedback….

Please note; There may be a few additions and changes to the classes listed below.  The Final Schedule with all class changes is posted on August  1st.

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Alison Birks, MS, CNS, LDN, RH (AHG)

Alison is a Licensed Nutritionist (MS, CNS, LDN) and Clinical Herbalist (AHG). She has been in clinical practice since 1997. She received a calling from Spirit to begin her life’s work as an herbalist at the tender age of 13 yrs. Currently, she is the Science Director at the Institute of Sustainable Nutrition in West Granby, CT. She teaches Nutrition online for Charter Oak State College and is a Mesa carrier in the Andean Peruvian tradition. Alison.Birks@gmail.com


(1) Diet Theory in Practice: The Energetics of Food and Healing Diets
Wondering what to eat? Our understanding of what constitutes a good diet is constantly shifting and changing. In this workshop, gain an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of various diets and how to best apply them in your life or your clinical practice. Topics covered include: Raw vs. Cooked, Omnivore vs. Vegan, Ayurveda, Chinese Diet Theory and other philosophies of eating. 

(2) Adaptogens: Herbs for Stressful Times
This class will discuss the stress response and give an overview of the tastes, energetics, current research and uses of adaptogenic herbs. Samples will be available to taste and experience. Come away with a greater understanding of how to use adaptogens in your life or in your clinical practice.

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Amanda David

Amanda is a community herbalist, the mother of three amazing children, the creator of Rootwork Herbals and a plant lover from way back who has been intimately working and playing with herbal medicine for 20 years. She tends plants and supplies her community with lovingly handcrafted remedies; she tends people and offers deeply personal herbal health consultations, classes and apprenticeships. Her approach to herbalism is based in the folkways, on building intimate relationships with the plants that grow nearby in order to bring herbal medicine and home healthcare back to the people. In doing this, she sees herbalism as a means to rebel against oppressive systems, which undermine health. Above all, Amanda is a lover of plants and a lover of people and is passionate about bringing them together in a down to earth, joyful and accessible way that promotes personal and planetary healing. www.rootworkherbls.com


(1) POC Healing Space (co-taught with Mandana Boushee*)
This is a space that is being held by people of color for people of color to provide a place to gather, heal, and connect in hopes of creating a more comfortable and meaningful experience at the WHC. We will spend time unpacking our personal experiences and trauma navigating plant medicine in the wake of colonization, capitalism, and the oppressions we continue to face. Through group conversation, individual exercises, and stories of resilience, we will nurture our community and promote strategies for healing. This space centers the healing traditions that black, indigenous, brown, and people of color carry, maintain and celebrate.

(2) Healthcare Injustice, Herbalism and Black Folks
In this class we will look at historical through current examples of disparities and violence against black folks in the American medical system. We will consider how this injustice shapes the health of black folks and how herbalism has and can continue to grow as an agent for health justice.  

(3) Children's Wellness with Herbs
Caring for children is one of the most sacred responsibilities we hold. plant medicine helps us to raise the next generation in a way that promotes personal and planetary health. this class will explore common plant allies we can safely partner with to nourish health, optimize immunity and ease the common discomforts of childhood.

*Mandana Boushee is an Herbalist, educator, gardener, activist, parent, and co-founder and co-educator of Wild Gather: Hudson Valley School of Herbal Studies. Growing up in a traditional Iranian household is where her love of plants was first cultivated. She learned about herbs for self-care, ritual, and food as a young girl, using the same herbs her grandmothers used before her. Mandana's work is centered on facilitating learning around herbalism, wild food, earth based skills and crafts, and flower essence medicine. She weaves both her Persian lineage, ancestry, and plant tradition into her work as an herbalist . As a woman of color, she is passionate about maintaining the many voices, stories, rituals, and histories of POC, particularly around health, healing and food.

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Angelique "Sobande" Greer

Mystic, Manifestor, Dream Weaver, Desert Storm Army Veteran, Herbalist & Healer are just some of the things that describe Angelique “Sobande” Greer. She embraces the name given to her by her spiritual Godparents (meaning the seer came with me) and believes that somewhere as a child, she was called back to the healing ways of her great grandmother. Sobande is a Master Herbalist, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Consultant, Educator & Author with over 25 years of experience in the field. Currently, NCB is the only African American School of Herbalism & Natural Health in the south that teaches the art of healing the old fashion way www.naturalchoicesbotanica.com. Sobande resides with her supportive husband & three daughters just outside Nashville Tennessee where she maintains a private practice that centers on education, retreats and consulting. NCB also produces a superb line of organic herbal teas & body tonic products that were the recipes of her great grandmother.


(1) Herbs, Slavery & America
Africans newly pressed into slavery always carried fragmented memories of their culture, music, folklore, social structure, spiritual beliefs and plant medicine to the mines, cotton-fields, tobacco and plantations of America. On the plantations slaves passed their African roots to their descendants orally in a tradition that survives to this day. This workshop provides a mere glimpse into the extraordinary herbal healing legacy of Africans who built America. 

(2) She Who Is: Ritual for Self Acceptance & Shame
This ritual is designed for girls and women 16 & over. It is a safe space vessel for transformation, intentional self love, self acceptance and forgiveness. Participants will become a active participant in learning how to focus and channel their thoughts and energy into the their highest and greatest good. Participants should bring journal, pen, (1) sacred item to bless and take back home / (1) sacred item that will be left and destroyed. Come with a open mind & heart space for change!


(1) Ozain Herbalism System "A Wholistic African Approach to Client Assessment & Evaluation"
Ozain herbalism is a spiritual and philosophical science born from the idea that oneness with the Creative Essence brings about a wholeness in the human spirit. Seekers or aspirants of the system of Ozain seek to bring themselves into alignment with their relationship to the divine cause of life. As with all ancient systems of medicine, this system of herbology teaches students to condition the body in it's entirety so that disease will not attack it. The word Ozain means "Divine Orisha of Plants." Students will get a small glimpse into the beautiful world of African Plant Herbology and how it connects to our physical and spiritual world.

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Beverly Little Thunder

Beverly Little Thunder is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Lakota Band from North Dakota. She has been both a Sundancer and Inipi Ceremony Water Pourer for over 40 years. Her permanent home is Kunsi Keya Tamakoce, situated high in the mountains of Vermont and comprising 100+ acres of natural beauty, the site accommodates a program of Lakota ceremonial activities across the year. Along with leading activities on the land and providing guidance for individuals and families in life’s transitions, Beverly travels widely to speak and share her traditions and work. She speaks about traditional beliefs and ceremonies, community building and  personal empowerment, breaking the cycle of violence against women and children, LGBTQA peoples, undoing racism and other forms of oppression through practicing the values of inclusivity and respect that come from understanding our place in the interconnected web of life. She is a teacher, activist, author, “two spirit” woman, a mother of five, grandmother of many, and community leader and teacher for many more.


(1) Inipi Ceremony

Gifted thru a dream to a grandmother the “inipi" is a place to return to the safety of our mothers womb and pray. Enveloped in the breath of our ancestors we offer prayer and song to those who came before us and for those yet to come. It is a sacred place in which one enters and sit on the ground with others in a circle. Hot stones which represent the ancient ones are brought in and sprinkled with the water we all are a part of. The door opens four times and the guide leads all thru cleansing , requesting, offering of the sacred pipe, and finally giving gratitude.

What to bring: 

  • An open heart

  • Sincere prayers

  • A towel upon which to sit and one to dry off with.

  • Comfortable shorts, tank top, loose dress, sarong wrap or nothing at all.

  • Bring a dollar or two to put in travel fund basket for the six fire tenders.

Inipi will be offered for no additional fee for participants at the NE WHC, but since the space is limited, Beverly has asked that there be a sign up sheet. You can access the form and select which lodge you would like to attend by  clicking here.

Friday - 2:30 pm
Saturday - 7:00 am
Saturday: 2:00 pm

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Bevin Clare, MS, RH, CNS

Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CNS, is a clinical herbalist, nutritionist, mother, plant lover, and a Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). Bevin's lifelong pursuit of plant knowledge and community is central to her personal and professional life. As an herbalist and educator, Bevin trains clinical herbalists through their clinical internship at MUIH and brings herbs into the lives of many students, clients, and practitioners with her national and international presentations. She holds a MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, serves on as an adjunct faculty member of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the New York Chiropractic College. Bevin has studied herbal medicine around the world and blends her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. She is a board member of the United Plant Savers, a group working to protect at-risk medicinal plants in North America. Bevin has been the President of the American Herbalists Guild since 2015 and the Vice-President since 2010.


