Workshops

May 29, 30 & 31, 2020 •  Almond, WI 

Conference Update

After heart-centered consideration, the Midwest Women’s Herbal Coordinating Team wishes to announce that the 9th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference is being postponed until 2021. While we are deeply sad, we know that we will gather again. 

 

Registration for our Fall event, Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat, is now open, we encourage you to register here!

 

We also have a fantastic library of audio recordings from previous conferences for sale. Check out our audio store today, to start your learning journey. 

 

If you were registered for our Spring Herbal Conference, and any of its related events such as a 3 Day Immersion, or Pre-conference workshop, please be on the lookout for an email from us regarding your registration. If you don’t receive an email from us in this regard, please email herbwomen@gmail.com right away. 

Workshops
Herbal education and personal growth workshops, dance and body movement opportunities, singing, and nature walks.
Pre-conference Workshops
1  1/2 Day or 3 hour long preconference workshops preceding the main conference. 
3 Day Immersions

Dive deep with a 3 Day Immersion, from Tuesday May 26 – Thursday May 28. Immersions offer the opportunity to work with an instructor in a small group on a specific topic. 

Herbal Medicine for Fertility, Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond with Mary Lou Singleton

Thursday 9am through Friday 12pm  

Historically, midwives were herbalists and herbalists were midwives. The modern midwifery world seems to have disconnected this relationship. This is a wonderful opportunity to bridge that gap and bring midwifery and herbalism back together.

 

Conference Workshops

Conference Workshops

The Gift of Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life | Robin Rose Bennett


Plants are healers with an abundance of gifts to share. We help them to help us by learning the best forms in which to use them and how to apply them in a thoughtful, effective way. For example, what conditions are best served by applying herbs to the body instead of or in addition to drinking them? When do we want to simply eat our medicines? What herbs are best to use fresh? Dry? Whole? Powdered? Come explore the practical and delightful art of immersing yourself in stories of healing infusions, baths, oils and more, and gain knowledge that you can take home to use your herbs with gratitude and respect, and gain the most effective results.




Welcome to Herbalism | Linda Conroy


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 and samples provided. A short herb walk will be a part of this session as well. Participants will leave feeling connected to the plants and with a starting point for their herbal path.




Pediatric Herbalism | Mary Lou Singleton


Come get to know a broad range of healing plants that can serve as a materia medica for childhood. Learn how to safely treat everything from head colds to head lice with herbal remedies. This class is designed to empower parents wishing to be more self-sufficient in their families' health care, as well as herbalists and other health care providers interested in treating children with herbs.




Cannabis as a Gateway Herb | Mary Lou Singleton


Cannabis has moved from the underground counterculture to the regulated mainstream. The cannabis industry promotes the herb as a cure-all for everything from cancer to PTSD. Come discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of the corporate takeover of cannabis. Lets also talk about herbs that combine well with cannabis and the many, many herbs that can be used to heal conditions now commonly treated with cannabis.




Herbs to Stay Juicy Inside and Out: Being a love child beyond the Sixties | Margi Flint


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!




Clinical Pearls | Margi Flint


The importance of sharing positive words with our clients sends them home with hope. What are some of the comments we share which build this hope? Knowing which facial indicators determine a person's strong constitution, vital energy they were born with, brows, nose, mouth and earlobe indicators pointing to inherent strength can stimulate the mind, heart, spirit to embrace challenges. Watch the light build in their eyes! Leaving your office knowing which markers to observe for healthy changes, what foods to shift to or away from, and hearing glowing affirmation for the choices a person has made which get "a thousand points" can be the turning point. Empower without overwhelming.




Scottish Herbs & Fairy Lore | Ellen Evert Hopman


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 and take home a stone. Ellen Evert Hopman is author of SCOTTISH HERBS AND FAIRY LORE and has worked with the Sidhe in America, Scotland and Ireland.




The Triangle System of Constitutional Prescribing | Ellen Evert Hopman


A formula making class for beginning and advanced Herbalists. Learn the triangle system of formula making described in the book “Secret Medicines from Your Garden” originally taught to Ellen by Master Herbalist William LeSassier. Learn to use Hot, Cold and Neutral, Building, Balancing and Cleansing herbs in a balanced formula for Constitutional prescribing.




White Buffalo Woman: Goddess of the New Earth | Brooke Medicine Eagle


White Buffalo Woman is a Goddess of Turtle Island, this American earth, and her message to us in this critical time is both poignant and powerful. In a visitation on Bear Butte during a quest, she brought Brooke the message of the divine feminine and our charge to nurture and renew life. Brooke will share her profound message of wholeness and holiness, and we will dance her intention into the ground of this Earth. A profound part of her message is about women’s moontime and Brooke will share that as well. Come ready to harmonize and dance ceremony for Lady Gaia and All Our Relations!




Dark Moon: Natural Healing for Dysmenorrhea | Ashley Noack


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.




Drawing Plants: A Seeing and Connecting Experience | Elinor Thomas


In this class we will focus on drawing the plants around us to connect more deeply with them, while observing their detail and wholeness. We will practice different drawing techniques to see the plants in new ways, working in both black and white and color. Feel free to bring your sketchpad and some pencils or other drawing materials. All are welcome, and encouraged to attend, no herbal or drawing experience necessary!




