Schedule

July 1, 2020- DUE TO COVID SPIKES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE ARE CANCELLING THE RI HERB FESTIVAL- Look for our 2021 dates TBA soon!

This festival is organized with social justice and health justice principles in mind. We strive to make the space safe,  comfortable, and accessible for everyone who is interested in learning about herbalism. We request that all teachers and participants treat each other with respect regardless of gender, class, race/culture, religion, immigration status, political views, age, mental ability, and appearance. 

Friday and Saturday Night Fun


Join MC’s Jody Noe and Mary Blue for a slapstick comedy, karaoke, and group talent show Friday night. Saturday’s guest speaker and musical guest TBA.  Fire Circle and Fire Dancing with Angel Putney- Noe after evening events.

 Workshops all Weekend! 


We have TONS of great teachers confirmed!

SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL SCHEDULE!! 

Community Circles


Throughout the weekend, our guest teachers and community members will be facilitating community circles for POC, Women,  LBGTQ and and “Everyone’s Circles”.

Friday, September 25, 2020

REGISTRATION~ 1-4 pm
INTENSIVES~ 2-6 pm

GUIDO MASÉ~ An Herbalists Role in Viral Global Pandemics
Join world-renowned clinical herbalist, Guido Masé, as he explores the strengths and weaknesses of herbal protocols in this age of viral pandemics. Guido will cover working with local health care providers, to herbal protocols, and a review of herbal protocols used with COVID-19. 

SUZANNA STONE’S Women’s Circle 
Suzanna’s women’s circle offers the participant the opportunity to participate in grounding and centering through drumming, singing, and ritual. Open to all participants who identify as women. We welcome transwomen, cis-women, and gender-neutral participants. 

6-7 pm Organic Dinner

7-8 pm
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE PANEL

with Dr. John McGonigle, Guido Masé, Dr. Martine Delonay, Dr. Jody Noé

8 pm
Evening entertainment! 

SATURDAY, September 26, 2020

8-9 am

~GENTLE STRETCHING with Mimi Budnick
~ CREATING SACRED SPACE~Help construct a 7-Circuit Labyrinth for use throughout the weekend with Jennifer Phillips
~COMMUNITY CIRCLE- POC~ Facilitated by Tammy Kim & Farmacy Staff. This circle is for support, grounding, and connection for POC herbalists (People of color only please).  

9 am

EVERYBODY’S CIRCLE with Jody Noé and the Farmacy Herbs Crew!
Let’s get started with a welcoming circle!

9:30-10:30 am

GROWING HERBAL MEDICINE with Andrally Horn

Join Rhode Island Herb farmer, Andrally as he shares his methods for growing, harvesting, and drying herbal remedies. From cultivated gardens to harvesting local wild medicinals, Andrally will share his tips, tricks, and methods for growing herbs in Rhode Island. 

EAT THE WEEDS FOR PRIMAL NUTRITION  with Karen Talbot

Traditional farming methods using chemical fertilizers deplete the land resulting in nutrition depletion in food with more and more people becoming intolerant to plants grown this way. One example is wheat sensitivity where gluten is the primary suspect. But here is one way we can add super-nutrition to our meals with delicious results: EAT THE WEEDS!

MEDICINE MAKING WITH HEALTH WITCH, Dr. Ashley Murphy,

 Learn the healing power of plants, and how to cultivate plant allies. We will cover the importance of herbal & preventative medicine, and a 101 on creating decoctions, tinctures, salves, infusions, herbal honey, oxymels, and more.

WILD MEDICINE WEED DATING, Jessyloo Rodrigues

Join super fun (lol thanks) herbalist Jessyloo to participate in a botanical story-sharing game, inspired by the concept & format of “speed dating”. Want to make new friends this year without the awkwardness of approaching someone you don’t know? Try weed dating! Participants are matched up together by pulling an edible weed card from the deck. Matches are encouraged to share their stories about that plant, explore what an unknown plant inspires in you, & listen deeply to each other. 15 minutes per match

NURSES FORUM with Bonnie Kavanagh, Mira Silverman, and Angel Putney- Noé

Join these experienced Nurse- Herbalists as they share how to navigate being a registered nurse and an herbalist. They will share their experiences in working with a diverse range of populations, interacting with a board and licensing requirements for nurse herbalists, as well as how to incorporate herbalism into their practices. 

10:45-11:45 am

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR ALLEVIATING STRESS with Lesley Wooler

 Even the most stable of us may have felt pressured lately due to all the tensions and changes occurring across the globe. Whether your stress is simply circumstantial, seasonal or seemingly permanent, aromatherapy could be exactly the gentle answer needed. Learn how essential oils can affect our emotional state, and discover the different ways of safely incorporating them into your daily routine.

THE HERBAL DOULA with Quatia “Q” Osorio  

Join “Q” in discussing the important role of a doula in childbirth, and some of her trusted herbs in her practice. She will also discuss the steps one needs to take to become a doula, and her experiences as a doula working within the hospital system. 