(1) Crafting an Herbal Education: A Clinical Path
There are many, many ways to become an herbalist. Explore the ways of self study, schools, apprenticeships, and how to craft a comprehensive education leading to a clinical path. Find out about the necessary elements for all herbalists, and the areas you can choose to dive deeply into.

(2) Sambucus: A Global Medicine of Substance and Magic
Take a journey to discover the Sambucus genera and their application, research, and lore around the globe with specific clinical prescriptions as well as a presentation rich with the story and lore of these globally embraced plants.

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Caroline Gagnon

Caroline has been a clinical herbal practitioner and teacher for the past 25 years, in Canada and internationally. A heart-centered communicator, Caroline’s enthusiasm for all aspects of humans and their health is combined with an insatiable scientific curiosity and a deep connection to the plant world.


(1) Self-heal, Plantain and Ground Ivy: undervalued and underused superstars!
A stellar triad. They are three of my favorite herbs and I use them extensively. Let’s celebrate them and dive into their awesome gifts and abilities.


(1) Parasitic Infection: the unwanted little creatures inside of us. 
More common than we think and not just in our gut, we will explore different plants, homeopathic remedies, flower essences and protocols for adults and children to effectively get rid of them safely. I will share different case studies to help understand the scope of the problems that parasites can cause and how to rebuild the body after the damage they have done.

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Charis Lindrooth, DC

Charis Lindrooth, D.C. is an herbalist and chiropractor with a busy practice in Pennsylvania. For more than 20 years she has helped patients work with plant medicine and natural methods to restore well-being on all levels. She has dedicated many hours studying the workings of the brain, memory, cognition as well as the influence of the microbiome on overall health. A writer and teacher at heart, she enjoys sharing her findings with anyone interested in natural options. She is the founder and organizer of the MidAtlantic Women’s Herbal Conference, inspired by the New England WHC, and held each September in PA - www.WomensHerbal.com. She also hosts GingerJuice, an online community of women who love plant medicine. Follow her blog at www.CharisLindrooth.com


(1) The Link Between the Brain and Immunity
Can you actually be allergic to your brain? Does the brain influence immunity? Autoimmune conditions are skyrocketing in the US and many people who suffer with autoimmune conditions go undiagnosed. Let’s take a look at the phenomenon of neuroautoimmunity, chronic inflammation and the role the brain plays in immune balance. A special look at the connection between the brain and Hashimoto’s disease will be included. 

(2) The Autoimmune Answer
There are more cases of autoimmune disease in the US than cancer and heart disease combined. It remains the leading cause of death among young and middle aged women. Many who suffer with autoimmune conditions go undiagnosed and there are likely many forms of autoimmune disease that aren’t categorized or formally recognized. Understanding the role our environment paired with our gut health plays in the balance of our immunity is essential to a natural approach. Learn how key botanicals and natural protocols can be profoundly transformative in the treatment of these conditions. 


(1) Keeping Your Brain Brilliant
Forgetfulness, foggy thinking, brain fatigue, and mood changes are disconcerting symptoms that many of us experience but seldom know the best options for treatment and prevention. These symptoms can happen to anyone and are often telling us that our brains need more support. Taking a proactive approach to support healthy brain function is the best way to prevent more serious neurological issues as we age. Many measures can be taken naturally, by learning how to self evaluate so you can “feed” the brain for optimal function and eliminate lifestyle factors that undermine brain health. This intensive is specifically designed to guide you through the various components of self evaluation of your brain health. Whether you are a practitioner helping clients, or whether you struggle with cognitive function or have suffered a traumatic brain injury or stroke, or if you simply want to prevent problems down the road, this intensive will help you lay the foundations of your personalized natural brain care program that will boost confidence in your overall health and happiness.

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Claudia J. Ford, PhD

Dr. Claudia J. Ford has had a career in international women’s health and development spanning three decades and all continents. Claudia is a midwife and ethnobotanist, who studies traditional ecological knowledge, women’s reproductive health, and sustainable agriculture. Dr. Ford is on faculty at Rhode Island School of Design where she teaches Women’s Studies, Indigenous Knowledge, Environmental Literature, and Environmental Justice. Claudia serves on the boards of The Orion Society, a community that publishes Orion literary magazine, and the Soul Fire Farm Institute, committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. Claudia is the director of an on-farm artists’ residency program, and she is a writer, poet, and visual artist; a single mother who has shared the delights and adventures of her global travel with her four children.


(1) Ethnobotany For Social Justice: Decolonizing the Stories of Herbal Medicine
At the core of herbalists’ struggles to be inclusive in their practices, and embrace health and medical justice challenges, are the various ways that the histories and herstories of medicine and herbalism have glorified and exalted an oppressive colonization of plants and people, while erasing and destroying the lived, traditional knowledge of indigenous communities. Many herbalists are called to do transformative work within our communities. We strive to understand and represent our relationships with the plant world, but struggle to understand and collaborate with diverse ways of being in human society. This workshop will provide an opportunity to review, discuss, and reflect on the task of unlearning, learning, decolonizing and reclaiming the stories of herbal medicine. 

(2) Women's Herbal Medicine and Reproductive Health Justice
In this workshop, we will explore the issues of medical injustice and racism, and medical inequalities, specifically in the field of reproductive health, where US outcomes are the most dismal of all developed nations. We will discuss and analyze reproductive health justice as a movement that involves marginalized communities in diverse ways. The aim of the workshop will be to explore the multiplicity of critical issues, debates, and responses within reproductive health justice, and the intersection of these issues with herbalism. This workshop will explore the connection of plant's stories and women’s stories for the purpose of understanding the relationship between reproductive health plant medicines and reproductive health justice. The workshop will also identify contemporary responses to reproductive health inequalities including grassroots advocacy, decolonized movements for herbal medicine, food justice, and indigenous health rights.


Deb Soule

Deb began gardening and studying the medicinal uses of herbs over 40 years ago while growing up in a rural town in western Maine. Her deep love and respect for healing plants and her desire to support people living in rural areas inspired Deb to found Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary and Healing Gardens in 1985. Deb teaches, consults and tends a 3-acre biodynamic herb garden which provides numerous herbs for Avena’s herbal remedies and serves as a classroom and sanctuary garden for pollinators and people. Her love for sharing plant wisdom infuses her books Healing Herbs for Women and How to Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants. Biodynamic agriculture and her work with Maine Wabanaki Reach guides her ongoing commitment to decolonization and ecological justice and healing.  www.avenabotanicals.com www.debsoule.com


(1) Grow a Row of Calendula
Eve Ensler and the women in the Congo who birthed the idea of the City of Joy, (www.drc.vday.org, where Eve and others are helping women heal from the violence of war) is what inspired  the Grow a Row Project to seed itself in my heart. Now it is time to take calendula to the streets and make calendula flowers and healing salves accessible to wider groups of people while also educating people about herbal medicine and domestic violence. Calendula is a common herb that can easily grow in most city or country garden plots. Throughout the warmer months, calendula can be collected, dried and infused into oils and salves or added into tea blends and then given away.  This magnificently sun-filled flower holds much medicine. Through colorful slides I will tell the story of how to grow, harvest and use calendula for healing. We will then make several dozen calendula salves together that will be donated to a few different projects. Handouts with information about growing, drying and using calendula and preparing oils and salves will be available for freely copying and giving away. May everyone who is able begin to Grow a Row of Calendula.

 (2)  Caring for our Pollinators, our Garden Soils, our Inner Souls
The web of life is multidimensional, diverse, interconnected and conscious.Through a colorful slide show we will learn about growing specific medicinal plants that support both pollinators (especially hummingbirds) and people. The well-being of our plants and pollinators is directly connected to the abundance of our garden's humus and mycorrhizal fungi. A brief introduction to biodynamic compost and soil preparations will be included as we talk about soil health. Tending our inner soul life is also essential for our gardens to thrive and our medicine to be infused with spirit. 

