Save the date! | September 27-29, 2019
Featuring Rosita Arvigo
8th Annual | MidAtlantic
Women's Herbal Conference
Rocio Alarcon
Maia Toll
Tammi Sweet
Kathleen Maier
and Kathi Keville
Rocio Alarcon will be sharing plant wisdom from Ecuador! Come be with like-minded women and learn about natural and sustainable living. Learn, laugh and connect with each other. Be naturally brilliant!
The MidAtlantic Women's Herbal Conference is being held in picturesque rural Pennsylvania at this address:
83 Community Center Drive
Kempton, PA 19529
Join us for a very special weekend honoring the age-old wisdom of herbal and natural medicines.
leaf Learn more about using, identifying, preparing and growing herbs for yourself, for your family or to help others on their healing path.
leaf Connect with like-spirited women, laugh, sing, dance and be inspired by a great line up of teachers and by each other. Take the day to stretch your mind, enjoy the outdoors and get a rest from day to day stress.
leaf Over 20 workshops on women's health,herbal medicine, gardening, and plant identification. Activities include basket making, fermentation basics, drumming, singing and dancing.
leaf New this year: Friday Pre-conference Intensive with Rocio Alarcón!
leaf Food offered by local women vendors. Vegan and gluten-free alternatives. Meal tickets are catered by Hive Local Food and include organic, locally sourced, gluten-free and both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
leaf Camping on site is available on Friday and Saturday nights. Tents, campers, buses welcome! Real bathrooms, no showers. Shelter in case of rain (pavilion).
leaf Kid's Camp, a fun day of learning, play and connection with nature for children ages 3-12, runs Saturday during class hours.
leaf "I had the honor of speaking at MidAtlantic Women's Herbal Conference. I had a wonderful time! A sister conference to the North East Women’s Herbal Conference, it was filled with the same spirit of joy, laughter, love and inspiration that I've come to love at these women's gatherings. Charis and her team of amazing helpers have planted a bright and beautiful seed that is blossoming into an amazing garden of spirit." ~ Rosemary Gladstar (coming back in 2017!)
leaf "Charis's faith in the healing power of plants, her dedication to building strong networks among women and her lively spirit are a great gift to all of us who cherish herbs." ~ Deb Soule
leaf "Before Charis stepped in and stepped up, Pennsylvania felt like an herbal desert. The Mid-Atlantic conference has invigorated the community and folks are meeting each other, and creating real connections. Charis has been the water in the desert and has brought it into bloom!" ~ Maia Toll
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Rosita Arvigo
Dr. Rosita Arvigo
Dr. Rosita Arvigo DN, a native of Chicago, is a naprapathic physician, herbalist, international lecturer and author of several books. She has lived in remote areas of Mexico and Belize for over forty years where she studied with many traditional healers. She founded Ix Chel Tropical Research Centre in Belize, an organization dedicated to the preservation and study of medicinal plants of Belize. She founded the Belize Association of Traditional Healers, Bush Medicine Camp for children, The Rainforest Medicine Trail and Rainforest Remedies, a herbal concentrate company. In 1987 she and her husband founded the Belize Ethnobotany project with Dr. Michael Balick of the New York Botanical Garden. She is the founder of The Arvigo Institute that trains practitioners in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and Maya Spiritual Healing. Now retired from clinical practice, Rosita divides her time between teaching in Belize, Mexico and the United States.
Naren Udgan
Naren Udgan
Naren Udgan was born and raised in the Ordos region of Inner Mongolia, and spent her early years living with her grandmother, a highly respected midwife, healer, and herbalist in the region. Naren founded the Tolin Center for Healing & Tengrism Studies to introduce people to Mongolian shamanism, or Tengrism, and to encourage shared knowledge and dialogue between shamans from all over the world, as well as to connect myriad healing traditions and practices. Naren does shamanic healing, reiki energy healing, and chakra healing, and is a certified ayurvedic nutritionist and detox specialist.
