2020 Herbal Conferences

We welcome you to the 2020 conference season! To see speakers, topics and other information, select the links below. Or for a quick summary read the post below. We look forward to having you join us in 2020!

Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2020

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 2020


March 27 – 29, 2020
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: Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona
  • Features clinical lectures on the applications of botanical medicine in chronic health conditions, herb walks in the desert 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 7 hours for pre-conference events on Friday.
  • Exhibit hall now accepting applications. Contact us for information and questions.

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

Registration is now open!



May 29 – June 1, 2020
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 

  • Location: Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • Theme: Restoring Immunological Balance

    View from the herbal medicine conference facility
    Evenings on the porch at Blue Ridge Assembly during the botanical medicine symposium
  • Over 40 clinical presentations in a beautiful mountain retreat setting.
  • Friday pre-symposium field studies 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: 22.5 hours CE for main event; Friday up to 4 hours additional credits.
  • Exhibit hall applications now being received. Contact us for information and questions!

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


  • Registration is now open!
  • Check back here for details as we develop the schedules and apply for continuing education.
  • We look forward to seeing you at an herbal medicine conference in 2020!

Pain and Inflammation Education for Clinicians

Pain and Inflammation series

Pain and Inflammation series

An audio series for health care providers –  bundled together in one discounted package:

  • Eight (8) audio lectures (1.5 hours each)
  • Digital book of notes (85 page PDF)
  • Order with one click for $65 ($90 value)

Continuing education for naturopathic physicians
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: These eight audio recordings offer the clinician valuable information to help reduce opioid use, over-use and addiction. Presented by experienced practitioners, they address botanical therapies for dampening the inflammatory response and managing types of pain (i.e. neuralgia, acute renal colic, vascular pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis and radiation-induced oral mucositis). Features up-to-date information on the uses of cannabis for pain management and discusses the underlying causes of chronic pain syndrome. Includes digital book of lecture notes with complete references (85 page PDF). Continue reading

Prevention of Cognitive Decline as we Age

cognitive decline ginko

This is a summary of the panel discussion at the 2018 Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine with Chanchal Cabrera, RH(AHG), Katie Stage, ND, RH(AHG) and Jill Stansbury, ND, in which they addressed cognitive decline and dementia. In this wide-ranging discussion they covered botanicals and nutritional therapies for prevention, and evaluated the most commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals. Continue reading

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome & Histamine Intolerance: An Herbal Approach

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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

Mark Blumenthal presents award to Larry and Linnea Wardwell
Wardwells with ABCs Mark Blumenthal

(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

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Recordings and Books available from past Herbal Conferences:

2019
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2019
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 2019

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.