Frequently Asked Questions
2020 Frequent Asked Questions. Updates for 2021 are pending.
How do I contact the conference team with questions?
The best way to contact us is via email: email@example.com
You may also fill out a contact form here.
Who is the key contact for the conference?
The Conference Director, Michelle Rigling, serves as key contact for all questions and submissions. Michelle is the founder of Celebrate Your Existence Coaching and Retreats in Chattanooga, TN. In addition, this event is made possible with the help of local herbalists and volunteers.
How do I register for the Midsouth Womens' Herbal Conference?
The easiest way to register is online, through the registration tab. Registration opens October 1, 2019. If you need assistance or would like to register through mail, contact us and we'll be happy to help.
How much does registration cost?
Early Bird Registration is $219 through January 31, 2020. Standard registration after this date is $239. Youth registration is $139 for all ages. Both male and female babies under 2 years old are welcome at no additional cost, however you must register them when you register yourself. Babies will not be provided a separate bed. No childcare is available and youth programming is limited to Saturday only so plan your weekend accordingly. It is our hope that by allowing children to attend the conference, mothers without weekend childcare can still attend the conference.
What does my registration fee include?
Standard registration includes all workshops and activities (excluding meals), entrance to the Marketplace, and 2 nights' lodging in a shared-cabin. If you chose the commuter option, you will receive the same access, however you will not be permitted to spend the night at the conference. Commuters are asked to leave camp by 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday night. Registration does NOT include intensive workshops or meals.
Can I purchase a day pass or commuter pass?
Most regional herbal conferences do not offer a commuter option at all. However, we understand that some people really need this option and we want to be able to offer this to women living within a few miles from camp. Again for 2020, there will a very limited number of commuter passes available. However, part of the herbal conference experience is what happens at night! Drum circles, ceremony, stargazing, storytelling... we encourage you to enjoy a full weekend away! Commuter passes do NOT include lodging, meals or intensive workshops.
Are children allowed at the conference?
Yes. Female children of all ages are welcome to register and attend the conference. Infants under 2 years old are welcome at no additional cost, however childcare is not available. Youth programming will be limited to Saturday and adults should check youth programming options before registering if they do not intend to keep their children with them at all times. Children under 2 will not have their own bed. Mothers are asked to be considerate of other participants during classes and take their children outside of the workshop area if they are screaming, crying or being disruptive.
How does the meal plan work?
The meal plan is $64 and includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. There is also an option to purchase Saturday lunch only. All meals for 2020 will offer meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free foods. Please specify your preferences during registration.
What is on the menu?
Can you accommodate a special needs diet?
Our meal plan offers options for many types of diets. Many our meals accommodate specific needs, but each person is encouraged to review the menu before purchasing if there are any concerns.
If I do not purchase the meal plan, what are my options?
There are very limited options in the Mentone area for food and there will be no food vendors at the conference. The Wildflower Cafe is about a mile from camp, but be sure to check their hours of operation and menu in advance. There are a few gas stations nearby. Another alternative is to bring your own snacks. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Campfires and camp stoves not allowed. A refrigerator will be available for "community use" as well as a microwave. Plan to label your items. Not other cooking appliances will be available for participants to use.
Can I add a meal ticket to my registration after it is submitted?
Yes, you can simply create another order and purchase only the meal ticket. We will link the two orders and you will be set.
Do I have to purchase a meal plan to eat in the Dining hall or attend events there?
No. Everyone is welcome in the dining hall. If you do not purchase a meal plan, you may bring your own food.
What are the lodging options?
Lodging consists of twin-beds in shared-cabins. We will be occupying cabins in Hut Row, rooms in the Lodge, and rooms in Riverside. Beds are bunks. Standard registration includes bottom bunks. Youth will be assigned top bunks unless a bottom bed is required and requested during registration. You may be asked a few questions during registration to help us assign you to a room that will be most comfortable for you. You can also request a room with specific people during registration. Unless you are upgrading to Private Lodging, you will be assigned lodging (location and room) by the conference team.
