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Presenters & Facilitators Over 20 Presenters for 2020! Read Biographies Below Photos

Highlighted Speaker:

Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, RH (AHG), AHN-BC

"The Natural Nurse"

(New York)

Phyllis D. Light, MA,

Registered Herbalist & Founder of Appalachian Center for Natural Health (Arab, AL)

Lisa Bedner, Registered Herbalist, Registered Nurse & Owner of Pipsissewa Herbs

(Bloomington Springs, TN)

Earcine Evans, Herbalist & Owner of Francis Flowers and Herbs Farm (Pickens, MS)

Sarah Thomas, LAc, Owner of Upper Clarity School of Stone Medicine

(Asheville, NC)

Leslie Williams, Registered Herbalist, Founder of The Ordinary Herbalist

(Pine Lake, GA)

Joan Cowden, Clinical Herbalist, Owner of Bright Circle Herbcraft

(Oklahoma City, OK)

Ruth Elliot, PT &

Co-founder of Asheville Holistic Physical Therapy (Asheville, NC)

Jacquelyn Dobrinska, Wise Woman Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Para Yoga Instructor, Ayurveda Consultant (Asheville, NC)

Nuit Moore, 

Priestess, Ceremonialist, Founder of Scarlet Shakti

Abby Artemisia, Forager, Teacher, and owner of WANDER School

(Ware Shoals, NC)

Jennifer Beacham,

Registered Nurse, Cannabis Educator and Advocate, and Healer

(Colbert, GA)

Rose Marie Nuffer

Community Herbalist and

Organizer of Central Arkansas CSH Program

(Little Rock, AR)

Mandi Sanders,

Community Herbalist, Ceremonialist, and Owner of Sons & Moon

(Starkville, MS)

Ali Pinion, Farmer, Bee Guardian, Owner of Dreaming the Bee

(Starkville, MS)

Joanna Mann, Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor and Herbalist

(Bessemer, AL)

Lauren Haynes, 

Community Herbalist and Owner of Wooden Spoon Herbs

 (Cloudland, GA)

Amy Hollon, 

Certified Fertility Awareness Educator, Postpartum Doula and Founder of Sweet Kiss Fertility

(Millbrook, AL)

Denisea Mann, Herbal Skincare Creatress and Owner of Natural Affinity

(Dunlap, TN)

Susan Edwards, Naturalist, Environmental Educator (Stone Mountain, GA)

 

Debra Sitorius,

Family & Community Herbalist, Homesteader, Farmer, Owner of Wyldwood Herb and Farmacy

(Cherokee, AL)

 

Nicki Schneider, 

Bio-regional Folk Herbalist and President of Western PA American Herbalist Guild Chapter AND

Lisa Harris, Clinical Herbalist and Registered Nurse (Cleveland, OH)

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES (Alphabetical by Last Name)

*Information subject to updates and changes*

Abby Artemisia, Botanist, Herbalist, Professional Forager, Owner of WANDER School (South Carolina)

Abby lives on the edge of Pisgah National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains. She learned about plants playing in the Midwestern woods of Ohio, working on organic farms, an herbal apprenticeship, a Bachelor’s Degree in Botany from Miami University, and running her own tea business. She teaches about plant identification, native plants, and working with plants for food and medicine throughout the country. Her mission is to offer nature and herbal education, creating healing through connection with the natural world and each other, to create local and global health and prosperity. She’s the author of The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders and the Forager’s Wild Edible & Herbal Plant Cards. Visit her website at www.thewanderschool.com

 

Jennifer Beacham, RN, Herbalist, Co-owner of RockBelly Minerals (Georgia)

Jennifer is a Registered Nurse and student of both plant and stone medicine. A lifelong lover of plants and crystals, her journey into their power began with her own healing. For the past eight years, she has studied traditional Amazonian plant medicine with Maestro Juan Flores. Her work bridges traditional plant medicine with Western/allopathic medicine. In gratitude for the teachings of plants and stones, she passionately shares their incredible medicines.

