The NYC Spiritual Herbalism Conference is an intersectional meeting place of the different practices and practitioners of herbalism. While uniquely addressing the challenges, knowledges, and collaborations experienced and cultivated in an urban environment, we, with reverence, centralize the intelligences of Indigenous, LGBTQI, POC, and immigrant communities from which we are rooted.
This year's Theme
Healing our Relationships
Sacred Vibes' 1st Annual Spiritual Herbalism Conference will be a day of exchanging the many ways in which we demonstrate reverence for and to each other, to land, to our ancestors. At the very core, we will delve into how plant medicine can offer courage, protection, and open a willingness to forgive and heal all our relationships.
Dr. Malidoma Somé, PhD
Dr. Malidoma Patrice Somé PhD, West African Elder, author and teacher, as representative of his village in Burkina Faso, West Africa, has come to the west to share the ancient wisdom and practices which have supported his people for thousands of years.
For more than twenty years, Elder Malidoma has shared the Wisdom of his Ancestors and tribal Elders: the Dagara Cosmology, and awakened a deep knowing in the hearts and bones of those who have recognized in his name, his books, his voice, and the Spirit world inviting the renewal of a deep and abiding relationship with all beings on Earth.
Elder Malidoma is the author of several books, including Ritual: Power, Healing and Community, Of Water and The Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman, and The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose through Nature, Ritual, and Community.
Dr. Somé holds three Master’s degrees and two Doctorates from the Sorbonne and Brandeis University. He is an initiated elder in his village in Dano, Burkina Faso, W. Africa.
He travels throughout the world bringing a message of hope, healing and reconciliation through the powerful tools of ritual and community building.
Karen M. Rose
Trained in Eastern and Western Herbal Medicine, Master Herbalist, Karen M. Rose created an outlet for her teachings and healing modalities with the opening of Brooklyn-based Sacred Vibes Healing and Sacred Vibes Apothecary in 2002. Her inspiration for this work began as a child in her native home of Guyana, where she was exposed to how African, Caribbean and Latin American traditions profoundly influenced plant medicine and community healing. The legacy of these lands is the foundation of Karen’s spiritual and healing practice.
Karen is dedicated to empowering individuals to make informed decisions not only about their health, but their total lifestyle. She has developed authentic and enlightening materials as well as an extensive line of herbal products, all of which are available through the apothecary, apprenticeship classes and mentoring programs, such as her Get Off Your Knees platform, in which she weaves myth, fairytale, folklore and her own experiences to uniquely coach clients on how to become their spiritual, physical, and emotional best selves based on their innate talents and gifts.
A strong advocate of community partnerships in healing, she believes that all spiritual traditions offer guidance on the path to finding truth, and she has authored articles on the power and simplicity of herbs used to heal and nourish mind, body and spirit.
Karen and her work have been featured in a variety of media outlets, including on The FEED, featuring culinary celebrity Marcus Samuelsson, the New York Times, Black Enterprise Magazine, Organic Life, and the New York Daily News. Aside from her dedication to healing, Karen is also a devoted mother of three, who she proudly believes are her best apprentices.
2018 ConfereNce LineUp
9:00 - 9:50am: Welcome, Check-in, and Light Breakfast
10:00am: Opening Ritual & Intention Setting, Baba Ojubona Awo Ifasanmi Obaniyi
10:15am: Opening Address, Karen Rose
11am-12pm: Session 1 Workshops
12:25-1:30pm: Keynote Elder, Malidoma Somé
1:40pm-2:40pm: Session 2 Workshops
2:50 - 3:00pm: Offering & Prayer
3:00 - 3:45pm: Community Meal
3:45- 4:30pm: Vendor Apothecary Market & Art Auction
4:30 - 4:50pm: Final Remarks
5:00pm: End of Conference
2018 Conference Workshops
2018 Conference Workshops
Weeksville Heritage Center
Our host is a historic site in Brooklyn. Weeksville Heritage Center is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s many free black communities.
Address: 58 Buffalo Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Sacred Vibes Apothecary
Sacred Vibes Apothecary is a place of connection in our community, where the important work of Spiritual and Physical health is explored through the lenses of Social and Racial Justice. We use plants to connect you deeply to your roots and to expand your vision towards what wholeness can mean for you.
The Art and Practice of Spiritual Herbalism program offers you a deeper way of thinking, encouraging radical theories of self-healing and ultimately community healing to take shape in your mind, resulting in a transformation of mind, body and spirit.
Sacred Vibes collaborates with several community gardens in Brooklyn. At each location, our herbal apprentices have created thriving medicinal herb gardens and work closely with members of the local community to support initiatives of healing in the surrounding neighborhoods. Every year we also offer free herbal workshops in our community gardens!