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November 2023 HerbWalks & OjaiHerbal Newsletter
Advance Prices for the Ojai Herbal Symposium on November 11-12 EXTENDED through November 10! Attend in person or online.
Your local, homegrown Ojai Herbal Symposium is back on
Saturday & Sunday, November 11-12, doing what we do best: 
combining the latest science with time-tested wisdom of ancient medicine.
ADVANCE PRICE TICKETS FOR IN-PERSON AND ZOOM ADMISSION ARE ON SALE NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 10! The website at has the schedule, presenters, and more. Here's a direct link to the registration page. We also have student discounts and volunteer opportunities. 
Please scroll down to meet our exceptional presenters who include herbalists, acupuncturists, a Chumash elder, a medical doctor, a pharmacologist,
a chiropractor, an Ayurvedic practitioner, and a certified forest therapy guide.
And please click on the flyer above to download it for digital sharing with your friends and colleagues, especially California acupuncturists who can earn
up to 12 CEUs. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Friday, November 10
Meet world famous author, successful business owner, and master tea blender Zhena Muzyka, founder of Zhena's Gypsy Teas, for a casual meet-and-greet at her shop, Club Magic Hour, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Scroll down to the article below to learn more about this free Ojai Herbal Symposium event with special guest Carol Wade and mark your calendar.
Saturday, November 18
My monthly Natural History Walk at the Taft Nature Preserve is on Saturday, November 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. It's acorn season so there's a lot going on there with mule deer, gray squirrels, acorn woodpeckers and other wildlife stocking up for the winter. Here is a link to my event listing with all the details. Or just click on the image above to join us.
If you own my book or you're considering it, here's another reminder to click on the following link for the free hyperlinked bibliography I created to save you the hassle of copying long URLs from the printed page to the web sources cited in the book.
Don't have a copy yet? You can order the book on my website by visiting this link or clicking on the book cover image above. Then at checkout you can use the “Order notes (optional)” field to request a simple autograph or a book signed to you. This personal touch is something not available when purchasing on Amazon. Plus you can support my authorship financially by buying directly from me. Thank you! 
If you're out and about, you also can find the book on the shelf: in Ojai at Bart's Books, Crystal Corner, Evergreen WellnessFarmer & the Cook, Ojai Cannabis Company, Ojai Valley Brewery, Ojai Valley MuseumRainbow Bridge, Sespe Creek Collective, Westridge Market Midtown, and Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center (when the highway reopens); in Ventura at Barnes & Noble, Ema's Herbs, Green Thumb NurseryTimbre Books, and Ventura Spirits; in Oxnard at REI; in Calabasas at Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center Store; in Sun Valley at Theodore Payne Foundationin Santa Barbara at The Book Den, Chaucer's Books, REI, and Santa Barbara Botanic Garden; in Goleta at Island Seed & Feed; in Solvang at The Book Loft; and in REI stores and Barnes & Noble locations throughout California. (All store names listed in alphabetical order)
Herb Walks Events
Advance price tickets for both in-person and Zoom attendance are on sale through Friday, November 10, at   
Get advance price tickets now for the
Ojai Herbal Symposium on Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12
The theme of this year's Symposium is "Herbs: The People's Medicine." Humans have been using plant medicine for at least 50,000 years. Today, 60% of the people around the world still depend on herbs for their primary health needs. In 2021, Americans spent over $12 billion on herbs and herbal supplements -all out-of-pocket - because herbs are not covered by prescription plans.
Our professionally and culturally diverse faculty of presenters will explore how people around the world are using medicinal herbs for better health and well-being. Health professionals and anyone simply interested in herbs will find our presenters’ content educational and enlightening.
Advance price tickets are now on sale through November 10 for in-person or Zoom attendance at the 3rd Ojai Herbal Symposium on November 11-12, at historic Krotona Hall in Ojai.
All tickets will include access to a video of the event's presentations for one year. 
Visit the website for details on 20%-off student discount tickets and volunteer opportunities. Here's a direct link to the
We hope to see you there!
Meet-and-Greet with Zhena Muzyka on Friday, November 10
Click on the image of Zhena Muzyka above to enlarge it. Visit this page at to learn about her.
Chances are you've sipped her famous brand of Zhena's Gypsy Tea, read her bestselling book, Life by the Cup, or tried one or her wonderful new line of Magic Hour teas. 
The remarkable business owner, author, and master tea blender, Zhena Muzyka, will host a free introductory meet-and-greet for Ojai Herbal Symposium attendees and the general public on Friday evening, November 10, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Club Magic Hour, 928 E. Ojai Avenue. She'll be joined by local herbal celebrity Carol Wade. Please join them and invite your friends to this free social gathering.
CEUs for California Acupuncturists
The Ojai Herbal Symposium is pleased to be able to provide 12 Category 1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), in person or on Zoom. Click here or on the seal above for details.
Meet our Saturday Presenters at the Ojai Herbal Symposium on N0vember 11
(Click on their images to learn more about them)
Chumash Blessing by Patrick Tumamait
Saturday Keynote: "Botanical Medicine for Common Cardiovascular Concerns"
by Herbalist & Author
Amanda McQuade Crawford 
Professor Emeritus & Author James Adams :  "Causes, Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease"
Lunchtime Outdoor Qigong with John Hickey
Chiropractor/Healer Elena Esparza: "Herbs in the Curandismo Tradition"
John Hickey, LAc, on "A Classical Chinese Medicine Overview of the Three Treasures"
Naturalist & Author
Enrique Villaseñor: " Opuntia (Prickly-Pear):
The First Medicine of the Americas"
A huge thanks to our wonderful sponsors. Please click on the screenshot above to enlarge it and visit this page at to learn more about them. 
Thank you, Ojai Herbal Symposium Sponsors
and Friends
Other Local
Events of Interest
Meet our Sunday Presenters at the Ojai Herbal Symposium on N0vember 12
(Click on their images to learn more about them)
Sunday Keynote:
"10 Medical Cannabis Myths Debunked" by David Bearman, MD 
Herbalist & Educator Carol Wade: "Creating a People's Medicinal Garden"
Lunchtime Outdoor Nature Immersion with Nature & Forest Therapy Guide Elena Rios
Michelle Wong, LAc & Author: "Magical
Mugwort: Its  Medicinal Uses from East and West"
Ayurvedic Practitioner & Author Anjali Deva: "Creating Rhythms and Rituals with Ayurveda"
Symposium Director & Author Lanny Kaufer: "A People's History of Herbal Medicine in America"
Irrigated carrot fields iin the Cuyama Valley sucking the ground basin dry. Photo: Carl Perry for the Santa Barbara Independent.
Cuyama vs. Carrots: Local Growers and Residents Urge You to Boycott Carrots "Grimmway Farms and Bolthouse Farms, the world’s largest carrot growers, produce 80% of the U.S. carrot market (an annual crop  worth $69 million) and together they pump over 40% of the Cuyama Valley basin’s water supply. Last year they pumped 28,500 acre-feet of water; enough water to supply three cities the size of Santa Barbara with a year's worth of water. Now they’re suing every homeowner, business, small-scale farmer, rancher - even our schools - for rights to the water we all depend on." 


"Grimmway and Bolthouse (and their subsidiaries) produce various products in addition to carrots...While we encourage you to be a conscientious consumer, we realize these conglomerates are difficult to avoid. Since Grimmway and Bolthouse are best known for their carrots, let’s use our collective power toward a singular focus and boycott carrots. Together we can make a meaningful impact on their carrot sales."


Visit the Stand With Cuyama website to learn more and sign a petition. Here's an informative article from the reliable Santa Barbara Independent.

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