Teacher Bios & Classes

 

At the IHS, we strive to bring together plant lovers & herbalists from around the world, representing many traditions and aspects of herbalism: folkloric, scientific, community outreach & therapeutic applications, farming and gardening, ceremonial and plant spirit teachings and many others. 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.

 
 
International Teachers
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Alai Reyes-Santos (co-presenter with Ana-Maurine Lara)
Puerto Rico/Oregon

Alai is originally from an Afro-indigenous community in the mountains of Puerto Rico, and is from a long line of "santigueras" and midwives. Santigueras are women healers who use touch and prayer to heal. She is an Iyalosha, a priestess in the Yoruba-Lucumi tradition, and daughter of Yemanya. In her role as Yemanya priestess, she is a diviner and intuitive healer, who uses prayer, touch, the elements and platica to heal others. She has provided healing support to Moon Dancers in Mexico and the U.S. over the past 8 years. At home, she receives those who are seeking psychic, spiritual and physical healing. She is currently an associate professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon.

Ana-Maurine Lara (co-teaching with Alai Reyes-Santos)
Dominican Republic/Oregon

Ana is a Moon Dance priestess and fifth generation curandera from the Dominican Republic. The women in her family are primarily herbalists and midwives; she received knowledge as an herbalist from age 7 and onward, with apprenticeships with her aunts in her late teens and early 20s, learning about how herbal medicine systems also function within a broader, homeopathic understanding of health and well-being that includes regimens of teas, baths, fasts and relationships with ancestors. Her father taught her, from age 3, how to garden, specifically planting herbal medicines and basic foods for sustenance. Ana maintains gardens wherever she lives. Currently, in her new home in Oregon, she is starting a native plant/herbal medicine garden that will support her work with the sweat lodge, a medicine that she has learned with Rosa Tupina, and as a Moon Dancer, over the past decade. Ana is currently an assistant professor at the University of Oregon.

Healing the Aftermaths of Trauma In this workshop, we will discuss a holistic approach to healing in the aftermaths of traumatic events. We will provide tools for working with the ancestors in healing intergenerational trauma, and then provide a space to share and discuss herbs and other tools that are useful in treating the roots causes of trauma. We will draw from examples of our work in the Caribbean. (Advanced)

Afro-Indigenous Women Healers Project In this teach-in, we will present the results of three years of research with Afro-descendent and Indigenous women healers around the Caribbean and its Diaspora. What are the main issues that women healers are facing, and what are the primary strategies that they use to address these issues? We will include ethnobotanical survey results from the Dominican Republic, and also from post-Maria Puerto Rico. (Beginner)


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Anya Tyutyunik
Ukraine/California

Anya was born and raised in Ukraine; she has been on the medicine path all her life. Her virtues are: being a healer, peacemaker, forager, caretaker, fun story teller, dancer, mother and lover. She is a lifelong herbalist trained in oriental medicine, holistic pediatrics; she studied plant medicine, Mayan uterine healing practices from Guatemala's midwives. She has a hobby of collecting authentic healing traditions from around the world. Anya is a founder of Women's Healing Conference and WHC School of Herbal Studies in SF Bay Area California. You can find more info about Women's Healing Conference here: http://womenshealingconference.com/ Anya practices and teaches medicine for over 25 years. Her teaching style is inspiring, nurturing and sincere. Visit her website here:  http://anyaspractice.com/

Uterine Herbal Steaming ~ Chai-Yok This workshop will be an introduction to the Philosophy and
Practices of wise caring for the root and the heart of the women's body, by nurturing the womb. We will cover Herbal vaginal steaming practices—basic recipes and practical ways. (for women only)

Russian Folk Remedies from A-Z An interactive experience calling out the elements and getting a Russian Folk remedy respond that could be simple, useful, practical, as well as shocking and provocative. Let's dive into endless possibilities of medicinal creations of an old Eastern European culture.


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Christophe Bernard
France

Christophe Bernard is a French herbalist. He currently lives in southern France (Provence) where he spends his time picking, growing and recommending herbs as a health practitioner. He has written two books and teaches at one of the oldest and most prestigious herbal school in France. He also runs his own online herbal programs and is very active on YouTube. He regularly speaks at national health conferences. His blog AltheaProvence has become a reference for plant lovers around the French speaking world. www.altheaprovence.com

Healing the liver - from tradition in France to modern practice There is a quasi-obsession with taking care of the liver in French traditional medicine. In this presentation, Christophe Bernard will first take you back in time to discover herbal traditions from his region, Provence. He will then tie this back to modern herbal practice and explain how those old habits, the "depurative cure" in particular, can be put to good use in everyday's life. Along the way, he will present powerful French liver remedies such as linden bark and desmodium leaves and explain how to prepare and use them. (Intermediate)

Building our independence : most useful herbs you can grow, transform and use Christophe Bernard shares his 8 years of experience in the garden, evolving from "the guy who had no clue" to advanced herbal gardener and medicinal seed producer. He will present his pick of herbs that require little work but provide maximum health benefits. He will also explain how to best transform them at home using simple kitchen equipment. (Beginner) Cultivation & Conservation Track


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David Hoffman
England/California

David Hoffmann B.Sc., F.N.I.M.H.
A Fellow of Britain’s National Institute of Medical Herbalists, David Hoffmann has been a phytotherapist for 45 years. He is one of the founding members and a past president of the American Herbalist Guild. The author of 14 books, his latest is a textbook on the science of herbal medicine and its therapeutic application in clinical practice entitled Medical Herbalism published by Inner Traditions.  An activist for far too long (!) he ran for parliament in the UK for the Green Party in 1983.

So, after being a clinical phytotherapist forever, he now has finally discovered the garden and that he is actually a herbalist! He now formulates teas for Traditional Medicinals and teaches at the California School of Herbal Studies. www.TraditionalMedicinals.com

Synergy, ecology and healing. The wonder of secondary metabolites. An exploration of the whole being more than the sum of the parts.

Humans, Herbs, and Holobionts. An herbalist explores the new biology and its wonderful insights of wholeness at all levels life, from single cells to our planet.


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Jacquelin Guiteau
Haiti

Jacquelin Guiteau / Jinpa has been a spiritual teacher, herbalist and homeopath for 20 years. Jackie soaked up herbalism in his native Haiti where biomedical care is unaffordable for the masses and the veil to the spiritual world thin. He worked as the chief broadcast electrical engineer for CUNY TV. Jackie has studied Western and Eastern mysticism extensively since the age of 14. 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. Jackie has treated 9000 people as the Haiti clinic's head herbalist to date, where he trained with the late herbalist, midwife, and bone setter Oliama Deriviere. His training includes furthermore Western Herbalism, flower essences, cupping, massage, homeopathy, body-oriented and creative-media-based psychotherapy, and Reiki. Jackie is a much beloved meditation master and spiritual teacher who synthesises Eastern and Western mysticism, and practises healing with his secret ingredient: Love.  www.lilycircle.com

A New Direction in Healing The traditional shaman healer in Haiti uses ceremony to heal, in which the healer chooses plant preparations and ritual to match the physical, emotional, and spiritual level of the person seeking help. He or she is doctor, psychotherapist and spiritual teacher at once, a whole person treating the whole person. This is the future of healing. This class shows step-by-step how to become such a healer. (Intermediate)

Taking Healing into the Dream World, Part 2 Continuation of last year: A step by step process how to communicate with plants and get answers from the dream world. We spend almost half of our lives sleeping. While dreaming plays an important role in our life, we are conditioned to focus on the waking consciousness by mainstream culture. Taking healing into the realm of dreams means to first merge the gap between dreaming and waking. Plants can help with that. We can also use plant wisdom and plants as invisible helpers to heal ourselves or others in dreams, or to learn about the healing powers of the plants in dreams. (Intermediate)

Intensive:  Giving and Taking Traditional Haitian Flower Baths

Giving a fresh flower bath is an integral part of the Caribbean healing culture. Depending on the situation, a flower bath is a necessary prerequisite, before the herbal treatment can begin.. It is done to heal severely sick people,, after long diseases, in case of continuous disturbing emotions, to dissolve ties with past relationships (death, divorce, etc.), to clear negative energy, for good luck, as well as to maintain health and attract good things towards you. This hands-on class will guide you through the process of preparation, invocation, and the actual bathing step by step.


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Julia Graves
Germany

Julia Graves is a master herbalist, Gestalt psychotherapist, homeopath and flower essence maker with 35 years of professional experience. Trained since childhood by her herbalist mother, Julia studied traditional European medicine, anthroposophic massage as well as cupping as a teenager. She then studied medicine at Kiel University for four years. Creator of the Lily Circle flower essences and author of The Language of Plants, she is the founder and director of the Naturopathic Earthquake Survivor Relief Clinic in Haiti, which has offered free treatment to over 80.000 people to date. Julia teaches internationally and lives on a farm in France. www.juliagraves.com www.lilycircle.com www.haiti.citronia.com

Planting, Harvesting and Herbal Medicine Making with the Sun and Moon Since ancient times, people have worked with the natural rhythms of nature including the understanding of how the cycles of the planets influence the quality of the herbs we harvest. In this class Julia will share how respecting the waxing as weaning as well as the ascending and descending moon can boost the qualities and quantity of our harvest, give better quality tinctures, and increase shelf life of dried herbs. Cultivation & Conservation Track

Dental Care and Recalcification with Herbs and Cell Salts Thought impossible by biomedicine, plants and their minerals can strengthen and rebuild the teeth and even heal caries. Important for children, pregnant women and as we age, their alchemical preparations stimulate the body's ability to absorb and put minerals back into teeth and bones. (Intermediate)


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Rebecca Rogerson
Canada/South Africa

Rebecca has been an Isangoma working in areas of Sub-Saharan Africa and Canada for almost two decades. As an international community development consultant, she has contributed to research initiatives, as well as developed and implemented collaborative community-based programs in a multitude of sectors. She worked as both an activist and traditional healer in HIV/AIDs clinics in early post-Apartheid South African government hospitals; as well as contributed in its early stages, to the South African Traditional Health Practitioners Bill. Rebecca developed a national traditional healer HIV/AIDS focused strategy for the Government of Botswana. She has contributed to academic, public and private sector publications, and has been a presenter and panelist at conferences and seminars worldwide for almost two decades. Her work as an activist and practitioner has earned her international awards. Rebecca currently teaches in the Social Service Worker Program at Seneca College. She also maintains her healing practice servicing marginalized communities in Toronto, Canada. Rebecca is currently engaged in neuroscientific-based research, investigating how trance processes can alter brain circuitry. Rebecca returns to South Africa yearly to replenish her heart and herbal dispensary.

Izangoma Healing Methodologies for a Fractured World. 80% of continental Africans use traditional healing and medicine for some, if not all of their healthcare demands-- including psycho-social and spiritual. With approximately 200-300,000 traditional healers in South Africa, Izangoma remain the most prominent kind of traditional healer. In this class, we will discuss the principles and values of Ngoma, as well as what these teachings can offer people worldwide.

Intergenerational Trauma: Healing Ourselves through Ancestral Guidance and Medicines In this workshop we will explore how trauma surfaces in our beings, as well as how ancestral legacies, teachings and individual plant medicine can assist us in our personal healing journeys, as well as the healing journeys we facilitate as healers and practitioners.


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Rocio Alarcon
Ecuador

An Ethnopharmacologist, Ethnobotanist,  and extraordinary teacher and healer within a lineage of traditional healing, Rocio has spent over 30 years working with ethnic groups in the tropical rainforest 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’.  Rocio is renowned and beloved world wide for her caring, loving and passionate approach to people, plants and nature.

