Welcome to The 2015 International Herb Symposium

Celebrating the Healing Power of Plants

June 12th - 14th 2015

You are joyfully invited to attend this outstanding event

Held at Beautiful Wheaton College, Norton, Mass

A Symposium to touch your heart and soul as well as mind and spirit, this gathering is for all people enraptured by the healing essence of herbs. The International Herb Symposium offers herbal enthusiasts an incredible opportunity to learn from the worlds leading experts in botanical medicine and herbal lore. Whether a novice or advanced in your herbal interests, the Symposium offers classes, workshops, panel discussions and learning experiences to touch every level of your being.

  • Inspiring * Educational * Empowering

    For many people this is their favorite herbal event and one we all look forward to every two years.  One of the many features that make this gathering so unique is the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s most respected herbalists and healers in a forum that honors and respects the wide range of ideas and beliefs and the diverse ways that herbalists work with healing plants.   From Shamanic and folkloric, to traditional, clinical, and scientific approaches, there is a wide diversity of styles and topics to choose from.

  • Learn, Have Fun and Network with other herbal/plant lovers

    With over 40 teachers representing 14 countries and over 90 workshops, we’re sure you’ll find more than enough to satisfy your yearning for herbal knowledge.  But the IHS is far more than just a grand educational event; it is a celebration of the spirit of plants and people who love them. Throughout the weekend, there are circles and ceremonies, the Grand Herbalist Summer Fantasy Ball, evening entertainment, Herbal Emporium, the IHS Herbal Products Contest, Botanical Art Exhibit, massage and pampering at the Relaxation Oasis, and many other activities to enjoy. 

  • A Gathering for All People Who Love Plants

    Our deepest hope for each person who attends is that they will learn a tremendous amount, have a great time, see old friends and meet new ones, and be inspired and filled to overflowing with the abundance of our Green Nations.

Keynote Address with Special Guest Paul Stamets

Founder of Fungi Perfect & author of Mycelium Running ~ How Mushrooms can Help Save the World

Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Hon.), is the founder of Fungi Perfecti and Host Defense Organic Mushrooms and has been a dedicated mycologist for over forty years. Over this time, he has discovered and coauthored new species of mushrooms, received nine patents, written six books and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and functional food mushroom cultivation. Two of his books, Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms and The Mushroom Cultivator have been heralded as the ‘bibles’ of the mushroom industry. His latest book, Mycelium Running, How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, has propelled his vision of using mushrooms to help save ecosystems and improve population health to the world stage. Paul has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the science of medicinal mushrooms and ecology. His TED (2008) talk "How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World” has been rated in the top 10 of all TED talks. In January of 2014, Paul received the highly acclaimed North American Mycological Association award for expanding the field of mycology for both amateurs and professionals. In June of 2014, Paul was chosen as an Invention Ambassador by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, the largest and most prestigious scientific organization in the world. This honor was in recognition of bridging scientific discovery, education and applications from scientists to the public for societal benefit. It is a great honor to have Paul join us again at the IHS.

2015 International Herb Symposium Teachers

Learn from an extraordinary gathering of herbal teachers, elders, and healers from around the world representing diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Over 40 highly respected teachers including:

Rocio Alarcon (Ecuador), Dr. Rosita Arvigo (Belize), Dr. Juan Almendares (Honduras), Stephen Brooks (Costa Rica), Jacquelin Guiteau (Haiti), Paolo Luzzi (Italy), Rafael OCampo (Costa Rica), Dr. Wolf Storl (Germany), Rosa Tupina Yaotonalcuauhtli (Mexico), Anna Rósa Róbertsdóttir (Iceland), Mary Ayodele (Africa), Aku Dunyo Richter (Ghana/Canada), Catherine Skipper (France), Julia Graves (Germany/France), Dr. Christopher Hobbs, Matthew Wood, Howie Brounstein, Dr. Michael Friedman, Tyler Gage, Dr. John Woytowicz, Mindy Green, Ed Smith, Susan Grimaldi, David Hoffmann, Rosemary Gladstar, Chris Kilham, Kathleen Maier, Dale Pendell, Dr. Jillian Stansbury, David Winston, Bevin Clare, Guido Mase’ , Thomas Easley, Mimi Hernandez, Richard Mandelbaum, Jim Mcdonald, Brittany Nickerson, Nancy & Michael Phillips, Andrea & Matthias Reisen, Kip Roseman, Emily Ruff, Nicole Telkes, and many more and many more...