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2018 Presenters

Featured Teachers

Rosemary Gladstar

Rosemary Gladstar

Rosemary Gladstar is a pioneer in the herbal movement. She began over 35 years ago developing herbal formulas in her herb shop, Rosemary's Garden, in Sonoma County, California. She is the founder and former director of the California School of Herbal Studies, the International Herb Symposium, and the New England Women's Herbal Conference. She is also the co-founder and original formulator of Traditional Medicinals. Author of numerous books including the best seller Herbal Healing for Women, she is an elder figure in the field of modern herbalism, internationally renowned for her technical knowledge and stewardship in the global herbalist community.

Ubaka Hill

Ubaka Hill

Performer, artist, inspirational speaker, drummer, and master drum teacher for over 30 years Ubaka has dedicated her music and art to inspire, motivate and encourage positive change and personal healing through art, music, and community initiatives. She teaches how to play hand drums and how to use songs, drums, bells, rattles and melody as an energy source that supports body-mind wholeness, wellness and balance. Ubaka’s workshops, performances, drum circles, and talks are joyful, inspiring, energizing, informational, and transformative. "Through drumming and singing, individuals and communities can heal".

Deena Hayes-Greene

Deena Hayes-Greene

Deena Hayes-Greene is Managing Director of the Racial Equity Institute (REI) and brings over 15 years of experience as a community and institutional organizer. She is currently training with several anti-racist organizations, where she provides in-depth analysis of systemic and historically constructed racism and its impact on contemporary systems and institutions across the United States. She lives with her family in Greensboro, N.C., where she is a former Human Relations Commissioner and has received numerous awards and citations for outstanding leadership.

EagleSong-Gardener

EagleSong-Gardener

EagleSong-Gardener, earth keeper, herbalist, and grandmother is a pilgrim/adventurer. A woman connected with earth through plants, she carries old ways into a new day through the practice of hedge medicine passed to her through her maternal lineage. A seasoned gardener and practiced plantswoman, herbalist and yarn spinner, EagleSong, brings herbs to life in her engaging, informative workshops connecting people, plants and earth.

Amanda David

Amanda David

Amanda is the mother of 3 amazing kids, Rootwork Herbals, and Bramble Community Herbalism. She is a plant loving, medicine making, wildcrafting, gardening, community herbalist who sees clients and teaches classes and apprenticeships in Ithaca, NY. Amanda has been intimately working and playing with herbs for 20 years. As a lover of plants and a lover of people, she is passionate about bringing them together in a down to earth, accessible way that promotes personal and planetary health.

Ceara Foley

Ceara Foley

Director and instructor at the Southeast's oldest herbal studies school, Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, Ceara Foley has empowered adults and children to honor their inner and outer environments for over a decade. She has served as president of the NC Natural Products Association, vice president of NC Plant Savers and has taught at colleges throughout NC. A certified herbalist and beekeeper, Ceara is steward of Soulflower Botanical Sanctuary in Leicester, NC, where she has lived off the grid for 15 years.

Lucretia VanDyke

Lucretia VanDyke

Lucretia’s journey began as a little girl mixing herbs, clays, and muds on her grandparents’ farm. A holistic educator, speaker, herbalist, erosologist, ceremonialist, spiritual light coach, intuitive energetic/Reiki Practitioner, Diviner, and world traveler, with over 2500 hours of training, she has been a holistic esthetician for over a decade, focusing on integrating indigenous healing rituals and meditation into modern day practices. Her work with herbs and sacred practices embraces Women's Wholeness Medicine, grief work, sexual trauma, ancestor connection, womb healing, and skin care.

Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas is the owner of Clarity Acupuncture and owner and lead instructor at Clarity Stone Medicine which trains practitioners in Taoist stone and crystal medicine. Sarah's stone medicine work has evolved to a vibrational application of stones within the grid systems and consciousness fields of our Mother Earth. Her passion is to assist in the dissemination of the vast knowledge and uncharted potentials of healing with stones.

 

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Abby Artemisia

Abby Artemisia

Founder of the WANDER School, Botanist, Herbalist, & Professional Forager, Abby Artemisia, lives on the edge of Pisgah National Forest in the Black Mountains of North Carolina. She learned about plants playing in the woods, working on organic farms, an herbal apprenticeship, a bachelor’s degree in Botany, and running her own tea business. She teaches about plant identification, native plants, and working with plants for food and medicine in her Wild Apprenticeship Program and throughout the country.

