Welcome to the Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival!
You’ve come to the right spot to learn about Minnesota’s own herbal conference. Since 2006 The Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival has been an an opportunity for holistic health and herbal medicine practitioners, students and enthusiasts from the Upper Midwest to learn from regional teachers in our own backyard. The 2018 festival will take place at Prairie Oaks Institute a retreat center on a beautiful farm in Belle Plaine, MInnesota just 45 minutes from the Twin Cities. Instructors and participants come from all over Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
The festival is organized like a conference and consists of four different sessions with participants choosing from among 3 or 4 workshops offered at each session. We offer diverse workshops with offerings suitable for beginners as well as intermediate/advanced workshops. The bulk of our workshops cover different aspects of herbal medicine such as plant identification, medicine making, hands-on kitchen herbalism or cosmetics, clinical or diagnostic topics in herbalism. We also offer workshops from instructors from other modalities. Past years have included classes in homeopathy, nutrition, flower essences, Ayurvedic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi Gong and more.
The festival includes a leisurely lunch period that features our famous dessert buffet including (gluten free and vegan options) and two plant walks for those who want to learn even more. Some years a local beekeeper is available at lunch selling raw, wildflower honey and beeswax and the festival includes several vendors of handmade herbal or wildcrafted products.
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14th Annual Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival
Join us at a beautiful, plant filled historic farm and retreat center in Belle Plaine, Minnesota just 45 minutes from the Twin Cities for a day of herbal and holistic health classes.
When: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Where: Prairie Oaks Institute in Belle Plaine, Minnesota
Twelve to sixteen workshops will be offered by a variety of accomplished practitioners and educators. There will be something for everyone from beginning to advanced students, including opportunities for hands-on medicine making and plant id. Relax on the farm between classes and join us for herbal teas a delicious dessert buffet.
Registration will open in late spring/early summer of 2018.
Schedule of Events
Subject to Change–Scroll down to read more about our instructors and course descriptions.
Participants select one class per session; participants may switch sessions if desired.
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Herbal Basics: Salves and Plant Identification: Instructor TBA
Herbal Medicine is accessible to everyone! Join us for a walk around the farm and learn to identify some of the many edible and medicinal plants that grow around us. Then learn the simple techniques to turn fresh herbs into oils and ointments. Participants will make their own infused herbal oil. $5 supply fee payable to instructor.
Lunch Hour Plant Walk: Instructor TBA
If you’re hungry to meet the plants but don’t know where to start – start here! Join an herbalist on a plant identification walk. Meet some of the wild all-stars of Minnesota and learn a few of their most important uses. Though we will stop often for identification, we’ll try to cover some ground.
Step up Your Salve Game: Techniques, Raw Materials and Creative Thinking for Topical Preparations with Erin Piorier
One of the first things many herbal students learn to make is a classic salve made of infused herbal oil and beeswax. In this hands-on workshop we’ll explore variations on salve making. Expanding the range of raw materials that you work with and playing around with a few different techniques, molds and container types, you can create a wide-range of targeted medicinal items and luxurious skin care preparations and cosmetics. We’ll discuss additions like zinc oxide, herbal powders, clays, micas, glycerin, essential oils and premium fixed oils, and we’ll sample a variety of preparations including anti-fungal ointment, diaper rash cream, sunscreen, chest rub, lip balm and butter, massage bars and solid perfumes. You’ll see that you are limited only by your own imagination! As a group we will make a topical preparation utilizing some of the ingredients we have discussed. Bring a 1/2 or 1 oz salve container for your product.
Tincturing 101: Instructor TBA
Open to those of all abilities come spend this session learning all about the in’s and outs of tincture making. We will start with a little history and then progress to the how-tos and seasonality of tincture making. At the end finish with a mini herb walk where each participant will select an herb to go about making their own tincture to take home. $5 supply fee payable to the instructor