Frequently Asked Questions


Can I still register? Do you take walk-ins?

Yes, we still have room for you to join us!
Our online registration is now closed, however, you can still sign up in advance as a new participant by giving us a call at 877-739-6636. Or Contact Us by email to let us know you're ready to sign up.

Walk-in registration ($345) begins at 12:00 noon on Friday. See the registration page for more details.

I'm already registered. Can I add options to my registration?

Our online registration system is now closed. If you’d like to add options to your registration, please give us a call at 877.739.6636 or send an email using the contact form.

What should I bring and when should I arrive?

Please check out the Location page for answers to your logistical questions and a list of what to bring. If you are registered for the event, you will receive this information via email and through our email newsletters.

  • 12:00pm Check-in for Pre-conference Intensive and Workshop opens *
  • 1:00pm General Check-in opens
  • 6:00pm Arrival support ends, do your best to arrive before then
Arrival process may take up to 90 minutes. Please be patient as you move through the steps, and if you are trying to arrive for a specific event, allow this amount of time for arrival.

*If you signed up for a Pre-conference intensive or workshop that starts at 1:30pm (intensive with Sally Fallon: Nourishing Traditional Foods, and workshop with Janet Kent: Herbal Cordials to Sweeten the Spirit), check-in will open for you at 12:00. Please arrive as close to 12:00 as possible to ensure you will make it to your class on time. And remember, you must come check in at Maple Tree Center to pick up your nametag and pass to your intensive or workshop.

The Herbal Conference is located at Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center, 130 Kanuga Chapel Dr, Hendersonville, NC 28739. For information on carpooling, driving, and flying, see our Location page.

Parking is limited, please carpool or share a ride from your home town (near or far) or the airport you fly into ~ to connect with others who have a ride to share or are searching for a ride to join, post on the Carpool Facebook group.

Can I come for one day? Can I just sign up for an intensive?

The conference is a 3 day event. You are welcome to register and come and go as you please, but the price remains the same whether you attend some or all of the days. You must be registered for the conference to sign up for and attend the intensives and workshops.

How much does the event cost and what does “registration” cover?

Adult Registration includes all classes, activities, and special events for the weekend, as well as tent camping at no additional charge. Accommodations, meal tickets, youth registration, and intensives and workshops are also available for purchase. Registration cost is $345. See the Registration page for all the details.

I want to add a second adult to my registration, what do I do?

Each person needs their own account. Create a second account as if you were that person, including their email address and a new password. Select their options and check out using your payment method. Please contact us if you have any questions about that process.

Do I need to sign up for classes ahead of time?

No class sign-ups are necessary. You will be given a program that contains a schedule and class descriptions when you check in on the conference weekend. You just pick and choose the classes and events you want to attend. The only exceptions are the intensives and workshops (shaded in green on the schedule) which require pre-registration and an additional fee.

What is the camp layout? How far are the campgrounds? Where is commuter parking?

View the Campus Map (pdf) to see the layout of classrooms, accommodations, and parking. Tent campers, note that portapotties are located at each campground, and 24 hour common-space restrooms with bathrooms and sinks are noted on the map.

What are the meal times?

If you purchased a Weekend Meal Ticket, Breakfasts are served from 7:30-9:00 am and Suppers from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Lunch on Saturday is from 12:30 -2 pm and Lunch on Sunday is from 1:00- 2:30 pm.

Do you have any volunteer opportunities?

Yes, check out the details about volunteering here.

I see your youth programs are full. Is there room for just one more?

Our Seedlings Childcare and Wise Maidens programs are full. You may contact us to be added to the waiting list just in case there are any cancellations. There is still one space left in the Soil Sisters program (ages 10-12). Youth may attend the conference with mother/guardian but must be registered. Registration prices for youth are $110 (ages 3-9) and $165 (young women ages 10-17).

Why focus on racial equity at a herbal conference?

The conference focuses on women’s health, from a perspective of empowerment and self love, including overcoming internalized oppression. For women of color, day-to-day experiences of systemic racism, micro-aggressions, and internalized oppression add up to huge health risk factors. Therefore, we consider the dynamics of racism an important aspect of women’s health to address, individually and collectively. As mostly white organizers living in the Southeast United States, we acknowledge the unique struggles that African American, Cherokee, and other women of color have endured in these lands, and continue to face today–and we recognize that we have a responsibility and an opportunity to educate ourselves around understanding and addressing racism and white privilege. For more information read “Racial Equity” on our philosophy page.

Are all women welcome?

Yes, this event is for all who identify as women–a weekend to connect with ourselves, the plants, the Earth, and one another. As a women’s conference, we leave it up to participants to self-identify as women. We do sometimes have trans women attend, who are resonant with our focus around earth-based healing and women’s health. If you are a trans woman wanting to attend, please feel free to contact us. For more information, please read “Why a women-only event?" see our philosophy page

Can I come with my baby?

Mothers may bring "babes in arms" to the conference. Out of consideration for limiting distractions for other participants, and because we are recording classes, if a baby is making noise, we request that mother and baby leave the room. A sweet nursery will be open during conference hours for moms with little ones, with rocking chairs, padded floor, changing table, and baby toys. Know that some mothers find it difficult to enjoy the conference with their babies—which can include sleeping outdoors in a tent, walking distances, etc. At the same time, some mothers have appreciated just being in a community of women of all ages—even if they were unable to attend as many classes as they would have liked. Please consider your needs carefully before deciding to register to attend.

If I have a physical disability or mobility issue will I be able to get around?

Our venue, Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center may present some challenges for those with physical disabilities and/or mobility issues. The lodging, classroom, and event spaces are spread out over a large area and are not navigable by car, Some classrooms are only accessible by stairs. The inn and cottages are the only lodging options with adjacent parking. See Accommodations Map to view the relative locations.

I need to cancel. Can I get a refund?

Fees are refundable for cancellations prior to September 6th, minus an $80 office fee. After September 6th, there will be no refunds. You can transfer your registration to a woman of your choice at any time. If you wish to transfer your registration, send us an email with your name, the name of the woman who will be taking her place, and her email address. And we will take care of the rest. Or you can send an email asking us to donate your registration to a woman on the scholarship waiting list.

Emergency exceptions may be granted if an attendee is unable to attend the conference due to hospitalization or a family death. The request must be made in writing and will be reviewed 2-3 weeks after the event. Please understand that we may be unable to offer any emergency refunds.

I read that we cannot bring dogs. Can you make an exception?

No. To honor our agreement with the camp and with our insurance provider, we will adhere to our "absolutely no pets" policy, even if your dog is very well behaved, has never been left alone, etc. If you bring a pet with you, you will be turned away, no exceptions.

Service dogs will be permitted with prior approval.

Do you offer CE credits for nurses?

Although our conference is beloved by many medical professionals, we are not able to offer continuing education credits for nurses this year. After many years of navigating the highly complex process and increasingly stringent administrative protocols, it is not feasible for us to offer CE credits at this time.

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