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David Winston


Lessons the Plants Have Taught Me - As an herbalist I have been fortunate to have had many great human teachers, to have collected a remarkable library of herbal texts and to be a part of the renewal and flowering of the American Herbal renaissance.  Still, the lessons I have learned from plants may exceed anything I learned from classes, books or even clinical practice. Not only have plants taught me about their uses for medicine and healing, but they have taught me important lessons about life, the need for diversity, community, generosity, flexibility, creativity, co-operation, balance and how to listen.  I will share these lessons and the stories and science that illustrate these essential life lessons.


Adaptogens: Herbs for strength, stamina, and stress relief - Stress & stress induced illnesses are a fact. These non-toxic, tonifying botanicals help the body "adapt" to counter the effects of aging, prevent and treat chronic fatigue & stress-related disorders and increase stamina & conditioning to reduce sports related injuries.

Differential treatment of depression and anxiety - Mental illness, especially depression and anxiety are epidemic in our society. In this intensive, we will discuss some of the root causes of these conditions and how to differentiate them from one another. This gives us the ability to develop specific treatment protocols for each patient and their unique type of emotional disease. Instead of recommending a general antidepressant or anxiolytic agent, we can help to correct the underlying imbalances (liver Qi stagnation, GI tract dysfunction, hormonal imbalance, chronic stress, hypothyroidism, chronic fear, grief or hopelessness) and give people the tools they need to live happier, healthier and more spirit filled lives.

Abby Artemisia

Flower Essences for Emotional Soothing


Flower essences help heal us at a deeper level, below the surface, at the emotional and spiritual level, because you’re working with the vibration or energy of the plant. They are easy to make with just flowers, water, and alcohol or vinegar. After you do it once, you’ll see how easy it is to do it on your own. We’ll learn how to identify the plant we’re making an essence of, do a meditation to learn from the plant about the medicine it has to offer us, and then make an essence to take home. Bring a journal for notes.


Bitters as a Stress Reduction Tool for the Whole Body

Though bitters are trending, they are concoctions that go way back! Back in the day, folks would eat wild, bitter greens because they were the first fresh food to pop up in the spring. Coincidentally, they’d tonify the body and kickstart the liver after a winter of eating preserved foods. Today science is starting to show that bitters do much more than this, like preventing inflammation and balancing the nervous system in general. There are so many bitter options when you start to think about it. Once you get used to the taste, you’ll actually start to crave it! Did you know that citrus peels, chocolate, vanilla, and reishi are actually bitters? Just think of all the tasty and tonifying combinations you can come up with! Learn a little bit more about what bitters are and how they function, do a taste test to find your favorites, and make some to take home.

The Botany of Wild Adaptogens and Nervines

The materia medicas of many modern day herbalists include a wide array of herbs which are often from far away locales. Let's learn how to tonify our nervous systems locally with native, naturalized, and invasive wild adaptogens and nervines. Many analogues or seldomly utilized species exist within reach. Let's go on a walk to find some and learn how to identify and harvest them in their (and our) own habitat, safely and ethically.

Rebecca Beyer

Appalachian Nervines: Traditional Remedies for Nerves in Appalachian and Southern Folk Medicine


The history of Appalachia is wrought with challenging stories of struggle, hardship and grassroots champions. Even though bones get broken and respiratory illnesses always took their toll, how did the people of this land tend to the nervous system? Herbs "for the nerves" or the nervous system and stress will be explored and examined to show the diverse ways Appalachian and Southern Folks tended to their less visible health concerns.

Vinegar Tonics: Vinegar as a Menstruum in Herbal Medicine Past and Present

In this hands on workshop we will wild harvest and create a vinegar tonic to take home all the while learning about other traditional tonics from the past and those which we can benefit from today. We'll also focus on the special medicine of vinegar itself and all the ways in which it can be used to extract medicine from our favorite plants. Folk medicine is a living tradition, and we are living it right now!



Appalachian Folk Medicine: A Primer

Learn the fundamentals of Appalachian Folk medicine as a living practice. What makes our region and folk healing practices unique? Broad influences from European humoral medicine, Indigenous American medicine to the influence of enslaved African's healing modalities are all evident and important parts to the story of the healing practices born of this land. Key plant species used and classic remedies will be covered and we'll sample a few ourselves.

Rodney Webb

Cultivate Your Own Medicinal Mushrooms


Shiitake, Oyster, Reishi, and Mukitake. Backyard and small-scale mushroom gardening/farming is becoming more popular. This class will cover techniques for incorporating fungi into the landscape, when and how to harvest, natural pest management methods, and resources for mushroom supplies.

Grow your own medicinal and culinary delights!


Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms Chaga,Turkey-tail, Lion’s mane, Miatake, Shiitake, Reishi,… plus a few more! This overview will delve into the health benefits and traditional uses of some mushrooms growing in our temperate forests. As science unravels the mysteries of immune enhancing fungi, the threads of centuries old practices come together to feed and heal humanity. Learn some fungal history and how to integrate medicinal mushrooms into a healthier lifestyle.