 

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 http://www.pipsissherbs.biz/

 

Joan Cowden, Clinical Herbalist (Wise Woman Tradition), HeartMath Ambassador (Oklahoma)

Joan has been in love with the natural world since childhood and found herself following paths of healing at a young age. She is an herbalist, earth steward and teacher in Oklahoma City, and an ambassador for the HeartMath Global Coherence Initiative. In a journey that also includes paramedic work, wilderness skills, sacred dance and mythic studies, Joan spent nearly three decades honing her herbcraft in the Wise Woman Tradition before taking her clinical training at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. She holds a vision of the earth as sentient and sacred, and weaves intuitive practices with the science of herbalism. Her vision of healing with herbs is both personal and planetary:  A way to intimately reconnect with our wild inner nature and to the magical life-web of the planet, in a dance of reciprocity that can heal both. Her website is www.brightcircleherbcraft.com

 

Jacquelyn Dobrinska, Wise Woman Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, ParaYoga Instructor, Ayurveda Consultant (North Carolina)

Jackie is a beloved holistic health educator, wise woman practitioner, yoga therapist, minister and author. She recognizes that finding fulfillment and beauty is an inside job - the result of an inner radiance that comes from connecting to the core of who we truly are. Jackie has mentored with some of the world's preeminent teachers, scholars and visionaries in mind-body health, weaving together wisdom traditions from around the world. She teaches regionally at universities, hospitals, studios, businesses, and national conferences and festival, passing on the tools that empower individuals in their own health and transformation.  In addition to her her wellness programs in wellness, yoga, herbs, healthy eating and women's health, she is the founding director of the Greater Asheville Yoga Association and core staff for SE Wise Women. When not consulting, teaching or running workshops, she writes on health, wellness and regenerative living for local and regional publications (you can even find her featured in Yoga Journal and Yoga International). In her free time you can find her digging in her medicinal herb garden at a local non-profit whose mission is "to feed all types of hunger". Jackie is passionate about sharing tools for inner growth and now passes these tools on to you. Visit her website at www.asimplevibrantlife.com

 

Susan Edwards, Naturalist, Environmental Educator (Georgia)

Susan is a Naturalist by trade with a B.S in Ecology, a B.S.A in Entomology, and a M.Ed. in Environmental Education from University of Georgia. She has taught at schools and nature centers close to home in the Midsouth as well as abroad in Costa Rica, New Zealand, Fiji, and Australia. She has led workshops and classes at teacher retreats for ProjectWild along with Fernbank Museum of Natural History, at the Georgia Science Teacher Association (GSTA) Conference, and the Environmental Education Alliance annual conference (EEA). Most recently, Susan and her husband, Dan, co-founded Sound of Nature School, along with their two young children, where they lead Naturalist and Herbal classes as well as studio music classes for homeschoolers ages 5-15yrs in the Atlanta area. Susan has been passionate about Plant Medicine since she was young and has learned from all her explorations at home and abroad. She leads medicinal plant walks with Eco-Addendum in the Atlanta area, as well as adult plant Medicine classes with her school. She studies with Leslie Williams and she loves learning from the collective while exploring nature together.

 

Ruth Elliot, Physical Therapist, Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (North Carolina)

Ruth earned a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University and has a Bachelor's degree in both Biology and Music. She is a Licensed Massage and Body Worker, reads the Akashic records, has completed advanced coursework in women’s health physical therapy (WHPT), and holds a certification in Holistic Pelvic Care™. She incorporates all these modalities to facilitate physical and energetic healing of the female pelvis. Her work helps women manage pain, heal from personal and collective trauma, improve physical alignment, and support energetic and emotional well-being. Ruth is a lover of vegetables, herbs, music, unicorns and is an energetic and fun presenter! Visit her website at http://ashevilleholisticpt.com

 

