Saturday, August 26th Schedule
7 – 8:30 MORNING ACTIVITIES
- Yoga For Every-Body! with Susi Wahlrab. Come Breath, Move, Play and Relax with this deep inner body connection of Body, Mind and Spirit. Especially designed for all levels of experience calling on the very advanced pose of consciously caring for yourself. Great way to start each day of this juicy inspiring gathering! Susi has been a certified yoga instructor for over 25 years. Bring a yoga mat/blanket or towel to lie on.
- Standing Like a Tree: Honoring and Emulating our Tree Allies with Nancy Phillips. In this mixed level yoga practice we will honor our tree allies and do a practice that helps us root and ground to Mother Earth as we connect and cultivate our own inner strength, courage, and flexibility. If you can, bring in a seed from one of your favorite trees as well as a yoga mat or towel.
- Qi Gong with Amy Wilson. Practice with me in the morning as I move through the forms of this ancient form of exercise that is used to cultivate and move Qi throughout the body for better health. Don’t let the incredibly slow, gentle, painless technique fool you. It engages all muscles, joint and organs and focuses on the breath. For all who practice, are just curious and are seeking a form of exercise that is sustaining through all phases of life. All levels welcome.
- Spirit canoe and pipe ceremony with Janet Blevins. After sharing a ceremonial native pipe offering come join me on an ancient indigenous guided journey to the lower world on a spirit canoe. No life jackets needed.
- Compassionate Herbalism facilitated by Mary Blue & Emily Ruff. Rise & Shine and Join in an informal discussion to explore some of the important principles of compassionate herbalism based on Health Justice principles. We will explore how to be better allies for diverse members of our herbal community and how to create a sacred space where all can feel welcome and safe.
- A Walk on the Wild Side w/Andrea Reisen of Healing Spirits Herbs. On this ‘herbal stroll’, you’ll learn to identify, harvest and dry common New England backyard and woodland plants. Also learn ethical wildcrafting skills and good harvesting techniques. Andrea, and her husband Matthias, are well known and highly respected for their organically cultivated and ethically wildcrafted herbs and herbal products. (Meet at Flora; basketball court MH)
7:30 – 9 BREAKFAST
“Watching gardeners label their plants
I vow with all beings
to practice the old horticulture
and let plants identify me.” ~ R. Aitken
8 – 12:30 PURIFICATION LODGE Intensive
with Sara Caldwell
The purification lodge helps balance one’s physical, emotional and, most importantly, spiritual aspects through our connection with Mother Earth. Sara apprenticed with Grandmother Trishuwa and they led the lodges together at the WHC for many years. We are honored to have Sara bring us the teachings of the purification, or sweat lodge this year at the WHC.
Please note; you must sign up and register ahead of time for the Sweat Lodge Intensive.
9 – 1 INTENSIVES
- Women’s Herbs, Women’s Health with Kathi Keville. This intensive will delve deeply into the cycles of a woman’s life and address the commonality of women’s transitions and conditions. We’ll focus on core ways to stay healthy and happy from puberty through post menopause and address treatments for a variety of issues including menstrual irregularity, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, PMS, and more. Learn to decipher hormonal imbalances and how to choose the most appropriate herbs and herbal protocols for each situation. Class will include an in-depth look at important herbs for women’s health, aromatherapy, flower essences, and chi gung. Kathi is the co-author of the popular book, Women’ Herbs, Women’s Health. Intermed.
- Let’s Make Some Magic Together with ALisa Starkweather. Our world is so often in need of what we have and who we are especially when we show up together in aliveness, love, unity and community. So… let’s do this now. First, best practices for how we bring vision into action and living a life with beauty because we choose to release the fear of the fear. Hope springs eternal in our togetherness. Then via video, we design a short collective message with song, movement, spoken word. We invite the grandmothers, children and young women to join us at the end of our class for a powerful act where we stand together for life.
