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Black Haw

Black Haw
Viburnum prunifolium


























Twinleaf

Twinleaf
Jeffersonia diphylla.


























Goldenseal

Goldenseal
Hydrastis canadensis.


























Bloodroot

Bloodroot
Sanguinaria canadensis.


























Ginger

Ginger
Zingiber officinale.


























Figwort

Figwort
Scrophularia nodosa.


























Jewelweed

Jewelweed
Impatiens capensis.


























Bloodroot

Bloodroot
Sanguinaria canadensis.


























Twinleaf

Twinleaf
Jeffersonia diphylla.


























Four Leaf Clovers

Four Leaf Clovers
Trifolium repens.




Midwest Herb Fest 11 • August 4-6, 2017 • Fri - Sun

A WEEKEND CAMPING EVENT
at Our Haven, near French Lick, IN



COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
& INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHIES

All presentations are included with paid admission,
unless otherwise stated in the course description.


LECTURE TRACK


Elizabeth Russell
Elizabeth

FLOWER ESSENCES WORKSHOP

Learn about the history of Flower Essences, how and why they are used, and how to make and blend your own. Participants will learn how to mix the Mother Essence with alcohol and/or glycerin to create the usable essence. *If time and weather permit, participants will help create a unique "Mother Essence".

Each participant will take away a list of flower essences and their uses, and their own sample essence in a dropper bottle.

Presenter: Elizabeth Russell, M.Ed., NPM, HRM

Elizabeth is an Intuitive Holistic Wellness Coach, Herbalist, Reiki Master-Teacher, and Certified Angel Practitioner. A graduate with Honors from the American College of Healthcare Sciences, Lizbeth holds certifications in Holistic Health Practice, Natural Products Manufacturing, and Herbal Retail Management. Currently, she works with clients to improve their lives through holistic means. She is the owner of Lizbeth's Botanicals and Linden Tree Intuitive. Lizbeth makes her home in Corning, NY, where she teaches workshops and classes on wellness, herbal preparations, Wildcrafting and gardening, and also works with clients.
Lizbeth's Botanicals
Linedn Tree Intuitive


Katherine Novotny

Katherine

MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS

The use of mushrooms as medicine has been traced back thousands of years. This workshop will focus on the amazing health benefits and basic identification skills for common medicinal mushrooms. Through lecture and demonstration we will also cover preparing mushrooms for the most potent and effective medicine.


MAKING HERBAL SAUERKRAUT & OTHER FERMENT

Come learn how to make your own medicinal sauerkraut and other fermented foods. We will taste a few of my favorite bubbling tonics and talk about some seasonal, wild-harvested ingredients. This class is hands-on, so get ready to help chop!

Presenter: Katherine Novotny

Katherine is a herbal educator/practitioner, an urban homesteader, and an artist. She believes in accessible, and affordable health care and empowers students to pursue healing through backyard gardens, kitchen potions, and deepening their connection to their local forests. Novotny is a Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild, taught as a core faculty member at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA and currently has a private herbal practise in Bloomington, Indiana. Since 2012, she has been in a continuous mentorship with Dr. William Morris; learning and teaching TCM Pulse Diagnosis as a tool for advanced herbalist in a clinical setting. She loves weaving stories of herbal folklore into lectures and teaching about different body systems.

Novotny comes from a Eastern European lineage filled with crafty, green-thumbed influences. When she is not teaching herbal medicine, you could find her camping in her old truck, laying on the forest floor admiring mushrooms, or in the backyard gardening, wrangling chickens, or staring at her bees. She has been known to stop at a yard sale or two.


Stephany Hoffeit

Stephany

T.B.A



Presenter: Stephany Hoffelt, BA HAS

Stephany has over a decade of experience in the herbal field - although her children might tell you over twenty based on their upbringing. After beginning her career as a self-educated folk herbalist, Stephany eventually decided to pursue a conventional education culminating in a Bachelor?s degree from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. At Goddard, she studied clinical herbalism, ethnobotany and ecological design.

She embraced the philosophy of the Goddard?s health arts and science program. Which is bridging nature, culture and healing, as necessary aspects of an integrated approach to wellness. Having this perspective has allowed her to meld the historical practice of community healers with the modern scientific research in a unique manner. Her thesis, ?Reviving the Bean Feasa: Building Resilient Communities through Folk Healing?, is a culmination of that work.

In addition to working as a healer in her community, Stephany is part-time learning facilitator at Kirkwood Community College. She teaches continuing education classes on herbal self-care and preparation. She also works on course development for the Herbal Academy of New England?s Advanced Course. She presently presents at various herbal conferences, including the American Herbalist Guild Symposium, The Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference and the Midwest Women?s Herbal Conference.
Naturally Simple - website.


HANDS-ON TRACK


KC Wilkerson
KC

HERBAL ALCHEMY LAB DEMONSTRATION
& ALCHEMY ASTROLOGY WORKSHOP


This class will show you how to preserve your herbs in a liquid form that gets stronger with age. We will discuss the basic theories of the ancient herbal alchemists. You'll learn the difference between making crude tinctures and creating alchemical spagyric tinctures. An overview of useful equipment, and the importance of astrology in the laboratory will be included.