Plant Walk: Nourishing Weeds | Elinor Thomas


Let’s walk the land at Camp Helen Brachman, and find some of the most nourishing plants. We will discuss what a nourishing plant is, while looking at some that commonly grow in this region. We will also look at how to identify these plants and how to prepare them for optimum nourishment in the field and in the kitchen.




Living in the Cycles - A Workshop to Attune to the Rhythm of All Life | Jenna Steep


This interactive exploration of rhythmic life will involve mindful movement, song, dance, laughter, and fun games to help us embody ancient wisdom. We will learn about the power of the moon, how it's cycles affect our own, and ways to harmonize these inherent rhythms of our lives with the cosmic rhythm of all life. Participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat or blanket.




Kirtan with The Goddess | Jenna Steep


This delightful, devotional song experience will leave you singing your heart awake and open for days to come, riding a wave of bliss we in the bhakti world call "Bhav" - the inner feeling of openness, gratitude, clarity and delight.




Intuitive Sight for Healers | Kathleen Egelkrout


Intuitive Sight for Healers - Working intuitively does not imply that you have not studied scientifically, rather, it can denote a clear difference between you and strictly “by the book” practitioners. Seeing details, drawing evidence, and uncovering issues beneath base perception will assist you in piecing together the puzzle that reveals the root of the ailment. Walk with Kathleen into the intuitive in a practical “Minds On” approach to caring for yourself, your family, and your clients.




Raising Witches and Wizards: A Practical Guide for Raising the Next Generation | Kathleen Egelkrout


A Practical Guide for Raising the Next Generation - This workshop is filled with all kinds of tools and ideologies to foster awareness, intuitiveness, and herbal understanding for a practical and magical outlook on life. Teaching kindness, empathy, a reverence for Nature (her children, plants, and animals) and a curiousity for life is the greatest gift we can give our children.




Creating Healthy Boundaries | Margi Flint


Remaining empty to be a vessel of healing. This is an important workshop for any student or professional herbal practitioner. Through this participatory class, student will learn new ways of creating and supporting the therapeutic relationship through the practice of deep listening and setting healthy boundaries. As esteemed herbalist, Karyn Sanders shares, “We must remain empty to hear and be fully present for our clients.” Learn to recognize when the story becomes yours, roll reversal. Learn tools to effectively shift your behavior. Each participant will experience the role of Herbalist, client and observer of the Herbalist. These skills open the way for clearer processing of the client’s story and their personal revelations. This skill has improved my practice more than any other skill learned in years!




Herbal Tinctures: Folk to Formulations | Katie Knipfer


This workshop will take a deep dive into home tincture making and demonstrate both the folk and formulation methods. We will break down and make herbal formulation easy and accessible. Demonstration of how to use your home scale, a bit of math, and a gas jar to make precise herbal medicines in your own kitchen. Come expand your herbal medicine making skills.




Mushrooms in Clinical Practice (New and Improved) | Cornelia Cho, M.D.


Even with centuries of traditional medicinal use around the world, we are just beginning to understand the science behind the enzymatic and chemical genius of fungi. Learn how we can begin to harness the healing properties of mushrooms from a mycophilic physician who has been gradually incorporating them into her clinical practice.




Abortion: Holistic Support for Early Pregnancy Release | Ashley Noack


Abortion: Holistic Support for Early Pregnancy Release - Discussion of abortion is largely considered forbidden. For women who experience an abortion, the silence around this topic can be an isolating one. As caregivers for those releasing a pregnancy, we can feel unequipped in knowing how to best support this process. Together, we’ll frame the clinical experience of an early abortion, define expectations for procedures, and outline strategies for holistic support. Our work will include restorative herbs, whole food, and other healing modalities.




Herbal Adaptogens: Resiliency in a Stressful World | Katie Knipfer


Life can be stressful. Adapting to the stresses that we cannot change can be a powerful tool in our lives. Herbal adaptogens can be the perfect partner for the body to encourage resiliency. This workshop will explore the herbs that are classified as adaptogens and how to incorporate them into everyday life. We will explore the science and history of herbal adaptogens and what makes each unique.




Healing Waters | Laura Torraco


Healing Waters - Many folks naturally find themselves desiring a shower or bath after a hard day, yet few likely realize in that moment that the body's instinct is so wise, because water is healing. Water therapy has a long history of use across the planet in treating all kinds of ailments for all the layers of being. In this class learn about different qualities, techniques, tools and ways to work with water.




Herbal Support for Lyme Disease | Laura Torraco


One of the most devastating and growing health issues hitting our communities is tick borne illness. From lyme to the various co-infections this disease can express in every individual differently. Join Laura as we discuss what lyme is, how it expresses and the various herbal supports and protocols being used.




Roses and Diabetes | Lisa Kroutil


Roses and Diabetes - Diabetes is a growing concern in the US and the cost of insulin is skyrocketing. Effective herbal treatments combined with diet and exercise maybe an effective and economic means of managing the disease. This workshop will explore the history of using roses to treat diabetes and the presumed mechanism of action. I will then present our work evaluating the effectiveness of rose tinctures at inhibiting alpha-glucosidase, a key enzyme in carbohydrate digestion.




Monarda’s Antibacterial Properties | Lisa Kroutil


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.




Tannins: Not Just Astringents | Lisa Kroutil


Tannins: Not just astringents - Tannins constitute a large and important class of phytochemicals used in herbal medicine. They are known for their astringency, but they possess many other beneficial actions including antibacterial, antiviral, anticancer, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, radical scavenging, neuroprotective, and gastrointestinal health promoting actions. This workshop will present structural features of tannins, relate this to how to formulate them for medicine, and review some of the literature on the medicinal actions of tannins.