9- 10:30 MORNING WORKSHOPS
- Holistic Approaches to Menopause with Dr. Crystal Dawn. We will discuss the impact of menopause on a women’s well being with a focus on common symptoms women experience and the botanical nutritional and lifestyle strategies to optimize quality of life and wellness. Understand its health implications and botanical and nutritional support
- Breast Health the Shamanic Way with Rocio Alarcon. This workshop will focus on cleansing and prevention of conditions in the breast using a type of massage that allows women to keep their breasts strong, active and clean. We will be using seeds as the special elements that have the quality to remove negative energies. During this session woman will prepare their own piece of cloth filled with seeds and then be taught how to do a special massage with them. Please bring a towel to lie on and seeds if you have them. Cloth will be provided
- Sex, Smell and Pheromones ~ the Science of Attraction and Botanicals for Romance with Mindy Green The subject of sexual attraction involves the biology and physiology of scent mapping and is unique to each individual. We will discuss how scent affects both genders, and how pheromones affect us all. Learn about specific herbs for optimizing sexual health and the plant essences that have historically been used as sexual allure. We will discuss foods and supplements for sexual health, the top ten essential oils to spark amorous affections in your beloved, and how to use them to entice and enchant a prospective mate.
- Safely Combining Herbs and Pharmaceuticals with Maria Noel Groves. With more Americans combining herbs and pharmaceutical use, herbal practitioners are challenged to choose herbs for their clients that pose the least risk for interaction and to aid clients who wish to transition from drugs to herbs. Maria will share the common potential herb-drug interactions and alternate herbs to consider, as well as free and low-cost tools to research and assess the risk of interactions. Learn how to think critically about potential herb-drug interactions even when data does not exist. We’ll also discuss safety, ethics, and suggestions for how to help a client transition from pharmaceuticals to herbs. Intermed/Adv.
- Creating a Sacred Bath with Beth Ebbing A favorite way to heal for many is returning to the waters. In this class we’ll show one way how to make a sacred bath blend & how to set the sacred space to take it in. We’ll look at the different salts, essential oils, flower & gem essences, powdered herbs, & crystals. Parts of this class will be hands on. You’ll leave with a bit of the bath we blend. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to go home & start creating your own magick with healing baths. Beginner’s welcome.
- The Brilliance and Sacredness of Stress: No Way! If it’s so great, why are we trying to get rid of it? with Kris Miller. This session will discuss stress from a holistic & evolutionary perspective – body, mind, heart & spirit – and ask you to re-consider your understanding of what it really means. We will explore the mechanics and functions of stress, the physiology of the stress and relaxation responses & their role in health, immunity, resiliency, and dis-ease, and reflect on common themes in our lifestyles. Some knowledge of spectrum of medicines and basic physiology helpful
- Nurturing Your Immune System with Michele Palazzo. A strong immune system is necessary for healthy life. Daily care will allow your body to avoid colds and other ailments more easily. Learn some tips and recipes to strengthen your immune system through herbs and diet. Begin/Intermed.
- Elemental Queenship: Tarot with Linda River Valente Ready to claim your “right of rule”? How and where do you express sovereignty in your life? Using the four queens of the Tarot we will illuminate the path to inner/outer queendom. Welcome tarot beginners and badasses!
- Advanced Herbal Formula Making with Ellen Evert Hopman. In this workshop we will practice the triangle system of formula making developed by William LeSassier. The triangle system is suitable for Constitutional Prescribing and for crafting unique formulas suited to individuals. This workshop is appropriate for those who already have some background in Herbal studies. All Levels welcome.
- For the Love of Lavender with Amy Goodman Kiefer. Amy is passionate for everything lavender. She has been successfully growing Lavender in Vermont for over a decade. She will share all she has learned about Lavender; It’s folklore, history, hardy varieties, best growing practices, subtleties & timing for harvesting and drying. She will share how to make the most lovely Lavender preparations, as well as explore Lavenders’ energetics in depth, using all our senses.
- Herb Walk with Amy Wilson. Take a long walk through the woods around camp and see the plants in their native home. You’ve been using the teas, tinctures and pills, but would you know the plant when you walked past? For those that like to walk and talk. We will cover about a mile of easy terrain. (Meet at Flora; basketball court MH)
“Those who dwell in the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never really alone or weary of life.” ~ Rachel Carson
9 ~ 10:30 Circle within A Circle ~ a special program for young women
Empower Your Inner Warrior: Self Defense 101 with Erin Wolf
Learn basic techniques for hand-to-hand offense and defense. We will go over how to increase situational awareness, develop fight/flight reaction, and reverse the victim role. Go at your own pace in a safe non-judgmental setting. Wear clothes that are easy to move in, and bring a water bottle.
