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New England Women’s Herbal Conference Teachers

We feel unbelievably blessed to have the following women teach and inspire us at the 2016 New England Women’s Herbal Conference.  Each of these beautiful beings is a powerful spokeswoman for herbs, healing and women spirit. They represent a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds and bring their teachings to share with others with openhearted generosity.  Sisters, mothers, grandmothers and granddaughters, young women and older, we come together in woman spirit to learn, share, network, be filled, fill others, dance and sing, inspire and be inspired so that we can each continue to do our work in our homes and community. There are places, sacred circles, where one goes to fill their inner being and the Women’s Herbal Conferences is one of those special places…

We welcome the following teachers to the 2017 WHC ~ 2018 teachers will be added in January 2018


 Rocio Alarcon  BSC, Ph.D  (ECUADOR)

An Ethnopharmacologist, Ethno-botanist, shamanic practitioner and extraordinary teacher and healer, Rocio has spent over 30 years working with ethnic groups in the tropical rain forest and Andes Mountains of Ecuador and in the Basque Country, Spain. She has contributed to various Amazonian and Andes indigenous communities and has collaborated with international organizations including the Wildlife Conservation Society, Care and The Nature Conservancy establishing economic opportunities for local people with products from the forest. It has been said that she ‘may know more about indigenous people than anyone else in Ecuador’.  Rocio is renowned and beloved world wide for her caring, loving and passionate approach to people, plants and nature.     Workshops:  (1) Spiritual Bathing, Massage and Healing Ceremonies of Ecuador (Intensive); (2) Breast Health the Shamanic Way; (3) Reconnecting with the Power of Plants


 Holly Bellebuono

A practicing medical herbalist for 23 years, Holly is renowned for her work documenting women healers and teaching formulary and pharmacology.  Her 7-year project of interviews culminated in the documentary book Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History & Geography of Herbal Medicine which was awarded Book of the Year by The International Herb Association and the Gold Award for Women’s Books by the National Nautilus Book Award. Holly directs The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine on Martha’s Vineyard and is the founder of Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary.  As a two-time Small Business Owner of the Year Award recipient, Holly leads empowerment seminars for entrepreneurs and facilitates seminars, retreats, and lectures for conferences, universities and corporations.  She lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her family. Workshops: (1) Wo)Manifest Your Business: A Brainstorming Session for Entrepreneurs (Intensive); (2) Herbs for Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons; (3) Women Healers of the World~ The Traditions, History, & Geography of Herbal Medicine


Janet Blevins

Janet holds a degree in massage and dual Holistic Practitioner degrees in massage and oriental medicine.  She has been a Spa Director and Director of several Massage Schools. Janet has been a lifelong student studying with different elders and shamans for over 30 years in many countries and is a pipe carrier and water pourer. She loves traveling, teaching, plants, herbs, shamanism and meeting people.  Workshops: (1) Spirit Canoe Ceremony; (2) Finding Your Spirit Animal: (3) The Healing Art of Cupping


Dr. Mary Bove

Dr. Bove obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery Certification from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. and  her Diploma of Phytotherapy/Herbal Medicine at the School of Phytotherapy in Great Britain. She practiced Naturopathic Family Medicine and Midwifery at the Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic (VT) for 25 years. Once a full-time faculty member at Bastyr University, Dr. Bove chaired the departments of Botanical Medicine and Naturopathic Midwifery. She is the author of the Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants, which is considered an authoritative reference on natural pediatric medicine. Mary co-authored Herbs for Women’s Health and has been published in many magazines, journals and collaborative books on botanical and natural medicine. In collaboration with Gaia Herbs® Dr Bove developed an herbal line designed specifically for children. She is currently Medical Educator for Gaia Herbs Brevard, NC. Workshops: (1) A Functional Approach to Endocrine System Health (Intensive); (2) Botanical Strategies for ADHD;  (3) Kid Friendly Herbs


Sara Caldwell 

Sara is an ceremonialist, poet, and schoolteacher who is in service to honoring the sacred ecology of all things. She lives in northern Vermont where for the last couple of decades  she has taught wilderness skills and Earth stewardship practices to children and adults.  She, along with her partner Joseph, are keepers of the Sweat Lodge and the Sacred Pipe, and facilitators of Vision Quest.   She studied and apprenticed with medicine woman Trishuwa for many years and has led ceremony, in the tradition of the Bear Tribe, for the Women’s Herbal Conference, The Green Nations Gathering, and on private land throughout New England.  Workshops: (1) Purification Lodges throughout the weekend


