Herbal Conferences 2019

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NEW DATE:March 29 – 31, 2019 at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. 

Offering clinical lectures and desert herb walks for continuing education for naturopathic physicians, nurses and acupuncturists.

Begins with choice of optional field study or pre-conference intensive on Friday, March 29. The main conference is Saturday and Sunday. Full program will be announced in late November. Registration opens December 1.

Speakers: Paul Bergner, Mark Blumenthal, Mary Bove, Eric Bresselsmith, Sam Coffman, Phyllis Hogan, Feather Jones, Mimi Kamp, Jeffrey Langland, Jason Miller, Rhonda PallasDowney, Kenneth Proefrock, JoAnn Sanchez, John Slattery, Katie Stage, Jill Stansbury, David Winston and Donald Yance



Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium

May 31 – June 3, 2019 at Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina

The retreat-like setting and the variety of presentations on herbal medicine offer the experience of stepping out of our busy lives to savor this weekend with the plants.

Continuing education credits offered for nurses, acupuncturists and naturopathic physicians. Basic symposium: 17.5 CE hours; more if Friday events are attended.

Begins with several optional Friday events to choose from on May 31. Speakers and topics will be announced soon: . Check back for updates!



We hope you will join us for an herbal conference! These events are a great way to meet like-minded people and learn the latest information on botanical therapies for a variety of conditions.

Questions? Email us and we’ll be happy to help.

2018 Recordings and Books Ready to Order

Order audio recordings and lecture notes, download and listen in a matter of minutes:

David Winston
David Winston teaches Herbal Alchemy at Medicines from the Earth

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 2018

2018 Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine

It was a wonderful year. We thank all who made it such a great success.

Read program summaries from our archives here:
ME 18 Program
SW 18 Program



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Fairy Duster in the Sonoran Desert

Continuing Education
Our herbal conferences provide opportunities for continuing education (CE, PDA, CEU, CNE, CME) in areas such as naturopathic medicine, integrative medicine, complementary medicine, holistic medicine, functional medicine and more.

DIstance Learning for Naturopathic Physicians and Nurses

For specific CE credits and hours for distance learning, please see the dedicated pages for naturopaths (naturopathic doctors)and nurses. Distance learning for acupuncturists is not available at this time, but we do offer PDA (acupuncture credits) for our live events.

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Remembering Bill Mitchell, ND

It’s been ten years since doctor, philosopher, teacher and author Bill Mitchell, ND passed away in the winter of 2007. We still miss his great sense of humor, his passion for the healing energies of plants, his unbounded knowledge of naturopathic clinical practice and his cosmic perspective on life and learning.  The player below offers an audio excerpt from a talk he gave at Medicines from the Earth in 2001, for your enjoyment and as our way of remembering a great friend and healer. It’s uncanny how this talk applies just as much today as it did 16 years ago!

For more information, and to listen to the audio of the conversation with Bill Mitchell: Continue reading

Book Sale Fundraiser for Deborah Frances, ND

As some of you may know, Deborah Frances, a naturopathic physician from Oregon, has been in seclusion for several years due to chronic disability and environmental sensitivity. We recently received a letter from her saying that she is definitely improving and hopes to be back to teaching, maybe not next year, but soon. We know how many people she has touched over the years, at our herbal medicine conferences and in the wider world, and would like to send her our support and love as she continues her healing journey.

Whether you know her or have yet to meet her, this video from 2015 is a reminder of the inspiration she has brought to so many.

Donate to Deborah through our website: Herbal Educational Services
We have created an account on our website to receive donations of any size which will be transferred to Deborah for her living and healing expenses. For a donation of $25 or more, we will send you a copy of her 2014 book Practical Wisdom in Natural Healing: Sage Advice for the Modern World.Donate Button

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In Practical Wisdom in Natural Healing, Dr. Frances draws from over thirty years of experience in homeopathic, herbal, and naturopathic medicine to provide practical and easy-to-apply therapies for a multitude of conditions. The book opens with a discussion of basic principals of healing and is followed by a chapter explaining the science of homeopathy. The rest is dedicated to practical tips for a multitude of conditions, interspersed with more lengthy discussions of several herbs, highlighting each plant’s unique personality and ability to impart spiritual as well as mental, emotional and physical healing. This book is full of practical advice and scientific references, but does not ignore the spirit that is alive within each of us and the plants who help heal us.