Please bring writing materials if you wish to take notes. A distillation, calcination, and cohobation, of the herb harvested at last year's Conference is planned during this class.

Accompanying this demonstration will be a lecture on Alchemical Astrology and the Philosopher's Stone - his website.

Presenter: Tim "KC" Wilkerson, from Gaia Circle

Tim "KC" Wilkerson, author of the handbook "Alchemy Astrology: Lost Key To The Philosopher's Stone", studied Herbal Alchemy and Spagyrics at Paracelsus Research College, with Frater Albertus in 1984. He lectured on Alchemical Astrology at the 2008 International Alchemy Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the 2013 NW Alchemy Conference, in Redmond Washington. Tim is also an instructor at the Midwest Herb School with his partner Cricket Owens. Both herbal learning events are held at Our Haven Nature Sanctuary. He is a current member of the International Alchemy Guild and the Midwest Alchemy Guild. He'll also be teaching Alchemy Astrology, at the Rocky Mountain Alchemy Conference, July 23-24, 2016 - Aurora, Colorado - website.

He is co-founder and lab manager for Laughing Lady Bug Botanicals.
His handbook, "Alchemy Astrology, Lost Key To The Philosopher's Stone" - handbook webpage.

#alchemyastrology


Nicole White, RN, BSN
Nicole

HANDS ON MEDICINE MAKING

Making your own herbal medicines can be a cost effective way to bring herbalism from the theoretical to the practical in your own life. Handmade tinctures give the herbalist control over the ingredients, valuable for those with dietary allergies and intolerances, and the added potency that comes from infusing the energy and knowledge of the herbalist in their own medicine. This series of workshops will take the budding herbalist through the process of making herbal remedies for home use, from harvest to final product. Workshops will be a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands on participation, with finished products to bring home with you. Feel free to attend one or all; while information in later workshops will build on information given in previous workshops, the methods presented at each stage will stand on their own. Participants in the tincturing workshop will receive an updated Menstruum Chart compiled from the top sources in print and online, and the knowledge to use the chart to make effective tinctures comparable to the best commercial extracts available. This workshop series includes:
1. Harvesting, Garbling and Drying
2. Infusions, Decoctions and Syrups
3. Tinctures
4. Oils, Salves, and Lotions.

Presenter: Nicole White, RN, BSN

Nicole began her healing path in a three year Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Herbalism course of study at The Chicago College of Healing Arts that included Medicine Making training by Seanna Tully, L. Ac., Dipl. OM, MSTOM, RH(AHG) and Gina Marcin, CNM, L.Ac., RH(AHG). She then became a certified Massage Therapist and later became a Registered Nurse. Nicole?s passion is truly Complementary Care using what works with the fewest side effects and the best safety profile for the situation at hand, whether that is herbs, essential oils, or pharmaceutical or surgical intervention. Her profession as a Home Health Nurse allows her to employ every tool in her toolbox in turn, and she delights in educating both patients and doctors about herbal healing.


Bill Schook
Bill

SOAP MAKING

Join Bill Schook of Earth Circle Creations in making cold-pressed soap. You will learn about some of the do's and do-not's of soap making. Including measuring, choice of fragrance, materials and other tips, tricks and techniques. Participants of the two-part workshop will be able to take home a bar of soap we cut during class.

Presenter: Bill Schook

Bill has been studying holistic health and education since before 2001 and enjoys aiding in the healing process by inducing the body's own natural restorative abilities. He is a believer that the body has the capacity to recover from any sickness, dis-ease, or ailment. His desire is to help heal the world, one person at a time.

About Earth Circle Creations:
Earth Circle Creations is your provider of herbs, herbal tinctures, natural remedies, soaps, salt lamps and more. Vegan Friendly items available. Please visit his web site at Earth Circle Creations where he has many of his products available for sale.


dan garner
Dan

TREE ID WALK

Learn to identify our forest trees.

Presenter: Dan Garner

Dan Garner is from West Lafayette and studied General Agriculture at Purdue University. He operated the Buena Vista Maple Sugar Co. for twenty-five years and he presently lives on twenty-six acres near Bloomington. He grows fruit, vegies and nuts including: black walnuts, chestnuts, hickory nuts and pecans. Twenty acres of his land is covered in forest with many Sugar Maples that he has tapped in the past and which he plans to tap again in the future.


Hetty Mayer-MacDowell
Hetty

THE HERBAL GARDEN

Learn the basics of seed starting, planting, maintaining, and harvesting some of our most common herbs.

There will also be an overview of "weeds" and how to use them.

This is a hands on class. Please bring gloves and trowels if you want to participate.

Presenter: Hetty Mayer-MacDowell

Hetty lives in northern Illinois, where she works her amazing 1/3 acre plot of land, converting it into a mini green oasis. She has worked with plants and herbs since the late 70's. Hetty has taken this knowledge of plants and herbs and combined it with her other passion for volunteering by working as a Master Gardner at the Lake County Extension Office of the University of Illinois, Campaign-Urbana. This will be her 5th year with the MWHF. When she is not in the garden she works as a massage therapist, Reiki practitioner and priestess in the Chicago area.


