Minnesota’s Herbal Festival

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 2017 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.

Scroll down to learn more about this year’s festival.

 12th 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 17, 2017

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.

The complete printer-ready packet with schedule, course descriptions, instructor bios, directions and printable registration form is available here.

Register online here.


Read our instructor biographies here.  Or click on the links below to see their websites or blogs.

Jessie Belden

Shyla Earle

Erica Fargione

Sharri Keller

Clare Gardner Nieto

Jodi McKee

Erin Piorier

Cynthia Thomas

Lise Wolff

Matthew Wood


Check back often. Workshops descriptions are forthcoming.


The What, Why and How of Herbal Research with Shyla Earle

Shyla developed a surprising fondness for research while working on her thesis in the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies program at St. Catherine University. Her passion for research motivates her to share her skill set with people interested in learning how to find, understand, and use research literature.

In this session, we will briefly discuss the field of research. Knowing basic research ideas will improve our search for herbal studies and understanding of the elements of good research. We will discuss tactics for seeking out studies and together we will look for herbal research. Participants can obverse database searches via video projection or bring a laptop for hands on experience. We will examine several studies to discuss their components, and compare them to identify quality research. We will learn basic terminology and how to understand study findings. A power point presentation and a printed resource list will be provided.

Digital Tools for Your Business with Clare Gardner Nieto

Are you interested in expanding digital capabilities for your business? Does having a “social media presence” sound too time-consuming or overwhelming? How do you manage client records? Provide information to your clients? Get paid? Track mileage? Maintain records for taxes? 

As healers, our main focus is on the well-being of our clients and we want to spend as little time on business as possible. But adding digital tools to your business does not have to be difficult or time-consuming. In fact, it can save you oodles of time! Besides, as Millennials become a larger demographic of our practice, we need to keep up with their preference for digital access in order to stay viable and maintain our client base. In this session, Clare will walk you through her list of favorite digital tools, tips and tricks to increase your efficiency and bolster your online presence. 


One Comment

  1. Hi Nicole, Registration is not open yet but Lise and I are working on selecting our teachers and workshops for the 2016 festival. This year’s festival will be held on Sunday, September 18th.

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