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Emily Ruff

Emily Ruff, Executive Director of the Florida School of Holistic Living, and founder of the Florida Herbal Conference, is a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. Her studies have taken her around three continents where she has studied under healers of many traditions. Emily’s dedication to preserving bioregional medicinal plant traditions and ecosystems led her to become active in the organization United Plant Savers. Inspired by a need for greater connection among her regional community, she founded the Florida Herbal Conference event in 2012, an event which continues to sell out annually. In past years, she served multiple terms as president of the Herb Society of Central Florida and as co-founder of Homegrown Local Food Cooperative. Most recently, in response to the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub, Emily founded the Orlando Grief Care Project. From the community relationships cultivated through the national response to this tragedy, Emily has formed the Herbal Action Network to continue weaving the web of compassionate herbalism into community engagement. Her most recent work has taken her to Cannonball, North Dakota where she served with the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council.


(1) Dark Medicines, the Poison Path, and Addiction: the Role of Herbalism in Harm Reduction and Healing
As the opiate epidemic in our country reaches a critical peak and substance abuse is at an all-time high, our communities are in need of practical, responsible, and thoughtful approaches to treating addiction. In this workshop, we will look at the energetics of substance use from an herbalist's perspective, and explore theoretical frameworks and practical tools to support those abusing substances or seeking recovery, with an emphasis on energetic balance, harm reduction, and a holistic framework of support. 

(2) Sacred Passage: Providing compassionate care at the end of life
Our culture's glorification of youth discourages healthy discourse around death, and often leaves us ill-equipped to address the complexities of end of life, when our own family faces loss or when it touches our herbal practice. This class will explore how we, as herbalists, can better support our loved ones during the end of life process. We will discuss physical and emotional care of the dying and the surviving family and friends, the art of holding sacred space while protecting our energy and practical strategies of providing support and care. Herbal allies and holistic tools will be highlighted as part of a framework for bringing beauty and grace to the last season of life.


Eshe Dr. Herb Sistah

Dr. Eshe Faizah, is a master formulator, master herbalist, organic master gardener, wholistic lifestyle consultant, creator and mother of 4. She has empowered people in taking control of their natural gift of health for over 25 years. Dr. Eshe has studied as an undergraduate at University of California-Berkeley, honed her herbal interest at Dominion Herbal College and received her doctorate from University of Sedona.  Dr. Eshe has studied at The U.S. Kinesiology Institute and The University of Georgia.

She has blended her interests into a philosophy that she calls, “WombLoveology”, one that she is currently teaching throughout the world.  This Revolutionary, pro-active lifestyle towards taking care of the Womb is empowering thousands of Women to heal.


(1) WombLoveOlogy Beach Ceremony
Regenerate & increase your Creative Source Energy, your Womb/Womb-Space Energy by reconnecting your roots deep into the Earth/Water's Edge. We perform Womb exercises, rituals, practices all on the Beach.

(2) WombLoveOlogy–Your Self-Care Healing Practice
Taking your power back! A Loving set of rituals to develop Body, Mind & Womb Self-Care practices.

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Fearn Lickfield

Fearn is web weaver who facilitates the re-connection of people with the Heart of Nature. She is director of The Green Mountain Druid School and founder of Guardians of the Sacred Earth. Fearnworks as a certified flower essence practitioner, geomancer, dowser, ecstatic dance leader, community organizer, gardener and medicine maker. A lover of magic and ritual, she co-creates community celebrations in honor of the earth and waters, the seasons and for rites of passage. Fearn is steward of Dreamland, a sanctuary and mystery school in Worcester VT. www.greenmountaindruidorder.org


(1) Forest Bathing
Come on a walk into the forest to re-member your place in the web of life. We will sink into our animal bodies and souls, stopping along the way to breathe and connect with special trees, stones and waters. Fearn will share practices for tuning in to the Spirit of Place, to elemental beings, and other mysteries of the Greenwood. Rather than going into Nature, learn to let Nature return to us, and improve the vitality of the lands we inhabit.  

(2) Brigid's Eternal Flame
Gather round Her Eternal Flame and listen to her many names; Brigit, Bride, Brig, Brigantia, Exalted One, Bright Arrow...Learn, listen, connect, sing, circle, and receive her fiery love and light. We will invite her to rise up and ignite our hearts, bringing her many gifts of inspiration, healing, transformation, and compassion to our lives and the world. This class will involve sacred ceremony, story, and song. Each woman will leave with a candle carrying Brigid's Flame.

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Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer is a lover of plants, a fiber artist, and a gardener. She has spent over ten years learning about plants from seed to dye pot and creates beautiful and unique plant dyed wearable fiber art. She has discovered the path of natural plant dyeing as a wonderful way to wear your plant medicine and connect with the healing spirit of plants. Together with her husband and daughter they live on their Vermont homestead farm where they have lovely gardens, animals, and a beautiful outdoor dye studio. www.plantspiritfibers.com


(1) Wear Your Plant Medicine–Intro to Using Plants for Natural Dye
In this class you will learn all about using plants for natural dye through discussion and plant dye demonstrations. We will discuss key plants for creating a rainbow of color. Topics will including cultivation, harvesting, and processing plants for use in the dye pot. We will talk about what it means to wear your plant medicine, how to connect with healing plants through wearing plant infused fibers, and there will time for you to explore this connection for yourself.  

(2) Wear Your Plant Medicine - Farm Grown Color–Japanese Indigo and Madder
In this class we will discuss two key plants, Japanese Indigo and Madder, used for natural dye to make the colors blue and red. These plants have a long history of use in the dye pot and need to be cultivated as they are not found locally in the wild. We will discuss these plants from seed to dye pot. There will be dye demonstrations and Jennifer will talk about what it means to wear your plant medicine, how to connect with healing plants through wearing plant infused fibers, share her experiences of what she has learned about the spirit of these plants and give you an opportunity to explore your connection with them as well.

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JoAnn Sanchez

JoAnn Sanchez is an experiential herbalist in practice since 1979. While she is clinician, retailer and writer, for 20 years she has served at her herb school, Botanica, where she partners with the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts to provide an accredited associate of occupational studies degree in western herbalism. She is co-owner, author of all curriculum, and educator to both students and teachers in her role as school administrator. JoAnn has also been on the faculty of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine for two decades teaching botanical medicine courses and supervising a large educational and production medicine plant garden. She has authored five herbal textbook manuals which are required curriculum at both schools. JoAnn also educates about Sonoran desert medicines as one expertise to both schools as well as in her community at large. Every day she is happy to continue her vocation as advocate for the plants.


(1) Physical and Spiritual Medicine; The Sonoran plants for the materia medica
A presentation of three botanicals from the Sonoran desert, their characters and their applications. Chaparral, Desert willow, and Ocotillo. As these plants make their way into the materia medica throughout our country it is wise to understand their traditional and contemporary applications towards good therapuetics. Discussion will include delivery systems, posology,botanical identification and tastings.

(2) Formulary ideas
This lesson will include differentials for simples, physiomedical pairing, triangulation as forwarded by Rosemary Gladstar, and William Le Sassier's Pythagorean systems to provide groundwork rules to enhance the art and science of herbal prescription.

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Karyn Sanders

Karyn Sanders has been practicing and teaching energetic herbal medicine for 42 years. She co- teaches and co-owns the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine. Karyn also teaches at various conferences and schools around the country.


(1) Being With Your Clients
This class will go over how to hold space and your client while you are working with them—how to create safe space for the person you are working with. We will also look at how to do an interview and know what questions to ask, when to ask them, and how to keep your client moving forward in their work.

(2) Choosing Herbs for Formulations
In this class we will look at just what herb/s are right to give to someone you are working with, when 10 herbs will do, which ones are right for the person you are working with. We will look at the many decisions used for deciding which herb/s match your client. Why one herb over another? What energies to look for.


(1) Healing from Trauma
In this class we will look at ways to heal from traumas: personal (both on-going and old), ancestral, societal and cultural. How to understand and find where we carry trauma in the body. We will look at how herbs and energetic exercises can help us to release trauma and what patterns we have created in response to trauma. We will be doing some energetic exercises during the class and using some herbs. This class is geared to teaching individuals how to be able to work on themselves in order to heal and come back into balance. We will explore ways to have on-going resiliency in life.

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Kathleen Maier, RH (AHG), PA

Kathleen Maier, RH (AHG), PA, has been a practicing herbalist for over twenty –five years. She is currently director of Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, VA where she offers a Three Year Clinical/Community Herbalist training program. She is co-founder of Botanica Mobile Clinic which offers free clinical services to the mental health and women’s community in Charlottesville. She is President of the Board of United Plant Savers Board and was the recipient of their first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award. Kathleen’s studies of plants began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile and her training as a Physician’s Assistant allows her to weave the language of medicine we know today with traditional energetic systems. She is co-author of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas.  www.sacredplanttraditions.com


(1) Energetics of Menses/Moon Time and PMS
This class will look at tissue states and energetic systems to gain a deeper understanding of women’s cycles. When we understand our “Nature” (do we run hot/cold, damp/dry) then we can support and tend our reproductive health in a more meaningful way. The best way to ensure an easeful transition into menopause is to understand your constitutional needs in the earlier years. While we will define the chemistry involved, there is more to PMS than simply hormones.

