Our Eleventh Annual Conference kicks off with our Main Event on Saturday April 2 from 10 am to 6 pm at Rollins College in Winter Park Florida.
Main Event Schedule
9am-10am - Registration
10am - Opening Circle
- 2022 Botanical Excellence Award - Peggy Sias Lantz
- 10 Things I Accidentally Learned About Life From Foraging - Alexis Nikole Nelson (presenting via livestream)
12pm - Lunch Break and Mid-Day Activities
In Person Participants: Take a leisurely lunch, and enjoy some fun activities! The Rollins College Rooftop green house is a state of the art facility on the roof of the Bush Building. Director Alan Chryst will host an open house of their rare and unique plant collection during our 12-2p Lunch Break. Enjoy yoga and music workshops too! You can pre-order a Box Lunch featuring local ingredients from Rollins College Catering, bring a sack lunch, or walk to nearby downtown Winter Park to enjoy a variety of cuisines at local restaurants.
- 12:15-1p Yoga with Shannon Alycia
- 1p-1:45 Drumming with Mark DeMaio
- 12p-2p Greenhouse Tour with Alan Chryst
Virtual Participants: You are invited to view the keynote presentations from our 2021 Gathering:
Weaving and Mending: Herbalism from the Past, in the Present, for the Future with Marc Williams
Lean on Me – Plant Allies That Can Help Us Weather the Storm with Rosemary Gladstar
2pm - Workshops
- Eating Thoughtfully with Linda Black Elk
The world is a better place when we eat thoughtfully, with the intention of adding good plant medicine to our diets every day. Join Linda Black Elk as she makes "Medicine Soup."
- Poisonous Plants of Paradise with Marc Williams
Florida is home to over 4,000 species of plants. Many of them are beautiful but deadly if ingested. We will explore through a Powerpoint presentation what plants to look out for specifically and what patterns to pay attention to even if you don’t know a plant’s certain identity. We will also discuss how some plants that are very toxic are used in crafts and jewelry. Plants that can cause rashes and other discomforts that are milder than death will also be covered. This is an important class for anyone who loves to explore nature and especially for those who have small children.
- The Story of the Origins of Medicine w/ Susan Anderson
A look at the elements of this indigenous story and their relevance to our time of climate change, pandemics, super bugs and chaos. We will examine how this story and a traditional worldview may contribute to, and critically inform, the modern herbalist in the contemporary practice of plant medicine.
4:15pm-6pm - Keynote & Closing Circle
- "Have a wild time!" Or, If You Don't Like the Weeds in Your Yard, Eat Them! Or, Florida's Edible Wild Plants - Peggy Sias Lantz & Christina Hunt
Enjoy a heartful presentation of some of Florida's wild weeds with the author of Florida's Edible Wild Plants
- How We Survive - Linda Black Elk
It seems like everyone is talking about their "covid protocols" these days, but as a family of high risk survivors, I want to share how our family survived our battle with COVID-19 and how we prepared our bodies, minds, and hearts for a pandemic virus that has been impacting Indigenous and other Communities of Color at such astounding rates.
A limited number of live in-person tickets are on sale now for $125 until space fills. Virtual Tickets are also available for this full day of educational programs for $69.
Access to the replay of the recordings for one week is included with either ticket purchase. Optional lifetime recording access is available as an add-on for $29. Add on the entire 2012-2022 Florida Herbal Conference recording collection for $149 to enjoy a lifetime of access to hundreds of hours of classes.
Want to continue the conference experience?
Join Marc Williams at Mead Gardens in Winter Park on Sunday April 3 from 10 am - 4 pm for a full day of learning about Wild Edible Plants and Fermentations.
Wild edibles represent an array of hundreds of species that are available for free growing in a variety of soils throughout the state of Florida and beyond. Some enterprising farmers have already picked up on the potential of selling plants such as Lambsquarters, Purslane and others to local markets around the country. Many exotic invasives have a tradition of use in their places of origin that by employment may help in their potential control. We will spend some time in this intensive covering the essentials of proper plant id and the major families of wild edibles in Florida as well as ideas for delectable preparation. After a brief overview we will go on a plant walk to work on identification directly, harvest items and make something from what we have found. After we have sampled some examples of dishes at lunch we will then launch into the wonderful world of fermented beverages. During this afternoon part of the experience, we will talk about and taste and wide array of fermented beverages including kvass, oxymels, shrubs, switchels and more.
Tickets are $99 if purchased by March 15th and $140 thereafter. Space is limited to 20 students. This is a *live only* event - no virtual tickets are available.
Join us the weekend after the main event to enjoy a beautiful outdoor plant walk in your local region! Five different regions will be represented - find the walk you are closest to, or the area you are most interested in learning the local flora!
Tickets to the post-conference regional plant walks are $20. Select your region + date at checkout from these five options:
- Northwest Florida - Saturday April 9, 3pm
- Teacher: Christina Brown with Sallie Dixon
- Location: Beechwood Estates - 1161 Deer Run Road, Havana, Fl 32333
- North Central Florida - Sunday April 10, 9 am
- Teacher: Susan Marynowski
- Location: Boulware Springs Park - 3300 SE 15th St, Gainesville, FL 32641
- Central Florida - Saturday April 9, 10 am
- Teacher: Maggie O'Halloran
- Location: Mead Gardens - 1300 S Denning Dr, Winter Park, FL 32789
- West Florida - Sunday April 10, 10 am
- Teacher: Renee Crozier
- Location: Emerson Point Preserve - 5801 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221
- South Florida - Sunday April 10, 9 am
- Teacher: Ricky Lopez
- Location: Botanica Organica - 10900 SW 48 St, Davie FL 33328