|Flat Creek Crossing|
Speakers included Rosemary Gladstar, Maria Elena Martinez, Matthew Wood, Paul Bergner, William Morris, Margi Flint, Nicole Telkes, Ginger Webb, and so many more. It was a group of about 300 yet the feeling was intimate and cozy as we learned from one another over the course of four days.
|Rosemary Gladstar walking to the conference with her mother ~ beautiful ladies!|
Nicole Telkes, Director of the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine offered a plant walk and discussed native medicinal plants growing in Flat Creek Crossing. Plant walks are such fun and I make sure to go on plant walks when attending herb conferences. This year, herbhusband went on the walk while I manned the booth. From the pictures he took, it looks like this particular plant walk with a treat!
We also celebrated this event with a joyous group picture...it was a bit of a challenge wrangling all of us together but we managed to do it....here are some candid pictures of our lively group!
|From left to right (Speakers): William Morris, Paul Bergner, Eshe Faizah, Nicole Telkes and Maria Christina Moroles|
Another neat speaker who presented at the event is Marjory Wildcraft whose mission is "homegrown food on every table" and has developed a very realistic approach to what it takes to be a self sustaining community and family. She's invested a lot of research in this area and has been featured as an expert in sustainable living by National Geographic! At the conference she discussed organic gardening, composting, and raising farm animals such as goats, rabbits, chickens and ducks. Her video "Grow Your Own Groceries" helps everyone understand organic foods and survival skills using resources in your own backyard. You can learn more about her realistic and well researched approach to self sustaining homesteads at www.growyourowngroceries.org.
It wouldn't be a conference without the compassionate voice of Rosemary Galdstar reminding us all to love one another and love our dear plants. Her work with United Plant Savers www.unitedplantsavers.org is so important. As more of us are appreciating plant medicine for healing, it is important to know and be able to identify which wild medicinal herbs are currently at risk of extinction. Yes, plants can leave us and face extinction just like our wildlife if we are not careful. She reminds us all to appreciate alternatives to at risk herbs such as American Ginseng, Black Cohosh, Bloodroot and more. If you haven't already, look into her work and help this very important mission.
It warmed my heart to be around so many caring herbalists. It truly was a joyful experience. I'm happy to have been a part of a Texas herb conference and honored IVITA Botanicals helped sponsor. Here are a couple pictures of me and my booth - having fun and making friends! Until next time my dear herb and plant loving friends...be botanically beautiful and stay warm....I'm off to relax by the comfy fire and settle in for a good read. Green blessings ~
P.S. (to my Wildflower School almae matres & related friends)
Special thanks to Esther Schroeder, Bio-engineer for demonstrating your handmade distillations and sharing your special gift for alchemy....you are one amazing lady! I love the lavender rose hydrosol you made on-site and I am still enjoying it today....many blessings to you and your craft....unique and beautiful....just like you!
Thank you La Botanica's Carla Vargashyphenfrank for celebrating your mission to "celebrate, honor and share traditional and intuitive paths of healing and well-being.' Specializing in bioregional plant medicine and folk remedies is so sacred and special. It's truly a whole earth celebratory experience...thank you
Thank you to Jade Moon Herbs Stephanie Berry for igniting your sweet daughter into our field. It's so exciting to see you help others through your birth services...we all need midwives in our lives....thank you for what you do!
Thank you Ginger Webb who filled the room with joy...your cordials are heart filled goodness....
Thank you Sue Gore-Berryman - Herbalist and HWY 108 Holistic Wellness and Yoga Goddess! You are such fun and I look forward to seeing you in future herbal conferences and events. Lubbock, TX is very lucky to have you!
Thank you to all the attendees, teachers, vendors, and volunteers (so many too mention)....it was amazing because of each person's unique gifts and talents!
Thank you Nicole Telkes for making this all happen. We love you and we love your spirit! Keep on keepin' on! Keep growing us Herb Nerds!!