April 7 – 9, 2015: Learn & get inspired with 16 experts, authors & longtime practitioners sharing about wild food & fermentation, nourished eating, natural healing & more! For FREE access to the online summit, register here:
Janell Kapoor has been fermenting and foraging wild food for over 20 years. She is an award-winning mead maker and foody extraordinaire. Janell is Ashevillage’s founding director, co-producer of the Food As Medicine Summit and Whole Earth Summit, and founder of Kleiwerks International and the Permaculture School. She lives in Asheville, NC. “I hope you will join us for this summit and leave with something that will transform your diet and your life.”
Click on any photo to see the presenter’s bio. All interviews will be available for free for 48 hours after they air.
Tuesday, April 7
WILD FOOD & FERMENTATION
+ Asia Suler
Natalie Bogwalker is the founder and director of Wild Abundance LLC, the Living Skills School, and the Firefly Gathering, all based in and around Asheville, NC. Natalie teaches and shares tools and skills that are essential for living harmoniously within the natural systems of the earth. She also teaches with Wild Intelligence, the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, Maps Meet, Earthskills Rendezvous, Ashevillage, and has presented at universities. Natalie practices and shares skills she considers vital to humanity’s future, while living in a lovely, growing homestead nestled deep in the Southern Appalachians. She spends her time harvesting in the wild, building, gardening, planting, putting up food, growing, teaching, and scheming about how to introduce more people to earth-based living, all while worshiping the beauty around her.
Asia Suler is a writer, teacher, herbalist, and energy healer who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC. Asia holds a B.A in English, Anthropology, and Native American studies from Vassar College and a Reiki Masters degree. She began her journey into healing and plant-based medicine after early years of chronic pain. She began her formal study of herbs with Juliet Blankespoor at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and has continued to study, seek, listen, and learn since. Asia teaches at gatherings across the country and is blessed to work intimately with people and plants, spirit and stones. She is the creator and concoctress of One Willow Apothecaries, a small Appalachian-grown business that offers handmade, heartfelt magic and medicine.
+ Luke Cannon
Marc Williams is an ethnobotanist who has studied the people-plant connection intensively while employing botanicals for food, medicine, and beauty. His training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, concentrating in Sustainable Agriculture with a minor in Business from Warren Wilson College. Marc also holds a Masters degree in Appalachian Studies, concentrating in Sustainable Development with a minor in Geography and Planning from Appalachian State University. He is the Executive Director of Plants and Healers International, and on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies. Marc has taught hundreds of classes about the marvelous world of plants, people, and their interface. In the last few years, Marc has worked with over 50 organizations, as well as with Botany Everyday, an online botany course.
Luke Cannon, more than a botanist, is a long time pursuer and teacher of the magic and medicine of plants. His passions to study and understand the ecological intricacies of the natural world have led him throughout the Americas and across the globe. An avid naturalist, Luke draws from a diverse pool of knowledge, combining his botanical studies with his life experience in sustainable living, organic farming, permaculture, eco-village design, and rural homesteading. His course of studies include the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, Plant Biology at Cornell University, the Karuna Falls School of Permaculture (New Zealand), and John Young’s Art of Mentoring course. During the last decade, Luke has instructed several wilderness awareness programs, led walks for the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society, and taught at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, and the Appalachian School Of Holistic Herbalism. Luke currently lives in Western North Carolina, studying Appalachian ecology, and making his living as an ethnobotany instructor and environmental educator. He offers regular classes and walks to share his knowledge of the local plants, birds, mushrooms and his enthusiasm for building closer relationships with the wilds around us.
Wednesday, April 8
+ Ceara Foley
Juliet Blankespoor is the director and primary instructor at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, where she teaches the traditional art of bioregional community herbalism. In addition, she cultivates a diverse herb garden and apothecary, and enjoys dreaming up herbal concoctions in her free time. Juliet shares her plant obsession through her herbal articles and botanical photography in her Blog Castanea. She is currently developing an online program on growing herbs, along with writing and photographing her first book –Cultivating Medicinal Herbs- A guidebook to Growing Healing Plants in the Home Garden. Both the book and the course will be available June 2015.
Ceara Foley’s passion has always been connecting to the cycles of life. Her work with at-risk, inner-city children in Pennsylvania, Virginia and California sparked her love of healing through teaching. Ceara serves as director of the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism. She has led women’s spirituality circles since 1994, empowering women to reconnect with their inner and outer environments. In Oregon she worked with Medicine Flower creating aromatherapy products for mind, body, and spirit. Ceara serves as president of the North Carolina Natural Products Association board, is a certified herbalist and beekeeper, steward of Soulflower Botanical Sanctuary, Co-founder of North Carolina Plant Savers and NC American Herbalists Guild.