Sandra Corcoran M.Ed., CDD, P-K

Sandra is an integrative counselor, shamanic practitioner, dream decoder, Theta meditative coach, and Thoth tarot reader. She is the author of Shamanic Awakening, published by Inner Traditions/Bear & Co., and the meditative CD compilation, Souled Out. She co-created the Star Process™ healing paradigm, a spirit retrieval modality in ’91, and was mentored by indigenous wisdom-keepers for 30 years throughout North, Central & South America. She has taught throughout the Americas as well as Britain, Ireland, Italy and Egypt. Initiated into the Sisters of the Violet Flame in ’85, she offers moon ceremony & women’s rituals world-wide. Sandy offers a diverse number of workshops and yearly journeys to sacred sites. www.starwalkervisions.com. Workshops: (1) Evening  Moon Ceremony; (2) Dreaming with Mugwort;   (3) Create your own Despacho, an offering to Pachamama


Sarah Corrigan

Sarah is an herbalist and primitive skills practitioner who has a focus on ethnobotanical studies.  Informed by these land based arts, she finds they offer the rewards of self reliance through skill, responsibility and gratitude through growing and gathering, and the awe and wonder of things through the beauty of the natural world.  In effect, that this interaction can educate us to being more capable, responsible, and healthier human beings.  As a student and an educator, she remains passionate about continuous learning, and facilitating a student’s relationship to the natural world through supporting their own learning processes.  Workshops: (1) Fire by Friction; (2) Fibers from a Wild Landscape


Dr. Crystal Dawn, M.D.

Dr. Crystal Dawn is an intuitive, information rich, and dynamic, motivational healer/speaker. She is a Functional Medicine, Family Medicine, and Emergency Department Physician with 20 years of infusing botanical medicines and other integrative approaches to create her unique healing modality.  Crystal Dawn inspires the everyday balanced lifestyle choices that will enhance the body/mind/spirit’s innate ability to heal itself toward radiant well being and wholesomeness.  Workshops: (1) Food As Medicine;  (2) Chakra Breath Meditation Healing Ritual; (3) Herbal Protocols for Menopause


Aku Dunyo Richter

Aku is a member of the Ewe tribe of West Africa. She is from the village of Dagbamete, in the Volta Region of Ghana. She is the daughter of a village priest who is also a prominent traditional psychic herbalist. Aku moved to Canada to join her Canadian husband in 1996, and from 1997 to 2001 she joined Kekeli, an African traditional drum and dance ensemble based in Toronto. She is greenhouse manager of Richters Herbs in Goodwood where she lives with her husband and three children .  Aku was initiated as Queen Mother of her village by the elders in an elaborate ceremony in November of 2013. She carries out her important role of  Queen Mother while continuing to live and work in Canada.  Workshops: (1) Sacred Fire, Sacred Touch; (2) It Takes a Village to Heal the Sick


Beth Ebbing Johnson

Beth’s love of herbs and nature came from growing up on her family’s farm.  She started her herbal school journey in 1997 at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts(SWIHA) in Tempe, Arizona. She studied many holistic modalities that included Herbalism, Hypnotherapy, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Energy work & others. She graduated with a degree in Holistic Healthcare with a specialty in Western Herbalism taught by JoAnn Sanchez. This lead her to many different herbal jobs from large herb companies as an herbal educator for their staff/customers, to assisting teaching at her original herb school, to local private owned herb shops. Finally in 2012, her dream of owning her own herb shop came true and Sacred Moon Herbs was born in Dripping Springs,Texas. Beth has been the local chapter president & member of the AHG, ABC, UpS & Co-Founder of the Moonflower Herb Fest in Austin Texas. www.sacredmoonherbs.com Workshops: (1) Letting Go of Grief; (2) Creating a Sacred Bath


Ellen Evert Hopman

Ellen is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and a lay Homeopath.  She is the author of numerous books on Herbs, Tree Lore, Celtic herbals and a trilogy of Iron Age novels, The Priestess of the Forest series, featuring herbalists. Ellen is a well known teacher and has presented on Druidism, herbal and tree lore, Paganism, and magic at conferences, festivals, and events through the world.  She’s participated in numerous radio and television programs including National Public Radio and the Gary Null show.   Her most recent releases are Secret Medicines from your Garden – Plants for Healing, Spirituality, and Magic and A Legacy of Druids.  www.elleneverthopman.com  Workshops: (1) Advanced Herbal Formula Making; (2) The Doctrine of Signatures;


