Pre-Conference 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 right away. 

Pre-conference Workshops
1 1/2 Day or 3 hour long intensive 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. 

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


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: with
  1. Margi Flint
  2. 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 Early Morning Activity (such as yoga or meditation)

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 Early Morning Activity (such as yoga or meditation)

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 preconference 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 thining 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
 Rebekah Dawn, B.A. Psychology & Kari Kercher, BSN

 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 is a course in Village making and cultural healing.


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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