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Patricia Kyritsi Howell

Keynote Speaker

Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG), is a clinical herbalist, teacher, and author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians, one of the foremost resources on the topic of regional native plant medicines. She is the founder and director of the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies and serves as Herbalist in Residence at the Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center in Rabun County, Georgia.
Patricia has been a Registered Herbalist member of the American Herbalists Guild since 1997 and currently serves as AHG Admissions Coordinator and co-chair of the AHG Symposium Committee. ​She is the co-owner of Wild Crete Travel LLC, a small tour company specializing in unique custom travel experiences to the Greek island of Crete.

Patricia’s curiosity and passion for herbs started after she read Little House on the Prairie. She quickly realized that the same herbs used in the stories grew all around her home in northern Illinois.

As a teenager, she came across a copy of Return to Eden by Jethro Kloss and started harvesting wild herbs and making teas and tinctures. Her early clinical training was limited to the few times her younger sisters were willing to drink the (extremely bitter) teas she brewed.

She attended the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where she studied media arts, emphasizing film and television production. She ran a lucrative business from her dorm room, making and selling a menstrual cramp formula she brewed by the gallon.

After graduating, she moved to San Francisco, where she worked as a sound engineer for Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Jackson Browne, Bonny Raitt, Richie Havens, and others. 

In 1989 Patricia enrolled in the California School of Herbal Studies, studying with David Hoffmann, Amanda McQuade Crawford, Tim Blakely, Mindy Green, and James Green. After completing the CSHS program and additional clinical training, she moved back to Illinois, where she and Althea Northage Orr, an acupuncturist and herbalist, started the first herbal training program in Chicago, the Healing with Herbs Institute.

She also opened her herbal practice using an approach to herbalism that combined her training in traditional Western herbalism, the energetic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a solid commitment to the sustainable use of local plants.

In 1994 Patricia founded the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies in Atlanta. Several years later, Patricia and BotanoLogos relocated to the mountains of northeast Georgia. She also opened an office in downtown Clayton where she practiced until 2019. 

Inspired by her Greek heritage and her father and grandfather, who were chefs, she is a passionate home cook. Since 1999, she has taken small groups on culinary tours to the Greek island of Crete to learn about, and savor, the traditional cuisine with its emphasis on wild herbs.

Her self-published book, Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians, in 2006. is now considered an essential reference on the uses of regional herbs.

A popular speaker and teacher, Patricia has presented her work the American Herbalists Guild, American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, Emory Center for Lifelong Learning, Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center, Georgia Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association, Georgia Master Gardeners, Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, International Congress of Ethnobiology, International Herb Association, John C. Campbell Folk School, North Carolina Natural Products Association, School of Medicine: Emory University, School of Pharmacy: the University of Georgia, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Southeastern Women’s Herbal Conference, Veterinarian Botanical Medicine Association and others.

Patricia is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, and serves as the AHG Admissions Coordinator, and co-chairs of their annual Symposium. She lives in Rabun County, Georgia, surrounded by many herbal allies.

Learn from Patricia at the Florida Herbal Conference:

  • Intensive: Healing with the Five Elements: An Introduction to the Basic Concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Herbalists - At the center of many healing traditions is this belief: the energy and rhythm of the Earth’s seasons profoundly influence health and well-being. As a metaphor, the Five Elements concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient and profound way to understand this dynamic energy that permeates and affects every living thing. Recognizing and engaging with these patterns is essential for creating space for healing and adds a rich dimension to our understanding of herbalism.In this class, we’ll explore the Five Elements as they manifest through physical health, personality/character, and psycho-spiritual well-being. By understanding how elemental energies contribute to symptoms of health and imbalance, you’ll expand your ability to restore balance using herbs, lifestyle changes, and, ultimately, a stronger connection to the Earth.
  • Saturday Keynote: The Myth of the Solitary Herbalist - The stereotype of the lone, usually a bit eccentric, herbalist living in the woods, brewing mysterious potions, apart from the rhythm of daily life in the community, is an illusion. Herbalism is intrinsically rooted in relationships. No matter your level of expertise, as an herbalist, you enter a multidimensional world of interconnectedness when you choose this path. It is impossible, or at least very difficult, to answer the call to heal with plants without being in a community, be it a community of other herbalists, the people you hope to help, or the plants in the bioregion that surrounds you. In this keynote, Patricia dispels the myth of herbalism as separate from the multidimensional, chaotic web of essential relationships that will nourish and inspire your practice. She invites you to claim your place in the culture of herbalism and make your unique contribution while embracing all the challenges and rewards.

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