Founded by Rosemary Gladstar in 1991, the IHS brings 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. Hosted biennially, the Symposium also places a special emphasis on medicinal plant conservation and is held as a benefit conference for United Plant Savers, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of medicinal plants. We believe that by gathering in the spirit of the green, we can expand our communities, both locally and globally, creating a “mycorrhizal network” that helps to increase individual and planetary healing.
Held on the on the lands of the Sovereign Wampanoag Nation, at a small college campus located near Boston, Massachusetts, Wheaton College has all the amenities of a large campus. Its rural setting and beautiful old buildings add a special charm, grace and an interesting touch of academia to the symposium.