Schedule for 2019 Women's Herbal Conference
Friday, September 27th
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Pre-conference Intensive: The Magic of Cacao Massage ~ Rocio Alarcón  
The Magic of Cacao Massage: Join Rocio in an experiential workshop, working with cacao and other botanicals to bring healing to the body, mind and spirit. This special massage is deeply nourishing and restores healthy function to hips, abdomen and chest, areas where women tend to store grief, hardship and worry. Working with the plants helps to remove stagnation and invigorate the vital forces of the body.
Saturday, September 28th
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 - Charis Lindrooth
Morning Keynote Address: Lessons from the Goddess Ix Chel, Our Own American Goddess ~ Rosita Arvigo
Ix Chel Our Own American Goddess: the Maya goddess of birth and death, medicine, the moon, all bodies of water and fertility is alive and well. Her inspiring story will touch your heart and inspire the inner queen.
10:30 am Break - Vendor booths open
10:45 am Saturday Morning Classes Begin
Oak Hall: Herbs & Meditation for Easing Anxiety and Building Inner Resilience - Deb Soule  
Enjoy learning how to care for yourself, your family and your community with herbal teas, tinctures, healing foot and flower baths, and meditation. We will taste and explore herbs which help relax the body, calm and focus the mind, strengthen and revitalize the nervous and digestive system, and restore a feeling of joy and gratitude. Deb will share growing, gathering and preparation information, along with a few guided meditations to begin and end our time together.
Elderflower Tent: Scent Mythology - Using Culture and Personal Story to Create Unique Botanical Perfumes (Intermediate) ~ Jenn Allen  
Scientists have discovered that scent memories can be passed down generations through our genes. This beckons the exploration into how scent formulation can be used to tell a personal mythology that includes ancestral information as well as using scent to archetypally express ones’ personal experience. Scent is another way to paint the story of our lives and reaches deeply into the subconscious layers of our psyche defying linear cognitive awareness and connecting more holistically to an embodied soul experience. This workshop will utilize culture, memory, meditation, story and wisdom of the dreamtime to help formulate deeply personal signature scents. Raw materials unique to certain cultures will be experienced and participants are encouraged to bring their own personal raw ingredients to share with the group (no hands-on formulation will be done). This is an intermediate level workshop for those with basic perfume formulation experience but is meant to be a springboard for the creation of a deeply personal perfume mythology.
Rose Tent: A Bio-Individual Approach to Herbal Skin Care ~ Rachael Pontillo  
Small batch, artisan skincare has made its value known in the skincare and personal care markets, as influencers continue to support plant-based, small batch makers over mass-produced, synthetically-based companies. This trend has grown even more niche as the demand for customization, bespoke skincare, and wellness solutions grows. In this discussion, Rachael Pontillo will share how more herbalists and skincare practitioners are expanding their skincare ranges beyond oils and salves, to offer their clients customized solutions and avoid competition. She will also introduce her newest method for choosing herbs and oils for individual clients.
Lavender Tent: Poor People’s Pharmacy: How to Create a Low Cost Home Apothecary using Food Stamps ~ Amanda David  
Herbal medicine is the people’s medicine. However it remains cost prohibitive for many. One way to make herbal medicine more accessible to more people is to find creative ways to make it affordable. In this class we will explore how folks who receive SNAP/Food Stamps can utilize these benefits to create an abundance of low cost herbal medicines, for common home healthcare, with common grocery store ingredients.
Red Clover Tent: Plant Healing and Sexual Trauma: A Beginning ~ Amanda Dilday  
Together, we will hold a safe space and consider the plants which facilitate and further the powerful, painful process of healing the wounds of sexual trauma. Amidst this harrowing work, herbs mend us by strengthening our bodies and reviving our spirits. Through gentle story and case study, we will survey the herbal allies which open tightly-closed eyes, soothe battered hearts, mend jagged edges, and accompany us into the darkness to retrieve the light.
12:15 pm - 11:45 pm Lunch Break - Vendor Booths Open
1:45 pm Saturday Afternoon Classes Begin
Oak Hall: 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.
Elderflower Tent: Detox and Dao: Spiritual Connections Between the Body and Diet ~ Naren Udgan  
Various detox diets and regimes have become popular in recent years, but concepts and practices around detoxification can be traced back 2,500 years to the time of Daoism. In this class, we will discuss the ways that detox diets enhance our abilities to live harmoniously, both physically and spiritually, and we will highlight the connections between finding balance in spirit, body, and mind. Through introducing a fruitarian detox and diet modality, we will not only increase our healing ability, but also increase our spiritual energy and connection to the higher self.
Rose Tent: Sacred Scent - Creating Perfume Elixirs with Botanicals (Beginner) ~ Jenn Allen  
Scent has been used from the beginning of time to evoke emotion, seduce, sanctify, and cleanse. Learn how herbs and other botanicals can be used to create unique and living scents. In addition to discussing how to use purchased essential oils, absolutes and resins, we will also discuss how to ethically wildcraft local flora to make our own scented oils and tinctures for use in creams and perfumes. Each participant will be able to take home a personal scent in a perfume bottle. We will incorporate tiny shells and crystals into our perfume creation.
Lavender Tent: Master Plants from Ecuador ~ Rocio Alarcón  
Ecuador, one of the world’s most diverse environments, is home to more than 50 different species of Master Plants. Master plants have the ability to infuse themselves with humans to produce profound changes at the multidimensional level. They can produce energetic changes in living beings, they can create a vision of different dimensions, and they can remove energies from the subconscious where our real memory is. During this talk, we will review the social and medicinal use of the Master Plants, as well as their use in shamanic beverages.