Early Morning Activity: Sunrise Yoga | Marguerite Ramlow


Start your day off right with a flow-style hatha yoga class for all levels of experience Class will begin with warm-ups followed by a variety of yoga postures and a short relaxation Receive guided instruction on alignment of the yoga poses Find balance strength and flexibility that will carry you through the day allowing you to sit in comfort and retain the information given in the herb workshops to follow. All levels




Mugwort and Motherwort | Patricia Kyritsi Howell


Both Mugwort and Motherwort have long been part of the wise woman’s apothecary. In this lecture we’ll take a look at the energetic qualities of each herb to expand your understanding of the many dimensions of healing they offer for body, mind and spirit.




Nourishing Heart Fire | Patricia Kyritsi Howell


Nourishing Heart Fire - If all proper healing first heals the spirit, then the Fire Element and the heart, as it is understood in Traditional Chinese Medicine, offers many insights into practical ways of restoring the spirit. Learn to use spirit-clarifying herbs to calm and focus the mind, disperse depression, restore the capacity to experience joy, and protect the heart from harshness.




Gathering Plant Wisdom: Honoring Our Elders | Rachel Liester


Gathering and preserving plant wisdom of our elders is the focus of this workshop. The women who come here to learn also have incredible knowledge to share. In addition to collecting plant stories from participants, Rachel will review techniques on how you can gather plant wisdom, including tips on how to interview family and community elders. Please bring your family stories about plant uses, but you don't have to have stories to participate.




Plant Walk: Worthy Weeds | Rachel Liester


Rachel leads this wild herb walk with a focus on the plants who provide their benefits in abundance - dandelion, plantain, violets, chickweed and more. These plants are often overlooked just because they're so prevalent and have a reputation as a weed, but they're also potent medicine and nutritional food, free and readily available to everyone.




Backyard Chicken Keeping: A Beginners Guide | Sarah Stupegia


An introductory workshop on the basics of backyard chicken keeping, and geared specifically towards those who live in urban or suburban areas. This workshop covers the basics of chicken keeping and is perfect for those who are considering keeping poultry on a small scale, or have recently gotten a small flock.




Making Your Own Herbal Salves and Tinctures | Sarah Stupegia


Learn the basics of making simple beeswax based salves and alcohol/vinegar based tinctures. Understand the different steps involved including: selecting and preparing herbs, pouring, storing, and labeling.




Women Warriors Archery | Rebecca Chandler


For all levels: No archery experience necessary. This workshop will begin with a brief history of the ancient practice of Horseback Archery along with its modern revival and how women have contributed throughout history. Although horses will not be used, participants will learn the various techniques and types of equipment used when practicing mounted or ground archery. This is a hands-on class that will give you the confidence to continue this practice on your own. (Participants are required to wear closed-toe shoes.)




Trickster Faerie Improv | Lauren Cahillane


Trickster Faerie Improv - Explore improv games and scenes as an exchange of energy with your partners, and a practice in getting out of your own way. Strangely enough, it's not about "trying to be funny"! We will use warm-ups and games designed to bring us into a frame of mind that is present and relaxed, but quick-firing and connected to imagination. Get ready to giggle like maidens and cackle like crones!




Ayurvedic Ingredients for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit | Sonya Sankaran


This class will cover fundamentals of the 5,000-year-old Indian tradition of Ayurveda (ayur=life; veda=wisdom), which includes using herbs, nutrition, cleansing, bodywork and more to balance the mind, body and spirit. Together, we will go on a multi-sensory exploration of the healing properties of Indian seasonal herbs and spices. We will taste a special beverage and teach you how to integrate Ayurvedic practices into your lifestyle that optimize your energy, promote good sleep and support your path toward spiritual awakening.




Phycology: the Study of Seaweed | Sonya Sankaran


Phycology is an entry point into the complex foodwebs of the ocean. These foundational organisms are critical food and shelter to countless species of animals and have been a source of food and medicine for humans for millennia. In this workshop we'll learn some basics of marine botany and dive in to the myriad healing and nutritional properties of seaweeds. We will also explore how they have entranced people with their mystical role in the underwater world.




What's Your Story: Unique Value Propositions to Build Your Small Business | Valerie Dantoin


With so much competition for customers and people's attention, how do you uncover what truly makes you unique? What assets and values do you have that can help you become a successful small herbal business? Find the kernel of awesomeness that will make your business stand out.




Organics: What Does it take to be Certified Organic as an Herbal Grower or Processor | Valerie Dantoin


Briefly review the foundations of organic herbal production and processing. Learn what steps are needed to become certified organic. From inputs for growing plants to handling, processing and storage - what are the organic rules and regulations?




The Body is a Living Memoir...Celebrate Your Authentic Self! | Pippa Fleming


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.




Plant Walk: Talking Tree Talk: Tree Identificaiton Hike | Patricia Armstrong


“The Ancient Oak to the Druids spoke, but any Tree can talk to me.” Bigger than a whale, Older than Methuselah, Trees join Earth to Sky and hold millennia of wisdom. Your conversation with Trees becomes more intimate and personal when you honor them by knowing their names.




