It is Our Honor to Welcome Our Keynote Speaker Robin Wall Kimmerer

The 13th International Herb Symposium

June 9th – 11, 2017

Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts

At the IHS, we strive to bring together plant lovers & herbalists who represent the various aspects of herbalism from folkloric to clinical, farming and gardening, to shamanic and plant spirit teachings. We strongly feel that by interfacing and coming together in the spirit of the green, we can best expand our community, not only locally, but globally, creating a mycorrhizal network that helps to ‘shape shift’ the world of health and healing into a better world for all.

Though we believe in and support bioregional herbalism and ‘back yard medicine’, we also know that growth and expansion is directly linked to the universal exchange of ideas and generous sharing of plant knowledge. The International Herb Symposium is committed to its vision of weaving our global roots and sharing and exchanging the seeds of herbal wisdom not only in our communities within the United States but in communities around this beautiful planet Earth.

We feel incredibly blessed to have the following individuals speak, teach and inspire at the 2017 International Herb Symposium. Representing 12 countries, various experiences and backgrounds, and a diversity of ideas and beliefs, these herbalists are renowned in their communities, countries, and villages for their passion and dedication to the green nations. Many have been at the forefront of the herbal revolution for decades and have contributed well known books, founded schools, opened clinics, created high quality products, and have spent their lives with their hands in the earth growing and gathering high quality medicinal herbs.  All have deeply and in so many ways, helped to grow the herbal community into the vibrant thriving movement that it has become.

  • Rocίo Alarcόn, BSC, PhD – Ecuador - An Ethnopharmacologist, Ethno-botanist, shamanic practitioner and extraordinary teacher and healer, Rocίo 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. Rocίo is renowned and beloved           More info and a list of classes
  • Mary Ayodele – Africa - Mary Ayodele has worked to sustain people and communities with the wisdom of plants as a prophetess, herbalist, and independent scholar for over 20 years. Mary's training in plant sight began with 4 o'clock flowers and do-bait in her Grandmas kitchen as a child and has continued with deep immersion in West and Central African cultural and spiritual traditions. Mary is foundress of The Institute of Africana Cosmology where she offers the Earth Has Memory: Urban First Aid With Plants and the Wild Patch Plant Centered Healing programs. She is a featured contributor in the psychology textbook Root Psychology: A More info and a list of classes
  • Jacquelin (Jinpa) Guiteau – Haiti - Jinpa soaked up herbalism in his native Haiti where biomedical care is unaffordable for the masses and the veil to the spiritual world thin. A filmmaker and electrical engineer he worked as the chief broadcast engineer and manager for CUNY TV. He has been a fully ordained Buddhist monk for over 20 years and spent three years in India studying in a Buddhist monastery. He founded the Naturopathic Earth Quake Survivor Relief Clinic in Haiti with Julia Graves after the devastating earthquake and has treated 9000 people as the Haiti clinic's head herbalist to date. His training also includes Western Herbalism, flower More info and a list of classes
  • Marcela Ibieta – Chile - Marcela is a naturalist born at the foothills of the Andes Range in central Chile. An herbalist and bird watcher, she has guided groups in Northern Patagonia for over 12 years. Her current work includes teaching local communities awareness about environmental conservation of temperate rainforest and wildlife in Patagonia.                                                                                                       More info and a list of classes
  • Rafael Ocampo, BSc.- Costa Rica - Rafael Ocampo is one of Central America’s most respected and well known specialists in medicinal plants. He received his degree from the University of Costa Rica, and was appointed a researcher and curator at the National Herbarium of Costa Rica, where he specialized in the ethnobotanical studies of indigenous peoples in the region. He returned to the University as a researcher, specializing in medicinal plants. At CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza) he served as a specialist in the study of medicinal plants for nearly a decade and today he is a technical advisor to many projects involving More info and a list of classes
  • Claudia Perini – Italy - Since 1987 Claudia has worked at the University of Siena, first as the curator of their Botanic Gardens, then as the director of the Botanical Museum. Since 2002, she has been a permanent researcher and temporary professor in Mycology and Museology of Natural Sciences. Her research interest focuses on mycology, with emphasis on macromycetes, in connection with environmental problems, conservation topics and its history. Claudia collaborates on national and international projects including: the Executive Committee of the European Council for the Conservation of Fungi- ECCF, Planta Europa Network–PE, the World Conservation Union - IUCN Species Survival Commission,       More info and a list of classes
