Virtual Herbal Conference 

Instructor Bios & Classes

May 29, 30 & 31, 2020 •  Virtual 
With Keynote Speaker: 

Cornelia Cho, MD

Cornelia Cho is a practicing pediatrician and mushroom club president, speaking 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.

Friday Evening Keynote: Living on Purpose 

Dr. Cornelia Cho invites you to live your life on purpose. What does that mean? From birth, we are bombarded by programming messages from every conceivable direction, telling us how to be in the world, what to think, how to walk, talk, breathe, love, etc., —coming from family, cultural groups, heritage, class groups, advertising, media, religion, school, peers, etc. Learn how we can “un-bury” our true selves from this mountain of messages. Neuroplasticity—the capacity of the brain to change, recover and remodel and Epigenetics—the property of genes to be switched on or off depending on environmental factors, now show we have far more power to change than we previously thought, proving we are not ‘doomed.’ Together we’ll explore brain science and use peer listening, connection, integration, and emotional release to help us re-integrate our brains and free ourselves from the limiting messages from our past, our heritage and societal oppression.

 AND Keynote Speaker: 

Robin Rose Bennett, Herbalist & Author

Robin Rose Bennett is a story-teller, writer, and green witch 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.

Saturday Evening Keynote: Embodying the teachings of the Plants in Evolutionary Times

Human beings share the same innate instructions as all living beings, to grow and evolve. When wise women plant gardens, we help the plants grow and fulfill their natural orientation to become who they are. How can we do the same and make a difference in our world? We will explore how to strengthen our relationship with the elements and the ways in which plants grow us: helping us to become who we truly are as they teach us to practice presence, honor our uniqueness, and walk in deep connection with Earth in joyful and loving service for the benefit of the larger communities of life we belong to. Participants are encouraged to bring a stone to hold and focus on during a special breakout session of this keynote.

Kathryn Thompson

Kathryn Thomas is a kitchen witch, holistic chef, culinary teacher, and certified Laughter Yoga instructor. She believes strongly in Food as Medicine and relishes working with people who are seeking to transform their relationship with food, their bodies, and their mood.

Thursday Evening & Sunday Morning Activity: Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga is a body-mind exercise. It combines laughter exercises with gentle breathing techniques to teach the body how to laugh without relying on jokes or humor. LY relieves stress, boosts immunity, fights depression, and can even shift our thinking into more positive thoughts.

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Jiling Lin, L.Ac.

Jiling Lin, L.Ac., is an Earth- centered acupuncturist, herbalist, and yoga teacher. She empowers community resilience through holistic clinics, classes, and retreats, supporting fellow healthcare practitioners, artists, and athletes manage pain, trauma, and complex chronic conditions. Her wilderness adventures inspire both internal and external environmental stewardship, for wild, creative, and spirited whole- health living. Visit her at

Friday Morning Activity: ​Nourishing Yoga for Resilience 

Connect with your body's innate stability through grounding and uplifting yoga practices. Bring pillows, blankets, and other props to make yourself comfortable during class. We will move with awareness and grace, and hold longer postures with intention and attention. Develop mobility, stability, flexibility, and strength in this welcoming all- levels restorative yoga class.

Brooke Medicine Eagle

Brooke Medicine Eagle is a legendary indigenous Earthkeeper, wisdom teacher, healer, visionary, singer/songwriter, shamanic practitioner, catalyst for wholeness and leader of ceremonial empowerment. She is the best selling author of the American native literary classic, Buffalo Woman Comes Singing, and of The Last Ghost Dance. Over the last 40 years, her many music recordings, teachings, writings, conference appearances, and wilderness spiritual retreats have touched the hearts and minds of people all over the world. Her current focus is health, empowerment and leadership for women.

