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About Us

Midwest Women's Herbal Mission Statement

Midwest Women’s Herbal provides herbal education and opportunities for transformation. Immersed in the Wise Woman Tradition, grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters, and children gather in a co-created village. Through earth-centered healing and nourishment we ally with the plants that grow around us. From the ground up we connect to weave ourselves, our families, and our communities into the dynamic spiral of health.

Midwest Women's Herbal Vision Statement

We live in a world where the feminine is honored and respected; where women stand fully in their power, acknowledging their wisdom, skills and innate healing abilities.

It takes a village….Here are the talented, dedicated women who are already working behind the scenes to weave the container, holding the possibilities for your conference experience. Now we just need YOU! Anything is possible when you co-create women's spaces and learning opportunities with your sisters and friends! Learn More About Midwest Women's Herbal's Rich Herstory

Linda | Core Team & Founder

Linda | Core Team & Founder

Linda Conroy, MSS, MLSP is a Bioregional Herbalist, Educator and Community Organizer. Inspired by the plants and the feminine, she is the founder of Moonwise Herbs, Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, & Mycelium Mysteries. Linda has apprenticed with and studied with world-renowned herbalists and is a life long learner. Her passion is herbal nourishment through Wild food/Wild medicine, Community and Women’s Mysteries.

Sara | Technology and Recording Coordinator

Sara | Technology and Recording Coordinator

Sara is a busy, caring mom of 2 young boys and works full time in healthcare. Being on the coordinating team is a breath of fresh air and allows her an opportunity to lend support while learning more about the plants around her. She's been studying plants and funga most of her life and tries to help others around her to feel connection to their communities. With any free time Sara can uncover, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with loved ones, especially over a good meal.

Ashley | Lead Work Exchange Coordinator

Ashley | Lead Work Exchange Coordinator

Ashley Oomen is a mother of 3 in MI. She is inspired by nature, loves foraging mushrooms and nurturing her garden. She feels called by the mycelium and their medicinal properties. She has been with MWH since 2018 and cherishes the community, stories, and sharing of knowledge. The wisdom she has gained fuels her passion for herbalism and natural healing. Ashley continues to embark on her path to becoming a midwife, driven by a desire to empower women and foster holistic childbirth experiences.

Markie | Designer & Coordinator

Markie | Designer & Coordinator

Markie is honored to be supporting MWH with graphic design, web design, and marketplace coordination! Markie feels at home in the plant world and has been apprenticing & studying in the Wise Woman Tradition for 7+ years. She loves discovering wisdom and magic in the world via travel and connecting with nature, and runs a marketing company focused on supporting local & women-owned businesses, Good Land Creative.

Maria | Coordinator

Maria | Coordinator

Maria is an integrative healer and a self-love warrior with a deep and diverse background in both the culinary and healing arts. As a teacher, biodynamic craniosacral therapist, business owner, herbalist, and spiritual writer it has been her path throughout her many lifetimes to guide others. When she is not busy writing, taking care of her animals or unschooling her feral daughter, she can often be found playing in the woods, communing with the flora and fauna and dancing with the faeries.

Grace Elizabeth | Coordinator

Grace Elizabeth | Coordinator

Grace Elizabeth is from the Edgerton area. She stumbled into the company of Linda Conroy, who has since helped her connect with the Earth and divine feminine energy in working with her. She is so excited for the Herbal Conference, just a few days after her birthday!

Karen | Coordinator

Karen | Coordinator

(Not a) Karen White is a retired Paramedic Fire Lieutenant from Milwaukee. She now spends her time fostering senior cats (9), and transporting for any animal rescue. She was bored a few winters ago and took a tree pruning class at Wellspring, where she met Roxanne Hannah. Rox got her involved in other classes, where she met Linda Conroy. The rest is history. The people she’s met at the conference are the main driving force to want to do more, including work exchange and now coordinating!

Alicia | Lead Program Coordinator

Alicia | Lead Program Coordinator

Alicia Gasaway is a homeschool mom of 2, swim coach, scout leader and music educator. She plays 7 instruments and leads song circles. Her family lives on a small farm in WI with a menagerie of animals, practicing sustainable farming methods and selling organic produce. An active part of the Soil Sisters Community, Alicia has also contributed her expertise as a speaker for the Wisconsin Women in Conservation. She delights in the nurturing feel of the community on site and in lasting friendships.

Michelle | Coordinator

Michelle | Coordinator

Michelle is a Crone who moved to the Northwoods to be closer to her Allyuh and the “Big Lake.” She is an Andean Mesa carrier, a Shamanic Practitioner, and an energy healer. She works closely with her plant allies at her Healing Center in Hayward, where she grows many of her own plants to supplement her in-home apothecary. She is eager to join this team of amazing plant medicine carriers and celebrates the Divine Feminine energy created in the powerful community.

