2024 Herbal Conferences

Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla)

Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine
March 22 – 24, 2024

Location: Streaming online

Pre-conference Intensive with Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO: Restorative Sleep: Integrative Strategies for Remediating Sleep Disorders

Speakers so far (list not finalized): Lise Alschuler, Ann Armbrecht, Paul Bergner, Todd Caldecott, Renèe Camila, Kristin Gilmour, Naturopath (Australia), Julianne Grant, Naturopath (Australia), Marianne Marchese, Brianna Pichè, Kenneth Proefrock, Katie Stage and Jillian Stansbury

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium
May 17 – 19, 2024

Location: Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC

Pre-conference Intensive with Donald Yance, CN, RH (AHG): Optimizing Physical Performance and Recovery with Botanicals

Keynote Address with Mary Bove, ND: The Herbal Path: What I’ve Learned in Fifty Years of Study and Clinical Practice

Speakers so far (list not finalized): Mary Bove, Teresa Boardwine, Doug and Todd Elliott, Kat Maier, Kenneth Proefrock, Jillian Stansbury, Marc Williams and Donald Yance

Please join our email list and check back for future updates. We look forward to seeing you online in March or in person in May!

2023 Herbal Conferences Recordings

Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG)
Teresa Boardwine, RH(AHG) at 2023 Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium in Asheville, NC

It was another wonderful year of herbal conferences! Many thanks to all the attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors. We could not do it without you, and each year we grow more in gratitude for this special herbal community!

If you were unable to join us this year for Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine or Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium in North Carolina, you can now enjoy the recordings from home.

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Continuing education is available for naturopathic physicians and nursing professionals for the recordings.



For visual learners, you will love our videos and digital books (a PDF of speakers’ lecture notes and PowerPoints). You can follow along while you listen and/or watch the presentations.

Happy herbal learning!

2023 Herbal Conferences

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium

Past conference — Videos and audio from this conference are now available! For CE information, please visit the 2023 Medicines from the Earth Recordings CE page.

UNC Asheville
UNC Asheville by Blue Bullfrog / Flickr

Dates: June 2 – 4, 2023
Location: University of North Carolina, Asheville

We’re excited to share the beautiful UNC Asheville area with you. Tucked away in a beautiful location with on-site lodging next to the local botanical garden, attendees have the option of spending quiet time in nature or exploring downtown Asheville just minutes away while attending the 2023 symposium.

Speakers: Lise Alschuler, Rebecca Beyer, Teresa Boardwine, Mary Bove, Doug and Todd Elliott, Joe Hollis, Chris Kilham, Kat Maier, Jason Miller, Kenneth Proefrock, Katie Stage, Jillian Stansbury, Marc Williams, David Winston and Donald Yance

Continuing education for health professionals.

Registration is now open for the in-person Symposium!

Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine

Past conference — Videos and audio from this conference are now available! For CE information, please visit the 2023 SW Recordings CE page.

Sonoran Desert Plants
Sonoran Desert in bloom

Dates: March 24 – 26, 2023
Location: Streaming online, with extended video access

Pre-Conference Intensive: Reclaiming Self: Herbs to Correct Autoimmunity with Eric Yarnell, ND

Speakers: Dee Atkinson, Paul Bergner, Chanchal Cabrera, Deborah Frances, Lillea Hartwell, Jack Lambert, Brianna Piche, Kenneth Proefrock, Katie Stage, Jillian Stansbury, Jen Stovall, David Winston, and Eric Yarnell

Continuing Education for health professionals.

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.

To stay up to date on the conferences, join our email list and check back here for updates.

Topical Applications for Pain


March’s Featured Recording:
Topical Applications for Pain with Jillian Stansbury, ND

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Preview: Restoring Mitochondrial Function through Botanicals and other Naturopathic Therapies

Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG)Presenter: Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG)

Summary: Mitochondrial dysfunction is characterized by the reduction of energy output from the electron transport chain. Research confirms that reduced mitochondrial function is associated with nearly all chronic conditions, including neurodegenerative, psychiatric, cardiovascular, metabolic, autoimmune, cancer, chronic immune disorders and musculoskeletal. This lecture covers symptoms that are suggestive of mitochondrial concerns and testing methods to determine treatment strategies. These include botanicals specific to organ systems, nutrients and nutritional protocols to increase efficiency and restore function to mitochondria.

Excerpt from the Medicines from the Earth Symposium June 4 – 7, 2021.

2021 Herbal Conferences

If you missed our 2021 conferences, all the materials are now offered online:

ME 21 Videos
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium
Online June 4 – 7, 2021, Past event

Videos, audio recordings, and the digital book are now available!



SW 21 Video GraphicSouthwest Conference on Botanical Medicine
March 26 – 28, 2021: Past event
videos, audio recordings, and the digital book are now available!




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

Join Doug Elliott at Herb Mountain Farm

Doug Elliot, herbalist, naturalist

Join Doug Elliott at Herb Mountain Farm in Weaversville, NC on Saturday 6/5 for a one-of-a-kind herb walk for Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium! This beloved herbalist, author, and storyteller will delight and amaze you with his practical, scientific and cultural knowledge of many useful wild plants.

As a naturalist, herbalist and storyteller, Doug Elliot knows ancient plant lore, plant riddles and even sings songs about weeds and berries. His lively, informative plant walks and storytelling sessions create special memories for attendees of the Medicines from the Earth Symposium.

Doug Elliott is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, philosopher, and harmonica wizard who has performed at festivals, museums and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN and has conducted workshops and programs at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the Smithsonian Institution. He has trained rangers for the National Park Service and guided people on wilderness experiences from Down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades. He was named harmonica champion at Fiddler’s Grove Festival in N.C.

Doug regularly writes articles for regional and national magazines. He has authored five books, produced a number of award winning recordings of stories and songs, and is occasionally seen on PBS-TV and the History Channel.

Whether he’s singing about catfish, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of dandelions, cawing with crows, pondering the “nature” in human nature, telling wild snake tales or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune, storyteller, Doug Elliott will take you on an unforgettable, multifaceted cultural tour celebrating North America’s back country. He performs a lively concert of amazing tales, lively tunes, traditional lore, outrageous personal narratives, and fact stranger than fiction. He flavors it all with regional dialects, lively harmonica riffs, and more than a few belly laughs.

For more about Doug, visit his LinkedIn profile.

Register for the herb walk and symposium.