2019 Ojai Herbal Symposium

November 16-17, 2019, at Krotona Hall

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The Ojai Herbal Symposium on “The Wisdom of the Body” will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 16-17, 2019, at Krotona Hall in Ojai CA.

Online registration is now closed. Please register at the door at Krotona Hall, 2 Krotona St., Ojai CA 93023 beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and pay by cash or credit card via PayPal. 

Full weekend registration includes a choice of one of these Sunday morning activities: Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden Tour with Carol Wade, Herb Walk at Cluff Vista Park with Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer , or Sweet Morning Yoga with Francesca Gold at Hamsa Studio.

Registration fees:

  • Full weekend: $295 (includes all classes and Sunday morning activities). 
  • Saturday or Sunday only: $150
  • Individual presentations: $30
  • PhytoPhunk Dance and Herbal Elixir Bar Saturday night at Greater Goods is by donation at the door.
  • Herbal Marketplace at Chaparral Auditorium is free and open to the public.

Please note: All registrations paid via PayPal will include PayPal fees in the final price.  Visit the Tickets page for details.

Acupuncturists, please note: We are Continuing Education Provider #1526, certified by the California Acupuncture Board. All our classes are approved for Continuing Education credit with a possibility of 12.5 Category 1 CEUs  and 2 Category 2 CEUs per attendee. There is no additional charge for CEUs.

Full-time students: Students with proof of enrollment in a school, college, herbal academy, etc., may register with our student discount. See details here.

This year’s theme, “The Wisdom of the Body,” is borrowed from the title of Walter Cannon’s classic 1932 physiology textbook on homeostasis. Our esteemed presenters reflect a wide spectrum of medical and healing communities. They bring verifiable science and years of clinical experience to the discussion of medicinal herbs that can help our bodies maintain a healthy balance.

A portion of all proceeds from the Symposium will be donated to the Greater Goods Disaster Relief Fund which began after the 2017 Thomas and Koenigstein Fires and has dispersed $180,000 thus far to those who suffered losses.

  • November 16, 2019 9:15 AM
    Chumash Blessing by Patrick Tumamait

    “The culture and the people are still alive. Our life entails protecting the cultural history and ancestry of our people, having people recognize the past as a legacy to our future. Protection and awareness so that we can share it with others and preserve it for the future generations to come. We have to remind ourselves that we are the Gate Keepers of the World in all its of glory and beauty and not take it for granted for Mother Earth is almighty. We’re fortunate to have people who want to listen and learn about our culture. I feel honored to be associated with those people.”

  • November 16, 2019 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Saturday Keynote: "Prana and Qi: Homeostasis and the Wisdom of the Body in Classical Asian Medicine"

    The concepts of prana and qi are the foundation of classical Asian medicine, as well as its closely related yogic, meditative and spiritual lineages. Both Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine use sophisticated concepts to describe, diagnose and treat imbalances of prana and qi, thereby restoring homeostasis of body, mind and spirit. A comparative study of the similarities and differences between the terms prana and qi gives us a deeper and broader understanding of both; this deeper knowledge of prana and qi can in turn be applied to understanding the principles of physiological homeostasis from the Western scientific perspective, and vice versa. (1.5 Category 1 Acupuncture CEUs)

  • November 16, 2019 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    "Botanical Balancing of Hormones for Women & Men"

    Knowing just a few safe and effective plants can help people ease hormonal changes that affect moods and skin during puberty, blood sugar levels, risk of BPH for men, and women's difficult cycles and hot flashes. (1 Category 1 Acupuncture CEU) 

  • November 16, 2019 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
    Saturday lunchtime: Three Treasures Qigong class

    In this class we will practice an ancient Qigong technique to connect with, cultivate and nourish the Three Treasures (Jing, Qi & Shen) of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Upon completion of the class participants will be able to identify the Three Treasures and perform a practice of cultivating them for use in their own practice. (0.5 Category 2 Acupuncture CEU)

  • November 16, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    "Clinical and Practical Uses of Jing Tonic Herbs"

    This class will focus on the major herb group known as the Jing tonic herbs. These herbs have played a key role in Asian herbalism for thousands of years and may be employed with great benefit in modern herbal practices by trained herbalist practitioners. First, there will be an introduction to the concept of Jing and Jing tonic herbs, how these herbs play a key role in Chinese-style health cultivation and how they support healthy aging in the modern world, including some advanced theory and modern cutting-edge scientific perspective. Ron will discuss the role Jing plays in the aging process, including in inflammation, and how Jing may be manipulated (enhanced and balanced) in order to improve health and promote longevity, from a clinical perspective. Secondly, Ron will introduce several important diagnostic and evaluative methods in order to determine the Jing status of the client. Thirdly, Ron will discuss the most important Chinese tonic herbs. (1 Category 1 Acupuncture CEU)

