Pre-Conference Workshops

May 29, 30 & 31, 2020 •  Almond, WI 
Pre-conference Workshops
3 hour long intensive workshops on Friday May 29, from 9-12pm, preceding the main conference. 
3 Day Immersions

Dive deep with a 3 Day Immersion, from Tuesday May 26 – Thursday May 28. Immersions offer the opportunity to work with an instructor in a small group on a specific topic. 

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Registration for the 9th Annual Midwest Women's Herbal Conference opens in mid December 2019! Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with us!
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Registration for the 9th Annual Midwest Women's Herbal Conference opens in mid December 2019! Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with us!

Friday Morning, June 1st, 2017 from 9 am to 12 pm

Price includes:

Workshop & Friday Lunch

Participants depart by 1pm Friday unless registered for Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference

 
Pre-Conference Workshops: 

with Venice Williams, Mimi Hernandez, Susun Weed, Bevin Clare, Jacquelyn Weber, & Mary Lou Singleton

 

Friday Morning, May 29, 2019 from 9 am–12 pm

Price includes:

Workshop & Friday Lunch

Come just for the morning or join us for the whole weekend! Participants depart by 1pm Friday unless registered for Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference. 

Friday morning offers the opportunity to spend 3 hours in a pre-conference workshop, going deeper on subjects such as plant spirituality, plant medicine, clinical herbalism, drum making & pediatric care. We hope you will join us!

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3 Day Immersions: with
  1. Susun Weed
  2. Rebekah Dawn & Kari Kercher — SOLD OUT

 

Tuesday May 28 – Thursday May 30

 

Price includes:

3 Day Immersions, Lodging Choice & Meals, Tuesday lunch – Thursday lunch

Come just for a 3 Day Immersion or join us for the whole week! Participants depart Thursday evening, unless registered for the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference.

Immersions take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday prior to the main, Midwest Women’s Herbal conference. Immersions are an incredible opportunity to work with an instructor in small groups, on a specific topic. This year there will be immersions on the seven medicines, & a death doula immersion. We hope you will join us!

Spring 2019 Immersion Schedule

(subject to change)

Tuesday, May 26

7:30-8:45 am Registration

9:00-11:45 am  Immersion Program
12:00-12:45 pm  Lunch
1:00-5:00 pm  Immersion Program
6:00-7:00 pm  Dinner

7:15-9:00pm Evening Class

Wednesday, May 27

7:00-8:00 am Yoga

8:00-8:45 am  Breakfast

9:00-11:45 am  Immersion Program

12:00-12:45 pm  Lunch

1:00-5:00 pm  Immersion Program

6:00-7:00 pm  Dinner

7:15-9:00pm Evening Class

Thursday, May 28

7:00-8:00 am Yoga

8:00-8:45 am  Breakfast

9:00-11:45 am  Immersion Program

12:00-12:45 pm  Lunch

1:00-5:00 pm  Immersion Program

After 5pm, 3 Day Immersion participants depart, unless also registered for the a Friday morning preconference workshop or the Midwest Women's Herbal Conference. 

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New(!) at the 2019 Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference
Death Doula Immersion & Certification Program
: with Rebekah Dawn, B.A. Psychology & Kari Kercher, BSN

The 3 Day Death Doula Immersion is SOLD OUT. 
We will accept a waitlist for a limited number of women who sign up after the immersion fills. If you would like to sign up for the waiting list - please write this in the additional comments section on your registration form. PLEASE NOTE - that being a waiting list DOES NOT guarantee entry into the Death Doula Immersion, we will contact you if someone drops out the Immersion & you are next on the waiting list.

We are pleased to introduce The Death Doula Certification Program in 2019, a new, three-day immersion exclusive to the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference. This is the only death doula program that has an herbal and wise woman focus at it's core. 

At the course, participants will learn how to help the dying and their families meet the labor of death and examine the benefits of incorporating plant medicine in the support of the dying and their families at the sacred transition.

Labor, at the end of life, as it is at the beginning, is something each of us meets, and many of us have the privilege of witnessing. Like at birth, the labor of death is mysterious, can be confusing and frightening, and, can be fraught with choices. In our modern era, because a high percentage of individuals die in hospital, it has been increasingly difficult to witness the labor of death. The death doula can help guide the dying time and lower the occurrence of hospitalizations by assisting the dying and their families to meet the labor of death and traverse the final summit of their life's journey through offering simple, effective measures for being present during that process.

Death doulas nurture families with increasing caregiving needs as death approaches.There is a community calling and need to embrace and care for the elderly and the dying as if they were our own familial elders. During the Immersion, we will explore the cultural norms and the medicalization of death, in the dominant culture of North America. We will also dig down into the Wise Woman Tradition to expose the possibilities of a different way to be present for the dying process. 

This program is for anyone – whether you are interested in supporting members of your family or community, are curious about what to expect at end-of-life or are afraid when you think of your own dying time. Class time will include information about death processes and symptom management for common discomforts, practical herbal applications, the ethics of dying, information about launching your business or joining a local hospice. Course materials include educational resources that you can use in your community. Mornings will include yoga and centering practices to shape, support, and inform your Death Doula work. Evenings will feature a film screening of Grief Walker, and a separate evening circle where individuals can openly discuss their thoughts and feelings around death and dying, and learn how to host such an event in their communities.

 
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What will you do in the program: 

  • Learn about specific death processes and symptom management for common associated discomforts 

  • Recognize the different roots of pain and utilize appropriate, individualized comfort measures 

  • Develop a working knowledge of the plants that are specially suited to the specific demands of dying

  • Prepare one or more herbal preparations for your doula tool-kit 

  • Be able to make the plant medicines discussed  

  • Know effective, practical support strategies for the dying including positioning for ease of breath, bathing, and activities of daily life.

  • Discuss the ethics of dying 

  • Examine the special challenges of pediatric hospice and what it teaches us about our underlying beliefs

  • Cultivate curiosity and wonder as central components of the work

  • Experience intense emotions and the support of them in a group

  • Connect with a beautiful community of women

  • Receive a certificate of completion showing hours of instruction and topics covered

 

When you return home you will be able to:

  • Present educational materials (provided) to your community and local hospice.

  • Offer your gifts to your local hospice in homes, nursing homes, and other settings 

  • Facilitate a death discussion in your community 

  • Wash and dress a body after death

  • Guide a family through an at home funeral and green burial

  • Complete advanced care planning for yourself and others

  • Ease potential conflict between hospice team and family 

  • Begin your Death Doula career

 

Our schedule during the program will include: 

  • Guided yoga 

  • Daily centering practices that will deepen and inform your death doula work 

  • Peer counseling

  • Singing and fireside sharing

  • An evening circle where individuals can openly discuss their thoughts and feelings around death and dying, and learn how to host such an event in their communities.

  • A talking stick ceremony

  • A viewing of the film "Grief-walker" and discussion

  • More than 20 hours of instruction 

Rebekah Dawn is a community herbalist, ceramic artist, and death doula. She lives with her family at Labyrinth Gardens, a UPS botanical Sanctuary where she offers monthly medicine making classes and weekly Friends (Quaker) Meetings. Her work with hospice has become central to her practice and she seeks to find ways of transforming fear around death into a curiosity and gratitude that can inform our lives in meaningful ways.​
 

Kari Kercher has worked as a registered nurse in hospice for 5 years, in the home and in a hospital setting. She is grateful to have apprenticed with Linda Conroy in the Wise Woman Tradition, and co-coordinates the first aid station at the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference in Almond, WI. She currently lives in the northern pines of Tomahawk, Wisconsin with her husband, dog, chickens and a large, wonderful garden.
 

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