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 2019 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.
16th Annual Minnesota 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 20, 2020
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 for the 2020 festival will be available in early 2020. Check back!
Schedule of Events
You can download here and print the schedule at home.
8:30-9:00 Welcome Circle
9:00-10:30 Session One
11:00-12:30 Session two
12:30-2:00 Lunch and Dessert Buffet and Plant Walks
2:00-3:30 Session Three
4:00-5:30 Session Four
Read our instructor biographies here. Or click on the links below to see their websites or blogs.
Herbs for Dental Health with Kathleen Wildwood
Many of our wild local green allies stand ready to help us create a healthy smile and fresh breath naturally. In this class we will discuss herbal remedies (including tinctures, poultices, rinses and more) and other natural tools for building strong teeth, promoting healthy gums, and maintaining everyday oral health. You will learn what you can do when you are faced with infected gums, loose or crumbling teeth, an upcoming dental implant, or persistent bad breath, and how to make a dentist your ally while keeping your power.
Healing the Brain-Gut-Microbiome Axis with Kathleen Wildwood
Explore the powerful “forgotten organ” of human gut flora/fauna and its unique relationship with the brain and digestive system. Just as the soil microorganisms affect the health of our planet, our internal microbiota play important roles in our health and vitality. Kathleen will share information about the surprising roles microbes play in nutrient absorption, mood, cognition and pain. Come learn about this fascinating system and the herbs, foods and lifestyle choices that promote a healthy internal ecosystem.
Check back often. Workshops descriptions are forthcoming.