Isabell | Coordinator

Isabell | Coordinator

Isabell is currently an AmeriCorps intern working with Nagaajiwanaang (Fond du Lac Band) near Duluth, MN to help promote food sovereignty efforts within the community. She is on a continuous journey of learning, passionate about seed stewarding, regenerative agricultural systems, food justice, mushrooms, and building a relationship with nature. She is very excited to join the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference team and connect with all the wonderful people who make this event a reality.

Shari | Coordinator

Shari | Coordinator

Shari grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Chicago at the age of 23. After 18 years in the construction industry, she opened Peaceful Parlour. Shari first attended the Conference in its 2nd year along with her then 5 year old son. She was inspired to become a vendor, sponsor and was inducted as a Green Witch by Susun Weed. She apprenticed with Linda Conroy for 3 years, fell in love with botany and developed a desire to support women's spaces. She loves to wildcraft, hike and travel.

Carrie | Coordinator

Carrie | Coordinator

Carrie was born in Indiana and moved to Eastern Kentucky in 2002. Always loving nature and plants, it was just a matter of time before she started studying them. Becoming a member of the Kentucky Herbal Alliance forged relationships with other herbalists. She has worked on mushroom farms and taken some herbal classes to help her knowledge of nature. Living on 18 forested acres, she raises her food and medicine on her land. She loves to learn and teach.

Melanie | Coordinator

Melanie | Coordinator

HI! I'm a Nature Based Educator and homesteading mama of three, located in south Chicagoland. I am at home in nature and my calling is to nurture the values that lead to harmonious caretaking and protection of the natural world. I enjoy swimming, reading, health and wellness studies, foraging, getting my hands dirty and spending time with my partner & children. I love connecting with like minded women and putting together activities for children of all ages to find joy in and laughter!

Courtney | Coordinator

Courtney | Coordinator

Courtney is a mother, aspiring herbalist, gardener and nature lover. She has a long history of working with animals and on farms. Through nature, she has found a loving connection to herbal medicine and holistic health care. She feels most alive when dancing, creating, and crafting. She is so excited to join the MWHC team and be a part of this wonderful community.

Karina | Coordinator

Karina | Coordinator

Karina is a Professional Chef, Certified Functional Nutrition Counselor, and Herbalist with decades of expertise. Founder of Botanical Kitchen, Karina invites people to use everyday food as medicine. She deeply believes in the healing power of plants, using food and medicine and bringing women together to remember and share our wisdom. It is such an honor and sacred act for her to be part of the Midwest Women's Herbal Conference and help to keep this beautiful and deeply needed tradition alive.

Kayla | Coordinator

Kayla | Coordinator

Kayla was born in Louisville, Kentucky and now calls Madison, Wisconsin home. She has spent ten years as an environmental justice organizer, tending to the land and people that climate change disproportionately impacts the most. She is a newly trained birth doula and aspiring herbalist. She is passionate about community care, regenerative farming, mycelium, movement, music, crafting, and connection to Earth.

Rebecca | Kids Camp Coordinator

Rebecca | Kids Camp Coordinator

Maker of brooms. Smeller of blooms. Finder of four-leaf clovers. Drinker of tea. Daughter, Sister, Wife, and Mother of Cats. Rebecca resides in a hodge-podge octagonal lodge nestled into the lush rolling hills of western Wisconsin with her husband and two beasts (Poppy & Donovan). Rebecca is elated to experience her second Midwest Women's Herbal Conference-you'll find her over in kids camp!

Julie | Kids Camp Coordinator

Julie | Kids Camp Coordinator

Julie Hanson is a mother, herbalist, reiki master, and artist. She has a love for all things natural, learning new ideas, and sharing knowledge with others. She has been working as a massage therapist for 20 years and making her own herbal oils and salves for her practice, while studying herbs for the last 13. Julie finds her passion in herbal wildcrafting and living in harmony with nature, community collaboration, continuing education and teaching.

Gin | Dining Coordinator

Gin | Dining Coordinator

Virginia’s journey began in childhood with a love of plants and the natural world, she seeks ways to be in right relationship with plant allies. Understanding that the interconnected relationships between humans and the green kingdom are essential for all of life, her facebook page ‘Trees Heal the Earth’ celebrates trees in all their resilience and glory.

