12th Annual Midwest Women's Herbal Conference
"Germinating Regenerative Wisdom"
Featuring Keynote Speakers:
Robin Rose Bennett, Linda Black Elk, Rev. Judith Laxer
and Opening & Closing Ceremonies led by Venice Williams
May 26-28, 2023 • Almond, WI
Robin Rose Bennett
Robin Rose Bennett is a story-teller, writer, and herbalist. She has been offering classes in Wisewoman Healing Ways: Herbal Medicine and EarthSpirit Teachings since 1986 - at herb conferences, festivals, clinics, medical and nursing schools, and most joyously, outside with the plants. Robin Rose shares herbal medicine with gratitude for the loving generosity of the plants and the magic, mystery, and beauty of the web of life. She is on the faculty of the New York Open Center and the Arbor-Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism, and is the author of two meditation mp3’s and the books: Healing Magic- A Green Witch Guidebook to Conscious Living and The Gift of Healing Herbs- Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life.
Rev. Judith Laxer
Rev. Judith Laxer is a modern-day mystic who believes that beauty, humor, and the wonders of nature make life worth living. The founding Priestess of Gaia’s Temple and MoonWise Mystery School, both now online and accessible from anywhere, Judith is a keynote speaker, teacher of the magickal arts and mysteries, and author of Along the Wheel of Time: Sacred Stories for Nature Lovers [Ravenswood Publishing]. Judith dedicates her work to the rise and cultural integration of the feminine in all Her magnificence and wisdom.
Linda Black Elk
Linda Black Elk is an ethnobotanist and food sovereignty activist specializing in teaching about culturally important plants and their uses as food and medicine. She is eternally grateful for the intergenerational knowledge of elders and other knowledge holders, who have shared their understandings of the world with her, and she has dedicated her life to giving back to these peoples and their communities. Linda works to build ways of thinking that will promote and protect food sovereignty, traditional plant knowledge, and environmental quality as an extension of her work as a gardener, forager, fisher, hunter, and gatherer. She has written numerous articles, book chapters, and papers, and is the author of “Watoto Unyutapi”, a field guide to edible wild plants of the Dakota people. Linda proudly serves as the Food Sovereignty Coordinator at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota, where she passes ethnobotanical and food systems knowledge on to her amazing students.
Venice Williams identifies as a Spiritual and Cultural Midwife, who was birthed into this realm to guide beings into bringing forth all of the goodness and promise that lies within. She is the Executive Director of both Alice's Garden Urban Farm and the Fondy Food Center, a Community Herbalist, and Minister for The Table: a first-century-style community in the twenty-first century. With strong family roots in southern farming, by way of Africa and the Choctaw Nation, Venice grew up surrounded by folks who cultivated homesteads overflowing with vegetables, herbs, fruits, and urban livestock. She carries on many of her family's legacies through the vocations she lives into.