The 13th International Herb Symposium

June 9th – 11, 2017

Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts

2017 International Herb Symposium Registration

Thank you so much for your interest in the 13th International Herb Symposium! The symposium is now sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please send an email to with your name and contact information.  Hope to see you in 2019!

You are joyfully invited to the International Herbal Symposium held at Wheaton College from June 9 to 11, 2017!  Below you will find information on Registration, Lodging, Meals, Intensives, the Veterinarians Track, the Cultivation & Conservation Track, and pre-ordering the Symposium Proceedings Book.  If you have any questions please email us at, or call (802) 322-3550.  You can find information about vending, children’s programs, work-study and scholarships, as well as more detailed information including the schedule, on the IHS website,

The IHS is committed to creating a safe and welcoming gathering that respects and celebrates the diversity of our community.  We invite people of all nations, backgrounds, ages and genders to attend. If you have any questions or concerns about attending or what to expect, please contact us.  We look forward to spending time with you and the plants!


  • $325 Adult Registration includes all workshops, activities, entertainment, dance and herb walks except for the Intensive Classes which are an additional $35 for each Intensive. A few of the hands-on craft activities charge a small materials fee of between $5 – $8 payable to the teacher at the time of the class; material fees are noted on the IHS schedule. Does not include lodging or meals.
  • United Plant Savers Members Adult Registration  The IHS is a benefit for United Plant Savers and we offer current UPS members 10% off Adult Registration. If you would like to become a member or learn more about UPS, visit their website or call the UPS office at (740) 742-3455
  • Senior  Registration  For IHS participants who are 65 or older at the time of the IHS, we offer a reduced price registration. This includes all workshops, activities, entertainment, dance and herb walks except for the Intensive Classes which are an additional $35 for each Intensive.  $225 does not include lodging/meals/intensives.
  • Teen Registration Teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 who are interested in herbal studies are heartfully welcome to accompany registered adults at the IHS. Lodging, Meals and Intensives are an additional fee.  Younger teens need to be accompanied by their parents or a responsible adult.  $195 does not include lodging/meals/intensives.
  • Child Registration Younger children 2 -12, are also welcome to attend the IHS with registered adults. However, we are unable to provide full-time childcare at the IHS. If bringing child(ren), please do so with the understanding that they will need to be with you under your direct supervision at all times and will need to be quiet and respectful during classes.  As in past years, herbalist Kenzie McDonald will be offering several hands-on activities for the children during the IHS, but parents are generally expected to stay with their younger children during these activities. A schedule of activities for the children will be posted on the website.  $125 includes children’s activities, but does not include lodging and meals.
  • Day Passes — We are now able to offer a limited number of day passes.  
    Friday:  $125 without meals or $150 with meals (Dinner)
    Saturday: $125 without meals or $175 with meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
    Sunday: $125 without meals or $150 with meals (Breakfast & Lunch)

Lodging & Meal Package ~ 2 nights lodging including linens (bedding, pillow, towels) and 6 Meals

  • Lodging: Wheaton College is a lovely old New England college campus. Basic Dorms are classic older dorms that are just that; very simple rooms in older college dorms with shared bathrooms.  The cost of lodging in the Basic Dorms is very affordable and makes it easier for many to attend who otherwise may not be able to. We’re thankful for that, and hope you are as well. The New Dorms provide larger, nicer rooms with air conditioning & elevators.  Bathrooms are still shared but in smaller quadrants.
  • Meals: Food served at Wheaton College is excellent. Though impossible to please everyone (especially concerning food!), Wheaton dining staff do a topnotch job and satisfy most of the participants.  Though food is not 100% organic, produce and dairy is sourced from many local farms, bread is baked fresh daily in the Wheaton kitchen, and food is wholesome and nourishing.  There are vegetarian and meat entrées at every meal, a salad and sandwich bar, and a few choices for vegans.
  • Basic Dorm Lodging:  Friday and Saturday night lodging in classic older dorms & 6 meals, Friday dinner thru Sunday lunch.    $180 pp for double/triple occupancy or $200 per person single occupancy
  • NEW DORMS SOLD OUT      New Dorm Lodging:  Friday and Saturday night lodging in newer air-conditioned dorms & 6 meals, Friday dinner thru Sunday lunch. $240 per person for double occupancy or $270 per person for single occupancy
  • Extra night(s) lodging for Thursday or Sunday nights Basic Dorm extra night = $45 per person per night or New Dorm extra night = $70 per person per night.  ******For those arriving on Thursday evening, Friday Breakfast ($10) and Lunch ($12) will be served. Pay at the door. Great food and a variety of choices including vegetarian and meat entrées.

There are several hotels and motels and a campground in the area as well as a couple of small basic restaurants in Norton. We have a selection of Area Accommodations on the IHS website under the Symposium Location tab for a list of lodging options in the area.

  • Commuter Meal Option Six meals (see Meals above): Friday Dinner through Sunday lunch $100.*Other meal options are limited in the area.

