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2023 Midsouth Women's Virtual Herbal Conference

Workshop Proposal Info

Interested in teaching at the 2023 conference?

Download the Proposal Form below and submit it to us by January 31, 2023.


If you plan to register for the conference as an attendee if you are not chosen to present, let us know. There's a chance the conference will sell out before all presenter selections are made and we will work with you to ensure you get an attendee spot.



2022 Midsouth Women's Virtual Herbal Conference Presenters

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Phyllis D. Light


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Lisa Bedner

Pipsissewa Herbs

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Joanne Bauman

Prairie Magic Herbs

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Joan Cowden

Bright Circle Herbcraft

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Elizabeth Guthrie

The Empathic Herbalist

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Joanna Mann

Walden FARMacy


Leah Larabell

High Garden

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Earcine Evans

Pure Ciné

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Ruth Shelton

The Empirical Herbalist

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Leslie Williams

Ordinary Herbalist

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Yolanda Hatch

Community Herbalist


Leanne Holcomb

One Tree Healing Arts

MSWHC Team Member

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Stephanie Chance

MSWHC Team Member

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Michelle Rigling

The Cavewoman Way

MSWHC Team Director

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Heather Holloway

The Cat & The Crow

MSWHC Team Member

Presenter Biographies

Alphabetized by last name

Lisa Bedner, RN, Registered Herbalist, Owner of Pipsissewa Herbs (Tennessee)

Lisa is certified as a Professional Medical Herbalist by the American Herbalist Guild. She is traditionally trained, by her family, as a Native American herbal practitioner, following the teachings of Tihanama, Cherokee, Lenape, and other Nations. As a Medicine Woman and healer of the Tihanama, she practices many of the traditional ceremonies, including sweat lodges and the Healing Drum. Lisa has also studied Western Herbalism and has more than 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, understanding both the allopathic and alternative modes of healing. Pipsissewa Herbs grows more than 100 species of medicinal herbs, manufactures traditional herbal medicines, and the farm is certified as an endangered Medicinal Herb Sanctuary by United Plant Savers. Lisa lectures, teaches and speaks publicly at Herb festivals and garden clubs in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Indiana. Visit her website at

Joanne Bauman, Herbalist (Kansas)

Joanne is a Kansas herbalist, teacher, writer, herb grower, and preparation maker for 22 years. She also has a Master's degree in clinical psychology. Joanne's goal is to make it accessible for everyone to learn and connect with plants to empower health. Her passions are speaking on behalf of the plants, connecting with the magic of the green, advocating for affordable, sustainable, plant-based healthcare, and empowering women with healing herstory. She first learned about plant medicine from her pharmacist father, who made preparations like cough syrup, sprain liniments, drawing salves, etc. Joanne's ancestry is German-Scottish-Irish and undocumented Lakota, including generations of healers from a country doctor, maternity nurse, and a maternal lineage of Appalachian granny women folk and root digging yarb women. Her herbalism is bioregional, making use of common dooryard weeds, and is rooted in various history, folklore, and spirits of her ancestors' land. She is a presenter at the Mother Earth News Fair, writes for Herbal Living online, and has taught at numerous venues and conferences. Visit her website at

Stephanie Chance, M.S., NCPT, Mindfulness & Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor (Tennessee)

Stephanie is a biologist, plant-lover, and teacher of nature-based mindfulness. She leads meditations, mindfulness practices, wonder walks, sound healing, Pilates, and yoga in Middle and East Tennessee, incorporating nature as much as possible. She has offered workshops at herbal retreats and past conferences and serves on the MSWHC Leadership Team. 