Plant Walk: Beyond the Basics Botany Walk | Patricia Armstrong


How do plants interact with their environment? We will explore some aspects of a shaded woodland habitat and a more open sunny prairie-meadow-savanna habitat and see how each helps shape the plants that grow there. The plants in turn also can change the land they are adapted to.




Free-Spirited Woman in a Body That Doesn't Cooperate | Mira Rhead


Mira is going to talk about her life as a woman who has Cerebral Palsy and all of the experiences and challenges she has experienced throughout life. She wants to educate others on how people see someone who cannot control their body. Additionally, Mira will talk about how people view her and how it is possible to see someone with a physical challenge as a whole person.




Plant Walk: Focus on The Amazing Lamiaceae (Mint) Family | Melissa Aurora Adlebush


Who doesn’t love mint? When there’s so many plants that belong to the mint family, it’s hard not to have one of your favorite plants fall under the lamiaceae umbrella. Learn what the common characteristics of the mint family are and discover plants that you might not have known were part of the family. As you follow Aurora on our walk and seek out these plants, we also learn all of the virtues of them.




Plant Walk: Introduction to Plant Identification | Melissa Aurora Adlebush


Plant Walk: Introduction to Plant Identification - Follow Aurora on a wild plant walk while she opens your eyes to the plants that you never knew you knew. She will teach you how to identify the plants through family characteristics, touch, smell, and taste. Learn what plants will harm you and which ones will help. Wild food and medicine abound, learn some lifelong plant allies. Aurora recommends bringing a notebook, camera and fieldguide if you have one.




Clearing Susto: Removing Fear from our Homes and Ourselves | Jesusita Villalobos


Susto is fear and fear is contagious. Come learn ways to clear your home and environment of susto. We will also learn how to remove fear from our children and loved ones and help ourselves and our families experience peace.




Feeding Our Spirits with Stories | Jesusita Villalobos


Women have always shared stories as medicine. In these times of increasing isolation, the healing power of story medicine is as risk of being lost. We need to hear medicine stories in order to know how to help ourselves and how to help others. In this workshop I will share stories of healing and also open up space for other women to share their stories.




Perennial Polycultures for the North | Clare Hintz & Marian Farrior


Plant guilds are groupings of different species of plants that all support each other.What are the conditions of the land for plant selection of effective guilds? Join veteran permaculture farmer Dr. Clare Hintz and plant expert Marian Farrior to learn ways of selecting herbs, woody shrubs, and trees to work together in a multi-layered planting.We'll also demonstrate propagating herbs and share some plants.




Herb Garden Design for Multiple Functions | Marian Farrior & Clare Hintz


How do we integrate herbs into our landscapes in a way that minimizes work and maximizes the benefits of these plants?Join veteran permaculture farmer Dr. Clare Hintz and plant expert Marian Farrior to learn ways of integrating herbs into your space whether you are a farmer or a city-dweller with a backyard.We'll show examples of many different landscape designs and workshop participants' design challenges.We'll also demonstrate propagating herbs and share some plants.




Herbal Ferments, Pestos, and Sauces | Crystal Stevens


In this cooking demonstration, Crystal will guide you through the process of herbal fermentation, taking some common culinary and medicinal herbs and adding a fermentation twist. She will also demonstrate how to make a variety of pestos and herbal chimichurri.




Grow, Gather, Give: Getting Started with 10 Great Herbs for Beginners | Heather Irvine


Herbalist who had a ten year run as an active and profitable tincture business in a community setting talks about 10 herbs to get you started. Which herbs can be grown and work beautifully fresh or made into tinctures and other practical preparations. Which will you be glad you have an abundance of to share with friends and family including other herbalists from midsummer through winter. Learn a combination of garden plants and worthy weeds!




Phytochemistry For Herbalists | Heather Irvine


A step through the most notable constituent types; for example, polysaccharides, flavonoids, alkaloids, iridoids and other bitter constituents, aromatics, terpenes. Get clear on what these terms mean and their relevance, how to best extract these, how to explain the actions to others, as well as some wild and fun facts to help you remember what's what in plant chemistry. Relevant to whole plant preparations such as tinctures, infusions, glycerites, powders, and herbs as food!




Making Plant Based Ink | Kati Fernandez Lambert


Together we will explore some color giving plants. We will process plant material to make simple inks. Participants will leave with several colors of plant based ink and knowledge to repeat the process, as well as begin experimenting with making color from nature.




Quill Making for Use with Plant Based Inks | Kati Fernandez Lambert


In this workshop we will make a quill by tempering feathers, carving a nib and adding a vent hole. We will add a birch bark reservoir, wrap the grip with nettle cordage and test our pens with prepared plant based inks.




Plant Walk: Wild Edible Plant Hike | Melissa Price


Come take a walk with us and see what wild plants we find that are edible at the camp. We will take trailside nibbles along the way and talk about possible uses of each plant.




Living On Purpose is a door to Peaceful Dying | Rebekah Dawn


The number one difficulty for dying people is regret, and the number one regret of the dying is that “I didn’t live the life that I was meant to live”. We will discuss some simple, life changes practices that will help us live our best lives and develop a relationship with our mortality so that we may meet death unfettered.




Purposefully Pollinating and the Divine feminine of the Bee | Shaylene Wodaszewski


Expression within the hosting of native and honey Bees. Symbolism of the hive within the realms of the Wise Women Tradition. Ancient wisdom and the herstory of the queen B and her hive sisters. Top Herbs favored (pollinated) by bees and top herbs to medicate/use with a hive. Sacred geometry of plants and hive relations. Reigniting wellness and healing pathways of the ecosphere with the bee's purpose as well as our own.




