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04 October 2016

The Herbal Conference is almost here

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements, Herbal Medicine, Sisterhood, Women's Wellness

We hope to see you there!

class 2008 10 under trees EDIT low resWe're on our way 12th annual Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference! On the weekend of October 14-16, we are blessed to have over 50 inspiring and knowledgeable teachers coming to share their wisdom, as well as the hundreds of hardworking volunteers, and all you wonderful women that bring this event to life every year! With over a thousand women registered, we're now in the final stages of preparations, from measuring layouts at the camp, to completing the volunteer schedules.

We hope you'll come join the wise woman tribe that gathers annually in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and see for yourself what the buzz is all about. For up-to-date information on registration and availability, see our FAQ page.


25 September 2015

Honoring the Grandmothers

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements, Sisterhood, Women's Wellness

Next weekend at the 11th Annual Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference

por 2014 10 porch rocker cropped lo res 2Welcome, wonderful women! What a joy it is to be coming together again to celebrate our strength, beauty, and diversity and connect with the Earth in such a meaningful way.

This year, as always, we are honoring women of all ages and stages, but we’re particularly turning our grateful gaze to our elders—to the grandmothers—and to the traditions and insights they bring to us. The 2015 classes include themes honoring the traditional earth-based and herbal wisdom of women from Latin America and Africa, to the Appalachians; from the slavery era to the women’s movements.

14 November 2014

2014 Photos

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

The 10th anniversary Herbal Conference was a smashing success by all reports!
From the powerful herbal and women's health classes, to the gorgeous warm weather,
women were raving all weekend about the depth, learning, and beauty of the conference.

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 Fun new friends

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 Rachel Bagby belting it out at Opening Ceremony

06 October 2014

Unity Village

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements, Sisterhood

action 2013 10 women arms around webUnity Village has become the heart of the conference, which we collectively create as a community of women. As the central hearth, Unity Village hosts Welcome and Farewell Jams, evening fires with song and drumming, daytime classes, facilitated talking circles and a central hearth fire. Unity Village aims to support women to connect and integrate by honoring our diversity, creating safe and intimate spaces, and inspiring creativity, playfulness, movement and relaxation.

17 August 2014

Rosita Arvigo

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

Join us for this rare opportunity to study with Dr. Rosita Arvigo at the October 10-12 Herbal Conference!

Rosita-Photo-2014-webThe quest for the treasure of the Belize rainforest is Rosita Arvigo’s magnificent obsession. She believes that if she could locate and train with a natural healer trained in the old ways, she could begin to unlock the knowledge that would help people the world over regain their health. Like most great adventures this is easier said than done and often takes half a lifetime.

Dr. Arvigo has lived among the Maya in San Ignacio, Belize for the past thirty-five years. For thirteen years she apprenticed to the most famous Maya shaman-healer, Don Elijio Panti. Not only has Rosita’s life’s work kept Maya medicine alive, but she has been instrumental in cataloging and preserving thousands of healing plants and trees of Belize through her work with Dr. Michael Balick of The New York Botanical Garden and the Belize Ethnobotany Project which ran from 1987-1996.

24 July 2014

Aviva Romm

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

Aviva-Romm-photo-2014-webAviva Romm MD is a family physician, midwife, herbalist, and mother of four grown children. A graduate of Yale, Aviva is a leader in the revolution to transform the medical system into one that respects the intrinsic healing capacities of the body--while helping women take their health into their own hands. Aviva Romm will be offering a few classes during the weekend, including: 

Pediatrics & Antibiotics
Our kids are the "canaries in the coalmine" with rates of asthma, allergies, and eczema skyrocketing. Learn how to protect kids from harmful over medication, treat common ailments naturally, and know when medical care is truly needed.

18 June 2014

Celebrating 10 Years

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

10thSunflowerWomanGraphicFor ten years now women have been experiencing the magic of the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference. Starting with around 200 women, today more that 1000 attend, coming together to learn, celebrate and connect.

For our 10th Anniversary we are excited to present these very special guests: Rosita Arvigo, Aviva Jill Romm, Kathleen Maier, Rachel Bagby, Monica Corrado, ALisa Starkweather, Corinna Wood, Jody Noe, Jessica Godino, Sarah Thomas and many more!

