American Herbalists Guild Symposium
Oct
10
to Oct 14

American Herbalists Guild Symposium

  • Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center (map)
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We are delighted and thrilled to be sponsoring the American Herbalists Guild 30th Annual Symposium where Erika will also be teaching two separate classes, one on interpreting herbal research and the other on aroma, psyche, and body.

Join us for our 30th Annual AHG Symposium to be held October 10 to 14, 2019 at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The theme this year is From Plants to People: The Art & Science of Clinical Herbalism. We are also offering a Focused Certificate Track: Clinical Assessment in Herbal Practice

Join us in welcoming Dr. Christopher Hobbs for his keynote address: The Evolution of Herbal Medicines in the Modern Clinical Setting.

For more information about the Symposium and to Register: https://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/symposium/join-us-30th-annual-ahg-symposium


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Breitenbush Herbal Conference
Sep
5
to Sep 8

Breitenbush Herbal Conference

  • Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center (map)
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We are so excited and honored to be heading to Breitenbush Herbal Conference this year in Oregon. Erika has been asked to teach several classes, the full descriptions of which will loaded on their website soon and include Herb-Drug Interactions, Shame & Inflammation, and a Aromatic Distillation workshop!

The Breitenbush Herbal Conference is an annual gathering for herbalists and healers of all kinds. People come from all corners to celebrate and learn from some of the most inspiring teachers in our herbal community.

The healing waters and ancient forests of Breitenbush provide an unforgettable setting for this gathering. Workshops, demonstrations, and herb walks appeal to all levels of students. Fine handmade goods and books are available in the Herbal Marketplace. Much joy and laughter is to be shared during the Talent Show and Raffle.

One can also take a hike along one of the forest trails, a meditative walk through the large labyrinth, start the morning with an energizing yoga practice or receive a healing massage after a day of soaking in the sacred springs.

 The Breitenbush Herbal Conference is so much more than just a "conference". It's a personal healing retreat for your body and mind. For more information and to register: https://www.herbalconference.net/

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FREE Medicinal Plant Walk with Appalachia Ohio Alliance
Aug
18
9:30 AM09:30

FREE Medicinal Plant Walk with Appalachia Ohio Alliance

  • 9016 Buckeye Troxel Road Sugar Grove, OH, 43155 United States (map)
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Native Medicinal Plant Walk at Mercer Woods

Explore the woodland and prairie portions of AOA’s beautiful 116-acre Mercer Woods Preserve on the border of Hocking and Fairfield Counties.  We will walk parts of the property to survey and identify medicinal plants growing on the site.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about threatened species such as American Ginseng, Goldenseal, and Black Cohosh, their preferred habitats, and tips for growing them on your own property.  We will also examine and enjoy the more common ‘prairie’ and ‘edge habitat’ species. Historical and contemporary medicinal uses of the plants will be discussed as well as their greater ecological significance (pollinators, seed dispersers, wildlife value).

AOA’s Mercer Woods Preserve is located in the greater Hocking Hills region and includes a variety of habitats including a blend of Hemlock and deciduous hardwood forest environments as well as a grassland prairie and wetlands. 

This medicinal plant walk will be led by Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG), clinical herbalist consulting from Sovereignty Herbs in Athens and Columbus, Ohio.  Erika utilizes her knowledge of and passion for medicinal plants native to Ohio and the Greater Appalachian region to teach, lecture and write on native medicinal plant conservation and applied ecology, propagation, and clinical efficacy.   For more information about Erika please visit her online at www.sovereigntyherbs.com and connect on Facebook and Instagram: @sovereigntyherbs

The walk will last approximately two hours.  We will be very informal since there is so much to see and discuss!  

This event is free and open to the public.  We will plan to meet rain or shine - so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on slopes.

Time:  Meet at 9:30 a.m.

What to Bring:  Drinks of your choice, snacks, lunch for those wanting to eat in the woods following the hike.  Walking poles if desired for the steeper slopes.  Bug spray is recommended.

