The Gathering and our goals

The Green Gathering Herbal Conference is an annual educational event for novice and seasoned herbal practitioners in the Pacific Northwest. We gather in the spirit of advancing knowledge, promoting a system of sustainable healthcare, and honoring the healing traditions of our bioregion. Our goal is to elevate the practice of herbalism, increase access to botanical wellness, inform and educate on sustainable wildcrafting and create dialogue about the ways in which we might provide informed and integral practices.

This year is our 5th annual event happening on Camano Island, WA.  June 29th-July 1st
Tickets will cost $125 including camping or $98 for the three day pass

Proudly supported by the American Herbalists Guild - All proceeds from the Green Gathering go back into community based herbalism. 

the 5th Annual Green Gathering  - June 29 to July 1st 2018 -Camano Island State Park

This is the fifth year that we celebrate the practice of earth centered healing. Join us in the old growth forests of the Puget Sound surrounded by the Salish Sea. Combining the wisdom of local teachers and in- depth workshops we gather for 3 days of classes, camping, friends and fantastic food.  As always this event is a community gathering and we try to make it as affordable as possible, the price staying at $125 for camping and all classes or $98 for all classes. There are also cabins, day tickets, meal and childcare options on the Tickets page as well as volunteer opportunities. Camano Island is a drive on island 50 miles north of Seattle, Wa - Directions Here

 

Workshops and Teachers

The Pacific Northwest is home to many amazing plantfolk - clinical and community herbalists, medicine makers, gardeners, kitchen witches, beekeepers, and more. We are honored to have this rich diversity represented at GG. Experienced and renowned teachers, as well as saplings from the next generation of healers, will be sharing their wisdom with you. Come curious and expect to be inspired! View our list of teachers

The conference weekend includes 3 days of dynamic classes covering diverse perspectives and a wide range of topics for the budding and rooted herbalist. Herbalism is a practice that comes from a rich and varied lineage founded in the storytelling of experience passed down. Our teachers come from all over the PNW to share their wisdom and experience and their knowing. View the workshop details

 Additionally, we have scheduled an opening ritual, children’s camp, yoga classes, community potlucks, and an onsite clinic with opportunities for private consultations with Dr. Ryan Drum.  View our schedule

Join Us for a Fantastic Time At Kids Camp

We are excited to be announcing a very special herbalist leading the Kids Camp this year!

Welcoming Kristine Brown, author and creator of Herbal Roots Zine, a fantastic publication that has engaged kids of all ages in the practice of herbalism and fascination with plants. If you don't know this magazine we highly recommend checking it out - Here's what one reader has to say

"Though directed at kids, Herbal Roots Zine is IDEAL for adults.  I love how it keeps things simple, and I love the great, beautiful art. You get to learn through information and recipes sure, but the REAL magic is in the PLAY…songs, poems, crafts, puzzles and stories. These are the oldest form of human learning. We’re hard wired for it, and this is why Herbal Roots Zine is the most effective herbal learning tool I have seen. Kristine is an amazing artist and herbalist. As a mom of 4 kids, she has a true gift for connecting with kids. Though my own children really love Herbal Roots Zine, secretly, it’s me who spends the most time with it. Shhhh.-John Gallagher, L.Ac., LearningHerbs.com and creator of Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

So we are super excited she is leading programs for the 3-11 year olds including games, projects and observations of the local fauna around. Older children are encouraged to join in if they want to as well as being able to go of and play in supervised areas.

Kids Camp is included in child ticket for ages 3-11  - If you would like to register your child for Kids Camp please email  the name and age of your child(ren) to greengatheringwa@gmail.com to complete registration after ticket purchase.

Latest Gathering News and Herbal Gossip

Schedule and Teachers are announced! Check out our line up this year!

We are back to celebrating the festival in June, before crabbing gets into full swing so the park will have lots of space and less traffic. We will still be able to enjoy the sunset from the shoreline with our Saturday Night Herbal Pot Luck at the Beach Shelter, but otherwise all classes, events and meals will be focused at the group camp for greater convenience and less hill climbing. We are excited to be inviting back the wonderful Chef Chris Nau and his team who will be preparing delicious locally sourced meals. The opening and closing ceremony will be led again by Ylva Mara Radziszewski, of the Cunning Crow, with deep appreciation from all of us who got to experience her magic last year. New classes and teachers, exciting childcare programs led by Kristen Brown creator of Herbal Roots Zine, herbal entertainment will be all be posted here and on our facebook page or you can sign up to be sporadically updated on our email list

The Founders

The Green Gathering Herbal Conference is a grassroots educational and community event in its fifth year. The conference was born out of conversations between four herbalists who wished for a gathering rooted in a fierce commitment to plants and teachers, PNW bioregion, diversity in community, affordability, and accessibility. Out of this vision Alyssa, Anna, Kelly Ann and Natasha conjured up a space that is immersed in Nature, celebratory of our diverse local herbal scene, and global in perspective.

By weaving together many healing traditions and aspects of healing work (physical, emotional, spiritual), there are opportunities for both beginners and advanced practitioners to deepen their knowledge. It is also wildly fun! Our mission is to provide tools that empower folks to develop a respectful relationship with the plants that nourish and heal us. Join us as we reclaim our birthright - wellness and vitality through connection with Mother Earth, our human and plant family.