Herbal Events Calendar

Welcome to the AHG Calendar of Herbal Events.  If you have an event that you think would be of interest to our members and those who visit this website, send a description and contact information to specialprojects@americanherbalistsguild.com

Doula Training
Offered by: Centro Ashé
January 11, 2017 to January 18, 2017

The Doula Training is designed to give you the tools necessary to provide physical, emotional and informational support to birthing families; whether they are birthing in a hospital, birth center or home. We will co-create a space to explore ways to reclaim and preserve traditional birthing practices within this modern birth culture.

Topics we will explore: honoring the legacy of grand midwives; creating a sacred birthing space; comfort measures from around the world including aromatherapy, acupressure, rebozo, herbology, homeopathy and more; the business side of being a doula; visualizations and meditations for sacred birthing; how to facilitate a birth blessingway; whole body health during pregnancy; normal physiological labor; common medical interventions and how to help when they are needed; positive and effective communication; birth plan preparation; linkage to community resources; facilitate communication between mother and partner/family and medical personnel; infant care education and support;  motivating and supporting women in breastfeeding; perinatal mood disorder screening; and much more!

The training is offered by Nilajah Brown who has been serving pregnant families for over 20 years and brings a wealth of traditional birthing wisdom from African, Caribbean and Native American cultures. Reclaiming pregnancy and childbirth as a sacred rite of passage is her life's work and passion.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/doula-training-in-costa-rica.html

Cost: $1558 shared room
Instructor: Nilajah Brown from The Birth Well

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/
Holistic Journeys 2017 Eco-wellness Retreat Costa Rica: The Art & Science in Wellness
Offered by: Rebecca Wood, Valerie Dearing, & Lura Shopteau
February 4, 2017 to February 11, 2017

Yoga, Meditation, Herbs, Creative Art Exploration- all Costa Rican Style!

Join three amazing Wise Women Healers and local expert guides for eight days and seven nights of unique wellness and adventure experiences in sunny Costa Rica. Your adventure includes healthy, local, tropical foods, the beauty, peace and magic of the tropics and boutique accommodations at the sustainable bio-dynamic eco-lodge Finca Luna Nueva and Hotel Bougainvillea. 

Workshops and Tours

  • Daily yoga exploration (Yin, Hatha, Iyengar, MFR, Kundalini, Partner and Qi Gong flow).
  • Nature based & sensory meditation. 
  • Art awakening workshops (Painting the Chakras, Sumi Ink, Drawings, Healing Mandalas, and Solarized Botanical Prints.
  • Herbal exploration (Tropical Hydrolsol & Flower Essence preparation, Sacred Seed, Farm  & Chocolate Tours,  Tropical Fruits as Food & Medicine.
  • Three Eco-tours in and around Arenal & the Central Valley.

Let Rebecca Wood; Herbalist, Yogi, Holistic Health Practitioner, Valerie Dearing; Yogi, Omega Inst. Artist in Resident & Lura Shopteau; Yogi, Integrative Medicine Professional share their love of wellness, creativity and introspection. Want to delve deeper? Schedule a private session in your free time.

All of this for the Amazing Early Bird Price of $1,475.00-1,575.00, based on double or triple occupancy.  A $300.00 non-refundable deposit is due by Nov. 1st . Pay in full upon registration, save another $100!  After this date add $100.00 surcharge. Round trip air, tips and gratuities not included. Please have your own international travel & health coverage.

For Info or to Register Contact
Rebecca Wood, Hopewood Holistic Health, www.hopewoodholistichealth.org, 740-590-3954 
Lura Shopteau, Bienstar Yoga Shala, www.bienestarlife.com, 506-8505-1369
Valerie Dearing, Yoga & Art, www.valeriedearingart.com, 330-397-1250

Phone: (740) 590-3954
For more information, visit: http://www.hopewoodholistichealth.org
Belize: Through the Lens and Beyond, A Photography & Herbal Workshop
Offered by: Steven Foster and Rebecca Wood
February 12, 2017 to February 19, 2017

Join Steven Foster- renowned Ethnobotanist, Author, and Photographer, and Rebecca Wood- Herbalist, Educator, Holistic Health Practitioner, and International Guide for this all-inclusive journey to Belize. Discover the magic of this culturally diverse country, known by many as "Mother Nature's Best Kept Secret". This is a unique opportunity to improve your photography skills while enhancing your knowledge of the amazing varieties of native plants used by the ancient and present day Maya for food, ritual, medicine, and daily living.

