Pre-Symposium Intensives

Pre-Symposium Intensive Descriptions and Information

We are proud to offer an array of intensives prior to the Symposium for those who would like to more deeply immerse themselves. Detailed descriptions for the six intensives that you may choose from can be found below.

These pre-Symposium half-day intensives REQUIRE registration and can be purchased for a fee of $50 per class along with your general registration. The intensives will be held on Thursday, October 5, at the following times: 

  • Morning intensives will take place from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM  (please choose 1 of the 3 options)
  • Afternoon intensives will take place from 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM (please choose 1 of the 3 options)

Morning (8:00am-12:00pm)

Community Herbalism in Action
Morning (8:00am-12:00pm)

This Symposium pre-intensive offers a “how to” action plan for herbalists who feel the call to create a herbal healing center in a community that faces tragedy. Using their experience healing the communities of Sandy Hook, Orlando Pulse, and Standing Rock, Emily and Lupo offer participants a clinical view of how to quickly, effectively set up a space, including how to get involved with the Herbal Action Network and support communities in need. This class is available onsite as well as by live stream on the morning of Thursday, October 5. 

Energetic Assessment for Western Practitioners
Morning (8:00am-12:00pm)

Treat people efficiently and effectively with herbs by using an energetic assessment system. Learn to determine the location of an illness, its severity, and its energetics, including how to distinguish between such conditions as heat, cold, wind, damp, phlegm, excess, and deficiency and the predominantly western herbs that treat them.

Herb Actions vs Action-Based Herbalism
Morning (8:00am-12:00pm)

Radical action-based herbalism must exorcise the trojan malware of “herb action” that infects western herbal medicine. Modern bioscience has long transcended views of phytopharmacology that now occupy and preoccupy herbal medicine. This Dr. Science update on molecular vitalism will employ cutting-edge science about how and why herbs don’t work to enable herbalist-activists to sleep easier, breath deeper, and be more effective.

Afternoon (1:30pm-5:30pm)

Complementary Interventions for People Living with HIV/AIDS
Afternoon (1:30pm-5:30pm)

Living with HIV/AIDS has become a significant experience for many people, especially in the gay community. The impact of anti-retroviral therapies has been literally lifesaving, however, they come with acute and extended use issues which we will explore the consequences of. We will review demographics and current conventional treatments and consider how herbs can increase wellness, quality of life, and lifespan.

Mobile Medicine: Herbs on Wheels
Afternoon (1:30pm-5:30pm)

The Herbalista Free Clinic provides earth-based care to underserved communities in Atlanta, Georgia through the mobile clinic model. By freeing the clinic from the confines of brick and mortar, we lower our overhead costs and expand treatment capacity. This class will share the nuts ‘n’ bolts of how we keep the wheels turning on our mobile clinics, the Herb Bus and the Herb Cart.

Neurodiversity: What Herbalists Need to Know
Afternoon (1:30pm-5:30pm)

Neurodiversity is the natural variation in neurobiology, sensory processing, and consciousness among humans. In this workshop we will examine the implications of the concept of neurodiversity for herbalists and other natural health practitioners. We will examine evolutionary and cultural dimensions of neurodiversity, and develop tools and understandings for working with neurodivergent people – people whose neurobiology differs from what our culture holds to be the norm. While we will focus primarily on Autistic expressions and experiences, we will touch briefly on working with people diagnosed or identifying as schizophrenic or bipolar.