Presenting…….2017 Class Line Up

The 2017 MidAmerica is going to be an exciting one!!  We have an array of amazing teachers/women whom come to us from a diversity of medicine.  Karyn Sanders is back…I love this lady and her deep connection to all that is.  It is truly an honor to sit with her and being able to learn from her.  Along with Karyn, Sarah Holmes is back!  Sarah teaches you how to see You.

We welcome for the first time to the symposium some amazing east coast ladies.  These women are amazing Medicine women / Herbalist, whom run schools, grow abundant medicine on their farms, are practitioners, host apprenticeship programs and more.

Whether you are a beginner or seasoned plant lover, this symposium will offer new insights in gardening, harvesting, making medicine and how to utilize it for your health.

This event is open to all….if you just want to know more about the ‘herbs’, if you’re already an holistic practitioner, an allopathic medicine practitioner, massage therapist, or a budding herbal student, you’ll leave this symposium will a deep connection to the healing plants.

                               all the way from Northern California


                 Karyn Sanders 

Nashoba Shilup   (Alabama – band Choctaw)


Saturday Evening Keynote:

      Connections; the Balance of All

Connections are the reason we are alive. They are the reason we are in balance and thriving. The interweaving of everything in the universe’s and on earth is the key to not only all that is, but the core of energetic herbalism. Understanding our place as humans and herbalists in this dynamic creates intimacy with all beings. With this knowledge we are able to create change and healing as herbalists.


Karyn will be sharing these three classes as well.

Being in Your Power – having resilience in your life

In this class we will talk about what is balanced power and how to hold and walk in your power. How to live a life of full presence. We will look at how to take what life offers and stand strong and open. We will look at different ways and practices to incorporate into our daily lives to insure this. We will talk about herbs to help with this.


Creating a Deep Relationship with the Plant People

We will be learning how to have a full relationship with the plants. How to have them as part of us daily. How to give to the plants and show up for them. we will talk about tending the plants and respecting the relationship with them fuly. How to come to the plants and not the other way around.


Plant Families from a Native American Perspective

Come and learn how plant families are seen from a native American perspective. What makes a plant family and the importance of each one to the group energy. How to be able to recognize by the plants around you – who might be living there. How to grow plants in their family environment and more……


Coming to us all the way from Virginia;

Kathleen Maier, RH (AHG), PA





Endocrine System and Our Chakras

The more we learn about endocrine functioning, the more we realize that the whole body is actually a system. Hormones are messengers who communicate needs, thoughts, desires, and impulses from within as well as without the self. this class will look at the chakras and how they are related to hormones and the interconnectedness of these systems. We will look at the thyroid dysregulation, diabetes, menopause, and other issues with an energetic viewpoint.

Women’s Bodies as Sacred Journey

We will re-visit maiden, mother, matriarch/amazon, crone, archtypes and see them from an energetic viewpoint. We will then have a greater understanding how our physiological transitions give rise to our psychedelic selves – women with roots, women with vision.


Realities and Fantasies of Life as an Herbalist

This class will be more of an open forum where we will discuss our lives and roles as herbalists in our communities. We’ll discuss setting up classes, practices, clinics, and to all the emotions and challenges facing the endangered species called ‘herbalists’.

Reigning from California;


               Sarah Holmes  –  Clinical Herbalist



Nurturing Your Fierce Heart

In order to change our world, to change the dominant paradigm, we need to change. I believe the fundamental shift we need arises from our hearts. That the root of most disease is some form of disconnection; from self, others, spirit. In order to heal we need to seek out connection and be fierce about our love. this class will include visualizations and plant meditations in order to ground the discussion in our bodies and hearts.


Love Your Liver

This class will explore the importance of the liver. Just what this vital organ does and how a healthy liver creates a foundation of health through all of our body systems. Herbs and essences that support this work will be covered.


Resting Well

What is keeping you awake at night? In this class we will explore the reasons for poor sleep, emotional, spiritual, and physical. We will also explore strategies and herbs for a better night’s sleep.



From the great state of Vermont;


Sylvia Gaboriault, MS, RDN, CDE


Amazing Fungi – Gourmet Food and Medicine

This class will cover medicinal attributes, growing, cooking and medicine preparations for four (4) mushrooms that are commonly eaten as foods but hold powerful medicine – Maitaki, Shitake, Oyster, and Lion’s Mane. We will discuss ways to include these delicious foods into our diet and how to make medicinal extracts. This class will be a mixture of lecture, discussion, medicine making, tasting and fun!


Passing Gas and Other Digestive Follies

Digestive upset is the brunt of many jokes but it is no laughing matter to those affected by it. This class will cover some common digestive disorders such as reflux, diarrhea, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). We will discuss how to manage these issues and nutrition, plant medicine and lifestyle changes.


How Sweet It Isn’t…..Preventing and Managing Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a complex disease which is on the rise. As community educators we can do much to help others prevent its progression and complications through lifestyle changes. Food choices, movement and herbs can play a major role managing blood sugar. Sylvia will review how these interventions are used in the treatment of diabetes and as compliment to allopathic approaches. Blood sugar screening will be offered to all participants.



Another smiling face from Virginia;

Suzanna Stone – Clinical Herbalist


The Art of Fermentation

Current research continues to show the impact our micro-biome has on our overall health and mental well being in addition to the immune building qualities we have long known. Fermentation is a traditional way of food preparation and transformation that not only preserves the harvest but also yields greater nourishment, a healthier digestive system, and this increased vitality through the building and support of a healthy micro-biome. In this hands-on workshop we’ll learn the basics of making lacto-fermented foods and why they are an important inclusion in the modern diet. there will be an array of samples and you will leave with the skills and recipes to begin lacato-fermenting foods at home. Please bring a pint size mason jar to class.