Making Medicine from Mushrooms Drying, tinctures, and teas.


The medicinal properties of mushrooms can be extracted, preserved and utilized to improve health. Learn some methods, both traditional and modern, to transform this bountiful gift from the forest. There also be an opportunity to sample some medicinal mushroom teas and tinctures.

Dr. Jeanine Davis

What you need to know to grow hemp


With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill which legalized growing hemp, it seems like everyone wants to grow it now. But what are the rules? Do you need a license? How easy is it to grow? And who is going to buy it? Jeanine has been growing fiber, grain, and CBD hemp since 2017 and works with growers across the state. She will explain the rules and share what she has learned so you can make an informed decision.


How We Make Money On a Very Tiny Farm


When my husband and I bought our very small farm in western North Carolina we never imagined that we would ever really need to make some income from it. But that time arose and we learned that by being tuned into what our community wanted to buy, using some creative and free marketing strategies, and being willing to try new things, we made the income we needed and had a lot of fun doing it (and there will be donkey pictures!).

(This was a very popular and audience engaging workshop I gave at the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello last fall. I think it fits the stress reduction theme, too.)


Create Your Own Wooded Herbal Haven for Forest Bathing


We have all heard about the benefits of forest bathing, but we don’t all have a forest nearby to wander through. If you have a little shaded area in your yard, you can create your own sanctuary to meditate in surrounded by native woodland medicinal herbs that you plant, nurture, and can use for your family. I will demonstrate some propagation techniques and everyone will get to take home a plant, too.  

Mary Ellen Lough

Making bio-regional herbal smoke bundles for home use


Burning plants is an ancient (and contemporary) practice of purification, prayer, and ritual in many traditions. Learn about abundant bioregional plants traditionally used for burning, as well as basic bundling techniques. You will have the opportunity to make and bring home 1-2 herbal bundles. $5 Fee Limit 20


Rewilding the Soul With Poetry

“The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That is what poetry does.” - Allen Ginsberg

Join in a poetic exploration of our origins and longings, which belong to the landscape. The poet John O’Donohue says that our very bodies originate from the landscape, that we have a “clay-ography” not just a “biography.” Poetry offers us an experience to “stand at the shores of our own immensity,” reawaken our love relationship with a speaking, living, animate landscape, and belong again to the communion of the natural world. Expect to do some reading, writing, and discussion.

Using Plants and Poetry in Personal Rituals at Home


“It has all become beauty again” says the traditional Diné Beauty Way Prayer. How do you create sacred space inside daily routine? Our rituals at home are the means by which we align our inner and outer worlds. The ordinary practices of beauty gives us a “surfeit of aliveness” which compels us towards Life and the Holy. Incorporating poetry into our daily lives offers a “sacred pause” and reflective space. Using plants as ritual allies grounds us back to our origins and connection to the living world. We will explore personalized daily practices of devotion which bring balance to the mind, heart, and body through imagination and ritual. You’ll have a chance to do some writing and exploration around what is meaningful for you as well as make a small item for your home altar.

Jamie Swofford & Keia Mastrianni


Botanical Beverages

This session covers the history of vinegar-based drinks, as well as a discussion and demonstration on the components, methods, health benefits, and brewing techniques – using both wild and cultivated local ingredients to create and brew a recipe. Attendees will leave this session with the knowledge to feel confident about making their own Shrubs, Switchels, and Oxymels at home.

Alexander Meander


Through the lens of local ecology and permaculture, this presentation will introduce and elaborate on the concept of Forest Farming and its potential for homesteaders and small-scale growers of temperate North Carolina. Special consideration will be given to understanding how the forest edge can fit into a forest farming venture. A diverse overview of potential yields will be given, including native medicinal herbs, foraged goods, tree crops, forest-grown mushrooms, and craft goods. We will also discuss aspects important to small-scale market ventures, such as value-added products and supplying local restaurants and breweries. Various forest products will be available for tasting and viewing. Alex is a hands-in-the-dirt forest grower and homesteader, drawing much of his experience for this presentation through his work on the Feralwood project at Ardea Homestead Sanctuary. Come with questions!  fRIDAY - JULY 26 Cost: $40  4:00 - 5:50 p.m.

Wild Nutrition:foraging and the human diet


Our biology is designed, in part, to gather and eat wild plants. And wild plants generally have a more complex phytochemistry than domesticated plants. Join forager Alexander Meander for a stroll to discuss wild foods, foraging, and ancestral nutrition. We will briefly explore the distinctions between a modern lifestyle and an ancestral one, and how our current trajectory has set us up for the rise in modern degenerative diseases. And of course, we will look at and discuss edible wild plants, focusing on those rich in health-promoting phytochemistry.  

