Calendar of Events

    Terra Vita Herbal Symposium @ Annaliese School
    Mar 2 @ 9:00 am – Mar 3 @ 4:00 pm
    Terra Vita Herbal Symposium @ Annaliese School

    Elise Higley of Oshala Farms and SEEDS Arts & Education, Inc. present the 7th annual Terra Vita Herbal Symposium in Laguna Beach. Herb Walks’ Lanny Kaufer will be leading two Herb Walks in the neighboring Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, one from 1:30-4:00 on Saturday and one from 9:30-12:00 on Sunday.

    To register for the symposium, click here. The best place to stay updated on the 7th Annual Terra Vita Herbal Symposium is at their facebook page. From that page, a little sneak prevue…

    2019 TVHS class Schedule
    Friday, March 1st
    Pre-conference Intensive
    6:30-9pm- Women’s Breast Health and Immunity Workshop with DeAnna Batdorff

    Saturday, March 2nd
    9-9:30 am Main Hall -teacher Introductions
    9:30-12 pm
    • Ayurvedic Weather Report with DeAnna Batdorff
    • Demystifying the Art of Making Hydrosols with Cindy Christ
    • Liver Energetics, Excess and Deficiency with Shana Lipner-Grover
    Interpreted from Michael Moore’s constitutional theory of excess and deficiency
    • Honeybee Medicine with Shannon Pitchard
    12-1:30 pm Lunch served in the Main Hall
    • Eyes Ears Nose and Throat: Preparing and Applying Herbal Formulas with Julie James
    • Growing a Southern California Medicine Garden with Jeff Higley
    • Brigid’s Fire: Ancestral Healing, Ancestral Wisdom, Our Relationship with Mother Nature with John Slattery
    • Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer

    Sunday, March 3rd
    9-9:30 main hall Introductions
    • Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer
    • Lymphatic Self Care-The River of Life with DeAnna Batdorff
    • Plant Energetics: Cultivating the Feeling of Sense with John Slattery
    12-1:30 pm Lunch served in the Main Hall
    • Botanical Support in Cancer Care with Julie James
    • Producing Medicinal Herbs for Making Medicine with Jeff Higley
    • The Science of Culinary Herbalism, from Botany to Clinical Applications with Shana Lipner-Grover beginner to intermediate

    Sunday 9:30- 4pm Earthroots Children’s Herb Camp ages 4-12

    Classes subject to change if need be

    Foraging and Survival Field Workshop with Christopher Nyerges @ Euterpe Farms and Ventura River Preserve
    Mar 9 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


    Join Lanny and very special guest Christopher Nyerges for an Ojai field workshop on Saturday, March 9, to learn foraging and survival skills. The workshop will begin with a morning plant walk on the Ventura River Preserve followed by an afternoon workshop at Euterpe Farms. Participants will learn to identify wild edible greens and other useful plants, make cordage from yucca, and see an introductory demonstration of primitive firemaking.

    Christopher harvesting Chickweed for a wild salad

    Christopher Nyerges is an author, forager, survivalist and ethnobotanist with a lifelong interest in how native peoples lived off the land. He has been teaching classes and leading field trips since 1974 to over 40,000 students. Nyerges has authored nearly two dozen books, including Guide to Wild Foods, Foraging California, Nuts and Berries of California, How to Survive Anywhere, Extreme Simplicity, and many others.  He most recently was the editor of American Survival Guide magazine, and served as editor of Wilderness Way magazine for 7 years. He has written several thousand newspaper and magazine articles in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena Star News, Pasadena Weekly, Whole Life Times, Countryside, Mother Earth News, Acres USA, American  Survival Guide, and others.

    Christopher carving out a quiver from a Yucca stalk

    Nyerges has appeared on the late Huell Howser’s public television series, KCET’s “Life and Times,” and National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers.” For two years, Nyerges appeared on Fox TV’s “X Show,” where he demonstrated survival skills on the streets of Los Angeles. He currently serves as a consultant to the “Naked and Afraid” show on Discovery.  Nyerges’s web site is

    Please note: This workshop will go on RAIN OR SHINE with the exception of a heavy downpour in the morning and/or a 100% chance of heavy rain that day. No dogs or smoking, please.

    Please click on the REGISTER button below to sign up before using the PayPal link to secure a space. The $75 fee includes all materials. Registrants will be emailed a receipt from PayPal immediately and receive another email from with all necessary information including directions, what to bring, etc. Contact if you prefer to mail in a check.