Joan Cowden, Clinical Herbalist, Owner of Bright Circle Herbcraft (Oklahoma)

Joan is a clinical herbalist and educator working in Oklahoma, and sponsor of the Prairie Rose Herb Circle. Her training includes life sciences, trauma technology, austere medicine, Wise Woman and Clinical Herbalism, with honors. She practices and teaches bioregional herbalism and attuning to Earth Rhythms for healing, and holds a vision of helping people reconnect to the magical life-web of the planet in a dance of reciprocity that can heal person and planet, both. Visit her website at

Earcine Evans, Herbalist, Owner of Francis Flowers and Herbs Farm (Mississippi)

Earcine is a lifelong practitioner of agricultural growing of herbs, vegetables and flowers. She owned and operated two Hair salons for more than ten years. Her wisdom and expertise were brought together as she spent years researching ingredients used in cosmetology for hair products and the contents of lotions and soaps used on the body. She has, and continues to do, focused research with herbs and other natural ingredients that can promote health without the use of toxic chemicals and has worked with noted scientists in this field. She has created a one-of-a-kind, hand-made, scientifically validated, line of health giving products for the hair and body of creams, soaps and oils. The unique gardening and farming techniques used to grow the picture perfect herbs and flowers used in her products display the gifted healing work of her hands upon the land and in the products she creates. Articles she has written about her work and studies have been featured in both Cosmetology and Agricultural/Farm publications. Visit her website at

Elizabeth Guthrie, MPH, Herbalist, Owner of The Empathic Herbalist (Alabama)

Elizabeth has spent twenty years studying herbalism, energy healing traditions, and emotional healing techniques. She is a registered yoga instructor (RYT200), a Reiki Master, and an integrative aromatherapy researcher. She holds a Master’s of Public Health in Functional Nutrition, has participated in creating research with UAB hospital’s integrative clinic, and is a board certified practitioner through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Visit her website at

Yolanda Hatch, Community Herbalist, Retired Navy Corpsman (Georgia)

Yolanda cherishes early memories of farming at her grandparents' farm and foraging with her mother as she grew up. She recognized the women in her family who were midwives and healers and is honored to carry on these traditions. She has a strong commitment to Community Herbalism and activism for communities with social and health disparities. She believes that incorporating Black Herbalism can positively impact the prevention of chronic disease in disadvantaged socio-economic rural communities for future generations. Her workshop this year will highlight the work of Emma Dupree, known by many as the Grandmama of the Black Herbalism Movement.


Leanne Holcomb, Herbal Practitioner, Owner of One Tree Healing Arts (Alabama)

Leanne has over 20 years of experience and education in herbal medicine and holistic health, including training in Psychological First Aid at John’s Hopkins University. She is a both a Community Herbalist and an Herbal Practitioner graduate of The Appalachian Center for Natural Health. She has made a lifelong commitment to the study and respect of herbs as allies, teachers, and medicine. She lives on a small family farm in rural Alabama, on the northern brow of Sand Mountain overlooking the beautiful Tennessee River. She is currently working on preparing her land for application to the United Plant Savers’ Botanical Sanctuary Network. She practices the Wise Woman Tradition, seeking health through individual wholeness, honoring the natural cycles of the body and seasons, simple living, and working with readily accessible, local plants when possible. She offers local classes, virtual workshops, and private consultations. Visit her website at


Heather Holloway, Community Herbalist, Owner of The Cat & The Crow Apothecary (Georgia) 

Heather is experienced in the folk and wise woman traditions of herbalism. After making remedies for herself and loved ones for several years, she opened The Cat & The Crow Apothecary and launched the Wild Weeds Tea Party Series. Her ultimate goal is to help reconnect people with the healing properties of the plants that grow right outside our doorsteps, easily accessible to everyone. Humankind grew alongside the plant kingdom, but over the last few generations that connection has been dismembered and lost for many reasons. She knows that when we work with plants as food and medicine, our bodies remember exactly how to use them for the highest benefit. She wants to help people re-member that ancient relationship and rekindle the connection of working with nature, while at the same time, protecting it. Follow Heahter and her work at


Leah Larabell, Clinical Herbalist, Owner of High Garden Tea (Tennessee)