Deb Soule
Deb Soule
Deb Soule is an herbalist, gardener, teacher and author of The Woman's Handbook of Healing Herbs and How to Move Like a Gardener. Deb began organic gardening and studying the medicinal uses of herbs at age 16 alongside the internationally known medical herbalist Mary Bove. Deb's faith in the healing qualities of plants includes a desire to make organic herbs easily accessible to women and families living in rural areas. In a small 8 by 10 foot room in her house, Deb began preparing various herbal remedies. In the fall of 1985, with her first mail order catalog and a small selection of herbal extracts and teas, Deb launched Avena Botanicals.
Rocio Alarcon
Rocio Alarcón
Rocio Alarcón is renowned and beloved world wide for her caring, loving and passionate approach to people, plants and nature. An Ethnopharmacologist, ethnobotanist, 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. Born in Quito, Ecuador at the feet of the Pichincha Volcano she has participated in the practice of shamanic activities since childhood. This shamanic knowledge is part of her family's cultural heritage. She uses plants and shamanic practices for the benefit of society, focussing on the special relationship of people with curandero (shamanic) plants, as well as plants that are food and medicine and that allow a healing process.
Amanda David
Amanda David
Amanda David is a community herbalist, the mother of three amazing children, and the creator of Rootwork Herbals, The People’s Medicine School and The Bramble Collective. She tends plants and people growing gardens, handcrafting remedies, offering consultations and teaching. Her approach to herbalism is based in the folkways, on building intimate relationships with the plants that grow nearby in order to bring herbal medicine and home healthcare to the people. In doing this, she sees herbalism as a means to support life and thus resist against oppressive systems, which undermine health. Above all, Amanda is a lover of plants and a lover of people and is passionate about bringing them together in a down to earth, joyful and accessible way that promotes personal and planetary healing.
Jenn Allen
Jenn Allen
Jenn Allen is a sacred beekeeper, herbalist and botanical aromatic artist who enjoys the intersection between plant medicine, folklore, myth, and personal expression. Jenn teaches locally in the Poconos at her home studio and has been a presenter at national conferences like the New England Womens Herbal Conference and the Midatlantic Womens Herbal Conference. Jenn's goal in teaching is to to help others learn how to create healing remedies and plant-based fragrance that ties directly into their unique personal mythology.
Liz Henke
Liz Henke
Liz Henke is a community herbalist and artisan based in Charlottesville, VA. Her focus is on creating, building, and facilitating a healing environment for women. Liz is always excited to share her passion for herbs and enthusiasm for women’s health with the community. She is the herbalist and owner of Dreamseed Apothecary.
Amanda Dilday
Amanda Dilday
Amanda Dilday is a wife, mother, writer, and herbalist. Her roots are in the Appalachian Mountains. Her home rests in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her heart has ever and always been turned towards the care and comfort of women, finding its deepest expression in her book, Flowers for a Girl: Plant Medicine and Sexual Trauma. Amanda serves her community by listening, gathering, and offering herbal classes and consultations.
For her book and offerings, visit:
Suzanna Stone
Suzanna Stone
Suzanna is an herbalist in Scottsville VA. She founded Owlcraft Healing Ways, an outdoor herb school, where she offers clinical herbal consultations and teaches nine-month herbal apprenticeships and day classes in herbal medicine, traditional foodways, and plant spirit medicine. She was raised in a home where herbs and whole foods were the foundations of health and has spent the last 18 years broadening that foundation and deepening her knowledge and understanding of the healing herbs. She teaches at herb schools and conferences throughout the country and is a co-founder of The Gaia Gathering for Women in Charlottesville, VA. Her passion for the drum led her to Senegal where she studied traditional West African drumming and dancing. Her chants can be found on her CD "Songs from the Spiral". She stewards five acres of plant filled land with her artist/writer partner, their three children and various chickens, goats, cats and the canine herbalist Artemis.
Kerry Smith
Kerry Smith
Kerry Smith, M.S. is a naturopathic consultant and certified yoga instructor with more than ten years of training and experience in herbs, natural supplements, Ayurveda and ancient healing methods. Her intuitive, gentle approach assists the body's natural healing process and helps restore balance and rhythm to mind, body and spirit. She has led several wonderful travel yoga retreats in Costa Rica, Vermont and Italy. She is owner of Healing Earth Studio and Wellness Center in Lenharstville, PA.