Join Brooke Medicine Eagle for the Opening & Closing Ceremonies!
Thistle Pettersen

Thistle Pettersen is paving the way as an activist musician in the modern generation of music. Since embarking on her career in 2000, Thistle continues to captivate fans with her signature sound, fierce passion, and unique performances. Based in Madison Wisconsin, Thistle is a professional Musician who has dedicated her life’s works to music and activism. Find out more at

Saturday Morning Activity: Music with Thistle Peterson in the Marketplace
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Linda Conroy

Linda Conroy is a bioregional herbalist. She is inspired by the plants and the feminine. She is the founder of Moonwise Herbs as well as the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference. Linda has apprenticed with and studied with world-renowned herbalists and has herself offered workshops and apprenticeship programs for two decades. Her passion is herbal nourishment through community, wild food, and wild medicine.

Saturday Workshop Session One: Welcome to Herbalism 

This is a foundational workshop for those wanting an overview of herbalism. Linda will introduce the focus of herbal work as well as some of the most common plants enlisted by herbalists. Approaches to preparing these plants will be discussed. Participants will leave feeling connected to the plants and with a starting point for their herbal path. This is an interactive workshop, participants are encouraged to bring a glass of Nourishing Herbal infusion.

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Mary Lou Singleton

Mary Lou Singleton is a mother, grandmother, radical midwife, and lover of the green world. She practiced as a homebirth midwife for over over 25 years. Mary Lou now provides primary health care as a nurse practioner 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.

Saturday Workshop Session One: Herbs for Family Health

Come learn how to assemble a family herb pharmacy that can be used to treat common illnesses and ailments. This class is designed to empower people wishing to be more self-sufficient in their personal health, as well as herbalists and other health care providers interested in treating their communities with plant medicine.

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Lisa Kroutil is a PhD

Lisa Kroutil is a PhD chemist (Washington University-St. Louis, 1994) and has been teaching Biochemistry and Introductory Chemistry since 1998 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Her grandmother instilled a love of plants and care for the earth at a young age. She began laboratory investigations in herbal medicine in 2016, studying the antibacterial, antioxidant, radical scavenging, and antidiabetic activities of common herbs and flowers including mugwort, rose and bee balm.

Saturday Workshop Session Two: Monarda’s Antibacterial Properties 

Antibiotic resistance due to overuse of antibiotics is a real and growing problem. Fortunately, the use of herbal medicine to protect against infection can reduce our reliance on prescription antibiotics. Aromatic herbs including Monarda are frequently used as antibacterial agents. This workshop will present our studies testing flower and leaf tinctures of Monarda fistulosa and Monarda didyma and results demonstrating the plant material and menstruum used are important in obtaining optimal activity.

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Pippa Fleming

Pippa Fleming is an African American lesbian, performance artist, writer, teacher, coach and spiritual practitioner.

Saturday Workshop Session Two: The body is a living memoir...celebrate your authentic self!

In this workshop, Pippa will employ improvisational movement, voice, and visualization to help participants excavate their stories, create a living narrative and celebrate their authentic selves. Participants should bring journaling supplies for writing exercises and are encouraged to have enough space to move around and encounter their own bodies as they enage in this workshop.

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Dominique Christina

Dominique Christina is an award-winning poet, author, educator, and activist. She holds five national poetry slam titles in four years, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. Her work is greatly influenced by her family's legacy in the Civil Rights Movement and by the idea that words make worlds. She is the author of four books and four children. Her third book, This Is Woman's Work, published by SoundsTrue Publishing, is the radical exploration of 20 archetypal incarnations of womanness and the creative process. She is a writer/actor for the HBO series High Maintenance Season.

Enjoy Poetry on Saturday night with Dominique Christina!
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Carey Glenn & Emily Graham

Emily Graham and Carey Glenn are midwives, mothers, and mystics from South Carolina. They believe that education is the key to changing the culture of modern birth and together have created a new online childbirth educator and trauma-informed doula training program, available at

Saturday Evening Activity: These Are My Hours Film

Emily Graham and Carey Glenn are the stars and producers of These Are My Hours, the first film to tell the story of birth from the mother's perspective. These Are My Hours offers audiences an opportunity to see an autonomous woman having an undisturbed birth in the presence of her partner, her mother, and her midwife. While most birth films feature commentary from experts, These Are My Hours welcomes viewers into the birth room, as close to labor and birth as possible. The camera never leaves Emily's side, from early labor to birth to the first several hours postpartum.

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Margi Flint, RH, HM, B. Sc.

