2022 Herbal Conferences

We look forward to having you join us for the 2022 conference season. Registration is now open for both events!


Southwest Conference on Botanical MedicineSouthwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2022
March 25 – 27

Online Conference

NEW! Registration for Southwest Conference is now open!

Attend this conference online from anywhere. Combination of online live presentations during the conference weekend and pre-recorded video available to all participants.

Speakers: Lise Alschuler, Paul Bergner, Isla Burgess, David Eisen, Deborah Frances, Jason Hawrelak, Jason Miller, Kenneth Proefrock, Mary Rondeau, JoAnn Sanchez, Katie Stage, Jillian Stansbury, Andrea Sullivan, David Winston, and Erica Zelfand

Pre-Conference Intensive: Psychedelics: Therapeutic Uses for Psilocybin and LSD in Mental Health with Erica Zelfand, ND


Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium
June 3 – 6
Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC

NEW! Registration for the Symposium is now open!

We are happy to announce that Blue Ridge Assembly will be open in 2022! You are invited to join us in person for another weekend in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. Blue Ridge Assembly is following all CDC guidelines, so right now they are requiring indoor masking and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. They’ll continue that requirement as long as it’s warranted, and that may or may not be until June when the symposium takes place.

Speakers: 7Song, Teresa Boardwine, Mary Bove, Ruby Daniels, Doug Elliott, Joe Hollis, Kat Maier, Kenneth Proefrock, Mary Rondeau, CoreyPine Shane, Katie Stage, Jen Stovall, Marc Williams, and Donald Yance (Speaker list still being finalized)


We’re honored to continue serving your continuing education needs and look forward to celebrating botanical medicine with you for the 29th year.

Preventing Joint Degeneration with Botanicals

Boswellia serrata (frankincense)
Boswellia serrata (frankincense)

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Botanicals for Cognitive Support

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Pharmacy Video Series for Naturopathic Clinicians

A video series for health care providers – with pharmacy hours for naturopathic physicians – bundled together in one discounted package:

  • Seven (7) video lectures (1.5 hours each)
  • Digital book of notes (115-page PDF)
  • Pharmacy continuing education credits for naturopathic physicians
  • Order with one click for $99 ($140 value)

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.

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New Insights into Commonplace and Undervalued Herbs

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Southwest Conference Preview

The 2021 Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine has now passed. If you were unable to attend the conference this year, you can now enjoy the sessions on video, audio or digital book.

Here is a sneak peek into the videos that you’ll find in our full video set

Read the transcript for this video.

Other sessions include:

  • COVID 19: Acute and Chronic Considerations in Naturopathic Patient Management
  • The Antiviral Materia Medica
  • Opiate Use Disorder and its Treatment from a Body-Mind-Spirit Perspective
  • Hormonal Imbalances and Gynecological Patterns
  • Panel Discussion: Naturopathic Approaches to Weight Management and Obesity Prevention

Preview Transcript:

Lise Alschuler, ND: As you can see in these studies, that really, across the board,St John’s Wort is decreasing the plasma level of the drug.

Paul Bergner, Medical Herbalist: Because all bacteria have a large amount of their genome conserved. It’s the same.

Deborah Frances, ND: But it was really getting at the underlying cause of what was going on. So the plantcan really helpusto open to parts of ourselves as well as others.

Lori Harger, PHMNP: Heart rate variability is very important in terms of psychological resilience,adaptability andexecutive function.

Feather Jones, Herbalist: Think gotukola(Centella asiatica), which is shown to stimulate T-cells by improving vitality through its energizing properties.

Heath McAllister, ND: Scutellaria baicalensis,  I also love this herb. Potent anti-inflammatory,not really related that much to the other, Scutellaria lateriflora,in terms of its actions.

Kenneth Proefrock, ND: Galangal, speaking of heating, moves us into a slightly different category of plant medicines. These are agents that help improve bloodflow and specifically help resolve inflammation more rapidly.

Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG): So we see that crocin inhibits the reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine, where safranalinhibits the reuptake of serotonin.

JoAnn Sanchez, MS: There’s a wild plantain that grows here in the desert flora and it’s Plantago minorand it has a tiny little stem. So these plantains really tell us which species they are by their leaf size.

Katie Stage, ND, RH (AHG): Topical calendula preparationsare excellentfor skin healingand areanti-inflammatory. Calendula is antiseptic too and can help with Staph aureus.

Jillian Stansbury, ND: We can classify the kinds of phytosterols that we find in plants: steroidal saponins, Isoflavones…..

Sleep Management for Clinicians

sleep management, valerian root

An audio series for health care providers – with continuing education for naturopathic physicians – bundled together in one discounted package:

  • Six (6) audio lectures (1.5 hours each)
  • Digital book of notes (62-page PDF)
  • Order with one click for $55 ($70 value)

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 six audio recordings offer a wealth of clinical information for restoring healthy sleep patterns. Beginning with the cytokine connection to insomnia in which Mary Bove, ND discusses how modulating specific pro-inflammatory cytokines can provide relief for sleep disruption, this series continues with a description of the healing and anti-aging powers of sleep with Christopher Hobbs, PhD and Mary Rondeau, ND. Tori Hudson, ND discusses the pandemic of insomnia and anxiety in midlife women and how to provide relief from this “fearsome twosome.” The series is rounded out by two comprehensive presentations, one by David Winston, RH (AHG) on botanical and nutritional treatments for insomnia (determining the right herbs and nutrients for the right person), and one by Kenneth Proefrock, ND on the cycles of sleeping and dreaming and their importance for overall health. Series includes a digital book of lecture notes with complete references (62-page PDF). Continue reading

Thyroid Management for Clinicians

Thyroid management

An audio series for health care providers – with continuing education for naturopathic physicians – bundled together in one discounted package:

  • Six (6) audio lectures (1.5 hours each)
  • Digital book of notes (61 page PDF)
  • Order with one click for $55 ($70 value)

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: In this collection of thyroid presentations, Paul Bergner begins with an overview of thyroid physiology, ideal hormone balance and nutrients for the thyroid. Jason Miller’s lecture looks at the endocrine network through the lens of traditional Chinese medicine, and nutrients, botanicals and iodine for treatment. Mary Bove’s presentation centers on thyroid and women’s health, and Jill Stansbury investigates the research showing the connection between the thyroid and the reproductive system.

Kenneth Proefrock speaks about his clinical experience treating both hypo and hyperthyroid disorders, including the increasing incidence of Graves’ disease in the pediatric population. David Winston wraps it up with an extensive review of botanicals for common thyroid conditions. (See more detailed descriptions below.) Includes a digital book of lecture notes with complete references (61-page PDF). 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