All youth ages 3-17 must be registered in order to attend.
Wise Maidens (girls 13-17)
The Wise Maidens program is held during class sessions. Space is limited. Young women must be 13 at the time of the conference in order to sign up for and participate in this program, no exceptions. Young women can attend individual class sessions with their mothers if they choose to. The young women will be immersed in engaging activities such as herb walks, dance, and arts & crafts, all in a nurturing environment.
Price: $165 per young woman
Michelle Dionne has been teaching the young women at the Herbal Conference for the past 8 years. She greatly enjoys this opportunity to share in the girls' experience, hear their stories and witness the deep connections they make through the weekend. As a former apprentice of Corinna Wood, Michelle incorporates Wise Woman traditions into all her teachings. She has been teaching sacred dance and facilitating girls' and women's circles since 1998. She is currently forming a WNC Circle for Girls through her school, the Mandorla.
Soil Sisters (girls 10-12)
The Soil Sisters program is held during class sessions. Space is limited. Girls must be 10 at the time of the conference in order to sign up for and participate in this program, no exceptions. The girls will be immersed in engaging activities such as herb walks, dance, and arts & crafts, all in a nurturing environment. Girls can attend individual class sessions with their mothers if they choose to. Girls must be either supervised by their mothers or in the care of the Soil Sisters staff at all times.
Price: $165 per young woman
Deeply committed to the Earth Path, Lena Eastes is passionate about celebrating this life on amazing planet earth. She is the founder and director of Earth Path Education, growing a culture of listening to the earth as our wisest mentor through teaching Nature Connection to children, teens and adults. She is the founder and Director of Roots Day Camp, Growing Goddess Camp, and Wilderness Rites of Passage camps. Lena loves lightning bugs, growing food, foraging, running, dancing, Appalachian crafts, deep breaths, bringing people together and waterfalls.
Seedlings Childcare (kids 3-9)
The Seedlings Childcare program is held during class sessions only. Space is limited and held primarily for women who do not have the option to leave their children at home. The childcare program does not have an herbal educational focus but offers a safe and nurturing environment, age appropriate activities, and a caring staff.
Price: $110 per child
Madelyn Sovern is an herbalist, musician, medicine crafter, artist, reiki practitioner, yogi, and teacher. She has taught with organizations such as the Florida Herbal Conference, Transylvania Youth Strings program, Pickards Mountain Eco Institute, Farm & Wilderness summer camps, Next Step Educators music after school program, Girls Rock Camps, the Young Women Leaders mentorship program, the Knowledge for Spiritual Living CommUnity center, and she co-created a Young Herbalists homeschooling program in Chapel Hill, NC. After completing a full-time herbalist certification program in 2016 at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine in Fort Jones, CA, Madelyn relocated to Asheville, NC. She is excited to be working with the Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference this year. Madelyn believes in nurturing a natural sense of wonder in children and young adults, and holds space in a way so as to facilitate creativity and exploration.
Babes in armsMothers may bring "babes in arms" in the classrooms. However, out of consideration for limiting distractions for other participants, and because we are recording classes, if a baby is making noise, we request that mother and baby leave the room. Some mothers find it difficult to enjoy the conference with babies--which can include sleeping outdoors in a tent, or hiking out to the parking lot to trade off with the father, etc. At the same time, some mothers have appreciated just being in the environment of a community of women of all ages that come together at conference--even if they were unable to attend as many classes as they would have liked. Please consider your needs carefully before deciding to register to attend.