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The Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference

Herbal Conference Returns to Black Mountain in October

The 12th annual Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference is set for October 14–16, rain or shine, in Black Mountain. Surrounded by the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains, the venue at Lake Eden offers a beautiful, serene backdrop for the more than 60 workshops and classes in herbalism, nutrition, personal growth, and natural healing.

“At this year’s conference, we’re getting back to our roots—literally,” says director Corinna Wood. “The plants brought us together for the first Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference and we are reaffirming our commitment to receiving their many gifts by welcoming back some of the finest—and most beloved—female herbalists in the land.”

The anticipated 1,200 female conference participants of all ages will have the opportunity to learn from inspiring instructors including Kathleen Maier, Pam Montgomery, Jody Noe, and Alisa Starkweather. Musical guests will be sisters Leah and Chloe of Asheville band Rising Appalachia as well as singer and activist Amikaeyla Gaston of the World Trust Organization.

“For one weekend in autumn, we share inspiration, celebration, and practical learning about earth-based healing and women’s health. We’ll nourish ourselves with song, dance, and story as well,” says Corinna. “We are delighted to be coming together once again in this strong, beautiful sisterhood and celebrating the Earth and each other.”

Registration is $280 until August 19, and $305 from then until the conference dates. It includes classes, activities, and tent camping for the weekend. For additional fees, participants can sign up for indoor lodging, meal tickets, themed workshops, intensive courses, continuing education for nurses, youth programs for boys and girls under ten years of age, and young women’s programs for girls ages 13–17. Group discounts and volunteer opportunities are also available.

“I wish every woman in her early 20s could experience this conference,” says Christina Bailey of Mills River, who attended last year. “I met many inspiring women and left stronger, more driven, and with a new passion for life. It was the greatest time of my life and I can’t wait for this year’s event.”

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