(2) The Kidney Yin and Adrenal Connection: Energetic Principles for Nourishing the HPA Axis
When we look at the energetics of chronic endocrine dysfunctions or even simply the affects of aging, the clinical picture often entails dry, atrophic, brittle expressions in our physiology. This class will look at how to nourish what TCM refers to as kidney yin and look to botanicals that nourish, moisten and build from deep within. A discussion of bone broths will be included and how this relates to women’s reproductive health as well as maintaining good bone density. Plants covered will be Astragalus membranaceus, Asparagus racemosas, Withania somnifera, Ulmus fulva, Althea off., Polygonatum biflorum, Morus albus fruit -Rehmannia glutinosa ,Althaea officinalis .



Larken Bunce, MS

Larken Bunce, MS is a clinical herbalist, educator, writer, gardener, and photographer. She is founding co-director and core faculty at Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, which runs a full-time sliding-scale community clinic and a 3-year training program for clinical herbalists. Her practice and teaching draw equally from science and spirit, novel practice and tradition, clinic and garden, reflecting her diverse experiences in over 20 years in the field. She is committed to the ongoing work of social and ecological justice and repair, especially as these relate to herbal medicine. She holds a Master of Science in Clinical Herbal Medicine, as well as certificates in Zen Shiatsu, Swedish/Esalen Massage, and Mind-Body Skills. Larken is passionate about clinical mentorship, bridging traditional healing models with biomedical sciences, and restoring Nature to culture through herbal medicine. www.larkenbunce.com and www.vtherbcenter.org


(1) Herbal Support for Transgender, Genderqueer and Non-Binary Folks, Part 1 (Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich and Larken Bunce)
Transgender and non-binary people encounter many obstacles and negative experiences getting health care due to providers who lack sufficient cultural awareness or training. What can we do to offer welcoming and competent care for these (and all) clients? Part one of this class will be an accessible introduction to gender literacy, exploring foundational concepts such as language, forms, and intake process. Ultimately, we hope to give you concrete suggestions for how to practice, teach, write, and live as an ally to people of all gender identities, and how to proceed when we inevitably mis-step.

(2) Herbal Support for Transgender, Genderqueer and Non-Binary Folks, Part 2 (Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich and Larken Bunce) 
This workshop is a follow up to the introduction to gender literacy (Part 1) and will dive more deeply into using herbs to support clients. We’ll explore the ins and outs of hormone replacement therapy and other gender affirming practices and how herbs can be used safely and effectively alongside of and in support of these practices. We’ll address herb-drug interactions, hormonal effects of herbs used on their own, and practicing informed consent in largely uncharted clinical waters. *For those without strong gender literacy or experience, Part 1 is required for those wishing to attend Part 2.


(1) Tongue Assessment for Western Herbalists
Traditional assessment methods, such as reading the tongue, face or pulse, are invaluable doorways to the inner terrain, giving us clues about qualities such as moisture and heat, as well as a sense of tension and overall vitality. We can also gain entry into the psychoemotional world of the client, allowing insight into a person’s world view and perceptions, as held in and expressed through the body. Assessing the tongue is especially useful for understanding the state of digestion, but also serves as a microcosmic mirror of all of the organs, as well as a person’s integrated function. This class is meant to demystify this valuable tool for Western herbalists and get folks comfortable using it right away. We’ll learn some theory and then start practicing together, learning to select potential herbs based on what we see.

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Leyla Bringas

Leyla Bringas began her botanical studies with Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Apprentice Program in 1996. She received her Aromatherapy Certification from Jade Shutes’ Institute of Dynamic Aromatherapy in 1997, which has since grown to be the New York Institute of Aromatherapy. Leyla founded Lunaroma Aromatic Apothecary in Burlington, Vermont in 2000. Inspired by her studies and practice in herbology and aromatherapy for over 20 years, she has formulated Lunaroma’s entire line of aromatherapeutic, bath, body, spa, botanical perfumes and aesthetic products. She is a member of NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy), the regional director for NAHA for Vermont, a charter member of The Natural Perfumers Guild, a member of The Indie Beauty Network, and The Green Products Alliance. Lunaroma Aromatic Apothecary specializes in providing pure essential oils, handcrafted bath and body care products and excellent customer service at the boutique in Burlington, VT, where custom blends, aromatherapeutic blends, consultations and custom botanical perfumes are the specialty.


(1) Chamomile Essential Oil and Hydrosol demonstration and uses
Join Leyla Bringas and Lily Carpenter in a demonstration of the art of distillation of Chamomile. Watch as we render a tiny bit of essential oil and hydrosol while we discuss uses and applications for both.

(2) Using Aromatherapy for Woman's Sexual Balance and Pleasure
Learn how to use aromatherapy to heal and balance your sexual spirit and organs. We will discuss blends for hormonal balancing, aphrodisiacs, recipes to help balance common discomforts, and demonstrate how to make your own organic all natural lubricant.

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Liz Henke

Liz is a community herbalist and artisan based in Charlottesville, VA. Her focus is on creating, building, and facilitating a healing environment for women. Liz is always excited to share her passion for herbs and enthusiasm for women’s health with the community. She is the herbalist and co-owner of Dreamseed Apothecary. Her website is www.dreamseedapothecary.com


(1) Aphrodite's Apothecary
Exploring and creating the erotic experience through the use of herbs. Learn how herbs can entice and enhance your pleasure and that of your lover with a hands on look at different aphrodisiac herbs, and how to use them to create just the right intimacy. This class will be taught through using our senses. Be prepared to taste, touch, feel, and smell your way to creating your own erotic world

(2) The Art and Practice of Vaginal Steaming
Sharing story and herbs of The Art and Practice of Vaginal Steaming. Discover the physical benefits of including the practice of steaming in a self care routine, in addition to helping to provide mental and emotional wellbeing. Learn how to do a steam, what herbs to use for different purposes and how to address specific needs.

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Lorna Mauney-Brodek

Lorna Mauney-Brodek is a practicing herbalist, foot care worker, and teacher dedicated to promoting social and environmental justice through community-based action. She has been caring for the feet of our friends on the street for over a decade, serving at the Harriet Tubman Foot Care Clinic located in Atlanta, Georgia. Lorna is the founder of the Herbalista Health Network, a free clinic provider that offers herbal care to underserved communities via a mobile clinic model with the Herb Bus and the Herb Cart.


(1) Herbal Foot Care for Hardworking Feet
The Harriet Tubman Foot Care Clinic has served our friends on the street for well over a decade. We are a collaborative care clinic in Atlanta, GA, blending herbal and conventional therapies. The services we offer not only address foot specific ailments, but also provide whole body health benefits such as stress reduction, immune support, pain relief, and emotional support. In this class we will explore the protocols and remedies we find effective at our clinic.

(2) Pay it Forward Medicine Making Workshop
Medicine by the People, For the People! Combine learning with service in this unique workshop. Discover the satisfying and empowering experience of creating plant medicine! And the best part? Your hard work will help provide herbal remedies to the people who need it most! The medicines we make during this workshop will be donated to a local organization.

(3) Self-Care Stations
Herbal medicine is truly a medicine by the people and for the people. Over the years Herbalista has created “self-care stations” for different communities with that in mind! These mini-health stations (set up at community centers, homeless shelters, occupations, and the like) empower their users by offering folks a chance to care for themselves with herbs and vitamins. We will discuss the logistics for creating safe and effective self-care stations.

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Marie Frohlich

Marie’s by-line is “Co-creating Health from the Heart.” As a holistic health coach, herbalist and principal of Taproot Herbals LLC, Marie finds joy on the green path through helping other reduce stress through food as medicine and sustainable strategies for self-care. She has a practice in Montpelier and teaches and hosts retreats at her mountain home in Central Vermont.


(1) Understanding the Power of Adaptogens for Balancing Energy
Through Marie's thyroid healing journey and plant medicine research, Marie will share the benefits, recipes and tastes of 10 adaptogens including Chaga, Reishi, Rhodiola and Licorice to name a few.

