Herbal Conferences 2019

Welcome to the 2019 conference season! Conference summaries are on this page (below), or click these links for speakers, topics, continuing education, lodging, and more:

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium, May 31 – June 3, Black Mountain, NC

Past conference: Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine March 29 – 31, 2019 in Tempe, AZ
Audio recordings now available here. Distance-learning information for NDs and Nurses.


2019 Conference Summaries


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.

Keynote Address with Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP: Endocrine Disruptors: History, Recent Research and Individual and Societal Remedies

Continuing education credits approved for nurses, acupuncturists, pharmacists (North Carolina only) and naturopathic physicians. Basic symposium: 17.5 CE hours; more if Friday pre-conference events are attended.

Speakers: 7Song, Lise Alschuler, Abby Artemisia, Teresa Boardwine, Mary Bove, Jeannie Dunn, Doug Elliott, Kat Maier, Jason Miller, Kenneth Proefrock, Mary Rondeau, Tricia Shapiro, Kevin Spelman, Jill Stansbury, Leo Trasande and David Winston  More details here.



Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine

Ocotillo by Mimi Kamp
Ocotillo by Mimi Kamp

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

Recordings now available!  Click here to view. 

Offering clinical lectures and desert herb walks for continuing education for naturopathic physicians, nurses and acupuncturists. All CE approvals have been received. See the program page for more details.

Begins with choice of optional field study or pre-conference intensive on Friday, March 29. The main conference is Saturday and Sunday. See more details here.

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



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.

Wardwells Receive ABC Award

NEWS: ABC Announces Annual Herbal Community Builder Award Recipients

Linnea and Larry Wardwell have organized conferences on botanical medicine for over 25 years

(Austin, TX. February 25, 2019)  The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) has announced the recipients of its annual ABC Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award. The award for 2018 goes to Linnea and Larry Wardwell, a husband and wife team who have been organizing and promoting herb conferences for over 25 years.

The annual award, named for ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal, is given to individuals who have played a significant role in creating a sense of community among herbalists, botanical researchers, members of the herb and natural products communities and industries, and others who work in the area of medicinal and aromatic plants.

Larry and Linnea Wardwell
Larry and Linnea Wardwell

The Wardwells have contributed significantly to the herbal education of literally tens of thousands of individuals helping build and strengthen the herbal community. Through their company, Herbal Educational Services, they organize and promote the annual Medicines from the Earth conferences in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and the annual Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. Additionally, they have recorded most of the presentations and compiled extensive conference proceedings, making them available via their company – what Blumenthal calls “an important and highly useful herb educational resource.” Many of these recordings and proceedings are part of approved continuing education modules for health professionals. Continue reading

2018 Recordings and Books Ready to Order

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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



Fairy Duster Flower
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

Past Conferences

herbal education

Recordings and Books available from past Herbal Conferences:

2018
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2018
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 2018

2017
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2017
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 2017

2016
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2016
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 2016

2015
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine, 2015
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium, 2015

For more herbal education resources, browse our audio and book library.