Celebrate the Spirit of Plants with the People who Love Them

The 13th International Herb Symposium

June 9th – 11, 2017

Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts

More Than Education, A Celebration

With over 40 teachers representing 12 countries and close to 100 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 the people who love them. Throughout the weekend, there are circles and ceremonies, the Grand Herbalist Fantasy Ball, evening entertainment, Herbal Emporium, the Herbal Products Contest, Botanical Art Exhibit, massage and pampering at the Relaxation Oasis, and much more.

Saturday Evening’s Grand Herbalist Fantasy Ball is Not To Be Missed

On Saturday night dress up in your herbal fantasy finery and come dance the night away.  We’ve got some great music lined up.  Traditional Kava Toast with Herbal Ed Smith and lots of Rosemary’s famous Kava Chai Punch. Great Music! Good Food! The Finest Company!

A Variety of Events, Activities, Ceremonies & Circles

Throughout the weekend, there will be several opportunities to participate in ceremonies & circles.  Walk the labyrinth.  Join in a plant spirit workshop.  Join Matthias and Andrea Reisen and Rocio Alarcon for a special honoring of the seasons and the welcoming of summer on Sunday morning. 

Book Signing

The author’s book signing and tea social will be held in the Balfour Hood Center on Friday evening. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet the herbal authors and have your books signed! You may also choose to purchase books and have them signed on site.

Meet the Artist

Be sure to visit the beautiful Botanical Art Exhibit arranged by Katherine Yvinskas and featuring several talented herbal artists. Artists will be in the Art Exhibit Room from 9:30-10 on Friday evening so stop by, meet the artists, and enjoy the beautiful art pieces. Some of the artwork is available for sale

Music & Entertainment

Each year at the Symposium, we feature several wonderful musicians & entertainers.  Rising Appalachia, Katrin Roush, Tom Conlan, and Zulieka are among the great musicians & entertainers who have performed at the IHS.  We’re working on our line up this year and will post it as soon as we get final confirmation.

Meet The Trees

Wheaton College is home to many majestic old specimen trees as well as woodlands that adjoin the campus. Do find time during the weekend to greet these ‘elder trees’ and take a quiet stroll in a lovely eastern mixed hardwood/ever green forest.

Herbal Products Contest

All participants are welcome to participate in the Herbal Products Contest.  Bring your favorite and finest herbal product. More information to come about contest details and how to submit your products.

Children's Activities

Come learn and play during these classes designed for kid’s ages 4-12 years old. Children under this age can attend with a parent. Children older than twelve are welcome to join in, too, if they are interested in the topics and enjoy playing with younger children. Each session will have a focused activity with additional games, stories, and nature skits, rounding out the time slot.

Simply Joyous Self Care

Massage & Body Work

 Sign up at Arrival

For those of you aching for a massage, there are several excellent massage therapists with heavenly hands available to give massages to the IHS participants. Each of the Massage Practitioners is an experienced therapist and offers their talents for a reasonable fee. Space is limited and fills up quickly, so sign up when you arrive.  Enjoy an hour or two of quiet bliss!

Relaxation Oasis

FREE – With Gratitude
Need a few minutes to just sit and relax? Get some pampering – a facial, shoulder massage, and/or hand bath.  The IHS has a Relaxation Oasis for participants seeking a little pampering. No charge, just a smile.

Relaxation Oasis Hours:
Friday Lunch 12:30 – 1:45
Saturday Lunch 12:30 – 1:45
Saturday Free Thyme 4 – 6
Sunday Lunch 12-1:15


Sign up at Arrival

Have you always wanted to henna your hair, but you’ve been afraid to? Let the Henna Queens guide you in color selection and show you how to do it! Each year at the IHS we have a wonderfully fun group to get your hair henna’ed with in any of the fabulous shades that henna comes in. There is a small material fee. 


The International Herb Symposium is a benefit for United Plant Savers

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