Elizabeth Russell
Elizabeth

RANGOLI ROUND THE FIRE

Participants will be helping to construct a Rangoli, a type of mandala created on the ground with natural elements such as sand, chalk and pebbles. The Rangoli will be completed around the fire pit area. In addition, participants will learn about some of the traditions around mandalas and Rangolis, and how they span the world's cultures. Appropriate for children and adults.

No cost for materials.

Presenter: Elizabeth Russell, M.Ed., NPM, HRM

Elizabeth is an Intuitive Holistic Wellness Coach, Herbalist, Reiki Master-Teacher, and Certified Angel Practitioner. A graduate with Honors from the American College of Healthcare Sciences, Lizbeth holds certifications in Holistic Health Practice, Natural Products Manufacturing, and Herbal Retail Management. Currently, she works with clients to improve their lives through holistic means. She is the owner of Lizbeth's Botanicals and Linden Tree Intuitive. Lizbeth makes her home in Corning, NY, where she teaches workshops and classes on wellness, herbal preparations, Wildcrafting and gardening, and also works with clients.
Lizbeth's Botanicals
Linedn Tree Intuitive


Elizabeth Kilbourne
Elizabeth

HERBAL BOTANICALS LOOSE INCENSE

We will be combining herbs, botanicals, resins, essential oils and crystals to create a natural incense that can be used on charcoal, or as potpourri. The blend will have both meditative effects as well as spiritual, and magickal.

Presenter: Elizabeth Kilbourne

Elizabeth has been practicing her path for over 40 years having had the opportunity to travel across the country and the world. She has learned different aspects of various paths through her travels. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and learning new things. Three years ago Elizabeth started a store, Mystic Wytches Closet, selling products at affordable prices to all. It was then she decided to travel and offer her goods and services at events. Some of her services she offers are workshops on the basics of the craft, Oracle reading, Fire performing, Henna tattoos.


CHILDREN'S TRACK


Jackie Lakey
Jackie
Kids Labyrinth from Midwest Herb Fest 6, 2012

LABYRINTH MAKING by the KIDS & TEENS

The labyrinth is used as a tool for meditation across many paths. This year's Labyrinth is no exception. To really know this year's labyrinth, we have to look back a couple years. At Herb Fest 8, in 2014, the Labyrinth build team, from kids to adults, 'planted' seeds of stone into cups of water, with the intention of sending our love out to the Community and helping it grow.

The pattern of that labyrinth was a classical circuit, representing the path we each come from and honoring all it has done for us. The Herb Fest 9 labyrinth, in 2015, was a 'seed' labyrinth. This refers to the way it is built, from a center cross and four 'seed' corners that send out runners to create the paths. It was the intention to continue growing and create space for Love and the Community.

This year's labyrinth will bring that intention to bloom. It will be built on a center 'stem' that branches off into the paths, leading into the bright blossom of glowing paths, allowing you to walk a path of meditation. For some, meditation is slow and methodical. For others, it is full of dancing. Some meditations are loud declarations to the Universe. Others are silent prayers sent out into the night sky.

Whatever your path, whatever your method of walking, the Labyrinth welcomes you. It is about finding what you're looking for, and for leaving things behind that you are finished with. Think of it as an energetic compost bin. If you are done with something, leave it, and the Universe will turn it into something rich, and deep; helping the next person who is lacking to find that boost they need. Then everyone can bloom in their own time.

The Labyrinth is a glowing, active piece of my magical path, and it is my honor to share it with you.

Presenter: Jackie Lakey

Jackie Lakey is a Certified Medical Assistant and Reiki Practitioner who is passionate about her family, yoga and all things Hufflepuff. She discovered magick and energy work in 2005 and has been moving forward enthusiastically, ever since. Jackie's interests are quite eclectic, and include kitchen witchery, herbal studies, holistic medicine, and energetic healing. Jackie is eager about helping others to find well-being in life, and looks forward to being able to contribute to community growth and celebration at the Midwest Herb Fest.

This is a night-time distance photo of the labyrinth the kids built at last year's Midwest Herb Fest. It was enjoyed by all ages who were old enough to stay up after dark.


Elizabeth Kilbourne
Elizabeth

DREAM ORBS

Children will learn how to create a Dream Orb using Herbs, Botanicals and Crystals. After the Orbs are assembled they will be instructed how to but their intent into it and how to use it to have good dreams and chase away the bad dreams.

Presenter: Elizabeth Kilbourne

Elizabeth has been practicing her path for over 40 years having had the opportunity to travel across the country and the world. She has learned different aspects of various paths through her travels. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and learning new things. Three years ago Elizabeth started a store, Mystic Wytches Closet, selling products at affordable prices to all. It was then she decided to travel and offer her goods and services at events. Some of her services she offers are workshops on the basics of the craft, Oracle reading, Fire performing, Henna tattoos.


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