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    Supermoon Sunset Nature Walk @ Ojai Park & Ride for carpool to trailhead
    Mar 20 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


    Join me for an unforgettable experience: a nature walk during the rare convergence of the full supermoon rising and the sun setting on the evening of the Vernal Equinox, all overlooking the beautiful Ojai Valley (Valley of the Moon). We’ll meet at the Park-and-Ride lot downtown at 5 p.m. and carpool to the Shelf Road trailhead to minimize the parking situation on N. Signal St. From there we’ll gradually walk up to a vista point, stopping along the way to meet some valuable native plants.

    After witnessing the simultaneous setting of the sun and rising of the full moon (the last in a series of 3 supermoons this year) at 7:05 p.m., we’ll walk back to the trailhead by full moon and flashlight, returning to the Park-and-Ride by 8 p.m.

    From there you’re invited to join me across the street for Wednesday Happy Hour beverages, appetizers or dinner at Azu Restaurant and Ojai Valley Brewery where brewmaster Jeremy Haffner has created some truly delicious lager-style craft beers and ales using some of the same local plants we’ll meet on the trail.

    The cost is $20 for adults or $15 for full-time students 13-17 and seniors 62-and-older. No pre-payment is required to register. Kids 5-12 can go free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No smoking and no dogs, please.

    Register now by clicking below or by calling 805-646-6281. You also can return to this website any time and click on the event listing itself in the right sidebar on the homepage or click on the “Register for an Event” link under ABOUT in the top menu. There is no pre-payment required for this walk, just your promise to let us know if your plans change. If it fills up, priority will be given to those who registered in advance.  Registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info a few days prior.

    Photo: Lanny Kaufer



    Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop with James Adams, PhD, of USC School of Pharmacy @ Meet at unmarked parking lot
    Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


    Please join me and special guests Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy and Enrique Villaseñor for a Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Dr. Adams has been a frequent and popular contributor to my events for the past seven years. This workshop is based on his ground-breaking pharmacological studies on local native plants. All his workshops here have filled up. As the saying goes, he’s “back by popular demand.”

    The plant identification session will take place on the pathways at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Cluff Vista Park and the Ojai Valley Museum’s Chumash Garden, two native plant gardens in downtown Ojai, where Dr. Adams and Lanny will identify and discuss the medicinal uses of a wide variety of plants. The morning outing from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. will be a slow-paced walk around the two gardens. They are both wheelchair-accessible although there is a hill entering Cluff Vista Park. The morning session will involve walking and standing for periods of time. A few benches are scattered about. A lightweight campstool could be useful as well if standing is a problem.

    Lanny and Jim on OVLC’s Ventura River Preserve. Photo: Harold Wissell

    After a one-hour lunch break, the afternoon kitchen session from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. will focus on preparing seasonal plants for edible and medicinal uses. Dr. Adams will demonstrate how to prepare edible and medicinal products from seasonal native plant material such as California Sagebrush, Sacred Datura, and Black Sage. Enrique will demonstrate preparation of Prickly Pear pads. Participants will prepare and take home a jar of liniment for pain relief. After the workshop, they will receive a complete list of all plants that are identified and/or utilized as well as recipes and other info.

    If you’d like to stay overnight, here is a guide to some camping and lodging options.

    Photo: Christopher Nyerges

    Dr. Adams brings to Ojai a wealth of scientific knowledge and field experience as well as a singular perspective on herbal medicine. As he tells it, “My family came to Virginia in 1635 and has always survived by using American Indian healing. On the frontier, there were no doctors. American Indian healing was better than European medicine anyway. I continue this tradition.”

    He is the co-author — with the late Chumash healer Cecilia Garcia — of the groundbreaking book, Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West: Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use. The book can be purchased beforehand at that link and will also be available for purchase and signing at the event.

    Page 14 of Fall issue of Results magazine published by USC School Pharmacy.

    As an Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the prestigious University of Southern California, Dr. Adams has been teaching pharmacy students, medical students, doctors and other healthcare professionals for over 25 years while researching the natural pharmaceutical compounds in native plants. He has over 200 publications. He was recently featured in a beautifully illustrated cover story in the School of Pharmacy’s magazine, Results. Here is a link to an online edition of the magazine. Advance to page 14 for the article “The Healing Power of Plants” as seen here on the right side of this page. You may have to do a quick, free signup for the online viewing service.

    Running parallel with his academic career, Dr. Adams has worked with the Chumash people since 1998 and studied Chumash healing with Cecilia Garcia for almost 15 years. In addition to their book, they wrote 30 journal articles together. Jim is now the carrier of the healing knowledge passed to him by his teacher. Dr. Adams will have copies of all his books with him for purchase and signing.

    “Humans have used plant medicines ever since humans came into existence, about 200,000 years ago,” Dr. Adams explains in Healing with Medicinal Plants. “That means that our ancestors experienced an intense natural selection. Those who responded to plant medicines survived and passed their genes on. We are the products of this natural selection. Our bodies are designed to respond to plant medicines.”

