2020 Herbal Conferences

March 27 – 29, 2020
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 

Field Study at the SW Conference
Field Study at the Southwest Conference
  • Location: Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona
  • Features clinical lectures on the applications of botanical medicine in chronic health conditions, herb walks and medicine-making classes in the garden.
  • Pre-conference field studies and a clinical intensive on Friday, March 27. Main conference is March 28 & 29.
  • CE applications to be submitted for acupuncturists and naturopathic physicians (including California –CNDA). Credits pending: 13.5 hours for Saturday and Sunday, and up to 6 hours for pre-conference events on Friday.
  • Exhibit hall now accepting applications. Contact us for information and questions.

Speaker list so far: Paul Bergner, Phyllis Hogan, Tori Hudson, Glen Nagel, Mimi Kamp, Heath McAllister, Kenneth Proefrock, Mary Rondeau, JoAnn Sanchez, John Slattery, Katie Stage, Jill Stansbury, David Winston and Eric Yarnell.

Check back for updates as more program details are finalized. Registration opens October 15!

May 29 – June 1, 2020

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 

  • Location: Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, North Carolina

    View from symposium facility
    Evenings on the porch at Blue Ridge Assembly
  • Over 40 clinical presentations in a beautiful mountain retreat setting.
  • Friday pre-symposium field study and clinical intensive May 29.
  • Main event Saturday – Monday, May 30 – June 1.
  • Panel discussions, Saturday keynote address, herb walks and medicine-making classes round out the program.
  • Continuing education applications to be submitted for nurses, naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists. Credits pending: 17.5 hours CE for main event; Friday up to 4 hours additional credits.
  • Exhibit hall applications now being received. Contact us for information and questions!

Speaker list to be announced soon.

  • Registration opens in October, 2019.
  • Check back here for details as we develop the programs.
  • We look forward to seeing you at an event in 2020!

2019 Recordings are Ready to Order

herbal medicine - passionflower

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium Audio Recordings

Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine Audio Recordings

To view details of a program offered this year, select it from the “Archive” menu on the right.

2019 Conference Recording Details

Blue Ridge Assembly View
The view from Blue Ridge Assembly

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium

Past conference: 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 offered the experience of stepping out of our busy lives to savor this weekend with the plants. Thanks to all who made this such a success!

Order full set of audio recordings here

Some highlights:

  • Keynote Address with Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP: Endocrine Disruptors: History, Recent Research and Individual and Societal Remedies
  • Panel Discussion with Kenneth Proefrock, Mary Rondeau and Jason Miller: Managing the Effects of Endocrine Disruptors with Botanical Medicine
  • Pre-conference Intensive with Lise Alschuler, ND: The Impact of Stress on Accelerated Aging: Botanical Remediation, Part 1 & 2
  • Order the full set to hear all thirty-four presentations, including botanicals for preserving mental function as we age, eye health, trauma, depression in the elderly, types of pain, stroke recovery, breast cancer, aging gracefully, mood disorders, liver and gallbladder conditions, chronic lung conditions, detoxification, ADD and ADHD, a pre-fertility program, and a clinical roundtable with Jason Miller, Kevin Spelman and Teresa Boardwine.

Continuing education distance-learning credits approved for nurses and naturopathic physicians. Details

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

This conference offered a wealth of clinical information and some great garden talks on medicine-making: 32 recordings in all.

Order the full set of audio recordings here

Distance learning CE for naturopathic physicians and nurses. Details here

Recorded speakers: Paul Bergner, Mark Blumenthal, Mary Bove, Eric Bresselsmith, Sam Coffman, Feather Jones, Jeffrey Langland, Jason Miller, Kenneth Proefrock, JoAnn Sanchez, John Slattery, Katie Stage, Jill Stansbury, David Winston and Donald Yance


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.

Sign up for our newsletter
Receive program updates and announcements…

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

We hope you will join us for an herbal conference next year! 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.

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome & Histamine Intolerance: An Herbal Approach

Curcuma Longa (turmeric)

I always tell my patients with histamine issues, whether it’s histamine intolerance or mast cell activation syndrome, that they are “the canary in the coal mine.” The canaries were the warning sign, just like people with easily-angered mast cells warning us that our environment is changing, our genes are becoming more sensitive to pollution, and our physiology is losing its resilience to stressors of daily living. However, there is indeed hope and healing – the body can be retrained and herbal medicine offers a set of tools to help it do just that! Continue reading

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

Larry and Linnea Wardwell
Larry and Linnea Wardwell

(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. Continue reading

Remembering Walter Crinnion, ND

The world lost a great human being, environmental medicine expert and teacher with the passing of Walter J. Crinnion, ND on March 11, 2019.

Walter was a regular speaker at Medicines from the Earth for years, and he endeared himself to us by his wide-ranging knowledge of the effects of environmental chemicals on fertility, childhood health and obesity, but also by his hilarious sense of humor and quirky delivery. His presentations were filled with scientific data and never boring! Continue reading

Past Conferences

herbal education

Recordings and Books available from past Herbal Conferences:

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

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

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

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

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