  • Aku Dunyo Richter – Ghana/Canada - Aku is a member of the Ewe tribe of West Africa from the village of Dagbamete, in the Volta Region of Ghana. The daughter of a village priest who is also a prominent traditional psychic herbalist, Aku moved to Canada to join her Canadian husband, Conrad Richter of Richter’s Herbs, in 1996. She was a member of Kekeli, an African traditional drum and dance ensemble based in Toronto and is also the greenhouse manager of Richter’s Herbs in Goodwood where she lives with her husband and three children. In 2013, Aku was initiated as Queen Mother of her village in Ghana by the elders in an More info and a list of classes
  • Swanie Simon – Germany - Animal herbalist and naturopath Swanie Simon was born in Germany but lived in the USA for thirty years after her family moved to N.Y. when she was one year old. Her love of animals and nature was apparent from a very young age and she has spent her life working with animals and learning everything she could about them. Influenced by Juliette de Bairacli Levy’s books, she went on to become a herbalist, TCVM practitioner and naturopath for animals (Tierheilpraktiker). Swanie is highly specialized in the natural rearing and treatment of dogs and cats and is one of Europe’s most More info and a list of classes
  • Rosa Tupina Yaotonalcuauhtli – Mexico - Born and raised in a rural community in Mexico, Rosa learned natural remedies and Ceremonia from her grandmother and aunts. Her career in the medical world began as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 1978 and she went on to earn her BS in Psychology in 1986. Rosa is also a Sacerdotisa (Priestess) practicing, preserving and protecting the Mexica forms and traditions through the Sacred Moondance Ceremony and sacred Temazkal ceremony. Her work with organizations, relationships, ancient medicines, mental health and social conditions combined with her creativity & spirit make her a true healing agent and facilitator. She remains true to More info and a list of classes
  • Dinah Veeris – Curacao - Dinah was born on April 20, 1939 as Lidwina Marciana Veeris in the Zaantjessteeg in Otrobanda on the island of Curacao. She worked for many years as a teacher in Curacao, St Marten and in the Netherlands. In 1982 she started to learn about herbal medicine from the elderly people of the islands of Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire. She studied with twenty elderly for five years and in 1987, she studied at the California School of Herbal studies with Rosemary Gladstar. After she returned home she quit her job, traveled to Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba and Indonesia to experience different medicinal More info and a list of classes
  • 7Song – New York - 7Song is an herbalist, teacher, wildcrafter, botanist and photographer. He is the director and main instructor of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, NY. He is also a founding member and clinician at the Ithaca Free Clinic, an integrative free clinic. 7Song specializes in herbal medicine for first aid situations and practices at first aid stations and clinics in the US and Central America. One of his main goals is to help make herbal medicine more broadly accessible and integrated with other health care modalities.                           More info and a list of classes
  • Thomas Avery Garran — United States - Thomas Avery Garran has been studying herbal medicine since 1989 and is a graduate of the American School of Herbalism as a direct student of Christopher Hobbs and Michael Tierra from 1992-96. He became licensed to practice Chinese medicine in the United States in 1996 and later attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, receiving his Masters of Science of Chinese Medicine degree in 1999. Thomas maintained a full-time practice in Chinese medicine from 1996 until moving to China in 2008. From 2004-2007 he taught in the Herbology Department at the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and in 2005 More info and a list of classes
  • Linda Black Elk – South Dakota - 1) Lakota Plants to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse - How would a Lakota use herbs to prepare for an invasion from the walking dead? Come find out! 2) Food is Medicine: Medicinal Properties of Delicious Wild Foods - Medicinal wild plants aren’t just an amazing way to treat illnesses and stay healthy, they can also be delicious. Join us to discuss some of our favorite medicinal foods and share recipes! 3) Azilya: Medicinal Smoke on the Great Plains - Azilya, or “to smudge” in the Lakota language, is an important part of treating and preventing illness. In this class, we More info and a list of classes
  • Mary Bove, ND — New Hampshire - Dr. Mary Bove obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery Certification from Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences in Seattle,WA. and received her Diploma of Phytotherapy/Herbal Medicine at the School of Phytotherapy in Great Britain. Dr. Bove practiced Naturopathic Family Medicine and Midwifery at the Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic, Brattleboro, VT. for 25 years, specializing in Naturopathic Pediatrics and Botanical Medicine.                                                                   .
