The RI Herb Festival is happening September 17, 18 & 19, 2021
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.
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 17, 2021
REGISTRATION~ 1-8 pm
INTENSIVES~ 2-5 pm – no pre-registration necessary
~ WOMEN’S CIRCLE WITH HERBALIST SUZANNA STONE
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.
~EDIBLE & MEDICINAL MUSHROOM INTENSIVE with Emily Schmidt and Ryan Bouchard–
Emily and Ryan will present entertaining and an educational informative class and a guided mushroom walk classes, and a delicious cooking demonstrations.
~ACTIVIST AND HEALER SELF CARE CIRCLE- HOLISTIC TOOLS FOR A RESILIENT BODY AND MIND- with Andrally Horn, Jim Shelton and Mira Silverman
Sip relaxing herbal teas and get an acupuncture from Jim Shelton while learning about natural, accessible practices that can be used daily to strengthen the body while fighting for justice OR healing the community from Mira Silverman. Learn simple breath work techniques and massage techniques to support the body and lower stress from Andrally Horn. Join Mira as she discusses herbs , nutritional healing and other self-care strategies to help us stay strong, vibrant and resilient!! This is a self care space for herbalists, healers, organizers, activists or anyone who works or supports someone who fights for justice and equality.
~ CREATING SACRED SPACE~Help construct a 7-Circuit Labyrinth for use throughout the weekend with Jennifer Phillips.
~OFF SITE-Pre-Conference Tours of the URI College of Pharmacy garden tour.
The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy has a rich legacy of Pharmacognosy research; this is celebrated in the Heber W. Youngken Jr. Medicinal Garden, which houses over 300 species of medicinal plants. Come visit the garden for a tour of the award winning landscape design and familiarize yourself with medicinal plants that are used in pharmaceuticals, traditional medicine practices, modern herbalism and other ethnobotanical uses. Today the College is home to three laboratories dedicated to work in pharmacognosy. Learn about their findings and the techniques that are used to understand the bioactivity of plants.
~PLANT WALK with Maggie Hatzpanian – meet at cafeteria
Community Health Circle and discussion
SATURDAY, September 18, 2021
Breakfast 7am-8am (for weekend participants)
~COMMUNITY CIRCLE- BIPOC~ Facilitated by Farmacy staff and students. This circle is for support, grounding, and connection for POC herbalists (People of color only please).
~FROM ALLY TO ACCOMPLICE-with Mimi Budnick
A chance for white people to talk honestly and name the ways that white supremacy and racism show up in herbal spaces, our relationship to land and plants, and our practices/businesses. We’ll talk about our own power and privilege and steps we can take to challenge and dismantle racism and work towards collective liberation.
~LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY CIRCLE- Facilitated by Farmacy Staff
This circle is for support, grounding, and love for LGBTQ herbalists only. Facilitated by Farmacy staff and students.
Let’s get started with a welcoming circle!
GROWING HERBAL MEDICINE AND MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS with Andrally Horn
Join Rhode Island Herb farmer, Andrally as he shares his methods for growing, harvesting, and drying herbal remedies and medicinal mushrooms. From cultivated gardens to harvesting local wild medicinals, Andrally will share his tips, tricks, and methods for growing herbs in Rhode Island.
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.
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.
FOUR FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENTS OF HERBALISM with Mary Blue
What are the critical aspect of understanding modern day practices of herbal medicine?? Join Mary as she discusses the ins and outs of: Herbal Actions, Solvency, Food as Medicine and Making Herbal Products. This is a great refersher course for those who have been away from herbalism for awhile, or someone who is totally new to herbalism, or someone who just wants to hear Mary crack jokes about herbs 🙂
CANNABIS- SHIFTING PERCEPTIONS OF PLANT MEDICINE with Peter Glantz
With legal cannabis becoming increasingly accessible, a growing number of people are experiencing the health benefits of plant medicine for the first time. The positive results can build their courage to walk new healing paths, and open their hearts and minds to the wisdom the herbalist community offers about plants, practices, and cultures. This class will share ways you can help support these newly opened minds by providing access to additional plant medicines, healing practices, and traditions.
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.
TO SMUDGE OR NOT TO SMUDGE with Dinalyn Spears
Join Narragansett tribal member Dinalyn to explore the history and politics of “smudging”. With recent popularity, this tribal tradition is being used in the wellness and fashion industry. Plants traditionally used in tribal ceremonies, are being over harvested and endangered due to the increased popularity of the practice by mainstream. Dinalyn will cover tribal use of different plants used to smudge, and will address the big questions surrounding non-tribal herbalists and industries using smudge for spiritual use to “cleanse” or as a fashion accessory.