10:30 – 11 TEA BREAK
“Those who dwell in the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never really alone or weary of life.”
~ Rachel Carson
11- 12:30 LATE MORNING WORKSHOPS
Please note: workshops marked with ** will finish at 1
- ** Foraging & Feasting with Dina Falconi Discover the culinary treasures hidden in wild foods. Learn to identify, harvest, and prepare these ancient foods so you can easily incorporate them into your daily meals. Herbalist and author Dina Falconi will present slides of botanically accurate illustrations and share delicious, enlightening recipes from her book Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook.
- ** The What, Why & How of Flower Essence Therapy with Claudia Joy Keel. A familiar feeling when reading flower essence indications is to want every (or most every) essence for ourselves and also for others. But as in herbal medicine, an energetic model helps us craft simple and very effective remedies. In this workshop we will delve into ‘emotional energetics’: the what, which, when, why and how of flower essence therapy. We will consider when (and when not) to ‘detox’ traumatic emotions. As examples and in cases, we will discuss essences for safety, healthy boundaries, pleasure, self-esteem and self-realization and how they can offer a way to mend stress, illness and trauma.
- ** The Ayurvedic Approach to Fertility with Anne McIntyre. Over the last 35 years in clinical practice Anne has specialized in the treatment of women and children using a blend of Western and Ayurvedic herbs. She will discuss the Ayurvedic view of enhancing male and female fertility through a constitutional approach to diet, lifestyle and herbs. Begin/Intermed.
- ** Understanding the Healing Power of Inflammation with Tammi Sweet. Inflammation is one of our primary defenses in the body and is a major contributing factor to almost all illness and disease. How can this be so? If you’re asking that question, come and take an in-depth look at the entire process. We will cover all of the physiology of inflammation including biochemistry within the cell. How and why inflammation is beneficial, when it is not beneficial, and finally we will discuss an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, which includes our friends, the herbs.
- ** Catching Skywoman: Plants As Trauma Survivors, Plants As Trauma Healers with Claudia Ford. Trauma studies is a growing field and calls us to acknowledge, honor, and address the pain and suffering in our patients, our environment, and ourselves. This work is not easy. When we are called as healers, in our chosen vocation, mindfulness is essential to addressing the healing of trauma. This workshop explores key questions, important plant medicines, and tips for mindfulness practice.
- ** Medicinal Herb Gardening: Propagation, Cultivating and Processing Medicinal Herbs with Penny Livingston. Learn the importance as well as some techniques of conserving and cultivating medicinal plants in your region. Penny has practiced and studied herbal medicine plants from the tropics of Bali to the Mediterranean regions of Italy, France, Portugal and Spain and the Alps of Germany and cold climate of Iceland as well as the coastal maritime climates. We will explore how to design and maintain potent medicine gardens and bring magic into process.
- The Zipper Method of Kinesiology: The Right Plant + The Right Delivery Method = The Best Result with Wendy Fogg. Sometimes our intellectual understanding of the plants and our clients’ needs is not quite enough, particularly in cases where the client is wary or highly sensitive and/or reactive to medicines in general. In this workshop we’ll explore the power and value of using the Zipper Method of kinesiology to invite the body to bestow its innate wisdom in helping us choose the right plant and the right delivery methods for our clients. Includes lecture and group participation.
- Practitioners Stories and Answers to Questions with Margi Flint. Come to ask questions about being in practice. Your questions will inspire stories! Every aspect of daily practice, money, illnesses, difficult situations, boundaries and wisdom gleaned over the past 40 years will be covered. All levels welcome
- Blue Lotus, Joy and Laughter—Recipes for Healing Miracles with Nicki Scully. In ancient Egyptian mythology the goddess/medicine maker Hathor represents joy and love, sensuality and intoxication in their many expressions. Nicki will lead a shamanic journey to experience Hathor directly, and to receive the healing capacity of love, joy and laughter she inspires. She will also introduce a number of sacred and healing herbs and trees recognized in Egyptian folklore, many still used today. Bring a journal and blanket or towel to lie on.