Location:  Mercer Woods is located at 9016 Buckeye Troxel Road, just southeast of Sugar Grove – see Google map link.  Note:  Google link takes you to the driveway address which is 9012). Volunteers and staff will be on hand to direct parking. 

Google Map link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/9012+Buckeye+Troxel+Rd,+Sugar+Grove,+OH+43155/@39.6044331,-2.5374627,19z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8847f2e9a66f715b:0x439d53ef8426c791

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Aromatic Distillation: Exploring Self through Aroma, Plants, & Landscape
May
24
to May 26

Aromatic Distillation: Exploring Self through Aroma, Plants, & Landscape

Join clinical herbalist, Erika Galentin of Sovereignty Herbs, in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for a 2-day intensive workshop on the ancient alchemical art of aromatic distillation as a tool for exploring your inner Self and developing deeper relationships plants and their landscapes.

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The Vouch Sessions: Vaginas, Ovaries, Uteruses, Cycles, & Herbs
Apr
6
to Apr 7

The Vouch Sessions: Vaginas, Ovaries, Uteruses, Cycles, & Herbs

  • Proud Lake State Recreation Area (map)
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Join Erika for a two-day intensive exploring the physiological and energetic love affair between vaginas, ovaries, uteruses, cycles, and herbs. Using blind tea tastings and aroma as a framework for delving into the actions and energetics of some of Erika’s most beloved plant allies, we will be traversing their therapeutics from both clinical and personal perspectives. 

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Oct
20
to Nov 17

Winter Herbal Wellness Series

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About:

Join Erika Galentin of Sovereignty Herbs in this 3-part workshop series exploring herbs and herbal preparations that can be used safely and effectively to support yourself and your loved ones though the coldest days of winter. Take the whole 3-part series or drop in for a one-off class.

Location: The Bowen House, Logan, OH

Dates: Saturdays, October 20, November 3, & November 17 

Times: 1 - 3 pm

Cost: Bowen House Members: $55 / series or $23 / class.  Non-members $60 / $25.

To Register, contact the Bowen House:

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Great Lakes Herb Faire
Sep
7
to Sep 9

Great Lakes Herb Faire

  • Cedar Lake Outdoor Center (map)
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Erika will be teaching a Friday intesive on Aromatic Distillation as well as a class on Demystifying Herb-Drug Interactions and a Herb Walk: Herbs of the American Botanical Movement. 

For more information click here: https://www.greatlakesherbfaire.org/

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Appalachia Ohio Alliance Medical Plant Walk (Free Event)
Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Appalachia Ohio Alliance Medical Plant Walk (Free Event)

Join our clinical herbalist, Erika Galentin, for a medicinal plant walk in collaboration with Appalachia Ohio Alliance.

There will be two walks, the first beginning at 10:00am. We will break for lunch at 12:00pm. There will be a second, shorter walk starting at 12:45pm for those who want to come later or for those who want to learn more!

For more information about the event, please contact Steve Fleegal. Phone:  (334) 399-2345 or Email: sfleefal@comcast.net

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Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
Jul
18
to Jul 21

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

  • Western Carolina University (map)
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The conference is held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Cullowhee is located between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, approximately fifty miles west of Asheville. Close to both the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cullowhee is in an ideal location for anyone with an interest in nature.

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The Healing Art of Aromatic Distillation: Honoring the Summer Solstice
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

The Healing Art of Aromatic Distillation: Honoring the Summer Solstice

The process of aromatic distillation uses the elements of fire, earth, water, & air to capture aromatic molecules from plants and transform them, through steam distillation, into hydrosols and essential oils. Join Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG), Clinical Herbalist and Aromatherapist, for this 5 hour workshop where you will learn about the anatomy and physiology of aromatic distillation and participate in the process as a community-based ritual journey of self-reflection.

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Experiential Aromatherapy: A Vital Approach
May
16
to May 19

Experiential Aromatherapy: A Vital Approach

Join Jade Shutes, BA, Dipl. AT., Cert. Herbalist, and Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG) Clinical Herbalist and Aromatherapist for a four-day workshop and retreat exploring the practice of clinical and holistic aromatherapy from a physiology-centered, plant-based perspective.