16 May 2014

Join us in 2014

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

Southeast Wise Women offers two annual events that honor women and the earth. Both are celebratory, engaging, and educational, delving at the heart of Wise Woman Tradition. We are often asked what makes these two beloved programs similar and what sets them apart. Here are the details in a nutshell...


19 February 2014

Nourishment Immersion

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

chickweed saladSoutheast Wise Women Herbal Immersion May 25-30 2014. Discounts through March 20.

Nourishment is at the foundation of the Wise Woman Tradition. At both the fall Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference and the spring Herbal Immersion, Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions cookbook is the guide for our menus. She turns our attention to delicious seasonal foods prepared with simple techniques which increase their nutrients and digestibility.

29 November 2013

Circle of Support

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

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We are so grateful to be a part of this growing wise woman community. The beauty of each woman radiates outward, forming this web, including women of all shapes and sizes, from different backgrounds and walks of life. We get to share in our moments of strength and joy, and offer support to one another in times of need.

As the scholarship applications came pouring in, representing women who would love to attend the conference but are unable to participate in the work exchange program or afford the registration fees, we knew the amount of scholarship requests would quickly surpass the amount of money in the fund.

30 October 2013

The Hearth Fire

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements, Sisterhood

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A peek behind the scenes of the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference . . .

Many hearts and hands weave throughout the year to support the annual fall gathering of herbal education, sisterhood, and community.

A highlight of last fall’s conference was the addition of a very special Hearth, nicknamed "Baby Brigit," which enabled us to have our fire circle in the heart of our gathering. The Hearth flames at Unity Village were tended throughout the weekend.

15 October 2013

Thank you Wonderful Wise Women

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Announcements, Corinna's Corner, Sisterhood

Thank you for being part of the magic of the 2013 Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference ~ together we created another amazing year! From the gorgeous sunny skies to the talented and passionate teachers, we were deeply blessed by our days together. 

We're already hearing rave reviews on the herbal classes, Connection Hour performances, and deep sharing circles. Participants are telling us they are astonished by how much they could learn in a few days!

As we hoped, Unity Village indeed created a new "heart" for our gathering, where women gathered to celebrate and connect. The Red Tent, Sister Love Tent, Wise Maiden Tent, and Hearth Tent were places women retreated throughout the weekend to rest, renew and be deeply nourished. Women danced, drummed, sang, and enjoyed the central Hearth fire all weekend long. 

Thank you to all of you for making the weekend conference this powerful celebration that honors women and the earth. We look forward to seeing you next year for our 10th Anniversary! What a web we are weaving. 

Green blessings!

06 October 2013

Getting Ready for the Conference

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements

SEWW Conference Sun woman croppedThe excitement is stirring, as we are only days away from the Herbal Conference, when women will be gathering at Lake Eden in Black Mountain to learn about herbal medicine and women's health; celebrate earth based healing and wisdom; and connect with the web of wise women.

The staff are super busy, putting the last touches onto things, packing up our cars and attending to the many details involved with an event like this. It takes about a hundred volunteers, dozens of on-site staff, and five year round staff to create the beauty of this weekend. It also takes 40 teachers and over a thousand participants, who bring their wisdom, gifts and full selves to the beauty of this conference.

We are thrilled to be coming together once again to learn, connect and deepen with the plants, the earth, and each other!

We still have room for a few more women ~ walk-in registration will be available. See you in a few days!

16 September 2013

Unity Village

Written by Corinna Wood, Posted in Announcements, Corinna's Corner, Sisterhood

cw cropped hatI am so grateful to the many women who have educated and guided me in cultivating inclusivity and cultural diversity at the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference. 

Supporting diversity is an evolving process for our wise woman web, and we are all learning together--core staff, participants, and teachers alike. We've needed to recognize our limitations, stretch our inner worlds, acknowledge we're delving into arenas that are complex and multi-faceted. And ultimately, many of us are finding the growth we're harvesting to be richly rewarding.

12 September 2013

Building Awareness

Written by Flora, Posted in Announcements, Sisterhood

closing-ceremony 11We are thrilled to announce three teachers:

Nicole Deggins, Sheila Simms Watson, and Angelique “Sobande” Moss-Greer. All three are strong women of color who are opening the hearts and minds of women around the world and building diverse communities.

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