  • November 16, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:00PM
    "Medicinal Benefits of Plant Terpenes"

    This class will discuss plant terpenes that are used or should be used clinically in several diseases and other medical conditions. (1 Category 1 Acupuncture CEU)

  • November 16, 2019 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
    "Combining Herbs & Essential Oils, Part 1"

    Combining Herbs and Essential Oils: Principles and Formulas
    This two part presentation introduces the principles of how to combine herbs and essential oils to create simple and effective formulas that safely and effectively treat common health challenges. Part 1: Nervous System
    In part one we will cover principles of combining herbs and essential oils to create blends for relaxing the nervous system and for strengthening the nervous system. You will learn how to create formulas for:
    Reducing stress and tension (circulating stagnant liver qi)
    Tension headaches (calming liver qi and qi stagnation)
    Nervousness and irritability (calming Shen)
    Stress related insomnia (relaxing liver qi stagnation, calming Shen)
    Supporting cognitive functions (nurturing Shen and kidney qi)
    Protecting the brain against toxins and aging (nourishing kidney qi and jing)
    Increasing memory and concentration (nourishing kidney qi and jing)
    Enhancing learning capacity (nourishing kidney qi and jing)

    (1 Category 1 Acupuncture CEU)

  • November 16, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    SPECIAL EVENT: "The Forest Table: A Wild Food Dining Experience"

    In this unique educational dining experience, participants will enjoy a gourmet eight course meal featuring unusual wild plants and mushrooms foraged from the local environment which will be prepared and served in a fine dining style. Between courses, Jess Starwood, local herbalist, forager and chef will present the plants and mushrooms used in each dish to explain their important health benefits and how to incorporate them into meals for everyday use and special occasions. Each course will be crafted from seasonal wild foods and organic ingredients sourced from local farms. Locally brewed drinks including mead, elderberry wine and herbal beers will be served and discussed throughout the meal. The meal is plant-based and free of gluten, soy, refined sugars, egg and dairy.

    This event is part of The Forest Table project by Jess Starwood, where she aims to present the abundance of what our natural environment offers us through the lens of creative, educational and multi-sensorial community experiences. These events highlight locally sourced foods to bridge the connection between the forest and the people. Memorable experiences shape and influence people's minds and hearts. Through these unique experiences, she hopes to cultivate a renewed sense of respect and responsibility for the care-taking of our land for a positive and sustainable future. (1 Category 1 Acupuncture CEU)

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a stand-alone special event associated with the Symposium but not included in the price of registration. Select the Tickets tab and click on the payment link for this event to secure your reservation.

  • November 16, 2019 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    PhytoPhunk Dance & Elixir Bar

    Befitting the Symposium's theme of homeostasis, AKA balance, we'll take a break from the academic study with a just-can't-help-movin' funk dance hosted by Greater Goods in Meiners Oaks featuring an Elixir Bar served by tonic herbalist Thom Dale. GG will also have alcoholic beverages on hand. Admission is by donation at the door.

  • November 17, 2019 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    "The Medicinal Herb Garden as Classroom"

    The Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden is arranged in the shape of a chambered nautilus whose 11 chambers or beds represent 11 body systems. This class will focus on 5 or 6 medicinal plants, chosen from several beds/systems, each with a history of clinical use related to that system and known for its role in helping the body to maintain homeostasis. This activity is included in full weekend and Sunday admission. (1 Category 1 Acupuncture CEU)

  • November 17, 2019 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    "Herb Walk"

    Southern California is home to many native herbs known for their nutritional and medicinal value. This class will visit a well-designed and maintained public native plant garden to identify and discuss 5 or 6 of these plants. The information shared will be useful for both herbal medical practitioners and those who use herbs as nutritional supplements or home remedies. Lanny is in his 43rd year of leading Herb Walks in Ojai and Southern California. This activity is included in full weekend or Sunday-only admission. (1 Category 1 Acupuncture CEU)

  • November 17, 2019 8:00 AM
    Sweet Morning Yoga with Francesca Gold

    Join us at Hamsa Studio for a sweet morning practice of Hatha Yoga which will include a balanced combination of poses incorporating dynamic movement and breath to loosen and free restrictions in the body and mind. This class will be taught by Ojai local advanced Yoga teacher & Yoga therapist Francesca Gold (https://www.gold.yoga). This class is open to all levels, even beginners! Class is held in Hamsa's beautiful movement space designed to relax the mind and uplift the spirit. Join us for a wonderful practice to start your day. Hamsa is a dance & movement studio, inspirational gift shop and conscious event center located in Meiners Oaks in the magical Ojai Valley.

