The Northwest Herb Symposium returns for its fifth consecutive year to Camp Casey Conference Center on August 22–25. Called “Botanicals on the Beach,” the comprehensive herb and botanical medicine seminar is a gathering of herb growers, formulators, and healers. Organizer Jay Johnson is a 1962 alumnus of Seattle Pacific College. He remembers Camp Casey from his freshman orientation, before the college became Seattle Pacific University.
He and his wife, Bridget, own Tree Farm Communications, Inc. They have been audio recording conferences for 35 years, with a special passion for this industry.
“The Northwest is a very strong and engaged herbal community,” said Johnson. “What we are trying to do is build that community by providing a place where they can come together every year to learn and enjoy themselves — all in an idyllic setting.”
Many of the instructors are from the Northwest, as well as from throughout North America. This year’s enrollment of 125 attendees sets a new record, attracting attendees from as far away as Florida and New England.
“The students cover a broad spectrum, from first-timers to practicing physicians,” he said. “We try to include classes that are beneficial to everyone, and cover the most current and provocative topics.”
One reason Camp Casey works so well for the symposium is its proximity to the beach and forests. Experiential learning includes nature hikes with plant experts. An annual highlight is a shore walk at low tide with Dr. Ryan Drum, a world authority on marine plant life.
“Camp Casey has been described as a magical place by some of the instructors,” said Johnson. “Many of them work under a lot of stress. We’ve been told this is a totally refreshing and healing location.”
The gymnasium is transformed into an exhibit hall, and the general public is welcome to swing by from 5 to 6 p.m. on August 22. Registration for the full conference closes August 19. To learn more, visit www.nwherbsymposium.com or call 800-468-0464.
Plans are already underway for the 2020 and 2021 symposiums, both to be held at Camp Casey.