EVENTS | By Lanny Kaufer
Ojai Hosting First-Ever Herbal Symposium
The Ojai Herbal Symposium on “Natural Resilience” will take place Friday through Sunday, November 16-18. Internationally recognized medical cannabis researcher Kevin Spelman, PhD, will deliver the keynote address on Friday evening in Krotona Hall on “Insights into Resilience: The Human-Plant Connection.” He will give two other talks Saturday on “Cannabidiol: The Anxiolytic, Anti-Inflammatory, Analgesic, Nootropic, Non-Euphoric Cannabinoid” and “The Terpenes of Cannabis.”
The other 12 presenters include widely respected practitioners, authors, and speakers from across the spectrum of modern herbalism, integrative pharmacy, integrative medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and Native American healing. Classes will be accessible to the professional and non-professional alike.
Most of the presentations will take place at beautiful Krotona Hall at the Krotona Institute of Theosophy. Sunday afternoon breakout sessions will take place at various locations in downtown Ojai. Saturday night will end with a Phytotherapeutic Phunk Dance and Elixir Bar at Greater Goods in Meiners Oaks.
A free Herbal Marketplace sponsored by Sespe Creek Collective will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday at Chaparral Auditorium in downtown Ojai. Vendors are welcome to apply.
The Symposium has been accepted as Continuing Education Provider #1526 by the California Acupuncture Board. Twelve classes are approved for Category 1 credit.
The Ojai Herbal Symposium is presented by Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer, offering herbal and native plant education since 1976. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Greater Goods Relief Fund, dedicated to those in the Ojai area affected by the Thomas Fire of December 2017 who have significant losses and little support.