Dina Falconi

Dina is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. An avid gardener, wildcrafter, and permaculturalist, Dina has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and pleasure, including wild food foraging and cooking, for more than twenty years. She produces Falcon Formulations natural body care products and Earthly Extracts medicinal tinctures. She is a founding member of Northeast Herbal Association, a chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and an organizer of Slow Food-Hudson Valley. She is the author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Everybody and Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook. www.botanicalartspress.comWorkshops: (1) Kitchen Cosmetics & Herbal Skin Care (Intensive); (2) A Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk; (3) Foraging & Feasting;


Margi Flint

Margi Flint has enjoyed EarthSong Herbals family practice & herb school in the seacoast town of Marblehead, Massachusetts since 1977.  Over these forty years she has become their “Village Herbalist.”   Margi continues to teach Advanced Clinical Studies.  She is on the staff at Pacific Rim College in British Columbia and Earth Medicine Institute in Hawaii.  Margi’s most revered teachers are the plants and her clients.  Flint is the author of a textbook for herbalists, now in its third edition, titled The Practicing Herbalist, Meeting with Clients, Reading the Body. Workshops: (1) Generalities of Reading the Face, Nails and Tongue; (2) Practitioners Stories & Answers to Questions


Wendy Fogg

Growing up playing among the forest plants and stones, Wendy’s journey with the healing Plants began with a small garden of herbs gifted by a friend in 1984.  The spirit of those plants guided her to healing this life and together they co-created a place of learning, healing, teaching, sanctuary.  Misty Meadows Herbal Center in Lee, New Hampshire, founded by Wendy in 1989 has blossomed into that place and over the years hundreds of students have become certified herbalists under her guidance, carrying forward the teachings of the plants, the medicine of the people.  Workshops: (1) The Value of Astrology to the Herbal Teacher & Practitioner; (2) Into the Forest; (3) The Zipper Method of Kinesiology


Claudia Ford, Ph.D

Claudia has had a career in international women’s health and development spanning three decades and all continents. Claudia is a midwife and ethnobotanist whose research interests are in traditional ecological knowledge, agroecology, women’s reproductive health, and medicinal plants. Dr. Ford is on faculty at Rhode Island School of Design and teaches Women’s Studies, Indigenous Knowledge, Environmental Literature, and Environmental Justice. Claudia serves on the board of The Orion Society, a community that publishes Orion literary magazine – caring for the planet by exploring the connections between nature and culture so that humanity might live on Earth justly, sustainably, and joyously. Claudia is a writer, poet, and visual artist, and has shared the delights and adventures of her global travel with her four children.  Workshops: (1) Cultural Competency Skills For Plant And People Allies; (2) Catching Skywoman: Plants As Trauma Survivors, Plants As Trauma Healers; (3) Weed Women, All Night Vigils; A History of Plant Medicines For Reproductive Health


Kate Gilday

Kate has been a clinical herbalist, flower essence practitioner and creator, Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant and teacher for over 30 years.  A creative medicine maker, Kate is the founder of Woodland Essence, a forest botanicals and flower essence company and workshop center that she guides with her husband Don Babineau. Kate is well-loved for the clarity and clinical relevance gleaned from decades of experience in her teachings. She is a member of Collaborative Healing, a group of local practitioners who address health care through a unique integrative network, educating the community and combining conventional medicine with expert complementary care.  Kate brings her love of the wild places, song and healing to the workshops she presents. She has just stepped back from her practice to spend time with her grandchildren, and (finally!) begin writing a book about the woodlands she loves so well.  Workshops: (1) The Nature of Flowers; (2) Trees: Standing Medicine, Powerful Allies; (3) Osteoporosis and Osteopenia


Rosemary Gladstar

Rosemary has been practicing, living, learning, and teaching about herbs for over 40 years.  She is the author of eleven books including her newest book, Medicinal Herbs, A Beginners Guide  and the  perennially popular Herbal Healing for Women, and her home study course, The Science and Art of Herbalism.   She is the founder/director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, Founding President of United Plant Savers, and director of The International Herb Symposium, The Women’s Herbal Conference and co-founder of Traditional Medicinal Tea Company.   Along with creating community and loving people, herbs are her passion and joy in life. Workshops: (1) Weeds of Wonder; Weeds of Joy ~ a Wild Plant Walk; (2) Honoring our Herbal Traditions