Right now Deborah (Lakota name: Beautiful Little Dancing Crow) is living in eastern Washington State, cut off from the teaching and healing activities she loves. We want her to know we haven’t forgotten. Please send what you can–and if it’s $25 or more receive the book that’s useful for self-care and detailed enough to use as a reference in clinical practice. Donate through our website Herbal Educational Services:

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An excerpt from the recent letter we received from Deborah Frances:
“I tell you, it’s other people’s love that keeps me going. LOVE is truly the greatest power on this Earth.”

Questions? Contact us by email or phone.

 

 

Medicines from the Earth Recordings

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Field Study with David Winston and Ginseng

The recordings and lecture notes from this month’s herbal conference are now online and ready to order.

See the post below for details about the event at Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, North Carolina June 3 – 6, 2016. Thanks to all who came to make it a sweet, inspiring and information-filled weekend.

See you next year! June 2 – 5, 2017.

Medicines from the Earth is coming up this weekend!

Schedule with descriptions. Speaker bios.

June 3 – 6, 2017 at Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, North Carolina. Schedule and registration
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ote: online registration Is now closed but you are welcome to register at the door!. Directions.

SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTS:

Kenneth Proefrock
Kenneth Proefrock

KEYNOTE:
Kenneth Proefrock explores the Future of Botanical Medicine in his keynote address, which asks how do herbalists adapt to the new scientific discoveries in medicine, both in treatment and diagnostics? Kenneth has spent his life researching new therapies for difficult-to-treat conditions using herbal medicine. LIghthearted, inspirational and informative, he engages an audience in his fast-paced presentations and leaves us with much to think about.



Roy Upton
Roy Upton
Cabrera, Chanchal
Chanchal Cabrera
Christopher Hobbs
Christopher Hobbs
Sunday morning panel: Immunotherapy in Cancer Treatment: Is there a Role for Botanicals? Can botanicals work in the same way as pharmaceutical immunotherapies, stimulating the immune system to eliminate cancer? Can botanicals be used with these cancer therapies to enhance benefit?

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Teresa Boardwine
Vickie Shufer
Vickie Shufer
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Marc Williams
Robin McGee
Robin McGee
Doug Elliot
Doug Elliot
As a counterpoint to clinical lectures, there are also herb walks and medicine making classes. Check out the schedule here to see classes on wild fruits, herbal treats, mushroom medicine, herbal oils, woody ethnobotany, and three different herb walks led by story-teller and herbalist Doug Elliott.

David Winston
David Winston
Jason Miller
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Come early on Friday, June 3 for a pre-conference event:
Native Plant and Ethnobotanical Field Study with David Winston (just two spots left!)
Preconference Intensive: The Digestive System and Neurological Health: Healing The Gut-Brain Axis With Botanical Medicine with Jason Miller.

Jill Stansbury
Jill Stansbury
Walter Crinnion
Walter Crinnion
Todd Elliot
Todd Elliot
Mary Bove
Mary Bove
Their lectures include botanicals for toxicant damage (Walter), gut permeability (Jill), children’s microbiome (Mary) and ethnobotany of mushrooms (Ethnomycology with Todd Ellliott)

Hope to see you June 3 at Blue Ridge Assembly!

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Blue Ridge Asssembly, NC

Online registration Is now closed but you are welcome to register at the door for $399!Directions.
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2016 Herbal Conferences

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Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium, 2016
Dates: Friday June 3 – Monday, June 6
Place: Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, North Carolina

Over 40 presentations on the integration of botanicals with the latest medical discoveries along with medicine making demonstrations, herb walks and intensives.

Pre-conference Events: Friday, June 3:

Ethnobotanical and Native Plant Field Study with herbalist and ethnobotanist David Winston.

Healing the Gut-Brain Axis with Botanicals with Jason Miller, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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Continuing education at Medicines from the Earth approved for nurses, naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists and pharmacists licensed in North Carolina.. All approvals now definite.