  • Larken Bunce, MS — Vermont - 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 holds a Master of Science in Clinical Herbal Medicine from MUIH (previously Tai Sophia Institute), as well as certificates in Zen Shiatsu, Swedish/Esalen Massage and Mind-Body Skills. She is currently working More info and a list of classes
  • Tradd Cotter — South Carolina - Tradd Cotter is a microbiologist, professional mycologist, and organic gardener, who has been tissue culturing, collecting native fungi in the Southeast, and cultivating both commercially and experimentally for more than twenty-two years. In 1996 he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries and currently maintains over 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants, and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. His primary interest is in low-tech and no-tech cultivation strategies so that anyone can grow mushrooms on just about           More info and a list of classes
  • Kate Clearlight — New Mexico - A native Vermonter, Kate grew up from a young age with viriditas (green spirit) flowing through her body, mind and soul. Following this green path has brought her to beautiful places all over the world, including spending time living in magical places including southern France, Alaska, and Hawaii. Her love of plants and soil has allowed her to find sweet earth work wherever she goes, with years of organic farming, private gardening, medicinal herb farming, and retail herbal apothecary experience. She is a graduate from the California School of Herbal Studies and completed an Advanced Herbal Apprenticeship with Rosemary Gladstar More info and a list of classes
  • Rosalee de la Forêt, RH (AHG) — Washington - Rosalee is passionate about helping people discover the world of herbalism and natural health. As an herbal consultant, she helps people find natural solutions to their chronic health problems. She is Education Director at LearningHerbs and teaches herbalism at schools and conferences internationally. Rosalee is the author of the forthcoming book Alchemy of Herbs and creator of many online courses, including Taste of Herbs. and are packed with Rosalee’s best free health and herb articles and eBooks.                                           More info and a list of classes
  • Matt Dybala – Oregon - Over the past decade, Matt has cultivated a diversity of medicinal and aromatic crops at Herb Pharm's production farm in southern Oregon. This land is a sustainable source of locally grown ingredients and organic farming systems. He is also part of a dedicated on-farm teaching staff, sharing foundational knowledge in the advanced growing of herbs for their effective use in botanical medicine.Intensives Wish Upon an Herbal Star This session will examine the direct relationship between growers and plants to harness desirable traits for optimum yield. Seasonal cultivation techniques and breeding characteristics of individual herbs will be explored! Workshops (1) Vertical More info and a list of classes
  • Margi Flint — Massachusetts - Margi Flint has enjoyed EarthSong Herbals Family Practice & herb school in Marblehead, Massachusetts since 1977. Margi continues to teach Advanced Clinical Studies and is on the staff at Pacific Rim College in British Columbia, Earth Medicine Institute in Hawaii plus guest lectures at numerous Universities and symposiums nationally and internationally. Her most revered teachers are the plants and her clients. Flint is the author of a textbook, now in its third edition, titled The Practicing Herbalist, meeting with clients, reading the body.                                   More info and a list of classes
  • Daniel Gagnon — New Mexico - An accomplished speaker and educator, Daniel’s life passion is herbs. His goal is to educate the public and the medical profession on the practical applications of herbal medicine. He has been a practicing herbalist since 1976. Born is Hearst, Ontario, Canada, he relocated in 1979 to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he continued his studies in medical herbalism, pharmacology and related subjects at the Santa Fe College of Natural Medicine, the College of Santa Fe, the University of New Mexico’s College of Pharmacy and North American College of Botanical Medicine. In 2011 he earned his Masters in Herbal Medicine at More info and a list of classes
  • Amikaeyla Gaston — California - Winner of eight Washington Area Music Association Awards for Best Jazz, World and Urban Contemporary Vocalist, Amikaeyla was named DC’s best female composer in 2006 & 2008, won the 2005 DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts, and was recently honored with first prize for Best World Music Composition from the 2010-2011 Maryland State Arts Council. Her Music As Medicine -Healing with an Artful Purpose programming - a multi-faceted therapeutic approach through music, movement, & theater modalities - has taken her around the world to Cuba, China, Taiwan, Africa, India to work with at-risk youth and children, and More info and a list of classes
  • Rosemary Gladstar — Vermont - 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 HerbSymposium and The New England Women’s Herbal Conference. She is also the co-founder of Traditional Medicinal Tea Company. Along with creating community and   More info and a list of classes
  • Kat Harrison — California - Kathleen Harrison is an ethnobotanist, specializing in the study of the relations between people, plants, and mushrooms. She specializes in medicinal and shamanic species, with the rituals, art forms, myths and beliefs that accompany them. Her stories reveal her decades of experiences with indigenous people and healing ceremonies. She has done fieldwork in Mesoamerica, the Amazon Basin, and Pacific cultures, and is a published author, artist and photographer. Kat is the founder and director of Botanical Dimensions, an organization devoted to collecting and sharing information on traditions that honor plants and mushrooms. She recently opened the unique Ethnobotany     More info and a list of classes
  • Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., L.Ac., A.H.G. — California - Dr. Christopher Hobbs is a fourth-generation, internationally renowned herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, herbal clinician, research scientist, consultant to the dietary supplement industry, expert witness, botanist, mycologist with over 35 years of experience. The author or co-author of over 20 books, Christopher lectures on herbal medicine worldwide. He has taught at universities and medical schools such as Stanford Medical School, University of California Santa Cruz, Bastyr University and the National School of Naturopathic Medicine, and most recently for 7 years at UC Berkeley as a GSI and lecturer. He earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, one of the world’s most prestigious universities, More info and a list of classes
  • Phyllis D. Light, MA, RH (AHG) — Alabama - Phyllis Light is a fourth generation herbalist and healer. Her studies in Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine began at the age of 10 in the deep woods of North Alabama with lessons from her Creek/Cherokee grandmother and continued with well-known folk herbalist Tommie Bass. She continued her education with a Master of Health Studies from the University of Alabama.As a practicing herbalist, Phyllis has seen clients for over 25 years. She also worked in a medical clinic in Birmingham, AL and was supervising herbalist at Common Ground Medical Clinic in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. One of her goals is More info and a list of classes
  • Tieraona Low Dog, MD — New Mexico - Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.’s exploration of natural medicine began more than 35 years ago as she studied midwifery, herbal medicine; massage therapy and martial arts before earning her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. An internationally recognized expert in the fields of integrative medicine, dietary supplements and women’s health, Dr. Low Dog was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, served as the elected Chair of the US Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Information Panel, and was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Council for the More info and a list of classes
  • Richard Mandelbaum RH (AHG) — New York - Richard Mandelbaum is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to seeing clients he is a founding director and instructor at the Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City, and is also on the faculty at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in New Jersey and is an instructor in Botany at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York. Richard has been an avid student of our native flora for over thirty years. He has been practicing as an herbalist since 1997,blending the biomedical use of our native medicinal plants and More info and a list of classes
  • Guido Masé, RH (AHG) — Vermont - Guido is a clinician and educator in the Western herbal tradition. He spent his childhood in Italy and has been living in Vermont since 1996. His practice interweaves clinical experience, mythology, and science. He is chief herbalist at Urban Moonshine, clinician at the Burlington Herb Clinic, faculty member and clinical supervisor at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, teacher in herbal medicine at the University of Vermont, and author of The Wild Medicine Solution and DIY Bitters. He is developing the integrative phytotherapy department at Wasso Hospital in Loliondo, Tanzania.                     More info and a list of classes
  • jim mcdonald — Michigan - visit jim’s website, Michigan jim mcdonald has been practicing the art of herbcraft since 1994 (ooh! that's 20+ years now!), and offers a knowledge of herbalism that blends western folk and indigenous views of healing with the Vitalist traditions of 19th century western herbalism. He teaches classes and workshops throughout Great Lakes bioregion and the US, hosts the website and is currently writing (alternately) "A Great Lakes Herbal" and "Foundational Herbcraft". Jim is a community herbalist, a manic wildcrafter and medicine maker, and has been an ardent student of the most learned teachers of herbcraft.         More info and a list of classes
  • Michael Phillips — New Hampshire - Michael is renowned for helping people grow healthy fruit using herbal protocols. The “community orchard movement” that he helped found at provides a full immersion into the holistic approach to orcharding. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. He is the author of The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard which recently received Garden Book of the Year honors from the American Horticultural Society. His work has been compared with Sir Albert Howard and J.I. Rodale’s classic books on organic gardening. Michael’s latest, Mycorrhizal Planet: How Fungi and Plants Work Together More info and a list of classes
  • Nancy Phillips — New Hampshire - Nancy is a community herbalist, health coach, teacher, and farmer. She and her husband, Michael, own Heartsong Farm, an herb farm, organic apple orchard, and holistic educational center in the northern mountains of NH. Nancy delights in empowering people with the knowledge and wisdom necessary to use plants wisely for food, medicine, and spiritual support. She and Michael are co-authors of The Herbalist’s Way: Sharing Plant Medicines with Family and Community.                                                           More info and a list of classes
