Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 2021

herbal conference in the Blue Ridge Mountains

June 4 – June 7, 2021

This annual symposium will take place online, with a few in-person local events planned near Asheville, North Carolina. Videos available for one year after the end of the symposium.

Theme: Restoring Resilience with Botanicals

Speakers and topics: Select this link to see the list below.

Highlights: More than 30 online presentations covering clinical applications of botanical medicine, including Friday intensive with Jason Miller, DACM on collaborative oncology, three panel discussions, online medicine-making classes and in-person herb walks and field studies (safety guidelines permitting).

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Registration includes:

  • Access to 30 videos for one year (plus intensive if registered for it)
  • Digital lecture notes and PowerPoints in PDF format to own
  • Full set of audio recordings to own
  • Continuing education credits ($29 additional fee for CE) Details
  • Herb walks in the Asheville, NC area for local participants

Registration Fees
$329 by March 31
$399 after that date


Scholarships: In recognition of the need for diversity in the fields of clinical herbalism and naturopathic medicine, the symposium is offering a limited number of full scholarships to persons of color (Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latino and Asian-American) who are not yet practitioners and would like to further their education in the clinical uses of botanical medicine. Details

Conference Schedule, June 4 – 7, 2021

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  • Schedule details to be announced at the end of January
  • Offering a combination of live online video presentations and pre-recorded videos
  • All videos will be available to participants to view for one year following the conference weekend
  • Two in-person herb walks with Doug Elliott at the Herb Farm in Weaverville, NC, safety guidelines permitting. No extra charge, pre-registration required.
  • Live online events include the three panel discussions and the Friday online intensive with Jason Miller

LIVE ONLINE EVENTS June 4 – 7, 2021
Schedule details to be announced at end of January. These videos will be recorded and made available to registrants for one year after they are presented. 
(See speaker and topic list below)

Jason Miller

ONLINE Pre-conference Intensive with Jason Miller, DACM, LAc

Title: Targeting the Biological Terrain in Collaborative Oncology: Correlating Modern Biomarkers with Traditional Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment
Date: Friday, 6/4/21
Time: 1 – 5 PM Eastern Time
Cost: $89
Open: Only to registered symposium participants
Description: This intensive focuses on correlating modern biomarkers with botanical medicine principles of diagnosis and treatment. We dig into the ecological manifestations of cancer in our bodies, how to identify them, how to address them with botanical medicine, nutrition, diet and lifestyle, and how to weave these therapies with modern oncological treatments. 

Continuing Education:

  • Approved by American Academy of Family Physicians for 4 hours credit (see details below)
  • Submitted to NCCAOM for 4 PDA for acupuncturists (pending)
  • Submitted to OBNM for 4 pharmacy credits for NDs (pending)

Panel Discussions Live Online, June 5 – 7
Times to be announced. (See full speaker and topic list below)

2021 Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium - Panel 1 Speakers







Panel #1 Live Online: Managing Symptoms of Hormonal Disruption with Botanical Medicine
Panelists: Jill Stansbury, ND, Jill Crista, ND, Kenneth Proefrock, ND
This panel’s focus is on endocrine disruptors in the environment. What does that mean, what compounds are endocrine disruptors, what symptoms to look for, how can we avoid them, how do we get them out of the body once we are exposed? Do foods, herbs, legumes, fiber protect against environmental agents? (Time to be announced)

2021 Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium - Panel 2 Speakers







Panel #2 Live Online: Restoring Mental Health in the 21st Century: Managing Chronic Overwhelm
Panelists: Mary Rondeau, ND, Katie Stage, ND and David Winston, RH (AHG)
Those patients who tend to be overwhelmed by life events have been especially challenged this past year with political, social and environmental difficulties at every turn. These events have driven more people into a state of being chronically overwhelmed. What do we recommend to restore equilibrium in these times, both for ourselves as practitioners and our patients? Discover lifestyle, botanical and nutritional therapies you may not have yet considered. (Time to be announced)

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Panel #3 Live Online: Saturday Evening Keynote Panel: Honoring our Herbal Teachers
Panelists: Kat Maier, RH (AHG), Deborah Frances, ND and Mary Bove, ND
What brought you to the path of healing with botanical medicine? Remember your own stories when you hear three speakers talk about the beginning days of their life path and who and what inspired them on the way. How do we use this information to navigate the future of herbalism? (Time to be announced)

These events are open to a small number of local participants and will take place near Asheville, NC, safety guidelines permitting.

