Of The World
with Holly Bellebuono
❀ 7-9 PM ❀
Thursday, April 2
Join award-winning herbalist and author Holly Bellebuono for a dynamic look at the extraordinary women, past and present, who shape herbal heritage.
Through photography and intimate stories, we learn the twists, turns and tales of nurses, midwives, herbalists, shamans, and chemists who created the “green” world we celebrate today. We’ll explore ancient women such as Pharaoh Hatshepsut and poisoner Locusta of Gaul, and contemporary women including Dr. Zoubida Charrouf of Morocco and Dona Enriqueta Contreras of Mexico.
Holly spent 7 years traveling and learning from women all over the globe whose work with plants carries on a centuries-old tradition of healing. Her journey to document community activists, pharmacists, ethnobotanists and physicians is relevant in a fast-paced world of science, and the women’s perseverance and commitment to healing is celebrated in this gorgeous, colorful, and inspiring presentation.
We flourish when we learn the success stories of others. Women, in particular, have long been unaware of the many successful women of our past and present. Award-winning herbalist, author and speaker Holly Bellebuono brings compelling, gritty and soul-searching stories from her own experience — and from the lives of extraordinary women around the globe — to motivate and inspire audiences internationally.
Holly leads retreats and lectures internationally at conferences, universities and retreat centers on natural health, women’s issues, and herbal medicine, inspiring audiences with the lively stories of healers, medicine-seekers, scientists, plant-lovers, researchers, and business leaders from around the world — fascinating true stories of compassion, danger, innovation, secrecy, scandal and success.
Holly personally interviewed today’s healers, and with humor and vivid portraits she shares their struggles and triumphs—and the fascinating stories of influential women from history. Men and women learn the values of confidence, persistence, cooperation, and outreach–compelling and useful topics.
Holly’s new book Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History & Geography of Herbal Medicine (SkyHorse, 2014, hardcover), is the first to celebrate a wide range of women scientists and collaborators with photography and gorgeous watercolor art. There will be copies available for sale and have Holly sign at the event.
She is the author of 2 other books, The Essential Herbal for Natural Health (Shambhala, 2012) and The Authentic Herbal Healer (Balboa, 2012), is a frequent contributor to Taproot Magazine, Juno British Parenting Magazine, and others in America, Canada and the United Kingdom.
An herbalist of 20 years, Holly is renowned for her warm, relatable and friendly style and is often called “a walking encyclopedia,” teaching women to use plant remedies for health.
She directs Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary on Martha’s Vineyard and The Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine, training and certifying students in community herbalism.