  • Sajah Popham — Oregon - Sajah Popham brings a fresh and unique perspective to the practice of clinical herbalism through the synergy of medical astrology, alchemy, and integration of ancient teachings for a new paradigm of herbal medicine. As founder of Organic Unity and The School of Evolutionary Herbalism, the focus of Sajah’s work is to create a truly holistic model of herbalism, that equally honors the body, spirit and soul of people and plants. His vitalist approach utilizes plants not only for physiological healing, but for the evolution of consciousness. From Bastyr University to the Amazon rainforest, his studies have taken him around the More info and a list of classes
  • Matt & Andrea Reisen — New York - Andrea and Matthias are the founders of Healing Spirits Educational Center and Herb Farm in Avoca, NY. They are well known for their high quality ethically wildcrafted and organically cultivated herbs and also for their ability to ‘make do’ with what they have when it comes to equipment and devices. They offer workshops based on earth-centered herbalism and purification lodges throughout the year. They are gifted body therapists, healers and teachers that work in direct communication with the plants.                                           More info and a list of classes
  • Aviva Romm, MD — Massachusetts - Named by as one of the 100 Women to Watch in Wellness, Dr. Aviva Romm has bridged her interests in traditional medicine with her knowledge of science for over 3 decades. A midwife and herbalist for 25 years, she is now a Yale trained MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine with Obstetrics. Aviva’s focus is on women’s and children’s health, with an emphasis on the impact of stress physiology on health, chronic disease, food cravings, weight, and hormone imbalance, and the use of food, mindfulness, and natural medicine to develop and express greater resilience and live fuller lives. She is More info and a list of classes
  • Emily Ruff — Florida - Emily Ruff, founder of the Florida Herbal Conference and Director of the Florida School of Holistic Living, is a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. The roots of her study and background in botanicals were cultivated during her childhood, wandering the wilderness of Central Florida with her father, a botanist and professor, and digging in the soil with her grandfather, an urban farmer. Her journey into herbalism was sparked in adolescence, when she traveled to Guatemala and studied with local healers. Returning to the United States, she completed apprenticeships with More info and a list of classes
  • Karyn Sanders — California, Choctaw Nation - Karyn Sanders/Nashoba Shilup, of Choctaw and Hungarian Jewish ancestry, has been working with clients and teaching herbs since 1976. She is traditionally trained in southeast Native American herbal medicine. Karyn also went to a school for Western herbalism. She co-owns and runs The Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine and has also hosted The Herbal Highway, a radio show on KPFA/94.1FM, for the last 20 years.                                                                   . More info and a list of classes
  • Deb Soule – Maine - Deb is an herbalist, biodynamic gardener, teacher and author of The Woman’s Handbook of Healing Herbs and the newly released How To Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants. Her faith in the healing qualities of herbs and her love of gardening inspired her to found Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary in 1985 in Maine. Deb’s deep love of plants and pollinators have inspired many people to grow medicinal herbs and flowers. Deb’s classes are always heartful, wise and healing as she speaks with the voice of the plants.                   More info and a list of classes
  • Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP – Utah - Dr. Kevin Spelman is an internationally recognized expert on the molecular biology and clinical therapeutics of botanical medicines and new product development. A past National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow and Marie Curie research fellow in the European Union, Dr. Spelman has published 27 scientific papers and 6 chapters. He has advised the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and most recently was invited to represent USANA Health Sciences R&D group at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy conference on the microbiome. Dr. Spelman has also practiced clinical phytotherapy for 20 years. Past research projects More info and a list of classes
  • David Winston, RH (AHG) — Pennsylvania - David Winston RH (AHG) has been studying herbal medicine for 47 years and been in clinical practice for 40 years. He has been trained in Chinese, Native American, and Western/Eclectic herbal traditions. David is an internationally known lecturer, an author or co-author of numerous books including Adaptogens, Herbs for Strength , Stamina and Stress Reilef, the Dean of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, a founding member of the American herbalists Guild and the president of Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc.                                         More info and a list of classes
  • Steven Yeager, QA/QC Director at Mountain Rose Herbs — Oregon - Originally from Philadelphia, Steven moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1994, and has been rooted in Eugene ever since. Steven Yeager has been exploring Oregon’s wild places and studying the Pacific Northwest’s native flora since 1995, Steven is co-owner of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies in Eugene. Columbines offers a unique educational program focusing on community herbalism including a heavy emphasis on botany with a focus on plant terminology and using taxonomic keys, ecology, and Western Herbalism. . He also is the QA/QC Director at Mountain Rose Herbs and responsible for the proper identity of their botanical products and More info and a list of classes

As a very special feature, we are hosting the Veterinarian Botanical Medicinal Association sponsored by VBMA and will be highlighting holistic care of animals at the IHS again this year.  At each workshop session there will be a class that specializes in holistic care of animals.

