Pre-Symposium Intensive Webinars

About Pre-Symposium Intensive Webinars

Pre-Symposium Intensive Webinars include six different three-hour sessions on thoughtfully selected topics which are hard to find elsewhere and presented by some of the most engaging leaders in clinical herbalism. Supplement your Online Symposium Experience with these fresh and relevant deep-dives to enhance your expertise, reinforce your Symposium takeaways, and accompany the theme of the 2020 Symposium.

Pre-Symposium Intensive Webinars will be available as recordings before the Online Symposium Experience. Attend the cGMP Workshop live on October 4th and/or Good Herbal Compounding and Dispensing Practices on October 5, or access of all the Pre-Symposium Intensive recordings anytime for one year. 

Register for individual webinars at $30 each, or take advantage of our discounted bundle price of $120 for all six. Note that registration for Pre-Symposium Intensive Webinars is not included with your Symposium registration fee and must be purchased separately.

NOTE: Register for the cGMP Workshop and Good Herbal Compounding and Dispensing Practices Pre-Symposium Intensives before October 4th and attend them live. After this date, the recordings will accessible on-demand. 

You'll find descriptions of the webinars below. Click on the presenter's name to access their bio.

Skills from the Female Medic


This presentation covers essential skills that female medic teams need to consider when working in disaster or emergency health situations. We'll discuss personal safety, the security of medical gear and equipment,  provisions for a mobile clinic, and share tips for working collaboratively with both herbal medicine and allopathic providers in any environment. We'll explore how change can be affected by communities from the inside out. You will learn how to work one-on-one with community members to empower them with education, skills, and the ability to create their own medic teams and how to integrate sustainable measures in the community you serve that will endure after you leave. Skills from the Female Medic is open to anyone passionate about grassroots health care regardless of gender or ethnicity.


Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, and Lemon Verbena: A Trilogy in Latin American Folk Herbalism

Mimi will share narratives of healing experiences in Mexico, Central America and South America as we explore the trilogy of Lemongrass (Limoncillo), Lemon Verbena (Cedron) and Lemon Balm (Torinjil) and their importance in Latin American Folk Herbalism. We will discuss the meaningful sacred synergy of these aromatic plants and explore the history of a healing tradition as a system emergence of 3 cultures. The class also unravels the cultural trauma experience by exploring the concepts of "Susto" and Soul loss as well as "Envidia" and their relation to the trauma induced by colonialism and an imposition of a male dominant religion. The class will discuss the use of sacred oils, baths, altars, teas, incense and sweeps and will also elaborate on a materia medica of each herb. 

Heroic and Menacing Alkaloids

Alkaloid compounds found in many herbs make for strong medicine. To use alkaloid-rich herbs safely and effectively you need to understand and respect them. In short, these heroic medicines are not for the faint of heart! We'll look at plants with an abundance of alkaloids, along with a few other one-off constituents of note. You'll learn about their many properties, some life saving or granting temporary euphoria, or any number of other tricks. Our exploration covers those you should know about and use, and a few just for the thrill of it.

cGMP Workshop

Herbal supplement manufacturers and marketers need to have an solid understanding of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). In this interactive presentation you'll learn about the intricacies of cGMP, including all CFR 111 subparts.

We'll give you examples about how to comply with each section, practical steps for implementing them in your facility, and common mistakes to avoid. We also provide real world examples of how to prepare for (and act) should you have to undergo an FDA inspection.

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Aging Gracefully

Aging gracefully and healthily means slowing down the signs and symptoms that occur as people get older. This webinar explores ways to address these changes and increase overall health and wellness into the golden years. In addition to herbs, we’ll discuss well-being strategies, such as stress reduction, conscious eating, exercise, and clean water.

We’ll review herbal protocols that have been shared through ancient traditional beliefs and practices along with evidence-based scientific support and look at ways to incorporate healthy aging strategies into lifestyle choices. We will discuss specific suggestions for using herbs to support hormone levels, including reducing cortisol and stress hormones, for restful sleep, healthy cell regeneration, and increased energy.

Good Herbal Compounding and Dispensing Practices

Good Herbal Compounding and Dispensing Practices White Paper is a free resource created by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). It provides best practice guidelines for any practitioner, clinic, or herbal dispensary compounding herbal formulations for clients following one-to-one consultations, based on standard good manufacturing practice concepts such as sanitation of facilities and equipment, quality control practices, documentation of procedures, and record-keeping. 

In this session, Michael McGuffin, President of AHPA, introduces the guidelines as a resource for practitioners to protect the health and safety of their clients or patients when compounding formulas in a clinical setting. Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac., founder of Five Flavor Herbs, describes how he applies the guidelines in a busy clinical or herbal dispensary setting based on his own experience. Wilson Lau of Nuherbs will advise on best practices for assessing botanical raw materials' identity and considerations for effective ways to engage with suppliers. All three presenters will be present for Q & A at the end of the webinar. Participants will gain practical information and receive template documents one can use in their clinic or apothecary to protect their clients' health and safety regardless of the size of their practice.