Pre-Conference Events

May 24-27, 2022 • Almond, WI
11th Annual Midwest Women's Herbal Conference
Celebrating Flora, Fauna, and Funga
Featuring keynote speaker Suzanne Simard, 
New York Times bestselling author of Finding the Mother Tree
Even though the main Conference may be sold out, you can still sign up for a Pre-Conference 3-day immersion or 3-hour  workshop! Participants will complete all pre-conference events before the main conference begins.

Pre-Conference 3-day Immersions 
Multi-day workshops that offer an incredible opportunity to take a deep dive into a specific topic in small groups with amazing teachers!

Pre-Conference 3-hour Workshops
These workshops offer attendees the chance to deepen and expand their skills and knowledge in these 3 hour classes happening Thursday and Friday.

NEW!

Pre-Conference Workshop Package!

We've put together a special, easy-to-register-for Pre-Conference Workshop Package option for you! The upcoming Midwest Women's Herbal Conference is full, but there's still space available in Pre-Conference workshops leading up to the main Conference! Package includes two 3-hour Pre-Conference workshops (one Thursday and one on Friday), lodging onsite at beautiful Camp Helen Brachman on Thursday evening, and nourishing meals (Thursday: Lunch and Dinner; Friday: Breakfast and Lunch).

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS (choose one each day):
Thursday May 26, 2022: 1pm – 4pm
• A Cancer Diagnosis the Wise Woman Way with Susun Weed 
• The Art of Ritual: Reclaim the Rights to our Rites! with Judith Laxer 
• Hand Drum Making with Jacquelyn Weber

Friday May 27, 2022: 9am – 12pm
• Cannabis for Medicine: Althea Northage-Orr 
• Lessons of Environmental Cooperation with Suzanne Simard 
• Celtic Herbalism: Reclaiming an Ancestral Path with Heather Nic An Fleisdier 
• Decolonizing Our Brains: An Intimate Introduction with Cornelia Cho 
• Hand Drum Making with Jacquelyn Weber 

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Pre-Conference 3-day IMMERSIONS

Tuesday 5/24 through Thursday 5/26

9:00am - 4:00pm 

Reading the Body and Other Clinical Skills with Margi Flint

Knowing what the body has to say, we can learn how to prevent illness. Each color, line and marking on the face, tongue and nails holds meaning of your internal health. Margi will explain and demonstrate diagnostic techniques learned from the late William Le Sassier and observed on clients over her forty-plus years in practice.

You will learn:

  • Diagnostic techniques for assessing the internal state of the body using external cues

  • How to interpret facial indications that show the health of the organs and organ systems

  • How to assess tissue color

  • How to identify energetic signs of hot, cold, damp, and dry conditions

  • How to interpret the mysteries of fingernail patterns

  • How to read the tongue

  • Elimination analysis and how it correlates to the internal state of health

  • How To read the body and the Indications of Three

  • Organ and body correspondences 

  • Constitutional Body Types i.e. doshas and humoral temperaments

  • Pulse diagnostics

  • What the eyes reveal

 This immersion will consist of both lecture and hands-on learning with ample opportunity for questions to understand what your body is saying to you.

 

Please arrive makeup and nail polish free! Both experienced and beginner herbalists will find great benefit from this immersion! Register here.

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Tuesday 5/24 through Thursday 5/26

9:00am - 5:00pm

Herbal Pharmacy Intensive: Beyond the Basics: Making Better Medicines with Lisa Ganora

In this illustrated lecture / hands-on immersion we will dive deep into the practical sciences and mysteries of how solubility works, and how and why to use different menstrua (solvents) to extract specific herbal constituents. We’ll learn how these constituents relate to the actions & energetics of our most beloved and useful herbs and formulas. Join us to go beyond the basics with herbalist-friendly, science-based medicine-making techniques that honor and respect the power of our Green medicines!

Beyond the Basics will cover:

  • Why understanding herbal constituents and solubility matters

  • What solubility is and how solvents / menstrua work

  • What determines the solubility of herbal constituents

  • How we match constituents to their preferred solvents

  • What polarity is and how it affects solubility

  • How to understand and use the polarity and solubility continuum

  • How to choose the best solvent or combination of solvents

  • Solubility characteristics of water, ethanol, glycerin, vinegar, honey, and various oils

  • The effects of time, temperature, agitation and pressure on solubility

  • How the individual plant matrix affects solubility

  • How to use solubility to select for desired constituents and actions from an herb

  • What are glycosides and aglycones, and why it matters

  • The effects of pH (acidity and alkalinity) on solubility and extraction

  • What precipitation is, why it happens, and what to do about it

  • Natural & organic preservation principles

  • Using simple math formulas & worksheets to manage concentration and consistency

  • The differences between extracting fresh vs. dried herbs

  • How to use traditional organoleptics to evaluate your extracts

  • The classification of herbal constituents and their solubilities

  • How to find out more about the using the principles of solubility and extraction

 

We’ll learn in the context of hands-on medicine making, experimenting with these principles and experiencing how they affect our tinctures, infused oils, salves, honeys, oxymels and more! If you love medicine-making, this immersion will give you a deeper insight into how it all works and the ability to make even more vibrant and powerful herbal medicines. Register here.