Follow Kerry's blog at:
Rachael Pontillo
Rachael Pontillo
Rachael Pontillo is a holistic skincare innovator, author, and educator. She is the bestselling author of the book Love Your Skin, Love Yourself, and co-author of The Sauce Code. She’s a functional nutrition practitioner, AADP and IAHC Board Certified International Health Coach, licensed aesthetician; and natural skincare formulator and educator. She’s the president and co-founder of the Nutritional Aesthetics™ Alliance, the creator of the popular skincare and healthy lifestyle blog, Holistically Haute™, as well as the much-loved online course, Create Your Skincare. She’s an avid herbalist, skincare ingredient connoisseur, and lifelong learner.
Charis Lindrooth
Charis Lindrooth
Charis Lindrooth, D.C. is an herbalist and chiropractor with a busy practice in Pennsylvania. For more than 20 years she has helped her patients working with plant medicine and natural methods to restore well-being on all levels. She believes passionately in sustainable living and integrates “green” methods in every aspect of her practice and life. A teacher at heart, she has offered many workshops and classes locally, online and as a featured teacher at the New England Women’s Herbal Conference. She is the founder and organizer of the MidAtlantic Women’s Herbal Conference, an event held in Pennsylvania that supports women in the region interested in sustainable health and living. Carrying the spirit of MidAtlantic Women’s Conference throughout the year, she developed on online forum, GingerJuice, where women can gather, make connections about sustainable health and where learning continues with Charis and many guest teachers.
Follow Charis's blog at:
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Friday, September 28th
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Spiritual Bathing, Massage and Healing Ceremonies of Ecuador This pre-conference intensive with Rocio Alarcón is an experiential workshop and introduces bathing with plants, massage and healing ceremonies of Ecuador. Space is limited.
Saturday, September 29th
7:30 am - 9:00 am: Registration
Vendor booths open. Coffee, tea and snacks available for purchase from vendors.
9:00 am: Opening Circle, all meet in the Oak Hall
Opening Remarks: What the Plants Teach Us about Being Together ~ Charis Lindrooth
9:30 am: Morning Keynote Address
Head, Heart, and Hands: How We Know What We Know ~ Maia Toll
One of the joys of herbalism is that it allows for a multi-sensory and inter-disciplinary approach to learning. But how can we feel secure in our knowledge? How do we know if we’re “doing it right?” What if we don’t relate to the plants in the same way as other people? There is a rich bounty to be discovered through working with botanicals. Let’s talk about how we know what we know.
10:30 am: Break
Vendor booths open
10:45 am: Saturday Morning Classes Begin
Oak Hall
Materia Medica of Cannabis ~ Tammi Sweet   i
Have you been wanting to understand the uses of Cannabis? Have you heard it can cure almost everything (it IS helpful in many situations but it can’t cure everything)? What’s the deal with CBD oil? Well please come with these questions and more to the workshop on the Materia Medica of Cannabis. We will start with a little history and botany of the plant. Growing considerations will also be covered so you can ask the proper questions of your growers. Since this beloved plant cannot cure everything, proper uses including preparation and dose considerations will also be covered. We will spend considerable time on the latest science regarding the mechanism of action within the body so we can understand WHY certain strains are beneficial and why certain strains can exacerbate the problem. We will answer question about CBD oil, what it is good for and when you actually need THC. Finally, we will discuss “right relationship” with this master plant and brainstorm ways to assist clients in creating ways to honor this sacred and healing plant.
Elderflower Tent
Five Plant Allies for Our Times ~ Kathleen Maier   i
This class will journey deeply into the wonderful medicine of Lobelia (Lobelia inflate), Poke (Phytolacca Americana), Prickly Ash (Xanthoxylum americanum), Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), and Black Cohosh (Actea racemosa) and how appropriate they are for these changing times. We will learn their sacred language through chemistry, medicine making as well as a brief plant journey.
