Native Medicinal Plant Conference and Classes

A Conference on the Conservation and Cultivation of Native Medicinal Plants. Join midwest herbalists and the United Plants Savers as we partner for a day of sharing and learning. Topics will include Wild Edibles, Native Medicinals, Herbs for Family Health, Natural approaches to Lyme Disease, Fermentation for Herbalists and much more!

Join us at the beautiful 8,569 acre Kickapoo Valley Reserve locted between the villages of La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin again this summer!

9:00 Opening Circle
9:45 – 11:15 class session 1
Guarding Green Gold - Sara Souther
For over 250 years, North Americans have harvested and traded ginseng to Asia. Now, the future of wild ginseng, as well as the rich tradition of harvest, is uncertain due to a variety of threats ranging from white-tailed deer to illegal poaching. This class will explore threats to wild ginseng and the science behind harvest regulations. Participants will learn how to steward their own wild ginseng populations, ensuring bountiful harvests for years to come.
The Wild Kitchen – Linda Conroy
Join herbalist and wild forager Linda Conroy for this fun and inspiring presentation. You will be offered a virtual tour of Linda’s wild kitchen. As we go through the kitchen participants will be offered tips for harvesting and preparing wild edibles as well as fermented food for use throughout the year. Nutritional benefits of both wild edibles and fermented food will be offered. This session will conclude with delicious samples.

Plantain the Future – jim mcdonald and Betzy Bancroft
Much of the stress on at risk plants can be alleviated simply by taking full advantage of the common and virtuous herbs that most call "weeds". Betzy Bancroft and jim mcdonald will discuss the far reaching potential of plantain, and show that it's far more than an herb for bites and stings...

Green Spirit Allies: The Art of Relationship – Cynthia Thomas
Explore the realm of the plant Spirits through observation, meditation and reverence. Calling upon the plant Spirit elevates the healing potential in the plants, and our ability to serve as earth allies.

Herb Walk - Botany for Budding Herbalists – a Plant Walk – Elizabeth Heck
Understanding basic botanical characteristics is fundamental for learning how to positively identify plants. On this plant walk, we will look closely at plant details, introducing simple botanical terminology along the way. We will also discuss plant classification while learning about the use of plant identification keys.

11:30 – 1:00 class session 2
Creating Sanctuary – Althea, Leah, Tim, Betzy
Any size area can become a sanctuary for native medicinal plants, and Nature generally! In this class, two UpS Botanical Sanctuary stewards, along with UpS folks, will discuss how we can begin getting to know the Nature of our land as well as ideas and resources to help us establish and perpetuate safe haven for native medicinal plants.

Herbal Crafting: External Applications – Jess Krueger
Let's explore the myriad of ways to use herbs on the outside. We'll discuss salves, oils, pastes, powders, baths, compresses and poultices. This class will include demonstrations and hands-on exploration. We will
also talk about sustainability of raw materials and how to source locally grown ones.

Medicinal Preservation through the Use of Small Doses – Matthew Wood
Many of our most powerful remedies, and especially those used by the Native people are indigenous plants that face preservation issues. One way to use these plants ecologically is in small doses (1-5 drops instead of 15-60). This type of usage requires real understanding of plant properties, not just guesswork prescriptions, because 3 drops only works if there is a precise marriage of plant to patient. This type of herbal medicine is highly effective, environmental, and also perpetuates the ancient traditional uses of valuable medicines which otherwise would be forgotten and lost. The human use of medicine plants is part of the historical ecological balance of our wilderness and should also be maintained and fostered. But above all, both the plants and the ancestors of the land, wish to help us and be with us in the present, not just the past.

Promoting Breast Health on a Daily Basis – Katherine Krumwiede
It's time to replace Breast Cancer Awareness with Breast Health Awareness! Learn to identify the issues that adversely affect breast health and steps to take to promote breast health. Comprehensive handout on Breast Health included.

Herb Walk - The Yoga of Trees: Their Morphology and their Medicine...Gemmotherapy– Robin diPasquale
Gemmotherapy is the medicine of the buds, the embryonic essence of the plants. In this walk, we will bring tree energy into our bodies through asana, and begin to understand the rejuvenative and regenerative power of tree medicine.

