A herbal conference for Black and Indigenous Herbalists and Community
Welcome to The 4th Annual Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering
We are so excited to announce that the 4th annual Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering, a herbal conference for Black and Indigenous herbalists and community will be taking place on October 6-8, 2023 on picturesque John's Island, SC.
This herbal conference is not a Gullah Geechee festival, but instead, it is a weekend filled with informative workshops that span Gullah Geechee culture, herbal and holistic health practices and other useful topics from amazing teachers of Gullah Geechee heritage and from around the Diaspora. It also features an opening ceremony with Libations and live African drumming, an African Marketplace that highlights small black businesses from around the country, camping on Gullah Geechee owned land, wonderful activities, phenomenal food, children's activities and an opportunity to network and share with like minded individuals from around the country.
The Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering is a family-focused, un-apologetically Black Centered event and we welcome all Black, Indigenous, and Gullah Geechee Herbalists, Farmers, Healers, Body Workers, Hoodoo Practitioners and community to join us. We want attendees to get grounded in their herbal practice through education, fellowship, community and nature. This conference not only seeks to educate but to advocate for the conservation and preservation of the Gullah Geechee herbal culture, but the bioregional ecology as well.
We’ve worked hard in order to put together an unforgettable event for our attendees. Explore the site for all the information you need, and let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to you joining us in the beautiful Lowcountry of South Carolina.
This is the first year that we are featuring keynote speakers and we have two dynamic sistas that will be delivering Keynotes this year.
Lucretia Vandyke, is the author of " African American Herbalism: A Practical Guide to Healing Plants and Folk Traditions." She is also a holistic educator, Herbalist, Sacred Sexoligist, and more.
Olatokunboh Obasi, MSc, RH (AHG), CNS is a wellness professional in herbal medicine, nutrition and Indigenous ways of practice. She is an educator/founder of Well of Indigenous Wisdom School for Herbal Medicine and African Cosmology in Borike Puerto Rico.
Don't miss their amazing keynote speeches. Get your ticket today!
How to get involved with the Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering
Below are a few ways that you can become involved with our annual herbal conference
Register to Attend
We are so excited to have you be a part of our fourth year of bringing Black and Indigenous community together for an amazing herbal conference. Ticket Sales will begin on March 1, 2023 and end on August 31, 2023 or until sold out, which ever comes first.
Apply to Teach
Are you a Black or Indigenous herbalist, farmer, holistic health practitioner, Birthworker, or Spiritual practitioner looking to share your expertise and knowledge with your peers and the community? Apply today to teach at our upcoming conference. Applications end on Jan. 31, 2023.
Become a Vendor
We love to highlight and amplify Black and Gullah Geechee small businesses , especially those who have a focus on wellness and wellbeing as well as artisans and crafters with handmade goods. Apply now to join our African Marketplace at this year's gathering.
Become A sponsor
Putting on a history-making sacred space of this magnitude definitely takes a village. We invite you to partner with us, as we continue to offer excellence in herbal, holistic health and Gullah Geechee culture to the community. Our sponsors make this event the amazing conference that it is!
Volunteer and worktrade opportunities are an enjoyable and important part of the GGHG. It not only provides financial assistance, it also provides an enthusiastic and fun workforce for the conference. The tasks accomplished by our volunteers ensure that our conference runs smoothly and we are grateful for the support.
"The Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering is so much more than just a "conference". It's an opportunity for Black and Indigenous herbalists, Gullah Geechee people and the community that they serve to converge, share, connect and preserve a rich herbal and cultural legacy."
- Khetnu Nefer, Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering Founder
THE THEME FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL GULLAH GEECHEE HERBAL GATHERING
We are so happy to be bringing this conference back again next year. It's not a small undertaking and we are excited about this conference's growth. We recognize the need for spaces like this that are intentionally centered on Black people, a safe haven where they can let their hair down and be themselves. This is why we have chosen the theme of Elevation for the conference. We want to amplify and elevate not only the herbal and cultural knowledge of our cultures around the Diaspora, but we also want to elevate our communities with this knowledge so that we can elevate our collective well-being as well.
Our featured herb for the 2023 Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering is Lemon Balm, I chose this herb because it is not only calming, but it's rejuvenating as well. I believe that in order for us to elevate, we have to be restored and rejuvenated. It is my intention every year, that everyone in attendance leaves this conference rejuvenated. May we all tap into the energy and the power of Lemon Balm as we depart the 2023 Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering.
From the Source
"Being on the land and connecting with Black people from all over the country in the name of collective healing has been such a nourishing experience. A blessing."
"The Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering was nothing short of amazing! The love, the weather, the beautiful people, the beautiful energy, magik, healing, joy, wisdom, networking, connections, the support and most importantly community...it was everything!"
The Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering was an amazing event! We will definitely be back next year! So many great connections were made..."
"Seeing myself through a "Black" lens protects me from a lot of harm. The value of these kind of safe spaces are priceless."
"This was truly a transformative weekend. To experience and be surrounded by other black people all sharing the common goal of elevating through holistic health and living."
Da Gullah Geechee Sto'
The home of official merchandise of the Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering
The Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering is personally funded by founder Khetnu Nefer and the generous donations of our sponsors. Your purchase of our stylish and comfortable Official Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering merchandise helps to fund operating costs, provide scholarships, and assist in providing donations to Black, Indigenous and Gullah Geechee organizations that are working to uphold and preserve our herbal and cultural traditions. Click the shop now link below to get your official Gullah Geechee Herbal Gathering Gear.
Join our email list and get access to conference news and updates that we send to our subscribers.