From Rocio: "I was born in Ecuador and have been privileged enough to learn from my ancestors and local people, the traditions of plants and spiritual practices . I want to share my knowledge to help bring peace and allow you to see the rainforest and the Andes of my beautiful green country Ecuador, as a focus of the energy that heals us and the planet." www.iamoecenter.org


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Dr. Sharon Blackie
Ireland

Dr. Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction, a mythologist with a specialisation in Celtic Studies, and a psychologist who has specialised both in neuroscience and narrative. Her unique approach to working with myth, fairy tales and folklore highlights the insights these traditions can offer us into authentic and meaningful ways of being which are founded on a deep sense of rootedness in the land we inhabit, and a recognition of the unique wisdom of the plant and animal beings who share it with us. In early 2017 she founded The Hedge School: both an online space and a physical location in Connemara, for teachings in myth, wild mind and enchantment. www.sharonblackie.net

Flora Celtica: Plants in Celtic Myth and Tradition In the mythology of ancient Ireland there were said to be 365 different parts of the body, and a plant to heal each one of them. Certain trees were held to be sacred, and plants played a role not just in physical healing, but in the provision of magical protection, and the making of charms and spells. In this class we'll delve into ancient texts, listen to healing incantations., and explore old stories – taking inspiration from the ways in which herbs and trees feature in the native myth, folklore and ritual practices of the Celtic peoples.

Reclaiming the Wise Woman In the folk tradition of Ireland, the wise woman – the bean feasa – was more than a healer of physical ills: she was also called upon to heal emotional and spiritual disorders, and to keep the community in a balanced relationship with the Otherworld. The power and authority of the bean feasa derived specifically from her close association with the Otherworld, and the knowledge, wisdom and skill which derived from it. In this class, we’ll explore traditional stories about wise women, and the relevance of their practice for women’s lives today.

Intensive: Plants and the Mythic Imagination

In this intensive class, we’ll work with the old story of ‘The Wild Swans’, in which a young woman must weave a shirt made from nettles plucked with her bare hands, in order to transform her ensorcelled brothers from swans back into men. We’ll speak about plants as agents of transformation in the old stories, and talk about the ways in which fairy tales require us to negotiate with the wild – both inner and outer. We’ll delve deeply into the folklore of nettles, and explore the ways in which we can work with plants and with the mythic imagination to bring ourselves more fully into relationship with the anima mundi, the soul of the world.


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Swanie Simon
Germany

Animal herbalist and naturopath Swanie Simon was born in Germany but lived in the USA until the age of thirty 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 renowned authors, teachers and animal herbalists.
She is credited with making the subject of raw diets for dogs and cats popular in Europe and has written several best-selling books on the subject. Swanie currently lives on a beautiful farm in the high forest region of Germany and in the Provence region of France with her daughter and a friend, 10 dogs, 5 cats, 2 horses, about 20 goats and a gang of chickens. https://www.three-dogs-night.com/

Treating Giardia and other Parasitic infections in Pets How to treat giardia and other parasitic infections in dogs & cats. Herbal treatments, other natural treatments, diet.

Holistic Diagnosis/Examination of Dogs How to look at a case holistically: examination methods, case taking, pulse & tongue diagnosis, determining & matching disease patterns to herbs and their energetics


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Tara Rodríguez Besosa
Puerto Rico

Tara Rodríguez Besosa, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, 34 years of age. They are an architect building a world where agroecological concepts and queer practices are used to create resilience through food sovereignty. Tara is the founder of “El Departamento de la Comida” a project born in 2010 as a multi-farm CSA, then a storefront, then a local-sustainable sourced experimental kitchen, restaurant and workshop space in Puerto Rico. www.eldepartamentodelacomida.org @eldepartamentodelafood

Herbs and Hurricanes What do hurricanes have to do with slavery, plant traditions of indigenous and African practices, present-day climate crises and movement building? This class shares how the natural disasters have brought different farmers, healers, and plants back together, weaving interconnections between places of origin, stories, recipes, and agri-cultural practices into a shared space of healing from “natural disasters” as well as colonialism in present times. This class will share research and practices from Puerto Rico, Africa, Indigenous and African American practitioners, through the shared plants, herbs, remedies, and survival stories that have been passed down throughout centuries. Beginning from the personal story of a queer food activist in Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and María in 2017, this class will be but an opening into a much larger web of interconnection between healers, elders, activists, and organizers that use plant medicine within frontline communities and colonized groups around the world. The second part of the class is a story sharing/weaving of those present, as a next step through this ongoing practice of connecting through plants what many times has been erased or separated within communities. (Beginner)

Food Activism and Herbs This class explores how certain food activists, farmers, and organizers are focusing on herbalism and the stories of ingredients to trace their past, uncover erased histories, learn healing recipes, and broaden the meaning of “food”. Within the large world of cooking, the restaurant industry, and food, there are a few dedicated voices that are proposing a completely radical relationship to our ingredients, one that goes beyond trends or tastes, but into politics, the past, plant medicines, and the use of herbs for human consumption and recipes. This class will share the work of those blurred between herbalism, activism, the kitchen, and the farm. It will be based on the work of women of color, indigenous activists, and farmers in frontline communities. (Beginner)

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7Song
New York

7Song is a clinical herbalist, teacher, botanist and naturalist. He is the director and main instructor of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine. He is a founder, practicing herbalist and Director of Holistic Medicine at the Ithaca Free Clinic, an integrative clinic providing free consultations and herbal medicine for anyone in need. 7Song has been active in herbal first aid for many years working at clinics, first aid stations and as a street medic.
One of his teaching goals is demonstrating how herbal medicine can offer primary and adjunct treatments for acute and chronic health conditions. He practices integratively, working alongside conventional and holistic practitioners. He aspires to make herbal medicine accessible, affordable and within reach of everyone. 7Song.com

The Medicinal Plants of Wheaton College This plant walk will focus on the native and introduced plants at the International Herbal Symposium. We will cover botanical characteristics and focus on medicinal and edible aspects of the plants and ways to ethically gather and prepare them.

Practicing as a Clinical Herbalist in a Free Clinic This talk will discuss what it is like to help start and practice as an herbalist in an integrative free clinic. It will include clinical and counseling skills, patient compliance, logistics, donations, working with other practitioners, and other practical information. The goal is to help inspire other herbalists to do similar work, and discussing some of the details and difficulties in preparing to set up and work in this type of clinical setting. (Intermediate)

Intensive: Herbal First Aid for the Practicing Herbalist

This class is to enhance practical skills for the practicing herbalist to work in first aid settings. It is drawn from working at first aid clinics, camps and events for the past 25 years. It will cover common, useful herbs, preparations and supplies for many different first aid situations such as injuries, wounds and infections. This class is for intermediate to advanced herbalists who already have clinical skills. (Advanced)


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Amanda David
New York

Amanda is a community herbalist, the mother of three amazing children, the creator of Rootwork Herbals and a plant lover from way back who has been intimately working and playing with herbal medicine for 20 years. She tends plants and supplies her community with lovingly handcrafted remedies; she tends people and offers deeply personal herbal health consultations, classes and apprenticeships. Her approach to herbalism is based in the folkways, on building intimate relationships with the plants that grow nearby in order to bring herbal medicine and home healthcare back to the people. In doing this, she sees herbalism as a means to rebel against oppressive systems, which undermine health. Above all, Amanda is a lover of plants and a lover of people and is passionate about bringing them together in a down to earth, joyful and accessible way that promotes personal and planetary healing. www.rootworkherbals.com

Health Injustice, Herbalism and Black Folks In this class we will look at historical through current examples of disparities and violence against black folks in the US medical system. we will consider how this injustice shapes the health and health care choices of black folks and how herbalism has and can continue to grow as an agent for healing.

Organizing for BIPOC liberation within Western Herbalism (BIPOC only) co-teacher Mandana Boushee Western Herbalism was built on the erasure and appropriation of BIPOC voices and traditions. Despite this, BIPOC herbalists, healers, and careworkers have always found ways to survive, share their medicine and carry forward our healing traditions. As Western Herbal culture begins to shift towards racial equity, BIPOC herbalists will continue to organize for self-determination and autonomy. In this workshop, we will look at ways to navigate this shift, magnify our voices, all while staying true to ourselves and taking care of each other.


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Amikaeyla Gaston
California

Proclaimed as one of the “purest contemporary voices” by NPR, powerhouse Amikaeyla is a force for change. Winner of twelve WAMMY Awards for Best Jazz, World and Urban Contemporary Vocalist, MTV says "her sultry sound is like listening to velvet waterfalls, and her soulful flavor captures the listener with dynamic passion and sincerity". She serves as a Cultural Ambassador for the US State Department and has done expansive work in the health arena for over the past 20 years promoting healing and wellness through the arts & activism. As the Founder and Executive Director of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute (ICAHSI), she uses her voice and her organization as a catalyst for the voices of those that are not often heard.

Her “Music As Medicine - Healing with an Artful Purpose” programming - a multi-faceted therapeutic approach through music, movement, & theater modalities has been implemented around the world to at-risk women and children hoping to aid in alleviating pain and trauma caused by war and has been utilized by the Department of Health & Human Services, The American Psychological Association, and the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, taking her around the world to Israel, Beirut, Amman, Damascus, Palestine, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Nigeria & Sierra Leone just to name a few. Her extensive studies with traditional healers, herbalists and cultural artists around the biological and psychological healing effects of music led to the personal invitation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to perform in India at the Inaugural Festival of Sacred Chanting and Singing for the commemoration of the Golden Buddha. She is a nuanced thought-leader and a sought-after public speaker and performer appearing internationally in radio, tv, & film with appearances on PBS, HBO, and in the Sundance Film Festival, and is the proud recipient of the Voss Foundation Emerging Leaders Women Helping Women Award, UN Global Woman Award, the Pioneer Award for Exemplary Leadership and Outstanding Service in Social Justice and Advocacy Award, and the Hero for Peace and Forgiveness award. www.ICAHSI.org

Music As Medicine - Sonic Healing Activism and Healing Through Sound and Song  This world can feel chaotic and unsafe for many, especially if you feel unheard and paralyzed internally. By feeling the power of your breath and voice, you can activate your inner power to make change not only in yourself, but also in your community and your world. We will dig deep and look at what keeps us from expressing our true thoughts and feelings, and how that has an effect on us physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and how, through the healing power of sound and song, we can change that paradigm and enter into a blissful state of wholeness and alignment.

Elemental Medicine Woman- Wisdom of Spirit Sound Working with sacred chants and songs to call to the natural spirits and ancestors, we delve into the knowledge from various global traditions. This workshop teaches the ancient tradition of singing with large groups in what is known as a circle song. Utilizing the traditions of various cultures, both ancient and contemporary, we focus on developing and improving playing techniques and our own rhythmic vocabulary, and together, we experience the unifying and revitalizing effects of group playing, toning, and singing.


