The Teen Spiral offers unique workshops for teens while their parent/guardian attends workshops during the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference.
Teens are also welcome to attend any main conference workshops they find interesting.
The teen spiral coordinators will be holding a mindful, supported space throughout the weekend. Teens are welcome to attend meals and evening events with the Teen Spiral, or they may spend these times with their parent/guardian.
Teen girls age 12-17 are welcome to register for the Teen Spiral. (Scholarships available for women under 18. Or, must be accompanied by a registered adult.)
We are a circle within a circle.
Young One, how beautiful you are! Come and dance in the moonlight, feel the soil beneath your feet, feel the breeze, breath of the plants; come sit by the Waters, feel how they flow within you; look at the stars, watch the moon wane and wax, know that you are also changing and growing; see the flower, feel your own heart and purpose unfurl. You are a gift to this Earth. A gift she gave Herself, knowing exactly what she would need. Feel how All Things Belong. It is through the plants that we focus our communion and it is through the plants that the cosmos directly supports our Becoming. We will learn how to apply this practice of plant listening to guide our steps.
We will gather together in this Time out of Time, a circle within the protective shelter of the Midwest Women's Conference, to Celebrate the unique beauty of being Young Women! Sharing our hopes and dreams we may arrive as strangers but we will leave as sisters. Through art and song, through medicine making and listening, we weave the cloak of healing around ourselves, reclaiming the perfect wholeness we were born to enjoy. Pulling this protection tight we return to our communities as allies of the Earth and as peaceful warriors creating the better world we know is possible.
Teen Spiral Schedule
8:00-8:45 am - Choose your own morning session (Yoga or Plant Meditation)
9:00-10:00 am - Opening Teen Circle
11:00 am-12:30 pm - Lyla June Keynote
*Visit Marketplace / Lunch Hour*
1:30-2:30 pm - Empowerment Circle
2:30-3:30 pm - Botanical Self Care Workshop
3:30-4 pm - Teen Spiral Closing Circle
Things to Bring:
A journal and pen, a few sheets of blank paper
Teen Empowerment Circle
In the Teen Empowerment circle, we will first get to know one another with an opening circle. We will then discuss what we learned in Lyla June's keynote. We will talk about the major issues and threats facing the environment and humanity and brainstorm solutions to making this world a better place. We will dream big together and offer each other support and encouragement. This session will include meditation, self reflection, journaling, discussion, dreaming, and visioning.
Botanical Self Care Workshop
Learn a myriad of self care techniques which include meditation, salt baths, herbal remedies, and gentle movements. We will discuss the moon cycle and how to track it, herbs that can help during menstruation, as well as herbs that can help reduce stress and anxiety and promote a healthy night's sleep.
Teen Spiral Coordinator: Crystal Stevens
Crystal Stevens lives along the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi River in Godfrey, Illinois with her husband, and 2 children. Stevens is an Author, an Artist/Art Teacher, a Folk Herbalist, a Regenerative Farmer, and a Permaculturist. Stevens has written 3 books published by New Society Publishers: Grow Create Inspire, Worms at Work, and Your Edible Yard. Stevens speaks at conferences and Mother Earth News Fairs across the United States. She has been teaching a Resilient Living workshop series for over a decade. She and her husband, Eric Stevens, co-founded FLOURISH which encompasses a farm, a plant nursery, an apothecary, design services, and educational programming. Stevens runs a CSA collective with Rona Leah of Celeste Farm. They are the primary producers and then purchase from other women and BIPOC farmers. Stevens Co-founded Tend & Flourish School of Botanicals with Alex Queathem.