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 participating (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.

New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists (NZAMH) Conference/AGM Auckland New Zealand 18-20 May, 2018
‘Honouring the Plants’

SydHerbs 21 June 2018, 6.30- 8.30pm Australasian College of Natural Therapies, Pyrmont, NSW  I’ve been invited to speak at the bimonthly meeting of Sydney’s herbalists and naturopaths, auspiced by the NHAA. My topic is ‘Solstice,Traditions and the Antipodean Herbalist’

16th Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology Belém do Pará, Brazil August 7-10, 2018

Australian Naturopathic Summit  17-19 August  2018 Lennox Head NSW,  The biennial get-together of Australian herbalists and naturopaths.                       ‘Innovation, Integration, Inspiration

154th Annual Conference of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists 12 – 13 October 2018, Queen Hotel, Chester, UK

Herbal History Research Network 2018 Seminar – under planning         

11th International Conference on Naturopathy & Herbal Medicine 29-31 March 2019 Melbourne.                                                                                                    ‘Traditional Wisdom, Future Practice’

19th International Congress of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology June 12-14, 2019 Dresden, Germany


Events and Talks

VicHerbs – the Melbourne chapter of the NHAA (Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia) – meets in the Bargoonga Nganjin Community Room, North Fitzroy Library, at 7.45pm on the third Thursday of the month. For details, see VicHerbs or email vicherbs@gmail.com

SydHerbs – the Sydney chapter of the NHAA (Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia) – meets at Endeavour College of Natural Medicine, Pyrmont, bi-monthly. For details, see SydHerbs 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.