Ben is a naturopath, nutritionist, science writer and speaker. He is author of The Digestive Health Solution and contributes regularly to industry magazines and scientific journals. Ben is Editor of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Contributing Editor of Integrative Healthcare and Applied Nutrition, Director of Clinical Education for Pure Encapsulations (UK), and is on the Advisory Board of the BCNH College of Nutrition and Health where he is also a lecturer.
Herbal Medicine Conference 2020 - Meet our speakers
We are delighted to welcome a number of wonderful speakers to this year's event. You can find out more about each of them below.
Benjamin Brown, ND
Simon Mills, MA FNIMH MCPP
Simon has been a herbal practitioner in Exeter since 1977. He is an acclaimed international speaker on a range of topics, including herbal and traditional medicines, and natural approaches to modern health problems. He is a Cambridge medicinal sciences graduate and has been at the forefront of the modern development of herbal, complementary and integrated medicine.
Andrew Chevallier, BA FNIMH MCPP
Hein Zeylstra Memorial Lecture
Andrew has been in practice as a medical herbalist since 1986. Over the years, he has treated people suffering from health problems of many kinds - from minor skin conditions to severe debilitating illness. He believes that best results come from working jointly with the patient and mapping out an agreed way forward.
Andrew is a fellow and past-president of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists; and a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy.
He was a Senior Lecturer in Herbal Medicine at Middlesex University, London, (1994 - 2003) having helped to found its BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine course, the first of its kind at a European university.
Andrew has written a range of books on herbal medicine, notably the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine now in its 3rd edition, which has sold over a million copies worldwide and been translated into 8 different languages.
Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CNS
Bevin Clare MSc, RH, CNS, is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist. She is an associate professor and program manager of the Clinical Herbalism program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She holds a MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, serves on as an adjunct assistant professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and is an adjunct associate professor at the New York Chiropractic College. Bevin has studied herbal medicine around the world and blends her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. Bevin is the president of the American Herbalists Guild. She is founder of the Herbal Clinic for All program, providing cost-free herbal medicine healthcare since 2007. Bevin is a board member of the United Plant Savers, a group working to protect at-risk medicinal plants in North America. You can find Bevin’s musing on a variety of clinical herbalism topics, including infectious disease, at www.bevinclare.com.
Amina Eastham-Hillier, ND
Amina is a Naturopath and Nutritionist and owns a successful multi-modality clinic in Noosa comprising of 18 practitioners in Queensland, Australia.
With over 17 years of Naturopathic and 25 years of nutritional practice, she successfully treats chronic illnesses and complex cases all over the world via Skype and in her clinic. Her specialties are Lyme and other tick-borne bacterial co-infections, viruses, parasites, fungi and mould illness.
Amina is a Keynote speaker presenting to medical doctors and Naturopaths at International conferences, medical documentaries, TV interviews, radio, seminars, webinars, podcasts & workshops.
She is the author of “Lyme Natural” encompassing Naturopathic treatment for Lyme disease, co infections, mould illness and stealth infections.
Amina recently won the award for ‘Australian Practitioner of the year’ and is currently finalizing her second book (Chronic stealth infections – Filling in the missing pieces).
Matthew Wood has been a practicing herbalist since 1982. In a period when many authors and lecturers are merely "arm chair herbalists" who offer theories and opinions based on book learning, and others have turned to the exotic traditions of India or China, he has been an active practitioner of traditional Western herbalism. He has helped tens of thousands of clients over the years, with many difficult health problems. While Matthew believes in the virtue of many other healing modalities, he has always been inspired to learn, preserve, and practice the tradition of herbal medicine descending to us from our European, Anglo-American, and Native American heritage. He is a member of the American Herbalists Guild (registered herbalist) and has earned his Masters of Science degree from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (accredited by the University of Wales). Matthew has lectured in all parts of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, New York to California, and Santa Fe to Sperryville, Virginia. He has also taught in Canada, Scotland, England, France, and Australia. He is known throughout the world as an excellent teacher of herbal medicine. He is also the author of six acclaimed books on herbal medicine, published by North Atlantic Books, in Berkeley, CA.
Marcos Patchett is a medical herbalist. He graduated from Middlesex University's Herbal Medicine BSc course with first degree honours and the Elsevier science prize for plant pharmacology in 2005. He worked as a medical herbalist in King's Cross for several years, specialising in complementary care for people living with HIV, and practiced from Neal's Yard remedies' Therapy Rooms in Covent Garden and Notting Hill. He worked as a dispenser in Middlesex University's Archway training clinic, and later went on to become the clinical supervisor for Western Herbal medicine BSc and MSc courses at Middlesex's Integrative Medicine training clinic in Hendon. Marcos is also an enthusiastic student of Renaissance and Medieval astrology. He is frequently invited to give talks on contemporary herbal medicine and traditional medical astrology internationally. Marcos currently lives and works in London.
Lily graduated from the University of Westminster with a first class honours degree in Herbal Medicine in 2019. She also has a diploma in Nutritional Health Science and a degree in Experimental Psychology. .
Lily's study of the mind, nutrition and herbs has provided her with a holistic tool kit to help support the whole body rather than just focus on symptoms. She sees the importance of good mental health, and the people's own motivation to help themselves as a cornerstone to wellbeing.
Lily is passionate about education and providing valuable knowledge which will support sustainable solutions, empowering clients to take back control of their health and wellbeing. Her main areas of interest include women’s health and stress management.
Peter Holmes L.Ac., M.H.
Peter is a medical herbalist, clinical aromatherapist, practitioner of Chinese medicine, and respected author. His experience spans over 30 years. Peter apprenticed with Cantonese herbalist Dr. Lee in London, graduated from the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (U.K.) in 1980, studied with Ted Kaptchuk, O.M.D., completed his postgraduate studies in Chinese medicine at the Ecole Européene d’Acupuncture in Paris, and completed Western herbal medicine training at the College of Consultant Herbalists in England.
Peter also apprenticed with medical herbalist Christopher Hedley MNIMH, and with pharmacist-herbalist Henri Verdier in Paris, with an emphasis on the clinical uses of essential oils.
Peter is well known for his extensive research, writings, and lectures in the field of herbal and essential oil medicine. In addition to directing Snow Lotus Seminars, he is an adjunct faculty member at the Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minneapolis, MN.
As the son of a medical herbalist, Dylan has been exposed to the healing qualities of herbs since early adolescence. He has spent over 30 years researching, teaching and writing about the metaphysical basis of the European herbal tradition. Parallel to his herbal work, Dylan is also a very experienced hand reader. In 1990 his book The Hand Reveals, a complete guide to the European Cheiromantical Tradition, was published. He was also invited to contribute to the Oxford Companion to the Body, a section on Palmistry, published by Oxford University Press.
Hannah graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2010 with a first class honours degree in Herbal Medicine, and has been a practising Medical Herbalist, working with the wider community in Lincolnshire since graduating. She has been a Lecturer and Clinic Supervisor for the herbal degree at Lincoln for the last five years. Recently completing her teaching qualification, she carried out research into the value of experiential learning within the field of herbal practitioner training. Her working life also encompasses helping people to build deeper personal connections with nature, for health and wellbeing.
Speaker - Business Skills
Helen is a Chartered Marketer and a complementary practitioner (clinical hypnotherapist, Master NLP practitioner, life coach and Advanced Lightning Process® Practitioner).
She spent 20+ years working in marketing and business, responsible for staff teams and big budgets.
She has spent the last 10 years blending the skills of mindset, marketing and business, specifically to support complementary practitioners.