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What about the fire?
See Karen's note on the right

Three Separate Sessions
Session 1: May 16 - 19, 2014
Session 2: May 23 - 26, 2014
Session 3: August 29 - September 1, 2014
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We'll see you there! Come rain or shine!
Pre-registration Required (no drop-ins)
Can I attend for just one day? Click here for the answer.

Welcome

The Northern California Women's Herbal Symposium

PlantWomen gather! The Tribe comes together!
Now, three times a year women from many backgrounds of life gather together in great celebration for four full days of inspiring Herbal and Sustainability classes, gourmet vegetarian meals, talented campfire capers, amazing handcrafted marketplace items, Rites-of-Passage Ceremonies, powerful campfire drumming and dancing, refreshing swimming hole dips, and conversations with remarkable & inspiring women!

We meet together under the ancient oaks, douglas firs, and bay trees of Northern California. Our main gathering area is encircled by sixteen tipis with a large firepit in the center. All classes are held sitting on the ground under these majestic trees, or under shade tarps that we have set-up. At night we camp together, either in the tipis or in tents that we each bring.

During the days we are a gathering of women and children studying, teaching, learning, networking, and talking about plants, healing, and healthy lifestyles. When the sun goes down we become a playful and celebratory group, chatting, chanting, singing, showing off our talents, drumming and dancing into the night around the campfire.

We are a group of 350-400 women and children and we gather to learn from each other, to nurture and nourish each other, to take a break from our daily lives, to regenerate, refresh, dance, frolic, talk plants, and most of all, to have a REALLY GOOD THYME together!

Each session is a separate event. Do join us for one, two, or all sessions!

ASL interpretation is available upon request with advanced notice.

Location
We meet at Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, California, in Mendocino County, a beautiful site nestled among the native trees and home to Wavy Gravy's circus and performing arts children's Camp Winnarainbow. There are wild areas to explore here and two natural creeks that come together, offering excellent and refreshing dipping holes.

Classes & Intensives
Over 65 classes are offered throughout each session, including several four-hour intensives, covering many different aspects of Herbalism and sustainable lifestyles. Topics include: Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Flower Essences, Herb Walks, Herbal Crafts, Herbal Cultivation & Propagation, Magical Herbs, Herbal Treatments for Specific Disorders, Women's Health, and much more. Session 3 also offers Sustainable Living classes, including: Alternative Vehicle Fuels, Natural Building Techniques, Permaculture, Solar Energy, and much more.

Each session offers different classes and different teachers.

Our Teachers (check out our Teacher Bio section)
The majority of our teachers are Northern California women doing remarkable work in their field. We search out local women whose herbal and sustainability work is admired and appreciated.

Work Exchange and Scholarships
Several Work Exchange positions and Scholarships are available for women unable to pay the full regular registration fee. See Work Exchange and Scholarship pages for details.

Cost and Payment
Registration fee ($370-$475) is a sliding scale. This fee includes all classes, meals, camping, and events. The sliding scale is designed to provide access to women of low income. We depend upon a percentage of high paying participants in order to meet the Symposium budget. We expect women with access to money to pay the full fee. Please be honest. There are a limited number of spaces for young women, ages 12-20 ($150-$175), and Elders, ages 60 and over ($200-$250), at a special rate if needed. Children: $40-$80.

Cancellations and Refunds
If you cancel: If you cancel before May 1st we will refund your full registration minus a $75.00 processing fee. If you need to cancel after May 1st for Session 1 and 2 and August 1st for Session 2, you will need to find your own replacement and work out the finances directly with her. No refunds are available after this date (call us for possible replacements from our waiting list).

All requests for refunds must be in writing. No exceptions.
Please allow 3-5 weeks for refund processing

If we cancel: NCWHS has full intentions of holding the Symposium rain or shine. However, in the event that we are forced to cancel before May 10th, for sessions one and two, and August 10th for session three, we will refund as much of the registration fee as possible, to be determined at that time. If it becomes necessary for us to cancel after May 10th or August 10th, we may be unable to refund any of the registration fee.

ASL interpretation is available upon request with advanced notice.

*Please Note:
This year we we will continue the practice of using wristbands. Everyone will be expected to wear her wristband all weekend and anyone found without one, will be asked to leave. To honor ourselves, each other, the kitchen and the organizers it has become necessary to monitor in such a way. Thank you for understanding.

Can I attend for just one day? Click here for the answer.

We will gather at Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, California (Mendocino County)

Questions?
If you have any questions please email us: info@womensherbalsymposium.org, or call 707-824-1429

We look forward to hearing from you!

Green Blessings,
Terri Jensen & Karen Aguiar
NCWHS Organizing Team

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Hello Sweet Sisters,
I went up to Black Oak last night to assess the situation. I spent the night sleeping out in the open. The smoke is very nearly gone in camp now, just some haze up in the hills behind camp. I talked with the Camp Winnarainbow folks and I also went into town and talked with folks in Geiger's and Chief's Drive-in and Smokehouse (I was talking to firefighters while at Chief’s Drive in and Smokehouse and got most of my smoke exposure while ordering -hey, you all say it’s great- I had to check).

We have been talking with the Black Oak Folks also. They all said that it had been quite smoky but that now it is almost all cleared up, and everyday is better.

Some said that at the height of the fire the firefighters lit what they call backfires to create firebreaks and that these caused quite a bit of the heavy smoke.

Since the main fire is almost fully contained, the firefighters and helicopters that were staged at Black Oak are all gone now (apparently there were thousands of them there).

So we are going to hold the Symposium as planned. We are excited to see everybody!

Session 3
Regular registration - open
Children - open
Young women discount rate - full
Crone discount rate - full
Scholarships - full
Work exchange - full
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