2021 Herbal Conferences

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NEW! It looks like it will be another online year in 2021. Participate from anywhere and still enjoy the high-quality botanical information and continuing education credits you’ve come to rely on.

Registration will feature live videos with Q&A, pre-recorded presentations, in-person herb walks and field studies for local participants (if safety considerations allow), a complimentary online book of notes/PowerPoints and a free set of audio recordings.

We are looking forward to seeing you all online in 2021 at these events. Registration is now open! Select the conferences below for detailed information.


At Herbal Educational Services we Cultivate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We recognize the need for increased diversity in the fields of clinical herbalism and natural medicine and are committed to creating a welcoming environment at our events that affords dignity to all.


March 26 – 28, 2021
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine

April Desert Bloom
Brittlebush and Cholla Cactus in bloom in the Sonoran Desert
  • Location: Streaming online
  • Features clinical lectures on the applications of botanical medicine in chronic health conditions, field studies, a panel discussion and herb walks in the desert.
  • Pre-conference Intensive: Managing Pharmaceutical Side Effects and Discontinuance with Botanicals and other Natural Therapies with Lise Alschuler, ND
  • Continuing Education Credits approved for up to 40 hours for MD, DO, ND, RN, FNP and others.  

Speaker list: Lise Alschuler, Paul Bergner, Deborah Frances, Lori Harger, Tori Hudson, Feather Jones, Mimi Kamp, Marianne Marchese, Heath McAllister, Kenneth Proefrock, Arianna Rodriguez, Mary Rondeau, JoAnn Sanchez, John Slattery, Jillian Stansbury and Katie Stage.  

Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine program and CE details. 


June 4 – 7, 2021
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium

  • Location: Streaming online
  • Features over 30 clinical lectures on the applications of botanical medicine in chronic health conditions, medicine-making demonstrations, in-person Mountain Gardens Tour, Friday Field Study, and herb walks
  • Pre-conference Intensive: Targeting the Biological Terrain in Collaborative Oncology: Correlating Modern Biomarkers with Traditional Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment with Jason Miller, DACM, LAc
  • Continuing Education pending for up to 49 hours for MD, DO, ND, RN, FNP and others.
  • More information coming soon!

Speaker list: Teresa Boardwine, Mary Bove, Jill Crista, Doug Elliott, Deborah Frances, Joe Hollis, Tori Hudson, Kat Maier, Jason Miller, Kenneth Proefrock, Mary Rondeau, Katie Stage, Jillian Stansbury, Marc Williams, David Winston, and Donald Yance.

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium program and CE details


We hope to see you online in 2021!

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

Healthy Aging Audio Series

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An audio series for health care providers – with continuing education for naturopathic physicians – bundled together in one discounted package:

  • Six (6) audio recordings (1.5 – 2 hours each)
  • Digital book of notes (128-page PDF)
  • Continuing education credits for naturopathic physicians
  • Order with one click for $55 ($75 value)

Note: The information in this series is provided as a research resource and is not intended to replace diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care practitioner.


Audio Series Details
(See below for lecture titles and descriptions)

One click orders all six recordings selected from the Botanical Medicine library, plus a 128-page PDF of notes. Together these provide comprehensive information on healthy aging.

This series begins with understanding the biological aging process in Part 1 of the lecture given by Donald Yance, RH (AHG) and continues in Part 2 with a discussion of botanicals, nutrients and lifestyle recommendations to support and restore health as we age.

Next, Lise Alschuler, ND presents a detailed overview of the consequences of a maladaptive stress response, which manifests as elevated cortisol levels, altered circadian rhythms and an increase in inflammatory cytokines. She explains how the neurological, cardiovascular, endocrine, immunological and gastrointestinal effects of stress can be managed and even reversed with botanicals and diet.

Christopher Hobbs, PhD, LAc provides a review of the latest scientific data on the factors leading to aging, and herbs, both from Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, shown to address these specific factors. And in a fitting wrap-up to this topic, Jill Stansbury, ND lays out the impact of diet on aging and provides tonics, teas, and smoothies that can easily be included in daily dietary routines.

(Series price of $55 includes an 128-page PDF of lecture notes.)