Amy Glasser

An aerial-artist and herbalist from Northern California, Amy teaches aerial silk classes to children and adults, and also is an aerial art performer. She feels empowered as an aerial dancer, as she is able to move and feel her body with strength, poise, and endurance. She is passionate in helping others find empowerment through their body as well.  Amy also owns and runs an herbal product business making beautiful hand crafted First Aide Kits and herbal products.  www.amyartsyou.com. Workshops: (1) Come Fly Through the Air with Aerial Silks (for Circle Girls); (2) Come Fly Through the Air with Aerial Silks (for adults); (3) Aerial Performance


Amy Goodman Kiefer

Amy is a Community Herbalist, an avid grower, medicine maker, practitioner and an herbal teacher, all informed by a passion for the plants and people. She has taught herbal classes for many years at conferences, Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, Public Schools and throughout her community. Amy is a Co-founder of Vermont Herb Camp for Kids, and now she stewards the White Dove Herbal Sanctuary in Central Vt. with her husband, where they grow a diversity of plants and host herbal classes and retreats.  Workshops: (1) Sacred Teachings of the Plants; (2) For the Love of Lavender


Mindy Green

Mindy has 40 years of experience in the herb and natural products industry.  She is a nationally certified Registered Aromatherapist, has served on the education committees of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists and the Aromatherapy Registration Council.  Mindy has authored three books and over 60 published articles on herbs, essential oils and health.    An active educator and writer, Mindy is an ongoing lecturer at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and author of their online prerequisite aromatherapy course.  She is a professional and founding member of the American Herbalists Guild, is on the advisory board for the American Botanical Council and the American College of Health Care Sciences.  Currently, Mindy runs her consulting company, www.GreenScentsations.com and works for Pharmaca, an integrative pharmacy in Boulder, CO.  Workshops: (1) The Sacred Rose, Goddess Remedy for Body and Soul; (2) Sex, Smell and Pheromones – the Science of Attraction and Botanicals for Romance 


Maria Noel Groves RH (AHG),

Maria is a registered clinical herbalist and runs Wintergreen Botanicals Herbal Clinic and Education Center in New Hampshire. She has been working with herbs for more than two decades, is certified by The Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and has also completed Rosemary Gladstar’s advanced training program and Lichenwood Herbals’ flower essence practitioner training. Her business is devoted to education and empowerment via classes, health consultations, and writing with the foundational belief that good health grows in nature. She is the author of Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self Care and a regular contributor to Herb Quarterly and other holistic publications.  www.WintergreenBotanicals.comWorkshops: (1) Soothing Herbs & Gut Repair; (2) Safely Combining Herbs and Pharmaceuticals


Zoe Helene  MFA

Zoe is an artist, environmental and cultural activist, and journeyer. She founded Cosmic Sister, an “underground collective” for women who understand that balance of power between genders is the only way to true wellness. Cosmic Sister’s eco-feminism educational advocacy projects include Women + Wilderness + Wildlife, LifeSTYLE + Sustainability, and Love Warrior.  The company’s trio of psychedelic feminism grants, Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance, Cosmic Sisters of Cannabis and the Plant Spirit Grant, promote sacred plants such as ayahuasca, cannabis, peyote, and psilocybin mushrooms and our fundamental human right to journey with them. Zoe’s work in the field is focused on how exploring the wilderness of our own psyches with these natural allies can be a profoundly self-liberating experience for females in male-dominated cultures. Cosmic Sister’s ‘sweet spot’ is where eco-feminism and psychedelic feminism meet.  Workshops: (1) Global Sustainable Medicinal Plant Trade: (2) Psychedelic Feminism  ~ Core Concepts and Key Stages for Plant Spirit Journeying


Roberta Horsman

Roberta is a wheat weaver, herbalist, gardener and event organizer. She has been weaving wheat for over 20 years, and has had a passion for nature all of her life. Her purpose in teaching is to share her deep connection with the natural world.  Her wheat weavings are beautiful works of art and are considered some of the best in the country. Workshops: (1) Two Hearts as One Wheat Weaving (Intensive); (2) Weaving a Goddess Crown.