Medicinal Gifts from the Hive: Creating with Liquid Gold and her Sister Products for Wellness | Shaylene Wodaszewski


We receive many gifts from the bee! Learn how to utilize all the products of the hive for the benefit of your medicine cabinet and beyond!




Wisdom Healing Qi Gong Five Organ Sound Healing | Tracey Snyder


You will discover the powerful healing nature of sound as it vibrates through each of your organs transforming emotional energy. As a group, you will feel the profound nature of the sound moving stuck energy in the body.And, you will learn a practice that you can take home with you to further your healing process.




Early Morning Activity: Qi Gong | Tracey Snyder


Join Tracey and learn how to direct healing chi thru mindful body movements that promote the release of stuck energy in the body, and bring greater vitality to the body.




The Long Road: Improving the Quality of Life of Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease Using Herbs, Nutrition and Common Sense | Trilby Sedlacek


The Long Road: Improving the Quality of Life of Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease Using Herbs, Nutrition and Common Sense - Case study/presentation of a ten year journey caregiving for my mother with Alzheimer’s Disease. This presentation is for sharing all the experiences and knowledge I’ve gained. Currently, there are 5.8 million people living with Alzheimer’s; the sixth leading cause of death. Medicare does not pay for any Alzheimer’s care, leaving a huge gap since the cost of Memory Care Units is $5-10 thousand dollars per month. The burden falls to the families.




Plant Walk: Herbal First Aid | Linda Conroy


Starting at the First Aid Tent, herbalist and forager Linda Conroy will offer an overview of setting up the First Aid Tent and what plant preparations might be found in that space. From there we will visit the healing plants and discuss their applications for injuries and irritation. We will discuss the plants, how to prepare them and apply them for optimal outcomes.




Plant Walk: Nutrient Rich Food Plants: Practical way to increase your micro nutrients with Wild Food | Melissa Price


Wild food is all around us, but knowing what to do with them can be a challenge. On this walk we will explore, discover, and talk about some of the wild food plants present at the camp and ways you might incorporate them into your diet.




Film Screening: These Are My Hours |Emily Graham and Carey Glenn


These Are My Hours - 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.




Holistic Approaches to Mental Health | Trilby Sedlacek


Mental health is about realizing our minds are still connected with our bodies. Everything we take internally effects all of our body. Balance is the key. Nurturing our nervous systems and the emotional fields will result in a more integrated individual. Nervous system herbs and nutritive foods will be explored. Formulas and blends will be shared. Discussion of which herbs work best with which personality type, matching herbal and human energies.





Keynotes

Keynote: Embodying the Teachings of the Plants in Evolutionary Times | Robin Rose Bennett


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.




Keynote: Living on Purpose | Dr. Cornelia Cho


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.





Preconference Workshops

Preconference Workshop : The Art of Intake: A Compassionate Perspective on Holistic Consultations | Robin Rose Bennett


Robin will share her knowledge gleaned from 30+ years of working with clients in the Wisewoman/GreenWitch herbal tradition. Join us and observe Robin as she creates a sacred space to consult with a client, walking through an entire intake and then sharing tips on hearing the client's story and discerning patterns of health and health challenges. Everyone is welcome in this class and it will be of special benefit to healing practitioners of any modality as well as those interested in becoming herbal practitioners. One person will have the opportunity to participate in this class as the client. This will be a safe and supportive way to help others learn while getting Robin's perspective on addressing a health issue. If you are interested in this opportunity, please let us know.




Pre-Conference Workshop: Pine Needle and Sweet Grass Basketry | Linda Conroy


Coiling is one of the oldest techniques for crafting a vessel. When crafting a basket we connect with the materials and weave our stories into the final form. Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this hands on coiling experience. Using Pine Needles and Sweet Grass as the foundation, each participant will coil a basket that reflects her own story. Bring a thimble, reading glasses (If needed for doing close up work) and a small pair of scissors.




Preconference Workshop : Pathway of the Heart: The transformative power of Love in Our Lives and Work with Plants | Brooke Medicine Eagle


Dawn Star brought us a new message of love at the beginning of the Piscean Age. Our charge is to learn that loving way so that we can move forward into the Aquarian Age in a powerful and transformed way. Brooke will share profound teachings from her FlowerSong lineage about the primacy of the heart and love in our personal lives, in working with All Our Relations, and in awakening the Golden Age. More than simple emotion, it is a rich and full pathway to a good and blessed life in which we offer our highest gifts, manifest our dreams, and serve our world.




Preconference Workshop: Learn How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Become Your Own Best Ally | Dr. Cornelia Cho


Join Cornelia for a more intimate experience in learning how you can take advantage of brain science to stop sabotaging yourself. We will employ peer listening, emotional release and connection with others to engage your brain’s capacity for change and take the next steps in the journey to transform your life. Know that where you struggle is where you were hurt and under-resourced. And, similarly, where your people struggle is where they were hurt and under-resourced. Learn techniques to engage these difficult places and clear out the programming messages that have been covering up the real you.




