2018 NE Women's Herbal Conference Tentative Schedule
Final Schedule up August 1!
Thursday Early Arrival Registration 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Registration Friday, 8:00am to 12:30pm
Opening Circle Friday 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Closing Circle & Celebration Sunday 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Friday Pre-Conference Activities
7:00 am to 8:30 am
Friday Simple Basic Breakfast - $6 at the door; please bring exact change or check made out to Camp Wicosuta.
8:30am to 12:00pm - Community Activities - Details to be announced by August 1 on the final schedule
8:30 am to 12:00pm Pre-Conference Intensives (Please pre-register, $35 each)
1. Keeping Your Brain Brilliant (intermediate) Charis Lindrooth
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.
2. The Labyrinth: Exploring Labyrinths for Ourselves & Our Community (all levels) Jude Christian
In this class we will look at ways in which we can bring the labyrinth into our daily lives. We will learn how to draw several different labyrinth patterns and then look at how to build labyrinths, both large and small, physically and spiritually. We will learn how to create sacred labyrinth space for ourselves and for our community and then, with flowers, prayers, songs, sacred stones and herbs we will create the labyrinth for the women of the New England Women’s Herbal Conference! (all levels)
3. Healing from Trauma (all levels) Karyn Sanders
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.
4. Traditional Plant Bathing (all levels) Rocio Alarcon
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.
5. Discovering our Wild Plants ~ Edible and Medicinal Uses; A Wild Plant Walk (all levels) Rosemary Gladstar
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! (Full - sign up for the waiting list by clicking here)
6. The Art of Fermentation: Ways to Ally With the Amazing Micro-biodiversity Within and Around You (beginner) Suzanna Stone
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.
7. Materia Medica: Cannabis (all levels) Tammi Sweet
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.
Friday 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Friday Afternoon Workshops, 2:30pm to 4:00pm
1. She Who Is: Ritual for Self Acceptance & Shame with Angelique "Sobande" Greer
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!
2. Beyond Cleansing - Building and Strengthening Vitality Using Ayurvedic and Chinese Herbal Principles (all levels) with Candis Cantin
In the current health movement, many people are focused on cleansing and purifying. While for many people this is a good place to start, others, especially weak, older and depleted people, may find that cleansing techniques based on fasting, sweating and other forms of elimination may be draining and weakening to their system. Over the years I have seen excess cleansing techniques deplete and endanger some people's lives. The practitioner needs to evaluate the basic vitality of a person before they can start cleansing. The cleansing should not decrease their storehouse of basic energy, known in Ayurvedic medicine as Ojas and in Chinese medicine as Jing. We will discuss the herbal and lifestyle ways to build, fortify, strengthen and rejuvenate our vitality and help to optimize our digestive system, lungs, and immune system.
3. Ethnobotany for Social Justice: Decolonizing the Stories of Herbal Medicine with Claudia J. Ford PhD
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.
4. Sacred Passage: Providing compassionate care at the end of life (all levels) with Emily Ruff
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.
5. WombLoveOlogy-Your Self-Care Healing Practice (all levels) with Eshe Dr. Herbsistah
Taking your power back! A Loving set of rituals to develop Body, Mind & Womb Self-Care practices
6. Being with Your Clients (advanced) with Karyn Sanders
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.
7. Herbal Foot Care for Hardworking Feet with Lorna Mauney-Brodek
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.
8. Small Scale Herb Farming with Mary Blue (all levels) with Mary Blue
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.
9. Sexual Health with Sarah Holmes
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.
10. Folklore of Irish herbs with Tara de Róiste
A journey through the culture, history and folklore of herbalism in Ireland.
11. Getting a Grip on Slick with Tina Marie Wilcox
A demonstration for understanding the chemistry, benefits and extraction of plant mucilage
12. Plant Walk!
Friday Afternoon Intensive, 2:30pm to 6:00pm ($35, pre-register)
1. Tongue Assessment for Western Herbalists (beginner/intermediate) with Larken Bunce
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.
Friday Afternoon Workshops, 4:30pm to 6:00pm
1. Diet Theory in Practice: The Energetics of Food and Healing Diets (all levels) with Alison Birks
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. People Of Color Healing Space (all levels, POC only) with Amanda David & 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. *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.
3. Sambucus: A Global Medicine of Substance and Magic (advanced) with Bevin Clare
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.
4. The Kidney Yin and Adrenal Connection: Energetic Principles for Nourishing the HPTA Axis (all levels) with Kathleen Maier
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 .
5. Using Aromatherapy for Woman's Sexual Balance and Pleasure (all levels) with Leyla Bringas
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.