1:00 to 2:00 lunch
2:00 – 3:30 class session 3
Horticulture of Herbs: Growing at Risk Herbs in the Midwest – Jane Hawley Stevens
Jane has been growing herbs and making herbal products for over 3 decades. This class will cover basic growing techniques as well as which plants on UpS’s "At Risk" list are easy to cultivate in the Midwest and the challenges of others.

Localize It! Create Your Home Apothecary from the Land Around You – Kathleen Wildwood
Safe and effective remedies for pain, indigestion, insomnia, coughs and colds do not need to come from a chain drugstore, nor from expensive supplements made from exotic or endangered plants. Many of the plants that are native or naturalized to this land can be used to create a simple apothecary for home use. Some of them are growing in your yard now, ready for you to make into remedies! Others can be sustainably and ethically wildcrafted or grown. Kathleen will show you how to replace the products you might buy at a drugstore with simple herbal preparations that you can make for yourself, and how to use them. She will bring samples of her preparations to taste and smell.

Your Brain on Lyme – Carol Jacobs
What does fog, static, road rage & the need to develop a sense of humor have in common? In this workshop we'll sort through some basic cognitive dysfunctions associated with Lyme & Company, plus discuss how local foods & herbs may be important additions to protocol while working towards recovery, including the use of products from free-range animals that have access to fresh plants & herbs.

Developing Ethical Wildcrafting Practices – Leah Wolfe
This interactive workshop will cover the practical foundation for developing solid techniques, such as plant population assessment and propagation techniques. At the same time, the importance of developing a practice based on relationship and magic will be interwoven into the discussion.
Herb Walk - Medicinal Plants of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve – Elizabeth Heck
Let’s explore the fields and forests of the Kickapoo Valley to discover its many medicinal plants. We may even see plants included in the United Plant Savers’ “At-Risk” and “To-Watch” lists. We will discuss identifying features of the plants and how they are used in herbal medicine.

3:45 – 5:15 class session 4
Cultivating Endangered Botanicals Using Permaculture and Naturalization Techniques– Althea Northage-Orr
Overharvested, Threatened and Endangered: What is the Real Status of Key Medicinals and How the New Scientific At Risk Tool is Used – Tim Blakley
United Plant Savers (UpS),with the help of the University of Kansas, has developed a scientific tool to determine the At Risk status of key medicinals. We’ll discuss a variety of herbs on the UpS list, from Ginseng, Lomatium, Black Cohosh and Goldenseal to Sandalwood, Rosewood and other more international medicinal plants. We’ll actually work the tool and use it on a variety of medicinals so everyone can become familiar with how it’s used and then begin using it on their own local species. We’ll also update key medicinals around the world and discuss what species we might want to reconsider before using.
Herbal Cordials: Capturing the Sweet Essence of Medicinal Plants – Robin diPasquale
The magic of creating herbal cordials begins in the garden, sustains through the maceration period, and bursts forth in the sharing of these sweet essences in circle, in ceremony, and just sitting with friends around your table. This class will discuss when to make herbal cordials, where to make herbal cordials, how to make herbal cordials, who to include in your herbal cordials, and what you will do with them once they are made. There is so much creativity in the making of these preparations…recipes and samples will be shared.
Musculoskeletal Medicines – Matthew Wood and jim mcdonald
The scope of herbs for musculoskeletal issues extends far beyond pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. Matthew Wood and jim mcdonald will discuss a few of the most versatile and dynamic herbs used to treat an array of musculoskeletal maladies, with special attention to their energetics and specific indications.
Herb Walk - Medicinal Wonderland – Cynthia Thomas
Wonder what we will find? On this walk we will explore the plants of the Kickapoo Valley reserve, identifying and talking about their common and uncommon uses. Cynthia will share her knowledge and more 20 years experience with and wonder of the plants.
5:15 Closing Circle

Members $55, Non-Members $65
Veggie or turkey lunch $10

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