Ash Sierra

Ash Sierra

Ash Sierra is the heart and soul behind Ritual Botanica, an Appalachian small-batch apothecary specializing in seed-to-bottle herbal hydrosols. She’s dedicated years of her herbal journey to working with plants and the magical craft of distilling. She loves sharing this process with other like minded plant allies, the type who like a bit of magic and a bit of science.

Christan Carter

Christan Carter

To know and work with Christan Carter is to know love for the African Dance and Drum Cultures, communities, people, music, energies, and the characters it brings together. She has had the opportunity to learn and instruct students throughout the South and Southeast. Through instruction, performances, preservation, and exposure, Christan continues to study and keep the traditions and dreams of her predecessors alive.

Christina Bertelli

Christina Bertelli

Christina Bertelli is an herbalist, and feminine ecology mentor. As the creator of Femme Botanica, she offers womb and yoni focused medicines and education. Her background as a therapeutic wilderness guide instilled a deep awareness of nature as medicine; this lead her to explore the power of plants, Vitalism, Wise Woman Ways, and Mayan folk healing. Christina’s focus is on restoring a healthy yoni microbiome culture and relieving the impact of trauma, and stagnation through reclaiming the practice of vaginal steaming to heal holistically.

Cindi Quay

Cindi Quay

Cindi Quay, Traditional Herbalist & Menominee Native American, has been working with our plant kingdom most of her life. Turning this into a deeper passion, she opened Cindi’s Sacred Garden in 1997. Cindi grows her own herbs in a traditional manner and also gathers herbs from around the United States, giving respect to Mother Earth.

Corinna Wood

Corinna Wood

Founder and director of Southeast Wise Women, Corinna Wood is a Wise Woman herbalist, a powerful visionary, and a beloved teacher. Corinna weaves her passion for honoring women and the Earth into all aspects of the Southeast Wise Women programs. In 1994, Corinna co-founded Red Moon Herbs, an herbal company that focuses on making medicines from fresh, local plants--the Wise Woman Way. In 2005, she started the Southeast Wise Women's Herbal Conference.

Diane Miller

Diane Miller

Diane Miller JD is an attorney and Director of Law and Public Policy for National Health Freedom Coalition (NHFC) and National Health Freedom Action (NHFA). She works to protect the right of all people to access all health care information, services, treatments and products that the people deem beneficial for their own health and survival. Diane is the author of “The Principles of Health Freedom”. "I believe that laws and customs must be carefully reviewed, revised, and even repealed if necessary, and new ones created, to reflect the continual development, evolution, and spiritual maturation of a people."

Emily Ruff

Emily Ruff

Emily Ruff, founder of the Florida Herbal Conference, is a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. Her education began with her father, a botanist, and her grandfather, an urban farmer, and continued with beloved Western herbalists including Rosemary Gladstar and George D’Arcy. Under Emily’s direction, the Florida School of Holistic Living runs a professional herbal training program, a community clinic, a teaching garden, a seed library, and an annual conference.

Gina Spriggs

Gina Spriggs

Gina Spriggs is an Author, Holistic Intuitive and Intuitive Development Mentor. She is committed to the growth and empowerment of “Intuitpreneurs” through teaching advanced, experimental, “results oriented” intuitive-development programs and authentic cutting-edge business strategies. Gina is the creator of the Lumin8 Oracle and has authored The Intuitive Tarot Workbook. She supports thousands of people with her readings and programs where she teaches students how to create successful businesses based in their unique skills, while creating a fulfilling life of purpose.

Jacquelyn Dobrinska

Jacquelyn Dobrinska

Jacquelyn Dobrinska is a beloved holistic health educator, wise woman practitioner, herbalist, minister and author. She recognizes that finding fulfillment and beauty is an inside job - the result of an inner radiance that comes from connecting to the core of who we truly are. She teaches wellness at universities, hospitals, retreat centers, and churches around the country.

Jacquelyn Hallum

Jacquelyn Hallum

Jacquelyn Hallum, MBA, MHA, CDP is the director of Health Careers and Diversity Education at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). Her special interests are health parity, cultural appropriate care, and workforce equity and inclusion. She’s an advocate for social justice and enjoys mentoring and working with marginalized youth. She graduated from Asheville City Schools, North Carolina A&T State University and Pfeiffer University. She is an experienced presenter in diversity and inclusion including microaggression and racial equity work.