+ Todd Elliot
CoreyPine Shane: CoreyPine is Director of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and has been helping clients since the early 1990s by artfully blending Chinese and Western herbal traditions with a focus on local plants. As a seasoned wildcrafter, he has extensive knowledge of local plant identification as well as medicine making. He is an expert on herbal first aid, an experienced Street Medic and Wilderness First Responder. He has taught and led plant walks across the country, including the Medicines from the Earth Symposium, International Herb Symposium, Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference, AHG Symposium, Wild Herb Weekend, Midwest Herb Fest, and the Montana Herb Gathering.
Todd Elliot is a primitive skills instructor passionate about applying and preserving many traditional lifeways on his family homestead in the mountains of western North Carolina. He has worked with TV networks including PBS, National Geographic Channel, and UNC-TV. Todd has been involved with research projects exploring biological diversity on six continents and has discovered and described organisms new to science. He has lectured widely about various aspects of the natural world. Todd is an award-winning photographer with over 100 of his images published in books, magazines, scientific journals, and newspapers. In addition, he is a champion fiddler, storyteller, and performing artist who has played music and told tales on stages from Carolina to California.
Thursday, April 9
NATURAL HEALING & MORE
[Free & Online] Why Food as Medicine?
From the nutrient depleted soils of mono-cropped farms, to the overly processed and packaged foods that fill our supermarkets, to the body ailments that are more common today than even before; we must face the fact that our food system is broken. However, rather than dwelling on what’s not working, many of us are asking how we can upgrade the choices we’re making in our daily lives to improve our personal health and the health of the planet…
Join this first time online gathering of world renowned experts, best selling authors, and beloved teachers as they share their journeys and wisdom around using Food As Medicine. Gain valuable insight and inspiration for getting maximum medicinal value from everyday ingredients, boosting the nutritive properties of your food through traditional techniques, foraging for wild edibles and medicinal plants, boosting your immunity and digestion, and supporting a sustainable food system — all while creating a deeper connection with yourself, your diet…and the earth, itself.
Food As Medicine Summit is an opportunity to learn how to:
- Create a nourished kitchen using new & traditional foods & recipes
- Make herbal concoctions for digestion, anxiety, immunity & more
- Boost the nutritive properties of your food with fermentation
- Figure out what foods work best for your own body
- Understand modern homesteading principles
- Forage for wild mushrooms & other edibles
- Wild-craft medicine from local plants
- Ferment just about anything
Speaker Schedule – All interviews will be available for free for 48 hours after they air
April 7th — Wild Food & Fermentation: Bringing It Home!
5-6pm EDT — Sandor Katz: Wild Fermentation: Understanding the benefits of cultured foods in your everyday life
6-7pm EDT — Natalie Bogwalker & Asia Suler: Mineral Rich Bone Broths: Making nutrient dense broths for vitality & immunity (with Natalie). Ancient Roots, Ancient Foods: Preparing medicine & digestive bitters with nourishing roots (with Asia)
7-8pm EDT — Marc Williams & Luke Cannon: The Power of Wild Salad & Pesto: Foraging for detoxifying wild greens & edible flowers (with Marc). Wild Tea Party: Infusing & imbibing wild herbs for energy, balance, digestion & immunity (with Luke)
8-9pm EDT — Alan Muskat: Wild Mushroom Foraging: Basic tips from one of the country’s leading mushroom experts
April 8th — The Nourished Kitchen: Recipes, Foods & Tips For Your Healthy Lifestyle
5-6pm EDT — Jenny McGruther: Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-table tips for the traditional foods lifestyle
6-7pm EDT— Juliet Blankespoor & Ceara Foley: Kitchen Witchin: Making medicinal beverages, vinegars, oils & salts (with Juliet). Medicine From the Hive: Health enhancing powers of honey, pollen & propolis (with Ceara).
7-8pm EDT— CoreyPine Shane & Todd Elliott: Medicinal Properties of Culinary Herbs: Hidden powers in everyday food (with CoreyPine). A Wild Foraging Adventure: Harvesting herbs, mushrooms & other (with Todd).
8-9pm EDT — Dina Falconi: Foraging & Feasting: Native nutrition in our everyday lives
April 9th — Natural Healing & Well-Being Through How We Eat
5-6pm EDT— Alex Jamieson: Women, Food & Desire: Recipes & inspiration for a body & life you love
6-7pm EDT— Amie Valpone: Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Learn how to detox your food & your life
7-8pm EDT— Angelique Moss-Greer: Evolutionary Food & Herbs: The underground railroad & the soul food diet
8-9pm EDT — Jeremy Seifert: What’s on your plate? Gain insight into growing concern of citizens the world over
Dive Deeper with the Summit Presenters In Person: Workshops in Asheville, NC
Food As Medicine Workshops – Join us if you are interested in learning more through hands-on classes with the summit presenters…in a castle! By immersing yourself in an entire week, you will have the knowledge to integrate traditional practices, recipes, how-to methods, and new ideas into your day-to-day life. Have fun, enjoy the beautiful environs of Asheville, and make the long-range upgrades to your personal health and to the health of our planet with world-renown leading experts and a whole community of people who share your personal passion for food as medicine. Join in!
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