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Video Series for Clinicians: Building Immunity

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A video series for health care providers – with continuing education for naturopathic physicians – bundled together in one discounted package:

  • Six (6) video lectures (1.5 hours each)
  • Digital book of notes (89-page PDF)
  • Continuing education credits for naturopathic physicians
  • Order with one click for $89 ($135 value)

Note: The information in this series is provided as a research resource for health professionals and is not intended to replace diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care practitioner.


Video Series Details
(See below for titles and descriptions of videos)

One click orders all six videos selected from the 2020 conference season (4 videos from Medicines from the Earth and 2 from the Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine), plus an 89-page pdf of notes. Together these provide comprehensive information on the clinical management of immune conditions.

The series begins with an overview of immunity from childhood to the elder years, followed by a more detailed look at the lymph system and the role it plays in immunology.

Specific immune challenges are then addressed, including the influence of estrogen on autoimmunity, managing acute viral respiratory infection, a panel discussion on immune-centered illness and, finally, the latest research on managing COVID-19. (This was recorded in March 2020, just as the pandemic was spreading, so the speaker, Donald Yance, provided an update in August 2020 featuring all the latest research findings. The updated article link is included in the pdf of lecture notes for the series).

Video presentations offer complete clinical information, with the speaker and the PowerPoint playing together in an ideal format for online learning.

(Series price of $89 includes an 89-page PDF of lecture notes.)

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Clinical Management of Anxiety and Depression Series

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Verbena hastata (vervain)

An audio series for health care providers – with continuing education for naturopathic physicians – bundled together in one discounted package:

  • Seven (7) audio lectures (1.5 – 2 hours each)
  • Digital book of notes (110-page PDF)
  • Order with one click for $60 ($105 value)

Note: The information in this series is provided as a research resource for health professionals and is not intended to replace diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care practitioner.

Details: This series of seven audio recordings begins with an overview by David Winston, RH (AHG) of differential treatment according to the cause: hepatic and GI-based depression, hormonal depression, GI-based anxiety and more. Tori Hudson, ND continues with a description of the fearsome twosome of anxiety and depression in women in which she prescribes select botanicals with particular attention to the influence of cortisol and other hormonal states.

Jill Stansbury, ND emphasizes the necessity of delicate incremental therapies for those immobilized by depression, and those undergoing withdrawal from SSRIs and MAO inhibitors. She defines trophorestoratives as those herbs which nourish the whole nervous system, upon which more specific formulas are built for the individual’s situation.

Going further than just an absence of disease, Lise Alschuler, ND gives recommendations for “Supporting Happiness and Reducing Anxiety and Depression.” And finally, Donald Yance, RH (AHG) presents a 4-hour intensive entitled “Mood Disorders: An Integrative Approach to Reducing and Eliminating the Use of Pharmaceuticals.” (Includes a 110-page PDF of lecture notes.)

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Rosemary, Turmeric, and Lemon Balm

Read the transcript for this video.

Mary Bove, ND was recently asked a question as part of the 2020 Summer Series: “What three herbs would you recommend for study by beginning students of herbalism?” In the video above she listed Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), Curcuma longa (Turmeric), and Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) as a great place to start. Continue reading

On-Demand Video Streaming

Introducing our new on-demand, video streaming presentations on Vimeo!

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Video presentations offer complete clinical information, with the speaker and the PowerPoint playing together in an ideal format for online learning. Continuing education credits available for all videos.

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We thank all the speakers from this year’s conferences for adapting to this new online video format and still providing the same excellent information we have become used to at the live events.

And to everyone who attended: thank you for making this another wonderful conference season! Here’s what a few of you had to say:

“Thank you so much for a great webinar. So good to connect with so many even if in cyberspace! Loved all the presentations.” — D.W., Naturopathic Physician

It has been such a great, great conference. I loved watching lectures I normally would not have invested time in-but could because of time at home and access. It made my COVID isolation brighter and happier. You and your team and the presenters really made a difference in a lot of our lives.” — J.K., Licensed Acupuncturist

Thank you for the best conference to date. Speakers were knowledgeable with great slides.— K.C., Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Acupuncturist

“I have told so many people about this conference and I’m a nurse practitioner and I tell them this is like the best conference I have ever been too!” — L.C., Nurse Practitioner

Managing Osteopenia and Osteoporosis with Botanical Medicine

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Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