Mz. imani

Mz. imani has supported the HeARTbeat Drummers and Saturday night Fire Circle at NEWHC for many years. Her expertise is to facilitate and instigate community co-creations of Art in Action and “music as medicine”. As a spiritual activist and a ceremonial musician, Mz. imani helps to positively inspire and co-create these landscapes of the sacred through collaborative art, movement, singing, drumming, dialogue and tending the sacred fire. She lives in Swannanoa, North Carolina, and is the keeper of the 18th Peace Chamber.   www.mzimani.com   Workshops: (1)  The Ritual of Drumming; (2) Tools For Cultivating The Sacred Fire Circle; (3) Wild Woman’s Fire Circle


Lilian R. Jackman RN

Lilian has been the owner/grower of Wilder Hill Gardens, a plant nursery in Conway MA, for over twenty five years. The mother of three children (and three grandsons!), Lilian is also a registered nurse with a focus on maternal and childcare, public health, and the nervous system. As such she has volunteered in Central America and the West Indies. More recently Lilian in a graduate of Smith College ’09 and Yale Divinity School ’12., where she focused on Ancient Christian studies and the Gnostic Literature. Lilian is the author of several books including Holistic Protocol for Nervous System Health, Susan Ralph and What I Have From You (collections of original poetry), and limited edition letterpress  books including Queen of the Lake of Awareness and Los Motivos del Lobo. Currently Lilian is developing the Wilder Hill Design, Build, Grow Sustainable Landscape Design Certificate Program to be launched in Conway in 2018. Stay tuned! Workshops: (1) ) Mary Magdalene Unveiled; (2) Holistic Protocols for Nervous System Health


Claudia Joy Keel

Claudia is a clinical herbalist and flower essence therapist with an additional focus in food and nutrition therapy. She has maintained a private herbal practice in Union Square Manhattan since 1999. Claudia is also the co-founder and co-director of ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism, offering a three year professional herbalist training program and a mentored community clinic. She teaches regularly at the school as well as at workshops and conferences. Workshops: (1) Mind & Soul Medicine:  Plants to Dispel Anxiety & Depression; (2) The What, Why & How of Flower Essence Therapy; (3) Life Ways for Elder Vitality


Kathi Keville

Kathi lives surrounded by her herb gardens at her Green Medicine Herb School in Grass Valley in the Sierras. She has taught lively and engaging seminars on medicinal herbs, aromatherapy, organic gardening, and sustainable foraging throughout North America for 45 years. She has written 15 herb books, 150 magazine articles, and heads the American Herb Association. www.ahaherb.com  Workshops: (1) Women’s Herbs, Women’s Health (Intensive); (2) Natural Pain Relief; (3) Liver Health: The Most Important Women’s Health Organ  


Penny Livingston

Penny is an internationally renowned Permaculture teacher and designer. She has been incorporating herbalism and medicinal gardens teaching people to make remedies for themselves and maintain healthy vital lives. She stewards a medicinal food forest and apothecary garden on the Northern California coast. She has been apprenticing in Germany and Italy at the Arven School for Medicinal Plants, Aromatherapy and Wilderness Wisdom with her teacher, Susanne Fischer-Rizzi in Germany since 2011. Penny holds a lineage of the Hermetic Tradition of herbalism here in the United States dating back to Paracelsus.  Workshops: (1) Art of Distillation: Making Hydrosols and Essential Oils; (2) Medicinal Herb Gardening; (3) Food as Medicine


Anne McIntyre FNIMH, MCPP,  MAPA

Herbalist, Ayurvedic practitioner, gardener, lecturer and author of more than 20 books, Anne McIntyre has been practicing her own blend of herbal medicine and Ayurveda for over 35 years.  She holds busy clinics in London and the Cotswolds where she treats patients with a combination of herbal remedies and lifestyle changes with profound effects.  As well as teaching Ayurveda, Anne runs popular foraging and Ayurveda courses at home and abroad and is beloved wherever she goes.  Her teaching style is clear, inspired and imbued with warmth, humor and compassion.  Workshops: (1) Ayurvedic Guide to Healthy Relationships (Intensive); (2) The Ayurvedic Approach to Fertility; (3) Ayurvedic Treatment of Children


Kris Miller

Kris is the Co-Director of Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials and Heartstone Herbal School in Van Etten, NY.  She has been in private practice as a counselor for over 35 years in Ithaca, NYl, has a Masters in Clinical Psychology,  is a licensed massage therapist, and a certified practitioner of Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy. For over 30 years, she has worked as a consultant in human relations with Training for Change Associates and, previously, at Cornell University, focusing on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, and social identity. At Ithaca College, Kris has taught courses in Stress Management and Counseling for Health Professionals. Workshops: (1) The Brilliance and Sacredness of Stress; (2) The Many Faces of Plant Medicine in Counseling Practice


