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Review of the Internationl Herb Symposium

Hi All,

 I’ve been meaning to write a little review of my experience at the International Herb Symposium this year in Massachusetts.  Here it goes.

One word. AMAZING!

  1. Location is awesome.
  2. Sleeping in a dorm was totally retro and fun.
  3. Food was fair, but WHO CARES when you are so FULL from so much love and information from so many wonderful people.
  4. The quality of the information taught was incredible. You could immerse at any level you wanted from crafting herbs for home use, to enhancing your clinical intake skills, to learning ancient Shamanic teachings from wise wo/men. Many different traditions of herbalism were represented. The caliber of teaching was SUPERB! I was so excited because this year was the first year they offered a vet track with vets and herbalists teaching how to connect our plant friends with our animals friends. FINALLY!


This was the first herb symposium I had ever attended. EVER. I decided to volunteer and do work-study as a way of getting to know people more intimately and quickly as I went solo and didn’t know anyone. I think this was a GREAT choice on my part. I do love traveling solo and the inherent freedom to find my own rhythms. I met so many wonderful people. No matter if I walked to the bathroom, to the cafeteria, out of my dorm room, or to a class, I always ended up meeting up with some incredible person on the path. Cool metaphor, ain’t it?


Highlight of the event:: 6:00am one morning I’m half asleep and walk out of my dorm room and right there in the hallway as I stumble out is Rosemary Gladstar in her pajama’s! She is so totally gorgeous even first thing in the morning in her p.j’s! Point being, while there were probably 700 people there, it is still such an intimate event. Everyone is warm and welcoming. What a treat~ 

Now being home it is obvious that Poppy Swap is becoming the on-line, on-going, herb symposium for ALL of us! We can keep the connection and knowledge sharing going 24/7 no matter where we are!

In September I’m headed to Traditions in Western Herbalism in New Mexico. I’m very excited to connect with a community of herbalists a little bit closer to home -- I live Colorado~ If you have any questions, please feel free to ask



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(¸.•´ (¸*´¨( Kristie {Spirit Horse Herbals} PoppySwappin' @ http://www.poppyswap.com/shop/SpiritHorseHerbals


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