Past Events


New Orleans, Louisiana

Mapypop Herb Shop

Health Astrology

March 26 – 27, 2016

Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine

Abita Springs, Louisiana

Rejuvenation Springs

April 22 – 24, 2016

Friday night, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Charlottesville, Virginia

Sacred Plant Traditions

April 29 – May 1, 2016

Asheville, North Carolina

Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine

May 25-26, 2016

Orlando, Florida

Florida School of Holistic Living

July 30-31, 2016

MidAmerica Herbal Symposium

Whitewater State Park, MN




9th Annual Natural Living Expo November 14-15, 2015

Phyllis will be presenting the following keynote events at the Expo:

  • Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine: An American Healing System followed by a booksigning
  • Intensive Workshop with Phyllis D. Light Learn Your Blood Type: Practices of Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine

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Huntsville Herb Society October 22, 2015

Phyllis presented to the Huntsville Herb Society. HHS is responsible for the design and upkeep of the herb garden at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. Contained in this charming ¼ acre garden are 14 theme gardens and a quaint herb cottage.  Four L-shaped beds rise 30 inches above ground level in brick-enclosed walls, providing excellent drainage for plants and making the beds accessible to persons in wheel chairs and those with special needs. The themes of these four beds are: Culinary, Medicinal, Dye and Fragrance. The Medicinal bed highlights the contributions Native Americans have made to our understanding of plants and their use for medicinal purposes.

Visit Huntsville Herb Society facebook page for more information about this group.  For inquires, email [email protected]

American Herbalists Guild Annual Symposium October 15-19, 2015

The American Herbalists Guild is pleased to present their 26th Annual Symposium: New Horizons in Clinical Herbalism, to be held October 15-19, 2015 in stunning Granby, Colorado. Featuring keynote speaker Ethan Russo, the 26th Annual Symposium hosts some of the world’s leading herbal educators, delivering cutting edge presentations on a wide range of topics in herbal medicine.  Keynote Speaker: Ethan Russo. The Endocannabinoid System in Health and Disease: Herbalism for the Future

Visit AHG Symposium Website for more information.

Melodies and Musings: Our Appalachian Legacy September 23-25, 2015

At this unique and fun festival in Guntersville, AL, Phyllis joined storytellers and music-makers with Appalachian ties.  She shares her 4th generation Appalachian herbal heritage.

Visit to register.  For inquires, email [email protected] or call 256-571-7734.  Sponsored by the Marshall County RSVP Group.

New England Womens Herbal Conference August 28-30, 2015

Phyllis offered classes at the 28th Annual New England Womens Herbal Conference in Camp Wicosuta, New Hampshire.  She taught:

  • INTENSIVE: The Thyroid/Adrenal/Endocrine Connection
  • The Chemicals Between Us: Neurotransmitters: Learn about the nutrients, lifestyle, and herbs which influence neurotransmitters
  • Common Digestive Disorders

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Florida School of Holistic Living August 22-23, 2015

Phyllis taught on introduction to Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine, the tenets that make this system unique to this land, including the Southern Blood Types (bitter/salty and sweet/sour) and the four constitutions (fire/water and air/earth).

Phyllis also weaved stories about her most influential teachers, her grandmother Rosie Light, a Creek Native American midwife, and herbalist, Tommie Bass, one of the most widely known folk herbalists in this country to date, and their more unusual but effective approaches to assessment and herbal remedies into her talk.

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David Winston with Phyllis Light August 15, 2015

David Winston, an internationally known lecturer, author, ethnobotanist, the founder of Herbalist & Alchemist, has been studying, practicing, teaching and researching Cherokee, Chinese and Western herbal medicine for almost 40 years.  He was at Appalachian School of Herbal Studies for this special one day symposium.

David will be presenting on:

  • Differential treatment of anxiety & depression
  • Herbs for pain relief
  • Uncommon Uses for Common Plants
  • The Worst Weeds are Your Best Medicine

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To learn more about David Winston’s School for Herbal Studies, click here.  Visit his company, Herbalist & Alchemist, at

Herbs and Flowers in the Kitchen June 16, 2015

Phyllis presented to the Guntersville, Alabama Master Gardeners on culinary uses of herbs and flowers.  Contact 256-586-5401 for more information.

Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference June 5-7, 2015

Phyllis offered classes at the 4th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference in Almond, WI.  She taught:

  • Traditional Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine
  • The Chemicals Between Us: Neurotransmitters
  • 10 Excellent Herbs: American ginseng, black walnut, dogwood, blue vervain, goldenrod, goldenseal, sumac, skullcap, passionflower, and milk thistle – their historic Appalachian and Native American uses, as well as specific uses of each in disorders.

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WellSpring Mountain Intensive May 29-31, 2015

The Practice and Principles of Southern Folk Medicine by Phyllis D Light

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Lunch & Learn Herb Walk at Birmingham Botanical Gardens May 27, 2015

Phyllis D. Light led a spring herb walk through the Kaul Wildflower Garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Click here for more information about the Gardens

Southern & Appalachian Folk Medicine Intensive at Carolina GrassFed Beef May 16-17, 2015

History, Principles & Practices of an American System of Herbal Medicine

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Weekend with Phyllis D Light at Sacred Plant Traditions March 27-29, 2015

The Spirituality of Story, March 27, 2015

Thyroid/Adrenal Connection, March 28, 2015

Depression/Anxiety & The Chemicals Between Us: Neurotransmitters, March 29, 2015

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Matthew Wood in Arab, AL
November 2, 2014
Traditional Ways of Understanding: Energetics, Tissue States, Specific Indications
and Native American Animal Medicines

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November 6-9, 2014
American Herbalist Guild Annual Symposium
Calloway Gardens, GA

Herbal Intensive!!!!
October 10 – 12, 2014
Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine

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September 19-22, 2013
Herbal Resurgence, Mormon Lake, Coconino Forest, N. Arizona

July 26-28, 2013
North Carolina Wild Herb Weekend, Valle Cruis, NC

June 27-30, 2013
11th International Herbal Symposium, Wheaton College, MA

April 27-28, 2013
Texas AHG Chapter Gathering, Austin, TX!/events/632231370127629/