Brittany Wood Nickerson

Brittany is a practicing herbalist, health educator and cook. She brings extensive knowledge of nutrition, cooking and using food as medicine to her training in Western, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicine.  Her approach emphasizes personal empowerment and sustainable, individualized self-care.  Brittany runs Thyme Herbal in Western Massachusetts where she teaches a three-year herbal apprenticeship program.  She also teaches at UMass Amherst, for the Healthy Living Program at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and is an active guest speaker at events throughout the country.  Brittany is the author of the Everyday Living Series, The Herbal Homestead Journal and Recipes from the Herbalist’s Kitchen. Workshops: (1) Introduction to Herbal Energetics; (2) Holistic Protocols for Hormonal Balance


Michele Palazzo

Michele is a naturalist, herbalist, educator, activist, gardener and traveler with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Forestry. She has been working and exploring with plants and children for over 20 years.  She resides on the Lost Coast of Northern California with her partner and their daughter where she teaches herb classes and workshops and leads edible and medicinal plant hikes.  She has her own herbal line, Mama Palazzo’s Herbal Remedies, and offers environmental education for children and adults. Working with people and plants during her travels around the world has provided Michele with the incredible opportunity to learn herbal traditions of different cultures and share them with others in her teaching.  Workshops: (1) Herbal First Aid; (2) Herbal Gardening and Medicinal Plant Conservation; (3)  Nurturing Your Immune System


Lupo Passero

Lupo is a community herbalist and flower essence practitioner from the hills of Northwest Connecticut.  She is the founder and director of Twin Star Herbal Education.  She joyfully offers a myriad of classes, workshops, herbal intensives as well as international herbal travels while covering a variety of topics including traditional and modern herbalism, flower essence therapy, plant spirit healing, women’s medicine ways and herb justice programs.  Workshops: (1) Finding your Plant and Animal Medicine Totems (Teens); (2) Community Herbalism in Action; (3) The Role of the Medicine Woman in Birth & Death


Sophia Sanders 

Sophia is an herbalist, artist, martial artist and nature lover. Having grown up on a farm where she was always outdoors and in the garden, Sophia developed a deep love and respect for plants. Her mother first introduced her to herbs and herbal medicine at age 7, and since then she has been drawn down the path as a lifelong student and a firm believer in the healing powers of plants. She has been practicing herbalism for over a decade, both self taught and she has had the honor to study with renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar as her personal intern and apprentice. She has her own business, Wild & Weedy Apothecary, producing herbal skin care products. She teaches classes in the coastal hills of Oregon.  Workshops:(1) Herbal Tincture Making 101; (2) Wild Plant Identification Walk


Nicki Scully

Nicki has been teaching healing, shamanic arts, and the Egyptian Mysteries since 1983. She started attending Rosemary’s gatherings in Monte Rio, CA in 1977, and at Rosemary’s urging, cast about to discover her path and find something to contribute. During her first visit to Egypt with the Grateful Dead in 1978, Nicki experienced an epiphany that transformed her life. She deepened her focus on healing and began delving into the hidden shamanic arts of Egypt. With her spiritual mentor, Thoth, she developed Alchemical Healing, a comprehensive healing form that is practiced by thousands of practitioners internationally. In the late ’80s, Nicki founded Shamanic Journeys, Ltd., and continues to guide inner journeys and arrange spiritual pilgrimages to Egypt.  The author of numerous books, Nicki lives in Eugene, OR, where she teaches and maintains a healing and shamanic consulting practice. Workshops: (1) Alchemical Healing (Intensive); (2) Sekhmet and Medicine Buddha as Healing Allies; (3) Blue Lotus, Joy and Laughter—Recipes for Healing Miracles


Christine Shahin

Author of Natural Hair Coloring, Christine is a licensed cosmetologist and holistic beauty practitioner who owns and operates a popular eco-salon/spa that attracts clients from across the United States. She has a conventional cosmetology license, though her interest and focus have always been on introducing natural, safe, ecologically responsible approaches to self care. She continues to offer classes on natural hair and skin care topics, including coloring hair with pure plant pigments.  Workshops: (1) Jumping in the Mud ~ Natural Hair Coloring; (2) Natural Hair Coloring Part II