Preconference Workshop: Tree Medicine, Tree Magic | Ellen Evert Hopman


3-hour Preconference: Tree Medicine, Tree Magic - The herbal, magical, and spiritual aspects of trees as expressed in the ancient Irish Ogham tree alphabet. Learn to use trees for healing and for divination, from a Celtic cultural perspective. Irish Ogham pre-dates the Latin alphabet. Instead of letters like A-B-C-D the alphabet uses tree names like Birch, Rowan, Elder, Oak. Ellen Evert Hopman is the author of A DRUID’S HERBAL OF SACRED TREE MEDICINE, TREE MEDICINE TREE MAGIC.





3 Day Immersions

3 Day Immersion: Death Doula | Rebekah Dawn & Kari Kercher


The Death Doula Certification Program is a three-day immersion exclusive to the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference. This is the only death doula program that has an herbal and wise woman focus at it's core. At the course, participants will learn how to help the dying and their families meet the labor of death and examine the benefits of incorporating plant medicine in the support of the dying and their families at the sacred transition. Labor, at the end of life, as it is at the beginning, is something each of us meets, and many of us have the privilege of witnessing. Like at birth, the labor of death is mysterious, can be confusing and frightening, and, can be fraught with choices. In our modern era, because a high percentage of individuals die in hospital, it has been increasingly difficult to witness the labor of death. The death doula can help guide the dying time and lower the occurrence of hospitalizations by assisting the dying and their families to meet the labor of death and traverse the final summit of their life's journey through offering simple, effective measures for being present during that process. Death doulas nurture families with increasing caregiving needs as death approaches.There is a community calling and need to embrace and care for the elderly and the dying as if they were our own familial elders. During the Immersion, we will explore the cultural norms and the medicalization of death, in the dominant culture of North America. We will also dig down into the Wise Woman Tradition to expose the possibilities of a different way to be present for the dying process. This program is for anyone – whether you are interested in supporting members of your family or community, are curious about what to expect at end-of-life or are afraid when you think of your own dying time. Class time will include information about death processes and symptom management for common discomforts, practical herbal applications, the ethics of dying, information about launching your business or joining a local hospice. Course materials include educational resources that you can use in your community. Mornings will include yoga and centering practices to shape, support, and inform your Death Doula work. Evenings will feature a film screening of Grief Walker, and a separate evening circle where individuals can openly discuss their thoughts and feelings around death and dying, and learn how to host such an event in their communities. See below for highlights about this transformational and immersive program What will you do in the program: Learn about specific death processes and symptom management for common associated discomforts Recognize the different roots of pain and utilize appropriate, individualized comfort measures Develop a working knowledge of the plants that are specially suited to the specific demands of dying Prepare one or more herbal preparations for your doula tool-kit Be able to make the plant medicines discussed Know effective, practical support strategies for the dying including positioning for ease of breath, bathing, and activities of daily life. Discuss the ethics of dying Examine the special challenges of pediatric hospice and what it teaches us about our underlying beliefs Cultivate curiosity and wonder as central components of the work Experience intense emotions and the support of them in a group Connect with a beautiful community of women Receive a certificate of completion showing hours of instruction and topics covered When you return home you will be able to: Present educational materials (provided) to your community and local hospice. Offer your gifts to your local hospice in homes, nursing homes, and other settings Facilitate a death discussion in your community Wash and dress a body after death Guide a family through an at home funeral and green burial Complete advanced care planning for yourself and others Ease potential conflict between hospice team and family Begin your Death Doula career Our schedule during the program will include: Guided yoga Daily centering practices that will deepen and inform your death doula work Peer counseling Singing and fireside sharing An evening circle where individuals can openly discuss their thoughts and feelings around death and dying, and learn how to host such an event in their communities. A talking stick ceremony A viewing of the film "Grief-walker" and discussion More than 20 hours of instruction




3 Day Immersion: Reading the Body and other Clinical Skills | 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 be explaining and demonstrating diagnostic techniques taught to her by the late William Le Sassier and observed on clients these past forty-plus years in practice. This immersion will focus on various diagnostic techniques including facial indications, tissue color, elimination analysis, signs of hot, cold, damp and dry conditions. Finger nail plus tongue analysis will round out the desired need for three indications before passing judgement! Our 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!





1 1/2 Day Intensive

1 1/2 Day Intensive: Herbal Medicine for Fertility, Pregancy, Birth and Beyond | Mary Lou Singleton


Women are magical beings capable of infusing spirit into matter and creating new life. Women are also healers who can support and nourish ourselves and our sisters through the process of perpetuating our species. Historically, midwives were herbalists and herbalists were midwives. The modern world has severed this natural relationship. This workshop provides a wonderful opportunity to mend the disconnect and bring midwifery and herbalism back together. Taught by a midwife and herbalist with over 25 years of homebirth experience, the workshop will give practical guidance appropriate for all levels of herbal experience. The Intensive will begin with the song: "Please Prepare Me" General Program Details That Will Be Covered (order may change)

  • Introductions
  • Preparing for Pregnancy the Wise Woman Way
  • The Female Fertility Cycle
  • Male fertility factors
  • Herbs and nutrition to prepare the body for pregnancy
  • 15 minute break
  • Herbs and nutrition for the male reproductive system
  • Healing from Hormonal Birth Control
  • Conscious conception
  • Discussion and questions
  • Herbal Allies for Pregnancy
  • Nutritive herbs for pregnancy
  • Herbs for Common Complaints of Pregnancy
  • Herbs to Avoid in Pregnancy
  • Wise Woman Support for Labor and Birth
  • Brief review of the stages of labor and hormones involved
  • The Art of Doing Nothing at All





Pricing 
Pricing for the Spring Herbal 2020 can be found on our Pricing page. 
Venue 
Since June 2014, the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference has been held at Camp Helen Brachman in Almond, Wisconsin. 
Register
Registration is NOW Open! Prices Increase Monday March 16. Register by midnight on Sunday March 15th to reserve your spot for the 9th Annual Midwest Women's Herbal Conference!
 