Making Sweet Medicine

Herbal syrups are a simple and delicious way to take herbal medicine. In this workshop we will make an immune boosting anti-viral syrup, a nourishing nervine syrup, a blood building iron rich syrup, and a respiratory syrup. This is a hands-on workshop which will enable you to begin making and incorporating these healing remedies at home.


Wild Plant Ramble

Two heads are better than one….or in this case, two Herbalists!!  Join Deb Soule and Suzanna Stone on a Wild Plant Ramble to identify and learn about the healing properties of the abundant local, medicinal plants.


Vermont also bring us;

Amy Goodman Kiefer – Clinical Herbalist




Winter Health; Building Immunity

I love teaching this class because it is such an effective body of knowledge with which to help oneself, family and community to meet winter’s challenges. Whether you are in the beginning of your journey with the plants or simply wish to delve deeper into this subject, our Winter Herbal Apothecary and remedies are extremely effective and often times delicious. We will delve deeply into this rich subject, exploring many of the illnesses particular to winter. Our goal will be to keep your family and home super well this coming winter!  Together we will make and taste some herbal preparations, explore extensive recipes, and have time for your questions. Improved immunity, confidence in choosing which remedy will e most effective for particular conditions, and a winter of vibrant health, are other class goals. All inspired by our amazing green allies, of course.


Grow Your Own Apothecary

Gardening and growing herbs in zone 3-4 is truly one of my passions. Gardening is a journey, a partnership with the soil, with all the elements, with the see and the unseen. Working with the plants is about building and deepening relationships with our green allies. There is not better way to really get to know a plant, than to grow it. Doing so encourages us to slow down, to observe, and to fully engage our senses. We will explore 10 or more plants in depth from seed/seedling to full-grown. To experience this yourself is truly exciting. We will look deeply at the gifts each plant has to offer. We will learn best practices for growing, tending, harvesting, and preserving each plant, as well as investigate their medicinal uses. We will also meet them thru our senses, taste them, feel them, smell them and journey with 1 or 2 of them, and explore some ways of incorporating them into your daily lives. Grow your own Apothecary starting with these Superstars.


Sacred Teaching of the Plants

This is an experiential workshop; an adventure into a state of communication with the green world. The plants are trustworthy guides and can lead us home to the deepest part of ourselves. We will slow down, spend time outside and drink from this deep well of connection, that is our birthright. We will take our time and explore ways to strengthen the language that resides within us all; the language of connection to life and spirit that flows within us and surrounds us. With presence, awareness and the help of our green allies, we can awaken the innate gifts we all carry, our ability to feel and hear the plants, tress and environment to which we belong. “Spirit speaks to us, we have only to listen”. These pathways within us are alive, simple and hold the deep nourishment we all crave; the sense of truly belonging, as we touch the sacred in our everyday lives.

From the eastern seaboard, the great state of Maine;


Deb Soule – Herbalist, Farmer




The Medicine at Our Feet

Two heads are better than one…or in this case two herbalists!  Join Suzanna Stone and Deb Soule on a wild plant ramble to identify and learn about the healing properties of the abundant local, medicinal plants.


Creating a Healing Garden for Pollinators and People  

Deb believes that herbal gardens offer inspiration and healing to pollinators and people. This workshop will cover several different medicinal and flowering plants that provide nectar and protection for hummingbirds, native bees, song birds, and butterflies. Included will be valuable information on garden design and soil health along with planting, harvesting, preparing and using healing plants and an introduction to using a Biodynamic Planting Calendar.

coming to us from ‘upstate’ New York…


Nancy Scarzello, Herbalist

Herbs ~~ A Foundation for Wellness, Self-Care and Healing

Thirty years ago I was raising a family and could not afford health insurance on our low-income budget. How was I to make sure we were taken care of? What could I do to keep us healthy and out of the doctor’s office? This was my cue to segue from culinary herbs and lip balms to the health and prevention capabilities of medicinal herbs. My kitchen herbs revealed a hundred more used and the “wild” plants of the garden and forest became stars in my apothecary. This class is not only about prevention ~ its about being healthy in the first place, daily self-care practices and swift healing when something does arise. Learn about my favorite herbs and everyday practices incorporating the kitchen herbs and wild ones for a healthy and happy lifestyle.

(PS ~ I still do not have health insurance, but I DO have Health Assurance!)


Medicinal Mushrooms ~ The Wild Connection

Medicinal mushrooms have ‘mushroomed’ onto the marketplace ~ we hear about them everywhere; in magazines, Oprah, Dr. Oz, TV and all over the news. Some have been found for sale on Craig’s List!  Three have been under the spotlight that deserve our attention ~ chaga, reishi, and turkey tails. these three are easily found in the wild in this part of the world, and can be of great benefit. However there is great concern over misuse and irresponsible harvesting, especially of chaga. Come and get Educated!  Where do they grow? How/when/if to harvest? Nancy will share her 20 years of experience working with the wild mushrooms, how she came to develop her extracts and the beautiful relationship that we all can experience with these magnificent forest beings.


Backyard Farmacy

Herbalist and naturalist Nancy Scarzello will present this class on the healing plants that grow in your backyard, neighborhood and household garden. common and not-so-common uses of local plants ~ surprises galore ~ in this workshop!  She’ll begin with a power point presentation taking you on a “virtual” walk through the seasons to discover the foods and medicine growing in the garden, backyard, field, and forest. Learn how to forage the plants and trees for food, teas, and healing salves, how to make poultices, compresses, and simple home remedies.  We’ll have live plants along with hands-on demonstrations and recipes to get you started on your personal Backyard Medicine Chest.