If you’re into herbal medicine, you need to know about this two-day symposium

This should be a great opportunity for anyone looking to learn more about plants.

Warren Wilson College is hosting a Spring Herbal Symposium the 17th-19th of April. This symposium provides an opportunity to expand our understanding of herbal medicine by exploring connections between environmental stewardship, scientific research, and traditional herbal wisdom in Western North Carolina.

A weekend of collaboration, brainstorming, environmental advocacy, education, and celebration will take place through workshops, classes and herb walks on the beautiful campus of Warren Wilson College.

Dr. James Duke, ethnobotanist and the author of The Green Pharmacy, will be the keynote speaker for the conference on Saturday evening. Duke will be joined by keynote speaker Terezhina de Jesus Soares Dos Santos “Teca,” an ethnopharmacologist and phytotherapist from northern Brazil, who will speak on Sunday afternoon. Additional presenters include Juliet Blankenspoor, Luke Cannon, Frank Cook, Vishnu Dass, Robert Eidus, Ceara Foley, Sandi Ford, Jessica Godino, Mimi Hernandez, Sierra Hollister, Phyllis Light, Irene Moser, Joan Moser, Corey Pine Shane, Mary Morgaine Thames, Marc Williams, and Corinna Wood. Representatives from the Bent Creek Institute will also be presenting on the medicinal plant research currently taking place in Western North Carolina.

The cost for the weekend is $65 in advance.  This includes presentations Friday night, workshops all day Saturday, a presentation with James Duke Saturday night and workshops through Sunday afternoon.  The price for Saturday only is $45.  Registration will be available the day of the symposium for an additional cost. Meals can be purchased on campus for the weekend, including lunch on Saturday by local chef Michael Gentry for an additional cost.

If you would like to register, please respond to herbconference@warren-wilson.edu with your name, address, email, and telephone number.  If you would like to register over the phone, call 828-771-5848.

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About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism.

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