(2) Mapping Your Herb Garden for 2019
Marie will guide you through an activity to manifest an herb garden that can bring herbal care to your family. Is it a simple first aid kit garden you would love? Or a group of herbs for tea to calm the soul? Perhaps some essential culinary herbs ? Checklists, timelines, resources will be provided.

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Mary Blue

Mary started her career as a community herbalist at Indigo Herbals in Providence, RI in 1999. Since then, she has taught classes on herbalism and farming at local businesses, hospitals, events, universities, high schools, nursing homes, elementary schools, conferences and to special interest groups and non profits all over the country. From 2004-2008 Mary managed the 7 Arrows herbal apothecary in Attleboro, MA. In 2006, at 7 Arrows, Mary founded Farmacy Herbs, which has now grown into an herb shop, herbal school, herbal product company and organic herb farm in Rhode Island: farmacyherbs.com In 2006 Mary co-founded Radherb, a northeast network of herbalists who prioritize social justice within their herbal work. In 2012, Mary founded Herbal Aide, a non profit using film to highlight the work of herbal activists. herbal-aide.org In 2014, Mary co-founded Tradition Not Trademark, and is actively fighting to keep trademarks off of generic herbal terms. In 2016 Mary co-founded the Sage Healing Collaborative, an integrative medicine clinic with a local doctor. The clinic is home to Brown University Medical Schools Integrative Medicine program. Mary holds a teaching associate position at the medical school, teaching Western Herbalism in the program. sagehealingcollaborative.com


(1) Creating a Culture of Compassion within Herbalism
This class will focus on how to create a welcoming, compassionate herbal school, conference or practice. Using the concepts and values of Health Justice, this class will explore cultural competency practices, history of oppression within language, accessibility tactics. We will also explore how to implement these concepts to support diverse students, classmates and clients in the herbal community.

(2) Small Scale Herb Farming
This class will explore the small scale farm model (under 5 acres and the use of no machinery). It will cover developing farm based products, local distribution and marketing of products, incorporating education/ internships into the farm, working with the USDA and other agencies, record keeping, and of course: making the most of your land: growing, drying and harvesting techniques to make a living.

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Mz. imani

Mz. imani facilitates, instigates and co-creates ceremonial music circles. She has been tending ceremonial fire circles for about 30 years. She offers mentorships, sound sessions, rituals & WErkshops as well as offering her support to the elders of many nations through her work with the Handpan. She also produces music and ceremonial gatherings (HangOut-USA, SoulFire Circles) in Western NC and Maryland.

As a ceremonial musician and a spiritual activist Mz. imani Tends To The Sacred Nature of Life. Her passion is to positively influence the landscapes of the sacred. In her personal practice and our collective collaborative circles, she holds a fierce compassion for gentle transmutation through drumming, art, movement, singing, and dance, by holding the container and sharing ways for us to play well together.

Mz. imani is the curator and caretaker of the Swannanoa Sound Chamber (18th Peace Chamber) in Swannanoa, North Carolina, and has been supporting NEWHC for many, many years. www.mzimani.com  www.soulfirecircles.com  www.HangOut-USA.com


(1) Garden of the Groove:  Tools for Cultivating the Sacred Fire Circle   
In the beauty and sense of spirit that surrounds a Sacred Fire Circle, an initiation of wonder awaits us. Join us as we explore ways to set the space, play and pray in the space, communicate with “the unseen allies of hope” and learn to be “read the signs” of the fire, the music, and the people gathered. Join Mz. imani as ceremonial architects, who build the container for Saturday night’s fire circle. We recognize ourselves, and each other as “agents of change” who gather to celebrate the creative spirit that resides in us all. This workshop runs into ‘Free Thyme’.

Intensives (Pre-conference):

(1) Seven Alchemical Perspectives that can Shift Paradigms
Explore the principles of Alchemy as a practice of influencing reality, and how that relates to music circles and cultivating community. Learn some skills that support the capacity to have important conversations and healing expressions of music and art and beauty. This intensive is an invitation to dive deeply with Mz. imani to learn ways to co-create a Fire Circle ceremony of improvisational music, movement and art with other plant women, who, in their own rite, are healers, artists, poets, visionaries and spiritual activists. 

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Nancy Phillips

Nancy is a Community Herbalist, Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Instructor and Farmer. She loves blending all of these healing paths together to support and guide people with their health, wholeness and happiness. For over 30 years she and her husband, Michael, have owned and lovingly tended Heartsong Farm and Healing Center, an herb farm, organic orchard, and educational center in the northern mountains of NH. Nancy and Michael are co-authors of The Herbalist’s Way: Sharing Plant Medicines with Family and Community. www.herbsandapples.com


(1) Reduce Stress and Anxiety with Herbs, Food and Ancient Yoga Practices
Life gets busy, overwhelming, and even traumatic. Our nervous systems are over taxed causing imbalances physically, emotionally and spiritually. Digestive problems, insomnia, poor immunity, anxiety, panic and brain fog can be just some of the symptoms. Today we’ll explore simple but powerful ways to feed, nourish and heal your nervous system. Come sample specific herbs, foods and yoga practices that you can incorporate into your life right now to enhance your vitality and sanity!

(2) Kitchen Cabinet Pharmacy
Culinary herbs and spices (turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cayenne, etc.) have a rich history of being used for thousands of years to enhance the flavor and health value of our food. They bring zest to our meals, but also help build health and cure imbalances. Come spice up your life with Nancy as she shares historical tidbits, recipes, formulas,  samples, and research concerning the medicinal qualities of at least 15 spices you probably have in your kitchen cabinet right now.

(3) Herbs for Kids
Learn how to use herbs to build health and provide gentle and effective remedies for common childhood ailments. We’ll discuss and sample a variety of tasty “kid friendly” formulas as well as review proper dosage and administering tips. Nancy will also share activities and resources that encourage children to connect to the natural world and help prevent “nature deficit disorder”.

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Nancy Scarzello

 Nancy Scarzello has been studying and teaching about herbs for over 35 years. Exploring the woods and watery places surrounding her childhood home in NJ, then living in VT for 30 years on 25 acres where she raised her family with natural remedies from the field, forest and her organic herb farm, the plants became her touchstone. Now living in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate NY, she teaches at conferences and symposiums throughout New England about herbs, native plants, natural healing, mushrooms and deliciously healthy cooking. Her days are delightfully filled with making Plant medicines, Medicinal Mushroom Extracts, seeing clients, teaching and sharing her passion for a self-reliant, deeply rooted, green-spirited lifestyle with the garden herbs and wild plants as her guides and companions. Nancy is the founder of Forest Bay Herbals and can be reached by email,  forestbay@wcvt.com.


(1) Medicinal Mushrooms ~ The Wild Connection ~ 2 hr
Medicinal Mushrooms have “mushroomed” onto the marketplace ~ we hear about them everywhere: in magazines, Oprah, Dr. Oz, TV, the web and even for sale on Craig’s List! Mushrooms have been under the spotlight and deserve our attention ~ chaga, reishi, lion’s mane, turkey tails and more ~ are easily found in the wild, and can be of great benefit. However there is great concern over miss-use and irresponsible harvesting, especially for chaga. Come and get educated! Where do they grow? How/when/if to harvest? The BEST methods of preparation, preservation and appropriate use. Nancy will share her 20 years of experience working with the wild mushrooms, how she came to develop her medicinal mushroom extract, resources for the best products, and the beautiful relationship that we all can experience with these magnificent forest beings. 

(2) Backyard Farmacy ~ 2 hr
Herbalist and naturalist Nancy Scarzello will present this program about the healing plants growing in your backyard, neighborhood and household garden. Common and not-so-common uses of local plants in this workshop! We begin with a PowerPoint presentation to take you on a “virtual” walk through the seasons to discover the foods and medicinal plants growing in the garden, backyard, fields and forest. Learn how to forage the plants and trees and prepare them for medicine-making. Stock your home apothecary with teas, tinctures, oils and healing salves to create simple home remedies for poison ivy, cuts and burns, headaches, colds & flu, first aid for tick bites and more. We’ll have live plants too, along with hands-on demonstrations, detailed handouts & lots of recipes to get you started on your personal Backyard Medicine Chest.