Deb Soule

Deb began gardening and studying the medicinal uses of herbs over 40 years ago while growing up in western Maine.  In 1985 she founded Avena Botanicals Herbal Apothecary and Healing Garden in Rockport, Maine. Deb tends a 3 acre biodynamic  herb garden which provides numerous herbs for Avena’s herbal tinctures, teas, salves, and crèmes and serves as a classroom and sanctuary garden for pollinators and people. Her love for sharing plant wisdom infuses her books Healing Herbs for Women and How To Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants.   Workshops: (1) Herbs For Calming the Mind and Strengthening the Heart; (2) Creating A Woman’s Healing Garden


ALisa Starkweather

ALisa Starkweather is the founder of the Red Tent Temple Movement, Daughters of the Earth Gathering, Women in Power initiations, the Women’s Belly and Womb Conferences and her 19-year-old women’s mystery school, Priestess Path Apprenticeship. ALisa is the co-producer of the film, Things We Don’t Talk About; Women’s Stories from the Red Tent, an author, facilitator and singer bringing 33 years of women’s empowerment work from her field of experiences. www.alisastarkweather.com  Workshops: (1) Let’s Make Some Magic Together (Intensive)   (2) Woman Power; Opening the Ground for Transformation; (3) A Ceremony for Our Hearts


Tammi Sweet

Tammi is a passionate and energetic teacher. Her love, amazement and wonder of the human body and how it works shines through as she presents the material in ways people can really understand and take home. She loves integrating the wisdom of the body with all aspects of living. Presently she co-directs her Herbal Program at Heartstone Herbal School, and travels to teach Anatomy and Physiology at conferences and Herbal Schools. Her learning of the body has come through many paths including traditional Master’s level college studies in Neurobiology, collegiate athletics, college level Anatomy teaching, Massage School, Yoga Teacher Training, Herbal studies, and most importantly, an ever-growing love of understanding who we are in relation with this wonderful home we call earth.   Workshops: (1) Wandering the Transition Zones: A visit with Cannabis & How it Works (Intensive); (2) Understanding the Healing Power of Inflammation


Panquetzani Ticitl

Panquetzani breathes new life into ancestral traditions, offering time-tested techniques inspired by Mesoamerican medicine, Mexican folk healing, traditional foods, and herbalism. Panquetzani honors the over 4,000 year-old traditions of her foremothers and integrates her 19 years of study into her practice. She comes from a matriarchal family of folk healers, growing up with bedtime stories of magic, miracles, and deep transformation. These impactful narratives led Panquetzani to believe that all people have innate wisdom that can revolutionize their own well-being and that of their families.  As a practitioner of Mexican Traditional Medicine (MTM),  and foundress of Indigemama: Ancestral Healing, her goal is to support, educate, and inspire her clients and students. On her days off, you’ll find Panquetzani being one with the elements, cuddling her boys, and playing an occasional prank.  www.indigemama.comWorkshops: (1) Womb Oil and Self Womb Massage; (2) Curanderismo; (3) Matriz Fertil (Fertile Womb)


Linda River Valente

Magic Maker. Legacy Breaker. Jupiter Rising. Linda brings over twenty years of collected, eclectic wisdom to her work. Astrology, tarot, oracle readings, shamanic journeywork, energy alchemy, sacred art, botanical allies, and animal totem medicine. A warm and gifted teacher. Patient and wise counsel. Juicy gatheress of sacred and profane. See her work at www.lindarivervalente.netWorkshops: (1) Permission Granted: Working with Tarot’s Empress Archetype; (2)  Elemental Queenship~ Tarot


Amy Wilson

Amy was unexpectedly introduced to the world of herbal medicine when her son was not quite two and she and her husband Mark were the new Conference Directors at Sargent Center.  One of her very first duties was to host 500 women for the New England Women’s Herbal Conference.  No need to mention, it changed her life!  Now, 17 years later, she ‘s attended every WHC since the year 2000 and is often found teaching at the WHC.  She’s renowned for her herb walks and hikes that inspire a closer look at the plants under our feet and nature surrounding us.  Inspired by the plants, she’s just left her teaching position of eleven years and entered a 3 year Masters Program in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS University.  “The insight I offer you is from countless walks in the woods, gallons of tea with elders and friends, the energy of the herbs, and a surprising number of people showing up at my front door seeking better health.  It is in gratitude to the inspiration from the women of WHC that I now have my path for the next many years,”~ Amy Wilson     Workshops: (1) Fairy Camp; (2) Qi Gong Practice for Beginners; (3) Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Walks