    Speakers:
  • November 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 A.M.
    Sunday Keynote: "Marketing Magic: 7 Secrets to Building a Profitable Purpose-Based Business as a Healer"

    The talk will give key marketing how-to’s for those in the healing professions. Participants will learn some key digital marketing skills as well as a communication strategy for clarifying their mission for current and potential clients. (1 Category 2 Acupuncture CEU)

  • November 17, 2019 11:00AM - 12:00 PM
    "Combining Herbs & Essential Oils, Part 2"

    Combining Herbs and Essential Oils: Principles and Formulas
    This two part presentation introduces the principles of how to combine herbs and essential oils to create simple and effective formulas that safely and effectively treat common health challenges. Part 2: Digestive System and Detoxification
    In part two we will cover principles of combining herbs and essential oils to create blends for treating digestive problems and for detoxification.
    You will learn formulas for:
    Dyspepsia and indigestion (wood attacking earth, stomach fire)
    Anorexia (spleen qi deficiency)Hydrochloric acid imbalances and esophageal reflux (stomach fire)
    Constipation (stagnant intestinal qi)
    Food poisoning and bacterial infections (damp heat in intestines) Enhancing gentle and natural detoxification through the respiratory, digestive, urinary and lymphatic systems

    (1 Category 1 Acupuncture CEU)

  • November 17, 2019 12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
    Sunday lunchtime: Three Treasures Qigong class

    In this class we will practice an ancient Qigong technique to connect with, cultivate and nourish the Three Treasures (Jing, Qi & Shen) of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Upon completion of the class participants will be able to identify the Three Treasures and perform a practice of cultivating them for use in their own practice. (0.5 Category 2 Acupuncture CEU)

  • November 17, 2019 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    "An Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System"

    This course offers participants specialized education that covers at an introductory level how plants, including but not limited to cannabis, affect the human body by stimulating the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The class will:
    ▪ identify major components of the endocannabinoid system
    ▪ present the basic rationale for the broad therapeutic effects of cannabinoids and terpenes from a variety of plants acting through the ECS
    ▪ explain how CBD can influence and enhance the effects of THC in cannabis
    ▪ discuss the role that diet, lifestyle, botanicals and acupuncture have on the endocannabinoid system

    (1 Category 1 Acupuncture CEU) 

  • November 17, 2019 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    "Turmeric - Modern Therapeutic Applications of an Ancient and Powerful Herb"

    This class will provide a review of the current medical literature describing the benefits and medical applications of this powerful herb. Turmeric is being widely applied and researched across multiple medical specialities and in some of the most impressive academic settings in the world. We will discuss this data regarding mechanisms of action within the human body, dosing, formulations and bioavailability, and outcomes in studies using turmeric as a preventative and therapeutic herb. (1 Category 1 Acupuncture CEU) 

  • November 17, 2019 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
    "Our Heart's Garden: Herbs to Cultivate Balance of Heart & Mind"

    The garden-like views of mind in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicines help us understand the heart's complex and important role in balancing our mental, emotional and physical health; it is not simply a distributor of blood. Recent high-quality medical research indicates destructive forms of anger play a significant role in heart disease. Chinese herbs can both calm the heart and improve lab markers, for example, in unstable angina. This presentation will bring a deeper understanding of how some widely available herbs and foods can help address imbalances of the heart, and enable us to be calmer, more compassionate beings. (1 Category 1 Acupuncture CEU) 

