Medicines from the Earth is coming up this weekend!

Schedule with descriptions. Speaker bios.

June 3 – 6, 2017 at Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, North Carolina. Schedule and registration
ote: online registration Is now closed but you are welcome to register at the door!. Directions.


Kenneth Proefrock
Kenneth Proefrock

Kenneth Proefrock explores the Future of Botanical Medicine in his keynote address, which asks how do herbalists adapt to the new scientific discoveries in medicine, both in treatment and diagnostics? Kenneth has spent his life researching new therapies for difficult-to-treat conditions using herbal medicine. LIghthearted, inspirational and informative, he engages an audience in his fast-paced presentations and leaves us with much to think about.

Roy Upton
Roy Upton
Cabrera, Chanchal
Chanchal Cabrera
Christopher Hobbs
Christopher Hobbs
Sunday morning panel: Immunotherapy in Cancer Treatment: Is there a Role for Botanicals? Can botanicals work in the same way as pharmaceutical immunotherapies, stimulating the immune system to eliminate cancer? Can botanicals be used with these cancer therapies to enhance benefit?

Teresa Boardwine
Vickie Shufer
Vickie Shufer
Marc Williams
Robin McGee
Robin McGee
Doug Elliot
Doug Elliot
As a counterpoint to clinical lectures, there are also herb walks and medicine making classes. Check out the schedule here to see classes on wild fruits, herbal treats, mushroom medicine, herbal oils, woody ethnobotany, and three different herb walks led by story-teller and herbalist Doug Elliott.

David Winston
David Winston
Jason Miller
Come early on Friday, June 3 for a pre-conference event:
Native Plant and Ethnobotanical Field Study with David Winston (just two spots left!)
Preconference Intensive: The Digestive System and Neurological Health: Healing The Gut-Brain Axis With Botanical Medicine with Jason Miller.

Jill Stansbury
Jill Stansbury
Walter Crinnion
Walter Crinnion
Todd Elliot
Todd Elliot
Mary Bove
Mary Bove
Their lectures include botanicals for toxicant damage (Walter), gut permeability (Jill), children’s microbiome (Mary) and ethnobotany of mushrooms (Ethnomycology with Todd Ellliott)

Hope to see you June 3 at Blue Ridge Assembly!

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Blue Ridge Asssembly, NC

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2016 Herbal Conferences

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Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium, 2016
Dates: Friday June 3 – Monday, June 6
Place: Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, North Carolina

Over 40 presentations on the integration of botanicals with the latest medical discoveries along with medicine making demonstrations, herb walks and intensives.

Pre-conference Events: Friday, June 3:

Ethnobotanical and Native Plant Field Study with herbalist and ethnobotanist David Winston.

Healing the Gut-Brain Axis with Botanicals with Jason Miller, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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Continuing education at Medicines from the Earth approved for nurses, naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists and pharmacists licensed in North Carolina.. All approvals now definite.

Looking forward to seeing you again in the mountains of North Carolina!

CrossCutchollasmallSouthwest Conference on Botanical Medicine, 2016   (Past Event – Thanks for making it such a great weekend! )
Dates: Friday April 8 – Sunday, April 10, 2016 

Recordings: Now available for download. Purchase full set of audio (mp3) recordings and speaker lecture notes in pdf.

Continuing education approved for recordings for NDs including 10 pharmacy hours.

Photo report on the conference on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you all again next year (April 7 – 9, 2017).

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

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Blue Ridge Assembly–more than just a hotel

YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly June 2015


What keeps us coming back (since 1996!) to Blue Ridge Assembly for Medicines from the Earth ?

The answers are easy: a peaceful oasis on 1200 mountainside acres, the rushing streams and the wild plants and trails so near at hand. Being able to leave our car behind and walk everywhere. You won’t find a TV in your room, or a cocktail lounge here, but you will enjoy fragrant nights with fireflies! Ahhh.

We asked some of our regular attendees what they appreciate about Blue Ridge and thought you’d enjoy their answers. (Photos courtesy 7Song were all taken at Blue Ridge Assembly)

Sweetshrub (Calycanthus)


Blue Ridge Assembly has a special ambiance that keeps me coming back.  I like the beauty, especially the creek with its soothing sound and the boulders where you can sit and put your feet in the cool running water and meditate.  The whole place just has a special feeling.   –SM.


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SCNM – A great place to hold an herbal conference

The Commons at SCNM. New sustainably built classroom and clinic building
Herb Garden
SCNM Herb Garden in full bloom (See more photos below)

Back in 1996, the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) occupied a small building in Scottsdale. The school had recently opened its doors and the first Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine was held that April. We had an enthusiastic crowd of naturopathic students, health professionals, local herbalists and volunteers. Some of you may remember that first panel discussion on Saturday night, under the stars in the inner courtyard–since there was no central meeting hall large enough!

SCNM has since moved to Tempe, and is now one of the top schools in the US for training naturopathic physicians.  It is also one of the first colleges in the country to qualify for LEED certification, a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. The herbal conference is an annual event here, and the profits help support the botanical medicine program at the school.

The two photos above illustrate why SCNM is such a special place: the commitment to the environment through sustainable… Continue reading

Past Conferences

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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.