- Jumping in the Mud ~ Natural Hair Coloring (Part I) with Christine Shahin. Commercial hair dyes contain thousands of different chemicals, some of which are reported to be carcinogenic — but you don’t have to choose between gorgeous color and good health. Natural hair care expert Christine Shahin shows you how to use nontoxic plant pigments — henna, indigo, amla, and cassia — to color your hair naturally, whatever your hair type or ethnicity, with beautiful results! Learn how to mix, store and use herbal pigments, to color your hair subtly or boldly, for fun or to cover gray. Part I will focus on herbal hair colorant particulars, creating your personal recipe, then mixing and blending your herbal hair coloring recipe to use or to take home. You can attend either part, but best if classes are taken together (see Part II next session)
- Weeds of Wonder & Delight; a wild plant walk w/Rosemary Gladstar. Join Rosemary for a stroll through meadow and forest, learning common wild edible and medicinal plants and enjoying the energy infusing through all. Bring songs and offerings…we’ll leave them for the wild ones.
“No matter at the all the shenanigans of her human children,
Our mother earth remains a generous spirit”
~Cascade Anderson Geller
11 – 12:30 Circle within a Circle ~ Special Program for Young Women
Herbs in Body Art w/Sarah Wu
Plant dyes have played a major role in body art from the ancient priestesses of Isis, the native peoples of the Amazon, the traditional Indian ceremonial use of henna and the contemporary tattoos of Western Culture. These dyes can be permanent or temporary and they always have deep significance to the wearer. Explore their history and uses and get tattooed with Guyatil, a blue-black temporary dye and medicinal fruit from the jungles of Costa Rica.
12:30 – 2 LUNCH
“Becoming a person of the plants is not a learning process, it is a remembering process. Somewhere in our ancestral line, there was someone that lived deeply connected to the Earth, the Elements, the Sun, Moon and Stars. That ancestor lives inside our DNA, dormant, unexpressed, waiting to be remembered and brought back to life to show us the true nature of our indigenous soul.” ~ Sajah Popham
2 – 6 INTENSIVE
- A Functional Approach to Endocrine System Health and Herbal Therapies with Dr. Mary Bove. Cultivating a healthy vital endocrine system requires an optimally functioning digestive, nervous and immune system. Many aspects of modern day life directly affect endocrine gland health and function including pollution, environmental toxins, stress, electromagnetic waves and nutritional factors. This Intensive looks at endocrine health through a functional model, looking at it’s interconnection with the nervous and immune systems, linking that to the health and wellness of and botanical strategies for endocrine health and function. Using a functional model to review endocrine system physiology, case histories, clinical presentations, and therapeutics. Review of botanical Adaptogens, which modulate the body’s response to all forms of stress helping to regulate the interconnected endocrine, immune, and nervous systems, will be highlighted along with specific endocrine gland botanicals. Discussion will include the concept of the adaptogen mechanism, the links between neuro-endocrine-immune systems and specific adaptogen plants, including relative clinical studies, and therapeutic application. (Advanced)
- Two Hearts As One Wheat Weaving with Roberta Horsman. What is ‘wheat weaving’? Where and why did it originate? In this hands-on Intensive Roberta will share the fascinating history of wheat weaving and teach you everything you need to know to weave your own beautiful designs with wheat. Each participant will have the opportunity to create a ‘Two Hearts as One’ design. This traditional English wheat weaving combines two woven hearts that are intertwined to create a new design. This may represent two people coming together to create a new life, a new business, love, friendship, etc. Or as one little girl said turning the weaving sideways, “It looks like a butterfly”. No experience necessary. Must register in advance
1:45 – 3:15 AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
- Creating A Woman’s Healing Garden with Deb Soule. Through a colorful slide show, long time gardener and herbalist Deb Soule will share specific garden design techniques and discuss cultivating, collecting, preparing and using 8 of her favorite herbs for women that grow well in New England. Creating healing sanctuary spaces where plants, trees, earthworms, soil bacteria, birds and pollinators are valued and tended with respect is a powerful and compassionate act on behalf of our Earth. Intermed.
