Symposium Schedule / 2 column



November 16 (Friday)

Krotona Hall

6:00PM ~ Check-In and Late Registration
Check-in for those already registered and late registration will begin Friday evening at Krotona Hall before the Opening Blessing by Julie Tumamait-Stenslie.

6:45PM ~ Opening Blessing by Chumash elder Julie Tumamait-Stenslie
Julie Tumamait-Stenslie has traced her family lineage from her father Vincent Tumamait to at least 11 known Chumash villages and as far back as the mid-18th Century. She is currently the Tribal Chair of the Barbareño/Ventureño Band of Mission Indians (Chumash). Read More

7:00PM ~ Keynote Address by Dr. Kevin Spelman
“Insights into Resilience: The Human-Plant Connection”. Read More

9:00PM ~ Social Hour
Join other symposium attendees for socializing at an Ojai venue to be determined.


November 17 (Saturday)

Krotona Hall

8:00AM ~ Check-In
Check-in for the weekend will continue at Krotona Hall prior to the first talk of the day.

9:00AM ~ Welcome and Introductions

9:30AM ~ James Adams, PhD
“Curing Chronic Pain” Read More

10:45AM ~ Sandy Messori, BS Ornamental Horticulture
“The Genesis of Rivendell Aromatics” Read More

11:45AM ~ Kevin Spelman, PhD
“Cannabidiol: The Anxiolytic, Anti-Inflammatory, Analgesic, Nootropic, Non-Euphoric Cannabinoid” Read More

12:45PM-2:15PM ~ LUNCH BREAK
Click here for lunch suggestions. Read More

2:15PM ~ Fred Siciliano, OMD, LAc, MH
“The Role of Nutritional Herbology in Natural Resilience” Read More

3:15PM ~ Pam Tarlow, PharmD
“Drug/Herb/Nutrient Interactions” Read More

4:30PM ~ Kevin Spelman, PhD
“The Terpenes of Cannabis” Read More

8:00PM-11:00PM ~
Phytotherapeutic Phunk Dance & Elixir Bar
at Greater Goods in Meiners Oaks
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November 18 (Sunday)


8:00AM ~ Carol Wade, RH (AHG)
“Medicinal Herb Gardens – An Earthy Avenue for Community Health” Read More

8:00AM ~ Mela Gaskins Butcher, MS
Morning Yoga: All Levels Welcome! Read More

8:00AM ~ Jess Starwood
Herb Walk Read More


9:30AM ~ Amanda McQuade Crawford, MFT #107854, RH (AHG) & Mary Hardy, MD
“Medicinal Foods & Herbs: Which Adaptogen Suits You?” Read More

11:00AM ~ Mela Gaskins Butcher, MS
“Building Life Force Through Ayurvedic Botanical Medicines” Read More

12:00PM – 2:00PM ~ LUNCH BREAK
Click here for lunch suggestions. Read More


12:00PM-6:00PM ~ Herbal Marketplace
Chaparral Auditorium. Herbal Products and more for sample and sale. Open to the general public. Vendor applications welcome. Read More


2:00PM ~ Carol Wade, RH (AHG)
“Adaptogens, Nootropics, and Nervines- A Powerful Herbal Trinity” Read More

2:00PM ~ Julie Tumamait-Stenslie
“Learning the Language of the Earth and Its Plant World” Read More

2:00PM ~ Tonantzin Cihualcoutl Guerra
“Creating a Medicinal Ointment” Read More

2:00PM ~ Fred Siciliano, OMD, LAc, MH
“Ginger Root Tea & Mint Tea: Valuable Healing Agents and Resilient Friends” Read More


3:20PM ~ Tonantzin Cihualcoutl Guerra
“Perseverance, Prayer and Joy” Read More

3:20PM ~ Jess Starwood, MS Herbal Medicine
“Wild Epicure: Infusing Local Flavors and Healing Herbs into Gourmet and Everyday Cuisine for Vibrant Health” Read More

3:20PM ~ Mela Gaskins Butcher, MS
“Ayurveda’s Most Celebrated Herbal Medicines” Read More

3:20PM ~ Nathan Kaehler, DACM, LAc
“Herbs for Psycho-Spiritual Resilience and Healing Trauma, including PTSD” Read More


4:40PM ~ Tonantzin Cihualcoutl Guerra
Closing Circle Read More


5:00 – 6:00PM ~ Herbal Marketplace continues
Chaparral Auditorium. Read More

Contact Us

Lanny Kaufer

Phone: 805-646-6281



Contributing to Community

Thank to our sponsors, including Sespe Creek Collective, we will be able to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Greater Goods Relief Fund, dedicated to those in the Ojai area affected by the Thomas Fire of December 2017 who have significant losses and little support.