Workshops

Which workshops will you attend? Workshop reservations will open at 9:00am on 30 April. Reservations are limited to 20 people per workshop. Workshops are complimentary for Herbal Medicine Summit delegates to attend.

How to secure your place at our workshops when reservations open: Take a look at the list of workshops below and choose the ones you’d like to attend (Note that workshops by Dr Jason Hawrelak and Gem Nettle are repeated) Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Workshops ticket type then follow the steps to register for your preferred workshops. When you compete your registration, you will receive a confirmation email. A personalised schedule will also be given to you at the check-in desk when you arrive on-site.

‘Enhancing Microbiota-Polyphenol Transformations to Improve Clinical Outcomes’ – A workshop by Dr Jason Hawrelak

Saturday 11:00 – 12:00 or 14:00 – 15:00

Many of our herbal medicines have polyphenols as their key active constituents. However, only 5% of polyphenols are absorbed intact – meaning that 95% of ingested polyphenols reach the colon where they interact with members of our microbiota. This interaction is what results in the release of the medicinally-active polyphenol byproduct. Assuming, of course, that you have the right components of the microbiota present – i.e., key polyphenol-converting genera. This session will focus on strategies we can use to enhance this polyphenol transformation in our patients, with the aim of improving clinical outcomes.

In this workshop we’ll be talking about two key polyphenols with vital importance in clinical practice – isoflavones and ellagitannins. But many of the tools and principles discussed are relevant to a broader range of herbal medicine polyphenols.

Key Take-Aways

  • Discover what tools will help maximise the conversion of Ellagitannins to Urolithins (which, broadly speaking are neuroprotective, nephroprotective, and microprotective) and what the key genera involved in this conversion are.
  • Learn the foods and herbs rich in ellagitannins and how urolithins can be used clinically.
  • Learn how you can help your patients become equol-producers to get more therapeutic benefit from isoflavone ingestion.
  • Gain an understanding of what interventions you can use to enhance equol-production in your equol-producing patients.
Renae Scott
Jo Morgan

‘Tools of The Trade – How to Percolate, Macerate, Infuse and get Inspired’ – A workshop by Renae Scott and Jo Morgan

Saturday – 12:00 – 13:00

Jo and Renae pave the way for you to reconnect with your plant medicines.  Be inspired with practical tips on how to macerate, percolate, grind and infuse herbs in your own dispensary.  Jo and Renae will discuss the tools of the trade and guide you from the raw materials through to your end product, the herbal extract.

Making your own extracts facilitates a connection with the plants and your medicines.  There will be a hands-on demonstration on how to percolate and attendees will take home an extract sample.  There will be tastings to compare commercially available products with some of the extracts we have made in our apothecaries.  Let’s brainstorm what herbal remedies might be best for you to make in your dispensaries.

Key Take-Aways

  • This workshop will inspire you to make your own medicines
  • Tips on where to get your equipment and raw materials so you can start straight away
  • Learn what you can and can’t make, and dispense – TGA rules
  • What herbs might be good to percolate, macerate and infuse
  • We’ll share the mistakes we’ve made along the way

‘What’s Your Oxymel?’ – A workshop presented by Professor Marc Cohen

Saturday – 14:00 – 15:00

Explore the potent and delicious world of botanically infused oxymels, kombucha and jun fermentation.  In this hands on and interactive session you will have the opportunity to learn about and create oxymels, try different blends and learn how to extemporaneously compound oxymels for your patients.  Sound like your thing?

‘Spice & Savour, Fragrance & Flavour’- A workshop presented by Gem Nettle

Sunday 10:30 – 11:30 or 11:30 – 12:30

Gemma’s ‘Botanical Elixirs and Infusions for the Modern Kitchen Witch’ workshops at the Herbal Medicine Summit 2022 were so popular – we’ve invited her back to share her wisdom with us once again!

Join Gem Nettle for an olfactory journey into the intricate world of Aromatic Herbs and Spices intertwined with the wonders of botanical medicine. Be immersed in the sensory delights and therapeutic potential of herbs and spices in their many sensory forms. Gem will illuminate the connection between aroma, taste, and healing properties, offering insights that deepen understanding and enhance the spectrum of clinical practice. Prepare to awaken your senses and cultivate a deeper appreciation for the medicinal treasures found within nature’s fragrant bounty.

  • Sensory Elevation: Gem will guide us through an experiential journey, awakening the senses to the rich tapestry of aromas and flavours that herbs possess. From the delicate scents of blossoms to the bold notes of spices, participants will gain a heightened awareness of the diverse sensory profiles within herbs.
  • Herbal Alchemy: Gem will share her expertise in herbal alchemy, showcasing how the alchemy of herbs can yield an array of aromatics and flavours. Participants will learn hands-on techniques for extracting and preserving these elements, offering practical insights that can be integrated into their clinical practices.
  • Culinary Herbalism: Delving into the intersection of nutrition and herbalism, Gem will explore the concept of culinary herbalism. Discover how herbs can be incorporated into culinary creations to enhance both the nutritional value and sensory appeal of meals. Gem will share recipes and tips to empower clinical naturopaths and herbalists in utilising herbs as both medicine and culinary delights.