Rose Tent
Natural Pain Relief ~ Kathi Keville   i
Conquering pain associated with menstruation, PMS, headaches, arthritis, fibroids, etc. How pain and stress alter us physically and emotionally and treating the resulting symptoms. Dealing with chronic pain and the side effects of pain drugs. How to develop custom protocols incorporating herbs with aromatherapy, acupressure, flower essences and lifestyle.
Lavender Tent
Herbs for Hypertension ~ Tiffany Robbins   i
We have all heard of high blood pressure, and may even be dealing with it but what exactly is it and more importantly what causes it? Herbs and lifestyle changes can be effective allies in alleviating hypertension. Learn the mechanisms and pathways through which hypotensive phytochemicals work in our bodies.
Red Clover Tent
Manifest Your Authentic Self ~ Kerry Smith   i
In our culture of superficiality, constant movement and pressure to do and be more, it's easy to forget the work of remembering who we truly are. This workshop will focus on how to identify fundamental blocks to authenticity and highlight practices and herbs that will encourage one's radiant soul to shine.
12:15 - 1:45 pm: Lunch Break
Vendor booths open
1:45 pm: Saturday Afternoon Classes Begin
Oak Hall
Aromatherapy in the Bottle and Garden ~ Kathy Keville   i
Looking into the nature of essential oils, we’ll see what they are and how they work on body, mind and spirit, to make your own decisions when and how to use them wisely. How to use (and grow) aromatic herbs that offer similar benefits. How folklore is leading science to discover an amazing interaction of healing scents between plants and people. Based on Kathi's new book "The Aromatherapy Garden."
Elderflower Tent
Mandala of Endocrine Functions ~ Kathleen Maier   i
Through the lens of Traditional Western Energetics we will look at the magnificence of the endocrine system and understand complexities and why it is so easy to throw this system off balance. Epidemic of thyroid dysfunction among women is just one reflection of the imbalance. Weight gain, pain, insomnia and reproductive issues can all be tended with a deeper understanding of the messages our hormones are really communicating.
Rose Tent
The Art of Postpartum Massage ~ Rocio Alarcon   i
"Encaderamiento” is an ancestral skill that consists of helping a postpartum woman recover her body’s fortitude and adapt itself to a new life. Sadly, this type of post-birth practice is becoming lost as well as the significance of childbearing and birthing. With the assistance of “encaderamiento,” the body recovers muscular tone which prevents a number of problems faced by women post-childbearing such as incontinence, constipation, problems with the colon, weakness of the pelvic bones and bladder position. Bring a scarf or wrap if possible.
Lavender Tent
Herb Infused Chocolates ~ Hailey Cohn   i
In this workshop, Hailey will share her expertise in creating divine tasting herbal medicine. Participants will have the opportunity to explore several different herbal infusions with coconut based herb infused oils and create medicinal ‘treats’ with those infusions. Hailey will also share how ingesting herbs with different types of foods can support one through times of illness. Each participant will leave with 2 truffles and some herbally infused recipes.
Red Clover Tent
Making Sacred Prayer Flags ~ Tamu Ngina   i
Using intention, color and symbolism to create a Sacred Prayer Flag. Participants are invited to choose five herbs for their metaphysical meanings or other symbols to create a miniature five banner prayer flag. Paints, markers, pencils and pastels will be available to add color to the flags. You can add your flag to the MAWHC annual prayer flag chain, or take it home for your own sacred purpose.
3:30 pm: Mid-Afternoon Classes Begin
Oak Hall
Passion, Products, and Paying Taxes ~ Maia Toll   i
Ready to turn your love of herbs into a business? This workshop-style class will help you clarify your passion and identify your product (whether that means whipping up syrups in your kitchen, consulting with clients on their health, or teaching anything from gardening to gut remedies!). We’ll talk about the upsides and the inevitable downsides of turning your love of botanicals into a full-time career. Plus, Maia will share lessons learned from a dozen years in herbal retail, clinical work, and as a creatrix of successful programs in women’s wisdom and wellness. Note: we will not be discussing G.M.P.s or legal issues.
