Breitenbush Herbal Conference, Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat and Conference Center, Oregon

The Breitenbush Retreat and Conference Center is a worker-owned cooperative on 154 acres of wildlife sanctuary in the Willamette National Forest of the Oregon Cascades. Even the description is full of beautiful words!

An event is held at this stunning location that we’re proud to sponsor: the Breitenbush Herbal Conference, an annual gathering for herbalists, healers, and students. As the Herbal Conference website describes it: “People come from all corners to celebrate and learn from some of the most inspiring teachers in the herbal community. The healing waters and ancient forests of Breitenbush provide an incredible setting for this magical gathering. Workshops, demonstrations, herb walks, and merriment, appeal to all levels of students.”

Our herbal expert Tim Blakley has been in attendance as a teacher at this event from the beginning, and happily returned this year to reunite with some of his fellow conference founders. He provided us with the delightful then and now photos below.

The event served as a fundraiser to benefit our friends at United Plant Savers as well. United Plant Savers is a group of plant enthusiasts committed to raising public awareness of the plight of our wild medicinal plants. They are dedicated to protecting these plants through organic cultivation, sustainable agricultural practices, and the replanting of native medicinal species back into their natural habitats. Their membership reflects the diversity of American herbalism and includes wildcrafters, seed collectors, manufacturers, growers, botanists, practitioners, medicine makers, educators and plant lovers from all walks of life.

Teachers at the first Breitenbush Herbal Conference, 1984.

Reunion of teachers, 2011. Tim Blakley is on the left in the front row.

Let us know if you’ve visited this beautiful spot in the Cascades, or attended the conference!