ADVANCED CONSTITUTIONAL HYDROTHERAPY with Dr. Martine Delonnay 

The healing properties of water are countless. Adapted Constitutional Hydrotherapy (ACH)  is a special technique that greatly supports the body’s healing process. It helps to normalize circulation, soothe the nervous system, stimulate detoxifying and eliminative processes, strengthen and heal the digestive system, and stimulate the immune system and vital force. It has been used for years to detoxify heavy metal exposure, pesticide/herbicide toxicity, and the daily toxic buildup of improper diet and lifestyle. You can rebuild your metabolism and regenerate your health with this amazing therapy. This simplistic therapy utilizing alternating hot and cold towel application to the chest and to the back with a series of sine waves or diathermy current is utilized to support the body during times of occasional illness.

INFUSING HERBAL &  MUSHROOM CHOCOLATES with Melodie Fallon

Melodie of Moonstone Mushrooms will share her tips and tricks for infusing herbs and mushrooms into chocolates! This will be a tasty class!! Chocolate infusions, in its simplest form, is the process of transferring the flavor of one product into another, but this can be tricky!  Melanie will share her tips for infusing chocolates with fresh and dried herbs or medicinal mushrooms. 

MEETING WITH PLANT ALLIES: Christine Terramane
Where to go, who to talk to, and how to connect.

This class is for folks who want to learn how to identify and connect with herb growers near them through guided tours, volunteering, or internships.  Students will also come away with an understanding of how to begin building a friendship with their plant allies through varied strategies such as wildcrafting, gardening and container growing, meditation, and flower essences.

LGBTQ COMMUNITY CIRCLE

Facilitated by Farmacy Staff
This circle is for support, grounding, and love for LGBTQ herbalists only.  Facilitated by Tyler Plante and D’Andre Quinerly. 

12- 1 pm
Organic Lunch 

12:30
Lunchtime PLANT WALK with Ed Burr

1 -2 pm

RESOURCING SACRED SEXUALITY WITH HERBAL APHRODISIACS  with
Anna Booth Cohen & Elise Bish

As with all herbal work, resourcing sexuality with herbs is a process of building and supporting the entirety of each individual’s mind, body, and spirit. This workshop focuses on pleasure-based, conscious sexuality education, resourced, and grounded by herbal medicine. Learn the most common blocks to desire, and discover how herbal aphrodisiacs can support a healthy, embodied connection to your sexual energy.

RAISING HERBAL KIDS with Sakinah Abdur-Rasheed

Join Sakinah for a class on engaging children in herbalism and using herbal medicine to support children’s health. Topics to be discussed are initiating or supporting herbal interest, safe herbs for kids and their indications, and how to calculate the appropriate dose for your child. Some specifics she will discuss are the common cold, nervousness, hyperactivity, nightmares, bedwetting, skin afflictions, and bug bites/stings. She will also explore quality botanicals and supplements.

CANNABIS / THC MEDICINE with Mira Silverman, RN

Mira will cover all aspects of making medicine with THC. Learn the difference between strains, extraction methods, and uses of THC. She will cover doses and specific varieties of cannabis for their therapeutic properties. 

Herbal Solidarity and Community Care with Mimi Bunick

In this workshop, we will examine ways that herbalists can provide support to people that are most experiencing the impacts of systemic oppression, and those on the front-lines of resistance movements. We will highlight a few specific projects and models for distributing and sharing remedies, discuss the practical elements of coordinating herbal donations, and ways we can do this that minimize harm and elevate collective and community healing.

HERBAL FIRST AID PLANT WALK with Farmacy’s own Anna Fox

Join Anna as she discusses the multitude of herbals around us that can be used for first aid and skin support. From Vulneraries to anti-inflammatories to demulcents… you will have a first aid kit wherever you walk!

2:15-3:15 pm
AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO FAMILY MEDICINE with Dr. John McGonigle

Join Dr. McGonigle as he explores his 20 plus years of incorporating integrative medicine into his busy family medicine practice. He will cover vaccines, homeopathic remedies, and herbs to support your families health. 

AFTER HERB SCHOOL; FOUNDING AND RUNNING YOUR OWN HERB BUSINESS with Carissa Wills-Demello

Carissa will share her path after completing herbal education studies. She will share how she founded Bilo Herbs, and her experiences and path to becoming a clinical herbalist, and what it takes to be one. She will share the pros and cons of becoming a community herbalist and the tools she has used to share herbal medicine in her community. 

GROWING AND HARVESTING NATIVE WOODLAND MEDICINALS with Ed Burr

Learn strategies and techniques to grow native woodland medicinals. Focusing on environment enhancing skills to assist the growth of native plants and trees including threatened and endangered species. Eds workshops take advantage of his experience in understanding the unique combination of diverse habitats, his extensive plant knowledge, his extraordinary library, and well-equipped farm, plus 49 years of study and experimentation. Seeds and plants of most local species will be discussed.