- Holistic Protocols for Hormonal Balance with Brittany Wood Nickerson. Hormonal imbalances can lead to a range of symptoms from anxiety and depression to inflammation and reproductive complaints. This class will introduce the holistic and interconnected nature of hormones as they relate to the health of different systems of the body. Drawing on Brittany’s experience as a practicing herbalist, we will outline a basic protocol to support hormonal balance and correct imbalance that includes herbal, lifestyle and dietary support. This class will offer guidance for those seeking personal support as well as those looking to support others privately and professionally.
- Community Herbalism in Action with Lupo Passsero, Emily Ruff & Friends. Everyday communities around the country are faced with tragedy and trauma, including storms, school/community shootings, neglect, abuse and death. As herbalists we have an array of appropriate skills that can help support a community and a variety of useful healing tools. This class offers a step-by-step “how to” action plan for herbalists who feel the call to create an herbal relief and/or healing center in any community that faces tragedy. Using their direct experience with helping to heal the Sandy Hook Community, the Orlando Pulse Community and the Standing Rock Community, Emily and Lupo will offer participants a clinical view of how to quickly and effectively set up an herbal healing space and support those in need.
- The Healing Art of Cupping with Janet Blevins. Learn cupping techniques using pump and fire cups. Also we will learn to use bamboo cups for soaking in herbal products then apply to body. We will explore acu points and meridians to utilize during a cupping session as well. Beginner
- Holistic Protocols for Nervous System Health with Lilian R. Jackman RN. The average twenty first century brain and nervous system are undernourished from conception, and further unbalanced and stressed by the demands of life in out times. Drawing from her experience as a nurse and research for her book, Holistic protocol For Nervous System Health, Lilian will outline ways to strengthen/balance the nervous system and prevent/treat autoimmune disorders, depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline. Class will include a thorough look at herbs that most benefit the NS and include life changes that are beneficial for a stressful life-style
- Sacred Fire, Sacred Touch with Aku Dunya Richter. Traditional African healing can take many different forms. Healers work through spiritual, herbal and physical channels to help patients overcome illnesses of the body and mind. In this class we will discuss how healers of the Ewe tribe in West Africa use fire, smoke, touch and herbs to help patients suffering from conditions as varied as mental illness, chronic pain, and lack of mobility. Begin/Intermed.
- Psychedelic Feminism ~ Core Concepts and Key Stages for Plant Spirit Journeying with Zoe Helene. People from all over the world are traveling to the Peruvian Amazon to experience ayahuasca, a powerful hallucinogenic combinatory plant spirit medicine brew and profound mind-body-spirit journey. This Psychedelic Feminism interactive talking circle will explore women’s work “in the medicine” space, including the three key stages of preparation, immersion and integration. Zoe Helene will share wisdom learned from a decade of women’s empowerment work with sacred plant spirit medicine, including traditional ayahuasca ceremonies in the Peruvian Amazon and her work with cannabis as “master” plant.
- Womb Oil and Self Womb Massage with Panquetzani An introduction to the history and philosophy behind Mesoamerican womb massage. Participants will learn two herb infused oil blends for abdominal congestion, bloating, stagnancy, and pain. You’ll learn how to find your womb and apply womb massage oil using the Abdominal Spiral. We’ll end with personal practice using your herb infused oil, live music, and a moving womb meditation.
- Natural Hair Coloring (Part II) with Christine Shahin. Commercial hair dyes contain thousands of different chemicals, some of which are reported to be carcinogenic — but you don’t have to choose between gorgeous color and good health. Natural hair care expert Christine Shahin shows you how to use nontoxic plant pigments — henna, indigo, amla, and cassia — to color your hair naturally, whatever your hair type or ethnicity, with beautiful results! In this class participants will learn how to apply their herbal coloring mix for hands on experience and then learn how to wrap/turban mudded hair offering freedom to be public while herbal pigments stain the hair shaft. Bring an old T-shirt and long cotton scarf for wrapping your head. You can attend either part, but best if classes are taken together
- Garden of the Groove: Tools for Cultivating the Sacred Fire Circle with Mz Imani. In the beauty and sense of spirit that surrounds a Sacred Fire Circle, an initiation of wonder awaits us. Join us as we explore ways to set the space, play and pray in the space, communicate with “the unseen allies of hope” and learn to be “read the signs” of the fire, the music, and the people gathered. Join Mz. imani as ceremonial architects, who build the container for Saturday night’s fire circle. We recognize ourselves, and each other as “agents of change” who gather to celebrate the creative spirit that resides in us all. This workshop runs into ‘Free Thyme’. Please, bring herbs, flowers and spices that we can lay down as rangoli.
