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Domestic medicine is a term which refers to healing work and self-care that took place in the home.    Historically, physicians were the province of the very wealthy and only called to most homes as a last resort. Self-care and physick work was part of the subsistence work of females dominated healing practices until the late 19th century. Women grew medicinal herbs and used them to care for their family and neighbors, yet historically the common woman’s role contribution to healing has been overlooked.  Happily, there are manuscripts, which document their contributions to the history of healing which. There are archived still room books, receipt books and family healthcare manuals that accompanied this work. I have cataloged many of the preparations in these works and looked for modern research to support their uses.  I then applied these remedies in my clinical work. In this class, I will explain this history, provide scientific support of folk remedies and talk about my experiences utilizing some of the preparations.

Stephany Hoffelt, BA, HAS

 Stephany has over a decade of experience in the herbal field - although her children might tell you over twenty based on their upbringing. After beginning her career as a self-educated folk herbalist, Stephany eventually decided to pursue a conventional education culminating in a Bachelor's degree from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. At Goddard, she studied clinical herbalism, ethnobotany and ecological design. She embraced the philosophy of the Goddard's health arts and science program, which is bridging nature, culture and healing, as necessary aspects of an integrated approach to wellness. Having this perspective has allowed her to meld the historical practice of community healers with the modern scientific research in a unique manner. Her thesis, "Reviving the Bean Feasa: Building Resilient Communities through Folk Healing", is a culmination of that work. In addition to working as a healer in her community, Stephany is part-time learning facilitator at Kirkwood Community College. She teaches continuing education classes on herbal self-care and preparation. She also works on course development for the Herbal Academy of New England's Advanced Course. She presently presents at various herbal conferences, including the American Herbalist Guild Symposium, The Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference and the Midwest Women's Herbal Conference. ​

Join us for the 11th annual Midwest Herb Fest, August 4-6, 2017 Register Now

  • Learn

To identify wild medicinal plants. Herbal uses, contemporary and historical

Herbal Medicine Making

  • Explore

Herb Walks

Tree Walks

Self guided tours

  • Entertainment 

Live music - River Glen on the mainstage

Fire Spinning - varied artists, Mamma Beth the Fyre Wytch (poi+), KC Wilkerson (dart) & more.

  • Open Events

Labyrinth walk - facilitated by Jackie Lakey.

Drumming - at the bonfire.

Auction - fund raiser, donate items or services to raise money for our herb trail and other projects.

  • Get Back to Nature

Primitive camping

RVs welcome (sorry, no hook-ups).

Private clothing optional area secluded from event activities, 

  (must be 18 and over, or be accompanied by parents)

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