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

Earcine Evans is a lifelong practitioner of agricultural growing of herbs, vegetables and flowers. As an astute business woman 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. More specifically, Mrs. Evans 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. There are many other value-added products she devises such as immune boosting tea mixtures. Articles she has written about her work and studies have been featured in both Cosmetology and Agricultural/Farm publications. Visit her website at www.ILovePureCine.com

 

Lisa Harris, RN, Clinical Herbalist (Ohio)

Lisa is a Clinical Herbalist and Registered Nurse with over twenty-five years in health care, most recently the VA Hospital in Greater Cleveland. She has taught at the Great Lakes Herb Faire as well as multiple national conferences for the VA Healthcare System over her 18-year tenure with them. She is the co-owner of Earth Wisdom Wellness, an herbal-based education space in Lakewood, Ohio where she offers bulk herbs and medicine making supplies to support their mission of education and empowerment of our community based on a foundation of plant medicine. Visit Earth Wisdom Wellness’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/earthwisdomwellness

 

Lauren Haynes, Clinical Herbalist, Founder of Wooden Spoon Herbs (Georgia)

Lauren Haynes is an herbalist, writer and the founder of Wooden Spoon Herbs. She is deeply rooted in the southern Appalachian Mountains, where she is inspired by the incredibly rich biodiversity and slow mountain living. Having grown up in Chattanooga, Lauren now resides just outside Mentone in Cloudland, Georgia, where she frolics freely on the land and swims in the river... when not answering emails and blending up potions in her studio.  Visit her website at www.woodenspoonherbs.com

 

Amy Hollon, Fertility Awareness Educator, Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner, Postpartum Doula, Girl's Mentor (Alabama)

Amy Hollon is a Certified Fertility Awareness Educator, Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner, Postpartum Doula, and Girl's Mentor. She has personally used the Fertility Awareness Method successfully for nearly 10 years. Amy's passion is to help women develop body literacy and gain confidence using Fertility Awareness at all stages in their reproductive life. She teaches classes locally and virtually to those interested in learning how to chart their cycles in order to achieve or avoid pregnancy naturally or for other reproductive and general health reasons. For more information, visit her website www.sweetkissfertility.com or check her out on Instagram @amy_hollon and at Facebook.com/sweetkissfertilitydoula

 

Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, Registered Herbalist, AHN-BC (New York)

You may recognize Ellen from the recent REMEDY documentary series! Ellen is a wildcrafting intuitive herbalist and is adept at radionics and dowsing. She is on Council and is a mentor with AHG (American Herbalist Guild), and takes herbalists through the process of becoming AHG(RH) certified. Ellen teaches in conventional educational settings, mainstream medical schools and universities, as well as with traditional healers from a variety of cultures. “It has been my honor to have studied with indigenous herbalists, such as JAMBA of the MAROONS in Jamaica, Michael Moore and Mimi Kemp in Bisbee Arizona, SONIA in Santa Cruz Mexico, Dr. Bernard Jensen, and a vast array of advanced herbalists.” Ellen is a leader in the herbal nutraceutical industry, recognized as a consultant specializing in regulatory issues, formulation and product education. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG-RH)), nationally board certified as a holistic nurse (AHN-BC), and is a medical school instructor in botanical pharmacology, and author of many books, including The Natural Medicine Chest. She offers online/onground CE approved Herbal Certification Programs and leads www.EcotoursForCures.com to experience healing traditions around the world. She is on the Peer Review Editorial Board of several journals/organizations, including: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Natural Medicine Journal, Natural Standard Database. Dr. Kamhi educates professionals and consumers about how to care for themselves Naturally!  Her passions include sharing her 5 decades of in-depth herbal knowledge with individuals that will carry natural healing arts forward into the next millennium. Read more online at www.naturalnurse.com and www.facebook.com/NaturalNurse

 

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

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. Website: http://www.phyllisdlight.com

 

Denisea Mann, Herbal Skincare Creatress, Owner of Natural Affinity (Tennessee)

Denisea is dedicated to learning and sharing the wise woman traditions and supporting women in their own healing journeys. She believes in the power of daily herbal infusions and loves sharing her how-to knowledge with others. She hand makes her own essential oil based skin care and aromatherapy items at her shop in Dunlap, TN and provides workshops throughout the year related to skincare, essential oils, and herbal infusions. Denisea and Natural Affinity Soap, Candle and Gift Shop has supported the Midsouth Women’s Herbal Conference as both a sponsor and volunteer in the past.