    Please note: This workshop will go on RAIN OR SHINE with the exception of a heavy downpour in the morning and/or a 100% chance of heavy rain that day. No dogs or smoking, please.

    Please click on the REGISTER button below to sign up and then the PayPal link to secure a space. The $75 fee includes all materials. Registrants will be emailed a receipt from PayPal immediately and receive another email from with all necessary information including directions, what to bring, etc. Contact if you prefer to mail in a check.


    Please REGISTER before paying.


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    Bounty of a Working Medicinal Herb Garden − A Workshop with Carol Wade and Lanny Kaufer @ Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden
    Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


    “The Bounty of a Working Medicinal Herb Garden”

    Ojai herbalist Carol Wade tending the Rosemary bush and enjoying some aromatherapy while she works

    Gardener/herbalist Carol Wade and native plant guide Lanny Kaufer, invite you to join them on Saturday, April 27, at Ojai’s Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden — miraculously spared by the 2017 fire — to appreciate the nature still standing, the resiliency of the natural world and of our human bodies, and the many ways plant medicine lends itself to whole body/mind health.

    You will spend a lovely morning touring this East End jewel with the garden’s founder, herbalist Carol Wade, as your guide. Enjoy the beautiful vistas as you learn about how to grow and care for the many herbal allies that live among us.  Many of these gems are native. We will gather a few for some of the herbal preparations we’ll be making in the afternoon. After our in-depth tour of the garden, we’ll break for lunch and reconvene at a downtown  kitchen for some herbal medicine making:

    • Mullein oil
    • Hummingbird Sage tea
    • Lemon Verbena ice cream

    Lunch options, including a homemade lunch served at the kitchen, and other details will be described in a confirmation email sent to registrants.


    Carol Wade has been practicing as a professional herbalist and nutritional counselor for over 25 years, and is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild. Her garden, the Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden in Ojai, California, serves as a hub for several medicinal herb-oriented ventures that bring the idea of using medicinal herbs in daily living as a viable and logical choice to the community at large.

    After practicing privately for much of her career, seven years ago Carol joined her work as a practitioner and educator with her background in the herbal and organic gardening fields to bring herbal medicine to a wider audience with the Earth Island Herbs Medicinal Herb Garden and the Earth Island Herbal Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project in Ojai, CA. She currently offers Eco-tours of the garden that combine medicine making with garden tours, workshops for the general public,  and presentations for school classrooms.

    In 2016, Carol founded the Ojai School of Herbal Studies, an 18-month herbal studies program that utilizes the garden, hands on medicine making, and an in-depth education in how to use herbs safely and effectively, including terminology, plant chemistry, anatomy and physiology, an extensive materia medica, and actual herb cultivation.  She was a presenter at the Ojai Herbal Symposium in November, 2018.


    There are two steps to registering. First, use the REGISTER button below to sign up. Second, to secure your space, please use the PayPal button to complete payment. The $75 fee includes all materials. Please email if you prefer to mail in a check.



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    Ojai Medical Cannabis Conference (MediCannaCon) @ Ojai Valley Woman's Club
    May 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Mark your calendar now for the Ojai Medical Cannabis Conference (MediCannCon) on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in beautiful Ojai, California.

    5.5 units of Category 1 CE credit pending approval by California Acupuncture Board. Details coming soon!



    9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and introductions

    9:15 – 10:15 Dr. Margaret Peterson, MD (The Claudia Jensen MD Center for Integrated Medicine) :

    “The Human Endocannabinoid System”

    10:15 – 11:00 Dr. David Bearman, MD:

    “Cannabis as Nutraceutical and Medicine”

    11:00 – 11:15 Break

    11:15 – 12:00 Dr. Bearman (cont.)

    12:00 – 1:30 Lunch break

    1:30 – 2:30 Dr. James Adams, PhD (USC School of Pharmacy):

    “Medical Uses of Full-Spectrum Cannabis”

    2:30 – 3:30 Nurse Susan Marks, RN, BSN, PHN

    “The Safe and Effective Cannabis Patient Experience”

    3:30 – 3:45 Break

    3:45 – 4:45 Dr. James Adams, PhD:

    “The Entourage Effect of Cannabis”

    David Bearman, MD
    Margaret Peterson, MD
    James D. Adams, PhD
    Susan Marks, RN, BSN, PHN







    Presented by: Ojai Herbal Symposium








    Sponsored by: Sespe Creek Collective


    Ojai Herbal Symposium @ Ojai CA
    Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm

    Coming November 16-17, 2019: the 2nd Annual Ojai Herbal Symposium


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    We’re in the planning stage now so, in the meantime, here’s last year’s flyer to give you an idea of what to expect when we bring together some of the top minds and most effective practitioners in the field of botanical medicine.