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Angelique "Sobande" Greer
Tennessee

Mystic, Manifestor, Dream Weaver, Desert Storm Army Veteran, Herbalist & Healer are just some of the things that describe Angelique “Sobande” Greer. She embraces the name given to her by her spiritual Godparents (meaning the seer came with me) and believes that she has been called back to the healing ways of her people. She is a Master Herbalist, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Consultant, Educator & Author with over 25 years of experience in the field. She founded & runs the only African American School of Herbalism & Natural Health that teaches the art of herbalism & healing the old fashion way. She is also the founder of the United States first Afro Botany Certification Immersion Program, providing students with a unbridled opportunity into the African Diaspora to learn about the plants, the people, the culture & the rituals of healing. Sobande resides with her husband just outside Nashville Tennessee where she maintains a private practice that centers on education & consulting. www.naturalchoicesbotanica.com . She also holds annual International & Domestic herbal retreats for women of color www.sacredwatersretreat.com


Herbs, Slavery & America Africans newly pressed into slavery always carried fragmented memories of their culture, music, folklore, social structure, spiritual beliefs and plant medicine to the mines, cotton-fields, tobacco and plantations of America. On the plantations slaves passed their African roots to their descendants orally in a tradition that survives to this day. This workshop provides a mere glimpse into the extraordinary herbal healing legacy of Africans who built America.

Intensive: Ozain Herbalism System "A Wholistic African Approach to Client Assessment & Evaluation"

Ozain herbalism is a spiritual and philosophical science born from the idea that oneness with the Creative Essence brings about a wholeness in the human spirit. Seekers or aspirants of the system of Ozain seek to bring themselves into alignment with their relationship to the divine cause of life. As with all ancient systems of medicine, this system of herbology teaches students to condition the body in it's entirety so that disease will not attack it. The word Ozain means "Divine Orisha of Plants." Students will get a small glimpse into the beautiful world of African Plant Herbology and how it connects to our physical and spiritual world.


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Bob Linde
Florida

Bob Linde, AP, RH Acupuncture Physician, Registered Herbalist (AHG) focuses on his clinical practice as the owner of Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies, a multi-practitioner/multimodality practice, in St. Petersburg Florida. He teaches as the co-director of Traditions School of Herbal Studies, a two year clinical program involving Western and Chinese herbal medicine. He also consults as a product developer for national herbal product companies for humans and animals and enjoys growing many medicinal herbs in his yard. He serves as the Vice President of the Florida State Oriental Medicine Association (FSOMA). Bob has presented at the FSOMA, Florida Herbal Conference, and the American Herbalist Guild conferences. He lectures regularly at colleges and organizations around the US. He has worked as a counselor for teenagers, treasure hunter, GreenPeace worker, Desert Storm veteran, commercial diver and fisherman. He has lived in Europe and traveled to the Amazon, Galapagos, Yukon Territory, Caribbean and throughout the US. Bob just completed 12 episodes for INTI TV, Sanaciones con Bob Linde, an exploration of indigenous people’s herbal practices. traditionsherbschool.com

Chinese Auricular Therapy: Treatment and Diagnosis of the Whole Body We will explore the micro-system of the ear as a part for both diagnosis and treatment. This quick and effective technique provides instant effects for pain, addiction, and stress. We will look at both physiological and energetic approaches.

Chinese Tongue Diagnosis for the Western Herbalist We will explore the foundations of tongue diagnosis. This classical technique allows practitioners to understand internal disharmony. This class will translate Chinese energetics into a usable format for every herbalist to enhance their treatment approaches.


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Christopher Hobbs
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 world-wide. He earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, one of the world’s most prestigious universities, with research and publication in evolutionary biology, biogeography, phylogenetics, plant chemistry, and ethnobotany. www.christopherhobbs.com

Mushroom Spirit Medicine Shamanistic and psychological, spiritual uses of visionary mushrooms like reishi, psilocybe, Amanita muscaria. Use for diagnosing patient symptoms, diseases, and exciting recent research that supports the spiritual uses of fungi, including for depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, epilepsy, and spiritual ennui.

Cannabis Therapeutics--Clearing the Smoke All aspects on the healing power and therapeutic applications of cannabis, including best dose forms like edibles, oils, tinctures, etc.. History and traditional use and latest science on safety, efficacy. Scientific support for pain, nausea, epilepsy, seizures, anorexia and more. (Intermediate)

Healthy Aging The major challenges of aging, according to this rapidly-expanding science will be discussed to set the stage. A review of the latest science on the link between diet (especially Mediterranean diet), the regular or daily use of herbs like anti-inflammatories (turmeric, ginger, etc.), immune-supplementation (with medicinal mushrooms), and other well-supported supplements like vitamin D. Science review includes latest clinical trials, meta-analyses, and epidemiological studies involving thousands of patients and volunteers specifically focused on cognitive and memory decline, musculoskeletal decline and degeneration. Share in the knowledge and advances without sifting through hundreds of papers that are recently emerging in the literature, which is immense. Clinically-focused, what to share with your patients and to support yourself, family, and friends to greater health and healthier aging.(Intermediate)


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Claudia J. Ford
Rhode Island

Dr. Claudia J. Ford has had a career in international women’s health and development spanning three decades and all continents. Claudia is a midwife and ethnobotanist, who studies traditional ecological knowledge, women’s reproductive health, and sustainable agriculture. Dr. Ford is on faculty at Rhode Island School of Design where she teaches Women’s Studies, Indigenous Knowledge, Environmental Literature, and Environmental Justice. Claudia serves on the boards of The Orion Society, a community that publishes Orion literary magazine, and the Soul Fire Farm Institute, committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. Claudia is the director of an on-farm artists’ residency program, Tisané at Maple Homestead Farm, and she is a writer, poet, and visual artist; a single mother who has shared the delights and adventures of her global travel with her four children.

Eating Grief: The Decolonization of Herbal Medicine At the core of herbalists’ struggles to embrace health and medical justice challenges, are the various ways that the histories and herstories of medicine and herbalism have glorified and exalted an oppressive colonization of plants and people, while erasing and destroying the lived, traditional knowledge of indigenous communities. We will explore the issues of medical injustice and racism, and medical inequalities. We will also explore the connections between hidden stories of resilience and contemporary responses to inequalities, including grassroots resistance, advocacy, and the quest for medical and food justice.

Requiem for the Living: Environmental Justice and Ethnobotany Ethnobotany offers us the stories of plants and recounts our critical, often surprising relationships to plants. Environmental justice stories narrate our relationship to the earth and foretell the challenges of living sustainably, in love and justice, on this planet. What are some of the stories that tell us how to listen to and respect the spirits of plants? How will these plants and their stories, help us recall and redeem our relationships with each other and with the earth?


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Deb Soule
Maine

Deb began gardening and studying the medicinal uses of herbs over 40 years ago while growing up in a rural town in western Maine. Her deep love and respect for healing plants and her desire to support people living in rural areas inspired Deb to found Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary and Healing Gardens in 1985. Deb teaches, consults and tends a 3-acre biodynamic herb garden which provides numerous herbs for Avena’s herbal remedies and serves as a classroom and sanctuary garden for pollinators and people. Her love for sharing plant wisdom infuses her books Healing Herbs for Women and How to Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants. www.avenabotanicals.com www.debsoule.com

Hedgerow Medicine Through a colorful slide show, we will view images of and discuss a variety of medicinal and edible trees and shrubs and medicinal herbs and flowers, all of which can be incorporated into hedgerows growing along the edges of gardens, fields or stonewalls. Hedgerows have many purposes including food and shelter for birds; nectar and pollen for pollinators, medicine and food for people, magical spaces for children and elemental beings, and beauty and shade. (Focused on New England plants and trees) Cultivation & Conservation Track

Creating an Apothecary Garden for People and Pollinators Wherever one lives, an apothecary garden can be created or expanded to include herbs which nourish, heal and inspire joy, inner peace and wellness. Building living soil and compost, and incorporating specific design elements will be included along with suggestions for herbs which are medicinally purposeful and pollinator friendly. This class especially welcomes folks who are looking to create healing gardens and sanctuary spaces in places such as schools, prisons, shelters, food banks, community centers, nursing care facilities, and hospitals. (Intermediate) Cultivation & Conservation Track


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Dina Falconi
New York

Dina Falconi is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. An avid gardener, wildcrafter, and permaculturist, Dina has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and personal care, including wild food foraging and cooking, for more than twenty years. She created Falcon Formulations natural body care products and Earthly Extracts medicinal tinctures. She is a chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and an organizer of Slow Food-Hudson Valley. She is the author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Everybody and Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook. www.botanicalartspress.com

Foraging & Feasting Discover the culinary treasures hidden in wild foods. Learn to identify, harvest, and prepare these ancient foods so you can easily incorporate them into your daily meals. Herbalist and author Dina Falconi will present slides of botanically accurate illustrations and share delicious, enlightening recipes from her book Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook.

A Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk Explore the wild plants that grow at the Wheaton College campus and environs. Learn to identify these plants using basic sensory skills and discover how they are used for food, medicine and pleasure. Includes practical information on harvest and preparation.

Kitchen Cosmetics & Herbal Skin Care A feast for body and soul! Using all natural ingredients, Dina will share her favorite master recipes for creating handcrafted personal care products. Learn how to custom blend non-toxic formulas perfectly suited to your needs. This is a hands-on, presentation where you will be guided step-by-step in practical ways to make healthy creams, balms, herbal oils, face cleansers and more.



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Emily Ruff
Florida

Emily Ruff is a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. The daughter of a botany professor, she completed apprenticeships with beloved Western herbalists including Rosemary Gladstar and George D’Arcy. Under her direction, the Florida School of Holistic Living is a nonprofit herbal school that offers community classes a professional herbal training program, a sliding-scale herbal clinic, a teaching garden, and an annual conference. Emily is the founder of the Orlando Grief Care Project and worked closely with the Medic and Healer Council at Standing Rock. www.emilyruff.com

Sacred Passage: Providing Compassionate Care at the End of Life Our culture's glorification of youth discourages healthy discourse around death, and often leaves us ill-equipped to address the complexities of end of life, when our own family faces loss or when it touches our herbal practice. This class will explore how we, as herbalists, can better support our loved ones during the end of life process. We will discuss physical and emotional care of the dying and the surviving family and friends, the art of holding sacred space while protecting our energy and practical strategies of providing support and care. Herbal allies and holistic tools will be highlighted as part of a framework for bringing beauty and grace to the last season of life.

Medicines of the Tropics: Subtropical and Tropical Species and Their Role in Bioregional Herbalism Take a trip from the Southeastern United States through the equatorial tropics to learn about medicines unique to this bioregion and how local healers work with these plants. From familiar herbs like Saw Palmetto to more obscure plants like Blackroot, we'll explore the plant life of this unique region of the world.



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Guido Masé
Vermont

Guido Masé RH(AHG) 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. aradicle.blogspot.com

The Magic and Medicine of the Maasai: an East African Materia Medica The lands around the Serengeti, in Tanzania, East Africa, are full of amazing plants and people. Learn how the Maasai bring plants into rituals and ceremonies, and the medicinal properties of some key species. We'll speak with Pukare Rotiken (aka Niclous), a native Maasai and naturalist, about his experiences.

Herbal Protocols for Athletes Medicinal plants can have a dramatic impact for athletes: whether to improve training, speed recovery, or handle injury, herbs and mushrooms shine. We'll discuss protocols for different parts of training, and how to maximize progress and minimize time on the sidelines.

Intensive: Tonic herbalism through the eyes of the cell

Herbalism's "tonics" are unique in medicine. Explore the biochemical dance that takes place in every cell of our bodies to help DNA become a living organism, and how four types of molecules from plants and mushrooms fit in. We'll cover alkyl-phenols, polyphenols, triterpenes, and isothiocyanates as regulators of gene expression. We'll discover that plants have been shaping our epigenetic landscape since before we were human - and that what we call "tonics" coordinate pervasive and foundational processes inside us all. (Advanced)



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Jonathon Miller Weisberger
Costa Rica/California

Ethnobotanist Jonathon Miller Weisberger has spent the past twenty-six years studying rainforest plant medicine traditions. Since 1996 he has organized biannual “Rainforest Medicine Gatherings,” experiential workshops journeys, and ethnobotanical immersions for “Personal, community and Planetary Renewal,” that have offered participants an intimate opportunity to meet and learn from indigenous elders, the mighty rainforest and the omnipotent plant teachers themselves.