- HW Trees: Standing Medicine, Powerful Allies with Kate Gilday. Bark and root, leaf and flower, fruit and seed, trees offer a bounty of riches to those who spend time in their company. Spending time in a woodland, or with a favorite tree has positive impact on one’s heart, mind and even immune system. Today we will learn what, how, when to harvest trees; and also try a few tree medicines along with taking time to connect or deepen your relationship with a Tree of the Northeast.
1:45 ~ 3:45 Circle within a Circle ~ Special Workshop for Young Women
Remembering Our Ancestral Practices with Sophia Wise One
Experience and explore practices to connect with your ancestors and spirit guides and reclaim the wisdom, rituals and healing traditions of your lineage. We all carry within us the wisdom of our ancestors who knew and know how to heal and be on this earth in a harmonious way. As you step into womanhood connecting with your own ancestors and spirit guides provides a powerful sense of belonging. Through discussion, basic practices you can take home and deepen, and a guided meditation we will establish and/or strengthen your relationship creating a bridge between you and your personal wisdom council. Bring a journal and something comfortable to lie on.
Meet the Authors & Book Signing at Storey Books
For over 30 years, Storey Book Publishing has been a leader in printing books that provide practical information that encourage personal independence in harmony with our environment. Several of their herbal authors will be signing books at the Storey Booth in the Exhibit Hall: Christine Shahin author of the newly released and fabulous Natural Hair Coloring; Maria Noel Groves author of Body into Balance; Brittany Wood Nickerson author of Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen and Rosemary Gladstar, author of several herbal books including Medicinal Herbs; a Beginner’s Guide.
For book signing times see schedule at the Storey Booth.
Embodied in the very word herb is the spirit of the feminine, encoded so deeply that we hardly recognize her. But we feel and sense it, the word Her in ‘Herb, and once we recognize it, we marvel that we never saw it before! ….”
3:30 – 6:30 SATURDAY AFTERNOON FREE THYME & GREAT ACTIVITIES
- Visit the Exhibit Tent; you’ll find a wide variety of herbal items, woman made crafts and books, many written by the speakers. Support your local herbalists!
- United Plant Savers will be setting up a spray paint station for T-Shirts with amazing at-risk plant stencils made by Suzanna Stone. There will be T-shirts for you to buy ($10) or even better bring your own clothing items. The cost is $10 to spray paint a beautiful at risk plant with all proceeds going to United Plant Savers. Don’t forget to come by the United Plant Savers table in the Emporium & become a member! (Located by basketball courts)
- Fire Cider Tasting. Join Mary Blue of Farmacy Herbs & Katheryn Langelier of Herbal REvolution for Fire Cider Tasting. Stop by the Free Fire Cider booth in the Herbal Emporium to taste & sample a variety of Fire Ciders. And cast a vote for your favorites!!! And cast a vote to ‘Free Fire Cider’ from trademark restrictions. Don’t buy ‘pirated’ fire cider!
- Free Herbal Facials & Skin Care at The Relaxation Oasis w/Dee Slingerland. Don’t let the weekend go by without a good pampering. Stop by and receive a free facial, hand and feet rub, and pure relaxing bliss at the Relaxation Oasis. People are pared up so bring a friend to share with or meet a new one there! Bring a towel and/or headband. (Located in grassy area in front of Dinning Hall)
- The Great Barter & Trade Faire: If you’ve brought any goodies to barter, sell, and trade, this is the time to set up. Set up only in the grassy area in front of the Cafeteria. Items will only be able to be displayed during Saturday Afternoon from 3 – 6. Bring your herbal wares, hand made clothing & crafts, your favorite old clothes, jewelry and books to barter, trade or sell.