- Rainforest to Reef accommodations at DuPlooy's Jungle Lodge & Southwater Caye Marine Reserve

- Special Guest Dr. Rosita Arvigo, Co-founder of the Belize Ethnobotany Project

- Photography Q & A sessions and field workshops with Steven Foster

- Tropical food and medicine demo with Rebecca Wood

Add adventure and cultural tours to Barton Creek Cave, The Inland Blue Hole, Belize's Xunantunitch, and Guatemala's Yaxha, with optional daily yoga and personal massage services, and you have an UnBelizeable experience!

Spend 5 nights in jungle luxury surrounded by 200 acres of the Belize Botanical Gardens and your two nights on a 12-acre island paradise situated on the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef, so pristine that UNESCO has named it one of their World Heritage Sites. White coral sand, tropical flowers, coconut palms, and unique bird species abound.

- Paddle the Macal River

- Snorkel and reef excursions with IZE's expert guides

- Hands-on photography how-to sessions with Steven Foster

All for the amazing price of $2,795.00 based on accommodations and payment option. Registration by December 1, 2016 with a $600.00 non-refundable deposit.

Phone: (617) 855-9209
For more information, visit: http://www.artsandculturaltravel.com
Plant Spirit Herbalism Retreat
Offered by: Centro Ashé
February 22, 2017 to February 28, 2017

Learn about the spiritual side of plants in this week-long retreat on the stunning jungle-lined South Caribbean coast of Costa Rica!

On the program: plant spirit healing; bush medicine and plants for spiritual use; energy anatomy and plant allies (protector plants); plant communication (sensory awareness and felt sensation); traditional BriBri Awa storytelling and chocolate; medicine for pleasure; ancestral healing ceremony; hike to BriBri waterfalls; indigenous plant medicine and chocolate; how we sit with the earth (seven sacred directions); flower, plant and gem essences; energetic hygiene and plant spirit bathing, traditional Caribbean cooking class; Puerto Viejo farmers market (meet local farmers, see local tropical produce); and much more!

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/plant-spirit-herbalism-retreat-in-costa-rica.html

Cost: $1675
Instructor: Lupo Passero

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/
The Art of Pleasure Medicine Retreat
Offered by: Centro Ashé
March 9, 2017 to March 16, 2017

The Art of Pleasure Medicine Retreat is a week of gratitude and self-care. In this all natural retreat you will be making your own body care products, herbal jewelry, natural plant dyes, chocolate from locally grown cacao, and natural incense and paper. Also you will be sipping Sweet Medicine cocktails, hiking to waterfalls, learning about indigenous bush plant medicine, yoni steaming, visiting the local farmers market, receiving a herbal body oil massage, doing a Caribbean cooking class and more!

The retreat takes place in and around Manzanillo and Puerto Viejo, small villages on the stunning jungle-lined South Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/the-art-of-pleasure-medicine-retreat-in-costa-...

Cost: $1308 shared room, includes all materials
Instructor: Ayo Ngozi

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/
Energetics in the Western Herbal Tradition: Elements, Humours and Temperaments with Jim McDonald
Offered by: The Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism
March 10, 2017 to March 12, 2017

Energetics in the Western Herbal Tradition: Elements, Humours and Temperaments with jim mcdonald
3 full days: Fri-Sun, March 10-12th
$325 / $295 Members / $250 VCIH students
VCIH, 252 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
Pre-registration required: www.vtherbcenter.org
Questions? Email info@vtherbcenter.org or call 802-224-7100 for more information.