The Experiential Aromatherapy course is being offered as a four (4) day retreat to be held in the mountains of North Carolina! The course is also available via live-streaming so students can attend from any where in the world!

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Ask and Herbalist Day (Free Event)
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Ask and Herbalist Day (Free Event)

Interested in using herbs to support your health and wellbeing but don't know where to begin? Our clinical herbalist, Erika Galentin, will be available on the shop floor of The Farmacy Natural and Speciality Foods in Athens, OH for free 10 minute consultations to answer questions about the safe and effective use of herbs and dietary supplements in support of your health and wellbeing. This event is free and open to the public. No purchases necessary.

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Herbs for Stress, Strife, and Strain with jim mcdonald
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Herbs for Stress, Strife, and Strain with jim mcdonald

Join herbalist jim mcdonald in a discussion of the herbs and behaviors that will support us through times of stress and strain, whether it be due to acute trauma or just trying to keep up with the unsustainable pace of life that surrounds us. Special attention will be given to differentiating between the herbs that are best used for an immediate short term effect and those that help to nourish and strengthen the body's core vitality over the long haul. The role of the adrenals, the "fight or flight response", and the importance of breathwork and other supportive therapies are also discussed.

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Kitchen Medicine in the Culinary Garden
Jun
3
1:00 PM13:00

Kitchen Medicine in the Culinary Garden

Come and join Erika Galentin, clinical herbalist, on a tour of Companion Plants property and medicinal plant greenhouse to learn all about common culinary herbs and how they can be used beyond flavoring food for support of wellness. Learn how to plant, grow, propagate, harvest, and dry these delicious herbs. We will also learn about standard herbal preparations and have tea tastings so you can experience the wonders of the culinary garden first hand! Participants will receive 25% off Companion Plants greenhouse purchases and $10 off herbal consultations with Erika Galentin.

Space is limited to 30 participants. Tickets are available at here: EVENTBRITE

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Stratford Ecological Center Herb Group
Aug
27
2:00 PM14:00

Stratford Ecological Center Herb Group

Allergies and Herbalism. Join us for a two hour class on all things allergy! We will learn about how allergies manifest in the body and herbs that can be used to support our wellness through allergy season and beyond. Class includes an herb walk (learning to identify and harvest some of our allergy allies) as well as a demonstration on how to make your own herbal vinegar extract! 

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Columbus Natural History Society: Medicinal Plants of Ohio
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Columbus Natural History Society: Medicinal Plants of Ohio

Come and spend some time with the Columbus Natural History Society as we explore some medicinal plants of Ohio. The presentation will begin with a short history of how botanic physicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries put Ohio on the map as they paved the way for the American Botanical Movement, changing the practice of medicine as we know it today and forging the foundations for the practice of herbalism in modern day America. We will then be highlighting a variety of native plants of Ohio that have both traditional and modern use in healing and medicine. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 and the presentation begins at 7:00.

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Medicinal Plant Walk - Appalachia Ohio Alliance Demonstration Site
Aug
9
10:00 AM10:00

Medicinal Plant Walk - Appalachia Ohio Alliance Demonstration Site

  • Appalachia Ohio Alliance Demonstration Site (map)
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Explore the woodland and prairie portions of AOA’s beautiful Demonstration Site in Rockbridge as we walk the property to survey and identify native medicinal plants growing on the site.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about threatened species such as American Ginseng, Goldenseal, and Black Cohosh, their preferred habitats, and techniques for growing them on your own property.  We will also examine and enjoy the more common ‘prairie’ and ‘edge habitat’ species. Historical and contemporary medicinal uses of the plants will be discussed as well as their greater ecological significance (pollinators, seed dispersers, wildlife value).