Foraging Fundamentals: gathering wild plants in practice

Do you have an interest in gathering wild foods and want to build confidence? Are you a newcomer to foraging and want to make your efforts more rewarding? Join seasoned forager Alexander Meander on this plant walk discussing select concepts, practices, and strategies considered fundamental to gathering wild plants for food.


Katherine Metzo

Morning classes: 

Slow Flow: This breath-centric flow is accessible to all levels. We start with simple, gentle movements to wake up the muscles and explore range of motion, then move into poses that build energy and strength while increasing flexibility, and end with deeper stretches that tap into more subtle energies.


Evening classes:

Ease and restore: This class starts with therapeutic (viniyoga) movement, slowing into the stillness of restorative poses to support digestion, restful sleep, and the integration of new experience. Each evening class will end with extended savasana/mini-yoga nidra (guided relaxation).

Yoga Instructor

Charles Lybrand

Commercial Photography for the business owner

Learn simple DIY skills to take next-level product photos from an expert. Learn lighting techniques that require easily available materials, white balancing, and more. There will be an opportunity for a head shot that will be emailed to you after the course.  

Photography Class

Take a walk with your smart phone or camera and learn the basics of botanical photography from professional photographer Charles Lybrand. Charlie will share easy, accessible tips for better capturing the incredible, delightful nature of Valle Crucis.

Camille F. Edwards

Herb and Hypnotherapy for some Rest and Relaxation!

Let’s have some H& H for some R&R! Come join this class as we explore the herbs that aid us in relaxation combined with the practice of self-hypnosis in helping us to sleep easier, and to feel less stress throughout the day. Take home a dream sachet that you prepare while attending this class. Cost: $5 Limit 20

Lorri Bura

PRE-CONFERENCE CLASS:  Growing Hemp and What to do with it - A two-part series 

I. Growing Hemp  Cost: $60 (Both classes $100) 2 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

            Soil: fertility and texture

            Clone vs. Seed

            Planting: spacing, covers

            Care: watering, fertilizing before and after flowering

            FDA approved chemicals for pest and disease control

            Harvest: picking, drying



II. What to do with It Cost: $60 (Both classes $100) 4:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.

            How to pick breed: Certificate of Authenticity

            Testing: How to understand test results

            CBD, THC, mold/yeast, insecticides/pesticides, metals

            Endocannabinoid System

            Recipes: tincture, pain salve, paste

            Oil: how it’s made by processors

Friday, July 26

Chris Smith

PRE-CONFERENCE CLASS: Seed to Stem - Using the Whole Plant 

Get as many yields from a single plant by applying a seed to stem (and stamen mentality). Eat common milkweed in many forms, roast the broccoli stem, cook up an okra leaf curry, saute some chayote tendrils, peanut leaf pesto, nasturtium flowers and winter squash seed oil. Multiply your yields with a zero waste mentality and enjoy a diverse culinary existence! There will be samples!  Friday, July 26. Cost: $30 2:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Edible Oil Processing


Growing and pressing your own edible and cosmetic oils is much easier than you think. Learn about suitable regional nut and seed crops; the benefits and challenges. There will be a seed press demo and samples to taste. Support regional food systems and press your own oil!

Kelly Holland Azzaro, RA, CCAP, CBFP, LMT

PRE-CONFERENCE CLASS:  Exploring the use of Aromatherapy for You and Your Animal Friends -

Exploring the use of Aromatherapy for You and Your Animal Friends This workshop will empower those wanting to learn about the therapeutic properties of essential oils and botanical bases and how they can be used safely with and around their animal friends. Students will learn how to incorporate the use of aromatics for emotional and physical well-being. Learn to ‘tune-in’ to the power of scent based on animal communication while being mindful of your animal friend’s sense of smell and the importance of working as a team.

Included in the presentation will be easy-to-use information applicable for skin and minor wound care, fear-based behavior and for use during times of grief and transition. The information is focused on use with animals, but is also applicable for human aromatherapy. With the rise of the use of essential oils with both humans and their animal friends, it is important to be mindful of safe use with everyone, but even more so with animals. This workshop offers both an easy and safe way to incorporate aromatherapy or hands-on self-care.

Students will receive:

 Aromatherapy products to use at home.

 Educational materials and handouts.

 Access to a PDF of Hydrosols for our Animal Friends.

 Insulated Storage/Travel Bag for your aromatherapy goodies.

 A certificate of attendance will be issued.

 CE (Continuing Education) (4) hours will apply to aromatherapists and

licensed massage therapists.

 A $100.00 Discount Code towards Certification Course. Those who attend

and complete this workshop will also receive a discount code to apply

towards registration in the online Animal Aromatherapy Practitioner

Certification Course(sm).

Registration Information:

 Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

 Fee: $99

 Course fee must be paid in full at time of registration. Registration is non-refundable (unless the course is cancelled by the host/instructor).

 All are welcome to attend (18 years and older). No prior aromatherapy experience required.

 Recording on any device is strictly prohibited.

Friday, July 26

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