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2020 Spring Herbal Conference

What is the 2020 conference schedule like?


The detailed schedule is available closer to the conference. Here’s some general information to help you plan: ~3-Day, Pre-Conference Immersions take place on the Tuesday-Thursday preceding the main conference. ~Participants can arrive on Thursday night for an additional fee. ~ Preconference Intensives are held Friday morning from 9am – Noon ~ Opening circle for the Main Conference is around 2:15pm on Friday ~ There are usually 6 workshop sessions: 1 Friday afternoon, 2 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday ~ There are two keynote addresses: 1 Friday night and 1 Saturday late morning ~There is free-time on Saturday afternoon for attending or hosting a pop-up session, swimming in the lake, taking an archery class, or simply enjoying a walk in the woods or a nap in the sun. ~ In the Early Mornings there will be additional activities such as Sunrise Yoga. ~ In the Evenings there will be a Talking Stick Circle, Tea & Visiting, Fire Singing Circle and other scheduled activities. ~ All throughout Breaks During the Conference you can; Visit the Marketplace, Go to the Pampering Tent, Relax in the Red Tent, Swim in the Lake (while a lifeguard is on duty), or take a hike around the camp grounds! ~ Closing Circle is around 3:00pm on Sunday afternoon




What is the Marketplace?


~ The Marketplace will consist of vendors selling handmade and specialty items. ~ Bring cash or a checkbook for the marketplace, as many vendors do not take credit cards. ~ The Marketplace is specifically set up for registered vendors and sponsors. Because of this we ask that women refrain from soliciting outside of the Marketplace. ~ All marketplace vendors must be registered as vendors and participants of the main conference.




What should I pack?


Please bring what you will need for protection from sun exposure, rain, insects and temperature fluctuations. Some things you are likely to need: ~ Water Bottle - HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! ~ Sun hat/shawl/parasol ~ Rain Jacket/Umbrella ~ Set of twin sheets/warm blanket/sleeping bag/pillow ~ Swimsuit/clothing (required if you swim, even wild women need to be clothed sometimes) ~ Sweater/jacket/extra layers ~ Sturdy, comfortable walking/hiking shoes ~ Lightweight camp chair ~ Yoga mat ~ Drums, rattles and/or other instruments for fire circle time, etc. ~ Cash/Checkbook for Marketplace (not all vendors take credit/debit cards) ~ Your wooden name tag if you are a previous attendee ~ Snacks, if you are someone whose needs are not usually met when eating a variety of foods buffet style with ingredients listed. Food must be stored in a cooler/lidded bin, no open food is to be stored in the cabins. Camp Helen Brachman is a nut-free facility so please leave nuts at home!




When should I arrive?


Arrival times are staggered to ensure that settling in is as smooth as possible. Please honor the stated arrival times and plan ahead to provide yourself enough time to arrive and get settled. The registration area, where you will receive your lodging assignment if you chose the main or remote cabin choice along with other important information, is only open during specific times. When you registered, a copy of your registration was emailed to you. Please review your registration to refresh your memory on which options you chose.




When do I depart?


Most women will depart the camp late Sunday afternoon, after closing circle, with the exception of the work exchange team and vendors.




When Can I register for the 2020 Conference?


Registration is now open!




What are the dates of the 2020 Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference?


~Friday May 29, Saturday May 30 & Sunday May 31, 2020 ~3 Day Immersions take place prior to the confernece on Tuesday May 26, Wednesday May 27 & Thursday May 28, 2020 ~Friday Morning Pre-conference Intensives take place from 9am–12pm on Friday May 29, 2020 New for 2020: 1 1/2 Day Intensive on Thursdsay, May 28 (all day) - Friday, May 29 (9am-Noon)




Where will the 2020 Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference be held?


Camp Helen Brachman, part of COA Youth & Family Services, is located at 9341 Asbury Rd Almond, WI 54909 (central Wisconsin). *If you have additional questions contact the conference coordinators at herbwomen@gmail.com We are renting the camp and can more easily answer your questions about how the camp will be utilized during our time there! The space offers: ~ Privacy and a truly all women setting ~ The opportunity to be fed by Dani Lind of Rooted Spoon Catering, an amazing cook & local food aficionado ~ A Female camp director who supports the mission of the Conference ~ Ease for women with mobility needs ~ 200 acres for plant walks and Lake Pickerel for swimming ~ Rustic accommodations (shared cabin or camping)




What are the cabins like?


~ Cabins are shared sleeping spaces with 10-12 women in each cabin ~ Women with children will share “family” cabins ~ Roommate requests can be made on your registration form & we will make every attempt to honor these requests ~ Bring your own bedding and towels ~ Beds are typical camp bunk beds – elders and those who need them, get the bottom bunks, agile young women get the top bunks ~ Bathrooms and electricity are available in all cabins, shower houses are nearby for those cabins that do not have showers




What if I’m camping?


