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12th Annual Midwest Women's Herbal Conference
"Germinating Regenerative Wisdom"
Featuring Keynote Speakers:
Robin Rose Bennett, Elena Terry, Rev. Judith Laxer
and Opening & Closing Ceremonies led by Kaitlin Ilya Wolf
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.
Elena Terry is the Executive Chef/Founder of Wild Bearies, a non-profit community outreach catering organization that services participants in overcoming Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Issues or emotional traumas. One of her goals has been to develop mentorship programs that help build stronger communities within the Indigenous Food Sovereignty movement. Developing the Native American Food Sovereignty Association’s Food and Culinary mentorship program in 2020, 2021 James Beard Foundation Legacy Network Advisor, and as a 2021 NDN Collective Changemaker Fellow (Great Lakes Region) Elena emphasizes the healing nature of working
with traditional indigenous ingredients while building community. Elena is a proponent of a holistic approach to traditional food systems and advocates for sustainable Indigenous Agriculture on an international level. As a seed-to-table chef, Elena develops relationships with tribal and local/community organic growers and producers. After being inspired by the work happening in her community, Elena started the “Honoring our Farmers, Foragers, Growers, and Producers” tours developing her partnership with the American Indian Foods Program and the
Intertribal Agriculture Council. On these tours, she’s represented Indigenous Foods in spaces such as Farm Aid, Taste of Madison, and Femmestival. She also took a cross-country journey to deliver ancestral seeds to tribal farms, interviewed foragers, and highlighted the work from Native salmon, wild rice, maple, corn, and tea producers. She is a butcher and wild game specialist and prefers open-fire, outdoor cooking.
Kaitlin Ilya Wolf
Kaitlin Ilya Wolf works with the many cycles around us and within us. She’s an ordained minister, ritualist, herbalist, communitarian, and teacher. Kaitlin is also a Priestess of the Red Tent. She has held the Women’s Red Tent in her community, Earthaven Ecovillage in western North Carolina, for over 14 years and has been studying and practicing ritual arts for over 25 years. Kaitlin facilitates rituals, ceremonies, and magick for large and small groups, individuals, and her community.