6. Reduce Stress & Anxiety with Herbs, Food, and Yoga Practices (all levels) with Nancy Phillips
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!
7. Medicinal Mushrooms ~ The Wild Connection (all levels) with Nancy Scarzello
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.
8. Female Leadership in Service to Mother Nature (all levels) with Nioma Narissa Saddler
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. (This class is offered again on Saturday at 1:45)
9. Mommas and Babies (all levels) with Penelope Beaudrow
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 :)
10. Hops: From Pint to Pillow, Bitter, Bath and Beyond with Susan Belsinger
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.
11. Tree Walk: Bark, Branches, Buds and Bundles: An Eye-Opening Tree Walk (all levels) with Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich & Jocelyn Kirkwood
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.
Friday 6:00pm to 7:30pm
"What amazing dinner hosts plants are as they gather the best of folks together and always, a good time is had. Rarely does anyone leave wanting, for these medicines and foods nourish us in places we never knew were hungry."
~ Kathleen Maier
Friday 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Join us for an Enchanted Evening!
Saturday 7:30am to 9:00am
Early morning activities and movement classes -TBD
Saturday Morning Workshops, 9:00am to 10:30am
1. Self-heal, Plantain and Ground Ivy: undervalued and underused superstars! with Caroline Gagnon
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.
2. The Link Between the Brain and Immunity with Charis Lindrooth
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.
3. Women's Herbal Medicine & Reproductive Health Justice with Dr. Claudia Ford, PhD
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.
4. Brigid's Eternal Flame with Fearn Lickfield
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.
5. Wear Your Plant Medicine – Intro to Using Plants for Natural Dye with Jennifer Johnson 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. (all levels)
6. Formulary Ideas with joAnn Sanchez
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.
7. The Art of Vaginal Steaming with Liz Henke
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.
8. 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 with Rocio Alarcon
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.
9. Making Sweet Medicine with Suzanna Stone 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!
10. Kyphi with Tiffany Robbins 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!
11. Herbal Support for Transgender, Genderqueer and Non-Binary Folks PART 1 with Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich & 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. (all levels)
12. Plant Walk!
Saturday Morning Intensives, 9:00am to1:00pm ($35, please pre-register)
1. Ozain Herbalism System: A Wholistic African Approach to Client Assessment & Evaluation with Angelique "Sobande" Greer
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.
2. Making Powerful Plant Medicine at Home (beginner/intermediate) with Nancy Scarzello
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.
Saturday Morning Workshops, 11:00am to 12:30pm
1. Children's Wellness with Herbs (intermediate) with Amanda David
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.
2. Grow a Row of Calendula with Deb Soule
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.
3. Energetics of Menses/Moon Time and PMS with Kathleen Maier
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.
4. Pay it Forward Medicine Making Workshop with Lorna Mauney-Brodek
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.
5. Understanding the Power of Adaptogens for Balancing Energy with Marie Frohlich
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.
6. Creating a Culture of Compassion within Herbalism (all levels) with Mary Blue
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.
7. Kitchen Cabinet Pharmacy with Nancy Phillips
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.
8. Mongolian Shamanism as a Path to Healing with Naren Udgen
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).
9. Barnyard Friends with Penelope Beaudrow
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.
10. As Above, So Below- Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Star Knowledge, and Reciprocity with Stephanie Morningstar Although Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) has no singular definition, it is generally agreed by Knowledge keepers that it is a process- a relationship one maintains with Creation- the participation in an active partnership between knowledge, humans, and the whole of Creation. It is from this definition we can gather that TEK is not a singular closed system rooted simply in the earth-bound natural world, but is a reciprocal partner in Creation with the spiritual (Sky) world. As humans, we are tied to and must maintain both worlds through our actions, such as ecologies and ceremonies, which inform each other in a cyclical dance. In this talk, I recount stories connected to Celestial Knowledge passed on from generation to generation through deep time which illuminate the reciprocal and cyclical relationship between earth and Sky World, informing our shared cosmologies and understandings of our natural environments.
11. Got Leaks? Gut inflammation & Food Intolerances: the Truth of the Matter with Tammi Sweet
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.
12. Plant Walk!
Saturday 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Saturday Afternoon Workshops, 1:45pm to 3:15pm
1. Herbs, Slavery & America with Angelique "Sobande" Greer
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. Adaptogens: Herbs for Stressful Times with Alison Birks
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.
3. Creating an Herbal Education- A Clinical Path with Bevin Clare
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.
4. Dark Medicines, the Poison Path, and Addiction: the Role of Herbalism in Harm Reduction and Healing with Emily Ruff
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.