Licensed Acupuncturist, Floracopeia
David Crow, L.Ac., is a renowned plant medicine pioneer, acupuncturist, Ayurvedic practitioner, and aromatherapy expert. He has been a clinician, consultant, researcher and educator for over 30 years and has taught extensively for over two decades in the US and Canada and online internationally. He is the author of four books, including Plants That Heal, In Search of the Medicine Buddha, and Sacred Smoke. Along with his wife Sara Crow he is the founder and owner of Floracopeia, Inc.
Founder, Club Magic Hour & Zhena's Gypsy Tea
Zhena Muzyka is a socially responsible business leader who founded Zhena’s Gypsy Tea in 2000 and helped to pioneer fair trade & biodynamics in the food & beverage industry. From authoring her bestselling book, Life by the Cup, she went on to become the head of her own publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster where she published 40 wellness, spirituality & ecology books which educated and entertained readers globally. Her new endeavor Magic Hour combines organic tea & botanicals with transformational wellness teachings in a subscription box & is already finding a global audience.
Master Herbalist, Dragon Herbs
Ron Teeguarden is a widely recognized Master Herbalist who has been a practicing herbalist since 1971. He has studied with some of the world’s leading herbal practitioners and scholars and has been teaching about herbs since 1974. As an herbal practitioner, Ron has worked with thousands of clients. His experience as a practicing herbalist has made him a highly sought-after consultant by elite athletes, spiritual seekers and entertainers, among others. Ron is the proprietor and Master Herbalist of Dragon Herbs, a very highly regarded supplier of tonic herbs and superfoods.
MFT, Dip. Phyto., RH (AHG), MCPP
Amanda McQuade Crawford practiced as a Consultant Medical Herbalist for decades before she became a licensed therapist (MFT).  She graduated from Britain’s College of Phytotherapy, is a Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild, and a consultant in the natural products industry. She continues to serve the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia as a Review Panelist and the American Botanical Council as an Advisory Board Member. She is the author of two books on women’s health: Herbal Remedies for Women and The Natural Menopause Handbook.
Doctor of Naturopathy, Licensed Massage Practitioner
Dr. Jake F. Felice, N.D., L.M.P. is a charismatic public speaker and social media expert on the topic of medical cannabis. He provides scientific, medical, public relations, and compliance based advice for companies in emerging and existing cannabis markets. Clinically, Dr. Felice specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and the improvement of human performance. Dr. Felice’s comprehensive approach to pain blends traditional healing practices with the best of modern science. Therapies include manual medicine, cranial-sacral therapy, visceral manipulation, and medical cannabis evaluations.
M.D., Department of Internal Medicine + Pediatrics
Jena Sussex, M.D., was born and raised in California. She received a Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at USC. Her interest in preventative medicine led her to volunteer as an HIV pre- and post-test counselor in Los Angeles and abroad, and on graduation she was honored with USC’s Global Scholar Award for her work with infectious disease prevention programming in Tanzania. She went on to complete her medical degree at USC and is now a practicing Resident Physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at a large urban public hospital in Los Angeles.
USC School of Pharmacy
Jim Adams is a Professor of Pharmacology at the USC School of Pharmacy. He was trained by a Chumash Indian Healer for 14 years. Dr. Adams has been teaching pharmacy students, medical students, doctors and other healthcare professionals for over 25 years while researching the natural pharmaceutical compounds in native plants. He will discuss plant terpenes that are used or should be used for pain treatment as well as several other medical conditions.
RH (AHG), Ojai School of Herbal Studies, Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden
Carol Wade, RH (AHG), has been practicing as a professional herbalist and nutritional counselor for over 25 years, and is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. Her garden, the Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden in Ojai, California, serves as a hub for several medicinal herb-oriented ventures that bring the idea of using medicinal herbs in daily living as a viable and logical choice to the community at large.
DACM, LAc, Tibetan Amchi, MA Psychology
Nathan Kaehler, DACM, LAc, Tibetan Amchi, MA Psychology, has practiced custom Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for 18 years at his clinic, Ojai Herbs & Acupuncture. With 550 herbs onsite he has a wide-ranging general practice along with specialties in treating psycho-emotional challenges and skin conditions. He holds the DACM (Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine) and after 7 years study in Tibetan medicine will complete the Tibetan Katchupa Degree in 2019.    
Clinical Herbalist, SunRaven Apothecary
Jess Starwood is an herbalist, forager and plant based chef. She has a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine and training in holistic nutrition and mycology. Jess is the owner of SunRaven Apothecary in Thousand Oaks, California which offers a selection of locally wildcrafted herbal and medicinal mushroom products. She offers multi-course wild food dinners and teaches herbalism and wild food classes and workshops for adults and children.
Tonic Herbalist, Qigong Trainer
"Herbal Thom" Dale has practiced Qigong extensively with Supreme Science Qigong Foundation (SSQF) since 2005, with 1500+ hours of training. He was certified in 2006 as a workshop facilitator and teacher trainer, specializing in all Qigong Healing Levels 1, 2, 3 (Wuji Style) and 4 (Nei Gong), with further training in the Food Healing Science, Wuji for Kids, and Pranayama (breathwork). He has completed more than 30 4-day workshops, including the national tour with SSQC, assisting in 4-day seminars and personally training and certifying instructors.
Chumash Elder
Patrick Tumamait is the son of Vincent Tumamait & Lucy Castro Tumamait. He grew up in the Ojai Valley and still lives in the Meiners Oaks neighborhood near the birthplace of his great, great grandmother, Maria Ricarda Alulalmeque, who was raised in the Chumash village of Matilija. Pat can trace his family lineage from his father to at least 11 known Chumash villages and as far back as the mid-18th century. “The culture and the people are still alive. Our life entails protecting the cultural history and ancestry of our people, having people recognize the past as a legacy to our future. Protection and awareness so that we can share it with others and preserve it for the future generations to come.”
Hamsa Studio will host Sweet Morning Yoga on Sunday morning. Since it’s inception in 2016, Hamsa has always been more than a movement studio -- it’s a space of respite where we come together to get lost in the bliss of movement, receive inspiration and support from our ever-growing community, relish in the strength and fluidity of our bodies, and leave with the spirit to take on the world. You will immediately feel inspired when you walk into our gorgeous 2,500 square foot Hamsa studio space located in the magical valley of Ojai, California.
Symposium Director
Lanny Kaufer, Ojai herbalist and native plant educator, is enjoying his 43rd year of leading “Herb Walks” and nature hikes in Ojai, Santa Barbara, and the surrounding area.  A retired public high school teacher with a Biology degree from the University of California, Lanny specializes in making learning about edible and medicinal plants accessible and fun for people of all ages. Lanny acquired much of his plant knowledge in field study with well-known herbalists and ethnobotanists, including the late William LeSassier and the late Chumash teacher Juanita Centeno.
Full Weekend "Early Bird" price
Save $50 through September 30