He is the author of “Rainforest Medicine - Preserving Indigenous Science and Biodiversity in the Upper Amazon”, and the steward of Ocean forest Ecolodge (Ethnobotanical gardens and yoga retreat) in Costa Rica where he lives most of the year. www.oceanforestecolodge.com  www.rainforestmedicine.net www.4biodiversity.org

Plant Medicine Traditions in the Upper Amazon and Rainforest Conservation In this class we will learn about rainforest plant medicine traditions among several of the indigenous peoples communities I've worked with in the Ecuadorian Amazon. We will examine different aspects of these traditions and hold a group discussion as to why they may be prevalent in order to best reach an understanding of their purposes. Why the Secoya never walk behind the pot of ceremonial yage when it is cooking. How the Waorani make their arrow poisons and how they learned to make it. I will conclude the class with a story about how some of these traditions are used in the preservation of the rainforest. (Beginner) Cultivation & Conservation Track

Incense and Resin Trees of the Neotropics Incense and resin trees play an important part in the cultural reality of indigenous peoples communities. This class will look at the predominant incense and resin trees in Central and South America. We will discuss their uses, traditions related to their uses and meet them through a slide show voyage through the rainforest of the neo tropics. Trees such as the copal (Dacroydes peruviana), the Alagarrobo or Guapinol (Hymenea courbaril) the Camibar (Copaiba aromatica and the diesel tree Copaiba langsdorffii.), medicinal as well as entheogenic resin trees such as the Tzicta or Lobo Sanango (Tabernaemontana sanaho) among others. (Intermediate)


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Kanchan Dawn Hunter
California

Kanchan, Co-Creator of the 1st Annual Women of Color Herbal Symposium and Co-Director at Spiral Gardens Community Food Security Project, has had a deep connection with healing plants as long as she can remember but her commitment to learning them and their preparation crystallized when she became a mother 28 years ago. To prove this she produced her first plant-based product, Rasa Body Balm, and shared it with family and friends. Creating that product launched her into her first home-based business and firmly on the path of herbal medicine making. Spiral Gardens grows a large variety of useful plants and teaches children and adults, about how to identify, grow, harvest, dry, prepare and use medicinal plants in urban soil. She believes Earth provides everything we need to live well and to heal. Her vision is to find us all connected with each other in service to Life and Earth who nourishes us all.
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The Earth and How She Helps Us We will explore our connection to the planet we live on and how we can access Her healing potential and our movements through deep communication with Her. (Beginner)

Medicine Making Using Local Plants We will journey out into the local surroundings to discover useful plants and make medicine with them! (Beginner)


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Kat Maier
Virginia

Kat Maier, AHG. PA has been a practicing herbalist for over thirty years. She is currently director of Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, VA where she offers a Three Year Clinical/Community Herbalist training program. SPT’s free clinic was one of the first on the east coast and is still growing strong.
She is President of the Board of United Plant Savers Board and was the recipient of their first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award. Kat’s studies of plants began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile and her training as a Physician’s Assistant allows her to weave the language of biomedicine with traditional energetic systems. She is a founding member of Botanica Mobile Clinic which offers support to mental health and at risk community members at no cost. She is co-author of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas. www.sacredplanttraditions.com

Energetics of Menses/Moon Time and PMS This class is a wide angle view of tissue states, energetic medicine and understanding how women’s cycles are a portal to our divine feminine. When we understand our “Nature” (do we run hot/cold, damp/dry) and the gifts of our moon cycles, we can support and tend our reproductive health in a deep and lasting way. While we will examine our hormonal cycle, women's health is much more than 'balancing' chemistry.The best way to ensure an easeful transition into menopause is to understand your constitutional needs in the earlier years.

Entheogens and the Dying Process The rise in interest in entheogenic medicines (hallucinogenic) has given our culture a deeper understanding not only to these plants but also our endocrine function and physiology. This class will look at the chemistry of these plants, N,N-Dimethyltryptamine in particular, and see how these teachers give instruction for navigating end of life. Not to be used at transition, but as tools to illuminate pathways of the process. We will also look at the effect of the popularization of these sacraments and the impact inappropriate use has had on indigenous cultures as well as our own.


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Kate Clearlight
New Mexico

Kate Clearlight is a folk herbalist, herb gardener, woods wanderer, medicine maker, flower essence practitioner, and a devoted believer in the cosmic healing powers of our wild allies. With an approach to herbal medicine deeply interwoven with honoring the plant spirits, she crafts plant medicine as a bridge to help connect people with the joy and magic of the green world. Kate is the founder and formulator at Plantfolk Apothecary and currently resides in the mystical high desert lands of Taos, New Mexico. plantfolkapothecary.com


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Leah Penniman—KEYNOTE SPEAKER
New York

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 hit shelves in November, 2018. www.soulfirefarm.org

From Mackandal to Tubman - The Plants of Black Freedom (Keynote) African people’s relationship with plant medicine extends even before our first written account in 1500 BCE on the Ebers Papyrus, on which ancient Egyptians listed the recipes for over 850 herbal medicines. Our knowledge of plants traveled with us in the bowels of slave ships and was kept alive in the root and conjure work of the Black American South, In Mackandal's revolutionary poisons, in Harriet Tubman’s deft use of wild plants to keep her Underground Railroad passengers healthy, and in the natural pharmacies of orisa worshipers. Let's journey through time to discover the central role of plants in Black freedom.

Spiritual Healing Baths The use of spiritual herbal baths for healing, protection, and divine revelation is a cross-cutting African indigenous practice. In the Vodou tradition, the guardian of spiritual baths and all plant medicine is Gran Bwa (Great Forest). In this hands-on workshop, we will explore the gifts of Gran Bwa by making spiritual baths for our individual healing needs. Each person will leave with a customized sacred bath and instructions for use.


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Linda Black Elk
South Dakota

Linda Black Elk Linda (Catawba Nation) is an ethnobotanist specializing in teaching about culturally important plants and their uses as food and medicine. Linda works to protect food sovereignty, traditional plant knowledge, and environmental quality as an extension of the fight against hydraulic fracturing and the fossil fuels industry. She has written for numerous publications, and is the author of “Watoto Unyutapi”, a field guide to edible wild plants of the Dakota people. Linda is the mother to three Lakota boys and is a lecturer at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota.


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Marc Williams
North Carolina

Ethnobiologist Marc Williams has taught hundreds of classes to thousands of people about plants, humans, other life forms and their interface. His training includes a B.A. in Environmental Studies/Sustainable Agriculture from Warren Wilson College with a minor in Business and a M.A. in Appalachian Studies/Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University with a minor in Planning/Geography. He is the Executive director of Plants and Healers International and has spent over 19 years working at various restaurants, farms, and travels throughout 29 countries in Central/North/South America, Europe and all 50 states in the USA. www.botanyeveryday.com www.plantsandhealers.org

Challenges and Opportunities with Exotic Invasive Plants We will focus in this class on plant family patterns and what they indicate regarding identification and ethnobotanical application of exotic invasive plants for food, medicine and beauty. A review of the ethnobotanical literature helps underpin the opportunities to employ these plants and effectively make use of a problem by turning it into a resource. We will take a walk and pursue an in depth look at some of the prime species of plants occurring on the conference property as well as a more general exotic invasive plant list of over 150 useful species from the eastern United States. Cultivation & Conservation Track

Plant Family Patterns: The Key to See Plant Family Patterns can greatly aid in demystifying the “green wall” of species around us. Approximately 350,000 species of flowering plants are known to global science. These species have been grouped into around 15,000 genera and over 400 flowering plant families. About 200 flowering plant families grow in the temperate world where it annually frosts and or freezes. You will know something significant about the majority of plants that you see in the temperate world if you learn the top 30 families around you. It is often possible to guess whether a plant is edible, medicinal, or poisonous simply by the family it occupies. However, some exceptions are important to know as well. We will engage in a walk and talk around the conference grounds where we will delve into the major plant families of the eastern USA. Students will reinforce plant identification skills by observing family patterns such as leaf, flower and fruit types. Uses including edibility, medicinality, craft, wildlife promotion and landscape beauty will be discussed. Participants will gain a more holistic understanding of the major plants comprising the eastern US flora and their potential ecological and ethnobotanical applications.

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Goals of this class include the acquisition of significant info regarding the most prevalent plant families used for food and medicine. Participants will gain the ability to identify some of the most choice useful individual plants species while learn about the biggest invasive problem plants and what some of their uses might be. Students also will achieve awareness of resources available to further study the incredible world of wild foods and learn to understand the connection between different plant families and their potential cultivation and challenges


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Margi Flint
Massachusetts

Margi Flint has enjoyed EarthSong Herbals family practice & herb school in the seacoast town of Marblehead, Massachusetts since 1977.  Over these many years she has become their “Village Herbalist.” Margi continues to teach Advanced Clinical Studies. She is on the staff at Pacific Rim College in British Columbia plus teaches nationally and internationally.  Her most revered teachers are the plants and her clients. Flint is the author of a textbook for herbalists, now in its third edition, titled The Practicing Herbalist: Meeting with Clients, Reading the Body.  www.earthsongherbals.com

Herbs to Stay Juicy Inside and Out: Being a love child beyond the Sixties Herbs for building your own stem cells begins the journey to remaining vital and living to your joyfull potential.  Herbs for libido and stamina for all will be shared. We will cover brain, muscles, liver, skin, and bone marrow. Protection against: osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, pain, chronic liver disease, neurodegeneration, possible metabolic disorders & inflammation.  Herbs to encourage prostate and vaginal wellbeing for the duration of your years on Earth will wrap it up. “Stay moist and juicy.” Saint Hildegard of Bingen


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Maria Noel Groves
New Hampshire

Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), registered clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals Herbal Clinic and Education Center, nestled in the pine forests of New Hampshire. She has been working with herbs for more than 20 years, is certified by Michael Moore’s Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, completed studies at Sage Mountain, Heartsong Farm, and Lichenwood Herbals, and is a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. Maria devotes her business to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing with the foundational belief that good health grows in nature. She is the author of the award-winning, best selling Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care and the new Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies: How to Create A Customized Herb Garden. She is also a regular contributor to Herb Quarterly and other holistic publications and a guest instructor for the Herbal Academy, Maryland University of Integrative Health, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Learn more about Maria and herbs at www.WintergreenBotanicals.com.