5. Forest Bathing with Fearn Lickfield
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.
6. Physical and Spiritual Medicine; The Sonoran plants for the materia medica with joAnn sanchez 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.
7. Aphrodite's Apothecary with Liz Henke
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
8. Female Leadership in Service to Mother Nature with Nioma Narissa Saddler
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.
9. Nurturing Your Fierce Heart with Sarah Holmes
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.
10. Finding Your Inner Herbal: Creative Expression from Journaling to Reference with Susan Belsinger 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.
11. Relationship: Intimacy with the Green People with Trishuwa
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.
12. Herbal Support for Transgender, Genderqueer and Non-Binary Folks, PART 2 (all levels, Part 1 participants) with Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich & 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, offered Saturday 9 to 10:30, is required for those wishing to attend Part 2.
13. Plant Walk!
Saturday Afternoon Intensives, 2:00pm to 6:00pm (overlap with Free Thyme)
($35, please pre-register)
Healing the Heart with Candis Cantin (intermediate/advanced)
The Heart is an extremely vital organ and heart disease is a major health problem with serious consequences. But heart conditions can go beyond clogged arteries and cholesterol readings. In the ancient systems of healing, such as Chinese, Ayurvedic and the Greek/Arabic system called Unani, the concept of “heart” references the physical heart and the entire arterial system but also encompasses a broad physiological as well as psychological function as well. In these Ancient systems of medicine, nightmares, anxiety, feeling mentally dispersed or even excessively excited might be determined to be a Heart disorder. Other maladies of the heart are long term resentment, hatred, deep sorrow and lack of joy. To determine if their patient had “heart” problems, the ancient doctors would observe the demeanor of their patient and ask questions about their vitality, nerves, emotions, sleep, dreams, appetite, digestion, lungs and the other organs. We will talk about herbs that ease the heart traumas and also discuss what the ancients herbalists of the East called "exhilarents," which are herbs and aromas that helped with many "heart conditions." We will also discuss the effects that emotional shocks, loss and sustained grief have on our bodies. We will sample herbs and formulas that may give us greater ease as we traverse the underworld of loss and shock. We will also talk about some of the very potent Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs that help the heart to function more optimally and that help resolve heart symptoms as well. Herbs such as Tienchi ginseng, Dan shen, albezzia flowers and bark, rose petals, and many tonic herbs will be discussed in depth.
A Blissful Pairing: Chocolate and Cannabis CBD with Hailey Cohn & Rochelle Baca (all levels)
In this intensive, Hailey Cohen and Rochelle Baca will explore the amazing (and delicious!) healing properties of cannabis CBD and chocolate. In this class, participants will learn how to make different herbal infusions, including Cannabis CBD flower oils using stove-top and solar methods. Then these oils and infusions will be transformed into delicious chocolate truffles. Truffles will be made from coconut based fats, so no animal products will be used. This class will also discuss both constituents of CBD & CBD-a and will explain the benefits of eating and topically using CBD oil. (all levels)
Saturday 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Free Thyme & Great Activities!
- Henna Transformation. Get your hair henna’d with the Henna Queens Janet Blevins & Penny Clare
- Visit the Herbal Emporium you’ll find a wide variety of herbal items, woman made crafts and books, many written by the speakers. Support your local herbalists!
- Fire Cider Tasting Join Mary Blue of Farmacy Herbs for Fire Cider Tasting. Stop by the Free Fire Cider booth in the Herbal Emporium to taste & sample a variety of Fire Ciders. And cast a vote for your favorites!!! And cast a vote to ‘Free Fire Cider’ from trademark restrictions. Don’t buy ‘pirated’ fire cider!
- Relaxation Oasis with Dee Slingerland ~ Need a little pampering? Some R & R? Stop by the Relaxation Oasis for free facials, hand and foot herbal baths and other relaxing treats. The Oasis offers a calm respite from the busy weekend. Bring a friend to exchange treatments, or come and meet a friend.(Located in grassy area in front of Dinning Hall)
- The Great Barter & Trade Faire If you've brought any goodies to barter, sell, and trade, this is the time to set up. Set up only in the grassy area in front of the Cafeteria. Items will only be able to be displayed during Saturday Afternoon from 3 - 6. Bring your herbal wares, hand made clothing & crafts, your favorite old clothes, jewelry and books to barter, trade or sell.
