This week's featured event is the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference, one of the largest herb gatherings that I’m aware of (around 1200 attendees I believe). From what I hear, it’s an amazing, life-changing event. As the Events Coordinator for Mountain Rose Herbs, I have to say, it’s one of the most well organized events I know of. They’ve been puttin’ it on for years now, so it’s pretty dialed in! Although I’ve never been, I highly recommend making it to this event, if not this year, then the next.
Be sure to watch their video from last year’s event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4l2UbOREA4
From the organizers:
We are delighted to be coming together once again in this strong, beautiful sisterhood and celebrating the Earth and each other. For one weekend in autumn, we share inspiration, celebration and practical learning about earth-based healing and women’s health. Surrounded by the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains, our venue at Lake Eden offers a beautiful, serene backdrop for over 60 workshops and classes in herbalism, nutrition, personal growth and natural healing. We invite you to renew your spirit, explore your power and engage in the extraordinary experience of the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference.”
At this year’s conference, we’re getting back to our roots…literally. The plants brought us together for the first Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference and we are re-affirming our commitment to receiving their many gifts by welcoming back some of the finest—and most beloved—female herbalists in the land. We’ve packed our class schedule with inspiring learning opportunities with extraordinary teachers including Kathleen Maier, Pam Montgomery, Jody Noé and ALisa Starkweather, who are dedicated to health and wholeness for our communities, the planet and ourselves.
The conference weekend includes over 70 inspiring and informative 90 minute classes with a wide range of topics for every woman interested in herbal medicine and women's wisdom--from beginning herbalists to advanced practitioners.
In addition to our regular classes we also offer intensives and workshops which offer the opportunity to study more deeply with a featured teacher on a specific subject. Intensives are longer than the regular classes (3 to 3 1/2 hours) to allow for more in-depth study on a topic. Workshops are smaller than the regular classes (50 participants max) and provide an opportunity for hands-on experiential learning. These are the only classes not included in your registration fee.
While the classes and teachers are usually the main draw to the conference, there is so much more to experience. From dawn to dusk and beyond into the night, participants enjoy many opportunities to learn, celebrate, and connect. We’ll nourish ourselves with song, dance and story as well. Singer and activist Amikaeyla Gaston of the World Trust Organization will be helping us to raise the energy and Earth-warrior troubadours Leah and Chloe of Rising Appalachia will raise their sweet voices as we co-create this vibrant and joyful gathering of women.
Who attends the herb conference?
- Women, young and old
- Beginning and seasoned herbalists
- Health professionals and healthy living advocates
- Clinical practitioners, gardeners, wildcrafters, rural and urban herbalists
- Women of all colors, shapes, stripes, and sizes
- Teachers and students
- Daughters, sisters, mothers, grandmothers
For more information on the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference, click HERE.