The American Herbalist Guild may be celebrating its 25th anniversary with its Silver Jubilee event, but the nonprofit moved its headquarters to Asheville from Boston just over a year ago. The organization is a hub for educational resources for herb enthusiasts, from providing herb school listings to offering training webinars to promoting professionalism through a rigorous herbalist registration process.
The two-day event will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12 at 125 S. Lexington Ave. Author and herbalist Steven Horne will present a workshop titled “Trauma and Healing With Herbs,” and traveling medicine-maker Lorna Mauney-Brodek will receive the guild’s 2013 Community Service Award for founding the The Herbalista Free Clinic, also known as the Herb Bus. The Atlanta-based mobile herb clinic — which will be present during the event — provides herbal first aid and earth-based constitutional medicine to underserved populations.
The American Herbalist Guild moved its headquarters to Asheville because of the vibrant herbal community here, says executive director Mimi Hernandez, who was largely behind the move. “I just recognized [Asheville] as an area and a region that is very robust with herbalism,” says Hernandez. “There is a great diversity of native plants and a culture of alternative healing, so it seemed like the right idea.”
Attendees will also take part in a traditional fire cider demonstration Saturday morning by Asheville herbalist Melissa Fryer with a subsequent cider tasting contest. Lunch will be provided. $40 members/$80 nonmembers. 125 South Lexington Ave. americanherbalistguild.com.