AOA’s demonstration site is a remarkable environment to learn about native medicinal plant species as it encompasses a variety of fascinating habitats including a perfect blend of Hemlock and deciduous hardwood environments as well as a carefully planted prairie.  AOA has partnered with United Plant Savers (Ups), a native medicinal plant conservation non-profit, to help identify and reintroduce threatened medicinal species onsite and AOA’s Demonstration Site is a part of the UpS Botanical Sanctuary Network.  Visit unitedplantsavers.org for additional information about the UpS mission and how you can conserve and protect native medicinal plant species.

Meet at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.  The walk will last approximately two hours but potentially longer depending on interest (there is so much to see and discuss!).  Feel free to pack a sack lunch and stay afterwards to enjoy the peace and serenity of the forest environs.

The Demonstration Site is located along U.S. Highway 33 just north of Rockbridge.  Park in the gravel parking area located at 25797 Bailey Road near to the entrance to Mathias Grove. 

This event is free and open to the public.  We will plan to meet rain or shine - so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on slopes.

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Midwest Native Plant Conference 2015
Jul
24
to Jul 26

Midwest Native Plant Conference 2015

Did you know that Ohio is rich with the cultural history of using medicinal plants for medicine? Or that many of the native plants we love and grow have both historical and contemporary medicinal value? Join Erika on a journey to discover the medicinal flora of Ohio.  She will begin the talk with a brief historical overview of use of medicinal plants in orthodox medicine and the Eclectic medical tradition based out of Cincinnati, Ohio (Lloyd Library and Museum) which preceded pharmaceutical medicine at the beginning of the 19th century. Erika will touch on both sun and shade-loving species native to this region and their identification, growing conditions, and historical and contemporary medicinal uses.  Samples of preparations made from our native species will be available to smell and taste.  Any information obtained from this lecture is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness.

For more information about the Midwest Native Plant Conference 2015 visit them online. They have an incredible plant sale on Saturday that is open to the public.  Plant enthusiasts beware...you will have a lot of plants to bring home and you will need somewhere to put them.

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Herb Walk at the Ohio Herb Education Center
May
22
5:30 PM17:30

Herb Walk at the Ohio Herb Education Center

Come and join me for a lovely stroll through the center of Gahanna, Ohio and its beautiful wooded walkways full of medicinal plants.  Learn about the history and medicinal use of the species we will encounter as well as how to grow them on your own property! For more information about this event and others being offered by the Ohio Herb Education Center, check them out online or on Facebook.

Time: 5:30PM 

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Herb Day at the Ohio Herb Education Center
May
9
10:00 AM10:00

Herb Day at the Ohio Herb Education Center

Come and take part in this wonderful full day event held in the heart of the 'Herb Capital of Ohio' by the Ohio Herb Education Center.  This will be a full day event with classes and workshops from gardening to tea blending, herb walks, and plant and specialty item sales in a farmer's market type atmosphere.

I will be leading a workshop on "Gardening with Medicinal Plants",  covering how to incorporate medicinal plants into your garden or landscape.  She will be discussing proper habitat, soil and light conditions, growing from seed vs bare root or seedlings and the increased wildlife value the plants will bring to your property.  Erika will be focusing predominantly on native medicinal species (such as Echinacea, Butterfly weed, Black Cohosh, and Goldenseal), but will be available for questions regarding non-native species (such as Rosemary, Calendula, Hyssop, and Motherwort).

The Herb Center is located in the City of Gahanna — the Herb Capital of Ohio — just east of downtown Columbus and adjacent to Port Columbus International Airport in the heart of Gahanna. The Nafzger-Miller house, in which the Herb Center is located, is listed in the National Register of Historical Places with the original structure being built in 1855 and additions made to the home in 1910. The center includes a gift shop, parlor and kitchen and is used for classes, parties, meetings and rentals.

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Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists 2015 State Conferece
Apr
25
7:15 PM19:15

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists 2015 State Conferece

I am very honored to have been invited to take part in the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists 2015 State Conference which is taking place this year at Camp Oty'okwa, Hocking Hills.  I will be speaking on native medicinal plants of Ohio, their stewardship within our ecological communities and how to incorporate medicinal plant education into naturalist programming.  For more information about the OCVN 2015 State Conference visit them online.

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