This Herbfest is a brainchild of three local herbalists: Salli Greene, Jo Anne Grubert, and Chris Haller. There are very few herbal conferences nationally and none in this area. This can make it difficult for herbalists, young and old, male and female, to gain more education in a conference setting. Sturbridge, because it is centrally located, is an ideal location and is expected that the Herbfest will be an annual event.
There will also be food vendors and craft, jewelry, and product vendors set up on the lawn of the Sturbridge Senior Center.
The Sturbridge Herbfest is now taking vendor applications, $50 for a 10x10 space. Pre-registration is $10 and $15 the day of the event. Intensives are $25. The other classes are part of the admission.
For more information call Salli, at Alternatives For Health, 508-347-2111.
9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Native Plant Uses of a Practicing Herbalist: Presented by Chris Marano
You may be surprised how many favorite, local medicinal plants that we know and love are not truly native. Among all the naturalized plants and new "invasive plants, however, there are still many native plants, some beloved and popular and others less well known but powerful medicines nonetheless. Herbalist Chris Marano will talk about local native medicinal plants, drawing upon his study and practice in several healing traditions.
9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Winter Health: Presented by Susan Clements
Each season speaks to us about how to prepare for what is ahead. In autumn we turn our thoughts to winter months in order to nourish, fortify and support wellness from emotional, physical, and spiritual perspectives. Turning to plant allies from the gardens, both wild and cultivated, our cupboards can be filled with teas, syrups and tinctures which we can easily call on daily. Susan Clements will focus on specific plants, which ones to forage now for winter support, as well share recipes to provide seeds of light for those dark days ahead.
1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Contemporary Cannabis Culture: Presented by Kathy Furze-Spencer
It’s not about getting high; it’s about being healthy. We are 19 years into the 21st century and a plant that has provided medicine, clothing, nutrition, and more for thousands of years is finally being made available.With the advent of legalization both medicinally and recreationally deciphering the vast amount information around cannabis can be daunting. This workshop will cover:
1:00 p.m. – Weed Walk w/ Amber Kennedy
1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m