Elderflower Tent
Anatomy & Physiology of Leaky Gut Syndrome ~ Tammi Sweet   i
Since inflammation is the only way to heal any injury in the body, what happens when the food we are eating is causing injury to our gut wall? We persist in a state of chronic inflammation that does not stay localized to the intestinal lining. We will examine the etiology of food intolerance and how it leads to leaky gut, chronic inflammation and many other chronic diseases. Discussion will also include the anatomy & physiology of the gut lining and the vast interface of the immune system living there. We of course, will round out the discussion with ways of healing the injury and moving towards health.
Rose Tent
How to Imbibe Your Fragrant Garden All Year ~ Tiffany Robbins   i
Who dreams of lilacs and roses in January? Flipping through the seed catalogs in winter, who longs to smell hyacinths? Let's learn how to capture those alluring and intoxicating scents from our fragrant gardens. This class will have your noses open!
Lavender Tent
Sacred Art Mandala Meditation ~ Tamu Ngina   i
Using intention, color and symbolism to create a Sacred Art Mandala Meditation. Participants are invited to use color in the form of markers, paints, pencils or pastels on cardstock or other medium to create mandalas for meditation. Themes can be spontaneous or represent the metaphysical meaning of various herbs of choice.
Red Clover Tent
Belly Dancing: Assaya Technique ~ Nourhan Sharif   i
The scratchy cry of the rababa & the swirling shout of the mizmar, inspire a strong yet playful dance. The canes twirl & strike to the pounding Saidi beat of the huge Tabla Baladi. All the women & men of Southern Egypt enjoin in the optimistic tradition of Upper Egyptian dance. Their long galabayya flows with the song. The altitude is high, but the center of gravity is low! (Beginners)
5:00 pm: Celebratory Dinner
Pre-purchase meal tickets! All vendors open for shopping. Mom's of Kids' Campers: Pick up kids to join us.
6:15 pm: Evening Keynote Address - Rocio Alarcón
The Secret Energy of Plants ~
Living beings have developed a variety of relationships with many flowering species of plants. Relationships with these plants flow in different ways from the physical to the emotional, spiritual, and others. Let’s take a look at the plants used in health ceremonies of Ecuador and Europe. We will see how Cocoa, Theobroma cacao, and Ayahuasca, Banisteriopsis caapi, play a role in the three levels of the plant-human relationship: physical, emotional and spiritual. In Europe, the area of the Basque Country of Spain, complex Artemisias with different species such as Absinthium, Annua, etc., Yarrow, Achillea millenfolium, and Feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium, play a similar role in opening the mind. All of these plants are called master or shamanic plants and when approached with sacred intention can teach us a valuable lesson about love.
7:30pm: Wild Women's Fire Circle ~ Suzanna Stone
Held outdoors at fire pit, weather permitting. Held in Oak Hall if weather is too uncomfortable for outdoor drumming.
Sunday, September 30th
8:00pm: Secrets of the Garden
Plant meditation.
9:00 am: Morning Intensives Begin
Oak Hall
Shamanic Practices of Ecuador ~ Rocio Alarcon   i
Before western medicine, many shamanic practices historically helped to maintain people’s health and minimize stress and other problems that now are common health issues in today’s society. In this workshop, Rocio will share sacred ceremonies and practices of her homeland that we can incorporate into our lives to bring greater balance, harmony and health. We will have shamanic experiences using aromatic plants, ishpingo (sacred tree) and candles to move and release various traumas. If possible bring two candles, a medium size towel and a bundle of fresh aromatic herbs.
Elderflower Tent
Managing Cholesterol Naturally ~ Kathleen Maier   i
Many people today are faced with challenging questions about their cardiovascular health. The medicalization of our hearts is taking away our confidence in our ability to sustain our own health. This class looks at the myths surrounding hypertension, high cholesterol and statin drugs. We will talk about cholesterol as our primary anti-oxidant for dealing with stress and look at the deep reaches stress plays in our world today. Of course we will learn about the plethora of wonderful herbs we have to work with dealing with the effect of inflammation.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Sunday Brunch
Tickets must be pre-purchased. Vendor booths open!
