Camera Missing – TWHC Photos Invited
We misplaced our Fuji digital camera, possibly at the conference site, if anyone has seen it. We may need a replacement if anyone has an extra, quality camera, though the photos of the event cannot be replaced.
If you have photos of the conference that you would be willing to share, please send them on CD to us at: PO Box 688, Reserve, NM 87830
2010 TWHC Book
Somehow, all 300 of the 96 page long 2010 TWHC books with class notes found homes at the conference, so we are having to do a 2nd printing! Copies are available for $9 plus $5 priority shipping, and free to any registrants who may not have gotten theirs.
“Wow! Ghost Ranch was magical, and the conference itself was packed full of great people, information and energy. I learned a lot, and left inspired to work harder and do more. This is a great conference for anyone interested in grassroots herbalism. Very empowering, with something for everyone.”
We already look forward to the 2011 TWHC, Sept. 15th-18th, and also welcome your involvement and assistance with this enlivened movement between now and the conference. To stay hooked up, subscribe to the free TWHC newsletter as described on the website. And you are also invited to subscribe and submit articles to the TWH’s exciting upcoming quarterly, Plant Healer Magazine www.PlantHealerMagazine.com
“Amazing and wonderful! I’ll be there supporting you, for as long as there is a TWH Conference…”
(Margi Flint and Jim McDonald)
(Margi Flint and Jim McDonald)
2011 TWHC Teachers, Classes and Proposals
We’re adding up to 5 more teachers/presenters in 2011, offering an even wider variety of topics and skills, and giving you even more for your money. Just as in 2010, the 4.5 hour long intensives will be included in the registration, and you will not have to pay extra to attend them as you do at most other herbal conferences.
Even with the added class slots, teacher enthusiasm has been so tremendous that we’ve already received 4 times as many class proposals as there will be room for! This makes for a large field of topics and personalities for us to choose from, though it’s also painful for us to have to turn anyone down. As always, our criteria for choosing will be not only teacher ability and registrant preferences, but also the kinds of class topics being proposed, gender balance and ethnic involvement when possible – and most importantly – the crucial overall balance of conference topics and approaches, information and practical skills… with the advantage going to those grounded in Western folk traditions, the most inspiring and empowering, land based and bioregionally focused, practicable and immediately applicable. We’re most moved by proposals that are unique, non-scripted, personal and edgy, feral and multidimensional, that present primal or traditional indigenous approaches to healing, stir new ways of thinking, challenge accepted assumptions, inspire action, rattle cages or otherwise stretch the proverbial envelope! Those that aren’t selected this time around, will be happily considered again for 2012 and beyond.
Already promised to, are first time TWHC Featured Presenters Ryan Drum, Bevin Clare, David Hoffmann, Juliette Blankespoor and Robin Rose Bennett. Enticing new classes will also be offered by 2011’s returning Featured Speakers 7Song, Paul Bergner, Phyllis Hogan, Charles Garcia and Jim McDonald, and we have a couple of other big surprise in the works! Proposals for the other 15 or so regular Presenter slots have been especially tantalizing, and a list will be released by December at the latest, after most of the selections have been finalized.
(Henry made sure Rosalee's class was recorded, showing some of the many uses of plants)
2011 TWHC For Kids
We were surprise by how many facilities the Ghost Ranch has for use, including an (unsupervised) playground for children, a family center, even a telescope for star watching! And in 2011, we are excited to announce 2 special classes: one will be for Mothers about treating children with herbs, and turning kids onto the basics of herbalism; the other will be FOR kids, with herbal activities for them to learn from and enjoy.
2011 TWHC Music
“The conference was totally awesome! We’ll be back every year… you can count on it, partners!”
As you may have already heard, audience response to Leah and Chloe of Rising Appalachia was so great that they have been made the TWHC “House Band”, and will be the musical core around which we build each year’s diverse entertainment. And Tina Collins and Quetzal Jordan were so into it, that we simply have to bring them back to play for us again in 2011, and they may be enticed to do a longer set that involves them playing together with the gals from Rising again. It will be hard to find an ethnic band to equal Gioia and Carlos of FlamencoWorldCompany for that slot, though we have 5 other groups wanting to play including Arborea who couldn’t make it this year.
2011 TWHC Lodging
The Ghost Ranch Conference Center is in charge of lodging as well as the prepared meals at the TWHC, but we have decided to take the risk of renting all the available rooms and camping sites for next year. It should prove much less confusing if you can pay for your Ghost Ranch room or camping site at the same time as you pay for your event registration. It is still likely that all the available lodging at Ghost Ranch will fill up, and later registrants may have to stay at nearby motels and campgrounds instead.
(7Song had the best seat for Paul Bergner's rabble-rousing song "I Am An Herbal Rebel!")
2011 Meet & Greet
In order to get everyone acquainted quicker next year, the conference will officially begin with a Confluence (Meet and Greet) on Thursday evening, Sept. 15th, complete with live acoustic music.
“All my blessings to this conference, may it last for many, many, many years!”
Registration for 2011 opens October 15th, 2010. Prices for 2011 are 3-tiered depending on when they are purchased, with Early Sprout discount rates
Tickets purchased before January 1, 2011: $255
This year there were a lot of folks who badly wanted to attend 1 or 2 days of classes, but whose jobs or whatever made coming for the whole 3 days impossible. Day passes will be sold for 2011, though for the higher price of $150 per day.
“There were more of us young people here than any other conference, feels good!”
There is only 1 work trade role available at this time, which is Sponsor, Vendor and Media outreach, involving lots of research and phone calls, and a financial incentive is included. Write for an application if interested.
Our most enthused assistants this year were those who hadn’t even asked for their registration in trade, but were instead acting solely out of a desire to help make the event work – extra thanks going out to Resolute, Don, Henry, Marissa, Patrick, Mary, Kristen and Avonda. With that in mind, shortly before the 2011 conference, volunteers will be selected from among the paid registrants to assist with various tasks at the site. Each on-site volunteer will then be given a special discount code good towards the following year’s 2012 registration costs.
If possible, we will include a place right on the registration form, for you to be able to contribute an additional amount towards scholarships for select applicants who could not afford to attend the classes otherwise. We would make those selections based on their degree of passion and commitment as well as their need. Another option will be for your organization or business to sponsor a number of scholarships for applicants from specific ethnic, economic or other target groups according to your agenda.
“You and Wolf created one of the most amazing and transformative events I’ve been part of.”
(A barefoot Kiva and Cowboy-hatted Wolf introduce "The Ecology of Healing")
If this conference and movement is to continue to grow, flourish, and serve us all, it will need your personal, active and committed support – including
• Telling everyone about next year’s event, posting the new 2011 posters, and forwarding any emailed announcements sent out between now and next September
“Amazing conference, resurrecting the spirit of Western Herbalism.”
-Paul Bergner, North American Institute of Medical Herbalism ~~~~~ All photos (c) 2010 their respective photographs (see Facebook for lots more).