In-person All Day Field Study

Appalachian Botanicals: Botany and Medicinal Applications
(Herb Mountain Farm in Weaverville, NC) with Marc Williams, Ethnobotanist

Marc Williams

Date: Friday, 6/4/21
Time: 10 AM – 3 PM Eastern Time
Cost: $79
Open: Only to registered symposium participants, 35 person limit.
Description: A well-traveled and experienced ethnobotanist, Marc Williams shares his knowledge of sustainable Appalachian plant harvest and uses, with an emphasis on how we can all become stewards of our medicinal plant heritage.
Continuing Education not available for live events this year.

In-person Garden Tour 

Joe Hollis at Mtn Gardens
Joe Hollis at Mountain Gardens

Ecology, Propagation and Cultivation of Native and Oriental Medicinal Herbs
At Mountain Gardens with Joe Hollis

Date: Friday, 6/4/21
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Cost: $69
Location: Mountain Gardens in Burnsville, NC (about 1 hour from Asheville)
Open: Only to registered symposium participants, 20 person limit.
Description: 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. We also look at the Mountain Gardens nursery, apothecary and seed bank. This event fills every year so please register early!
Continuing Education not available for in-person events this year.

In-person Herb Walks with Doug Elliott during the symposium weekend

Open only to symposium registrants, no extra cost. Advance reservation required when registering (or add it here using your registration number from your original receipt).

Doug Elliott in the Field

Dates and Times: Saturday, June 5, 2-4 PM and Sunday, June 6, 2-4 PM
Location: Herb Mountain Farm in Weaverville, NC (about 25 minutes from Asheville)
Open: Only to symposium participants (no extra cost). Pre-registration required. Limit 20 for each walk so sign up early!
Description: Whether he’s pointing out poison ivy, pontificating on poke sallet, crooning about creasy greens, jiving about ginseng, or extolling the virtues of dandelions, this beloved herbalist, author, and storyteller will delight and amaze you with his broad, practical, scientific and cultural knowledge of the area’s many useful wild plants.


Continuing Education Credits

Credits issued for full or partial attendance. Please sign up for CE when you submit your registration form ($29 additional fee for all CE). We offer CE, CME, CNE, PDA and CEUs through these approvals:

Approved for up to 49 hours Prescribed Credit* for DO, MD, RN, FNP, California NDs and others
The AAFP has reviewed 2021 Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium, and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 06/04/2021 to 06/02/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*AMA/AAFP Equivalency:
AAFP Prescribed Credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.


  • Approved for all NDs (including California CNDA) who accept AAFP credits described above
  • Pending: Oregon (OBNM): up to 37.5 general hours and 11.5 pharmacy

ACUPUNCTURISTS (Application submitted): 

  • Pending: NCCAOM: 49 PDA points (hours)


  • Approved by AAFP (see above) for up to 49 hours CE credit. (AAFP is recognized by the ANCC as a provider of nursing continuing education for RNs, FNPs and other nursing professionals)

A certificate of attendance is available to any participant who requests it.

Questions about continuing education? Please email us and we’ll be happy to help.

Medicines from the Earth Speakers and Topics
(List subject to minor changes)

Symposium begins video streaming on Friday June 4. Attendees have access to videos for one year after the symposium ends. Schedule of live video presentations to be announced in late January.


Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG)
Teresa Boardwine operates the Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she offers classes, consultations and online access to her workshops. She has been teaching her hands-on medicine making classes for over 20 years. More about Teresa Boardwine.