Join us for this intensive exploration of the temperaments, a Western constitutional system that jim is working to revive and enliven in modern herbal practice.

jim is a fantastic, fun, and accessible teacher and this is his first time teaching in Vermont. This intensive will be appropriate for beginners and practitioners, alike. We hope you’ll join us!

Beginning with the context the temperaments arise from, we see that they correlate to the elements of earth, air, fire and water. The elements in turn give rise to humours and the energetic principles of heat and cold, dampness and dryness, tension and laxity. Understanding these patterns, and how temperaments and energetic qualities work together, gives an important framework for using the temperaments in a practical manner for ourselves and others we work with. We’ll also look at how historical and social themes have affected our understanding of temperaments, adapting, refining and misrepresenting them over time.

We’ll go on to explore each of the four temperaments in depth, looking at how they incline one towards physical, behavioral and emotional predispositions. How do these inclinations present in a balanced state? When in excess or deficiency? When overtly blocked? How do these inclinations manifest in the body, and what herbs can be used to exacerbate and balance them?

Just as the color brown cannot be reduced down to one of the primary colors it is made up of, understanding single temperaments isn’t enough to make use of this constitutional model: we have to consider combinations. We have to see how an individual manifests each of their humours, which are in balance and which are not, and consider how their environment and experience has affected the expression of their temperament.

jim mcdonald is an herbalist in southeast Michigan (that cool state that looks like a mitten you can see from space) where he teaches, sees clients, wildharvests, and concocts herbal formulas. His approach to herbalism is a blend of traditional folk and indigenous influences mixed up with a bit of 19th century eclectic and physiomedical vitalism, which he tries to blend with a bit of humor and discretionary irreverence so as not to appear to be too serious about life. jim hosts the website www.herbcraft.org which lists his offerings and conveys his thoughts of plants and herbalism.

Phone: (802) 224-7100
For more information, visit: http://www.vtherbcenter.org/
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine, Tempe, Arizona
Offered by: Herbal Educational Services
April 7, 2017 to April 9, 2017
  • Recent Research on Cannabis and Cancer Treatment
  • A Role for Botanicals in the Treatment of Multiple Drug Resistance
  • Epigenetics and Mental Health: Botanical and Dietary Influences
  • The Problem of Proton Pump Inhibitors for GERD and their Alternatives
  • Pre-conference Intensive: Botanicals for Immuno-inflammation with emphasis on Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer with Lise Alschuler, ND

Plus herb walks and medicine making demonstrations in the herb garden. Early bird registration March 2.  CE credits for health professionals.

Phone: (541) 482-3016
For more information, visit: http://www.botanicalmedicine.org
The Endocrine System and Women’s Health with Dr. Jody Noe
Offered by: Midwest Women’s Herbal
April 7, 2017 to April 9, 2017

Dr. Jody Noe, MS, ND will present and expand on her workshop “Dance of the Female Sex Hormones in this 3-day workshop, held at the Goodman Community Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Phone: (920) 452-4372
Tropical Herbal Apprenticeship
Offered by: Centro Ashé
April 20, 2017 to May 18, 2017

Join us in the tiny beach village of Manzanillo for a month exploring tropical herbal medicine, where the jungle meets the Caribbean Sea. It’s an amazing opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the local culture and to explore plant medicine while surrounded by natural beauty. This program focuses on providing a strong foundation in folk herbal medicine, and includes an engaging balance between field studies to local indigenous and traditional herbalists and farms, practical and theoretical classes at our center, and time working with the plants in our gardens. You will stay at our rustic group Caribbean Cabina located in the heart of Manzanillo, just one block from the beach! Staying in a private room in a nearby hotel is also possible. The activities take place in the weekdays, the weekends are off to give you the opportunity to explore the local area. We accept only a limited number of apprentices per session, so we encourage you to reach out if you are interested!