Sophia Wise One

For over 15 years Sophia has helped create safe spaces for people to hear their own inner wisdom, discover unconditional self love, and develop the power to express their unique truth. Known for her candor and love, she’s a master at helping people move through pain, blocks, trauma, and difficult transitions to find healing and creative renewal on the other side. Sophia will have you digging deep and laughing the whole way. Her credentials include: Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Holistic Health Care Provider TM, BA in Health Arts and Sciences from Goddard College.  Workshops: (1)  The Wisdom & Power of the Pelvic Bowl; (2) Remembering our Ancestral Practices


Erin Wolf

Erin is a dancer, massage therapist, and herbalist based in Colorado. Her lifelong love of dance has been a catalyst to her curiosity for culture, art, music, and folk traditions from around the world. She has studied many movement styles and weaves them together to create performance art that is unique to the story being told. Modern, belly dance, improv, and urban dance influence her the most, as well as yoga, Japanese butoh, Feldenkrais Method, Spanish Gypsy skirt dance, North African folkloric dance, and rigorous training in martial arts. Erin is grateful for all that she has learned from her teachers and has deep respect for the diverse background of tradition and innovation their knowledge comes from.  Workshops (1) Empower Your Inner Warrior: Self Defense 101; (2)The Art of  Belly Dancing


Lesley A Wooler B.Sc., RA,

Lesley earned her degree in Horticulture from the University of RI. She is the owner of The Herb Wyfe, located in Wakefield, RI.  She served for six years as a council member of North East Herbal Association and 4 years as its President. She received over 230 hours of aromatherapy training at The Center for Holistic Botanical Studies where she was also on staff.  She studied with Valerie Ann Worwood for over 4 years and is a Level IV Aroma General Practitioner. She has been the Regional Director for National Association of Aromatherapy for almost 20 years. Lesley is a Flower Essence Practitioner, having completed her training with David Dalton of Delta Gardens in 2000 and is a professional member of Flower Essence Society. Lesley has also maintained her own landscape/gardening business for the past 18 years.  Workshops: (1) Aroma Chemistry; (2) Salve Making 101


Sarah Wu

As the Educational Director of the Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design & Botanical Studies in Costa Rica, Sarah leads workshops in nutrition, jungle to the plate cooking, women’s retreats and herbal medicine. She is a Permaculture teacher and avid naturalist, endangered plant advocate and environmentalist with a deep understanding of the complexities of ecological living, transitional ethics and positive movement towards a more sustainable and evolved future. Sarah is the curator and founder of Medicines from the Edge: a tropical herbal convergence held annually in Costa Rica, which strives to unite herbalists from Central America and educate about the biodiversity and abundance of medicinal plants of the neo-tropics.  Workshops: (1) Herbs as Body Art; (2) Herbs as Body Art II


Yoga Teaches at the 2017 WHC  ~

Nancy Phillips  ~

Nancy is a community herbalist, holistic health coach, certified yoga teacher, and farmer. She and her husband, Michael, own Heartsong Farm, an herb farm, organic orchard, and educational center in the northern mountains of NH. Nancy and Michael are co-authors of The Herbalist’s Way: Sharing Plant Medicines with Family and CommunityWorkshops: (1) Standing Like a Tree: Honoring and Emulating our Tree Allies; (2) Loving Kindness Yoga and Meditation


Susi Wahlrab ~

Artist, Herbalist and Yoga Teacher, Susi brings a deep connection with the rhythms of nature to her investigation of living life well. A certified advanced yoga instructor she has been teaching for over 30 years. She specializes in creating a safe and nurturing environment for all to feel joy in their body, mind and spirit no matter age, experience or physical challenge.  Workshops: (1) Earth Prayer (Intensive): (2) Yoga for Everyone


Red Tent Tenders ~ Alice Dixson & Marybeth Wolf 

Alice Dixson is a community activist, bodyworker & barber and rookie herbalist.  She creates and co-leads red tents.  She is active in Be Present Inc, a social justice equity leadership organization.

Marybeth Wolf creates circles of healing, red tent, authentic movement, and community herbalism. She is is part of Be Present Inc social justice leadership organization.


What an amazing array of classes represented here!

Such Wisdom & Creativity ~

Come prepared to open your hearts & minds

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