Is tent camping available?
No. Camp Skyline does not allow tent camping.
Do I need to sign up for workshops in advance?
Workshops are open seating. Intensives require advance registration. You can register for intensives when you register for the conference or come back and register for them at a later date.
Is there WiFi and/or cell phone service?
It is best to be prepared to NOT have internet or cell service. AT&T phones seem to have decent service, but others typically do not. Camp Skyline does not have public WiFi and although there is WiFi in the Dining Hall, it cannot support more than a few devices so it is not dependable.
What is the cancellation and refund policy?
Refund requests must be made in writing via email. Refunds are subject to merchant refund processing fees in addition to cancellation fees outlined below.
Adult registrations cancelled before February 14, 2020 will be partially refunded. A $60 cancellation fee will be deducted from the refund. Adult registrations cancelled after February 14, 2020 will not be refunded.
Youth registrations cancelled before February 14, 2020 will receive a full refund (minus applicable merchant refund processing fees). Youth registrations cancelled after February 14, 2020 will be partially refunded. A $60 cancellation fee will be deducted from the refund.
Meal plans are refundable through February 14, 2020.
Your registration can be transferred to someone else, at no charge. You must email us and receive confirmation of the transfer for the recipient to enter the conference. The deadline for transfer requests is April 13, 2019.
If the entire conference has to be cancelled due to an extreme unexpected circumstance or disaster, we will refund as much of each registration fee as possible. Because there is no corporate entity or large business parenting this conference, we may only be able to offer partial refunds if venue and catering payments have been made and supplies have already been purchased.
If you have questions or concerns about this, contact us before you register.
How do I get to the conference and where do I park?
Camp Skyline is a girls summer camp located at 4888 AL Highway 117 in Mentone, AL. We encourage you to carpool due to limited parking. Those with parking passes will receive information via mail regarding which lot to park in upon arrival.
Is the conference handicap accessible?
While there are sidewalks and most facilities are close together, there are classrooms and spaces that are not handicap accessible. Some pathways are gravel, not paved, and there are small flights of stairs in various places. There will be a limited number of parking spaces reserved for those with mobility issues. We will do everything we can to assist. Feel free to contact us if you have specific questions or concerns.
Are Continuing Education credits available?
Continuing Education credits, such as those for nurses, are not available. We apologize and are looking into this for future conferences.
May I bring my pets?
Although we love animals, you cannot bring pets to the conference. Insurance policies of Camp Skyline will not allow any animals that do not belong to Camp Skyline to be onsite during the conference. Pets may not be left in vehicles while you attend the conference.
What should I bring?
Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and linens for your bed (such as sleeping bag or quilt and pillow). You may want to bring insect repellent, sunscreen and a rain jacket. Temperatures in April can be unpredictable, but the nights will be chilly. so bring a variety of clothing. You may also want to bring a journal, camera or things for free time. We encourage everyone to bring a tumbler or mug for water and tea.
What time is check-in and check-out?
Check-in starts on Friday at 11:00am (central time) and ends at 6:30pm. Those who have pre-registered for an intensive will receive early-check in information closer to the conference. After parking, please proceed to the Dining Hall for check-in. Our conference ends on Sunday at approximately 12:00pm.
What if it rains?
The Midsouth Women's Herbal Conference will happen rain or shine! If there are April showers, we'll sing in the rain, splash in the mud and have a good time.
Is the Midsouth Women's Herbal Conference like other women's herbal conferences?
There are lots of herbal conferences around the country and they are all wonderful. We support them all! There are many similarities and there will also be details unique to our gathering. It is our mission to host a regional herbal conference highlighting herbalists and healers from the Midsouth and honoring the plants and traditions of the Midsouth at each conference. Each year, women from across the country attend!
Michelle Rigling, MBA
Celebrate Your Existence Coaching & Retreats