A Symposium to touch your heart and soul as well as mind and spirit, this gathering is for all people enraptured by the healing essence of herbs.
The International Herb Symposium is committed to creating a welcoming, engaging and inclusive gathering that represents and honors the diverse and varied traditions present in herbalism. We come together in honor of the plants and in the spirit of respect and reciprocity to share and learn from one another. By coming together in this way, we strive to create local and global communities dedicated to healing and caretaking the Earth and all beings.
Founded by Rosemary Gladstar in 1991, the IHS brings together plant lovers and herbalists from around the world, representing many traditions and aspects of herbalism: folkloric, scientific, community outreach and therapeutic applications, farming and gardening, ceremonial and plant spirit teachings and many others. Hosted biennially, the Symposium also places a special emphasis on medicinal plant conservation and is held as a benefit conference for United Plant Savers, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of medicinal plants. We believe that by gathering in the spirit of the green, we can expand our communities, both locally and globally, creating a “mycorrhizal network” that helps to increase individual and planetary healing.
Held on the on the lands of the Sovereign Wampanoag Nation, at a small college campus located near Boston, Massachusetts, Wheaton College has all the amenities of a large campus. Its rural setting and beautiful old buildings add a special charm, grace and an interesting touch of academia to the symposium.
As we collectively dream this new world into being, we must remember to include all aspects of creation in our dreams. Then we must hold that vision in sacred space, with gentleness and reverence, and slowly breathe life into it it, so that the coming generations can walk into that world and enjoy the same right to life that we have been given by our ancestors. —Sherri Mitchell
2019 Keynote Speaker Leah Penniman
Leah Penniman is an educator, farmer/peyizan, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2011 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land. Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs—including farmer trainings for Black and Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for people living under food apartheid, and domestic and international organizing toward equity in the food system.
Leah holds an MA in Science Education and BA in Environmental Science and International Development from Clark University. She has been farming since 1996 and teaching since 2002. The work of Leah and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, Omega Sustainability Leadership Award, Presidential Award for Science Teaching, NYS Health Emerging Innovator Awards, and Andrew Goodman Foundation, among others. Her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land hit shelves in November, 2018.
www.internationalherbsymposium.com or call 802-635-0802 to register or for more info.
$330 for 100+ class offerings, all activities. Benefit for United Plant Savers.
Jeff & Melanie Carpenter, IHS Directors
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