*Annual Conference Sponsor*

Leah descended from a long line of Celtic Cunning Folk and found her ancient gifts in the world of herbalism.  Leah has trained and practiced herbalism for over 20 years and has not only studied Southern Folk Medicine, but lives it.  She is a trained clinical-level herbalist and environmentalist.  Leah is the creator of High Garden Tea, PlantFolk School of Herbalism,  and Sipping Teas and Hugging Trees Podcast.  She is a forever student of nature. Learn more about her at

Phyllis D. Light; Registered Herbalist (AHG), Founder of Appalachian Center for Natural Health (Alabama)

*Keynote Presenter*

A fourth generation Herbalist and Healer, Phyllis D. Light has studied and worked with herbs, foods and other healing techniques for over 30 years. Her studies in Traditional Southern Appalachian Folk Medicine began in the deep woods of North Alabama with lessons from her grandmother, whose herbal and healing knowledge had its roots in her Creek/Cherokee heritage. Phyllis’ studies continued as an apprentice with the late Tommie Bass, a nationally renowned folk herbalist from Sand Rock, Alabama, as well as other herbal Elders throughout the Appalachians and the Deep South. She has experience in both clinical and private settings including working in an integrative medical clinic.  In addition to Traditional Folk studies, Phyllis has studied Traditional Western Herbalism, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Body Work and Energy Medicine. She continues to maintain an active herbal practice. Phyllis has a Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama in Health Studies and has taught CEU classes for allied healthcare workers including nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapists and social workers. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and is on the board of directors of the American Naturopathic Certification Board. Visit her website at


Joanna Mann, Herbalist, Co-Owner of Walden FARMacy (Alabama)

Joanna is co-owner of Walden FARMacy, a permaculture style herb farm located in Alabama. She has been through many evolutions including law school student, yogi, massage therapist, patient, mother, seeker, healer, birth-worker, farmer, and herbalist. Her personal success finding healing through herbs and energy work put her on a path of working to reconnect people with themselves, nature, and their own innate intuitive abilities in order to propel them into greater happiness. Learn more at

Michelle Rigling, PhD, M.Sc., MBA, Owner of The Cavewoman Way (Tennessee)

Michelle is the Founder and Director of The Midsouth Women's Herbal Conference who offers counseling, nature-based circles and retreats, and holistic business consulting services in the Midsouth. She has a professional background in social work and trauma-informed mental healthcare. Several years ago, she felt drawn to women's spirituality and nature-based healing and shifted her work to focus on women's wellness events, women's empowerment, and plant spirit medicine. She has a PhD in Transpersonal Counseling and several other degrees and certificates that support her work. However, it is her lived experience and the guidance of Spirit that informs much of her work. Her private practice, The Cavewoman Way, invites women to remember a more intuitive, primal, and nature-assisted way of life through intentional community events, retreats, and private counseling. Learn more about her and her work at


Ruth Shelton, The Empirical Herbalist (Tennessee)

Ruth has over 20 years of experience working with people and plants. Her motto is "A Better Life Through Herbs" and this reflects her belief that we can work with herbs to enrich all aspects of life. Ruth's mission is to help others reap these benefits. She is currently teaching a year-long Sacred Allies class as well as other classes through her own practice and at events such as this conference. Visit her website at

Leslie Williams, MA, RH(AHG), Owner of The Ordinary Herbalist (Georgia) 

Leslie, also known as Leslita, has been training as an herbalist all her life. She tells us, “Field and forest, trail and city sidewalk - all are part of the world of medicinal herbs and trees. The key is learning to recognize them in all these places.” Her family taught her of the woods and plants in the mountains of western North Carolina as well as in the home swamps and prairies of northern and coastal Florida.  She has trained in Western herbal traditions, Ayurveda and traditional Chinese herbal lore.  She's been a working herbalist for 30+ years. Shamanic work, scientific research and folk traditions all matter. Currently Leslie is focused on teaching and mentoring others to be herbalists. Visit her website at

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