1. First Aid for Trauma Informed Practitioners
2. Home Health Care for Families

Mary Bove, ND
A clinical medical herbalist, Mary Bove had a practice in family medicine in Brattleboro, Vermont for over 20 years. where she assisted at the birth of a whole generation of children. She is the author of An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants, and co-author of Herbs for Women’s Health. Since starting her herbal journey at age 18, Mary has held firm to three tenets: “Walk your talk, believe in the plants and practice herbalism every day in your life.” More about Mary Bove

1. Botanical Therapies for Childhood Asthma
2. Keynote Panel: Restoring Mental Health in the 21st Century: Managing Chronic Overwhelm

Jill Crista, ND
A naturopathic doctor, best-selling author, and internationally recognized educator on mold-related illness, Jill Crista helps people recover their health after exposure to toxic mold. She is the author of Break The Mold: 5 Tools To Conquer Mold and Take Back Your Health. She also provides online training for medical practitioners to help them become Mold-Literate; to efficiently and effectively identify and treat their mold-sick patients. More about Jill Crista

1. Conquering Toxic Mold Exposure
2. PANDAS & PANS: Natural Medicine Rescue for Post-Infectious Autoimmune Encephalopathies
3. Panel: Managing Symptoms of Hormonal Disruption with Botanical Medicine

Doug Elliott
Doug can show you how to make medicine out of common wild plants, and how to properly harvest a persimmon and use its seed to forecast the winter. He can explain the virtues of poison ivy and what might happen to you if you eat it. He knows ancient plant lore, plant riddles, and even songs about weeds and berries. More about Doug Elliott.

Two In-person Herb Walks at Herb Mountain Farm in Weaverville, NC

Deborah Frances R.N., N.D
Deborah Frances N.D., began her career in health care as a registered nurse, where she gathered extensive experience in a wide range of fields, including psychiatry, women’s health, family practice and intensive and coronary care. In 1993, she graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Currently on sabbatical, Deborah, also known as Dancing Crow, has just started teaching again at outdoor venues. In her healing she utilizes natural therapies such as homeopathy, herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, nutrition and hands on energy therapies to help resolve blocked mental, emotional or spiritual patterns. More about Deborah Frances.

1. Pelvic Decongestant Herbs for Clearing and Grounding
2. The Treatment of Intestinal Parasites with Herbs
3. Keynote Panel (via pre-recorded video): Honoring our Herbal Teachers

Joe Hollis
Joe Hollis has lectured, consulted and taught workshops in medicinal herb identification, cultivation and processing at Mountain Gardens and at various colleges and conferences in North Carolina for over 30 years. Mountain Gardens sells its seeds, plants and preparations at herb fairs and medicinal herb conferences, and via the internet. More about Joe Hollis and Mountain Gardens

1. In-person Mountain Gardens Tour: Cultivation and Harvesting of Botanical Medicines ($59)

Tori Hudson, ND
Currently a professor at National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and clinical professor at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Bastyr University, Tori Hudson has been in naturopathic practice for 30 years. She is the medical director of her clinic, A Woman’s Time in Portland, Oregon, and director of product research and education for VITANICA. She is the author of An Encyclopedia of Women’s Health and serves on several editorial boards, advisory panels and as a consultant to the natural products industry. More about Tori Hudson.

1. Brain Aging in the Menopausal Woman: Effects on Moods, Memory and Botanical Solutions

Kat Maier
Kat Maier has been a practicing herbalist for over thirty years and is currently director of Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, Virginia where she offers a three-year clinical/community herbalist training program. She began studying plants in the Peace Corps in Chile and is certified as a physician’s assistant. More about Kat Maier.

1. A Seasonal Model for Working with Depression
2. Deepening Plant Relations – Goethean Study of Nature
3. Keynote Panel: Honoring our Herbal Teachers

Jason Miller, DACM, LAc
Jason Miller practices botanical and nutritional medicine, acupuncture, and Asian bodywork at his clinic, Jade Mountain Medicine in Ashland, Oregon. He received his master’s degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2005 and completed a postgraduate internship at the “House of Celebrity Doctors” in Nanjing, China. He earned his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2018. His approach bridges the frameworks of traditional and modern medicine in the management of chronic disease. More about Jason Miller.

1. Cannabis in Medicine: Applications and Limitations
2. Acute Viral Infections: Addressing COVID and Seasonal Epidemic Disease
3. Essence, Hormesis, and Autophagy in Aging and Longevity
4. Intensive: Targeting the Biological Terrain in Collaborative Oncology: Correlating Modern Biomarkers with Traditional Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment ($89)

Kenneth Proefrock, ND
A naturopathic physician practicing in Surprise, Arizona, Kenneth Proefrock specializes in difficult to treat conditions in patients of all ages. He is the Vice President of the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners and chair of the biochemistry portion of the Naturopathic Physician’s Licensing Exam. More about Kenneth Proefrock.

