The Kootenay Herb Conference originated in Creston, BC in 2014, lovingly created by Rachel Beck, Medical Herbalist. Held as a biennial event, Rachel’s vision was to create a space where herbalists from all areas of practice and learning could come together, celebrate the plant world, connect and share ideas and knowledge and take this energy back to our communities and infuse this into our day to day lives.

Since then the West Kootenay Permaculture Cooperative  has taken the reigns in hosting this event, having a successful conference in 2018,  hosting the event in Winlaw BC. This year our organization is excited to host the conference again, this time  with the theme of Cultivating Conservation through Regenerative Practice.

Our location for the Kootenay Herb Conference is nestled in the pristine Slocan Valley, hosted at the Winlaw Elementary School in the heart of the village of Winlaw on unceded Sinixt and Ktunaxa territory.

40 minutes North West of Nelson, BC, Winlaw is a small, unincorporated village located in the Slocan Valley of the West Kootenays where tall Cedars meet crisp clear waters.  The plant diversity of the Kootenays is epic, being part of the only inland rainforest in the world.

With such a unique ecosystem one can find plant allies commonly found on the west coast growing along side those home to the interior of BC. Rare lichens, endangered and/or threatened herbs, an abundance of unique fungi and a diverse variety of trees makes this area a Herbalist’s dream. Discovering and exploring the amazing micro-eco-systems that exist in our valley is a plant study of epic proportions.

The Kootenay Herb Conference will showcase the beauty through you to herbalists and educators from near and far, pulling you deeper into your studies, calming your heart and uniting you with your community.


Being here in the Slocan Valley requires a bit of preparation ahead of time for maximum comfort and fun while you are here.

Take a look at our list of things to consider and get yourself organized to be in the mountains in early June.

  • There are no streetlights and few artificial public lights. Please bring a headlamp or flashlight to navigate after dark, especially if camping at the nearby Karibu Park Campground
  • There is no cellphone reception in our valley. Once you turn up the valley heading north on Highway 6 at the junction of Highway 3 and 6 you lose cellphone connection. This is also the case as you leave New Denver & Slocan in the North part of the Valley heading south on Highway 6.
  • There are limited free WIFI zones in Winlaw. There will very limited access to a  WIFI signal at the conference, please keep in mind our internet is “mountain internet” and not high speed.
  • June weather is irregular in the mountains. Temperatures could fluctuate from being in the high twenties/low thirties to being closer to single digits and rain. Bring suitable clothing for the weather as some workshops will be outside.
  • If camping, bring warm clothing for evenings and sleeping.
  • We are aiming for a waste free/green conference and encourage you to bring a resuable cup for tea and beverages. Those who purchase early bird tickets will receive an enamel mug in their welcome package. The conference is also straw free zone.
  • There are local amenities in the village. You will be able to refresh your supplies while here however we encourage you to come fully prepared with those items that are necessary and important.

Please check back for more details on the weekend schedule, entertainment, times of meals, workshop details and more!