The Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference began thirteen years ago as a gathering of 200 women who came together to immerse themselves in the study of herbal medicine and the Wise Woman tradition of Earth-based healing. This year, organizers expect over 1200 women, of all ages and backgrounds, to attend the weekend event—held from October 13-15 at Lake Eden in Black Mountain—making it one of the most popular and vibrant herbal events in the country.
“Based on the comments from early registrants, women of our community, more than ever, are eager to gather with women and learn from one another,” shares conference founder and director Corinna Wood. Participants can explore the many aspects of the Wise Woman Tradition through over 60 classes and intensives.
Students at the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference“This year’s program is focusing on women’s health, inside and out,” says Wood. “The class schedule is designed to highlight natural support for many phases of a woman’s life, including adrenal-thyroid healing, making and using herbal medicines, and herbs for stress and mental health.” Saturday’s featured session will address overcoming S.O.S.–Survival Overdrive Syndrome—a term coined by conference teacher Dr. Aviva Romm.
Over 50 leading regional herbalists and instructors will share their skills, including Phyllis Light, Sobande Moss-Greer, Ombassa Sophera, Sarah Thomas, Robin Rose Bennett, and Suki Roth. Special guest, Dr. Aviva Romm, midwife, herbalist, and Yale-trained MD, will bridge traditional medicine with modern science to inspire women to take back their health.
Singer and sound healer gina Breedlove, dance teachers Christan Carter and Shea-Ra Nichi, as well as several other talented performers will help to facilitate a joyful, ongoing celebration of sisterhood and community that includes drumming, dancing and voice. Non-class activities are open to all attendees and include yoga, movement, and film, along with interactive social events. Special weekend programs designed specifically for young women aged 10-17 encourage the development of a strong self-image and a hands-on relationship with the Earth.
Accommodations range from tent camping to shared indoor lodging in lodges and cabins. Weekend meal tickets are available and communal meals feature a fresh, locally sourced, seasonal menu that is based on “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon—tasty and wholesome. Local vendors at the Food Pavilion provide tasty alternatives for a range of dietary preferences.
The conference is grateful for the support and sponsorship of local and regional businesses and publications that share in the event’s spirit of holism and health. They include: Red Moon Herbs, French Broad Food Co-op, WNC Woman Magazine, The Laurel of Asheville, Traditional Medicinals, Frontier Co-op, Mountain Xpress, Mountain Rose Herbs, Food Life, Sophie Magazine, Gaia Conceptions and Gaia Herbs.
For details and online registration visit sewisewomen.