Red Clover Tent: The Art & Practice of Vaginal Steaming ~ Liz Henke  
Discover the many physical benefits of introducing the practice of steaming in a self-care routine, and how it can promote mental and emotional wellbeing. Learn how to steam, what herbs to use for different purposes, and how to address specific needs.
3:15 pm Break - Vendor Booths Open
3:30 pm Saturday Mid-Afternoon Classes Begin
Oak Hall: Basil, Rue and Marigold: The Three Sisters of Mercy ~ Rosita Arvigo  
Every herbalist has plant allies that assist with physical and spiritual healing. Rosita has worked with these three plants for decades and has a lot of fascinating stories to tell.
Elderflower Tent: The Magic of CO2Extracts - Rachael Pontillo  
CO2 extraction has been used for decades in the food industry, but recently has made its foray into the herbal supplement, aromatherapy and natural perfumery, and botanical skincare industries. While many have embraced CO2extracts, others have concerns about their phytonutritional value, quality, and sustainability. Are they better than steam distilled essential oils? What about fixed oils? In this class, Rachael will not only address these concerns, but she will also introduce you to a variety of CO2extracts and their many uses… Prepare yourself for an aromatic feast!
Rose Tent: Women’s Healing Circle - Rocio Alarcón  
Join Rocio in an open discussion about the delicate balance of our intimate relationships, and how cultural pressures can leave us feeling unbalanced, unsupported, and sometimes off track. Learn about plants that can help heal our ancestral roots, restore our sense of peace, and strengthen our personal boundaries and inner radiance.
Lavender Tent: Healthcare Injustice, Herbalism and Black Folks - Amanda David  
In this class we will look at past and present examples of disparities and violence against black folks in the U.S. Medical System, and how mainstream herbalism has largely upheld this injustice. We will consider how this shapes the health and health care choices of black folks and how herbalism has and can be an agent for health equity and justice.
Red Clover Tent: Beading with Botanicals - Liz Henke  
Crafting with botanicals is a fun, unique way of expressing yourself and your love of plants. In this workshop, you will learn to create beautiful, unique beads and pendants using dried plant material as your medium. This class is hands-on and you will have the opportunity to create several of your own pieces to take home. $5 materials fee.
5:00 pm Celebratory Dinner: Pre-purchase meal tickets! All vendors open for shopping! (Moms of Kids' Campers: pick up kids to join us)
6:15 pm Oak Hall: Raffle Drawing and Talent Show
6:30 pm Evening Keynote Address
Oak Hall: From Shepherd to Shaman - Exploring New Horizons ~ Naren Udgan
Horizons can feel like boundaries, but Naren has always seen them as opportunities to explore. Whether they were distant sand dunes in the Ordos desert where she grew up, or the spiritual horizons that aid in healing, Naren shares her story with the hope to encourage and inspire.
7:45 pm 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 29th
8:00 am Secrets of the Garden: Plant Meditation
9:00 am - 11:30 am Sunday Morning Intensives
Oak Hall: Make Your Own Aesthetician-Approved Herbal Cream ~ Rachael Pontillo  
The “whole plant" herbal skincare trend has crossed from the realm of plant medicine into spas everywhere. Now, more than ever, aestheticians and other beauty professionals are looking to herbalists for all-natural products designed to help their clients in a healthier way. In this workshop, licensed aesthetician, herbalist, and holistic skincare formulator, Rachael Pontillo, will teach you to make a simple, yet effective herbal cream that any aesthetician would approve of. You'll also learn what holistic aestheticians look for in terms of ingredients, shelf stability, and educational material to pass on to their clients.
Elderflower Tent: Shamanic Healing You Can Take Home With You ~ Naren Udgan  
Naren will demonstrate various shamanic healing techniques that anyone can learn and use, even those doubting their shamanic abilities. From learning how to use tools that help enhance spiritual focus, such as smudging or alcohol spraying, to channeling ancestral and natural spirits, these techniques and principles will heighten your healing power. You will learn how to “hand-scan” an individual in order to find chakra imbalances that may be causing physical illnesses, and identify organs that are weak or functioning poorly, and will get to practice these techniques with each other. You will learn powerful ways by which to “listen” to your intuition and spirit guides, and with practice, you will be able to understand how major life transformations in the past have affected an individual’s current illnesses.
Rose Tent: The Wandering Womb: Wisdom from Healers and Midwives of Central America ~ Rosita Arvigo  
In this class, Rosita will help you understand women's health from an ancient perspective by delving into the history of uterine misplacement. She will discuss the possible causes of a misplaced uterus, as well as the signs and symptoms of this condition.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Oak Hall: Sunday Brunch (Tickets must be pre-purchased) - Vendor booths open
12:30 pm Sunday Afternoon Classes Begin
Elderflower Tent: Creating a Woman’s Healing Garden ~ Deb Soule  
Medicinal gardens offer inspiration and healing to people, pollinators, and the Spirit of place. This beautiful slide show will focus on growing and using specific herbs for female health. Included will be information on garden design and soil health: planting, gathering, preparing and using specific healing plants, herbal flowers for pollinators, and an introduction to using the Biodynamic Planting Calendar. May more and more herb gardens be planted and tended in the spirit of healing and reciprocity.
Lavender Tent: Healing with Fire: An Ecuadorian Tradition ~ Rocio Alarcón  
This is a very old practice that allows us to learn how to remove different conditions that are producing an impact in our emotional, spiritual, and physical bodies. Many of the diseases that we suffer from are the result of the accumulation of energetic forces that vibrate within us. Fire is a special force of nature that can help us, and candles are the vehicle to express this force and to give us support. In this workshop we will learn how to manage fire, see our energetic condition, and so remove those forces that do us harm.
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Closing Circle - All gather outside (weather permitting) to join hands to honor our friendships before we part once again.