Building Community Health through Herbalism
We will use the Herbalista Free Clinic Project as a model to explore topics such as: building a stronger health network through community outreach and education, creative ways of improving a free clinic’s economic viability, and mobile medicine as a means of expanding treatment capacity for rural and underserved communities.
Botanicals, Quality & the Importance of Organoleptics
Jane will explain the aspects of quality control of herbs in industry, specifically, the importance of using organoleptic techniques in assessing quality. There will be samples of good and poor quality herbs to work with in a practical way in order to to demonstrate organoleptic techniques and principles in practice. Organoleptic testing is the analysis of the properties and quality of products and materials, in our case herbal material, by means of the sense organs; using the virtues of taste, smell, appearance (both macro and micro), and touch.
Herbal and Nutritional approaches to the treatment of PCOS
Orthodox medicine has little to offer in terms of safe, effective treatments for women with PCOS, particularly those who wish to become pregnant, while herbal medicine is an effective approach to treatment in many cases. This presentation will include: Energetic and biomedical approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of PCOS; Understanding and interpreting blood and other diagnostic tests to help guide treatment strategies; and herbal medicine, nutrition and lifestyle approaches to treatment, including strategies to address hormone imbalance, insulin resistance, obesity, acne, hirsutism and infertility.
A Glimpse of Our Herbal Heritage
In your herbal practice, can you imagine regularly working ninety hours and more a week, having patients queuing down the street and round the block hours before your herbal surgery opened, seeing cases of smallpox, diphtheria, T.B., severe malnutrition, treating pneumonia at a time when the odds were heavily against survival? Illustrated by his rich documentary and film archive of herbal practice, Kevin will bring to life the colourful daily reality of a busy herbal practice in the East End of London in the1920’s and 1930’s, providing a fascinating, tangible and inspiring link to our medical herbalist ancestors.
Lesser Used Irish Herbs- Pharmacy at the doorstep
There are so many local Irish herbs, such as Prunella, Ribes, Potentilla or Polygonum among many others, which for whatever reason are not used as much among modern Irish herbalists, yet they are still popular herbal medicines in Central Europe. Vilma will explore traditional uses and will look into research on some of the local herbs. Can we reduce the air-miles and have even more sustainable herbal practices by incorporating more of the local Irish herbs growing at our doorsteps? Lets cast our eyes around us and bring some forgotten herbal gems into our herbal pharmacies.
Airmid Brigid and the Elder; Re-instating the Feminine in our craft and our view of our plant allies
An investigation of our approach to healing, herbal medicine and the plants drawing on some of the strong female archetypes and exploring some local allies from this perspective. An exploration to reclaim some forgotten wisdom and to re-interpret some of our recent approaches.
One of the HerbFeast founders who stood down last year from an organisational role, has been invited back to speak at this year’s event. Danny has spent 30 years working with plants and plant medicines and his topic will be on the tacit appreciation of plant knowledge showing how ancient cultures can still inform modern practice; and importantly that the drift from traditional values into a more academic and scientifically-orientated approach may offer more risks than benefits by limiting the idea of what knowledge really is.
7.30pm Opening circle in Conference room
8 – 10pm Social/Poster session/Stalls
830-930am Morning yoga with Sarah Fox /
Herb Walk with John Maher
930 – 10am Registration, tea
Vilma Matuleviciute – Lesser Used Irish Herbs- Pharmacy at the doorstep
Jane Wallwork-Gush – Botanicals, Quality & The Importance of Organoleptics
1430-1600 Lecture Lorna Mauney Brodek – Building Community Health through Herbalism
1630 – 1800 Lecture Danny O’Rawe
18150 – 1945 Dinner
1945 – 2045 Plenary – discussion on herbal topics with panel of lecturers
2045 onwards Herbal Jeopardy, music…
0900-1000 Morning yoga with Sarah Fox /
Herb Walk with Jo Goodyear
10-1130 Lecture Marie Reilly – Herbal and Nutritional approaches to the treatment of PCOS
1200-1330 Lecture Nikki Darrell – Airmid Brigid and the Elder; Re-instating the Feminine in our
craft and our view of our plant allies
1430-1600 Lecture Kevin Orbell-McSean – A Glimpse of Our Herbal Heritage
1600-1630 Closing circle
This is an extra event not included in the Herbfeast admission price.
10:00-16:00 The Teaching Rooms 6 Sidney Place Wellington Rd. Cork City
Herbal Foot Care for Hardworking Feet & Mobile Medicine
A full day intensive with Lorna Mauney Brodek
The day will broken down into 2 parts. One part with be an overview of the Herbal Foot Care service that Lorna and team lovingly deliver at The Harriet Tubman Free Foot Clinic in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The other part of the intensive will more deeply explore some topics from her Herbfeast presentation, including the running of mobile herbal clinics and other projects within the Herbalista Network.
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MEAL TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE
(but for those who have already bought them here’s the menu)
Day 1: Italian Theme
Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Lasagna
Slow Cooked Thyme, Tomato and Baby Potato Salad, Olive Oil, Balsamic and Honey Dressing
Carrot, Fennel and Red Onion Slaw, Creamy Roast Garlic Dressing
Batavia, Roast Squash, Gorgonzola Salad, Soft Herb and Caper Vinaigrette
Day 2: Middle Eastern Theme
Slow Cooked Tagine of Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Apricots
Mezze-Cumin Roast Aubergines, Hummus, Marinated Olives, Mint and Cucumber Tzatziki
Toasted Barley, Lemon and Summer Herb Tabouleh
Spiced Cous Cous, Chargrilled Courgette, Tomato Red Onion and Almond
Pea, Lime and Mint Salad
Tamil Vegetarian Feast
3 rice dishes: coconut rice, jeera rice, lemon tice
Curries: Aloo Gobi (Potato & Cauliflower), Muttar Paneer, Avial cabagge in yougurt
Green gram (lentil) salad with fresh carrots
Pompadams, Pickle, and Raita (yogurt salad)