2020 minnesota herbal festival

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 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

10:30-11:00 break

11:00-12:30 Session two


12:30-2:00 Lunch and Dessert Buffet and Plant Walks

2:00-3:30 Session Three

3:30-4:00 Break

4:00-5:30 Session Four


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

Besty Nelson

Erin Piorier

Jane Hawley Stevens

Kathleen Wildwood

Lise Wolff

Matthew Wood



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.



  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.

    1. Hi Lira,
      Here’s the link. https://minnesotaherbalist.com/minnesotas-herbal-festival/minnesota-herbal-festival-registration/
      It’s on the main herbal festival page, but it’s one of those links you have to put your cursor over in order for it to illuminate. Sorry if that was confusing!

      Scroll down to pay via paypal and I will send you a confirmation email. Or print the page, fill it out and mail it with payment. Let me know if you have other questions.

  2. Is there scholarships or volunteering available to lower the cost of the ticket? Myself and two other women who have been teaching ourselves herbal medicine are very interested in coming, but can’t afford the price due to our low incomes.

    1. Hi Kelley, Preregistratn is not necessary. In fact, you can switch workshops mid-session if a particular class is not what you had in mind. Note that, you up may want to plan ahead with a few bucks cash for the tincture and oil/salve making class if you plan to attend those because there is a supply fee and you leave with a tincture or infused in for home use.

  3. Hi there,
    I’m curious if y’all have any work-exchange or volunteer options for reduced registration? I’m really hoping to be able to attend, learn, and participate in my herbal community!

    Thank ya kindly!!

  4. I’d love to bring my 14 yr old son. Would he be considered a child upon registration, or would I need to purchase a ticket for him as well. Thanks!

    1. Hi Val,
      Kids who are coming to play around ouside or babysit younger kids or babies in arms are free. If your son is coming as a participant to take part in classes and workshops, please register and buy a ticket. Let me know if you have other questions! You can reach me directly (where I respond a lot faster) at herbalist.erin@outlook.com

  5. Hello,

    My name is Rachel Delphine Berndt and I am a bioregional herbalist in Des Moines, Iowa. I have been writing for Plant Healer Magazine since 2015 and have taught various classes at both the Good Medicine Confluence and the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference.

    I would love to apply to teach at the next Minnesota Herb Festival. Any information you can provide me with as far as when and where I can apply would be wonderful.

    Thank you!

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