The next Plant Healer event – the Herbfolk Gathering, Sept 18-21 – is going to have some truly awesome teachers creating a new format like no other… and we have just a very few class slots left for anyone wanting to submit a proposal. You don’t have to be a big name in herbalism to be considered, you just have to have a personal contribution to make that fits our special theme and approach.
All classes will ideally include:
1. A folkloric, historic, mythic or storytelling component or thread;
2. A practical component such as clinical, research, usage and materia medica; and
3. A hands-on component, be it an exercise, laboratory, walk, or other means for audience participation and experience.
Send us your most creative and original topics, getting us your applications no later than Nov. 1st to have the best chance of filling the final openings in the schedule. Please request a Teacher Application from: PlantHealer@PlantHealer.org
2014 HerbFolk Theme
Traditions In Western Herbalism, Medicine Of The People, the Herbal Resurgence – we can’t quit changing, experimenting and adapting, no way! But rather than changing our event time with every transition, we expect to stick with “HerbFolk Gathering” for future Plant Healer conferences and celebrations… and to include a changing subtitle that reflects these events’ continuing evolution.
“The Enchanted Forest” is the theme for ’14, a folkloric gathering expected to be utterly magical – not in the Disney or New Age sense, but in the sense of a magical as well as purposeful natural world that informs and inspires us as well as helps to heal our wounds. Some of the most important ways that it is communicated are through awakened physical senses, through its mythic dimensions and its well told stories.
This sense of human/plant interrelationship, as well as the very skills of an effective herbal practice, need to be experienced and not just pondered or studied. For this reason, most of the 2014 HerbFolk classes will include audience involvement, such as role playing, hands-on exercises, or other experiential opportunities and interaction.
We’ve heard again and again from event attendees how much they wish their favorite classes could have been longer, presenting even more information, going deeper into the topics that they are most interested in. Some events are designed without a single class over 1.5 hours in length, and as one woman recently wrote us, “It’s exciting when different herbal conferences have a ton of classes to choose from, but it becomes hard for me to remember what I’ve learned when we go through them so fast, one after the other.”
For this reason, we’ve decided that we’re going to give those of you who have been wanting longer classes with greater depth exactly what you’ve been asking for. At HerbFolk 2014 there will be no classes under 2 hours, and the majority will be intensives lasting from 3 hours to 5 hours in length!
Every year we look far and wide for potential event sites. Because of the size and feel of our conferences and the kinds of folks in our community, we have specific needs that are not easily met. It can’t be a normal conference center with a yuppie business vibe and certainly can’t be in a city. It has to be within an hour or two drive from an airport, while being in a wild natural place with nature trails close by. There have to be a sufficient number of buildings or shelters for classes, as well as places outdoors where we are welcome to teach. Cabins are important for those needing them, and so is free camping on national forest land for folks who prefer it or lack the money to pay for lodging. The facilities need to be comfortable yet rustic and earthy, and should have a distinctly western look. They have to serve affordable food that meets our folks’ trained tastes and high standards. And the site managers need to be genuinely happy to be hosting our diverse community of herbalists, plant lovers, wildcrafters and natural healers.
For these reasons and more, we are almost certain remain at beautiful Mormon Lake Resort, with its log cabins nested in a Ponderosa Pine forest, so close to the Grand Canyon and the San Francisco peaks long held sacred.
Teacher & Classes Announcement, Ticket Sales
We will probably announce our teacher lineup and class titles in November. As always there will be a special sale of deeply discounted tickets for limited time only, most likely in December or January.
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