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Pre-Conference 3-hour WORKSHOPS

 
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Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 1:30-4:30pm

Cancer Diagnosis? Help Yourself the Wise Woman Way with Susun Weed

A focused look at herbs that counter cancer, stop its spread, and help you - or someone you love - survive treatment and thrive. We’ll learn which foods and herbs make radiation more lethal to cancer while protecting normal cells, increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy while reducing side effects, and protect against surgical aftermaths. We’ll discover the super powers of adaptogens, mushrooms, and nourishing herbal infusions. We’ll learn why most alternative cancer treatments don’t work, why cancer approves of supplements, why essential oils wreak havoc with the immune system, and why it’s best to steer clear of detoxing, fasting, juicing, and limited diets. Let Susun’s songs and stories awaken the joyous, serene wise woman in you. Register here.

Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 1:30-4:30pm

The Art of Ritual: Reclaim the Rights to our Rites!  with Judith Laxer

For as long as humankind have walked the beautiful Earth, we have created ceremony to hold our numinous experiences. We inherently know we are enriched by marking the significant events in our lives in sacred space. As our attention becomes more oriented to the material plane, we forfeit the beauty and authority to enact ritual in our personal and collective lives to those we consider to have more power or spirit than ourselves. Women are now reclaiming the right to rites! Ritual and ceremony engage our souls and psyches, bringing deep spiritual satisfaction. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore the components and art of creating ritual for self, family, and community. Register here.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 1:30-4:30pm

Hand Drum Making with Jacquelyn Weber

The combination of a simple hoop frame and an animal hide is rich in symbolism, raw in power, and personal to the drum maker. With mood music, ritual sage smudging, and her own experience to support your work, drum maker Jacquelyn Weber will guide you in crafting your own drum and methodically wrapping the handle. Remember to let it dry before you play your new instrument and hear its living 'voice'! We will have extra drums for a closing drum circle at the end of our labor. This two-hour project includes an extra materials fee. Participants will leave the weekend with their own drum to take home! Register here.

Friday, May 27, 2022 | 9am-12pm

Lessons of Environmental Cooperation for the Organization with Suzanne Simard, Author of Finding the Mother Tree

Suzanne Simard posits that, “In ecosystems, there is no bigotry. There is only reciprocity, only mutual respect.” Through her experience studying trees and understanding their behaviors, she argues that we have much to learn from the ways natural life interacts and coexists. In this lecture, Simard draws powerful connections between the coordination and competition present in natural ecosystems and the ways we cooperate and compete at work, in our relationships, and in our communities. She helps organizations and coalitions come to a better understanding of what it means to foster a network of trust, collaboration, and engagement. Register here.

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Friday, May 27, 2022 | 9am-12pm

Celtic Herbalism: Reclaiming an Ancestral Path with Heather Nic an Fhleisdeir

This three-hour intensive covers ancient and modern Celtic lands and timelines, specific traditions from these areas, Celtic animism, and how body, mind, emotions, and soul healing fit into this world view. We'll also cover oral traditions, methods to discover the cause of health disturbances, and protocols for healing using food, herbs, stones, animal omens and ‘butterflying’. Come ready for hands-on activities, discussion, and an herb walk. Register here.

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Friday, May 27, 2022 | 9am-12pm

Decolonizing Our Brains:

An Intimate Introduction with Cornelia Cho

By examining the origins of the narratives we've absorbed throughout our lives, we can gain new insights into many of our ongoing struggles. In this intimate pre-conference workshop, Cornelia will guide us in accessing our built-in capacity to heal and transform. Working together with the combination of connection, safety, respectful listening and emotional release, we'll start to re-wire pathways in our brains, clear trauma, and challenge ideas that keep us from being connected and powerfully in charge of our lives. Register here.

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Friday, May 27, 2022 | 9am-12pm

Cannabis for Medicine

with Althea Northage-Orr

This intensive will begin to get you up to speed in the rapidly evolving world of medical Cannabis use. We will have an overview of the historical use of Cannabis and talk about the stunning new research about cannabinoids and our own internal Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS), the single largest system of receptors in the body and a potent modulator of physical homeostasis. We will consider the legal ramifications, safety for different population groups, and industry standards. Then we will turn to the promising world of treatment – what cannabis protocols look like, what this extraordinary plant ally has to offer us, and how to stay abreast of this new world of research into an ancient medicine. While quite technical, this class is structured for all levels of experience. Register here.

Friday, May 27, 2022 | 9am-12pm

Hand Drum Making with Jacqueline Weber

The combination of a simple hoop frame and an animal hide is rich in symbolism, raw in power, and personal to the drum maker. With mood music, ritual sage smudging, and her own experience to support your work, drum maker Jacquelyn Weber will guide you in crafting your own drum and methodically wrapping the handle. Remember to let it dry before you play your new instrument and hear its living 'voice'! We will have extra drums for a closing drum circle at the end of our labor. This two-hour project includes an extra materials fee. Participants will leave the weekend with their own drum to take home! Register here.

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