Ojai Herbal Symposium on “Natural Resilience” to be held November 16-18, 2018

The first ever Ojai Herbal Symposium will take place from Friday evening, November 16, through Sunday evening, November 18, on the theme of  “Natural Resilience.” The Symposium will present respected experts, authors, and speakers from across the spectrum of modern herbalism, pharmacy, integrative medicine, Oriental medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and Chumash healing. Classes will be accessible to the professional and non-professional alike. 

After an opening blessing by Chumash elder Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, internationally recognized phytochemical researcher Dr. Kevin Spelman will deliver the keynote address Friday evening at Krotona Hall. Dr. Spelman’s research includes brain and ovarian cancer and clinical investigations, immunological studies, and chemical analysis on numerous medicinal plants. He is known for his expertise on the molecular biology of medical Cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD). 

The Symposium will continue all day Saturday in Krotona Hall with presentations by Dr. Spelman, pharmacologist Dr. James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy, herbalist Sandy Messori of Rivendell Aromatics, licensed acupuncturist and medicinal plant specialist Dr. Fred Siciliano, and integrative pharmacist Pam Tarlow, PharmD, of Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy.

Amanda McQuade Crawford

A Phytotherapeutic Phunk Dance and Elixir Bar for symposium attendees 21 years of age and older will be held Saturday night from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Greater Goods in Meiners Oaks. 

Sunday’s schedule will begin with early morning activities including yoga, a medicinal garden tour, and an herb walk with Lanny Kaufer. Sunday morning lectures will follow for the general assembly in Krotona Hall by internationally known herbalist and author Amanda McQuade Crawford, integrative oncologist Dr. Mary Hardy, and Mela Gaskins Butcher, founder and director of the Center for Ayurveda. 

At the lunch break on Sunday, starting at 12 noon, a public Herbal Marketplace will open at Chaparral Auditorium in downtown Ojai and remain open to the public until 6 p.m. Meanwhile the Symposium will continue in the afternoon with small breakout sessions at various downtown locations featuring the speakers mentioned above in addition to clinical herbalist and product developer Jess Starwood of SunRaven Apothecary, Chumash educator Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, Dr. Nathan Kaehler of Ojai Herbs and Acupuncture, herbalist Carol Wade of Ojai School of Herbal Studies, and Tonantzin Cihualcoutl Guerra, founder of the Native Women’s Herbal Medicine Festival.

Registration is $255 in advance until November 9 and $285 beginning November 10. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Greater Goods Relief Fund for community support in the aftermath of the December 2017 fires. Student discounts and Continuing Education credits may be available upon request. 

Volunteers are needed to staff the event in exchange for admission. Vendor applications are being accepted for the Herbal Marketplace. Those interested in volunteering or vending can apply online at OjaiHerbalSymposium.org, by email at I[email protected]or by phoning event organizer Lanny Kaufer at 805-646-6281.

The Ojai Herbal Symposium is presented by the “Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer” series of educational events, an Ojai mainstay since 1976. For all information visit OjaiHerbalSymposium.org or call 805-646-6281.

  •   Ojai Herbal Symposium on “Natural Resilience”
  •   Krotona Hall and various downtown locations
  •   Friday, November 16, through Sunday, November 18 
  •   Respected experts, authors, and speakers from across the spectrum of modern herbalism, pharmacy, integrative medicine, Oriental medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and Chumash healing

•   Phytotherapeutic Phunk Dance and Elixir Bar for symposium attendees 21 years of age and older: Saturday night 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. at Greater Goods in Meiners Oaks.


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