Margi Flint, RH, HM, B. Sc., is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. She was adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Medicine 1994-2000 and NSC College, MA, 1999-2013. She currently is on staff at Pacific Rim College, Victoria BC since 2011, Bastyr Univ. since 2010, teaches at Mass College of Pharmacy for a Masters and undergraduate programs since 2002 and lectures at herbal symposiums as well as medical institutions around the states and internationally. Margi has been working with people and plants since she began her herbal studies in 1974. Her most revered teachers are the plants and her clients.

Sunday Workshop Session 1: Herbs to Stay Juicy Inside and Out: Being a love child beyond the Sixties 

Genetics, you have control of what you put in your mouth, how much you move your body and your thoughts. We will learn about Stem Cell Encouraging Herbs and demulcents, herbs to assist your brain, stress levels and vitality and herbs for libido and stamina. I am feeling! Such deep to my core emotions. It is who I am to feel deeply. Awaken the Wild Goddess of my soul!

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Ashley Noack

Ashley Noack is a Fort Collins, Colorado-based community herbalist. As a holistic practitioner specializing in women’s health, she offers practical and intuitive plant wisdom, lifestyle and dietary guidance, plus body education. Her playful, heart-centered approach inspires others to embrace their magical, wild selves through honoring and aligning with natural rhythms, awakening intuition, practicing transformative self-care, and cultivating authentic relationships with self, community, and earth. Her work can be found at

Sunday Workshop Session 1: Dark Moon: Natural Healing for Dysmenorrhea

Our menses are times of release and stillness, which affords us a moment to settle inside ourselves. However, many women wait with dread and anticipation of the pain and discomfort a period also brings. With curiosity and compassion, we’ll discuss the physical and emotional demands of the body that contribute to painful cycles. We’ll further explore herbal allies, whole food nourishment, and self-care strategies in order to establish a relationship with our cycles.

Ellen Evert Hopson
Ellen Evert Hopman 

Ellen Evert Hopman has been a teacher of Herbalism since 1983 and of Druidism since 1990 and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. Her newest herbals are “The Sacred Herbs of Samhain”, about traditional herbs to contact and honor the spirits of the dead, and “The Sacred Herbs of Beltaine” which celebrates the herbs and foods of spring. Her books, DVDs and speaking engagements can be seen online at:

Sunday Workshop Session 2: Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore 

Are Fairies romantically cute little winged characters or is there something more to them? Who are the Good Neighbors? What does their society look like? What kinds of offerings are suitable? What are the basics of polite contact with them? Make a wee charm with Ellen Evert Hopman is author of SCOTTISH HERBS AND FAIRY LORE and has worked with the Sidhe in America, Scotland and Ireland. We will be making a Rowan charm. If you want to make one along with us at home, bring a Mountain Ash (Rowan) twig (or Oak or Elder) and some red string. Any size charm can be made, from wall-hanging to a pocket-charm, it all depends on what you want to make.

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Jesusita Villalobos

Jesusita Villalobos is a first generation American who was raised by immigrant parents. She learned traditional Mexican healing modalities while also learning about American culture. She is interested in bringing traditional Mexican healing to women of all communities who may need it.

Lauren Cahillane
Lauren Cahillane

Lauren Cahillane apprenticed at Wildwood Institute in Madison, WI, where she was certified as a Master Herbalist in 2016. Lauren straddles worlds as an herbalist comedian, an ecological niche she began exploring here at Midwest Women's Herbal. She believes we deserve direct experience of the divine, and therefore in our Divine Right to Dance! Lauren is the founder and priestess of the Dance Chapel of the Incarnate Beat in Greenfield, MA.

Sunday Workshop Session 2: Clearing Susto and Feeding our Spirits: A Conversation between Jesusita Villalobos and Lauren Cahillane 

Susto is fear and fear is contagious. Fear is isolating, it separates. Join Jesusita and Lauren as they explore ways of removing that fear, that obstacle to connection from ourselves, our families and the communities around us. Women have always shared stories as medicine. In these times the healing power of story medicine is at risk of being lost. We need to hear medicine stories in order to know how to help ourselves and how to help others.