Florida Herbal Conference | February 28-March 1, 2020
Florida Herbal Conference

Workshop Slot

Herbal Foundations

Herbal Formulating


Leslie Williams

Friday 3 pm

Herbal Formulating: an overview of traditional herb combining approaches with the goal of better creating our own individual style of herbal formulas. There are times when a simple is not enough. We will look at ideas from Ayurveda, TCM, Physio-medicalist, Eclectics, William LeSassier and modern approaches and apply these concepts to building basic formulas. We know more than we realize, as herbalists. If you are familiar with 9 herbs or spices from your kitchen, you can still apply skills of herb combining to create an individual formula that will address very specific health issues. This workshop will focus on the foundational thinking we use, and also on how we most effectively learn new herbs in our own materia medica.


Herbal First Aid


Bob Linde

Friday 5 pm

This workshop will focus on the treatment of acute disorders that herbalists may be faced with. Everything from food poisoning to wound care will be covered. We will discuss fast evaluation and herb selection. We will also provide possible herbs and tools to keep in your first aid kits. After the workshop participants are encouraged to come by the booth to either observe first aid action or to sign up for a one hour first aid assistant slot to help work the first aid tent.


The Six Tissue States of Western Herbalism and their Emotional Counterparts


Thomas Easley

Saturday 9 am

Many people are familiar with the tissue states as popularized by Matthew Wood. In this class we will build on those tissue states to include emotional indications. I’ve used this model, as developed by Steven Horne, in my practice for years and it become a valuable tool for addressing emotional impediments to health.

Saw Palmetto

Understanding the Therapeutic Actions of Herbal Medicine


Joanna Helms

Saturday 11 am

Herbal actions provide a traditional language that describe plants various uses in botanical medicine. Join a thorough discussion of several actions, applications and classifications with body systems. Understanding herbal actions affords the herbalist with the conceptual framework for applying medicinal herbs in maintaining and restoring wellness.


Herbal Dog

Saturday Free Thyme

Leslie Williams

Times will be posted onsite

Arf arf! As herbalists, we can do effective work with dogs and dogs’ overall good health. Dogs are quite sensitive to herbal therapy and can be much more compliant than many human clients. We need to use care and to understand the basics of what to avoid, and what to look to with canines. We will discuss examples of useful herbs and herbal combinations specifically designed for dogs, so that you can begin to work more effectively with dogs.

Live Oak

Your Herbal Path: Becoming a “Practicing Herbalist”


Natalie Vickery

Sunday 9 am

Now that you have obtained the fundamental skills necessary to get you started on your herbal journey where do you go from there? The transition from herbal student to practitioner can often seem overwhelming. This class will help to provide the foundational building blocks to transition from student to practitioner as well as outline the skills and tools needed to meet with clients and conduct in-depth consultations.


Scientific Validation of Botanical Medicine


Ellen Kamhi

Sunday 11 am

This workshop offers a discussion about the ‘inside story’ of how herbs actually work. We will transverse the indigenous traditional use and delve into the depths of scientific validity. Why does berberine kill bacteria without causing the development of resistant strains? How does Red Yeast Rice interfere with cellular pathways to inhibit Co Q 10? Does silymarin upregulate the P 450 Liver Enzymes to enhance Detoxification? Understand mechanisms of action of how herbs heal, along with possible adverse effects and herb drug interactions. We will also investigate current and past research that investigate the consciousness of plants.