09 November 2016
Fave stories from the Herbal Conference
The 12th annual women's herbal conference in Black Mountain, NC this October, on “Plants as Medicine, Plants as Healers,” received rave reviews, as a joyful weekend of connection, meaning, education, and celebration. According to the survey results, the conference met or exceeded expectations for 98% of you! We've been savoring the sweet stories and love notes that have been pouring in, from teachers, volunteers, vendors, and participants alike.
The following popular classes topped the charts: "Mugwort and Motherwort", "Stones for Power", "Infinite Orgasm", "Cherokee Household Medicine", and "Herbs, Slavery, and the South". And we are hearing that across the board, participants loved the range and quality of the topics covered.
In your own words . . .
"In a time when so much is uncertain, the certainty of peace at a gathering among women from all across the globe; from all trails blazed for the rights of women to gather in the name of herbs and share amongst them the wisdom of healing, gifted to us by Mama Appalachia and beyond; from all ages; all stages..and ethnicities multiplied. In a time when so much is uncertain, we certainly did gather together this Fall because the revolution cannot be denied. When given every reason to stand apart, we unify. Remind yourselves that only love is real, the plants will heal us and the revolution will not be televised.
"And so then the women came. And with the women came a new way. Everyone that came, gave graceful birth to the path of sacred sisterhood."
~Cortina Janelle, Black Mountain, NC
“I have attended multiple conferences in the past, and each time I return renewed, impressed and inspired. Whatever path I have found myself on in life-as a college student, as a young woman, and as a young professional- I find that attending the conference nourishes my soul, spirit and passion. This gathering of educators and learners is a "promised land" that I love returning to year after year.”
~Morgan A. Jordan, Spartanburg, SC
“The classes were very informative! And I was so surprised about the Sister Love Deck!! Being there really helped acclimate us to the conference--we deeply enjoyed being there and sharing with the other sisters. It really helped to reinforce that we as women of color
are a part of the movement to reconnect with our indigenous selves and heal the relationship with mother earth and our ancestral ways. I am grateful that our ancestor root mothers are recognized and not forgotten and are seen as important!!! I loved being there with my daughter and her experiencing other sisters and mamas making it a part of their personal mission to remember the ways of ancestors letting us know that we are not alone!!!! Thank you so much for demonstrating that the Sister Love Deck is important to you and your organization.
“I was doubly surprised about the communications about RACE!! You really made a thoughtful effort to address issues about race when it seems like the majority of the country has NO desire to go there!! Thank you for listening! Your mission has and continues to move and heal people! We look forward to coming again next year and bringing my other daughter!”
“A sweet place and time, to re-create and re-member community. Was it like this, once upon a time? Looking out, and seeing the rolling land liberally seeded with female bodies - lifting, teaching, sweating, embracing, nursing, exhorting, cavorting, building, confronting, playing.... Us, filling up the lawn and lake and hills, powerful and connected.”
~Nina Vinson, Asheville, NC
“Basking in the unconditional love all the entire conference, I found myself thinking how to take that back home to my community. Because that is the world I want for my grandkids and their grandkids... I realized the only way to have that is to live it--it may not always be easy in these times. I will do my best, carrying the nurturing, energy and healing I have found at this conference out into the world, and look forward to a recharge next year.”
~Pat Bush, Reidsville, NC