The Peaceful Garden: Herbs to Lift the Spirit, Regulate Mood, Boost Energy, and Promote Sleep Learn how to grow, harvest, and use wonderful herbs that promote peace. Maria will share her favorite garden-grown herbs to aid sleep, boost mood, quell anxiety, and encourage calm energy. Several are also appropriate for container gardening. We'll discuss ashwagandha, magnolia, mimosa, passionflower, holy basil, gotu kola, roses, lemon balm, blue vervain, skullcap, lavender, California poppy, valerian, and motherwort. Learn specific indications for each one so you can choose the most successful herb or formula for the individual person’s needs. Medicine-making techniques and recipes will be included. Cultivation & Conservation Track

Brain-Boosting Herbs Herbs provide tremendous support for focus, mental clarity, and memory no matter what your age. Maria will share the latest science alongside traditional lore and clinical experience using herbs to support everyday mental challenges including attention deficit disorder, brain fog, and the potential prevention of Alzheimer’s and dementia. We'll also discuss helpful foods and lifestyle techniques to keep your brain running top-notch whether you're a student, a busy parent, or approaching old age and are concerned about mental decline. Herbs to be discussed will include rhodiola, calamus, gotu kola, bacopa, rosemary, lemon balm, mint, ginkgo, ashwagandha, and lion’s mane mushroom… all of which you can also grow in your garden. You’ll learn which plant will work best for individual situations and people as well as how to combine them into an effective formula. Flower essences will also be mentioned. (Intermediate)


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Matthias & Andrea Reisen
New York

Andrea and Matthias Reisen have been community herbalist and growers of medicinal herbs for over 25 years, co-founding Healing Spirits Herb Farm and Education Center located in Avoca, New York. Healing Spirits Herb Farm have been producing high quality certified organic medicinal herbs both fresh and dry for shipment throughout the United States and some foreign countries. They have co-created their our line of valued added products under the Healing Spirits label. Both are former Peace Corp volunteers in the Philippines.They have studied numerous body therapies and are certified as Zero Balancing Therapist. Together they have raised five children, there are three generations living on the farm. Their goal is to live and work in balance and harmony with mother nature and humankind. www.healingspiritsherbfarm.com

Reflections-40 Years of Farming, 25 Years of Growing Medicinal Herbs, and Still Looking to the Future of Small Scale Growing. The Reisens will share their views on how to succeed in a market that is ever changing based on their many years of experience in the industry. They will focus on how to work within the herbal market, how to compete with foreign markets, different ways to diversify, and how to market the plants we all love. This class will focus mainly on the production of medicinal herbs but will also provide a look at how the small scale or micro enterprise can survive in today’s business environment. The Reisen's will share their experiences with diversification into medicinal mushroom production, small scale grain production, and aquaponics. (Intermediate) Cultivation & Conservation Track

Plant Medicines, Universal Biodiversity, and Plant Sustainability Around the World Matthias will take you to various parts of the world explaining the work he has done with Farmer-to-Farmer projects. From medicinal plant production in Belarus and Nepal, organic banana production in Dominican Republic, solar drying of cacao beans in Jamaica and solar drying of medicinal plants in the Amazon jungle of Colombia. We will look at different peoples around the world who are working with plants in a sustainable way and what knowledge and information they have to share with us. (Beginner)


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Maya Shetreat, MD
New York

Maya Shetreat, MD is a neurologist, herbalist, urban farmer, and author of The Dirt Cure: Healthy Food, Healthy Gut, Happy Child (Simon and Schuster, 2016), which has been translated into ten languages. She has been featured in the New York Times, The Telegraph, NPR, Sky News, The Dr. Oz Show and more. Dr. Maya is the founder of the Terrain Institute, where she teaches Terrain MedicineTM, earth-based programs for transformational healing. Her upcoming book explores ways to reclaim magic. She works and studies with indigenous communities, healers and elders around the world, and is a lifelong student of ethnobotany, plant consciousness, and the sacred.

The Healing Power of Plant Medicine: Cannabis, Ayahuasca, Psilocybin—Oh My!! Plant Medicine is going mainstream. Academic centers all over the world are doing research in the use of these psychoactive plants as medicines for everything from refractory depression to anxiety to chronic pain to PTSD to addiction. What does the science show? How do the plants heal from a traditional standpoint? How can we combine the science and the sacred to achieve healing? (Intermediate)

The Healing Power of Sacred Space Sacred space is way of stepping outside of time to achieve peace, beauty, healing and magic. It’s a way to create a safe space that you can bring with you anywhere. Sacred space can act as powerful medicine for sensitive people, including those suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, autoimmunity, neurological issues like ADHD or seizures, and even cancer. It also can serve as a healing modality for other people, communities, and the world. In this lecture, Dr. Maya will share the science and practice around building sacred space.

Intensive: Experience the Healing Power of Sacred Space
Sacred space is way of stepping outside of time to achieve safety, peace, beauty, healing and magic. This space can exist in many forms and in many places. It’s a way to create a safe space that you can bring with you anywhere. It can act as powerful medicine for sensitive people, including those suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, autoimmunity, neurological issues, and even cancer. And it is a healing modality for communities and for nature. In this intensive, Dr. Maya will share some of her transformational work using sacred space. Together we will then build individual and communal sacred space in our minds, bodies, and in nature using flowers, seeds, stones and other elements of the earth. Please feel free to bring beautiful bits of earth to contribute to the communal space.
Come prepared for transformation!


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Mindy Green
California

Mindy Green is a nationally certified Registered Aromatherapist, esthetician, and professional and founding member of the American Herbalists Guild. For over 40 years, she has worked in many branches of the natural products industry, including the Herb Research Foundation, the Integrative Resource Center of the Anschutz Cancer Center at the University of Colorado Hospital, co-led a botanical expedition to the Amazon for the American Botanical Council of Austin, TX and lectured internationally. 
Mindy studied the advanced uses of essential oils at Purdue University, and worked in the botanical research division of R&D as Clinical Aromatherapist for the Aveda Corporation. A prolific writer, she has authored several books and over 65 published articles on herbs, essential oils, natural lifestyle, herbal medicine and holistic skin care. Most recently, she contributed chapters to two medical books on integrative health (Weil Integrative Medicine Library). She has founded and owned several herb and essential oil businesses focusing on botanical therapies, aromatherapy education, skin care and product development. A long-time environmental activist, she served two terms on the board of United Plant Savers. She thrives by constant learning and teaching. www.greenscentsations.com

Sweet Medicine from the Benevolent Rose A truly forgotten plant in the herbal apothecary this sacred and ancient remedy provides healing in all its botanical forms. We will discuss the history and wide array of uses of the whole plant and its essential oil, along with practical recipes for medicine, food and fragrance. Drawing on traditional uses and modern research we will learn about the multiple applications of this gentle yet powerful herb as a heart remedy, antioxidant, and specific women’s ally that integrates body, mind and spirit. (Beginner)

The Botanical Path to Graceful Aging There is a lot more one can do beyond application of hopeful creams to reach our elder years feeling fit and capable. Healthy regimes beyond skin care that include rejuvenating herbs, power foods, supplements and lifestyle improvements will have beneficial results on the wide-ranging aspects of aging well. These practices and protocols will help keep you looking and feeling your best, regardless of the years you’ve lived. (Beginner)


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Phyllis D. Light
Alabama

Phyllis D. Light, MA, RH, is a fourth generation herbalist and healer. She began studies in Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine at the age of 10 in the deep woods of North Alabama with lessons from her Creek/Cherokee grandmother and later with well-known folk herbalist Tommie Bass. She continued her education with a Master of Health Studies from the University of Alabama.

She has been a practicing herbalist for over 25 years. Phyllis has worked in private practice, a medical clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, and was supervising herbalist at Common Ground Health Clinic in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. In addition, she was Director of Herbal Studies at Clayton College of Natural Health, taught CEU courses in integrative medicine for Diversified Nursing Services, and has written many articles for industry magazines.

Phyllis is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. Currently, she is the director of the Appalachian Center for Natural Health in Arab, Alabama, which offers both online and residential classes. She is the author of Southern Folk Medicine, Healing Traditions from Appalachian Fields and Forests published by North Atlantic. This important work chronicles the history of Southern Folk Medicine from the early settlement days of the New World and codifies its principles for ease of understanding.

One of her goals is to be a bridge between traditional knowledge and scientific investigation and to save the traditional use of herbs and other healing techniques for future generations.  www.phyllisdlight.com

Healthy Aging No doubt, we are all getting older, and the key to healthy aging is a healthy lifestyle. Join Phyllis as she explores ways to age gracefully, be healthy, and stay connected. We’ll discuss changing nutritional needs, foods and supplements that support healthy aging, longevity herbs, and what to do about weight gain or loss. Oh, and how about that sex drive! The goal of healthy aging is to reduce risk factors for chronic diseases while maintaining a positive attitude toward life. Remember, you’re only as old as you feel! (Intermediate)

Herbs for Women’s Health From puberty through menopause and into our elder years, there are health issues that affect only women or which affect a greater proportion of women than men. For example, women are more likely to have urinary tract infections than men (no kidding!). And women are more likely to have osteoporosis than men. Join Phyllis for a look at the complex and unique health issues which affect only women. We’ll discuss ovarian cysts, endometriosis, fibroid tumors, breast health, fertility, pregnancy, PMS, osteoporosis, depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, and weight gain and loss issues. And any other topic that you might have. (Intermediate)

Intensive: Epigenetics and Methylation: The Influence of our Ancestors
Let’s wrap our brains around this concept for a moment: Epigenetic tags on our DNA do not change our underlying genes but those tags can be inherited. Wow! That means the traumas experienced by our parents and grandparents, their nutritional level, any environmental toxic exposures, and any lifestyle issues that created epigenetic tags on their DNA were potentially inherited by us. That also means that any of those mentioned factors can be inherited by our offspring; we can pass on those tags. Methylation and the release of neurotransmitters affects which tags we lay down and pass on. Research has found that methylation and it’s effect on epigenetics plays a role in autoimmune diseases, cancer, mental health issues, and sometimes.... even why we make the decisions we make in life. Join Phyllis for a discussion and understanding of epigenetics and ways that herbs, foods, and lifestyle choices can affect methylation, release tags, and change, not only our lives, but those of our children and grandchildren. We can change this!!!!!! (Intermediate)


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Richard Cech
Oregon

Fascinated since early childhood by seeds as the repository of the life force, Richard A (Richo) Cech has dedicated his life to finding, growing and disseminating seeds of medicinal plants, shrubs, vines, trees, and open-pollinated vegetables. He has botanized throughout the US, Canada, South America, Europe, China and Africa in search of native medicinal plants and has introduced many unique medicinal herb species to the US. He is also part of a team of scientists working to identify unique molecules that may be used to fight drug resistant staph. Richo's diverse botanical gardens at Strictly Medicinal Seeds in Williams, Oregon, are the living representation of this botanical exploration, available to the public through his published catalog and website www.strictlymedicinalseeds.com. Richo is author of three popular books on growing and using medicinal herbs.

Delights of Diversity, Medicinal Trees on the Landscape: Zero Medicine Miles Trees, the big herbs, are selfless providers of shade, habitat, food, medicine and beauty. Richo provides a thrilling story of taxonomy, pharmacology, harvest, medicine making, use, germination, cultivation, and landscaping with Linden, Willow, Bitter Orange, Eleuthero, Cascara Sagrada, Horse Chestnut, Slippery Elm, Hawthorn, Witch Hazel and Elderberry.

Ashitaba, Jiao-gu-lan, Shiso and Wasabi; Mystical Reiso of Japan A fun romp through the ethnobotany, pharmacology, medicine making, cultivation and use of some of the most significant Japanese medicinal plants.  Richo has obtained new translations of ancient writings which help elucidate how these plants were once used and helps us understand how best to use them in current herbal practice and culinary arts.