Price includes all 10 classes over two days plus choice of 1 Sunday morning activity. Does NOT include "The Forest Table: A Wild Dining Experience." Advance price from October 1 - November 13 will be $265. Full price from November 14 on will be $295.

$245
Saturday only

Includes all 5 Saturday classes at Krotona Hall. See Schedule tab for details.
Does NOT include "The Forest Table: A Wild Dining Experience."

$150
Sunday only

Includes all 5 Sunday classes at Krotona Hall and choice of 1 Sunday morning activity. See Schedule tab for details.

$150
Individual Classes

Please use PayPal link to sign up for as many classes as you like. Be sure to specify name of each class.

$30
"The Forest Table: A Wild Dining Experience"

In this unique educational dining experience, participants will enjoy a gourmet eight course meal featuring unusual wild plants and mushrooms foraged from the local environment which will be prepared and served in a fine dining style. Between courses, Jess Starwood, local herbalist, forager and chef will present the plants and mushrooms used in each dish to explain their important health benefits and how to incorporate them into meals for everyday use and special occasions. Each course will be crafted from seasonal wild foods and organic ingredients sourced from local farms. Locally brewed drinks including mead, elderberry wine and herbal beers will be served and discussed throughout the meal. The meal is plant-based and free of gluten, soy, refined sugars, egg and dairy.

$175

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for this event ends at end of day on Monday, November 11, due to intense planning required.

In this unique educational dining experience, participants will enjoy a gourmet eight course meal featuring unusual wild plants and mushrooms foraged from the local environment which will be prepared and served in a fine dining style. Between courses, Jess Starwood, local herbalist, forager and chef will present the plants and mushrooms used in each dish to explain their important health benefits and how to incorporate them into meals for everyday use and special occasions. Each course will be crafted from seasonal wild foods and organic ingredients sourced from local farms. Locally brewed drinks including mead, elderberry wine and herbal beers will be served and discussed throughout the meal. The meal is plant-based and free of gluten, soy, refined sugars, egg and dairy.

This event is part of The Forest Table project by Jess Starwood, where she aims to present the abundance of what our natural environment offers us through the lens of creative, educational and multi-sensorial community experiences. These events highlight locally sourced foods to bridge the connection between the forest and the people. Memorable experiences shape and influence people's minds and hearts. Through these unique experiences, she hopes to cultivate a renewed sense of respect and responsibility for the care-taking of our land for a positive and sustainable future.

The dinner is a stand-alone event to be held at Fisher Hall, 409 Topa Topa Drive, Ojai CA 93023 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday evening. It is not included in registration for the Symposium. Select the Tickets tab and click on the payment link for this event to secure your reservation.

Event Details
  • Start Date
    November 16, 2019 9:00 am
  • End Date
    November 17, 2019 5:00 pm
  • Location
  • Address
    2 Krotona St., Ojai CA 93023
  • Acupuncture CEUs
    The Ojai Herbal Symposium is Continuing Education Provider #1526 under the California Acupuncture Board. We are approved to offer 12.5 Category 1 CEUs and 2 Category 2 CEUs for a total of 14.5 possible CEUs.
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