 

Joanna Mann, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, Community Herbalist (Alabama)

Joanna is a kundalini yogi, herbalist, energy healer, massage therapist, farmer, and mother. Her path into healing began when she decided to abandon a more traditional life to pursue her happiness and reclaim her health. The stress of several years had built up- leaving her not feeling well physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. On the yoga mat is where she began to find her authentic self and it quickly became clear to her that she wanted to share this gift with others. So in 2006 she dropped out of law school and transitioned into teaching yoga. Her exploration of the healing arts continued with massage education in 2007.  In her last month of massage school, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and thus was pushed deeper into her personal hero's journey.  Frustrated that the medicines used to control the arthritis made her sicker than the arthritis itself, she turned to diet and herbs.  Joanna has now been arthritis free for over ten years.  Her personal success started her on her unique path of working to connect people with themselves and with nature in order to turn them on to their own self-healing abilities. When not teaching, having fun at markets, or working one on one with clients Joanna finds joy homesteading and farming with her husband and two children on their permaculture homestead and herb farm in Bessemer, Alabama.

 

Nuit Moore, Priestess, Ceremonialist, Founder of Scarlet Shakti (North Carolina)

Nuit is a priestess & wise woman witch, haegtessa, ceremonial creatrix & ritual artist, and eco-feminist activist and has been offering classes and ceremony for over 25 years. She is currently deeply immersed in a path practice rooted in the female shamanistic traditions of her ancestral lineages. Nuit has also been a visionary red thread weaver of the Blood Mysteries and voice in the eco-menstruation movement since 1991. Much of her work is devoted to women’s rites/rights, which is also embodied in her work as an herbalist of the Wise Woman tradition focusing on herbals for women. These offerings- which include teas, steams, tinctures, and other botanicals, as well as her booklets and her ritual art- can be found at her table in the vending area during conference, as well as at http://shaktistudios.etsy.com Information about her work as a priestess, ritual artist, and activist is highlighted on her website http:www.scarletshakti.com

Rose Marie Nuffer, Herbalist, Organizer of Central Arkansas Community Supported Herbalism Program (Arkansas)

Rose grew up splitting her time between her uncle’s dairy farm in Clio, Michigan and her father's organic farm in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas, where she was born. After graduating with a B.A. in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Biology and a minor in Spanish, Rose spent nearly a decade traveling, spending time in intentional communities in Spain and the UK where she learned traditional skills, as well as living and traveling in Mexico and West Africa. Upon returning from her time abroad, Rose continued her education, completing the 8-month intensive program at the California School of Herbal Studies, Roots of Herbalism/Foundations of Health, which led to an apprenticeship with 7Song at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in 2015. Upon returning to Arkansas in 2016 Rose founded “Central Arkansas Herbalism” through which she facilitated donation-based herbal workshops and plant walks as well as an online group discussion board on herbal identification, uses of herbs and gardening advice. After a year of herbal community building, Rose led members of “Central Arkansas Herbalism” in organizing a “Community Supported Herbalism” program. She is certified by NOLS as a Wilderness First Responder and is partner in Pineywoods Tree Planting, LLC.