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Rosemary Gladstar
Vermont

Rosemary Gladstar has been practicing, living, learning, teaching and writing about herbs for over 45 years. She is the author of twelve books including Medicinal Herbs; a Beginners Guide, Herbal Healing for Women, Gladstar Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Well Being, and her most recent book, Herbal Healing for Men. She is also the author and director of the popular home study course, The Science and Art of Herbalism. Rosemary co-founded and was the former director of both The International Herb Symposium and The New England Women’s Herbal Conference, is the Founding President of United Plant Savers, and was the co-founder and original formulator of Traditional Medicinal Tea Company. She recently moved from her home at Sage Mountain ~ an  Herbal Retreat Center and Botanical Sanctuary where she has lived, taught and worked for the past 30 years ~ to a smaller haven where she plans to plant a small garden, dream more, do less, and spend more time with the plants. www.sagemountain.com

Weeds of Wonder & Delight; A Wild Plant Walk Dying to get outside and spend some time with the plants? Join Rosemary for a stroll through meadow and forest, learning common wild edible and medicinal plants and enjoying the energy infusing through all. (Beginner) 

Herbal Healing for Men Join Rosemary for a lively and fun discussion on herbs for men’s health and well being. We’ll discuss herbs that support heart health, prostate well being and herbs that have been used to increase virility and sexuality.  Remedies and recipes will be shared with a special emphasis on herbal tonics for promoting long term health. (Beginner)  

Intensive: Discovering our Wild Plants ~ Edible and Medicinal Uses; A Wild Plant Walk
Join Rosemary for a stroll through meadow and forest, learning common wild edible and medicinal plants and enjoying the green energy infusing through all. Rosemary will share stories, medicinal and edible uses, and identification features of many of the plants that are found growing wild throughout New England. This will be a leisurely stroll and is geared towards beginner and intermediate students of herbalism. Bring songs and offerings…we’ll leave them for the wild ones. If it looks like rain, be sure to bring a rain jacket! (all levels)


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Shaaranya Geetanjali Chakraborty
California

Shaaranya Geetanjali is Dean of Ayurveda Studies at Vedika Global and directs Vedika’s philanthropic Ayurveda clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area, which has now seen over 300 clients. Shaaranya began her career as a molecular biologist at Georgetown and Stanford University and, in 2015, became the first Ayurveda instructor in the Stanford School of Medicine’s Health Improvement Program. She is a direct student of Vedika Global founder Acharya Shunya and runs Vedika’s Ayurveda education programs. Her clinical approach is entirely based on diet and lifestyle and takes the perspective of food as medicine. vedikaglobal.org, swakitch.com

Lesser Known Plants and Herbs in Ayurvedic Medicine This workshop will introduce powerful and lesser-known herbs from Vedika Global's unique perspective: Herbs we grow help us heal. When we grow herbs not as a checklist but as a part of our family, we develop unique relationships with each plant. These relationships nurture us and connect us to life in profound ways. (Beginner)

Introduction to Ayurveda Ayurveda defines health as a state of harmony with nature, both within us and outside us. This 5,000 year old medical tradition from India dives much deeper than symptomatic relief to identify the root causes behind health imbalances. Customized diet and lifestyle recommendations are made based on an awareness of differences in human constitution. This session will provide an introduction to Ayurveda and present the fundamental principles that form the building blocks of this ancient medical science. (Beginner)

Intensive: Ayurveda's Algorithm: Nature's Code

Ayurveda, India’s 5,000-year-old medical system, offers a precise logical algorithm to guide food and lifestyle choices based on an individual’s specific constitution and current state of health. This class will help you appreciate Ayurveda’s logical thought process by designing your own customized diet. (Beginner)


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Sherri Mitchell
Penobscot Nation

Sherri Mitchell was born and raised on the Penobscot Indian reservation (Penawahpskek).  She speaks and teaches around the world on issues of Indigenous rights, environmental justice, and spiritual change. Her broad base of knowledge allows her to synthesize many subjects into a cohesive whole, weaving together a multitude of complex issues and articulating them in a way that both satisfies the mind and heals the heart.

Sherri has been a longtime advisor to the American Indian Institute’s Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth and was a program coordinator for their Healing the Future Program. She has also served as an advisor to the Indigenous Elders and Medicine People’s Council of North and South America for the past 20 years. Sherri is the author of Sacred Instructions; Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, and she is the visionary behind the global spiritual gathering Healing the Wounds of Turtle Island, which has brought people from all corners of the world together to heal the collective wounds that we all share.

Cultivation of Warriors This workshop teaches participants how to cultivate the soil for spiritual warriors. Based on the book Sacred Instructions; Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, these concepts come from a traditional Indigenous worldview that is closely aligned with life.

Eradicating the Domination Code This workshop melds traditional Indigenous teachings with the foundational laws of the universe.  We will explore how our ancient stories lead us toward a universal truth and look at how colonization has attempted to eradicate that truth and replace it with a domination code that puts all life at risk.

Intensive: Healing Our Collective Wounds and Restoring Our Souls This workshop will take participants on a journey into Indigenous mythology and cosmology, as a means of healing our collective wounds and reconnecting with spiritual source. In this process, we will learn that there is a safe space for us to occupy together, whole and intact. Then, we can begin the process of healing our divisions, so that we can claim a new future for all living beings.


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Susan Leopold, PhD.
Virginia

Susan is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. She is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers [www.unitedplantsavers.org]. Prior to working at United Plant Savers she was a rare botanical book librarian at the Oak Spring Garden Library, specializing in digitizing rare herbals and botanical travel manuscripts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Botanical Dimensions and the Center for Sustainable Economy. She is an advisory board member of ABC and a co-founder of the Medicines from the Edge conference in Costa Rica. She is a proud member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia and the author of the children’s book Isabella’s Peppermint Flower, teaching about Virginia’s botanical history. She lives and tends the Indian Pipe Botanical Sanctuary with her three children in Virginia, where she raises goats, peacocks and elderberries. She is a tree climber, in love with the canopy just as much as the herbs of the forest floor.

Sacred Conservation: osha, sandalwood, & white sage  United Plant Savers has been deeply invested in conservation research and advocacy of three deeply culturally sacred plants. Come learn about the five year study on sustainable harvest of osha in high altitude mountains of Colorado, ongoing reforestation project of Hawaiian sandalwood and dive into the plant lust that is damaging wild populations of white sage. We will explore how the UpS At-Risk tool works and hear stories of grassroots conservation in action for medicinal plants. We will wrap the class up with information on United Plant Savers current programs, and how to become a United Plant Savers botanical sanctuary.

A History of Parasitic Plants from Ancient Herbals to Modern Scientific Research This class will be a historical journey of classic literature/art of medicinal parasitic plants found around the world, such as Pedicularis spp, Cynomorium coccineum, Euphrasia spp, Monotropa spp, Santalum spp, and others. The understanding of these plants coincides with the scientific literation of parasites in the human body. This overlap mutualistic interconnecting exchanges comes into view with the invention of the microscope and cellular understanding that emerges in the mid 1800’s. Our understanding of fungal relationships and interconnected networks of exchanging nutrients is changing how we view the landscapes. This research expands our thinking not just of fungi, but also to those parasitic and hemi-parasitic medicinal plants that also have implications in not just how we understand their role in the ecology but also how they inform conservation when cultivation is not a viable option.


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Tammi Sweet
New York

Tammi Sweet is a passionate and energetic teacher. Her love, amazement and wonder of the human body and how it works shines through as she presents the material in ways people can understand and take home. She loves integrating the wisdom of the body with all aspects of living. Presently she is co-director Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials, travels to teach Anatomy and Physiology at conferences and Herbal Schools and offers two online video courses. Her learning of the body has come through many paths including traditional Master’s level college studies in Neurobiology, collegiate athletics, college level Anatomy teaching, Massage School, Yoga Teacher Training, Herbal studies, and most importantly, an ever-growing love of understanding who we are in relation with this wonderful home we call earth. www.heart-stone.com

The Physiology Pathway for Pain and the Correlating Herbs What better way to assist healing from acute or chronic pain, than to have a deeper understanding of the mechanism and benefit of pain? We will explore the pain pathway from the origin at the source, to the recognition in the brain. We will also discuss self-care, the myriad of methods to interrupt the chronic pain pathway, and how each works including herbal medicines. Indications and contraindications will also be shared. (Intermediate)

Understanding Cannabis as Medicine: CBD and THC (the wonder twins) As CBD oil takes a prominent role in the marketplace, many questions arise about quality, quantity and how to properly use this medicinal. Let’s take a look at how THC and CBD function in the body as well as look at conditions the cannabis plant can be utilized for. We will also consider the often times confusing world of preparation and dose. Finally we will discuss “right relationship” with this master plant and brainstorm ways to assist clients in creating ways to honor this sacred and healing helper. The information from this workshop will make you a better-informed consumer when you enter the world of medical cannabis. (This is Part 2 of a 2 Part series and can be taken as a stand alone class.)

Intensive: Materia Medica of Cannabis
Have you been wanting to understand the uses of Cannabis? Have you heard it can cure almost everything (it IS helpful in many situations and it can’t cure everything.)? What’s the deal with CBD oil? What’s the difference between hemp and cannabis? Well please come with these questions and more to the workshop on the Materia Medica of Cannabis.

We will begin our discussion of Cannabis with a little history and botany and growing considerations of the plant. Since this beloved plant cannot cure everything, proper uses including preparation and dose considerations will also be covered. We will spend considerable time on the latest science regarding the mechanism of action within the body so we can understand WHY certain strains are beneficial and why certain strains can exacerbate the problem. We will answer question about CBD oil, what it is good for and when you actually need THC. Finally, we will discuss “right relationship” with this master plant and brainstorm ways to assist clients in creating ways to honor this sacred and healing plant.

The information from this workshop will make you a better-informed consumer when you enter the world of medical cannabis.


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Thomas Easley
North Carolina

Thomas Easley, RH (AHG) is a Functional Herbalist, and founder of the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. He started studying herbal medicine in 1996, and was in full-time practice from 2001 through 2015. He now keeps his clinical skills sharp by reviewing all of the cases for his school’s free clinic, and maintains an active part time private practice. In 2010 Thomas founded the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine, which has full-time residential classes, and part time online classes. In 2017 Thomas coined the term Functional Herbalism, to describe his unique approach integrating Traditional Western Herbalism, Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Thomas is the co-author of The Modern Herbal Dispensatory, A Medicine Making Guide, and Modern Herbal Medicine. eclecticschoolofherbalmedicine.com

False Cold: Understanding Hypothyroidism Hypothyroidism is becoming more prevalent in our culture, and because this issue was not common when traditional herbal models were being created, many herbalists struggle to create effective protocols using traditional energetic models alone. In this class, we will look at hypothyroidism as a presentation of false cold and delve deeply into additional ways to assess this issue. (Advanced)

Fatigue Differentials Fatigue is one of the most common complaints in our culture, yet it can be very difficult to get to the root cause of the problem. Why, in our society, is feeling excessively tired a top reason folks visit their doctors, second only to pain? There are many answers, including; nutritional deficiencies, disordered eating, allergies, mitochondrial dysfunction, chronic infection, depression and more. In this class we will study the root causes of fatigue and learn how to differentiate between these causes to effect change in our clients, friends, and families. We will also go over herbal, lifestyle, and nutritional solutions for the main causes of fatigue. (Intermediate)

Intensive: Structural Pain Management
In order to excel at creating an effective herbal pain-relieving formula, it is important to understand how pain is created in the body, and how to match classes of herbs to patterns of pain physiology. Chronic pain frequently arises from issues of the structural system, necessitating a comprehensive assessment of this system as well as a therapeutic model to plug herbs into. Understanding the reasons, root causes, and mechanisms of pain in the body lead us to choosing herbs unique to each person and situation.

In this intensive, I will present a model of assessment for structural system pain and use real examples from my practice to exemplify how to build effective herbal formulas for different pain presentations. Included classifications will be systemic anti-inflammatories, topical anti-inflammatories, topical analgesics, central acting analgesics, antispasmodics, hypnotic analgesics, vulneraries, and more. In addition, we will touch on non-herbal treatments such as body work and stretching, that can be beneficial for each type of pain presentation.


