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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. 

We acknowledge that land we are gathering on is Nipmuc Nation land, and this land has been stewarded by the Nipmuc Nation for thousands of years.  We honor and respect the Nipmuc and Narragansett Nations who protected, respected and stewarded this land we now call Rhode Island. We also acknowledge the atrocities and genocide that the indigenous people of this land endured, and the effects they are still enduring today.  

 

The festival is a fundraiser for the Urban Perinatal Education Centerorganized by Qua Tia. The center is a space focused on eliminating disparities and determinants of infant and maternal health for BIPOC parents. Qua will be speaking Friday night and Saturday. 

Thank you to our sponsors- Farmacy Herbs, Howl’s Tinctures, Chez Pascal, Bespoke Apothecary, Northeast Chiropractic, American Herbal Products Association and Herb Pharm! 

2021 Keynote


Raymond 2 Hawks Watson
is our keynote speaker!
Eastern Medicine Singers will  be performing! 
Vatic and Laura Brown Lavoy will be performing Friday night! 
Past keynote speakers include Elizabeth Hoover, Dr. Jody Noe and Claudia Ford!

 

 

Community Circles

 

On Saturday am,  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.
LOCATION: Classroom 4

~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.
LOCATION- Classroom 2

~ACTIVIST AND HEALER SELF CARE CIRCLE- HOLISTIC TOOLS FOR A RESILIENT BODY AND MIND- with Andraly 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.
LOCATION- Classroom 1

~ CREATING SACRED SPACE~Create a Labyrinth with Jennifer Phillips of Labyrinths By Jenza’s Garden. We will be creating this Sacred Space for everyone to use during the weekend. There will be a brief discussion on the history and use of labyrinths. Then learn to build a 7 circuit Labyrinth by helping with the creation.  After the completion we will have a meditation and walk the labyrinth dedicating it to the weekend. Bring any flowers, herbs, stones, or anything else that calls to you to decorate the labyrinth with.
LOCATION- Main green near classroom 3

~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.

5:30-6:30 pm

~Organic Dinner

7-9 pm

Featured Speaker: Qua Tia: Qua will be speaking out her project,  the Urban Perinatal Education Center.  The center is a  space focused on eliminating disparities and determinants of infant and maternal health for BIPOC parents. 
 Community Health Circle and discussion
Performances by Vatic and Laura Brown Lavoy, music and fun!

LOCATION: Classroom 1

SATURDAY, September 18, 2021

 8am-9am

Breakfast- (for weekend participants) 
LOCATION: Dining hall
Plant walk
with Andrally Horn-  LOCATION – Fire Pit

9- 9:30 am


~COMMUNITY CIRCLE- BIPOC
~ Facilitated by Farmacy staff and students.  Meet and greet! This circle is for support, grounding, and connection for POC herbalists (People of color only please).  
LOCATION Classroom 1 

~FROM ALLY TO ACCOMPLICE-with Mimi Budnick 
From Ally to Accomplice: A chance for white people to talk honestly and name the ways that white supremacy and racism show up in herbal spaces and to make commitments to disrupt and challenge that at this conference and beyond. 
LOCATION Classroom 2

~LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY CIRCLE- Facilitated by Farmacy Staff
Meet and greet! This circle is for support, grounding, and love for LGBTQ herbalists only.  Facilitated by Farmacy staff and students.
LOCATION- Classroom 3 

9:30 am

EVERYBODY’S CIRCLE 
Let’s get started with a welcoming circle! 
LOCATION: By Gazebo 

10am-11 am

GROWING HERBAL MEDICINE AND MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS with Andraly Horn
Join Rhode Island Herb farmer, Andraly as he shares his methods for growing, harvesting, and drying herbal remedies and medicinal mushrooms.  From cultivated gardens to harvesting local wild medicinals, Andraly will share his tips, tricks, and methods for growing herbs in Rhode Island.
LOCATION – Classroom 3

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. 
LOCATION – Classroom 2

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! 
LOCATION – Classroom 4

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 🙂
LOCATION- Classroom 1

PLANT WALK-  Check out what’s medicine is at our feet with Carissa Wills- Demello
LOCATION – Fire Pit

11am-12:00 pm

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. 
LOCATION: Classroom 1

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.
LOCATION: Classroom 2

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.
LOCATION: Classroom 4

NURSES FORUM with Mira Silverman, Angel Putney- Noé and Maggie Hatzpanian
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.
LOCATION: Classroom 3

HERBAL FIRST AID PLANT WALK with Tina Lidano
Join Tina 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!
LOCATION – FIRE PIT 

12- 1 pm
Organic Lunch 

12:30
Lunchtime Activities:
PLANT WALK with Ed Burr-
 Join Ed and discover the medicine at your feet! LOCATION – FIRE PIT 
WILD MEDICINE SOCIAL with Jessyloo RodriguesJoin Jessyloo and make some new herbal friends during lunch! LOCATION – Classroom 3

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.
LOCATION – Classroom 2

THE BRAIN- GUT CONNECTION with Angel Putney Noe

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. 
LOCATION – Classroom 3

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.
LOCATION -Classroom 1

PLANT WALK-  Check out what medicine is at our feet with Suzanna Stone
LOCATION – Fire Pit

STRESS AND ADRENALS- Join Martine Delonnay for an informative class about how to support your stress response and with herbs and  nutrition, and how to  lower stress with herbs Martine is a Hatian trained Medical Doctor and Naturopathic Doctor here in RI. 
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. 
LOCATION – Classroom 2

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. 
LOCATION – Classroom 4

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.
LOCATION – Classroom 3

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.
LOCATION – Classroom 1

PLANT WALK-  Check out what medicine is at our feet with Jenn Phillips 
LOCATION – Fire Pit

3:30-4:30

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! 
LOCATION – Classroom 2

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. 
LOCATION – Classroom 1

Plant Walk- EAT THE WEEDS FOR PRIMAL NUTRITION  with 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! Join Karen for an informative discussion and plant walk on the grounds to identify these plant allies!
LOCATION – Classroom 3 

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.)
LOCATION – Classroom 4

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.
LOCATION – FIRE PIT 

 4:30-5:30 pm

~Flash mob dance time! Join in for a fun synchronized dance with Mary Blue and Iesha Martinez (will be posted on social media). Bring your own costume, or grab one from our costume box!
LOCATION: Gazebo
~Free Time- Check out vendors, take a nap, hike, OR DANCE!

5:30-7 pm
Dinner- LOCATION- Dining hall
7 pm

Evening entertainment
LOCATION- Classroom 1
Keynote speaker- Raymond 2 Hawks Watson
Band-Eastern Medicine Singers
Farmacy Crew performance- “Your’e the herb that I want” 
DJ Curtis and dancing!

 

SUNDAY, September 19, 2021

7:15 am

~Gentle Stretching 
LOCATION- Classroom 3

~Creation story with Alicia Cook – Konwahonwihsen
Join Alicia 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. 
LOCATION- FIRE PIT

8 am
Breakfast

 

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.
LOCATION- CLASSROOM 4

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.  
LOCATION- CLASSROOM 1

THE ART OF FERMENTATION with Suzanna Stone
Suzanna will share the ancient art of food preservation! Learn how to make Kombucha, Sauerkraut and more!
LOCATION- Fire pit

CANNABIS PHYTOCHEMISTRY, PHARMACOLOGY AND CLINICAL APPLICATIONS INTENSIVE  Riley 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.
LOCATION- Classroom 2

12 pm
CLOSING EVERYBODY’S CIRCLE 
LOCATION-Gazebo
 

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