 

Ali Pinion, Farmer, Bee Guardian, Women's Health Educator (Mississippi)

Ali is a bee guardian & priestess who works with plants & stones along with bees to serve her community as ceremonial guide and ritualist. She is a bee guardian, women’s health educator, Red Tent facilitator, and pastured livestock farmher from Starkville, MS. After a health crisis in her early twenties, she began to study herbal medicine and the impact of diet and stress on health. In 2013, she completed her graduate degree at Mississippi State University in Health Promotion with an emphasis in designing community health programs. After working on several ecological farms across the country, she and her husband started a pastured livestock farm in 2010. With lots of meats and vegetables to spare, she began her obsession of all things fermented. Ali has taught many workshops on fermentation in her hometown and at local conferences. Her love of bees and the alchemy they practice led to her fascination of wild-fermented herbal meads. She loves to forage for seasonal herbs, mushrooms, and flowers to add to her meads and using pollen as a source of wild yeast. Mead making has helped lead her to cultivating a deeply spiritual connection with bees and fostering a connection to her ancestors by utilizing the ancient ways of fermentation. You can visit her workshops and Red Tents at Soulflower Healing Arts Studio in Starkville, MS and connect on instagram @sheela_na_wolf and her business page @dreaming_the_bee.

 

Mandi Sanders, Bioregional Herbalist, Ceremonialist (Mississippi)

Mandi Sanders is a community herbalist & earth medicine practitioner with a focus on family care, women’s health, bioregional herbalism, functional nutrition, and ancestral healing. As both an herbalist and ceremonialist, she works with plant & stone medicine as a healer, guide, and priestess. Her formal educational background includes a degree in Psychology with a focus on Nutritional Therapy. Additionally, she has studied plant medicines and other earth based healing modalities from a variety of perspectives & teachers over the last 13 years. In her community, Mandi teaches classes on conscious family living, herbalism, and earth medicine as well as serving as a post partum doula and La Leche League leader. She facilitates various totes of passage ceremonies, a monthly red tent, and leads plant medicine based ceremonies. Mandi currently owns an herbal apothecary focused on seasonal, bioregional herbal preparations as well as an herbal CSA. Visit her website at www.sonsandmoon.com

 

Nicki Schneider, Bioregional Folk Herbalist, Naturalist, President of OH-Western PA AHG (Ohio)

Nicki is a bio-regional folk herbalist with a background in entomology.  She worked as a naturalist with the MetroParks Serving Summit County and is currently President of the Ohio-Western PA chapter of the American Herbalists Guild.  She has taught at the Great Lakes Herb Faire and is the co-owner of Earth Wisdom Wellness, an herbal-based education space in Lakewood, Ohio where she offers bulk herbs and medicine making supplies to support their mission of education and empowerment of our community based on a foundation of plant medicine. Visit Earth Wisdom Wellness’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/earthwisdomwellness/

 

Debra Sitorius, Family & Community Herbalist, Homesteader, Farmer, Owner of Wyldwood Herb and Farmacy (Alabama)

Debra is a Homesteader, a natural farmer, a family and community herbalist, mother of three, grandmother of nine, and a great grandmother to one. She has been speaking out against the poisoning of our planet for over five decades and saw the loss of our Grandmothers wisdoms occurring at a scary rate. So Debra and her husband started their homestead 15 years ago on family owned land and started gathering the wisdoms, tools, and skills required to honor the old ways. Now she teaches gardening, preserving the harvest, seed saving, along with her Women's Empowerment group and her individual coaching sessions 0n healing ourselves and our generational trauma, Rewilding, Renewing, and Reclaiming our ancestral wisdoms to help us raise a healthier more loving future, and Wyldwood Wysdoms. Living a healthier way and healing like our ancestors did out of our gardens, meadows, forests, and yards, is not hard but it takes a pinch of remembrance and a teaspoon of want to. So as Debra says, "let's demystify the possibilities and put the power to live well, heal, and thrive back into the hands of the peaceful."
 

Leslie Williams, M.Ed, Registered Herbalist (Georgia)

Leslie Williams, 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 www.ordinaryherbalist.com