For more information and to register, visit:

Cost: $2888 (shared room in rustic cabina) or $3650 (private hotel room), includes local transport to field studies, housing, and three meals daily Monday-Friday
Instructor: Molly Meehan

For more information, visit: http://www.centroashe.org/
Herbfeast 2017
Offered by: Community of Irish Herbalists (CIH)
May 26, 2017 to May 28, 2017

Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or student just starting out, we have an eclectic lineup of speakers as well as practical demos, including:

  • 2017 Keynote Speaker: Rosemary Gladstar
  • medicine making
  • plant stalls
  • local food
  • morning yoga
  • herb walks
  • herbal Jeopardy
  • social events

See www.herbfeast.com for more info!

For more information, visit: http://www.herbfeast.com/
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium, Black Mountain, NC
Offered by: Herbal Educational Services
June 2, 2017 to June 5, 2017

Topics include:

  • Resetting the 24-hour Circadian Cycle with Botanicals
  • Neuroinflammation: Signs, Symptoms and Naturopathic Treatment
  • Botanicals for the Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Hepatitis B & C: A Holistic Approach
  • Demonstration of Nebulizer Therapies using Botanicals, Minerals, etc.
  • Pre-conference Intensive: Immuno-psychiatry-- Immune System Influences on Mental Health and Innovative Therapies for Restoring Balance

Early bird registration April 14.  CE credits for health professionals

Phone: (541) 482-3016
For more information, visit: http://www.botanicalmedicine.org
3-Day Clinical Herbalism, Doula Certification and Botanical Drawing Immersions
Offered by: Midwest Women’s Herbal
June 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017

Grow your knowledge, understanding and experience as you spend 3 days in an engaging, informative Immersion.  Choose from:

-Can you hear me now? Exploring the Physiology of the Major Communication Networks in the Human Body and the Implications for How You Talk With Yourself with Tammi Sweet
-Certified Holistic Doula Program with Whapio
-Plant Exploration Through Botanical Drawing with Wendy Hollender

Held at Camp Helen Brachman in Almond, Wisconsin

Phone: (920) 452-4372
Pre-conference Intensive Workshops
Offered by: Midwest Women’s Herbal
When: June 9, 2017

When: Friday, June 9, 2017  9am-noon

Five workshops, Friday morning before the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference gets underway, offer a chance to go deeper with instructors on a variety of topics.  A great addition to a full weekend when you also register for the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, or an opportunity to get a taste of what our events are all about!   This year’s offerings are:

Food and the Hunger for Connection with Jessica Prentice
Herbal Pharmacy: Outside the Box Preparations with Lisa Ganora
Healing Our Strong and Tender Hearts - Spiritually, Emotionally and Physically with Robin Rose Bennett
Music as Medicine with Ubaka Hill
Eldership, Peacekeeping and Holding Transformation with Whapio

Phone: (920) 452-4372
Midwest Women's Herbal Conference
Offered by: Midwest Women's Herbal
June 9, 2017 to June 11, 2017

Come and enjoy herbal education & personal growth workshops, singing, dancing, plant walks, nourishing meals, swimming & campfires - all in a village co-created in the natural beauty of a lakeside, rustic camp.  Held at Camp Helen Brachman in Almond, Wisconsin.

Phone: (920) 452-4372
For more information, visit: http://www.midwestwomensherbal.com/
Celtic Herbal Medicine Intensive
Offered by: Drimlabarra Herb Farm
June 12, 2017 to June 25, 2017

After the success of our  first Intensive last year we are very happy to offer another 14 day intensive on Celtic Herbal Medicine; this is included as part of  the Apprenticeship programme. The intensive includes 4 days of guided herb walks to Arran’s special and sacred sites interspersed between the teaching days. This intensive has its zenith on the 21st with a Celtic Fire Ceremony for the Summer Solstice . Please get in touch if you want to join us next year in Scotland.

Cost including all materials etc is £950 plus accommodation and meals.
Full Board – our accomplished team use Vegan Organic Local  produce –  Camping own tent etc £35 per day. Individual packages available. Local accommodation is also available and meals can be supplied here if required.
From the beginning of human her/history we have lived in an elemental world.