~ Plenty of space for your tent ~ Bring-your-own everything ~ Bathrooms and shower house in the main camp ~ Email herbwomen@gmail.com if you’re considering bringing an rv/motorhome to make sure there’s a space for you




What will the food be like?


~ Meals, from Friday night dinner through Sunday lunch, are included in the Main Conference registration fees. ~ Food is primarily organic, sourced locally and from women farmers who attend the conference, as much as possible. ~ Friday lunch is available at an additional cost for those who register and pay for it before registration closes. ~ Meals will include whole food, vegetarian and vegan options at every meal. ~Meat options will be available at many of the meals as well. ~ People with most dietary preferences (gluten free and dairy free options) should be able to get their needs met during the meals. ~Allergies: if you have extreme dietary needs, it is advisable to bring extra snacks. We will also be reviewing the registration forms for severe allergies, so if you have a severe allergy please note that on your form. We do not need to know about food preferences, as we do take the most common preferences into account. ~ Well water and nourishing herbal infusions will be available throughout the day. Coffee will be available in the morning, between 7 – 10am. ~Camp Helen Brachman is a Nut Free Zone! Please leave any nut snacks at home or in your vehicle. ~ Immersion meals, Tuesday Lunch through Thursday Lunch, will be provided by the camp.




Who can come with me?


~ Every person present at the conference must be a registered & paid participant of the main conference, teen spiral or kids camp. ~ Babes-in-arms (age 2 and under) will be registered on their mother’s registration form and while there is not a fee for children under 2, please be sure to include them on your form, in case of an emergency. ~ Teens and kids will be noted on their adult’s registration form. An online registration form must be filled out and paid for each teen/child, age 3 and above.




Will the conference be recorded?


~We are delighted that once again, many of the workshops during the conference will be recorded. Recordings can be ordered at the time of registration for a discounted price. They will also be available for order during the conference.




Are there Ride-Shares?


Have extra space in your vehicle for a fellow attendee or looking for a ride to the event. Follow this link and add your info to the ride share board. http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/ja8ro5 You can also access this link via the car icon at the bottom of each webpage.




Conference Update


After heart-centered consideration, the Midwest Women’s Herbal Coordinating Team wishes to announce that the 9th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference is being postponed until 2021. While we are deeply sad, we know that we will gather again. Registration for our Fall event, Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat, is now open, we encourage you to register here! We also have a fantastic library of audio recordings from previous conferences for sale. Check out our audio store today, to start your learning journey. If you were registered for our Spring Herbal Conference, and any of its related events such as a 3 Day Immersion, or Pre-conference workshop, please be on the lookout for an email from us regarding your registration. If you don’t receive an email from us in this regard, please email herbwomen@gmail.com right away.





2020 Fall Mushroom Conference

What are the dates for the 2020 Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Conference?


September 25, 26, & 27, 2020




When can I register for the Mushroom Conference?


Registration for the Fall 2020 mushroom event is now open! Keep up to date with us by checking the website, following us on social media and joining our mailing list here.




What is the Mushroom Conference schedule like?


The detailed schedule is available closer to the retreat. Here’s some general information to help you plan: ~Participants can arrive on Thursday night for an additional fee. See registration. ~ Opening circle for the Retreat is around 2pm on Friday ~ There are usually 5 workshop sessions: 1 Friday afternoon, 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday ~ There are usually two keynote addresses: 1 Friday night and 1 Saturday late morning ~There is free-time on Saturday afternoon for additional scheduled activities. ~ In the Early Mornings there will be additional activities such as Sunrise Yoga. ~ In the Evenings there will be a Talking Stick Circle, Tea & Visiting, Fire Singing Circle and other scheduled activities. ~ Closing Circle is around 3:00pm on Sunday afternoon




Where will the 2020 Mushroom Conference be held?


The 2020 Mushroom Conference will be hosted online. In 2021, we plan to return to Camp Helen Brachman, part of COA Youth & Family Services, is located at 9341 Asbury Rd Almond, WI 54909 (central Wisconsin). *If you have additional questions contact the conference coordinators at herbwomen@gmail.com We are renting the camp and can more easily answer your questions about how the camp will be utilized during our time there! The space offers: ~ Privacy and a truly all women setting ~ The opportunity to be fed by Dani Lind of Rooted Spoon Catering, an amazing cook & local food aficionado ~ A Female camp director who supports the mission of the Conference ~ Ease for women with mobility needs ~ 200 acres for mushroom forays ~ Rustic accommodations (shared cabin or camping)




What are the cabins like?


