Scholars & Scones: Yarb Doctors and Witches in Appalachian Healing

Thursday, Jul 7, 2016, 11:00am

$5 Suggested donation

Leila Weinstein
828.295.9099 ext. 3006
leila@blowingrockmuseum.org

The Appalachian region is one of the most biodiverse in the world and generations of living off of the land gave Appalachian people plentiful opportunities to learn the many uses of local plants. Along with this material, medical mountain women also took advantage of generations of healing prayer, charms and spells that came with their Scots-Irish Ancestors. Join Byron Ballard for a lively discussion of "women of power" in traditional rural Appalachia.
The talk will be accompanied by fresh coffee and locally-baked goods!

Afterwards, please be sure to visit BRAHM’s Atwell Gallery to see our exhibit, The Art of Native Plants (4/9 – 7/24)

H. Byron Ballard is a western North Carolina native, teacher, folklorist and writer. She has served as a featured speaker and teacher at Sacred Space Conference, Pagan Unity Festival, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Southeast Wise Women’s Herbal Conference, Glastonbury Goddess Conference and other gatherings. Her essays feature in several anthologies. Her book Staubs and Ditchwater debuted in 2012 and the companion volume Asfidity and Mad-Stones was published in Oct. 2015. Byron is currently at work on Earth Works: Eight Ceremonies for a Changing Planet.