Looking forward to seeing you again in the mountains of North Carolina!


CrossCutchollasmallSouthwest Conference on Botanical Medicine, 2016   (Past Event – Thanks for making it such a great weekend! )
Dates: Friday April 8 – Sunday, April 10, 2016 

Recordings: Now available for download. Purchase full set of audio (mp3) recordings and speaker lecture notes in pdf.

Continuing education approved for recordings for NDs including 10 pharmacy hours.

Photo report on the conference on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you all again next year (April 7 – 9, 2017).


We hope you will join us for an herbal conference! These events are a great way to meet like-minded people and learn the latest information on botanical therapies for a variety of conditions.

Questions? Email us and we’ll be happy to help.

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Christopher Hobbs, PhD at Medicines from the Earth


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is a fourth-generation internationally known herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, author, clinician, botanist, mycologist and research scientist with over 35 years of experience with herbal medicine. Here he talks about his intensive at Medicines from the Earth on June 5 titled “Treating Infections with Natural Medicines—An Integrative and Cross-Cultural Approach”

Please tell us about your family heritage in botany.
My dad was a professor of botany and entomology and I still remember riding or walking with him when I was very young and being interested in flowers and plants. I’d ask the names of trees, shrubs and weeds and he would always know the name and some interesting things about them. Lucky for me, because I developed a life-long hyper-fixation on plants myself.

My maternal grandmother and great-grandmother were herbalists. My grandmother studied with a Chinese herbalist and had her own organic herb garden from which she treated people in her community. It’s interesting that so many years later I would receive training in traditional Chinese medicine, receive my acupuncture license, and study herbal medicine in China.

We are looking forward to your intensive entitled “Treating Infections with Natural Medicine—An Integrative and Cross-Cultural Approach” This seems to imply an energetic model of diagnosing and prescribing for infection—can you elaborate?
My practice and teaching style today is always a combination of traditional medicine, my own clinical and personal experience, the counsel and teachings of my peers, and the 10-year science training I completed in 2014. Although I am a scientist, I believe that healing between plants and people results from something greater than just the biological activity of herbs. Something indefinable and hard to measure occurs: a life-force that comes from the relationship between the growing and living plant, the soil and it’s microbes, its complex chemistry, the water, the sunlight, and the atmosphere, which all combine to work for healing on the highest level of intelligence. Continue reading

Chanchal Cabrera and Biophilia

Chanchal Cabrera
Chanchal Cabrera

Medicines from the Earth News: Chanchal Cabrera’s Biophilia Intensive

Speaker Chanchal Cabrera is a medical herbalist practicing on Vancouver Island, Canada. She lives at Innisfree Farm, a 7-acre botanical reserve and herb farm she and her husband Thierry Vrain created over the last ten years.

Linnea Wardwell spoke with Chanchal last week to find out more about biophilia, the instinctive bond humans have for all other life forms on the planet. It shapes her recent work on the farm, and is also the subject of the intensive workshop on Saturday afternoon at the symposium.

 

Vancouver Island Herb Gathering by Yarrow Willard
Vancouver Island Herb Gathering by Yarrow Willard

LW: Whenever we have a chance to chat, it seems there are new initiatives in your practice and farm activities. We’d like to find out what’s going on recently.

CC: Oh, that is a big question! I am always busy and always dreaming and scheming for the next opportunity to spread the word about herbal medicine.

Since my 4 months of training at Kew Gardens in 2013 and 2014, the farm has been listed on the international register of botanic gardens, one of 7 registered gardens in BC. Our specialty is medicine and food plants but we are also offering more and more education as well. We are running workshops, hosting events and teaching classes. Last year the 2nd biennial Vancouver Island Herb Gathering at Innisfree Farm had 270 people attend over 4 days. Next one is June 2017!

On top of that, I am still running the botanical medicine department at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, as well, so plenty to keep me busy.

LW: You’ve been a practicing medical herbalist since 1987 and were made a Fellow by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (the United Kingdom’s leading professional body representing herbal practitioners) in 2009. What is the main focus of your clinical practice?
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