12:30 pm: Sunday Afternoon Classes Begin
Oak Hall
The Art of Effective Formulation ~ Maia Toll   i
Having a repertoire of herbs is a great beginning but if you want to take your healing work to the next level you'll need to master formulating. In this class you’ll learn how to blend for symptoms (like a cough or a bladder infections) as well as how to create personalized blends and protocols. We’ll dive into traditional philosophies on formulating and learn how to blend with a variety of herbal preparations. Plus you’ll learn a few common (and easily avoided!) mistakes to take your blends from blah to brilliant.
Elderflower Tent
The Heart of the Matter ~ Tammi Sweet   i
These shifting times call upon us to communicate and move in new ways. This “new” way is actually our birthright. Shamans and healers have carried this knowing in their traditions and it’s time for our re-membering. Currently referred to in scientific literature as “heart literacy” or “heart coherence”, it can be used in everyday life to access and communicate with the world around us. Let’s explore this “new science” of the heart, clear techniques for accessing this incredible center for perceiving the world around us, and how living from this heart-centered place will benefit our health and the health of life around us.
Lavender Tent
Women’s Herbs, Women’s Health ~ Kathy Keville   i
Ready to learn some core ways to stay healthy and happy from puberty through menopause and beyond? Based on my book, we will delve deeper into the commonality of women’s transitions and conditions. Treatments for menstrual irregularity, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, PMS and more will be addressed. Deciphering imbalances and then, choosing herbs best suited for each woman is key. Let’s separating fact from "herban lore."
2:15 - 2:30 pm: Closing Circle
Outside, weather permitting. All join hands to honor our friendships before we part once again.
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Early Bird Conference Registration, Sat and Sun
Register by June 1 and save 30.00 off of the 225.00 "at the door" price.
Registration, Sat Only
Registration for Saturday Only classes. Register by June 1 for the early bird discount.
Registration, Sun Only
Registration for Sunday Only classes.
Elder Registration
Saturday and Sunday Registration for Elders, aka Seniors, 65 years and older.
Student Registration
Saturday and Sunday Registration for full time students if in financial need only! ID required.
Young Teen Registration
Young teens aged 13-16 are able to attend both days at this great price!
Teacher Registration
Add this item if you are a teacher at this year's MAWHC. This registration includes a free half table in the Teacher's Vending Area.
Meal Package
Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch are included.
Saturday Lunch Only Meal Ticket
For those purchasing individual meals.
Sunday Brunch Only Meal Ticket
For those purchasing individual meals. Join us for a great brunch: simple, yet nourishing and delicious.
Camping Friday Night
Per person price.
Camping Saturday Night
Per person price.
Saturday Kid's Camp
Register now, space is limited!
Lunch for Kid's Camper
Saturday lunch ticket for child enrolled in Kid's Camp only.
Dinner for Kid's Camper
Saturday dinner ticket for Kids Campers only.
The Healing Magic of Cacao Massage
This pre-conference intensive with Rocio Alarcon is an experiential workshop that introduces massage techniques with Rocio's special cacao formulation. Special focus on healing breast tissue as well as other massage techniques from Ecuador. Space is limited. Friday, September 27, 3-6PM
Archived 2018 Recordings
Dive in now when you order recordings from the 2018 conference - featuring Rocio Alarcon, Maia Toll, Tammi Sweet, Kat Maier and more. Details available upon request.
Denise Hendricks Scholarship Fund
Donors at this level will receive a tea sample and two delicious herbal latte recipes from Mama Flowers in their registration bag, plus a free audio recording from a previous conference.
Denise Hendricks Scholarship Fund Basic
Donors at this level will receive a tea sample and two delicious herbal latte recipes from Mama Flowers in their registration bag.
Refund Policy
All refund requests must be received in writing by September 6, 2018, by email to or by snail mail to PO Box 5, Kempton, PA 19529. All fees, including tuition and intensives, except $35 processing fee are refundable until September 6th. Emergencies are included. You may also transfer your registration to another person, if you can find someone to take your place. After September 6, 2018 absolutely positively no refunds.
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