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Toi Scott
Borikén/Puerto Rico

Toi (pronouns: they/them) is a queer, non-binary, medicine maker of many varieties who has studied the human body, plants and various healing ways for 20 years. In 2011 they received an advanced degree in Health Advocacy and they’ve been a visionary community organizer committed to health and healing, racial, food and economic justice for their BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)  queer and trans communities for over 10 years. They push for anti-racist, trans and queer-centered, decolonial perspectives in plant medicine and healing that centers the healing histories of People of Color. A scholar and an artivist, they’ve been dedicated to writing liberatory literature while also compiling and providing resources in hopes of inspiring survival, resistance and transformation.

Toi is knowledge and medicine keeper and co-creator of the School of Liberation Healing and Medicine, which houses the Herbal Freedom School, BIPOC Communiversity and Queering Herbalism knowledge shares.  We seek to affirm the power, importance, and relevance of Indigenous Black, Brown, Two-spirit, Trans, Gender non-conforming and Queer ancestral healing histories and medicine.  Toi is also currently part of a healing collective dedicated to co-creating a healing space (yes with an apothecary!) for trans, gender non-conforming, LGB/ queerfolks in Borikén/Puerto Rico. https://liberationhealingandmedicine.squarespace.com/

Mini-Herbal Freedom School Part 1 A space for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of color) to explore liberatory medicine, decolonial health and healing, and the medicine and healing of our ancestors. We’ll define key concepts for ourselves, talk about the impact of colonization on our ancestral traditions and share about our radical healing histories. We'll also share about medicines we work with toward liberation (on many levels) for our self, our families and our communities.

Mini-Herbal Freedom School Part 2 We’ll continue our knowledge share by speaking about our Indigenous Black and Brown ancestral medicine and the medicine in ceremony and ritual. Then we'll talk about the interconnection of ancestral, collective, and individual trauma and share healing strategies for working through trauma, stress, depression and anxiety.

Kitchen Table Conversation with Medicine Makers of Color A space where POC Medicine Makers can share our stories and talk strategies for healing and transformation while doing this work.


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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. He is the author of Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation (Chelsea Green, 2014). In 1996, he founded Mushroom Mountain, which he owns and operates with his wife, Olga, to explore applications for mushrooms in various industries. He currently maintains over 200 species of fungi for food production, mycoremediation of environmental pollutants and natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.
The Cotters have opened a mycological research station in Jamaica, with a focus on spawn production for island residents, isolation of tropical fungi for medicinal and industrial use, as well as entomopathogens to assist with the problematic termite infestations in homes and agriculture. Currently Tradd is focused on Psilocybin research, novel antibiotics from fungi, and cost effective mycoremediation strategies that can be used to provide clean food and water for anyone worldwide. www.mushroommountain.com

Mushroom Identification and Ecology Walk Interested in learning more about mushrooms and native plant associations? The medicinal properties of mushrooms are a reflection of their interactions and environment. Tradd Cotter will take you on a relaxing stroll around campus teaching mushroom hunting techniques as well as basic identification strategies for Appalachian Fungi. Discover mycorrhizal relationships, glow in the dark fungi, and with any luck Cordyceps mushrooms that mummify and attack the brains of insects! Heavy emphasis on interkingdom interactions. Bring a wicker/peach type basket, a small knife, herbal bugspray, a magnification loupe(if you have one), water, and any mushroom field guides dedicated to your home species. We will be keying out species and provided a table for display and collections near the main event.

Medicinal Mushroom Cultivation: Bridging the Bond Growing mushrooms is easy. Understanding the purpose and relationships with the fungus, the environment, and the cultivator requires another dimension in observation, empathy, and selflessness. The quality of a medicinal mushroom is a direct result of their upbringing and environment. Learn how to think like a mushroom" and create a special bond with our fungal friends.

Medicinal Mushroom Magick: Healing Properties, Extractions, and Potions Every mushroom is magical. With over 5 million estimated and undiscovered fungi, the mystery and allure of what we don't know should drive us deeper down the rabbit hole looking for answers. Our very existence is still unfolding, and the future of medicinal fungi has a bright future to heal our bodies, minds and eternal spirits. Join the energy and learn how to create potent extractions and potions for a wide spectrum of conditions.


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Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich
Pennsylvania

Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich is a community herbalist committed to accessible, inclusive herbal practice and education. She has been involved with organizing free, multi-modality clinics in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Arizona since 2010, and is presently a clinical herbalist and educator at Stonefruit Community Herbalists and co-director of the Lake Effect Free Alternative Health Clinic. Before working as an herbalist, she spent a decade as a standardized patient, educating medical students about competent, anti-oppressive care. She sought out herbal medicine as an ally to support community organizers, activists, queer folks and others harmed and underserved by racism, capitalism and patriarchy. In her experience, healing work is intimately interconnected with understanding, coping with and resisting systemic violence and oppression. www.wildcherries.org

Surviving and Destroying the Gender Binary Herbal Dystopia with your Cluster (for trans, GNC and NB folks only) How has the gender binary ruined your day or your herbal life? What herb dreams do you have? How can we take care of each other, make something different and rewrite cisnormative stories out of herbal medicine. Plus sweet time with herbs to make us immune to the toxic ooze and strengthen our superpowers.

Supporting Clients with Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing Frequently, the health care we seek is support in making changes in our lives. Change-work can be complicated by conflicting desires, social pressures, stigma and shame. As practitioners we sometimes risk exacerbating these dynamics. Harm reduction is a philosophy which challenges stigma within health care, centering our clients and their goals. Motivational interviewing (MI) is a humanist therapeutic approach which employs the psychology of change to counteract ambivalence and support client confidence and certainty. In this workshop, we will explore the fundamental concepts of harm reduction and MI, and learn some tools and practices we can employ with our clients. (Intermediate)


Yeye Luisah Teish
California

Luisah Teish is a writer,storyteller, artist and spiritual guidance counselor.Teish is an initiated elder (Iyanifa) in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African Diaspora,She is the author of several books on African and African American Spiritual Culture. They include: Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals (1985) a women’s spirituality classic (available in German and Spanish) and On Holy Ground: Commitment and Devotion to Sacred Land (co-author Leilani Birely, 2013). https://www.yeyeluisahteish.com/

From the Forest to the Field Stories of the Orishas Osain, the deity of wild herbs, and Oko, the deity of the farm. This presentation includes visualization, story and song.

Intensive: Cook, Cure, and Conjure.
This workshop identifies several herbs, spices, vegetables, and fruit that are important in the traditions of the African diaspora. It includes examples of recipes,formulas, and offering plates for the ancestors and the Orishas.

Veterinary Botanical Medicine
 

As a very special feature, we are again hosting the Veterinarian Botanical Medicinal  Association Track sponsored by VBMA that will be highlighting holistic care of animals.  At each workshop session there will be a class that specializes in holistic care of animals. Please see schedule for more details.  These classes are open to everyone attending the IHS.  For Veterinarians who wish to receive credits for attending the classes, please be sure to indicate this on the online registration form when you register.

 

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Cheryl Schwartz, D.V.M.

Dr. Schwartz is an international educator, holistic veterinarian and an original member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. A graduate of Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine, she has been in practice in Northern and Southern California since 1978, working with cats, dogs and horses. Teaching acupuncture, Qi Gong, herbals, homeopathy, sound and color therapies, for both veterinary and general public audiences, Dr. Schwartz has been guided by the animals for forty years. She is the author of Four Paws Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats & Dogs, Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats A-Z, and a contributing author to veterinary acupuncture, alternative veterinary medicine and nutrition textbooks.

Climate Change, Stress & Our Animal Family Animal friends experience climate change and stress as much as we humans do. Issues involving immune, digestive, respiratory, urinary and skin systems react to toxic overload. We will look at herbs and flower essences to support our friends through trying times. Beginner

The Heart, Circulation & Spiritual Well-Being in Cats & Dogs The Heart, and its related Fire Organs - Pericardium and Triple Heater - houses the mind and spirit in Chinese Medicine. Physically, the heart helps to circulate the Blood. We will look at this overlap and study herbs to help facilitate physical and emotional circulation in our animal friends. All

Intensive: Five Element Animal Types with Cats, Dogs & Horses Genetic and environmental influences direct your animal friend's health and well being. Learn to recognize, support and balance the animal's unique constitutional type with herbs and diet for optimal health and socialization. All


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Cynthia Lankenau

Cynthia Lankenau, DVM graduated from Cornell University's Veterinary College in 1981. After being in a dairy cow practice, Peace Corps, and an Equine/mixed animal practice, she started exploring alternative medicine. She has finished certifications in acupuncture, Chinese and Western Herbal medicine, homeopathy and chiropractic and has been in a solo 100 % alternative medicine practice since 1993. Herbal medicine is a passion. She is a past-president of the VBMA and is a strong supporter of the veterinary track at IHS.

Vet Track-Phlegm Diseases The concept of phlegm (tan) and Phlegm-fluid (tanyin) encompasses a myriad of manifestations both substantial and unsubstantial. This course will explore Chinese medical theory and understanding for the treatment of phlegm and phlegm-fluid pathology. Advanced

Vet track-Wen Bing-Epidemic diseases As we are facing an increase in Climatic Heat, the Wen Bing perspective, based on classical Chinese Theory, recognizes the treatment of Heat invaded pathogens. This course will explore the rapid nature of Heat invasion and its progression in the body with herbal formulas to treat the various levels of Heat invasion. Advanced

Intensive: The ' ABC's of Veterinary Botanical Medicine'
This intensive will cover the basics foundation on how to become a proficient veterinarian herbal prescriber.  The most important step is to have a proper energetic diagnosis; the class will spend time building an understanding of tongue and pulse diagnosis. Then by understanding the energetics of herbs, a proper treatment plan can be achieved. All


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Joyce Harman

Joyce Harman graduated in 1984 from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic and has completed advanced training in homeopathy, and herbal medicine.Her practice in Virginia uses 100% holistic medicine to treat all types of horses. Her publications include two Pain Free Back and Saddle Fit Books . She has served on many board of directors, is past president of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and of the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association and writes regular in professional and lay publications.

Lyme disease in the Equine Lyme disease in horses is a serious problem in many parts of the USA, as well as internationally. Herbal medicine forms the foundation for successful treatment and prevention. Chinese and western herbs can be used as part of a holistic approach.  All

Cannabinoids and their use in Horses Cannabinoid receptors are present in all species, including horses. Dosing and clinical use of CBD containing products will be discussed. Horses are very sensitive to herbal preparations, despite their large size.  All


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Rona Sherebrin

Rona Sherebrin grew up with the traditions of European herbalism, experiencing various teas, tinctures and infusions used by her mother and grandmother to support the family's health. She graduated with honours from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1991 and began practicing the conventional "western" veterinary medicine, while embracing a more holistic view of health care for herself and family, including nutrition, Tai Chi exercise and Qi Gong meditation. After ten years in practice Rona began to integrate what she had been practicing in her own life into her patient care. She became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (Chi Institute) in 2005 and has continued her education with advanced training in Veterinary Tui-Na bodywork and Veterinary Herbal Medicine, offering integrative health care to her patients ever since. She enjoys teaching, and lectures to veterinarians as well as lay groups. Rona also mentors veterinary students, and veterinarians completing veterinary acupuncture certification. She loves to travel and visit family, friends and colleagues all over the world, but is always sad to leave behind her active 6 year-old yellow lab.   