Pre-Conference Workshops
{Choose from the following options}

 

Option 1

1 1/2 Day Workshop

Thursday (all day) & Friday 9am-12 pm

with Mary Lou Singleton

 

Price includes:

Workshop, Thursday evening lodging & Meals [Thursday Lunch to Friday Lunch]

OR

Option 2

3-Hour Friday Morning Workshops

May 29, 2019 from 9 am–12 pm

with Ellen Evert Hopman, Brooke Medicine Eagle, Robin Rose Bennett, Linda Conroy or Cornelia Cho

Price includes:

Workshop & Friday Lunch

Come just for a pre-conference workshop or join us for the whole weekend! Participants depart by 1pm Friday unless registered for Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference. 

Friday morning offers the opportunity to spend 3 hours in a pre-conference workshop going  deeper on subjects such as holistic consultations, plant medicine, clinical herbalism, basket weaving & pediatric care.

We hope you will join us!

1 1/2 Day Preconference Workshop

Herbal Medicine for Fertility, Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

with Mary Lou Singleton

Women are magical beings capable of infusing spirit into matter and creating new life. Women are also healers who can support and nourish ourselves and our sisters through the process of perpetuating our species. 

 

Historically, midwives were herbalists and herbalists were midwives. The modern world has severed this natural relationship. This workshop provides a wonderful opportunity to mend the disconnect and bring midwifery and herbalism back together. 

 

Taught by a midwife and herbalist with over 25 years of homebirth experience, the workshop will give practical guidance appropriate for all levels of herbal experience. 

3-Hour Friday Morning

Pre-conference Workshops

 

The Art of Intake: A Compassionate Perspective on Holistic Consultations

with Robin Rose Bennett

Robin will share her knowledge gleaned from 30+ years of working with clients in the Wisewoman/GreenWitch herbal tradition. Join us and observe Robin as she creates a sacred space to consult with a client, walking through an entire intake and then sharing tips on hearing the client's story and discerning patterns of health and health challenges. Everyone is welcome in this class and it will be of special benefit to healing practitioners of any modality as well as those interested in becoming herbal practitioners. One person will have the opportunity to participate in this class as the client. This will be a safe and supportive way to help others learn while getting Robin's perspective on addressing a health issue. If you are interested in this opportunity, please let us know.

Learn How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Become Your Own Best Ally

with Cornelia Cho

Join Cornelia for a more intimate experience in learning how you can take advantage of brain science to stop sabotaging yourself.  We will employ peer listening, emotional release and connection with others to engage your brain’s capacity for change and take the next steps in the journey to transform your life.  Know that where you struggle is where you were hurt and under-resourced.  And, similarly, where your people struggle is where they were hurt and under-resourced. Learn techniques to engage these difficult places and clear out the programming messages that have been covering up the real you.

Pine Needle and Sweet Grass Basketry

with Linda Conroy 

Coiling is one of the oldest techniques for crafting a vessel. When crafting a basket we connect with the materials and weave our stories into the final form.  Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this hands on coiling experience. Using Pine Needles and Sweet Grass as the foundation, each participant will coil a basket that reflects her own story. Bring a thimble, reading glasses (If needed for doing close up work) and a small pair of scissors. All other materials will be provided.

Tree Medicine, Tree Magic: The Herbal, Magical, and Spiritual Aspects of Trees as Expressed in the Ancient Irish Ogham Tree Alphabet

with Ellen Evert Hopman

Learn to use trees for healing and for divination, from a Celtic cultural perspective. Irish Ogham pre-dates the Latin alphabet. Instead of letters like A-B-C-D the alphabet uses tree names like Birch, Rowan, Elder, Oak. Ellen Evert Hopman is the author of A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine, Tree Medicine Tree Magic.

Pathway of the Heart: The Transformative Power of Love in Our Lives and Work with Plants

with Brooke Medicine Eagle

Dawn Star brought us a new message of love at the beginning of the Piscean Age. Our charge is to learn that loving way so that we can move forward into the Aquarian Age in a powerful and transformed way. Brooke will share profound teachings from her FlowerSong lineage about the primacy of the heart and love in our personal lives, in working with All Our Relations, and in awakening the Golden Age. More than simple emotion, it is a rich and full pathway to a good and blessed life in which we offer our highest gifts, manifest our dreams, and serve our world.

 
3 Day Immersions
choose from either:
  1. Reading the Body with Margi Flint
  2. Death Doula Immersion and Certification with Rebekah Dawn & Kari Kercher

 

Tuesday May 26 – Thursday May 28

 

Price includes:

3 Day Immersions, Lodging Choice & Meals, Tuesday lunch – Thursday lunch

Come just for a 3 Day Immersion or join us for the whole week! Participants depart Thursday evening, unless registered for the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference.

Immersions take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday prior to the main, Midwest Women’s Herbal conference. Immersions are an incredible opportunity to work with an instructor in small groups, on a specific topic. This year there will be immersions on reading the body & a death doula immersion. We hope you will join us!

