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Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference Celebrates 15 years

Students at the Conference (Photo: Jesse Kitt)

The Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference will hold its 15th annual event in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Henderson, NC on October 11 and 12. The conference focuses on issues of women's health and healing, herbal medicine, plant identification, nourishing foods, sexuality, empowerment, racial equity and self-love. It includes more than 50 workshops, classes and intensives, breathwork circles, ceremony and dance events.

More than 40 teachers and performers are scheduled to speak and lead classes including herbalists, psychotherapists, healers, spiritual counselors, African drummers and dancers and social justice advocates. More than 1,000 women are expected to attend.

The conference’s approach to herbs and healing is steeped in the Wise Woman Tradition, which “embraces the Earth, local plants, deep nourishment and self-love and is a lens by which we can recognize our interconnectedness and wholeness of body and spirit,” says founder Corinna Wood. Wood was a student and apprentice of Susun Weed, an influential leader in the Wise Woman Tradition.

Nourishment is a central tenet of the Wise Woman Tradition, “so we turn our attention away from ‘fixing’ or ‘cleansing’ ourselves and move toward nourishing ourselves so that our bodies respond by moving toward optimum health,” Wood explains.

Adult registration costs $345 and includes all classes, activities, and special events for the weekend, as well as tent camping at no additional charge. Intensives and workshops require an additional $20-$40 fee. Youth programs are also available starting at $110. The conference will be held at Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center, 130 Kanuga Chapel Dr., in Hendersonville, N.C. Attendees can choose to commute, camp, share rooms or book a private room. For more information, see

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