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2024 Fall Conference Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I contact the conference team with questions?

The best way to contact us is via email:

You may also fill out a contact form here.

Who is the key contact for the conference?

The Conference Founder and Director, Michelle Rigling, serves as key contact for all questions and requests. 

How do I register for the Midsouth Womens' Herbal Conference?

The easiest way to register is online, through the registration tab. Registration opens March 1, 2024. If you need assistance or would like to register through mail via check, contact us and we'll be happy to help.

How much does registration cost?

There are various registration packages available for the 2024 conference. Please visit the Registration Info page to learn more.

What does my registration fee include?

All registrations include standard weekend workshops and activities after your assigned check-in time. Registration does not include a meal plan, but you can add one during checkout.

Can I purchase a day pass or commuter pass? 

There will a limited number of weekend commuter passes available. 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 or camping. Commuters must leave camp by 11:00pm each night.

Are children allowed at the conference?

We welcome girls and teens ages 13-17 to attend with a responsible adult. There will be no youth/teen program so your teen will need to plan to attend workshops with you. Youth registration fees can be reviewed on the Registration Info page.

What about nursing infants and toddlers?

Mothers with an infant may bring nursing infants and toddlers if they are commuting, choosing a private lodge room, or are selecting a roommate consenting to sharing a room with them. We will not be able to allow infants or youth in shared dorms.  Please let us know if you are bringing an infant by sending us a quick email when you register.

How does the meal plan work?

The Weekend Meal Plan includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. If you purchase the Pre-Conference Meal Plan, three additional meals will be included (Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast, and Friday lunch). We can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free requests that are made during registration. 

What is on the menu?

Download the 2024 menu HERE

Can you accommodate a special needs diet?

We are happy to accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets. We are unable to accommodate additional needs.

If I do not want to eat onsite, what are my options?

There are very limited options in the area. There are a few gas stations nearby. You can bring your own food, but it is often much easier to choose the meal plan. If you choose a Lodge Room you will have access to a shared kitchenette. Those in dorms and/or commuting will not have access to any kitchen amenities. You will need to plan accordingly (bring a cooler, etc.).

What are the lodging options? 

Lodging options include car camping (sleeping inside your vehicle), dorms, and hotel-style lodge rooms. Cabin and Lodge Rooms are double occupancy unless you upgrade to a private room. You can notify us of your roommate request during registration, or we will assign a roommate to you. 

Is tent camping available?

No. There are a few campgrounds within 30 minutes of Camp McDowell, but we are not able to provide additional information about these options at this time.

Do I need to sign up for workshops in advance?

Weekend workshops do not require advanced sign up.  However, the 3-hour Friday Intensive with Byron Ballard does. 

Do you offer Scholarships or Financial Aid?

Our ability to offer Scholarships and Financial Support is highly dependent upon donations and sponsorships. Scholarships intended for individuals who would not be able to attend the conference without financial assistance. More information will be available by March 1, 2024. If you are interested in offsetting the cost to attend, we also recommend applying to serve in our Work Exchange program.


Is there WiFi and/or cell phone service?

Most cell phones have service at Camp McDowell, and there is WiFi in most workshop spaces.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

These policies can be found on both the Registration Info page as well as the Register Now page.

How do I get to the conference and where do I park?

Camp McDowell is located in Nauvoo, AL. We will email all registrants detailed directions including arrival and parking information closer to the conference.

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 pets, no animals are allowed at the conference. Insurance policies of the conference host will not allow any animals to be onsite during the conference. Animals also may not be left in vehicles while you attend the conference.

What should I bring?

Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and layers for various weather conditions. 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. Disposable tea and coffee cups will NOT be available. 

What time is check-in and check-out?

For Thursday arrivals, check-in is open from 4:00pm-6:00pm central time. 

For Friday arrivals, check-in is open from 1:00pm-6:00pm central time.

Early Friday check-in will be granted to those signed up for Byron Ballard's intensive. 

You will receive additional check-in instructions closer to the conference.

What if it rains?

The Midsouth Women's Herbal Conference will happen rain or shine! 


Contact the Director

Michelle Rigling, PhD, MBA

Conference Director

Chattanooga, TN


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