Janet Kent

Janet Kent

Janet Kent lives off-the-grid high in a rich Appalachian hardwood cove forest. She sees the radical potential of herbalism to address both the need for humans to reconnect with the more-than-human world and to alleviate the crisis of conventional health care in this country. She is the co-founder of Medicine County Herbs, a medicinal and native plant nursery and apothecary and the Terra Sylva School of Botanical Medicine. She writes on herbalism, ecology and reconnection medicine.

Jessica Godino

Jessica Godino

Jessica Godino, L.Ac., brings us over twenty-five of experience as an herbalist. The owner of Four Flames Healing, she co-founded Red Moon Herbs after apprenticing with Susun Weed. In her work as an acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner, she specializes in metabolic and endocrine issues. A lifelong student of the Divine, Jessica is loved by her students because she blends the metaphysical and the practical in a way that brings deep meaning to their healing journey's.

Jody Noe

Jody Noe

Dr. Jody Noé’s education in herbal medicine, psychology, and spirituality has made her a leader in the field of integrative medicine. She obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Her background as a clinical research scientist and ethnobotanist adds a dimension of scientific knowledge to her perspective.

Kim Duckett

Kim Duckett

Kim Duckett, Ph.D. has been teaching women’s studies in university settings for nearly 30 years. She is the founder and spiritual director of WHISPER in Asheville, NC, where she offers classes, circles, rituals, and a sacred mystery school for women.

Lena Ruark-Eastes

Lena Ruark-Eastes

Lena lives in Ashevillle, NC passionately bringing Nature-Based Rites of Passage and Empowerment Programs for girls and women of all ages. She is the founder and director of local non-profit Earth Path Education where we listen to the earth as our wisest mentor, offering Nature Connection and healthy village building through strenghtening relationships with one's true nature, the earth and community. Lena has organized and facilitated the Soil Sisters (young women's program at the SEWW) for the past 8 years.

Maia Toll

Maia Toll

Maia Toll, RH(AHG), spent a life-changing year in Ireland apprenticed to a traditional medicine woman. Twenty years later, she's built her life around earth medicine, curating gorgeously crafted botanical products for her retail shops, the Herbiary, as well as teaching and blogging to an international following. Maia spent the winter writing her fist book, a quirky character sketch of 36 bodacious botanicals, which will be available from booksellers in the summer of 2018.

Michelle Dionne

Michelle Dionne

Michelle Dionne graces the Herbal Conference with her sacred and healing dance. Working closely with Corinna Wood, Red Moon Herbs, and the Wise Woman Tradition over the last decades, Michelle has developed a unique style of teaching dance, helping women cultivate greater self-awareness and self-love through traditional world dances and spontaneous movement. She focuses on Birth Dancing, Belly Dance, and leading circles for adolescent girls through her school, The Mandorla.

Mimi Hernandez

Mimi Hernandez

Mimi believes strongly that keeping plant wisdom alive is essential and has dedicated her life's work to serving as an advocate for both traditional and professional herbal pathways while building cultural bridges of understanding. Her teachings weave together science, tradition, and intuition in ways that speak to diverse learning communities. Based in Asheville, NC Mimi currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Herbalists Guild.

Mother Turtle

Mother Turtle

Marsia Shuron Harris aka Mother Turtle, resides in the hills of Western Massachusetts where she is a facilitator, photographer, and musician, who has been performing her original compositions for over 25 years. In 2009 she designed and began facilitating “Healing the Stories We Tell Ourselves With Mother Turtle,” a unique and interactive experience for healing and transformation. Using her voice as a tool, she can lift you to great heights, as well as take you to those deep places within that are seeking illumination.

Ombassa Sophera

Ombassa Sophera

Since 1988,Ombassa Sophera has combined years of herbal study and home remedies passed down through her family, to provide wellness solutions that help others lead holistic lives. Her philosophy: "while stress consistently has a stronghold on people’s lives–causing; debilitating illnesses, relationship breakups, unhappiness and depression, the key to healing isn’t just ingesting an anecdote, but cleansing your body of the thoughts and emotions that make these imbalances possible". Ombassa provides custom herbal consultations through her blog and conducts workshops on herbal medicine across the USA and abroad.

