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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
Materia Medica of Cannabis ~ Tammi Sweet
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.
Five Plant Allies for Our Times ~ Kathleen Maier
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.
Natural Pain Relief ~ Kathi Keville
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.
Herbs for Hypertension ~ Tiffany Robbins
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
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
Aromatherapy in the Bottle and Garden ~ Kathy Keville
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."
Mandala of Endocrine Functions ~ Kathleen Maier
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.
The Art of Postpartum Massage ~ Rocio Alarcon
"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.
Herb Infused Chocolates ~ Hailey Cohn
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
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
Passion, Products, and Paying Taxes ~ Maia Toll
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.
Anatomy & Physiology of Leaky Gut Syndrome ~ Tammi Sweet
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.
How to Imbibe Your Fragrant Garden All Year ~ Tiffany Robbins
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!
Sacred Art Mandala Meditation ~ Tamu Ngina
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
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
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
9:00 am: Morning Intensives Begin
Shamanic Practices of Ecuador ~ Rocio Alarcon
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.
Cholesterol - Getting to The Heart of the Matter ~ Kathleen Maier
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!
1:45 pm: Sunday Afternoon Classes Begin
The Art of Effective Formulation ~ Maia Toll
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.
The Heart of the Matter ~ Tammi Sweet
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.
Women’s Herbs, Women’s Health ~ Kathy Keville
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.
Conference Registration, Sat and Sun
Join us for both Saturday and Sunday for the best deal. Both days are rich in information, fun and community building. Save $20 off the "at the door" price of $225.
Registration, Sat Only
Registration for Saturday Only classes.
Registration, Sun Only
Registration for Sunday Only classes.
Saturday and Sunday Registration for Elders, aka Seniors, 65 years and older.
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!
Spiritual Bathing, Massage and Healing Ceremonies of Ecuador
This pre-conference intensive with Rocio Alarcon is an experiential workshop and introduces bathing with plants, massage and healing ceremonies of Ecuador. Space is limited. Friday, September 28, 3-6PM
Denise Hendricks Scholarship Fund
This fund is dedicated to the memory of Denise Hendricks who recently passed away from brain cancer, a short 7 weeks after her diagnosis. She was passionate about plants, gardening and loved attending the MAWHC. These funds will be used to give tuition to a woman over 45 years of age who is currently facing cancer. To donate an amount other than listed, please email us.
Denise Hendricks Scholarship Fund Basic
This fund is dedicated to the memory of Denise Hendricks who recently passed away from brain cancer, a short 7 weeks after her diagnosis. She was passionate about plants, gardening and loved attending the MAWHC. These funds will be used to give tuition to a woman over 45 years of age who is currently facing cancer.
Donors at this level will receive a tea sample and two delicious herbal latte recipes from Mama Flowers in their registration bag. To donate an amount other than listed, please email us.
Pre-Order 2018 Recordings
Order recordings in advance for the 2018 conference at a discounted price (save $10).
Saturday Kid's Camp
A fun day of learning, play and connection with nature. The program runs during class and keynote hours. Children, except babies, must be enrolled in camp to attend the conference! Saturday Only! Art, herbal projects, drumming, and lots of fun. Snacks included. Child must be fully potty-trained! Space is limited!
Buffet style meals, include gluten-free options, organic and locally sourced ingredients, catered by Hive Local Food
. Vegetarian and meat options. Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch are included.
Saturday Lunch Only Meal Ticket
Saturday Lunch - Buffet style meal, include gluten-free options, organic and locally sourced ingredients, catered by Hive Local Food
. Vegetarian and meat options.
Saturday Dinner Only Meal Ticket
Buffet style meals, include gluten-free options, organic and locally sourced ingredients, catered by Hive Local Food
. Vegetarian and meat options. Meat and vegetarian options.
Buffet style meal, include gluten-free options, organic and locally sourced ingredients, catered by Hive Local Food
. Vegetarian and meat options. Simple, yet nourishing and delicious.
Camping Friday Night
Per person price! Camping outdoors with access to running water and porta johns. No showers.
Camping Saturday Night
Per Person Price! Camping outdoors with access to running water and porta johns. No showers.