For Attendees at the Virtual 2020 Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium

Welcome to the new Virtual 2020 Medicines from the Earth. We are so happy you’re here!

Registrants now receive a full online conference experience, all for your basic registration fee:

  • Video streaming of 39 live and pre-recorded sessions. Includes clinical presentations, demonstrations, three live panel discussions, herb walks and the keynote address. Available on-demand until June 15.
  • Full set of audio recordings
  • Online book of lecture notes and power points 

(This page is private and for attendees only)

Program Directory–select any link:


Please note: David Winston’s in-person field study is canceled and reimbursements will be issued. Joe Hollis’ plant walk will now be presented in video format to all and refunds for the live tour will also be issued this week.

For lodging deposits at Blue Ridge Assembly, please email Danielle Tocaban dtocaben(AT)yblueridge.org
They are closed completely with only a skeleton staff, so please be patient! Blue Ridge relief fund info


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Symposium Live Sessions
(The Zoom links in red will be updated a few days before the event is scheduled)

Friday Live Session

Friday, May 29, 1:00 – 5:15 PM Eastern Time (10:00 AM – 2:15 PM Pacific)
Live Pre-Conference Intensive

Mitigating the Effects of Glyphosate and other Environmental Toxins for the Prevention of Chronic Disease and Health Optimization – the Application of Hormesis and Herbal Medicine with Donald Yance, RH (AHG)

Description: Full pre-conference intensive details here.
Registration: There is still time to register for the pre-conference intensive. (Cost: $89)
Access: Intensive participants will receive an email with instructions on how to access this live session.
Continuing Education: Approved for 4 pharmacy hours for NDs and 4 PDA for acupuncturists. Nursing CE pending. Full CE details here.


Saturday Live Sessions

Saturday, May 30, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time (8:00 – 9:30 AM Pacific)
Live Panel Discussion

Clinical Approaches to Immune-Centered Illness with Mary Bove, ND, Katie Stage, ND, and David Winston, RH (AHG)

Description: Each panelist describes their principal approach when presented with an immune-centered illness (whether autoimmune, cancer, etc.) What are the three main areas of focus when seeing a patient for the first time? What three systems do we consider (e.g. HPA, endocrine/thyroid, metabolic, etc?) What are the most important labs? What are the three main botanical approaches and the three main dietary and lifestyle approaches we start with in such situations?
Access: Open to all Symposium registrants. Link to Vimeo live streaming room coming soon.
Continuing Education: Approved for 1.5 general CE for naturopathic physicians and 1.5 PDA points for acupuncturists. Pending approval: 1.5 contact hours for Nurses. Full CE details here.

Opening meeting at Medicines from the Earth
Opening meeting at Medicines from the Earth

Saturday, May 30, 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific)

Live Keynote Address

Keynote: Nature, Spirit, Medicine: Using Biophilia Practice and Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) for Personal and Planetary Healing with Chanchal Cabrera, RH (AHG)

Description: Honoring the innate resonance and connection we feel with Nature, medical herbalist Chanchal Cabrera explores the modern science of the genome and the descriptions of sacred geometry in nature to explain this seemingly universal spiritual/mystical experience. Drawing from over 30 years of study and patient care, she describes how a connection with nature can be harnessed for clinical benefit in contemporary herbal practice.
Access: Open to all Symposium registrants. Link to Vimeo live streaming room coming soon.
Continuing Education: Approved for 1.5 general CE for naturopathic physicians and 1.5 PDA points for acupuncturists. Pending approval: 1.5 contact hours for Nurses. Full CE details here.


Sunday Live Sessions

Sunday, May 31, 11 AM – 12:30 PM Eastern Time (8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Pacific)
NEW! Live Panel Discussion

Improving Cellular Repair for Increasing Lifespan with Botanicals and Other Natural Therapies with Jason Miller, DACM, LAc, Kenneth Proefrock, ND and Mary Rondeau, ND

Description: Research is showing that aging occurs at the most fundamental level of our bodies–the cellular level. This panel explores the ways in which diet, lifestyle, botanical and nutritional therapies can effect the ability of the cells to repair damage from genetic mutations and oxidative damage, and how this governs overall health and longevity.
Access: Open to all Symposium registrants. Link to Vimeo live streaming room coming soon.
Continuing Education: Pending approval, 1.5 general CE credits (OBNM) and 1.5 PDA points (NCCAOM). This session will not provide CE for nurses. Full CE details here.

