Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2018

April 6 – 8, 2018

Annual Conference at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona. See speakers and topics below.

Highlights: Over 30 lectures to choose from, two Friday Field Studies, and a pre-conference intensive with Kenneth Proefrock, ND: Naturopathic Approaches to Treating Patients with Substance Abuse and Addiction

Registration: Early bird $299 by March 1; $369 by April 5; $399 at the door. Includes all lectures on April 7 – 8. Extra fees for Friday events, meals and lodging.

Photo: Tecoma stans by Mimi Kamp


Embassy Suites Tempe

HOTEL: Embassy Suites, Tempe  Rooms start at $134/night plus tax. Reservations: (480) 897-7444. Group number SBA. Discount good until March 9.
NEW! Register for your room online. It only takes two minutes.

Lodging includes 2-room suites with complimentary:
-Airport transportation
-Van service from hotel to SCNM.
-Made-to-order hot breakfast with omelet station
-Evening reception with drinks and snacks.
-WiFi in all rooms and lobby


Kenneth Proefrock
Kenneth Proefrock

Pre-conference Intensive with Kenneth Proefrock

Title: Naturopathic Approaches to Treating Patients with Substance Abuse and Addiction
Date: Friday April 6, 2018
Time: 1:00 – 5:15 PM (Registration at 12:30 PM)
Place: Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Cost: $79
Open only to registered conference participants.
CME: Application to be submitted for 4 pharmacy credits for NDs in Oregon, Arizona and California

Two Friday Field Studies on April 6

Field studies provide the opportunity to explore the desert medicinal plant kingdom with expert herbalists in their natural habitat. Limit 20. Cost $59. More details coming soon!


8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Phyllis Hogan
Morning Field Study
Experience the subtle plant energies of this magical part of our world. Learn desert plant ID and medicine preparation. In the beautiful Superstition Wilderness east of Tempe, about 50 minutes away from SCNM. ($59)




2:00 – 6:00 PM John Slattery
Afternoon Field Study: Becoming A Bioregional Herbalist– How we develop relationship with plants
Explore another side of the Superstition Wilderness with veteran desert herbalist John Slattery. ($59)





Continuing Education Credits
Credits issued for full or partial attendance.
Pending approval, we offer CE, CME, CNE, PDA and CEUs for:

Naturopathic Physicians (pending approval)
Arizona NDs 21 possible general hours of which 10 can be pharmacy. Includes attendance at Friday morning and afternoon events
Oregon NDs 17 possible general hours of which 10 can be pharmacy for selected lectures. Includes attendance at Friday pre-conference intensive.
NEW! California NDs: 17 possible general hours of which 10 can be pharmacy (CME application to be submitted for select lectures only.) Extra CME fee for California NDs: $35. (due to the cost of the application).
• Acupuncturists (pending approval)
 21 PDA points (hours) from NCCAOM, which includes attendance at Friday morning and afternoon events.

Nurses (pending approval): 21 contact hours possible for select lectures only–includes attendance at Friday morning and afternoon events.
Application for 21 contact hours to be submitted to the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

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

(More CE details coming soon…)

chollaflowerSouthwest Conference on Botanical Medicine Speakers and Topics
Conference begins at 8:30 AM Saturday, April 7 and ends at 5:30 PM Sunday, April 8.

Pre-conference events (Intensive and Field Studies) are Friday, April 6.

Click speaker name to find out more.

Paul Bergner
1. Little-known Physiological Facts that may Change your Practice of Herbalism
2. Herban Legends and Clinical Pearls
3. Powerful Herbal Pairs

Jane Bothwell
(Medicine-making classes in the SCNM herb garden)
1. Demonstrating the Basics of Tincture Making: Folkloric and Scientific
2. Creating Herbal Syrups

Chanchal Cabrera
1. Managing Surgery with Botanicals (Including When, How, Why and Why Not to do Surgery, with Special Reference to Cancer)
2. Quinones, Naphthaquinones and Anthraquinones in Clinical Practice
3. Promoting Lymphatic Health with Botanicals

Christopher Hobbs
1. Healthy Aging: Research Summary on Prevention of Memory Loss, Musculoskeletal Degeneration and Other Conditions of Aging
2. Clearing the Smoke–Use of Cannabis Compounds for Health and Disease Treatment. A Science-Based Review

Phyllis Hogan
1. Friday Morning Field Study Superstition Wilderness Area ($59)
2. Medicinal Weeds in my Back Yard (SCNM Herb Garden)

Mimi Kamp
1. Herb Walk at the Desert Botanical Garden (Admission to garden $25)
2. Medicines Where we Are: Favorite Plants Close to Home (SCNM Herb Garden)

Jeffrey Langland
1. Comparative Mechanisms of Action between Botanical Antimicrobials and Pharmaceutical Drugs 

Rhonda PallasDowney
1. Plant Shamanism:  Creating Intimacy with the Wisdom of Plants (SCNM herb garden)

Kenneth Proefrock, ND

1. Friday Pre-conference Intensive April 6, 1 – 5 PM Naturopathic Approaches to Treating Patients with Substance Abuse and Addiction ($79)
2. Fascia and Physical Reality: Sensory Integration, Pleasure, Pain and Psychology (covers pain syndromes of fibromyalgia, CRPS and arthritis)
3. Re-evaluating Botanical Medicine Approaches to Depression and Anxiety

Mary Rondeau
1 & 2. Botanical Medicine for Mood Disorders in Children (Parts 1 & 2)
3. Keeping Kids Healthy: Botanicals that should be in your medicine cabinet and how to get kids to take them.

JoAnn Sanchez
1. Garden Gems and Preparations (An exploration of lesser-known plants in the SCNM herb garden and how to prepare them)

John Slattery
1. Friday Afternoon Field Study: Becoming A Bioregional Herbalist: How we develop relationship with plants
2. Oxymels: Sweet & Sour Herbal Preparations for every Organ System

Katie Stage, ND
1. Botanical Medicine for Abnormal Paps, Cervical Dysplasia and HPV
2. SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) and Botanical Medicine

Jill Stansbury, ND
1. A Review of Chemical Compounds to Combat Hepatitis Viruses
2. Daily Tonics: Recipes for Life and Longevity
3. To be announced

David Winston
1. Herbal Nootropics: Botanicals for Enhancing Memory, Focus and Concentration
2. Botanical Therapies for Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Syndrome
3. Simple Remedies to Specific Medicines: The Path from Thomson to the Physiomedicalists and the Eclectics

We look forward to seeing you for another herbal conference!

Questions? Email us. Herbal Educational Services Ashland, Oregon. Phone (541) 482-3016