Without the soil and rain and wind and sun and space we could not have stood here in anything like our present form. After many years of study and research into the elements of Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether and their inter-relationships with health and healing plants, traditional herbalist and renowned teacher Keith Robertson MSc FNIMH is ready to bring his own systematic approach on seeing how these elements move through plants and humans. Keith was born on the Island of Arran into a family with strong healing and Celtic roots and this new initiative of the Celtic Herbal Medicine Intensive, and the wider apprenticeship programme for 2016, springs from an ardent desire to reconnect with an authentic spirit of Celtic healing, using primarily the living medium of our native plants. As humans we find ourselves mobile in space but constrained by linear time. Plants are mainly constrained in space but more mobile in time, as they reincarnate as seeds or clone themselves by shoots, runners etc. This makes them such important teachers as they so different and yet so closely entwined with the human being.

This Intensive will use the progression of the Elements as a structure to view plants and the human body, working through each element in sequence and fully exploring all their many aspects. A contemplative and experiential approach has been built up over the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine’s long career and this is our key into unlocking the book of nature and allowing us to glimpse the meanings emblazoned on creation.

The Celtic Mysteries, so important to seers such as Rudolf Steiner, have been mainly lost in a sea of Celtic Bling. This initiative is an honest expedition back to the heart of the plants and the land here (set up as a veganic sanctuary for the purpose of facilitating this work) and to the heart of what it means to be a Celtic Healer in today’s world. If you would like to be part of this exciting journey then please get in touch.

My personal e-mail is keith at herbalmedicine.org.uk (please help us avoid spam by the supplying the @ yourself) and we are also on Facebook at Drimlabarra Herb Farm and as Keith Robertson.

Exploring Medicinal Plants of Maine and Beyond with Steven Foster
Offered by: Eagle Hill Institute and Steven Foster
June 18, 2017 to June 24, 2017

Whether you’re a seasoned natural history professional or curious outdoor enthusiast, a working knowledge of  medicinal plants promises new appreciation of how humans relate to and utilize plants. The use of plants for medicinal purposes has preoccupied humans for millennia, across all cultures and every conceivable geographic region and landscape. Maine is home to a treasure-trove of pharmacologically active, useful and fascinating plants, each with a story to tell about human experience, past and present. We will emphasize field identification, traditional and current scientific understanding of medicinal plants found in Maine (and elsewhere), both in the classroom and the field.

About the Instructor

Steven Foster has explored medicinal plants on six continents in a career spanning over four decades, starting at the Herb Department of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community in 1974 at age 17. Medical botany specialist and photographer, Steven is the senior author and photographer of three Peterson Field Guides (most recently the 2014 3rd edition of A Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs Eastern North America (co-authored with emeritus Eagle Hill presenter, Jim Duke). He is also senior author (with Rebecca Johnson) of National Geographic’s Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine, a 2007 New York Public Library “Best of Reference” along with fourteen other books. A Maine native, he now lives in the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, heeding Jim Duke’s advice, “Go south young man.” He serves as President of Steven Foster Group, Inc., recent past President of the American Botanical Council (Austin, TX) and on the Honorary Advisory Board, of the Lloyd Library and Museum (Cincinnati, OH).

Humoural Temperaments for Mongrel Herbalists with Jim McDonald
Offered by: Midwest Women’s Herbal
August 12, 2017 to August 14, 2017

Jim McDonald will share how he understands and utilizes the humoural temperaments, and how he's adapted them to the six tissue states & contemporary culture.  Held at Echo Valley Farm in Ontario, Wisconsin - just a short drive after the United Plant Savers Planting the Future Conference.

Phone: (920) 452-4372
Mycelium Mysteries: Women’s Mushroom Retreat
Offered by: Midwest Women’s Herbal
October 6, 2017 to October 8, 2017

A unique women’s mushroom retreat - with workshops on wild mushroom gathering and identification, fungal ecology, mushroom medicine & nutrition, ethnomycology, women's roles in the herstory of fungi and more - held at Camp Helen Brachman in Almond, Wisconsin.

Phone: (920) 452-4372
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