(1) Making Powerful Plant Medicine at Home
Nancy has been making plant medicines at home for over 35 yrs. Through studying advanced techniques, traditional “folkloric” methods, and her years of direct experience with the plants, her home apothecary is flourishing with powerful medicines. Not your basic tincture-making class, in this workshop we will explore the menstruums for specific herbs and appropriate applications. Use dried or fresh plants? Proportions of alcohol to water or adding vinegar or glycerine. Infusions, decoctions, syrups and infused honeys. Which carrier oils extract or absorb the best? Nancy has been making a superior medicinal mushroom extract for 20 years and will share the double extraction method used and how it can be applied to other herbal preparations. Come and learn how to empower your herbal medicines, the finest creations ~ at home.


Naren McIntosh

Naren Udagan was born and raised in Inner Mongolia, and comes from a family line of shamans that dates back hundreds of years. She is a certified Reiki master, certified chakra healer, certified Ayurveda nutritionist, and certified Dr. Morse’s international detox specialist. She treats both physical and spiritual ailments using a range of techniques, including shamanic healing and other energy healing work. She has founded the Tolin Center for Healing and Tengrism Studies as a way to further educate the West about the power and techniques of Tengric shamanic healing.


(1) Mongolian Shamanism as a Path to Healing
Mongolian shamanism makes clear connections between our physical and spiritual worlds, recognizing that many physical and mental illnesses actually have spiritual causes. This workshop introduces you to various healing rituals used in Mongolian shamanism, demonstrating how harmony and respect for spirits and nature are at the heart of this practice. You will learn how soul pollution and soul loss affect our well-being, and how Mongolian healing rituals are used in different cases. You will practice a traditional ritual that honors the Father Heaven and Mother Earth, the four direction spirits, your ancestor spirits, and all nature and animal spirits. We will also conduct a Nature Healing ceremony. Students should bring a small bowl and spoon (a wooden bowl and spoon are best if you want to continue practicing the ceremony after the workshop).

(2) Do You Want to Become a Shaman?
Being a shaman is a serious commitment and a way of life—not just something to dabble in. As bridges between the physical and spiritual worlds, shamans play a vital role for communities and people in a number of ways, including healing work, preserving traditions, and connecting with nature. If you have had serious illnesses, psychic or physical difficulties, repeating dreams and a strong desire to soul search, then these are likely signs that your ancestor spirits are trying to communicate with you and pushing you to discover your shamanic power. Becoming conscious of these attempts at contact and learning how to communicate with your helper spirits is an important first step in your life-changing shamanic journey.


Nioma Narissa Sadler

In pursuit of self-discovery, Nioma Narissa Sadler has spent her adult life on the path of service. As the Goodwill Ambassador for Traditional Medicinals, the co-founder of the Traditional Medicinals Foundation, and founder of WomenServe, she has traveled the world leveraging her passionate expertise for developing community empowerment strategies with women’s cooperatives in Guatemala, advocating for improved agricultural working conditions in Kazakhstan, and fearlessly defending women’s fair wages in war torn Bosnia.  Through her work with the Revive Project, Nioma has helped to bring water security to a region of the Thar Desert on the boarder of India and Pakistan.  In India, five new primary schools have been built, bikes have been provided to help girls trek the long distance to their secondary schools, and women have been trained in health and hygiene.

While serving of the board of the Lunafest Film Festival (films for, by and about women), Nioma raised $250,000 in funding for the Sloan House Women’s Shelter and the Breast Cancer Fund. Tireless in her mission to tell stories about women, for the past year Nioma has directed two films about women’s education and the connection between women and water. Always focused on refining her professional leadership skills, Nioma mentors apprentices, leads exposure visits to development projects in indigenous communities, speaks publicly, attends conferences and co-stewards the Traditional Medicinals Foundation.

When not traveling, she lives in Northern California and Costa Rica with her dog, three cats, son Kai and husband Drake. In the Spirit of maternal generosity, and holding dear these sweet words from Mother Theresa..

“If you can’t feed one hundred people, then feed just one”.


(1) Female Leadership in Service to Mother Nature
Half of all the world’s medicines contain plants, and 80% of those plants are collected in the wild by impoverished women. Without moral commerce, that honors and empowers these herb collection communities, we will lose our connection to plant based medicine. At Traditional Medicinals we know our future success is dependent upon healthy herb supply communities and in collaboration with the company’s Foundation and sister organization, WomenServe, we are developing a sustainable business model with the purpose of re-inventing the industry of medicine from the ground up. It is my very special privilege to be able to share with all of you the purpose, mission and vision of these organizations and the female leadership that guides them.

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Penelope Beaudrow

Penelope Beaudrow is an Educator and Registered Herbalist; earning her diploma from the Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia. She has had a career with herbs for the past two decades; from "the field to bottle” in all aspects of the natural products industry. She is Product Development Specialist and Herbal Educator at Faunus Herbs; which manufactures, formulates and develops complex food based supplements for the natural products industry. Penelope is also a board member of the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine, moderator at The Annual International Restorative Medicine Conference and past organizer of this conference for ten years. She is also the founder of The Ginkgo Tree, a small herbal business located on her family farm, Dogwood & Brambles (farm is designated as a United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary), where she also facilitates The Science and Art of Herbalism Course.


(1) Mommas and Babies
Baby's sore bum, cradle cap, teething and even colic? Learn tried and true traditional ways to take care of mom and baby. This is a topic near and dear to my heart, as a new gramma! I am thrilled to share wisdom that women have passed down to one another over the centuries. This will be a hands on class, making a tea for mom and a powder for baby :)

(2) Barnyard Friends
Having had animals my entire life it has come natural for me to incorporate herbs into the lives of my pets! (really just another member of the family ) Whether for an illness, cuts and scrapes, fly spray, fleas and/or even to line your nesting boxes, herbs work amazingly for all types of animals. Whether your pet is a dog, cat, mouse, bunny, goat, sheep, horse or cow (to name a few), herbs will be a real asset in your home apothecary.

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Rocio Alarcon

An Ethnopharmacologist, Ethnobotanist,  and extraordinary teacher and healer within a lineage of traditional healing, Rocio has spent over 30 years working with ethnic groups in the tropical rain forest and Andes Mountains of Ecuador and in the Basque Country, Spain. She has contributed to various Amazonian and Andes indigenous communities and has collaborated with international organizations including the Wildlife Conservation Society, Care and The Nature Conservancy establishing economic opportunities for local people with products from the forest. It has been said that she ‘may know more about indigenous people than anyone else in Ecuador’.  Rocio is renowned and beloved world wide for her caring, loving and passionate approach to people, plants and nature.     

From Rocio: "I was born in Ecuador and have been privileged enough to learn from my ancestors and local people, the traditions of plants and spiritual practices . I want to share my knowledge to help bring peace and allow you to see the rainforest and the Andes of my beautiful green country Ecuador, as a focus of the energy that heals us and the planet."


(1) Ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi), master plant from the tropics of South America. A relaxant that allows us to talk to our subconscious. Preparations and combinations from Ecuador
The traditional practices with Ayahuasca in Ecuador. The tropical rainforest being the centre of Master Plants, has provided us with a spiritual and healing element with Ayahuasca. We will talk about dosages, combinations and variety of uses according gender and indigenous group and local people.

(2) Massage of the breast and surrounding lymphatic area, with the combination of chocolate (Theobroma cacao) and achiote (Bixa orellana)
This massage allows to remove disharmonic energies, and maintain a healthy chest preventing physical conditions . The two plants have qualities that allow us to stay cheerful and healthy.


(1) Traditional Plant Bathing
This traditional practice will be oriented towards removing the energy of depression and anxiety that result from our daily activities and the environment that surrounds us. Plants will be used to remove energy from the cells and generate positive thoughts.

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Rosemary Gladstar

Rosemary Gladstar has been practicing, living, learning, teaching and writing about herbs for over 45 years. She is the author of eleven books including Medicinal Herbs; a Beginners Guide, Herbal Healing for Women, Gladstar Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Well Being and The Science and Art of Herbalism, an extensive home study course. She is the founder/director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary, Founding President of United Plant Savers, former director of The International Herb Symposium and The New England Women’s Herbal Conference. She is also the co-founder of Traditional Medicinal Tea Company. Along with creating community and loving people, herbs are her passion and joy in life. Rosemary lives and works from her home, Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, a 500 acre botanical preserve in central Vermont. www.sagemountain.com


(1) Plant Walk
Rosemary's intensive was so popular, she decided to also offer an open plant walk so more women would have the chance to join in the fun!


