Pre-Conference Workshops

10th Annual
Midwest Women's Herbal Conference
"Healing the Earth, the People, and the Plants"
May 7, 8 and 9, 2021 •  Virtual


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Virtual Pre-conference Workshops
1 1/2 Day or 3 hour long intensive workshops  before the main conference. 
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Clinical Immersions

Amazing presenters will cover topics from birth, death, lore, ceremony and more. We'll see you there!  

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Pre-Conference Workshops



1 1/2 Day Immersion:

Wednesday 6-8pm CST &

Thursday 10am-5 pm CST

with Robin Rose Bennett




3-Hour Workshops:

Thursday from 1 pm-4 pm

with Ellen Evert Hopman

Friday from 9am-12pm

with Rebekah Dawn & Kari Kircher

Friday from 9am-12pm

with MaryLou Singleton


Come just for a pre-conference workshop or join us for the whole weekend! Participants will complete all pre-conference work shops before the main conference begins.

The days before the conference offer the opportunity to spend hours in a pre-conference workshop going  deeper on subjects such as clinical herbalism, wise woman birthing, death doula practices, Celtic lore, sacred ceremony, and more!

Immersions are an incredible opportunity to work with an instructor in small groups, on a specific topic.

We hope you will join us!

1 1/2 Day Pre-Conference Workshop

Herbs, Ritual, and Sacred Ceremony

with Robin Rose Bennett

Do you long to find ritual practices to help you become more centered in your authentic self, and for ways to be in communion with all that is sacred as you go about your daily life? You are not alone!


Meaningful ritual is vital to our healing and to our sense of connection. In this immersion we’ll dive into an experiential ritual or two and we'll delve into an exploration of essential facets of crafting your own rituals and ceremonies: developing relationship with the four elements and seven directions, creating a safe container for group and solo work, the use of symbol and metaphor, and common medicinal, magical plants will guide us every step of the way. Building in Spirit is sacred and energy is as real as the chair you are sitting in or the roof over your head. You can learn to work with ritual to guide your own spiritual journey, uncovering every more freedom and joy.


Ceremonies can help us engage in spiritual activism in our world to very real effect, and also enhance our community celebrations! Learn to tune in to the invisible world in a grounded way, and you will feel connected to the magic alive in every moment.

3-Hour Pre-Conference Workshops


Celtic Tree Medicine & Lore

with Ellen Evert Hopman

Tree Divination Using the Ancient Celtic Ogham Alphabet. The Irish Ogham tree alphabet pre-dates the Latin alphabet. Instead of letters like A-B-C-D the alphabet uses tree names like Birch, Rowan, Elder, Oak, etc. Each letter of the alphabet is couched in symbolism and lore. Ellen Evert Hopman is the author of A DRUID’S HERBAL OF SACRED TREE MEDICINE, TREE MEDICINE TREE MAGIC and other volumes that explore ancient Celtic tree lore and tree herbalism.


In this workshop you will learn the basics of the Ogham letters and the spiritual, medicinal and cultural lore around them, make a small divination deck, and practice using the trees to do readings for yourself and others. Visit Ellen and find her books on line at

Living and Dying: a Wise Woman Approach

with Rebekah Dawn & Kari Kircher

We will all have the opportunity to support a loved one in their dying process. We will certainly have to navigate the terrain of dying ourselves. We will address many of the common experiences and challenges of this developmental experience. The aim of this workshop is to share the wise woman’s simple and practical tools of plant and story. These tools not only have the powerful potential to ease our dying but also are the keys for living on purpose.

Wise Woman Support for Fertility, Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding

with MaryLou Singleton


If you are an aspiring or practicing birth worker or a woman interested in nurturing herself and the women of her community, this class is for you. Never in human history have women received more professional support for birth and breastfeeding, and never in human history have women had a harder time birthing and breastfeeding. As our culture moves further into the scientific paradigm where a reductionist explanation can be found for every aspect of the human condition, it is unsurprising that fewer and fewer people feel healthy and whole. The solution to this predicament is not more technology, more science or more expertise. We need a return to embracing the healing power of community, nutrition, friendship, and deep relationship with nature.


In this three-hour intensive we will touch on the following topics: Pregnancy and birth as templates for the human creative process, Preparing the body for pregnancy, Conscious conception, Welcoming surprise house guests: embracing unintended pregnancy, Supporting pregnancy with herbs, Preparing for birth, Herbal support for birth and immediate postpartum, Nourishing the breastfeeding mother.

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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 CD’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. For more information, visit:

MaryLou Singleton is a mother, grandmother, radical midwife, and lover of the green world. She practiced as a home-birth midwife for over 25 years. Mary Lou now provides primary health care as a nurse practitioner to families seeking wise woman care.  Her independent clinic, Enchanted Family Medicine, offers community herbal classes, an extensive herbal apothecary, and a resource center for the women of Albuquerque to build collective sisterhood and support. 

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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 7 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.

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Ellen Evert Hopman is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) and the author of a number of books; Secret Medicines from Your Garden – Plants for Healing, Spirituality and Magic, The Sacred Herbs of Spring, The Sacred Herbs of Samhain, The Real Witches of New England, A Legacy of Druids – Conversations with Druid leaders from Britain, the USA and Canada, The Priestess of the Forest trilogy of novels, and other volumes. She is the current Archdruid of Tribe of the Oak (Tuatha na Dara) , an international Druid Order based in New England. See all her books and blog at

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