CREATING GREEN JOBS AND HEALING OPPORTUNITIES POST INCARCERATION
with Tarshire Battle
Join Tarshire as she share her inspiration and experiences in organizing Roots 2 Empower, a non profit organization in Pawtucket working to break the cycle of poverty by increasing career and small business pathways through urban farming. Tarshire will share her experiences working from the roots on up to improve the lives of formerly incarcerated men of color in urban cores by breaking the cycle of poverty by investing in local agriculture and food production.
12- 1 pm
PLANT WALK with Ed Burr- Join Ed and discover the medicine at your feet!
WILD MEDICINE SOCIAL with Jessyloo Rodrigues–Join Jessyloo and make some new herbal friends during lunch!
1 -2 pm
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.
THE BRAIN- GUT CONNECTION with April Hart
A healthy digestive system supports our mental and emotional well-being, while also processing nutrients and delivering them through the entire body. That’s why healthy digestive function is so important to herbal practitioners and why many tea and tincture formulas contain herbs to support the digestive system, and why so many herbalists focus on digestion when working on supporting brain health.
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 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!
~INDIGENOUS REMEDIES with Robin Spears and Indira Miller Spears
Join Robin and Indira as they discuss plans from their native homes. Robin will discuss herbs and their uses from his native land, Narragansett, and Indira will share about her remedies from her native home of Belize for common ailments and herbal steaming practices before or after childbirth.
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.
SIMPLE RECIPES TO INTRODUCE KIDS TO HERBS with Sequoria Dickerson “Cocoa”
Join Cocoa and her son to taste and make delicious herbal recipes to start introducing kids to herbS through food, teas and treats! KIDS AND ADULS WELCOME!!
HEALING WITH SEA MOSS with Iesha Martinez- (iy-Y-SHaa)
Sea Moss is one of the most popular and medicinal herbs on the market right now!
Learn all about sea moss! Iesha will go over the different types of moss, where they grow, medicinal effects and proper preparation methods. Come ready to sample what we make in class!
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 Beekeeper 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.
START AN HERBAL CSA- with Stephanie Minor
A Herbal CSA is a monthly subscription service providing herbal products to your community. CSA’s are a great way to grow your herbal business, and provide income and a place to dispense your herbal medicine without having a store front!
Stephanie has run Sweet Briar farm and has been making + selling herbal products since 2016. In this class she will share the basics of running an herbal CSA, marketing on social media, record keeping, legalities of product categories, and packaging resources for small scale product makers. The class will end with 15-20 minutes of open question + discussion time. Product samples and material resource lists will be included.)
EAT THE WEEDS FOR PRIMAL NUTRITION with Karen Talbot and Maggie Hatzpanian
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!
WELCOMING SPEECH FOR NEWBORN BABY with Alicia Cook – Konwahonwihsen Wolf Clan of the Kanienkehaka Nation, Mohawk
Welcoming speech for newborn baby: an honorable ceremony that welcomes your newborn baby to Mother Earth and all of earth creations and relations. Join me as we explore our spiritual connect from the Skyworld to Mother Earth and all of creation.
~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!
~Plant walk with Maggie Haztpanian- Meet at the cafeteria
~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!
Keynote speaker- Raymond 2 Hawks Watson
Band-Eastern Medicine Singers
DJ and dancing!
SUNDAY, September 19, 2021
~Gentle Stretching with Mimi Budnick
~Creation story with Alicia Cook -konwahonwihsen
Join Alica as we explore the Creation story of the Hodenasaunee through a woman’s lense. This gathering will explore our female relationship with sky woman both physically and symbolically.
9 am-12 pm
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!
CANNABIS PHYTOCHEMISTRY, PHARMACOLOGY AND CLINICAL APPLICATIONS INTENSIVE Rily Kirk, PHD, URI College of Pharmacy- Cannabis sativa is capable of making hundreds of unique compounds that can interact with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. Beyond the best known phytocannabinoids THC and CBD, there are other therapeutic molecules that are minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. This seminar will discuss the therapeutic potential of some of these compounds, common misconceptions about Cannabis, and discuss some of the pharmacological reasons people react differently to this plant through case studies. This course is taught by Riley Kirk (expected to complete PhD in Pharmacognosy August 2021) one of the Instructors of The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy Certificate Program in Cannabis Studies.
CLOSING EVERYBODY’S CIRCLE