  • Ihor Basko, DVM, CVA — Hawaii - Ihor Basko graduated from Michigan State University, 1971 with a DVM degree. His special interest at the time were focused around cardiology, orthopedic surgery & internal medicine. He began his studies in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in 1974 by participating in a UCLA medical school research project to treat animal paralysis with acupuncture 1974-76. Became vegetarian, and studied nutrition based upon Ayervedic Medicine, Chinese Food Therapy, and Macrobiotic cooking for personal use. Later, Basko studied Western and Eastern Herbology with Dr. Sidney Golinsky, Subhuti Dharmananda Ph.D, Stephen Chang OMD, and many masters. He joined the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in More info and a list of classes
  • Donna Kelleher, DVM — Washington - Donna Kelleher has practiced holistic veterinary medicine since 1994. She is both IVAS and AVCA trained in the 1990’s for acupuncture and chiropractic and her initial herbal training in the late 90’s came from AHG’s certification training lead by KP Khalsa. She became NAET (Nambudibrad’s allergy elimination technique) trained for both basic and advanced by 2003 and has integrated these modalities since then. Her personal experiences with asthma, allergies, and an early exposure to diverse cultures with their approach to healing greatly affected her openness towards all holistic treatments. In her Pacific Northwest garden and a mountain adjacent to her More info and a list of classes
  • Cynthia Lankenau, DVM — New York - Dr. Cindy Lankenau is a holistic mixed animal veterinarian currently practicing in western N.Y. She graduated from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 and became quickly frustrated with the limitations with conventional medicine. After working in Africa with the Peace Corps in 1985, has been learning how to heal; not hide symptoms. She is certified in acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic and herbal medicine. Since 1991, she has been exclusively using alternative modalities. She is a past president of the VBMA and has lectured at the University of Buffalo's Mini- Vet School, AHVMA, IVAS and IHS. Dr. Lankenau’s talks will be More info and a list of classes
  • Rob Silver, DVM, MS, CVA — Colorado - Dr. Robert Silver is a 1982 graduate of Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Frustrated with the failings of conventional medicine, Dr. Silver began his studies into the use of diet, acupuncture, herbs and nutraceutical compounds to better assist his patients in their healing process. Dr. Silver founded one of the first Integrative Veterinary practices in Boulder, Colorado, blending the best of both worlds into successful protocols for difficult diseases. Dr. Silver studied herbal medicine from a variety of great teachers, including William LeSassier, Michael Moore, Matt Wood, Brigitte Mars, and Feather Jones. Silver taught several years at the More info and a list of classes

NEW for 2017! We are excited to begin offering 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 cultivation and protection both on a commercial as well as home gardening scale.