Full (1) Discovering our Wild Plants ~ Edible and Medicinal Uses; a wild plant walk
Join Rosemary for a stroll through meadow and forest, learning common wild edible and medicinal plants and enjoying the green energy infusing through all. Rosemary will share stories, medicinal and edible uses, and identification features of many of the plants that are found growing wild throughout New England. This will be a leisurely stroll and is geared towards beginner and intermediate students of herbalism. Bring songs and offerings…we’ll leave them for the wild ones. If it looks like rain, be sure to bring a rain jacket! Click here to join the waitlist for this intensive

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Sara Caldwell

Sara is an ceremonialist, poet, and schoolteacher who is in service to honoring the sacred ecology of all things. She lives in northern Vermont where for the last couple of decades she has taught wilderness skills and Earth stewardship practices to children and adults. She, along with her partner Joseph, are keepers of the Sweat Lodge and the Sacred Pipe, and facilitators of Vision Quest. She studied and apprenticed with medicine woman Trishuwa for many years and has led ceremony for the Women’s Herbal Conference, The Green Nations Gathering, and on private land throughout New England.

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Sarah Holmes

Sarah Holmes, Clinical Herbalist, has been a practicing energetic herbalist since 1998. Sarah's work focuses on the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit as well as the dynamic interchange between people and plants. Sarah has a strong commitment to service that started with volunteer work in her teens and continued into a career in social work. Her background in social work enriches her current vocation bringing together her love of nature and a commitment to service and working with people and the plants. Her deep love of nature infuses her work with the plants as well as takes her backpacking into the mountains of Northern California where she lives. Sarah also runs, in partnership with Karyn Sanders, the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine and a weekly radio program on KPFA, The Herbal Highway.


(1) Nurturing your Fierce Heart In order to change our world, to change the dominant paradigm, we need to change. I believe the fundamental shift we need arises from our hearts. That the root of most dis-ease is some form of disconnection; from self, others, nature, spirit. In order to heal we need to seek out connection and be fierce about our love. This class will include visualizations and plant meditations in order to ground the discussion in our bodies and hearts.

(2) Sexual Health
For a truly healthy reproductive system we need to look at the broader picture of sexual health and what that means. This class will explore the societal context of sexuality and gender as well as look at strategies for working with reproductive health imbalances from an energetic perspective; which includes physical, emotional and spiritual.

(3) Support for Service ProvidersThis class will explore how we can take care of ourselves so that we can continue to take care of others; coming from a perspective of shifting the model from burn-out to sustainability. Herbs and essences that support this work will be covered.

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Stephanie Morningstar

Stephanie Morningstar (Oneida, Turtle clan) is an herbalist, ethnobotanist, cultural anthropologist, student, and educator whose passion lies with native species plants and Indigenous Knowledge + Science as well as bioregional and ancestral plant medicines. Her anthropological work focuses on cultural safety in herbalism as well as the ethical translation between Western and Indigenous plant and medicine knowledges. She's been (and continues to be) a student of herbalism training with Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Western teachers for the past 15 years. Her ethnobotanical research focuses on the native species plant medicines of Dish With One Spoon territory. Through an integration of oral history, documentary storytelling, photovoice, and ethnography, Stephanie asks the unique questions required to achieve cultural competency in herbalism. Stephanie currently works and teaches in Niagara, Ontario at Sky World Apothecary @ Orchard Hill Farm, an organic herb farm and woodland garden in the middle of the northernmost part of the magical Carolinian forest.


Bridging Western and Indigenous Knowledges: Culturally Safe Herbal Practice for All
Part cultural competency workshop, part Ethnobotany presentation, Stephanie breaks down the challenges, barriers, and joys of practicing herbalism in a multicultural world. First, let’s rip off the band-aid and talk about what cultural safety is, including uncomfortable subjects like the effects of colonization (cultural appropriation, lack of equitable access, past-tensification of Indigenous knowledge, stereotyping) and move on to how this has shaped contemporary Western herbalism. After the dirty work is done (together, respectfully, and even with a few laughs!) we will move into review of Stephanie’s research as an Ethnobotanist, focusing on her work with the plants of her ancestral territory, Dish With One Spoon Territory. Expect to walk away with some new skills in cultural competency, a richer materia medica, a better understanding of the difference between Western and Indigenous worldviews, and how these worldviews deeply impact our understanding of the world around us, including our relatives the medicine plants.

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Susan Belsinger

Susan Belsinger has been cultivating and cooking with herbs for over 40 years and uses them every day - in the kitchen, apothecary, bath and boudoir. She teaches, lectures, and writes about gardening and cooking with the seasons, and is a food writer, editor and photographer who has authored and edited over 25 books and hundreds of articles. Recently referred to as a "flavor artist", Susan delights in kitchen alchemy - the blending of harmonious foods, herbs, and spices - to create real, delicious food, as well as libations, that nourish our bodies and spirits and titillate our senses. She has been blogging regularly for Taunton Press' www.vegetablegardener.com for the past seven years. Her latest publication The Culinary Herbal: Growing and Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs co-authored by Susan Belsinger and Arthur O. Tucker - was released in January 2016 by Timber Press. www.susanbelsinger.com


(1) Hops: From Pint to Pillow, Bitters, Bath and Beyond
Celebrate hops, herb of the year for 2018! Hops (Humulus lupulus) are plants with very bitter properties. The hop strobiles (appearing to be small, pale green pinecone-like flowers which are actually leaf bracts that surround minute flowers) are the parts of the plants that are used in making beer and other products from bitters to tinctures and teas. Medicinally, they have a sedative effect, are calming and help to encourage sleep, as well as aid in digestion. In this workshop, we will taste a hop tea, hop bitters and a few beers highlighting the different flavors of hops. Susan will demonstrate how to make a hop bitters, a dream pillow and a relaxing bath blend.  

(2) Finding Your Inner Herbal: Creative Expression from Journaling to Reference
Susan has been creatively writing for 30 years. In this workshop she will discuss many different venues of creative expression from keeping a journal, a gardener's notebook, pressing botanical specimens, how to put together your own materia medica, and assemble a recipe book. Each participant should bring a blank notebook. Art supplies supplied. This class requires no artistic talent (though you all have it), just a desire to unleash your own creativity.


(1) Herbs: A Unique Sensory Experience All About Flavor
Herbs delight us through sensory experience providing us with lovely fragrances and gustatory pleasures. For this intensive, Susan Belsinger will discuss some of the basic chemistry of herbs and how scent + taste = flavor. Recently described as a “flavor artist”, Susan will discuss how she goes about smelling and tasting herbs and will guide you through a tasting experience. She will do hands-on fragrance and flavor profiles of six different herbs representing the four celebrated tastes: sweet, sour, salt and bitter, as well as pungent and umami. In addition, she will describe some of her favorite herbs that she uses most often, representing the different tastes.

This class will expand your herbal horizons—and change your way of thinking about cooking—you will never smell, taste or cook quite the same! Each participant will get to make a flavor-packed version of Susan’s recipes for gomasio (sesame, sea salt and seaweed) and umami powder with medicinal mushrooms to take home. (Materials fee $5.00)

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Suzanna Stone

Suzanna is an herbalist in Scottsville VA. She founded Owlcraft Healing Ways, an outdoor herb school, where she offers clinical herbal consultations and leads nine-month herbal apprenticeships and day classes in herbal medicine, traditional foodways, and plant spirit medicine. She was raised in a home where herbs and whole foods were the foundations of health and has spent the last 18 years broadening that foundation and deepening her knowledge and understanding of the healing herbs. She teaches at herb schools and conferences throughout the country and is co-founder and co-director of The Gaia Gathering for Women in Charlottesville, VA. Her passion for the drum led her to Senegal where she studied traditional West African drumming and dancing. Her chants can be found on her CD "Songs from the Spiral". She stewards 14 acres of plant filled land to provide sanctuary, healing, and education for those who hear the call of the plants.


(1) Making Sweet Medicine
Herbal syrups are simple to make and are a delicious way to incorporate plant medicine into the rhythm of your day. In this demonstration and hands on class we will make an immune boosting anti-viral syrup, a nourishing nervine syrup, and a blood building, iron rich syrup. And of course there will be lots of delicious samples to enjoy!

(2) Brewing Basics
Women have long held the tradition of brewing beverages, both hard and soft, at home. In this demonstration workshop we will reclaim this heritage while learning how to make lacto-fermented herbal sodas and honey wine from the wild yeasts around us. There will be lots of samples and recipes to start you on the path of brewing at home.