- Add Your Photo & Phrase to Our Commemorative Collage! It’s located in the Emporium ~ and its simply Stunning. Pens, paints, glitter, glue, and more are there for you to add your touch of creativity. This is a must ~ please don’t leave the WHC without adding your memory….! (Important ~ Don’t let the children mark on the Collage unless they are under adult supervision! Thank you)
- Ceremonial Mask Making with Sarah Matuza. Honoring the Goddess and the Green Nations, we will make plaster of Paris masks that are molded in the exact replica of your own face. Join Margi &Sarah for magical mask making; these are truly beautiful sculptures and ceremonial objects to treasure. Wear an old T-shirt; bring a scarf to cover hair and towel. We have lots of material to decorate your mask with; paint, feathers, beads, etc. $5 material fee
Saturday 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday 7:30pm to 10:30pm
An Evening of Delights & The Wild Woman’s Fire Circle
Sunday 7:30am to 9:00am
Early morning activities and movement classes
Sunday Morning Workshops, 9:00am to 10:30am
1. Healthcare Injustice, Herbalism and Black Folks (all welcome) with Amanda David
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.
2. WombLoveOlogy Beach Ceremony with Eshe Dr. Herbsistah
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.
3. Wear Your Plant Medicine - Farm Grown Color – Japanese Indigo and Madder (all levels) with Jennifer Johnson
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.
4. Choosing Herbs for Formulations with Karyn Sanders
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.
5. Chamomile Essential Oil and Hydrosol demonstration and uses with Leyla Bringas
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.
6. Massage of the breast & surrounding lymphatic area, with a combination of chocolate (Theobroma cacao) and achiote (Bixa orellana) with Rocio Alarcon
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.
7. Support for Service Providers with Sarah Holmes This 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.
8. A Dish With One Spoon Materia Medica- Plant Stories for Treaty People with Stephanie Morningstar
WE ARE ALL TREATY PEOPLE. This workshop will review Stephanie’s ethnobotanical projects on Dish With One Spoon Territory native species plants and oral history. Stephanie will share about her work collaborating with elders, knowledge keepers, and community members to create community-driven ethnobotany projects focused on the preservation, reclamation, and rematriation of native plant species in the northern Carolinian forest of Southern Ontario. Learn the stories and translations of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk), Gayogo̱hó:nǫ’ (Cayuga), Anishinaabemowin words for plant medicines the community has decided are appropriate to share. We will view some of the teachings Stephanie has filmed of elders, knowledge keepers, and medicine people during production of a self-directed, interactive medicine walk trail.
9. The Endogenous Cannabinoid System: Why Cannabis Works with Tammi Sweet
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.
10. A journey with the plants through the Celtic medicine wheel with Tara de Róiste
An interactive exploration of the Celtic medicine wheel and the plants associated with each turn of the wheel. We will discuss each of the ancient Celtic fire festivals in relation to their associated energy, deities, sacred places and plants. We will use the Irish language to open and close the sacred circle.
11. Herbs for Hypertension with Tiffany Robbins
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.
12. Plant Walk!
Sunday Morning Intensives, 9:00am to 1:00pm ($35, please pre-register)
1. Parasitic Infection: The Unwanted Little Creatures Inside of Us with Caroline Gagnon
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. (all levels)
2. Hedonistic Herbalism: A Sensory Experience with Susan Belsinger
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. Each participant will get to make a flavor-packed version of Susan’s recipes for gomasio and umami powder to take home. (Materials fee $5.00) (all levels)
Sunday Morning Workshops, 11:00am to 12:30pm
1. Seasons of Change with Candis Cantin
In this class Candis will shed some light on the changing seasons of life, the “junctions,” we must go through, and how we can try to remain harmonious with them. Entering the Elder years is such a “season change” and is discussed frequently in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing systems. Candis will be basing much of her talk on these medical systems and how they see and approach the elder years. This will include the general changes that happen physically as well as the psychological and spiritual as well. She will talk about herbs, foods, oils and life styles that can help to bring more comfort and ease to the elders (which includes herself since she is now 69!).
2. The Autoimmune Answer with Charis Lindrooth
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.
3. Caring for our Pollinators, our Garden Soils, our Inner Souls with Deb Soule
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.
4. Self Care Stations with Lorna Mauney-Brodek
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.
5. Mapping Your Herb Garden for 2019 with Marie Frohlich
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.
6. Herbs for Kids with Nancy Phillips
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”.
7. Backyard Farmacy with Nancy Scarzello
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.
10. So You Want to Become a Shaman? with Naren Udgen
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.
11. Brewing Basics with Suzanna Stone
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.
12. Experi-Mints with Tina Marie Wilcox
Extracting and utilizing the exciting essence of many mints
13. Ethics with Trishuwa
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.
14. Plant Walk!