  • Chip Carroll – United Plant Savers | American Ginseng Pharm - Chip has been involved been involved with agroforestry and non-timber forest product work for the last 20 years. He began his career working with Rural Actions Sustainable Forestry Program where he worked closely with producers growing medicinal herbs in their woodlands and helped to form the Roots of Appalachia Growers Association. Chip was the Assistant Farm Manager for Frontier Natural Products’ National Center for the Preservation of Medicinal Herbs where he helped manage research projects and oversaw their internship program. He currently is the Sanctuary Steward for United Plant Savers 370-acre Botanical Sanctuary in Rutland, Ohio where he also oversees More info and a list of classes
  • Tradd Cotter – South Carolina - Intensive: Medicinal Mushroom Gardening and Apothecary- Participants will enjoy the full circle experience of mushroom cultivation, harvesting, preparation, extractions, product development for personal care products and medicinal fungal foods. Tradd uses a combination of visual slides, destructed demos and hands on activities that makes the entire process a memorable and efficient learning experience. Learn basic mushroom cultivation principles, how the chemical properties of fungi are affected by their environment, and how you can create potent extracts and innovative medicinal and culinary products for home, family or your business’ product development
  • Matt Dybala – Oregon - Over the past decade, Matt has cultivated a diversity of medicinal and aromatic crops at Herb Pharm's production farm in southern Oregon. This land is a sustainable source of locally grown ingredients and organic farming systems. He is also part of a dedicated on-farm teaching staff, sharing foundational knowledge in the advanced growing of herbs for their effective use in botanical medicine.Intensives Wish Upon an Herbal Star This session will examine the direct relationship between growers and plants to harness desirable traits for optimum yield. Seasonal cultivation techniques and breeding characteristics of individual herbs will be explored! Workshops (1) Vertical More info and a list of classes
  • Tanner Filyaw – - Ramps: Cultivation for Conservation This session will provide an introduction to ramp cultivation, including site selection, planting techniques, harvesting, marketing, seed collection, and a discussion of wild stewardship and conservation. This session will further cover the history and medicinal value of ramps. Learn about conservation efforts to promote just using the leaves!
  • Rosemary Gladstar – Vermont - Planting the Future~Stewards of Healing Herbs Perhaps the greatest task facing American Herbalists today is learning to be not only stewards of our herbal traditions but also stewards and caretakers of the healing plants themselves. What does being a steward of healing herbs mean? How do we preserve our precious plant resources while promoting wildcrafting, herbal medicine making, and herbal healing practices. In this insightful and inspiring discussion, Rosemary will share important stewardship practices including determining which plants are ‘at risk’ of over use and creating land as sanctuary.
  • Susan Leopold (Virginia/United Plant Savers) & Chip Carroll (Ohio/American Ginseng Pharm) - Forest Farming Appalachian Botanicals This session will cover conservation concerns for those Appalachian forest botanicals on the At-risk List that are currently in high demand in the herbal trade. We will discuss methods for forest farming, resources and networks such as the www.appalachianforestfarmers,org and UpS upcoming symposium July 2017 “The Future of Ginseng and Forest Botanicals” to be held in Morgantown West Va.
  • Michael Phillips – New Hampshire - The Ways of Healthy Plants- Plant response to environment sets the phytochemical stage for the constituents we in turn call upon in herbal healing. Understanding plant health in deeper ways allows us to grow holistically while at the same time work with mycorrhizal fungi to build outrageously healthy soil. Growing nutrient-dense foods and phytochemically-rich herbs comes down to emulating the practical ways that Nature does health.
  • Matt & Andrea Reisen – New York - Intensive: A Growers Invitation to the Cultivation of Medicinal Plants In this intensive, Andrea and Matthias Reisen of Healing Spirits Herb Farm will share their experiences over the last 25 years of all aspects of medicinal herb farming. Propagating, growing, drying, field preparation, processing and how they are now working with aquaponics and mushrooms. There are many avenues to making a living, working that small piece of land and tickling the belly of the earth
  • Deb Soule – Maine - Introduction to Biodynamic Herb Gardening- Biodynamic agriculture is a way of living, working, and relating with nature’s rhythms and the vocations of agriculture based on good common-sense practices, a consciousness of the uniqueness of each landscape, and the inner development of each and every practitioner. The philosophy and foundational practices of biodynamics will be introduced (including soil and compost preparations), working with cosmic rhythms through the biodynamic planting calendar, and a participatory stirring and spraying demonstration of one of the biodynamic preps.
  • Steven Yeager – Oregon - Intensive: Botanical, Macroscopic and Organoleptic Assessment of Herbal Ingredients for cGMP Compliance- This hands-on workshop will provide a comprehensive orientation of botanical, macroscopic, and organoleptic identification methods, quality assessment techniques and terminology, and demonstrate how these techniques are used to evaluate crude plant parts in a scientifically valid manner. Botanical identification, using classical botany as the basis, is the primary manner in which plant materials are identified. For identification and quality assessment of crude herb materials, macroscopic and organoleptic analysis offers among the most rapid, accurate, cost-effective, and environmentally sound of all the analytical technologies.

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