Genevieve | Kids Camp Coordinator

Genevieve | Kids Camp Coordinator

Genevieve grows extensive gardens and has a passion for wildcrafting. She studied under bioregional herbalist, Linda Conroy, frequents classes held by Matthew Wood, and has attended the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference since its first year. Genevieve practices as a massage therapist and doula. She also works part-time at Rush Creek Growers, a greenhouse.

Crystal | Teen Spiral Coordinator

Crystal | Teen Spiral Coordinator

Crystal Stevens lives along the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi River in Godfrey, Illinois with her husband, and 2 children. Stevens is an Author, an Artist/Art Teacher, a Folk Herbalist, a Regenerative Farmer, and a Permaculturist. Stevens has written 3 books published by New Society Publishers. She and her husband, Eric Stevens, co-founded FLOURISH which encompasses a farm, a plant nursery, an apothecary, design services, and educational programming.

Kate | Teen Spiral Coordinator

Kate | Teen Spiral Coordinator

Kate Strassman is a teacher, artist, herbalist, community gardener, and cook from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has studied herbalism with Linda Conroy and Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, and is an herbal apprentice at Alice’s Garden. Kate has hosted pop-up dinners and afternoon teas in her home and at various venues across the city for the last 12 years. She started a farm market tea stand, the Tulsi Tea House and Cafe.

Nicole | Red Tent Coordinator

Nicole | Red Tent Coordinator

Nicole Vielleux has been a student of the plants since 2012. She loves to travel to amazing places where she can be surrounded by breathtaking nature and be with the plants, animals, and insects. She also surrounds herself with plants in her home. She did an herbal apprenticeship with Linda Conroy, which led her to working for the MWHC in an apprenticeship for her MA in Women’s Spirituality. She lives in Milwaukee, has 2 amazing children, and works at the downtown central library.

Kaitlin | Red Tent Coordinator

Kaitlin | Red Tent Coordinator

Kaitlin Ilya Wolf is passionate about supporting women in finding their connection with the cycles within us and around us through ritual and ceremony. Kaitlin is a Priestess, ritualist, herbalist, communitarian, teacher, spiritual counselor, and ordained minister. She has been studying and practicing the ritual arts for over 25 years. She holds the seasonal cycle of ceremony in her community of Earthaven Ecovillage and has led the Women’s Red Tent there for over 15 years.

Brittany | Kids Camp Coordinator

Brittany | Kids Camp Coordinator

Brittany Tripp is an artist from the Chicagoland area. She is mother to two children. Brittany grew up on a couple acres just outside of Chicago and spent summers away at camp near the Rock River. A deep love and respect of nature was fostered here. With decades of leading groups and exploring the natural world through camps, park district programs, and private art studios, she is grateful to return to Kids Camp as Co-Coordinator again this year.

Stephanie | Red Tent Coordinator

Stephanie | Red Tent Coordinator

Stephanie Baumann is a plant-loving, gardening, and wild foraging Community herbalist.  She leads plant walks, teaches medicine making classes, and is also the owner of Sweet Earth Botanicals in Milwaukee. She is a lifelong student of herbal medicine and is passionate about developing relationships with the plants that grow outside her door. Her journey began in 1996 studying Botany and Environmental Education and progressed to studying with 7Song at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine.

Grace | Dining Coordinator

Grace | Dining Coordinator

Grace is from Southeast Wisconsin but is growing her community in Stevens Point, WI. She has attended the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference with her Mom Peggy for 7+ years now. (I can’t keep track anymore!). This has been an amazing mother-daughter tradition. Grace is always learning about menstrual cycle syncing! She loves to learn how food and planning around your cycle can heal and help your hormones. She is so grateful to be part of this amazing community.

Beth | Kids Camp Coordinator

Beth | Kids Camp Coordinator

My background is as a nutrition professional with 20 years experience working with herbs and foods to nourish our communities, with a focus on our most vulnerable populations. I spend most of my time in kitchens, in the garden, and hiking through the woods or soaking up the sun next at the St. Croix River. I have been gifted three amazing kids who are the joy of my life. This will be my second year at the conference, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity.

Jaley | Programming Coordinator

Jaley | Programming Coordinator

Jaley Bruursema spent 2023—her first year in Wisconsin—taking baby steps into the worlds of foraging and mushroom identification, often guided by wise women. She is excited to venture into the world of herbalism and join the co-creation of an intergenerational community at this year's conference.

Yolanda | Kids Camp Coordinator

Yolanda | Kids Camp Coordinator

Yolanda is a facilitator for self-discovery using a simple approach in both language and sound therapy. Yolanda presents an opportunity for each participant to be empowered and offers encouragement to move through any challenges you may be experiencing.

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