Sunday, May 31, 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific)
Live Speaker Session

In the Zone: Research Considerations for Microdosing Entheogens with Katie Stage, ND

Description: Entheogens are those herbs that bring us in touch with the divine. Use of these herbs has an important role in supporting whole person healing and connection. However, the use of small doses of entheogenic herbs is an emerging therapy that supports mood, enhances creativity, and modulates neuroplasticity, without impairing the ability to function in daily life. This session explores the herbs, history, and research supporting this fascinating herbal approach.
Access: Open to all Symposium registrants. Link to the Vimeo live streaming room coming soon.
Continuing Education: Approved for 1.5 general CE credits for naturopathic physicians and 1.5 PDA points for acupuncturists. Pending approval: 1.5 contact hours for nurses. Full CE details here.


Monday Live Sessions

Monday, June 1, 10:00 AM – Noon Eastern (7:00 – 9:00 AM Pacific)
Mountain Gardens Pre-recorded Video Tour followed by live Q & A with Joe Hollis

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Description: Join Joe Hollis for a live Q&A session to follow his recorded video of the Mountain Gardens Tour. Mountain Gardens is a forty-year-old botanical garden incorporating the largest collection of medicinal herbs in the eastern US. Follow expert botanist and horticulturist Joe Hollis on a leisurely plant walk with detailed information on the ecology, propagation, and cultivation of the herbs.
Access: Open to all Symposium registrants. Link to Vimeo live streaming room coming soon.
Continuing Education: Approved for 2 general CE credits for naturopathic physicians and 2 PDA points for acupuncturists. Pending approval: 2 contact hours for nurses. Full CE details here.

Monday, June 1, 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern Time (10:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific)
Live Closing Panel

Latest Discoveries in Botanical Medicine with Christopher Hobbs, PhD, LAc, David Crow, LAc and Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG)

Description: New botanical medicines and novel clinical uses are emerging every year–the panelists take a look at some of these new developments in the last year and how they can be of use to clinicians.
Access: Open to all Symposium registrants. Link to Vimeo live streaming room coming soon.
Continuing Education: Approved for 1 general CE credit for naturopathic physicians and 1 PDA point for acupuncturists. Pending approval: 1 contact hours for nurses. Full CE details here.



Conference Video Lectures

Directions for Accessing Recorded Lectures: When the following videos are ready for viewing, the link will turn blue which will take you to Vimeo, a recorded video platform. Once the Vimeo page has loaded, click the play arrow button and your lecture video will begin. Videos will be available for viewing on May 29 and at any time through June 15.

Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG)
1. Herbal Tea Apothecary: Teas for Every Body System, Energetic Tissue State and Constitution
2. Oxymels and Vinegar Infusions

Mary Bove, ND
1. Women, Autoimmunity, and Estrogen Metabolism
2. Cultivating Skin Microbiome Radiance with Botanicals
3. Addressing Immune Health thru the Ages: Infants to Seniors

Chanchal Cabrera, RH (AHG)
1. Rubefacient and Vulnerary Botanicals for a Complicated Case
2. Chronic Skin Conditions: Case Review of Seborrheic Dermatitis
3. Keynote Address: Nature, Spirit, Medicine—Using Biophilia Practice and Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) for Personal and Planetary Healing

David Crow, LAc
Principles of Combining Herbs and Essential Oils Series:
1. Relaxing the Nervous System (Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia, Tension Headaches and Chronic Adrenal Overstimulation)
2. Musculoskeletal Conditions (Arthritic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Injuries, Muscle Spasm)
3. Strengthening and Energizing the Nervous System (Antidepressant Effects, Protection against Neurodegenerative Conditions, Supporting Cognitive Function and Enhancing Concentration)

Doug Elliott
1. Herb Walk

Christopher Hobbs, PhD, LAc
1. Diabetes, Obesity and Related Diseases
2. Essential Oil Therapeutics: Internal Uses for Clinic and Home
3. Mushroom Spirit Medicine

Joe Hollis
1. Ecology, Propagation, and Cultivation of Native and Oriental Medicinal Herbs

Robin McGee
1. Sweet Medicine: Herbal-infused Honeys and Herbal Syrups (Demonstration)