- Add Your Photo & Phrase to Our Commemorative Collage! It’s located in the Emporium ~ and its simply Stunning. Pens, paints, glitter, glue, and more are there for you to add your touch of creativity. This is a must ~ please don’t leave the WHC without adding your memory….! (Important ~ Don’t let the children mark on the Collage unless they are under adult supervision! Thank you)
Cordial & Elixir Bar with Cordial Queen Desiree’ Cohen
Official Tasting & Judging w/Cordial Queen Desiree and team. Be sure to have all your cordials and elixirs, homemade meads, wine, and beer and best tasting tinctures at the Cordial Table. If you are a ‘Cordial Judge’ meet Desiree at 4 at the Cordial Tent.
Great Prizes & Awards
3:30 – 5 HANDS-ON DEMONSTRATIONS
Please show up on time so teachers don’t have to keep repeating instructions ~ Thank You!
- The Henna Queens are Back in Town, ready to transform you hair (maybe your life!) Join Penny Clare and Janet Blevins for an afternoon of colorful fun. If you’ve ever wanted to henna your hair this is your opportunity. We have the best quality henna in all shades from neutral to strawberry blond, black to blazing red. The `henna queens’ will guide you in the best color selection for your hair. Wear an old T-Shirt and bring an old towel (one that you don’t mind retiring afterwards). $5 material fee. Please note: if you wish to do your hair, you must be at the demonstration when it begins at 3:30. Sorry, latecomers cannot be accommodated.
- Tending the Wild Gardens with Betzy Bancroft. Would you like to participate in tending & planting the wild gardens at the WHC, so that years from now we can walk the trails and see our wild native medicinals thriving in the woodlands? Last year under the guidance of Ayana Young and Betzy Bancroft we began our first plantings. Join Betzy in this rewarding ‘rewilding’ project as we tend and plant our wild gardens at Camp Wicosuta. You’ll learn about at risk plants and how to cultivate them in a woodland setting. If possible, bring a garden trowel or small shovel and work gloves. * Please note, this hands on class/walk will probably go until 6. (Meet at the Gazebo)
- The Medicine Wheel as a Spiritual Path with Trishuwa. The ancient medicine of plants and the sweat lodge, and our stories of them, are food for both our bodies and hearts. They remind us that we are all related, part of all creation: the stars, the elements, the animals, the plants and family of heart, spirit and blood. This is a rare opportunity to learn with Trishuwa, who is usually found at the fire circle leading the Purification lodges.
- Ceremonial Mask Making with Sarah Matuza. Honoring the Goddess and the Green Nations, we will make plaster of Paris masks that are molded in the exact replica of your own face. Join Margi &Sarah for magical mask making; these are truly beautiful sculptures and ceremonial objects to treasure. Wear an old T-shirt; bring a scarf to cover hair and towel. We have lots of material to decorate your mask with; paint, feathers, beads, etc. $5 material fee (High Priestess; TA)
- Salve Making 101 with Lesley Wooler. This class will be a hands on demonstration on the basics of making your own medicinal salve. Information on various herbs (comfrey, plantain, calendula, St. Johnswort, etc.) will be given as well as a variety of flower essences and essential oils that can be added to your own blends. We will be making a salve consisting of herbal infused oils, beeswax, flower essences and essential oils.
- Women Healers of the World~ The Traditions, History, and Geography of Herbal Medicine with Holly Bellebuono. Holly’s inspiring documentary features the plant lovers, scientists, and healers both past and present who have shaped our ideas of modern medicine. These intricate profiles of 31 women from 20 countries and 16 healing traditions come from her 7 years of travel, research, and personal interviews with this extraordinary sisterhood of women. Discover their stories and inspire your own traditions
- For Circle Girls Only: Come Fly through the Air with Aerial Silks with Amy Glasser. Come fly in the air and feel empowered in your body as we play on the aerial silk. The workshop will begin with a basic warm up and stretch to get our bodies loose and moving. We will then explore on the fabric, and learn different poses, wraps, stretches, and climbing techniques. We will feel beautiful, strong, and have fun doing it as we hang upside-down and play with gravity. Welcome for every-body! Tight fitted, stretchy clothing is recommended.
