Celebrating the Healing Power of Plants


“If we are going to heal, let it be glorious.”

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 14th International Herb Symposium 

June 7 – 9, 2019
Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts 

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Our Keynote Speaker

Leah Penniman is an educator, farmer/peyizan, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2011 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land. Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs - including farmer trainings for Black & Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for people living under food apartheid, and domestic and international organizing toward equity in the food system. Leah holds an MA in Science Education and BA in Environmental Science and International Development from Clark University. She has been farming since 1996 and teaching since 2002. The work of Leah and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, Omega Sustainability Leadership Award, Presidential Award for Science Teaching, NYS Health Emerging Innovator Awards, and Andrew Goodman Foundation, among others. Her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land will hit shelves in November, 2018.

The IHS takes place on the lands of the Sovereign Wampanoag Nation.


Our Mission

The International Herb Symposium is committed to creating a welcoming, engaging and inclusive gathering that represents and honors the diverse and varied traditions present in herbalism. We come together in honor of the plants and in the spirit of respect & reciprocity  to share and learn from one another. By coming together in this way, we strive to create  local & global communities dedicated to healing and caretaking the Earth and all beings.

All people are welcome at the International Herb Symposium.

People of all racial identities, national or ethnic origins, ancestries, ages, religions or religious creeds, abilities, sexual orientations, gender & non-gender conforming identities, skin colors, and body sizes are joyfully invited to this gathering.



The International Herb Symposium is a
benefit for United Plant Savers.

Join us in helping to protect native medicinal plants.



Our Generous Sponsors

The International Herb Symposium is a fundraising event for United Plant Savers. Sponsorship funds from these great companies are gifted to United Plant Savers to help fund its mission of protecting North American medicinal plants. We offer our sincere gratitude for the generous contributions these businesses provide.