Jason Miller, DACM, LAc
1. Demystifying “Qi”: A Reverse-Engineering Approach to Understanding the Concept of Qi in Botanical Medicine
2. The Yin and Yang of Hormone Balance: A Botanical and Nutritional Medicine Approach to Hormone Deficiency and Endocrine Disruption
3. Prostate Cancer: A Comprehensive and Collaborative Approach

Yucca in Bloom
Yucca in Bloom

Kenneth Proefrock, ND
Presentation:
1. Lymphagogues and Alteratives: Lessons in Herbal Immunology
2. Revisiting the Many Faces of Testosterone: How Botanicals Play a Significant Regulatory Role
3. Neuroplasticity and the NMDA receptor: Botanical and Nutritional Influences on Neurological Remodeling

Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG)
1. Keeping Kids Healthy
2. Anxiety: More than an Over Aroused State

CoreyPine Shane, RH (AHG)
1. Herb Walk–Plant Personalities of Appalachian Botanicals

Vickie Shufer, MA
1. Wild Food Farmacy in your Backyard

Katie Stage, ND, RH (AHG)
1. Taming the Dragon: Botanical Approaches for Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
2. In the Zone: Research Considerations for Microdosing Entheogens
3. Botanical Strategies for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis

Marc Williams, MA
1. The Ethnobotany of the African Diaspora

Jennifer Williams, DACM, LAc
1. Substance Addiction and Recovery: Herbal Strategies for Emotional and Physical Pain
2. Topical Applications to Ease Substance Withdrawal

David Winston, RH (AHG)
1. Medicinal Mushrooms in Clinical Practice
2. Restorative and Nutritive Tonics

Donald Yance, RH (AHG)
1. Friday Intensive: Mitigating the Effects of Glyphosate and other Environmental Toxins for the Prevention of Chronic Disease and Health Optimization – the Application of Hormesis and Herbal Medicine (Note: This video is password protected and available to intensive registrants only.)
2. Targeting IL-1 in Immunotherapy for Cancer and other Diseases using Botanical Medicine

Live Panel Discussions: 
1. Clinical Approaches to Immune-Centered Illness with Mary Bove, ND, Katie Stage, ND and David Winston, RH (AHG)
(Saturday 11 AM Eastern)

2. Improving Cellular Repair for Increasing Lifespan with Botanicals and Other Natural Therapies with Jason Miller, DACM, LAc, Kenneth Proefrock, ND and Mary Rondeau, ND
(Sunday 11 AM Eastern)

3. Latest Discoveries in Botanical Medicine with Christopher Hobbs, PhD, David Crow, LAc and Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG)
(Monday 1:00 PM Eastern Time)



Lecture Notes:

  • Participants will be sent a link to the digital notes sometime in May. Digital lecture notes are included in your registration fee.
  • The printed book may be available before the event for $30. We will keep you posted. (The publisher has had long delays in approving and printing books, so it may not be ready.)
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  • Many thanks to Frontier Co-op for their sponsorship of the printed and online lecture notes book for this conference!


Continuing Education Credits

Up to 20.5 hours of continuing education credits are approved for naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists. Pending approval: over 30 CNE contact hours in nursing for this new virtual format. Note: even though you can attend more hours in this virtual format, anything over 20.5 hours for naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists will not be counted toward CE.

More information on earning CE credits coming soon!

Select these links to see approval information, including what type of CE and how many credits for each presentation.
CME hours for naturopathic physicians
CE hours and PDA for acupuncturists



Explore Our Virtual Exhibit Hall

Many thanks to our virtual exhibitors for the Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium! Please take some time to explore our exhibitor’s websites and social media pages to interact with these excellent botanical companies. Even though we can’t all be together, there are many ways to support the exhibitors – follow their social media, explore their website and place an online order to bring these diverse botanical goods to your home.

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Frontier Co-op has been a member-owned cooperative supporting natural living since 1976 — owned by stores and other organizations that buy and sell our products. We care deeply about our co-op’s effect on the world, and we’re sincerely committed to helping the communities where our products are produced. Your purchases benefit struggling families and communities around the world as we do business with the goal of treating everyone fairly and having a positive impact in the world.


We also want to recognize the other companies who come every year and support the conference with their enthusiastic presence and great displays. Here are links to their sites for information and ordering:

 


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Questions about the recordings, how to access live presentations or anything else about the virtual symposium?

Please contact us and we’re happy to help!