2017 Herbal Conferences

Event information for 2017:

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April Desert Bloom
Brittlebush and Cholla Cactus in bloom in April in the Sonoran Desert

Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine

April 7 – 9, 2017 at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona

  • Friday Field Studies in the desert with Mimi Kamp and JoAnn Sanchez
  • In-depth pre-conference intensive with naturopath Lise Alschuler, ND
  • Two full days (Saturday and Sunday) of clinical presentations and medicine making classes.
  • Outdoor classes and meals in the SCNM herb garden
  • Continuing education information.

Speakers: 7Song, Lise Alschuler, Paul Bergner, Mary Bove, Phyllis Hogan, Mimi Kamp, Rhonda PallasDowney, Kenneth Proefrock, JoAnn Sanchez, Katie Stage, Jill Stansbury, Jonathan Treasure, David Winston and Eric Yarrnell.

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Blue Ridge Assembly
YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium

June 2 – 5, 2017 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.

Begins with optional Friday events: David Winston’s field study (pictured), or a pre-conference intensive with Kenneth Proefrock: Immuno-psychiatry–How the Immune System affects Mental Health.

The main symposium is Saturday, June 3 to Monday June 5.  Registration will open in the middle of November.

Herbalist David Winston and Ginseng
Herbalist David Winston and Ginseng

Speakers (subject to minor changes): Abby Artemisia, Mark Blumenthal, Teresa Boardwine, Mary Bove, Jerry Cott, Walter Crinnion, Doug Elliott, Kathleen Maier, Robin McGee, Jason Miller, Kenneth Proefrock, CoreyPine Shane, Vickie Shufer, Jill Stansbury, Marc Williams, David Winston and Donnie Yance

We hope you’ll join us for this herbal conference!


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Continuing Education
Our herbal conferences provide opportunities for continuing education (CE, PDA, CEU, CNE, CME) in areas such as integrative medicine, naturopathic medicine, complementary medicine, holistic medicine and more. Applications to be submitted for naturopaths (naturopathic doctors), acupuncturists and nurses for both events.

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We hope to see you at one of our 2017 herbal conferences!
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Past Conferences

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Recordings and Books available from past Herbal Conferences:

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.

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.”

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