HerbMentor Radio: Rosemary Gladstar & Susan Leopold, Come for the Plants, Stay for the Party

Rosemary Gladstar is literally a star figure in the field of modern herbalism, internationally renowned for technical knowledge and stewardship in the global herbalist community. She has been learning, teaching, and writing about herbs for over 40 years and is the author of 11 books. Rosemary is the founding president of United Plant Savers and founder and past director of the International Herb Symposium.

And Susan Leopold is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. Over the past 20 years, Susan has worked extensively with Indigenous peoples in Peru and Costa Rica. She is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers and Director of the Sacred Seeds Project. She is a proud member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia and the author of the children’s book Isabella’s Peppermint Flower, teaching about Virginia’s botanical history.

Together Rosemary Gladstar and Susan Leopold shared with us all about the International Herb Symposium, a gathering right outside of Boston where herbalists just like you come together in honor of the plants and in the spirit of respect and reciprocity to share and learn from one another. By coming together in this way, the Symposium strives to create local and global communities dedicated to healing and caretaking the Earth and all beings.

Oh and by the way, did we mention that the Symposium is super fun?! The event’s tagline is “Come for the plants, stay for the party.” And Rosemary and Susan certainly brought the party to HerbMentor Radio.

In this episode Rosemary Gladstar & Susan Leopold share…

  • How to build your herbal community
  • How to be in reciprocity with the plants
  • What every beginner herbalist needs to know about herbalism
  • And so much more!

Learn more and register for this year’s International Herb Symposium (June 9th–11th) here.


If you listen to the episode, you might even get a promo code to save big on your Symposium ticket ;)



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  1. Love your concepts

    • Thank you, Lou! :)

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