Montana Herb Gathering

We have some exciting news! Although the main Montana Herb Gathering 2014 has been cancelled (see details below) an amazing group of herbalists have organized a satellite herb conference schedule for July 19th in Missoula, Montana!


Montana Herb Gathering Satellite Herb Conference

Missoula, Mt 

Saturday July 19, 10:30am-5:30pm

At the Missoula Public Library (large conference room)

Suggested donation of $5-$15 per class or $15-$55 for the day. This event is to celebrate and support the Montana Herb Gathering (a non-profit organization) and all proceeds will go to them.   



10:30-12 Face and Tongue Analysis for Self Care


When you understand how to read the body through the indicators of the face and tongue, it will give you deep insight into the state of the body, mind and spirit. This information will allow you to better understand the foods, herbs and lifestyle choices which are most life enhancing for your individual constitution. 


In classic Ayurveda, we study ashtavidha pariksha, which is the eight-fold examination methodology. For this class we will focus on two of the eight methods: face analysis, which falls under akruti (form) and jihiva, which is the tongue diagnosis. Through these simple maps, the entire being is represented. You will learn about the state of your system and how well it is functioning. For example, are you absorbing your food properly? Are certain organs of the body needing attention? Are toxins accumulating and how best to release them? Let’s explore and discover the answers together. Although this workshop is based on Ayurvedic principles, it is applicable to herbal medicine of all traditions. We’ll look at the action and energetic effects of various substances and how they can be implemented to regain our natural state of balance. This will be an experiential class. We’ll be smelling and tasting herbs, herbal jams and other goodies.

Juliet Jivanti is the Director of the Ayurvedic Health Center & Wellness Shop which she established in 2006.  Juliet delights in sharing the ancient science and art of Ayurvedic medicine which is an all encompassing, gentle path to holistic health. She is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher and Touch for Health Certified Practitioner.


Juliet is a graduate of The Ayurvedic Institute and a student of Dr. Vasant Lad.  As a diet and lifestyle practitioner, she leads educational workshops, teaches Ayurvedic Yoga, provides individual health consultations, offers internships, and employs Ayurvedic therapeutic treatments and herbology.  In addition, Panchakarma seasonal cleansing is offered at her Center to aid clients in regaining their natural state of balanced health. In 2010, Juliet released Ayurvedic Yoga: Yoga for Your Body Type DVD.  Currently she is expanding her knowledge of Western, Ayurvedic, and Chinese herbs by taking the Professional Herbalism Course with K.P. Khalsa, president of the American Herbalist Guild. After growing up in Livingston Montana and graduating from the University of Montana in 1995, Juliet now resides in Bellingham Washington with her partner James and their mischievous dog Gus. 

12-1 lunch break

1-2:30 Natural Protocols for Super Bugs 

With the use, and misuse, of antibiotics has come the increase of drug resistant microorganisms.Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. These pathogens are scary and hard to treat with pharmaceuticals. Plants to the rescue! Herbs and essential oils can be extremely useful to fight off antibiotic resistant microorganisms including MRSA, VRSA and ESBL. Join herbalist Elaine Sheff as she discusses ways we can protect ourselves from these “super bugs”.


Elaine Sheff has been studying medicinal plants since 1987. A Clinical Herbalist, she is a graduate of both the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies and the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. Elaine is a certified instructor of Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning, a safe, effective birth control method used to avoid or achieve pregnancy. She has a long-standing clinical practice providing herbal consultations for individuals with health concerns. Elaine is a bestselling author and teaches herb classes throughout the United States. She is the co-founder of Meadowsweet Herbs and the co-director of Green Path Herb School in Missoula, Montana. You can often find Elaine in her garden, homeschooling her children, or cooking gluten free.

2:30-4 The Energy of Herbs according to Traditional Chinese Medicine 

For Beginners-Advanced:  We will explore the flavors, energy meridians, and organs affected by various herbs, and discuss how to put together energetically balanced herbal combinations for healing complex health issues.  It will be a mind-stretch for some, but well worth the work!


Kelly Needs is a Western and Chinese Medicine Herbalist  who recently relocated to Missoula Mt.  While homesteading and befriending the local flora in NW Montana she completed the East/West School of Herbology's Professional Herbalist course with Michael and Leslie Tierra in 2010.  After graduating, she opened an herb clinic in Bonners Ferry and taught classes locally.  She currently works and sees new clients at Meadowsweet Herbs in Missoula. When not harvesting wild plants and gardening, she is busy raising 3 rambunctious boys.  

4-5:30 Zone 4 Syrups

With a planet so full of plants, intimate relationships with our local herbs is one of the best juggernauts to reckon with.  Join Katrina Farnum, local Herbalist and owner of Garden Mother Herbs, as we take a closer look at plants that love to grow in Zone 4 climates. We will discuss growing techniques and make medicine using these amazing allies. Syrups will be a focus in this class and because honey is an ingredient, Katrina will talk a little bit about bees as well. We will be blending herbs and everyone will get to take home a sample bottle of our yummy herbal concoction. Get ready for passion!


Katrina Farnum is a local Herbalist and the owner of Garden Mother Herbs in Missoula, Montana. She grows and wild-crafts edible and medicinal plants throughout the region and makes an array of products for her community and clients. Katrina has studied many holistic modalities and has a melding pot of education that defines the way she lives and practices herbalism. Katrina’s love for plants extends to the preservation of Cannabis as a medicine.

She has spent years working within the state to educate and preserve safe and compassionate access to Cannabis. Katrina enjoys educating about holistic approaches to herpes, chickenpox and shingles. She works with people in groups or one-on-one settings. She teaches a nutritional, herbal and lifestyle approach to enhance immune function, lessen outbreaks and heal faster.







(NOTE: Although the main Gathering has been cancelled, you are invited to attend the above mentioned Satellite Herb Conference)

On May 31st the Board unanimously decided to cancel this year's event.

Although the main reason was an unusually low amount of participants and therefore not enough money to cover all expenses there were various other factors that played a role in our decision. It has been an emotional and difficult decision and we pushed hard to explore every possible course of action before we came to the conclusion that cancellation was our only choice.

This does not mean that our organization is coming to an end, it merely means we are skipping a year and we will be back stronger than ever in 2015 !!!!

As a matter of fact, we are so enthusiastic about this year's teacher- and class schedule that we have re-invited all teachers to join us in 2015 so we can still offer this wonderful and great Gathering.

For everybody who has already registered, we will refund you between now and July 1st. If you have not received your refund by that date please contact us immediately!.

We are sorry for any inconvenience that our decision might have caused but we promise we will make next year's Gathering extra special and we hope you will all consider joining us again!.

A special 'thank you' goes out to all our teachers, sponsors, volunteers and every other person that has put in tremendous amounts of effort to support us with this year's Gathering and we want you to know that your work was not in vain, you have just laid the basis for the 2015 Gathering to become a great success. We hope we may add you to our ranks again next year and we are looking forward to seeing everybody there!!!


Branko F. Reiche - President

Beatrix Jenness - Co-Chair

Jim Nymeyer - Treasurer

Lasca Ravenhill - Volunteer Co./Secretary

Stephanie Stanford - Board Member