SAVE YOUR SEAT FOR THE 2022 FALL FREE HERBALISM PROJECT
Date: Friday, October 14, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (PST)
Location: The Comfort of Your Home or Office (via Zoom)
Esteemed speakers include Kiva Rose Hardin and Dr. Christopher Hobbs
With music from Satori Bob
And special guest emcee, Heather Luna
Herb lovers have been joining us for the Free Herbalism Project since 2013. We’re continuing with a new bi-annual tradition of bringing our flagship event online! Delivering botanical expertise and world-class entertainment to you via Zoom—ALL FREE!
1:00 – An Introduction of Vitalist Medicine | Heather Luna
1:15 – Musical Guests| Satori Bob
1:30 – The Enchanter’s Green: Vervain, Wood Betony, and St. John’s Wort | Kiva Rose Hardin
2:30 – Musical Guests| Satori Bob
2:45 – Herbs Are Not Pharmaceuticals | Dr. Christopher Hobbs
4:00 – Closing | Heather Luna
An Introduction of Vitalist Medicine
Vitalism in practice is rooted in the premise that when the necessary elements are provided, life is designed to heal itself. We call these ingredients the ‘essential life factors.’ Heather will introduce key points of vitalist medicine and review the necessary elements for an effective herbal practice.
Heather Luna, clinical herbalist, teaches full-time at the ACORN School of Herbal Medicine and oversees the Medicine Garden outdoor learning classroom. She has held a private practice since 2002 and has instructed classes in Western Herbalism since 2006. Her clinical work emphasizes vitalist therapeutics with the use of herbs, nutrition, and Nature Cure practices. This includes custom herbal formulation, individualized nutrition protocols, coaching through food intolerance, therapeutic bodywork, and uterine massage. She specializes in individual support for cultivating healthy lifestyle habits adapted for the conditions of modern living.
Heather is a graduate of the Rocky Mountain Center of Botanical Studies and the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. After completing four years of formal training she continued to pursue private studies under Ann Drucker, Ms. Beatrice Waight, and Paul Bergner. She now maintains hundreds of client case records which illustrate that vitalist strategies work to achieve outstanding clinical results. It is her passion for Nature that guides her practice with the use of herbs, nutrition, bodywork, and apitherapy. Heather holds a lineage in the vitalist tradition and has a mission to pass it on.
The Enchanter’s Green: Vervain, Wood Betony, and St. John’s Wort
Vervain, Wood Betony, and St. John’s Wort were some of my earliest herbal allies when I took my first steps on the plant healer’s path. These three herbs are nervines, but so much more! They have a long history as sacred and magical plants across many cultures. Medicinally, all three are often categorized as calming but also have profound tonifying effects and myriad healing actions that are not always as well known as they should be. In the class, I will cover my personal experiences with the herbs, including specific indications, application, medicine making, dosage, folklore, and more!
Kiva Rose Hardin is an herbalist, mythologist, author, and poet whose work is rooted in her relationship with plants, fungi, and the more than human world. She lectures and writes on the subjects of mythopoetic plant medicine, folk magic, folklore, animism, and psychology with an emphasis on fairy tale motifs, embodied enchantment, and the forest as archetype. She lives off-grid in a remote riparian canyon deep in the Gila Forest of southwest New Mexico with her beloved husband, Jesse Wolf Hardin, and their children, Inga Winter and Ælfyn Thorn.
Kiva’s first book, The Weedwife’s Remedy: Folk Herbalism For The Hedgewise was published in December of 2019, and her next book, Thorn & Thicket: Woodland Herbalism For The Hedgewise is forthcoming from Plant Healer Press in Winter of 2022. More of her writing can be found at The Enchanter’s Green http://enchantersgreen.com. She also co-directs the annual Plant Healer’s Herbal Confluence in Durango, Colorado, each May and is co-editor of Plant Healer Quarterly with Jesse which you can find at http://planthealer.org
Dr. Christopher Hobbs
Herbs Are Not Pharmaceuticals
This class will offer a discussion of why herbs and herbal medicine are fundamentally different than drugs. Approximately 70% of the U.S. population takes at least one pharmaceutical medication, and 40% takes two or more. In 2018, 51.8% of US adults had at least one chronic condition, and 27.2% had multiple chronic conditions. These figures are no doubt higher today.
Since the pandemic, the popularity of herbal medicine in households has continued to grow rapidly. We will look closely and practically at how herbal medicine can transform your health and wellness while helping to relieve symptoms and chronic ailments. We will also detail why choosing herbal medicine as our first line of prevention and treatment in most ailments can not only benefit us—side benefits rather than side effects—while being completely sustainable and beneficial for our beautiful planet and all its inhabitants.
Dr. Christopher Hobbs is a fourth-generation, internationally renowned herbalist and mycologist, licensed acupuncturist, herbal clinician, research scientist, consultant to the dietary supplement industry, expert witness, botanist, public speaker, and author of over 20 books and numerous articles with over 35 years of experience. He co-founded the only national professional herbal practitioner’s organization in the U.S., the American Herbalist Guild.
He is the author or co-author of over 20 books, including the new “Christopher Hobbs’s Medicinal Mushrooms, the Essential Guide (Storey Publishing).” Christopher Hobbs has lectured on herbal medicine worldwide. He earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley with research and publication in evolutionary biology, biogeography, phylogenetics, plant chemistry, and ethnobotany, and is now faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Seasoned by 14 years of live performances at festivals, wineries, showcases, house concerts, clubs, and more, Satori Bob features tight arrangements, impeccable and passionate performances, and a loyal and growing following. Satori Bob’s fifth album is due for release in Spring 2023, following the popular EP String Theory.
Singer/songwriter and guitarist John Baumann’s well-crafted songs are complemented by the harmony vocals and stellar playing of cellist Kathryn Brunhaver, the rhythmic counterpoint of banjo/percussionist Devin Newman, the melodic violin of Della Natasha Davies, and the rock-solid and inventive bass of Joe Hughes. Satori Bob creates soundscapes both rich and moving, drawing the listener into the compositions with energetic rhythms and deep storytelling, open stark ballads and gorgeous instrumental interplay, all serving as the foundation for well-written strongly lyrical compositions.
What is the Free Herbalism Project?
The Free Herbalism Project is an interactive community event with botanically inspired lectures from experts in the field, live music, community, and plenty of organic herbal tea—all free of charge! Our goal is to create a remarkable experience for those who wish to delve further into the world of herbalism, wild foods, and natural living. It is one of the ways in which Mountain Rose Herbs hopes to give back to herbalists and our local community.
Bring your friends, sip organic tea, and learn about herbs! You can also support the event's featured nonprofit organization through the purchase of organic ingredients, herbal books, and other goodies between lectures.
If you’re unable to make it to the event, be sure to tune in to Herbal Radio, presented by Mountain Rose Herbs. This community resource is a collection of curated lectures from some of our generation's most esteemed herbalists, including Rosemary Gladstar, Tieraona Low Dog, Guido Masé, and jim mcdonald.
Our YouTube channel is also features a wealth of herbal education and inspiration. When we host visiting teachers for the Free Herbalism Project, we sit down with the herbalists and record informative videos for your viewing pleasure.