ASTRO HERBALISM with Jenn Phillips

A teaser about the relationship between the Planets & Herbs. Using the 7 days of the week we will learn about a plant (or 2) that corresponds with the Planet that rules each day.  Astrological herbalism works on the premise that there is a relationship between the plants and the planets. Astrology also believes there is a link between the planets and parts of the human body and to the different zodiac signs, so we can put all of this together to use plants to support health! 

A Deep Dive into the Mediterranean Apothecary with Tony(a) Lemos

In this workshop, Tony(a) teaches from her own Mediterranean Roots and will present the enormous possibilities for improved health and wellbeing that can be achieved when practitioners explore the full range of connections offered by the Hygeigian Approach to Health Care, Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle and the Mediterranean Apothecary. She will give attendees an in-depth look at common herbs and foods originating from this region, helping them to understand the full materia medica – physical, emotional, and spiritual. Tony(a) will give attendees a new outlook on often underutilized and easily accessible healers.

PLANT WALK- with Anna Fox
3:30-4:30
FOR THE LOVE OF WEEDS PLANT WALK with Jade Alicandro Mace

Join us for a walk around the camp identifying and learning about the wonderful weeds. We’ll cover medicine uses, harvest, herbal preparations, and identification for these powerfully medicinal and abundant plants. 

THE ART OF CBD EXTRACTIONS with Dr. Jody Noé and Angel Putney Noé

From Green to Gummies to Oil, learn how to properly extract CBD, and make your own medicine from it! Angel and Jody will discuss different strains and strengths, dosages, and more! They will discuss the history, science including cannabinoids & terpenes & medicinal applications of this plant. 

BEEKEEPING FOR THE HERBALIST with SCOTT LANGLAIS, RI BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

Scott will share the art of harvesting propolis, processing wax, and go over high resin and sugar plants to grow for the hive. Scott will introduce you to the delicious and medicinal products that come from the hive, including varieties of honey, and the many herbal creations that can be created with hive products. This workshop will explore how the bees carry the benefits of the flowers and herbs from which they collect nectar back to their hives to create amazing medicinal honey, propolis, and wax.

ALLY CIRCLE facilitated by Mimi Budnick

Join us to discuss practical, actionable, diversity and inclusion tactics, and how to recognize power and privilege.  This discussion is intended for white people to share and ask questions in a non-judgemental space.  

4:30-5:30 pm

~Herbal Olympics Join in or just be a spectator in this fun, inclusive group game! 
~Free Time- Check out vendors, take a nap, or a hike!

5:30-7 pm
Dinner
6 pm

~Dinner plant walk
~ HERBAL FOUNDATIONS MEET UP
 Have you completed Mary’s Herbal Foundations Program in person or online?? Let’s eat dinner together to talk about what you have done with the program, and talk about herbal actions! Everybody is welcome!

7 pm

Evening entertainment and Fire Dancing with Angel

 

SUNDAY, September 27, 2020
7:15 am

~Gentle Yoga with D’Andre Quinerly
~Early Morning Birding with Claire
~Singing herb songs with the Farmacy Crew

8 am
Breakfast

Wild Foraging with Wendy Fachon

9 am-12 pm 
Intensives
HERBS AND PRACTICES FOR THESE CHANGING TIMES  with Tony(a) Lemos 

 In this class, we will be exploring new and creative ways to call on our plant allies to help us thrive in these changing times. We are facing new levels of challenges that manifest deeper in the spiritual realm than we have seen before so we are called to rise to a new level of self-care and deeper relationship with our plant allies and connection to the Earth. Separation is responsible for many of these ails; creating rituals and ceremonies which address our needs in the spiritual realm as well and the emotional and physical is the way forward. Just reproducing recipes and tonics of past times no longer serves us in the best way as we have changed, as our needs have evolved, and our herbal practices need to become more dynamic to reflect this. Change is constant health is dynamic and our healing practices need to reflect this fluidity and move away from stagnant beliefs.

NATUROPATHIC ONCOLOGY & HEALING CANCER NATURALLY with Dr. Jody Noe

Dr. Noé specializes in Naturopathic Oncology, and is the leading Naturopath in this field. She has been healing cancer patients since the 1980s. Her current practice, Natural Family Health & Integrative Medicine in Connecticut, has a predominance of patients with cancer using integrative strategies to treat and heal from cancer. In this intensive, Jody will explore targeted naturopathic strategies to help the patient recover from a cancer diagnosis.  

THE ART OF FERMENTATION with Suzann Stone

Suzanna will share the ancient art of food preservation! Learn how to make Kombucha, Sauerkraut and more!

12 pm
CLOSING EVERYBODY’S CIRCLE 
with Farmacy Crew & Jody Noe