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


May 27-29, 2022 • Almond, WI
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Keynote Speaker:

Suzanne Simard

Suzanne Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia and the leader of The Mother Tree Project, which researches forest renewal practices that protect biodiversity against climate change. Dr. Simard’s has published over 170 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Ecology, and Global Biology. She is also co-author of the book Climate Change and Variability. Her latest book, Finding the Mother Tree, brings us into the intimate world of trees, exploring the ways in which trees learn and adapt their behaviors, remember the past, demonstrate agency over the future, and cooperate with a sophistication typically ascribed to humans. Dr. Simard’s research has been communicated broadly through TED Talks and TED Experiences, as well as articles and interviews in The New Yorker, National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, NPR, CNN, CBC, and more.

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Keynote Speaker:

Misty Cook

Misty Cook (Davids) MS documented (through oral tradition) 58 Native American herbal Medicines that have been told through her family stories in her book Medicine Generations. For seven years she studied these Medicines in depth, touching all aspects of their preparation and use, including the importance of spirituality. She is also a cultural consultant with a master's in management, providing diversity training on various topics including Native American students in education, Native American history, Native American games, and of course, Medicines. 

Keynote Speaker:

Cornelia Cho

Cornelia Cho, MD is a practicing pediatrician and mushroom club president who speaks to mushroom clubs and conferences across the country. She heads her local Co-counseling community and is always exploring/studying mind-body-brain science, drug-free trauma/healing methods, and reclaiming traditional ways of eating, e.g. 'de-colonizing' food as a road to healing. Her Korean heritage gave her a head start on alternative modalities, beginning with a probiotic-rich diet and foraging wild foods.

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Ceremonial Leader:

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. 

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