Patty Grant-Edgemon

Patty Grant-Edgemon

Patty Grant-Edgemon is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Her primary experience has been working in the field of substance abuse and mental health. Patty has a masters in social work and is certified in substance abuse treatment since 1993. She has presented on historical grief and trauma in many different venues since 2003. She has been in recovery since 1987 and promotes sobriety and recovery on all levels.

Rebecca Word

Rebecca Word

Rebecca Word is a licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) in Black Mountain, NC. She is also an instructor at the Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville where she teaches Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology as well as Diet and Nutrition. Rebecca utilizes nutrition, botanicals, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, person-centered lifestyle counseling, principles of Chinese Medicine and in depth consultation in practice. Women’s health, children’s health and individualized somatic sleuthing are her areas of greatest interest.

Renee Conover

Renee Conover

In addition to being on staff at Southeast Wise Women, Renee is a health coach and writer. Trained at the Samui Dharma Healing Center and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she has been teaching and supporting others on their journeys to health and wholeness for over 18 years. In her work, she focuses on bio-individuality, nourishment beyond food, and body positivity.

Rosanne Lindsay

Rosanne Lindsay

Rosanne Lindsay is a Naturopath, certified by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board. She holds a degree from Trinity School of Natural Health in Naturopathic medicine. She is president of the National Health Freedom Coalition, studies herbalism, and is the author of two books on healing.

Ruth Elliot

Ruth Elliot

Ruth Elliot earned a masters degree in Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University and double majored in biology and music. She is a licensed massage and body worker, reads the Akashic records, has completed advanced coursework in women’s health physical therapy (WHPT), and holds a certification in Holistic Pelvic Care™. She incorporates all these modalities to facilitate the physical and energetic healing of the female pelvis, helping to manage pain, heal from pelvic trauma, improve physical alignment, and support emotional well-being. Ruth is an energetic and fun educator.

Shannon Lockhart

Shannon Lockhart

Shannon Lockhart is a Mother, Folk Herbalist and Yogini. Her passion is empowering others by helping them be responsible for their personal health and well-being. Teaching yoga over 5 years now, she is truly humbled by the opportunity. Allowing yoga to take a key role in her life has been essential as it has opened doors to new positive opportunities, new friends, and most importantly opened her heart!

Sobande Greer

Sobande Greer

Angelique “Sobande” Greer is a Master Herbalist, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, consultant, educator, and author with over 25 years of experience. She founded and runs the only African American School of Herbalism & Natural Health that teaches the art of herbalism and healing the old fashioned way. She is also the founder of the United States first Afro Botany Certification Immersion Program. Sobande resides with her husband just outside of Nashville Tennessee where she maintains a private practice that centers on education and consulting.

Suki Roth

Suki Roth

Suki Roth is a Community Herbalist and Educator in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Years ago she co-founded the Piedmont School of Herbal Studies which has transformed into a sought after Wise Woman Apprenticeship Program. Her greatest teachers are the plants themselves, communicating to her their unique gifts during plant meditation. Her line of teas and tinctures, Suki's Blends, are a natural extension of the plant knowledge received. Growing, exploring, and communicating her love for plants is her life's passion.

Tesia Love

Tesia Love

Passionate about wellness and natural healing, Tesia Love is a multi-faceted holistic health practitioner committed to helping women achieve their best health, and thereby their highest potential. She practices as a Clinical Ayurveda Specialist in Charlotte, NC offering consultations and Ayurvedic body therapies. Board-certified by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, Tesia is also a licensed massage and bodywork therapist. She graduated from the California College of Ayurveda, Duke Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Health Coach professional training, and various other herbal and wellness trainings.

Virginia Rosenberg

Virginia Rosenberg

Virginia Rosenberg is an Intuitive Astrologer and Movement Artist whose interest is natural healing of self and society. Astrology and movement are effective tools for liberation. Classically trained as a dancer and Taoist martial artist, she trusts her body's innate intelligence beyond technique. Since 2010, Virginia has taught classes, workshops, and retreats, and offered thousands of readings for clients worldwide. Her viral writings on astrology, spirituality, and society are used as teaching tools in meditation and study groups.

 

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