2021 The Future of Plant Medicine Summit
Program & Replays
Welcome Message From Your Series Co-Hosts
David Crow: Welcome to The Future of Plant Medicine Summit series. So glad that you can join us and that you have registered. I'm your host, David Crow, and this is my co-host, Adriana Ayales.
Adriana Ayales: Hi, everybody. Welcome to the series. This is so exciting. Know that by joining this incredible program, you are enhancing your toolkit by a hundredfold. You're going to be closely in touch with wonderful practitioners of all walks of life to enhance what you're already currently practicing. From herbalism, whether you're a practitioner or you're just enhancing your life tools, this is so essential for these times. Thank you so much for taking the time and being part of the plant medicine family.
David: Well, as you can see, we have quite an extensive lineup of, as always, top-level speakers, educators, clinicians, and researchers. I'll just mention a few people that I think are truly outstanding this time around. One of my favorite interviews which I conducted was with Dr. Sarita Shrestha, who is Nepal's first woman Ayurvedic MD, who is referred to as the Mother of Ayurveda in the West.
David: But the list is extensive and there are many names that you will recognize and many new people. Everybody of course, is talking about the benefits of plant medicine for our health, for treatment of conditions, for increasing our wellbeing, our immunity. Of course, we have the theme of Where is all of this going? With the demand for botanical medicine exploding and the link with environmental concerns and climate change, this is a very important series with a lot of valuable information. I'd just like to say thank you again for joining us. And Adriana, any final words?
Adriana: I'm so excited to see the world being so ready for a new system of medicine, an ancient system of medicine, and really gathering inspiration on how to tone up their mind, body, and soul with all these wonderful ancient practices. Thank you so much for being part of this big paradigm shift because here we are, together joining this good cause.
David Crow, LAc
David Crow, LAc, is a master herbalist, aromatherapist, and acupuncturist with more than 40 years of experience. An expert in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, he is one of the world’s foremost authorities and leading speakers in the field of botanical medicine and grassroots healthcare. David has presented his vision of grassroots healthcare, preservation of botanical medicines, and the use of plants for ecological restoration to hundreds of audiences, including an internationally broadcast discussion with the Dalai Lama.
David is a renowned author, a poet, and the founding director of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures. Floracopeia was created as a way to preserve and promote the use of botanical medicines as solutions to numerous interrelated global problems, such as lack of healthcare, poverty, environmental destruction, and loss of ethnobotanical knowledge.
He has given numerous keynote speeches, taught at conferences and colleges of naturopathic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurvedic medicine, and has been interviewed on numerous radio programs. He has published in several magazines, and his book, In Search of the Medicine Buddha, has been translated into three foreign editions. David travels and teaches throughout the world. Through his visionary synthesis of medicine, ecology, and spirituality, he has helped transform the lives of thousands.
Adriana Ayales is an author, educator, and rainforest herbalist from Costa Rica. She has extensively studied several healing traditions alongside master herbalists and Indigenous medicine peoples for more than a dozen years. From a young age, she was immersed in the fields of healing and herbalism, and devoted herself to learning from different ancient herbal traditions.
Adriana founded Anima Mundi, a successful apothecary and herbal medicine facility in Brooklyn, New York, that crafts medicines sourced from Indigenous peoples, wildcrafters, and honest farmers from around the world. Adriana, who has written two books, Healing Tonics and Adaptogens: Herbs for Longevity and Everyday Wellness, currently resides in Costa Rica, where she was born and raised.