Southeastern Women’s Herbal Conference

What a lovely experience. My two daughters, Eli/21 and Minerva/9, attended the SEWHC in Flat Rock, NC during the first 3 days of October. We were overjoyed to get a vendor’s booth (our first ever!) and to be able to participate in the awesome workshops and intensives.

For various reasons I want to begin by talking about the Daycare program at the SEWHC. Miss Karen was the go-to person for the program and she was adorable. She had a really calm, easy going vibe and managed to wrangle about 10 kids ranging in age from 2-9 for 3 days with no losses. Minerva goes on record as being the very first of my children to tell me, “Mom? Can I go to daycare now? It’s so much fun!” She is also the first who never had to attend daycare so I could work away from home.

Eli took one class and one intensive. The class was with ALisa Starkweather and Eli loved it. She felt like she got enough out of that one class to make her happy about the entire trip. Her intensive was on the endocrine system and she took it because some other young ladies lauded the class they had taken with the same instructor. Eli was a bit disappointed in the intensive because the focus was solely on the thyroid, rather than the endocrine system as a whole. She did get some good information from the class but she probably would have been happier had she taken the Shamanic Astrology course we both were incredibly interested in but neither of us had the opportunity to attend.

I took 3 classes and 1 intensive. My favorite instructor was Teresa Boardwine and I wound up in both her Botanical Skincare and her Mountain Mama’s Apothecary classes without realizing they would be taught by the same person. She has an awesome presence and is a very engaging speaker. She’s funny, open and knows how to answer a stupid question with an, “Mmmm. Yes.” Heh. (Yes, it was me who asked it.)

Our vendor tent

Another class of note was the Conscious Dying class. At first I thought I didn’t get a whole lot out of it but it was one of those sneaky learning experiences–things keep sneaking up on me when I least expect it and I think, ‘Oh! That was cool.’ Sharon Bigger, the instructor was so whitebread/adorable that hearing her speak out as a witch came as something of a surprise…and a comfort.

Totally worth the money, the drive, the time. We hope we can get back up there next fall.


About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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