We’re back home again at the Anima wilderness sanctuary, after a week away from home and family. With the likely ending of the rains, our river has dropped back down to thigh or crotch depth, after growing to nearly fill the canyon on the day before we left. All the water-gap fences meant to protect the greenery from free ranging cattle have been washed away or buried, and the river crossings on our primitive jeep trail will likely remain impossible to drive across for some time to come. Loba awaits delivery and installation of an electric water pump and solar power for the kitchen, but alas nothing will be brought in except on our backs this season. It is lovely, though, to walk among the wind tossed cottonwoods as the sway and clap, watching the elk bugle in their annual obsession with the joys of attempting procreation… knowing that nobody will pass this primeval moat encircling and protecting us. The walk down the mountain was exhilarating, our excitement increasing with every step until once at the river’s edge we felt giddy to be where we feel most at home, most ourselves.
We appreciate all the good wishes from people hoping we can now kick back and rest, but it is already time to work on the Winter issue of Plant Healer Magazine, to begin preparing the next Plant Healer Newsletter with reviews of this year’s event, and to choose class proposals to fill the final 2014 HerbFolk teaching slots. But before anything else, we feel a strong need to send out thank yous to attendees, teachers and sponsors, and to do our best to answer the hundreds of post-conference emails.
The 2013 Resurgence Finale
Our fourth annual conference and celebration was indeed a wondrous success! We had to rearrange the class schedule and add new topics due to injuries suffered by our dear Resurgence teacher Phyllis Light, Paul Bergner coming down with the flu, and the awesome Sarah Lawless being stopped at the Canadian border. The much respected Matt Wood filled in with a well loved class on shamanism for the herbalist, and other changes resulted in a smooth event that seemed to be loved by all 300 folks attending. This year’s registrants hailed from as far away as Mexico, Australia and the Czech Republic. Our Mexican traditional band, Las Cafeteras rocked folks’ socks off, and managed to sell every CD they had with them. For a complete recounting and to see pictures of the Resurgence Finale, subscribe to the FREE Plant Healer Newsletter.
Subscribe & Submit to the Expanded Plant Healer Newsletter
The Plant Healer Newsletter is a FREE, 30 to 100 page long PDF digital download published sporadically 10 to 12 times per year. It has recently been expanded to include articles, essays, opinion and materia medica by herbalists and wildcrafters in the community, excerpts of Plant Healer Magazine interviews, and also continuing news about future Plant Healer events. Upcoming issues of the Newsletter will feature stories and pics of the Rendezvous contributed by you who attended, excerpts from Plant Healer Magazine interviews with herbalists including Howie Brounstein and Robin Rose Bennett, and essays and articles on all things herbal by not only ourselves but many of you. If you’d like to submit an article to the Newsletter, click on the link below and download the details
Newsletter Submission Guidelines
You can subscribe for free by simply filling in your name and email addy at the top of our website splash-page
Herbal Resurgence Reviews Sought
The next Plant Healer Newsletter will feature the story of the 2013 Resurgence Rendezvous, as seen through the eyes of those of you who attended. If you were there, please do us the favor of sending in a description of your experience of the event. Send your words to us by Oct 7th if possible (or else later, if not) at our new main email address: PlantHealer@PlantHealer.org
Please send us your Photos from the event as well, for possible inclusion. JPG or TIFF, 8” wide and 300dpi if possible. You can send any amount of pics on a DVD or CD mailed soon to: Plant Healer Events, PO Box 688, Reserve, NM 87830. Or you can email them as attachments, not to our home email address but ONLY to our special “town” addy: RingtailRose@Gmail.com. Thank you for taking the time!
Plant Healer Magazine Deadline for Winter Submissions
If you’re hoping to submit an original article for the Winter issue of Plant Healer Magazine, the deadline is Oct. 1st. Write us if you need extra time. And remember that you don’t have to be a professional writer to have valuable information and experiences to share. You can download all the necessary info by clicking here
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The 2014 Herbfolk Gathering
Our theme for ’14 is “The Enchanted Forest,” and will feature a folkloric vibe as well as lengthy in-depth class intensives, hands-on exercises, storytelling and music. We may have not only exciting herbalist teachers but possibly a botanical perfumer, a teacher on the subject of entheogens, and a well known fantasy novelist focused on plant lore!
Conference-goers often express a desire to go into more depth into their class topics, and complain about how there are some conferences where all the classes are kept to a short 1.5 hours long. In contrast, most HerbFolk classes will be 3 to 5 hours long. They’ll include a folkloric/mythic/historical intro or thread, along with solid practical information and materia medica, and hands-on exercises/labs or walks.
There will be a special sale again of deep discount tickets for a limited time, most likely in December, so watch the Plant Healer Newsletter and this blog for details.
Our New Website
With Portals to all Plant Healer Events, Magazine & Resources
Given that the names of our Plant Healer events are sure to change, we’ve launched a new website that will have links to the magazine, free resources, and our upcoming conferences and celebrations. We’re working on the site right now, and the Events link on its splash page will within a few weeks take you to the HerbFolk Gathering pages: www.PlantHealer.org
New Book The Plant Healer’s Path Now Shipping
Our new hardback book The Plant Healer’s Path has arrived and is shipping now via USPS Priority… written by Jesse Wolf with Kiva Rose, Paul Bergner, Phyllis Light and more.
“The Plant Healer’s Path does more than provide a working model of herbal practice, it also addresses our hopes, our fears and concerns as herbalists, acknowledging the differences, the uniqueness that each brings to their art, craft and science.” –Phyllis D. Light (Appalachian Folk Herbalist)
The books arrived after our river went up and are stored in town, so we only have to hike the boxes and labels out over the mountain in order to start shipping the many preorders now. You can order yours at: www.PlantHealerMagazine.com