~ Visit the Exhibit Tent ~
For a delightful and enticing selection of herbal products, woman made crafts, herb books, jewelry & clothing. Support our herbal craftswomen!
5:30 – 6:45 MORE WORKSHOPS & HANDS ON DEMONSTRATIONS
- The Herbal Nurses Forum: Building a Professional Practice with Nurse-Herbalist Bonnie Kavanagh. The focus of this open forum will be to update on professional practice issues and continue to dialogue for nurses who wish to include herbs and herbalism in their practice. This has become a wonderful sharing and networking space for nurses who attend the WHC. Come meet one another, share your ideas, thoughts and concerns.
- The Art of Belly Dance w/Erin Wolf. Learn the basics of this fun, sensual, and self-empowering style of dance where we let loose in our bodies to shimmy, undulate, and spiral into expression. We will use the moves you learn together in class to create a mesmerizing dance piece!
- Herbs in Body Art with Sarah Wu. Plant dyes have played a major role in body art from the ancient priestesses of Isis, the native peoples of the Amazon, the traditional Indian ceremonial use of henna and the contemporary tattoos of Western Culture. These dyes can be permanent or temporary and they always have deep significance to the wearer. Explore their history and uses and get tattooed with Guyatil, a blue-black temporary dye and medicinal fruit from the jungles of Costa Rica.
- Sacred Plant Metaformations with Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower. Enter the field that plants create. Be transformed through their ecozoic frequencies and sacred geometric meta-formations. While we’re in circle, be guided through healing plant patterns mutually created by both student & plant in relationship. Take home? A healing-sound creation.
- Fire by Friction with Sarah Corrigan. In this hands-on workshop we will have the opportunity to learn how to coax fire from a few pieces of wood, effort, and intention. Folks of all skill sets are welcome.
- Everyone Welcome: Come Fly through the Air with Aerial Silks w/Amy Glasser. Come fly in the air and feel empowered in your body as we play on the aerial silk. The workshop will begin with a basic warm up and stretch to get our bodies loose and moving. We will then explore on the fabric, and learn different poses, wraps, stretches, and climbing techniques. We will feel beautiful, strong, and have fun doing it as we hang upside-down and play with gravity. Welcome for every-body! Tight fitted, stretchy clothing is recommended.
6 – 7:30 DINNER
“As with any good teacher, plants rarely teach us what we think we want to learn, instructing us instead, in the things we really need to know”
~ Kiva Rose
Saturday Night Live a the Women’s Herbal Conference~
Celebrating 30 Years of Saturday Evenings at the WHC
and some of the best entertainment ever!
A little of what’s scheduled for this evening ~
Ask The Herbalist, a Panel Discussion
with several of your favorite ‘oldies but goodies’
Favorite Herbal Conference Stories (do you have one to tell?)
Medicine Warrior with Erin Wolf
In this beautiful and powerful performance, the dancer embodies a Medicine Warrior Goddess, and becomes her muse in a transformative performance where she faces her fears, choosing to pick up a warrior sword so she can clearly and compassionately walk the Medicine Path. The performance has multi-cultural influences and is performed by our very own Erin Wolf, who along with her sister Jade has been teaching and dancing at the WHC since they were young girls.
The Wild Woman’s Fire Circle Follow the Drum Beat
To the Wild Horse Corral; Facilitated by Mz imani & ALisa Starkweather
with Special Appearance of Angel, the Fire Dancer Goddess
“…..As we circumambulate the fire, the rhythm of our footsteps and drums root us to the earth. As we dance like water to Hand Pan music, we feel our heART and honor our ancestors. The spirit of the ancestors’ drum guides this dance, as we bring ourselves home to our hearts, we engage in an eclectic ceremony of Art in Action. Participating in these circles we saturate our heARTs in sonic synchronicity. We dance in peace, harmony and presence. We do this to learn courage, and we speak or sing, when our inner heART palpitates, showing us it is our time to step forward and BE the light in the unknown.” ~ mz imani