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Wise Women of the Southeast

As women in our 30’s and 40’s, we’ve grown up with the notion that women can do anything. Thanks to our foremothers, we’ve experienced much liberation. Our life paths have taken us back even further to learn the old ways: herbal medicine, home-birth, tending animals, growing food, and sitting in circle with other women. We are changing culture from the inside out.

From our first annual Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference event in 2005, we quickly discovered that women in the Southeast were ready and eager for this community of teaching and connection that we were creating at the conference. We discovered that we were filling a deep need. Our first conference drew 250 women, a high number for a start-up event. By 2010, our sixth year, over 800 women attended, during a rough economic time when event after event was collapsing.

It seems that part of the draw to the conference comes from the authenticity that we bring to it as organizers. We use the weekend to give women a taste of the way we actually live. For us, green business and sustainability aren’t just buzz words: they’re the way of life. Our office and apothecary run entirely on solar and hydro electricity, our homes and offices are built and heated by wood from our land, we grow much of our own food on our adjacent farms and gardens, we raise our children in a community context and we practice herbal medicine, natural health, and women’s cooperation in our everyday lives.

Renee, Corinna, Ema, and Lee are the organizers of the SE Women’s Herbal Conference and all live at or near EH.



The Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference, ‘Bringing Back the Wise Woman Ways,’ takes place on October 14-16, 2011 at beautiful Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC. It’s a weekend to learn, connect, and deepen into the Wise Woman Tradition: earth-based healing, local wisdom, & deep nourishment.

For more information and to register, visit

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Lee Warren

Lee Warren is reclaiming wisdom through conscious relating with self, land, and others. She has 25 years of experience envisioning, designing, and living innovative solutions to mutually empowered relationships, land-based food systems, residential community, non-violent communication, and sustainability education. She is the principal and founder of Reclaiming Wisdom, a co-founder of SOIL, School of Integrated Living, and a proponent of regenerative systems, consent culture, and authentic living. Lee is a writer, teacher, and activist, with a passion for embodiment practices, rural wisdom, sustainable economics, conscious dying, and community of all kinds.

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