(1) The Art of Fermentation: Ways to Ally With the Amazing Micro-biodiversity Within and Around You
Current research continues to show the impact our micro-biome has on our overall physical health and mental well being in addition to the immune building qualities that have long been recognized. Fermentation is a traditional way of food preparation and transformation that not only preserves the harvest but also yields greater nourishment, a healthier digestive system and thus increased vitality. Digestion is so much more than the mechanical break down of food into nutrients. We also digest our thoughts and experiences and build our intuition through the building and support of a healthy micro-biome. In this hands-on intensive, you will learn the foundations of making lacto-fermented foods in an accessible way and why they are such an important inclusion in the modern diet. We’ll make a variety of ferments, enjoy delicious samples and you’ll leave with the skills and recipes to get you well started on your fermentation journey at home.


Tammi Sweet

Tammi Sweet, a passionate and energetic teacher, brings 28 years teaching experience into the classroom. Her amazement and wonder of the human body and how it works shines through as she presents the material in ways people can understand and utilize. She loves integrating the wisdom of the body with all aspects of living. Presently she co-directs her Herbal Program at Heartstone Herbal School, and teaches Anatomy and Physiology and herbalism at Herbal schools and conferences throughout the country. Her learning of the body has come through many paths including traditional Master’s level college studies in Neurobiology, teaching College Anatomy & Physiology, Massage School, Yoga Teacher Training, Herbal studies, collegiate athletics and most importantly, an ever-growing love of understanding who we are in relation with this wonderful home we call the earth.


(1) Got Leaks? Gut inflammation & Food Intolerances: the Truth of the Matter. 
Since inflammation is the only way to heal any injury in the body, what happens when the food we are eating is causing injury to our gut wall? We persist in a state of chronic inflammation that does not stay localized to the intestinal lining. We will examine the etiology of food intolerance and how it leads to leaky gut, chronic inflammation and many other chronic diseases. Discussion will also include the anatomy & physiology of the gut lining and the vast interface of the immune system living there. We of course, will round out the discussion with ways of healing the injury and moving towards health.

(2) The Endogenous Cannabinoid System: Why Cannabis Works   
Our talk will begin with the not well-known or publicized internal Endogenous Cannabinoid System its physiology and functions. Understanding our own internal system and how it works can help us understand how and why cannabis (and other plants containing cannabinoids) works. This system can be thought of as the "system of safety". Come and learn what deficiency looks like (anxiety, depression & more…) and how we might treat it.


(1) Materia Medica: Cannabis
As herbalists we all know when giving a weed walk in a new place, the richest areas are the transitions zones, the margins, the edges. In this light, we will examine a much maligned, misunderstood and misrepresented plant we have pushed to the margins, Cannabis. It is time for us, the herbalists, to reclaim the proper uses of this medicine in our material medica. Time for us to help educate people about how, when, and why cannabis works (and it’s not a cure for everything!). We will discuss time tested uses of this plant showing positive results, simple medicine making and finally we will discuss “right relationship” with this master plant and brainstorm ways to assist clients in creating ways to honor this sacred and healing plant.

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Tiffany Robbins

Tiffany Robbins is an ardent student of the plants. She is a clinical herbalist with a small practice in PA. Relishing all the gifts the green world has to offer us, she immerses herself in anything plant related such as foraging, medicine making, live food preparation, weaving with natural fibers, and natural perfumery. She is a wife and homeschooling mother of three.


(1) Kyphi
Kyphi is a sacred incense burned by the ancient Egyptians. We will explore the importance of Kyphi in Egyptian life and how that translates to us now. Making Kyphi is a long process with many ingredients used. We will go through the stages and get to see, taste, touch and yes, smell the indelible Kyphi!

(2) Herbs for Hypertension
Hypertension: what is it really and more importantly what causes it? Herbs and lifestyle changes can be effective allies in alleviating hypertension. Learn the mechanisms and pathways through which hypotensive phytochemicals work in our bodies.

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Tina Marie Wilcox

Tina Marie Wilcox has been the head gardener and herbalist at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas since 1984. She writes a weekly herb column entitled “Yarb Tales”, which is published in the Stone County Leader and www.ozarkfolkcenter.com. She co-authored the reference book, The Creative Herbal Home with Susan Belsinger. Professional Memberships include the Herb Society of America and the International Herb Association. In 2017 she was honored with the Nancy Putnam Howard Award for Excellence in Horticulture by the Herb Society of America.Tina's philosophy is based upon experiencing the joy of the process, perpetrating no harm and understanding life through play with plants and people.


(1) Getting a Grip on the Slick
A demonstration for understanding the chemistry, benefits and extraction of plant mucilage

(2) Experi-Mints
Extracting and utilizing the exciting essence of many mints



Trishuwa works with the ceremonial forms of communicating with the invisibles of the world-Sweat Lodge, Sacred Pipe, Vision Quest and the Medicine Wheel. As a young child she lived near San Juan Pueblo in New Mexico, along the Rio Grande. The visions that were part of her early childhood guided her throughout her life and are the foundation of her work. A psychotherapist, she trained in Neuro-Linquistic Programing, regressive treatment and Gestalt therapy. For two decades Trishuwa has told the Earth-centered stories of indigenous minds. that nourish and sustain our future generations.


(1) Relationship: Intimacy with the Green People
Intimacy with myself and all life is my spiritual devotion. Helping others to deepen their awareness and expand their ability to be intimate with all life, human and non-human is my joy and my commitment. Saying hello to a plant friend. Using your senses and intuition to develop a personal relationship with a plants (green people). Using your senses and deepening your knowledge of an herb. Cultivating a relationship with plants.

(2) Ethics
Agreements with clients, plants and your world view. What is karma? Every breath you take, every step you take, every thought can be life sustaining nourishment. Maintaining and expanding relationships. Defining your code of ethics in life and as a healer and as one who is seeking a healer.

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Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich

Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich is a community herbalist committed to accessible, inclusive herbal practice and education. She has been involved with organizing free, multi-modality clinics in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Arizona for six years, and is presently a clinical herbalist and educator at Stonefruit Community Herbalists and co-director of the Lake Effect Free Alternative Health Clinic. Before working as an herbalist, she spent a decade as a standardized patient, educating medical students about competent, anti-oppressive care. She sought out herbal medicine as an ally to support community organizers, activists, queer folks and others harmed and underserved by racism, capitalism and patriarchy. In her experience, healing work is intimately interconnected with understanding, coping with and resisting systemic violence and oppression. www.wildcherries.org


(1) Herbal Support for Transgender, Genderqueer and Non-Binary Folks, Part 1 (Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich and Larken Bunce)
Transgender and non-binary people encounter many obstacles and negative experiences getting health care due to providers who lack sufficient cultural awareness or training. What can we do to offer welcoming and competent care for these (and all) clients? Part one of this class will be an accessible introduction to gender literacy, exploring foundational concepts such as language, forms, and intake process. Ultimately, we hope to give you concrete suggestions for how to practice, teach, write, and live as an ally to people of all gender identities, and how to proceed when we inevitably mis-step.

(2) Herbal Support for Transgender, Genderqueer and Non-Binary Folks, Part 2 (Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich and Larken Bunce) 
This workshop is a follow up to the introduction to gender literacy (Part 1) and will dive more deeply into using herbs to support clients. We’ll explore the ins and outs of hormone replacement therapy and other gender affirming practices and how herbs can be used safely and effectively alongside of and in support of these practices. We’ll address herb-drug interactions, hormonal effects of herbs used on their own, and practicing informed consent in largely uncharted clinical waters. *For those without strong gender literacy or experience, Part 1 is required for those wishing to attend Part 2.

(3) Bark, Branches, Buds and Bundles: An Eye-Opening Tree Walk
Get out of the class-tent and spend an hour walking in the woods, meeting the young and old trees that live at this campground. We'll spend time talking about the characteristics of different trees, how to identify similar trees, and also get a chance to connect with the trees as our companions and elders. Co-taught with Jocelyn Kirkwood* of Stonefruit Community Herbalists. 

*Jocelyn Kirkwood is a community herbalist and social justice activist from Cleveland, OH. Co-founder and herbalist at the Lake Effect Free Alternative Health Clinic, Jocelyn specializes in harm reduction, first aid, LGBTQ health, chronic conditions, and mental health. She is also an experienced permaculture gardener, and gets great joy in growing and wild harvesting many of the herbs that she uses in her practice. Jocelyn offers consultations and classes with the Stonefruit Community Herbalists in Pittsburgh, Pa where she currently resides.