No matter the challenges we’ve faced this year, now it’s time to celebrate.
Mark your calendars for the 2021 Florida Herbal Conference, February 25-27. It’s the tenth anniversary of the Sunshine State’s herbal gathering – and we want to celebrate the plants and this special community with YOU!
Life as we knew it turned on its head within days of our last Florida Herbal Conference. Had our 2020 event been but a week later, we may not have had a chance to gear up with all those herbal hugs last February. COVID came in like a tsunami and continues to influence how we relate, gather and move through the world.
While it may not be safe or wise to gather in person this year, we couldn’t pass the opportunity to connect with all of you – after all, these annual events have marked the years like a time-honored ritual that we look forward to year after year. For a decade, we’ve forged friendships with humans and plants alike. We’ve watched children grow into adults. We’ve witnessed seeds planted at the conference blossom into meaningful and magical community initiatives, all across Florida.
So this February, we got creative to ensure that we could still connect as a community to celebrate the plants and each other – and we want you to join us in honoring the milestone of a community ten years in the making.The 2021 Florida Herbal Conference will be an online event like you haven’t experienced yet. Let’s face it – we’re all Zoom fatigued and way past webinar-overload. In light of the necessity to shift to a virtual venue, we’ve changed the structure of this year’s gathering to ensure it is relevant, relatable, and realistic. We won’t beg you to stare at your computer for three straight days – as much as we love our herbal teachers, we know you’re already saturated with opportunities for online learning by now. Instead, we’re curating a special virtual event sure to get your mind heart and body flowing.
- You’ll find uplifting concerts from our headlining guests Rising Appalachia and Holy River so we can dance it out together from our living rooms.
- You’ll hear inspiring keynotes from our longtime Florida ethnobotany hero Marc Williams, and from our herbal fairy godmother and inaugural keynote speaker Rosemary Gladstar, returning after ten years to sprinkle some fairy dust on the seeds she planted with us at our first herbal conference in 2012.
- You’ll participate in interactive regional networking sessions to stay connected with neighbors and meet new friends in your area. You’ll enjoy a virtual Florida herb walk, and a special discussion from some of our past speakers how they’re meeting the challenges of Covid in their communities, with the plants by their side.
- As a bonus, you’ll also receive a key into a new community platform for Florida herbalists that will help you weave mycelium and continue nourishing herbal relationships – through the conference weekend, and all year long.
Best of all, this year’s conference is being offered by donation, with proceeds directed to herbal nonprofits whose work is more important than ever in the age of climate crisis, global pandemic, and a healthcare system in shambles. Each of us needs the medicine of herbal community right now, regardless of how well our bank account has weathered the pandemic – and the organizations working on behalf of the plants need our support to sustain their efforts now more than ever. By celebrating the tenth anniversary of our herbal community with us, you’ll take home a big dose of connection and inspiration, and be in service to the plants along the way.
Don’t miss your chance to join the 2021 Florida Herbal Conference – register today.