Our bones are powerful! I’m still amazed sometimes that these hardened structures, allowing for muscle attachments and acting as a scaffold for movement, are indeed very much alive. Right now, as you’re reading this, they are hard at work creating blood cells and maintaining their structure and intricate framework. Continue reading

Summer Video Series for Continuing Education

We invite you to join us for the Summer Video Series for Continuing Education, a new 6-video series offering continuing education for naturopathic physicians and nurses. Learn about topics including microbiome health, the nervous system, mental health, neuroplasticity, women’s health and cellular repair.2020 Summer Video Series - Graphic for Streaming Videos

This series was aired live from July-September 2020, and now you can access the recordings to earn continuing education on your own schedule at your own pace!

  • Location: Watch from the comfort of your home
  • Dates: 8-weeks of access to streaming video lectures; watch on your own schedule
  • Six 2-hour streaming sessions on Zoom, including speaker lecture and Q&A
  • Continuing Education available for Nurses and Naturopathic Physicians
    • NDsApproved for up to 12 general hours of which 3 can be pharmacy (OBNM); each session is 2 hours credits
    • Nurses: Approved for up to 7.5 nursing contact hours; each session is 1.5 contact hours (NCNA)
  • Cost: $30 per session or a package deal of $99 for all 6 sessions!

Check out the full details on the Summer Video Series for Continuing Education here.

Speakers: Mary Bove, ND, David Crow, LAc, Jason Miller, DACM, LAc, Kenneth Proefrock, ND, Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG) and Katie Stage, ND, RH (AHG)

2020 Summer Series Speaker Lineup

2020 Herbal Conferences

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Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium

  • Location: In your living room! A virtual streaming conference. Video or audio recordings now available!
  • Theme: Restoring Immunological Balance with Botanicals
  • Features 37 clinical presentations, virtual herb walks and medicine-making demonstrations
  • Friday pre-symposium clinical intensive with Donald Yance, RH (AHG)
  • Three panel discussions and Keynote address with Chanchal Cabrera, RH (AHG)
  • Continuing Education Credits for recordings — Nurses and Naturopathic Physicians. Audio or Video:
    • Nurses: Approved for maximum 41.5 CNE contact hours*.
    • Naturopathic Physicians: Live event approved for maximum 21.5 CME hours of which 9 hours can be pharmacy. (Pending: Application submitted for up to 56.5 CME including 9.5 pharmacy hours for audio and video recordings.)

Speakers: Teresa Boardwine, Mary Bove, Chanchal Cabrera, David Crow, Doug Elliott, Christopher Hobbs, Robin McGee, Jason Miller, Kenneth Proefrock, CoreyPine Shane, Vickie Shufer, Katie Stage, Marc Williams, Jennifer Williams, David Winston and Donald Yance

* This activity has been approved by the North Carolina Nurses Association for 31.5 contact hours. North Carolina Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (Note: $35 charge for nursing CNE due to high cost of new application.)


Past Herbal Medicine Conference:
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine

Field Studies in the desert landscape (pictured) round out the Southwest herbal conference program
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine – Desert Landscape by Mimi Kamp
  • Location: In your living room! A virtual streaming conference. Video or audio recordings now available!
  • Features clinical lectures on the applications of botanical medicine in chronic health conditions, an herb walk in the desert and a garden lecture.
  • Pre-conference Clinical intensive on Herb-Drug Interactions with Glen Nagel, ND
  • Continuing Education Credits for recordings Naturopathic Physicians. Audio or Video:
    • Arizona: Approved by SCNM CE reviewers for up to 50.5 general hours of which 13.5 can be pharmacy and 3 opioid addiction credits. 
    • Oregon: Approved by OBNM for up to 49 general hours of which 14 can be pharmacy and 1.5 ethics (for Addiction Part A).
    • CaliforniaApproved by CNDA for up to 20.5 general hours of which 13 can be pharmacy.
    • All ND CE details on this page.

Speaker list: Lydia Bartholow, Paul Bergner, Sam Coffman, Glen Nagel, Marianne Marchese, Heath McAllister, Andrea Purcell, Kenneth Proefrock, Mary Rondeau, JoAnn Sanchez, Yalda Shokoohinia, John Slattery, Katie Stage, David Winston, Donnie Yance and Eric Yarnell.