Herbs and the Animal Microbiome: an Introduction As the importance of the human microbiome and its impact on our health has become more understood, we have to understand the microbiome of companion, sporting and food-producing animals to optimize their health. This lecture will outline the similarities and differences of the gut, oral and skin microbiome of animal species compared to humans. An introduction to herbs useful in supporting and modifying the microbiome will be presented. Beginner

Herbs and the Animal Microbiome This class will delve more deeply into the usage and effects of specific herbs on the microbiome of companion, sporting and food producing animals. Intermediate

Cultivation & Conservation Track
 

Cultivation & Conservation Track—NEW!!  

We are excited to offer the opportunity for growers, plant conservationists and plant lovers from all walks of life to learn from and network with leading experts in the field of sustainable medicinal plant, tree and fungi cultivation and conservation. This track is for all levels of interest and there are classes for commercial growers, home gardeners and anyone who wants to learn more about growing and protecting our healing plants.

 

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Christophe Bernard
France

Christophe Bernard is a French herbalist. He currently lives in southern France (Provence) where he spends his time picking, growing and recommending herbs as a health practitioner. He has written two books and teaches at one of the oldest and most prestigious herbal school in France. He also runs his own online herbal programs and is very active on YouTube. He regularly speaks at national health conferences. His blog AltheaProvence has become a reference for plant lovers around the French speaking world. www.altheaprovence.com

Building our independence : most useful herbs you can grow, transform and use Christophe Bernard shares his 8 years of experience in the garden, evolving from "the guy who had no clue" to advanced herbal gardener and medicinal seed producer. He will present his pick of herbs that require little work but provide maximum health benefits. He will also explain how to best transform them at home using simple kitchen equipment. (Beginner) Cultivation & Conservation Track


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Deb Soule
Maine

Deb began gardening and studying the medicinal uses of herbs over 40 years ago while growing up in a rural town in western Maine. Her deep love and respect for healing plants and her desire to support people living in rural areas inspired Deb to found Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary and Healing Gardens in 1985. Deb teaches, consults and tends a 3-acre biodynamic herb garden which provides numerous herbs for Avena’s herbal remedies and serves as a classroom and sanctuary garden for pollinators and people. Her love for sharing plant wisdom infuses her books Healing Herbs for Women and How to Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants. www.avenabotanicals.com www.debsoule.com

Hedgerow Medicine Through a colorful slide show, we will view images of and discuss a variety of medicinal and edible trees and shrubs and medicinal herbs and flowers, all of which can be incorporated into hedgerows growing along the edges of gardens, fields or stonewalls. Hedgerows have many purposes including food and shelter for birds; nectar and pollen for pollinators, medicine and food for people, magical spaces for children and elemental beings, and beauty and shade. (Focused on New England plants and trees) Cultivation & Conservation Track

Creating an Apothecary Garden for People and Pollinators Wherever one lives, an apothecary garden can be created or expanded to include herbs which nourish, heal and inspire joy, inner peace and wellness. Building living soil and compost, and incorporating specific design elements will be included along with suggestions for herbs which are medicinally purposeful and pollinator friendly. This class especially welcomes folks who are looking to create healing gardens and sanctuary spaces in places such as schools, prisons, shelters, food banks, community centers, nursing care facilities, and hospitals. (Intermediate) Cultivation & Conservation Track


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Jonathon Miller Weisberger
Costa Rica/California

Ethnobotanist Jonathon Miller Weisberger has spent the past twenty-six years studying rainforest plant medicine traditions. Since 1996 he has organized biannual “Rainforest Medicine Gatherings,” experiential workshops journeys, and ethnobotanical immersions for “Personal, community and Planetary Renewal,” that have offered participants an intimate opportunity to meet and learn from indigenous elders, the mighty rainforest and the omnipotent plant teachers themselves.

He is the author of “Rainforest Medicine - Preserving Indigenous Science and Biodiversity in the Upper Amazon”, and the steward of Ocean forest Ecolodge (Ethnobotanical gardens and yoga retreat) in Costa Rica where he lives most of the year. www.oceanforestecolodge.com  www.rainforestmedicine.net
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Plant Medicine Traditions in the Upper Amazon and Rainforest Conservation In this class we will learn about rainforest plant medicine traditions among several of the indigenous peoples communities I've worked with in the Ecuadorian Amazon. We will examine different aspects of these traditions and hold a group discussion as to why they may be prevalent in order to best reach an understanding of their purposes. Why the Secoya never walk behind the pot of ceremonial yage when it is cooking. How the Waorani make their arrow poisons and how they learned to make it. I will conclude the class with a story about how some of these traditions are used in the preservation of the rainforest. (Beginner) Cultivation & Conservation Track


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Julia Graves
Germany

Julia Graves is a master herbalist, Gestalt psychotherapist, homeopath and flower essence maker with 35 years of professional experience. Trained since childhood by her herbalist mother, Julia studied traditional European medicine, anthroposophic massage as well as cupping as a teenager. She then studied medicine at Kiel University for four years. Creator of the Lily Circle flower essences and author of The Language of Plants, she is the founder and director of the Naturopathic Earthquake Survivor Relief Clinic in Haiti, which has offered free treatment to over 80.000 people to date. Julia teaches internationally and lives on a farm in France. www.juliagraves.com www.lilycircle.com www.haiti.citronia.com

Planting, Harvesting and Herbal Medicine Making with the Sun and Moon Since ancient times, people have worked with the natural rhythms of nature including the understanding of how the cycles of the planets influence the quality of the herbs we harvest. In this class Julia will share how respecting the waxing as weaning as well as the ascending and descending moon can boost the qualities and quantity of our harvest, give better quality tinctures, and increase shelf life of dried herbs. Cultivation & Conservation Track


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Marc Williams
North Carolina

Ethnobiologist Marc Williams has taught hundreds of classes to thousands of people about plants, humans, other life forms and their interface. His training includes a B.A. in Environmental Studies/Sustainable Agriculture from Warren Wilson College with a minor in Business and a M.A. in Appalachian Studies/Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University with a minor in Planning/Geography. He is the Executive director of Plants and Healers International and has spent over 19 years working at various restaurants, farms, and travels throughout 29 countries in Central/North/South America, Europe and all 50 states in the USA. www.botanyeveryday.com www.plantsandhealers.org

Challenges and Opportunities with Exotic Invasive Plants We will focus in this class on plant family patterns and what they indicate regarding identification and ethnobotanical application of exotic invasive plants for food, medicine and beauty. A review of the ethnobotanical literature helps underpin the opportunities to employ these plants and effectively make use of a problem by turning it into a resource. We will take a walk and pursue an in depth look at some of the prime species of plants occurring on the conference property as well as a more general exotic invasive plant list of over 150 useful species from the eastern United States. Cultivation & Conservation Track


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Maria Noel Groves
New Hampshire

Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), registered clinical herbalist, runs Wintergreen Botanicals Herbal Clinic and Education Center, nestled in the pine forests of New Hampshire. She has been working with herbs for more than 20 years, is certified by Michael Moore’s Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, completed studies at Sage Mountain, Heartsong Farm, and Lichenwood Herbals, and is a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. Maria devotes her business to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing with the foundational belief that good health grows in nature. She is the author of the award-winning, best selling Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care and the new Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies: How to Create A Customized Herb Garden. She is also a regular contributor to Herb Quarterly and other holistic publications and a guest instructor for the Herbal Academy, Maryland University of Integrative Health, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Learn more about Maria and herbs at www.WintergreenBotanicals.com.

The Peaceful Garden: Herbs to Lift the Spirit, Regulate Mood, Boost Energy, and Promote Sleep Learn how to grow, harvest, and use wonderful herbs that promote peace. Maria will share her favorite garden-grown herbs to aid sleep, boost mood, quell anxiety, and encourage calm energy. Several are also appropriate for container gardening. We'll discuss ashwagandha, magnolia, mimosa, passionflower, holy basil, gotu kola, roses, lemon balm, blue vervain, skullcap, lavender, California poppy, valerian, and motherwort. Learn specific indications for each one so you can choose the most successful herb or formula for the individual person’s needs. Medicine-making techniques and recipes will be included. Cultivation & Conservation Track


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Matthias & Andrea Reisen
New York

Andrea and Matthias Reisen have been community herbalist and growers of medicinal herbs for over 25 years, co-founding Healing Spirits Herb Farm and Education Center located in Avoca, New York. Healing Spirits Herb Farm have been producing high quality certified organic medicinal herbs both fresh and dry for shipment throughout the United States and some foreign countries. They have co-created their our line of valued added products under the Healing Spirits label. Both are former Peace Corp volunteers in the Philippines.They have studied numerous body therapies and are certified as Zero Balancing Therapist. Together they have raised five children, there are three generations living on the farm. Their goal is to live and work in balance and harmony with mother nature and humankind. www.healingspiritsherbfarm.com

Reflections-40 Years of Farming, 25 Years of Growing Medicinal Herbs, and Still Looking to the Future of Small Scale Growing. The Reisens will share their views on how to succeed in a market that is ever changing based on their many years of experience in the industry. They will focus on how to work within the herbal market, how to compete with foreign markets, different ways to diversify, and how to market the plants we all love. This class will focus mainly on the production of medicinal herbs but will also provide a look at how the small scale or micro enterprise can survive in today’s business environment. The Reisen's will share their experiences with diversification into medicinal mushroom production, small scale grain production, and aquaponics. (Intermediate) Cultivation & Conservation Track


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Susan Leopold, PhD.
Virginia

Susan is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. She is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers [www.unitedplantsavers.org]. Prior to working at United Plant Savers she was a rare botanical book librarian at the Oak Spring Garden Library, specializing in digitizing rare herbals and botanical travel manuscripts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Botanical Dimensions and the Center for Sustainable Economy. She is an advisory board member of ABC and a co-founder of the Medicines from the Edge conference in Costa Rica. She is a proud member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia and the author of the children’s book Isabella’s Peppermint Flower, teaching about Virginia’s botanical history. She lives and tends the Indian Pipe Botanical Sanctuary with her three children in Virginia, where she raises goats, peacocks and elderberries. She is a tree climber, in love with the canopy just as much as the herbs of the forest floor.

Sacred Conservation: osha, sandalwood, & white sage  United Plant Savers has been deeply invested in conservation research and advocacy of three deeply culturally sacred plants. Come learn about the five year study on sustainable harvest of osha in high altitude mountains of Colorado, ongoing reforestation project of Hawaiian sandalwood and dive into the plant lust that is damaging wild populations of white sage. We will explore how the UpS At-Risk tool works and hear stories of grassroots conservation in action for medicinal plants. We will wrap the class up with information on United Plant Savers current programs, and how to become a United Plant Savers botanical sanctuary.

A History of Parasitic Plants from Ancient Herbals to Modern Scientific Research This class will be a historical journey of classic literature/art of medicinal parasitic plants found around the world, such as Pedicularis spp, Cynomorium coccineum, Euphrasia spp, Monotropa spp, Santalum spp, and others. The understanding of these plants coincides with the scientific literation of parasites in the human body. This overlap mutualistic interconnecting exchanges comes into view with the invention of the microscope and cellular understanding that emerges in the mid 1800’s. Our understanding of fungal relationships and interconnected networks of exchanging nutrients is changing how we view the landscapes. This research expands our thinking not just of fungi, but also to those parasitic and hemi-parasitic medicinal plants that also have implications in not just how we understand their role in the ecology but also how they inform conservation when cultivation is not a viable option.