Virtual Symposium Option

Virtual Registration Opens Early August 2024.

Can't join us in Asheville for the Symposium? No worries! Our Virtual Symposium options feature a select group of eight classes you can join live or as recordings accessible for one year.

In addition to the eight Symposium classes (see below), two Pre-Symposium Intensives on Friday, October 4,Tracing Roots and Healing Wounds: Africa's Botanical Heritage in North American Herbalism with Lyani Powers and A Critical Look at Herb-Drug Interactions with Kevin Spelman, and the Post-Symposium Intensive on Monday, October 7, Medicinal Mushrooms: Updates and Inspiration for Herbalists, are available. Attend the live-streamed class and get access to recordings for one year. Note that Pre- and Post-Symposium Intensives require an additional registration fee. 

Virtual Registration Opens Early August 2024.

Register before October 1st, to attend livestreamed classes as they occur during the Symposium and receive access to recordings, or register after this date for access the recordings for one year.

Virtual Symposium Schedule

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Spiritual Roots and Ethereal Mushrooms: TCM’s Approach to Spiritual Wellness

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, treating the spirit is often considered necessary to address the root cause of a disease, even in the presence of branch symptoms. This class introduces you to the TCM approach to treating the spirit as essential part of botanical protocols using roots and herbs. 

The Herbal Consultation: Observation and Discussion

Would you like to see an herbal intake in action? In this participatory session, you’ll watch Kelly conduct an intake with a volunteer client. Together we’ll look at all the elements of a consultation including differential assessment, establishing goals, and creating effective herbal protocols. Recommended for both advanced herb students and new clinicians who want to sharpen their intake skills. 

Medicinal Mushrooms: The Human Clinical Trials

In this class we'll look at the numerous double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials that have been conducted and published about various mushrooms including reishi (Ganoderma spp.), lion's mane (Hericum erinaceus), turkey tail (Trametes versicolor), chaga (Inotus obliquus), shiitake (Lentinula edodes), agarics (Agaricus spp.), amanita (Amanita muscaria) and wood ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) are just some examples that will be explored along with contraindications for their use.

Pre-Symposium Intensive: Tracing Roots and Healing Wounds: Africa's Botanical Heritage in North American Herbalism GEN

This intensive explores Africa's botanical legacy and its enduring impact on healing practices on both sides of the Atlantic. We examine Africa before colonization, tracing the origin of different botanical traditions and species accompanying the transatlantic slave trade. You’ll also learn about traditional healing practices, key botanical species, memory gardens and cultural preservation. 

$50 This session is available virtually (live-streamed and recorded). 

Pre-Symposium Intensive: A Critical Look at Herb-Drug Interactions ADV

Are you tired of hearing that every herb you use in your practice is dangerous because of the potential for herb-drug interactions (HDIs)? Are you flabbergasted by studies using a boatload of one herbal extract in In Vitro models and concluding that it causes HDIs? Join Kevin to learn a rational approach to evaluating HDIs. By looking at specific herbs and case studies and comparing them to real-world human data, you’ll learn how to assess what is real and not about potential herb-drug interaction data. 

The Importance of Roots for Human Well-Being

Our roots are who we are, the source of nurturing in our lives, and they affect our everyday decisions. Our roots are our cultures and our futures. If we want to live in a world with clean air, water, earth and nurturing of each other, we need to examine the roots of the land we are on and apply the indigenous wisdoms of connection to our lives. This class explores the social issues that affect our lands and how the roots of the land, indigenous people and plant remedies can support us.

Mushrooms and Herbs Working Together

The clinical use of mushrooms is on the rise, but as herbalists we often don’t know the actions of these mushrooms or even how to blend them with our herbal allies.  Xochitl will review five beneficial mushrooms, Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus), Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris), Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor), and Agarikon (Fomitopsis officinalis), along with herbal allies Usnea (Usnea longissima), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Schisandra berry (Schisandra chinesis), and Goji

Healthy Aging with the Latest Science on Herbs, Diet and Other Practices

We will explore the science-based benefits and practical aspects of microdosing psilocybin mushrooms for brain health, improved cognition, neural plasticity, neurogenesis, and to upregulate glial (brain immune system) cell functionality and health, and to enhance mindfulness and meditation practices.

Preserving Our Vital Waters: Kidney Yin and Aging

In Traditional Chines Medicine, the Water Element or Kidney acts like a pilot light to ignite and vitalize the body and to tend to our vital waters. As we age, we may experience a drying of tissues, membranes, joints and even a brittleness of spirit and mind. This class explores the medicine of the Five Elements, the season of Winter and the Kidney/Bladder with information about how herbs and foods can be used to nourish and replenish the Water Element.  
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