This year's conference will be hosted online, so the cabin will be whereever your computer is! Next year, we hope to return to Camp Helen Brachman where: ~ Cabins are shared sleeping spaces with 10-12 women in each cabin ~ Women with children will share “family” cabins ~ Roommate requests can be made on your registration form & we will make every attempt to honor these requests ~ Bring your own bedding and towels ~ Beds are typical camp bunk beds – elders and those who need them, get the bottom bunks, agile young women get the top bunks ~ Bathrooms and electricity are available in all cabins, shower houses are nearby for those cabins that do not have showers




What if I’m camping?


This year's conference will be hosted online. You might consider camping in your backyard! Next year, we hope to return to Camp Helen Brachman, where there will be plenty of space for your tent. Additionally: ~ Bring-your-own everything ~ Bathrooms and shower house in the main camp
~ Email herbwomen@gmail.com if you’re considering bringing an rv/motorhome to make sure there’s a space for you




What will the food be like?


This year's conference will be hosted online, so meals will be at your home! Next year, we hope to return to Camp Helen Brachman where: ~ Meals, from Friday night dinner through Sunday lunch, are included in the Mushroom Retreat registration fees. ~ Food is primarily organic, sourced locally and from women farmers who attend the conference, as much as possible. ~ Friday lunch is available at an additional cost for those who register and pay for it before registration closes. ~ Meals will include whole food, vegetarian and vegan options at every meal. ~Meat options will be available at many of the meals as well. ~ People with most dietary preferences (gluten free and dairy free options) should be able to get their needs met during the meals. ~Allergies: if you have extreme dietary needs, it is advisable to bring extra snacks. We will also be reviewing the registration forms for severe allergies, so if you have a severe allergy please note that on your form. We do not need to know about food preferences, as we do take the most common preferences into account. ~ Well water and nourishing herbal infusions will be available throughout the day. Coffee will be available in the morning, between 7 – 10am. ~Camp Helen Brachman is a Nut Free Zone! Please leave any nut snacks at home or in your vehicle.




Who can come with me?


This year's conference will be hosted online, so no travel is required. Next year, we hope to return to Camp Helen Brachman where: ~ Every person present at the retreat must be a registered & paid participant ~ Babes-in-arms (age 2 and under) will be registered on their mother’s registration form and while there is not a fee for children under 2, please be sure to include them on your form, in case of an emergency.




What is the Marketplace?


This year's conference will be hosted online, and the marketplace will be online, too. Next year, we hope to return to Camp Helen Brachman where: ~ The Marketplace will consist of vendors selling handmade and specialty items. ~ Bring cash or a checkbook for the marketplace, as many vendors do not take credit cards. ~ The Marketplace is specifically set up for registered vendors and sponsors. Because of this we ask that women refrain from soliciting outside of the Marketplace. ~ All marketplace vendors must be registered as vendors and participants of the retreat.




What should I pack?


There's no need to pack this year because the conference will be hosted online. Next year, we hope to return to Camp Helen Brachman, and we encourage you to bring what you will need for protection from sun exposure, rain, insects and temperature fluctuations. These might include: Water Bottle - HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! Sun hat/shawl/parasol Rain Jacket/Umbrella Set of twin sheets/warm blanket/sleeping bag/pillow Swimsuit/clothing (required if you swim, even wild women need to be clothed sometimes) Sweater/jacket/extra layers Sturdy, comfortable walking/hiking shoes Lightweight camp chair Yoga mat Drums, rattles and/or other instruments for fire circle time, etc. Cash/Checkbook for Marketplace (not all vendors take credit/debit cards) Your wooden name tag if a previous attendee Snacks, if you are someone whose needs are not usually met when eating a variety of foods buffet style with ingredients listed. Food must be stored in a cooler/lidded bin, no open food is to be stored in the cabins. Camp Helen Brachman is a nut-free facility so please leave nuts at home!




Are there Ride-Shares?


This year's conference will be hosted online. Next year, we hope to return to Camp Helen Brachman, and rideshare information will available.




When should I arrive?


This year's conference will be hosted online. Please log into the conference a few minutes prior to each session. Next year, we hope to return to Camp Helen Brachman. At that point, arrival times will be staggered to ensure that settling in is as smooth as possible. Please honor the stated arrival times and plan ahead to provide yourself enough time to arrive and get settled. The registration area, where you will receive your lodging assignment if you chose the main or remote cabin choice along with other important information, is only open during the times listed below. When you registered, a copy of your registration was emailed to you. Please review your registration to refresh your memory on which options you chose.




When do I depart?


This year's conference will be hosted online, so you can log off after each session. Next year, we hope to return to Camp Helen Brachman. At that point, most women will depart the camp Sunday afternoon, after closing circle around 3:45pm, with the exception of the work exchange team and vendors.





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