Spring 2020 Immersion Schedule

(subject to change)

Tuesday, May 26

7:30-8:45 am Registration

9:00-11:45 am  Immersion Program
12:00-12:45 pm  Lunch
1:00-5:00 pm  Immersion Program
6:00-7:00 pm  Dinner

7:15-9:00pm Evening Class or Activity

Wednesday, May 27

7:00-8:00 am Yoga

8:00-8:45 am  Breakfast

9:00-11:45 am  Immersion Program

12:00-12:45 pm  Lunch

1:00-5:00 pm  Immersion Program

6:00-7:00 pm  Dinner

7:15-9:00pm Evening Class or Activity

Thursday, May 28

7:00-8:00 am Yoga

8:00-8:45 am  Breakfast

9:00-11:45 am  Immersion Program

12:00-12:45 pm  Lunch

1:00-5:00 pm  Immersion Program

After 5pm, 3 Day Immersion participants depart, unless also registered for the a Friday morning pre-conference workshop or the Midwest Women's Herbal Conference. 

 
 Reading the Body and other Clinical Skills
 with Margi Flint RH, HM, B. Sc.

Knowing what the body has to say, we can learn how to prevent illness before it arrives as well as treating what is here. What do your thinning eyebrows mean?  Why is there a crease in your earlobe? Each color, line and marking on the face, tongue and nails holds meaning of your internal health. Margi will be explaining and demonstrating diagnostic techniques taught to her by the late William Le Sassier and observed on clients these past forty-plus years in practice.

 

This immersion will focus on various diagnostic techniques including

  • facial indications

  • tissue color

  • elimination analysis

  • signs of hot, cold, damp and dry conditions.

  • Finger nail plus tongue analysis will round out the desired need for three indications before passing judgement!

Our 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!

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.
Death Doula Immersion & Certification Program
with
 Rebekah Dawn, B.A. Psychology & Kari Kercher, BSN

We are pleased to once again offer The Death Doula Certification Program, a three-day immersion exclusive to the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference. This is the only death doula program that has an herbal and wise woman focus at it's core. 

At the course, participants will learn how to help the dying and their families meet the labor of death and examine the benefits of incorporating plant medicine in the support of the dying and their families at the sacred transition.

Labor, at the end of life, as it is at the beginning, is something each of us meets, and many of us have the privilege of witnessing. Like at birth, the labor of death is mysterious, can be confusing and frightening, and, can be fraught with choices. In our modern era, because a high percentage of individuals die in hospital, it has been increasingly difficult to witness the labor of death. The death doula can help guide the dying time and lower the occurrence of hospitalizations by assisting the dying and their families to meet the labor of death and traverse the final summit of their life's journey through offering simple, effective measures for being present during that process.

Death doulas nurture families with increasing caregiving needs as death approaches.There is a community calling and need to embrace and care for the elderly and the dying as if they were our own familial elders. During the Immersion, we will explore the cultural norms and the medicalization of death, in the dominant culture of North America. We will also dig down into the Wise Woman Tradition to expose the possibilities of a different way to be present for the dying process. 

This program is for anyone – whether you are interested in supporting members of your family or community, are curious about what to expect at end-of-life or are afraid when you think of your own dying time. Class time will include information about death processes and symptom management for common discomforts, practical herbal applications, the ethics of dying, information about launching your business or joining a local hospice. Course materials include educational resources that you can use in your community. Mornings will include yoga and centering practices to shape, support, and inform your Death Doula work. Evenings will feature a film screening of Grief Walker, and a separate evening circle where individuals can openly discuss their thoughts and feelings around death and dying, and learn how to host such an event in their communities.

 
See below for highlights about this transformational and immersive program

 

What will you do in the program: 

  • Learn about specific death processes and symptom management for common associated discomforts 

  • Recognize the different roots of pain and utilize appropriate, individualized comfort measures 

  • Develop a working knowledge of the plants that are specially suited to the specific demands of dying

  • Prepare one or more herbal preparations for your doula tool-kit 

  • Be able to make the plant medicines discussed  

  • Know effective, practical support strategies for the dying including positioning for ease of breath, bathing, and activities of daily life.

  • Discuss the ethics of dying 

  • Examine the special challenges of pediatric hospice and what it teaches us about our underlying beliefs

  • Cultivate curiosity and wonder as central components of the work

  • Experience intense emotions and the support of them in a group

  • Connect with a beautiful community of women

  • Receive a certificate of completion showing hours of instruction and topics covered

 

When you return home you will be able to:

  • Present educational materials (provided) to your community and local hospice.

  • Offer your gifts to your local hospice in homes, nursing homes, and other settings 

  • Facilitate a death discussion in your community 

  • Wash and dress a body after death

  • Guide a family through an at home funeral and green burial

  • Complete advanced care planning for yourself and others

  • Ease potential conflict between hospice team and family 

  • Begin your Death Doula career

 

Our schedule during the program will include: 

  • Guided yoga 

  • Daily centering practices that will deepen and inform your death doula work 

  • Peer counseling

  • Singing and fireside sharing

  • An evening circle where individuals can openly discuss their thoughts and feelings around death and dying, and learn how to host such an event in their communities.

  • A talking stick ceremony

  • A viewing of the film "Grief-walker" and discussion

  • More than 20 hours of instruction 

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 5 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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