1. Vaporizer Technologies: Safety Considerations and a Mechanism for the Delivery of Botanical Medicines
2. The Chemistry of Flavors: Expanding our Palette and Increasing our Neural Connections
3. Naturopathic Formulas and Strategies of the Early 20th Century
4. Panel: Managing Symptoms of Hormonal Disruption with Botanical Medicine

Mary Rondeau, ND
Mary Rondeau ND, RH(AHG) is a registered naturopathic doctor, functional medicine specialist and registered herbalist. Her interest in plants and natural healing stemmed from her upbringing in the Rocky Mountains learning about folk remedies with her mother as a child. More about Mary Rondeau.

1. Restoring Mitochondrial Function through Botanicals, Nutrients and Dietary Modifications
2. Panel: Restoring Mental Health in the 21st Century: Managing Chronic Overwhelm

Katie Stage, ND, RH (AHG)
Katie Stage is a naturopathic physician and professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. She is Associate Professor and Director of the Therapeutics Division at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona. Her practice is focused on optimizing the health of those with endocrine, gastrointestinal, and mental health conditions. She is also a member of the Ric Scalzo Botanical Research Institute. More about Katie Stage.

1. Embracing the Change: Botanical and HRT Treatments for Menopause
2. Hairy Predicaments: Botanical Medicine for Hair Loss and Abnormal Hair Growth
3. Panel: Restoring Mental Health in the 21st Century: Managing Chronic Overwhelm

Jillian Stansbury, ND
A naturopathic physician who has practiced in SW Washington for over 30 years specializing in women’s health, mental health, and chronic disease, Jill Stansbury holds undergraduate degrees in Medical Illustration and Medical Assisting and graduated with honors in both programs. She was the chair of the botanical medicine department at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) for over 20 years. She also leads classes and Ethnobotany trips in the Andes and Manu region of the Peruvian Amazon. More about Jillian Stansbury.

1. Herbs to Improve Adrenergic Tone – Lifting Deep Lethargy and Melancholia
2. Clinical Uses of Autumn Crocus (Colchicum atumnale)
3. Neural Pathways Review
4. Panel: Managing Symptoms of Hormonal Disruption with Botanical Medicine

Marc Williams, MA
A well-traveled and experienced ethnobotanist, Marc Williams has taught hundreds of people about the marvelous world of plants, people and their interface, while working with over 50 organizations and online at the website to improve the current global ecological crisis. His training includes a B.A. in Environmental Studies/Sustainable Agriculture and an M.A. in Appalachian Studies/Sustainable Development. More about Marc Williams.

1. Online: Temperate Medicinal Plant Biogeography and Conservation
2. In person: Appalachian Botanicals: Botany and Medicinal Applications (Field Study at Herb Mountain Farm in Weaverville, NC) $69

David Winston, RH (AHG)

David Winston is an herbalist and ethnobotanist with over 40 years of training and clinical experience in Cherokee, Chinese and Western/Eclectic herbal traditions. He has had a clinical practice for over 30 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians throughout the USA and Canada. President of Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc. an herbal manufacturing company, he is also founder/director of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, which features his highly respected Two-Year Clinical Herbalist Training Program. More about David Winston can be located at Herbal Therapeutics and Herbal Studies.

1. Zingiberaceae: A Family Worth Knowing
2. Effective Pain Relief with Botanical and Nutritional Medicine
3. Panel: Restoring Mental Health in the 21st Century: Managing Chronic Overwhelm

Donald Yance, RH (AHG)
An herbalist and certified nutritionist, Donald Yance practices at the Mederi Centre for Natural Healing in
Ashland, Oregon, where he specializes in the treatment of cancer and other chronic diseases. He is the founder and president of the Mederi Foundation, a nonprofit organization for professional education and clinical research in integrative medicine, and president and formulator of Natura Health Products. More about Donald Yance.

1. Botanical Medicine Targeting Cancer Stem Cells
2. Clinical Applications for Using 13 Heroic and Potentially Toxic Herbs

Cancellations: Before May 12, registration fees will be refunded minus $50 processing per registrant. No refunds can be given after 5/12/21. Refund requests should be emailed to the conference office.


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