Upcoming conferences, events and resources to further our thinking about connecting plants and people through using medicinal plants.


These are conferences that focus on medicinal plants and either I am attending (indicated by the megaphone) I have attended in the past and enjoyed, or I would like to attend in the future.

As you can see, you can find a medicinal plant conference in any part of the world and they are on a spectrum – there are very straight scientific conferences, and those that appeal to the inner hippie in us all.

Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia 10th International Conference  17-19 March 2017 Brisbane, Qld,             The biennial get-together of Australian herbalists and naturopaths. This year’s theme is ‘Innovation, Integration, Inspiration’. See my blog page for reflections on the event.

17th International Congress on Ethnopharmacology (ICE) 24-28 April  2017 Kaslik, Lebanon
The theme isEthnopharmacology at the Crossroads of Cultures and Disciplines’

Herbfest 2017 29 April – 2nd May 2017, Tavira, Algarve, Portugal
Herbfest is a herbal gathering of mostly UK herbalists combining informative lectures, practical workshops and plant walks, discussions and debates, as well as plenty of time to relax and enjoy the company of like-minded people.

New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalism (NZAMH) Annual Conference, 27-28 May 2017, Waikato, NZ
The theme is ‘Nourishing our traditions’ and speakers include Bevan Clare, Nicky Baillie, Phil Rasmussen and Rob McGowan.

Herbal History Research Network 7 June 2017 Birmingham Botanical Gardens, UK                                                                   ‘Preservation matter in the history of herbal medicine’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Radical Herbalism Gathering 9 – 11 June 2017, Crabapple Community, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK
Radical herbalism is about getting to the root of health, addressing all dimensions – the physical, emotional, social, political, spiritual, environmental. The conference consists of workshops in four strands – redical approaches to health; ecological justice; Helath and social justice issues; herbal medicine in practice.

New England Women’s Herbal Conference 25 – 27 August 2017 Newfound Lake, New Hampshire, USA

American Herbalist Guild Annual Symposium 5-9 October 201, Silverton Oregon, USA

153rd Annual Conference of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists 13 – 14 October 2017, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, 

Events and Talks

VicHerbalists – the Melbourne chapter of the NHAA (Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia) – meets at Collingwood Library (Melbourne) at 7.45pm on the third Thursday of the month. For details, see VicHerbs Facebook page or email vicherbs@gmail.com

Resources: Videos, Podcasts, TED Talks

Juliette of the Herbs (VIDEO)
Juliette of the Herbs is an evergreen favourite, now available for everyone to watch for free It is the wonderful and uplifting story of Juliette de Bairacli Levy -. The books Juliette wrote which documented her care of her children and animals using herbs and the principles of nature cure have inspired generations, and this video, filmed a few years before her death in 2009 at 96, tells her story beautifully.

The Dignity of Plants (VIDEO)
This TED talk is on the dignity of plants and it is given by plant chemist Florianne Koechlin. She is a member  of The Swiss Federal Ethics Committee on Non-Human Biotechnology (ECNH) that has ruled that, legally, plants have dignity. She argues that we are morally obligated to appreciate plants for their own sake, regardless of what they do for us.

The Anatomy of Melancholy (PODCAST)
In this podcast from The Philosopher’s Zone, American philosopher and academic Jennifer Radden discusses a 17th century text – Burton’s massive The Anatomy of Melancholy.  She suggests that this 400 year old text gives valuable ideas about the treatment of anxiety and depression – and that these ideas find contemporary expression in alternative medicine and its ideas of healthy living and holism.