Symposium Proceedings Book and Flashdrive
This beautiful bound book is over 300 pages and is filled with the teacher’s class notes, handouts, herbal directories and resources. It’s a valuable reference treasured long after the conference. The books and flashdrives are delivered directly to the IHS, and you will be able to pick up your copywhen you register.

  • $20 per printed copy when pre-ordered, (order when registering) / $25 if purchased at the Symposium
  • $10 for downloadable electronic version/flashdrive

Veterinarian Track Certificate from the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association
Anyone is welcome to attend the workshop and intensive classes in the Vet Track, but participants who would like to receive a certificate of attendance from VBMA may pay a fee of $35.  The fee will  be used to help to secure CE credits for alternative therapies.  If you would like to attend the Vet Track intensives, they are an additional fee, not included in the certificate fee.

Cultivation & Conservation Track- NEW!!
NEW! for 2017! We are excited to offer the opportunity for growers, plant conservationists and plant lovers in general to learn from and network with leading experts in the field of sustainable medicinal plant and fungi cultivation and protection both on a commercial as well as home gardening scale.

The IHS offers a limited number of scholarships for $100 to offset the cost of registration. There is a short application that can be requested from  UPDATE: Scholarships have been awarded, but please contact us if cost is an obstacle. Thank you!!

Intensive Classes
Intensive workshops offer participants the opportunity to delve deeper into subjects of particular interest and to work more closely with individual teachers.  Intensives are 3 ½ to 4 hours in length and are an additional $35 each.  Space is limited and intensives fill up quickly. Be sure to register and prepay ahead of time to ensure your space.

Friday 8-12 Pre-Conference Intensives

___ (1) Kids Ear, Eye, Nose & Throat; Mary Bove, (New Hampshire)

FULL(2) Medical Astrology for the Practitioner of Botanical Medicine; Sajah Popham, (Oregon)

FULL (3) Mental Health Using Herbs: A Comprehensive Approach; Guido Masé, (Vermont)

___ (4) The Emotional and Mental Aspects of Lyme Disease; Richard Mandelbaum (New York)

___ (5) Cultivation Track: Botanical, Macroscopic and Organoleptic Assessment of Herbal Ingredients for cGMP

Compliance; Steven Yeager (Oregon)

___ (7) Veterinarian Track: Medicinal Mushrooms: Cancer Prevention, Control and Support; with Medicinal Mushrooms

for Other Conditions: Kidney and Liver disease, Cushing’s disease, and Geriatric issues, Ihor Basko (Hawaii)

Friday 2:30-6:00

FULL (1) Shamanic Practices in our Life: Limpia Second Level-Ways to Move Energies in the Body After Trauma, Rocίo Alarcόn (Ecuador)

___ (2) The Thyroid and Adrenal Exhaustion, Phyllis D. Light (Alabama)

___ (3) Herbal/Nutritional Gastroenterology, David Winston (Pennsylvania)

___ (4) Cultivation Track: Growing Medicinal Herbs on a Commercial Scale, Matt Dybala (Oregon)

Saturday 9-12:30

___ (1) Treating Infections with Natural Medicine–an Integrative and Cross-Cultural Approach, Christopher Hobbs, (California)

___ (2) Curanderismo, Magic, Science or Energy?, Rosa Tupina Yaotonalcuauhtli (Mexico)

___ (3) Cultivation Track: A Growers Invitation to the Cultivation, w/Reisens (New York)

Saturday 2-5:30:

FULL(1) Adaptogens and Nervines for the 21st Century, Tieraona Low Dog, MD (New Mexico)

___ (2) Cultivation Track: Medicinal Mushroom Gardening and Apothecary, Tradd Cotter, (South Carolina)

___ (3) Veterinarian Track: Cannabis sativa L.–Its Impact on Animals, Rob Silver (Colorado)

Saturday 4-7 ~ Special Playshop Intensive

FULL 1). WILD BEAUTY: The Joy and Magic of Body Care Formulation, Kate Clearlight, (New Mexico) — SOLD OUT 

Sunday 9-12:

FULL (1) Herbal Medicine Making 101, Nancy Phillips, (New Hampshire)

FULL (2) Releasing Trauma, Karyn Sanders/Nashoba Shilup, (California, Choctaw Nation)

___ (3) Functional Herbalism and Women’s Hormonal Challenge; Aviva Romm, (Massachusetts) (moved from Friday morning)

Refund Policy

All refund requests must be in writing and received in our office at the designated times notes below.

Email (preferred) or  write to IHS/Refund PO Box 101, Plainfield, VT 05667.

Super Early Bird Registration: 50% of fees will be refunded until May 12th

Early Bird Registration:  75% of fees will be refunded until May 12th

Regular Adult, Senior, Teen and Child Registration All fees except for a $75 processing fee per registrant are refundable until May 12.  (Includes tuition, intensives, meal/lodging fees)

Between May 12 and May 19:  50% of  the total fees paid minus a $75 processing fee per registrant will be refunded.

After May 19th there will be absolutely no refunds for any type of registration

Thank you so much for your interest in the 13th International Herb Symposium! The symposium is now sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please send an email to with your name and contact information.  Hope to see you in 2019!


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