Events

Inner Ecology™ hosts and participates in events throughout the year. Click the arrow next to a past event to see more details.

For Farmers

  • PIONEERS IN ECOLOGICAL MEDICINE WORKSHOP: February 7-8, 2014
    fresh bai zhi
    Photo Courtesy of Peg Shafer, from her book Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm

    Inner Ecology is proud to co-sponsor EcoVision’s second annual Pioneers in Ecological Medicine (PEM) workshop. This workshop is for professional farmers located in the Eastern Forest region (see the PEM 2014 site for more information about eligibility). PEM 2013 alumni are welcome to register at a reduced rate.

    Jean Giblette, pioneer of sustainable herbology, will guide 2014 PEM participants through the steps needed to construct an effective production plan. Staff from Inner Ecology will explain how source herbologists evaluate harvested material, a key step in fair pricing for direct sales. The training is specially designed to equip each grower with practical tools for immediate application.

    Specific topics include:

    • Selecting crops appropriate for your ecological setting
    • Germination, propagation, and seed-saving
    • Harvesting and processing
    • Assessing and managing production risks
    • Necessary tools and equipment
    • Records and calculations of production costs
    • Quality control
    • Marketing, legal and regulatory issues

    For more information, and to register at early-bird rates (until January 4, 2014), visit the PEM 2014 website.

    As a special bonus to PEM 2014 participants, workshop attendees are eligible to sign up for free half-hour consultations with the workshop presenter, Jean Giblette, on Sunday, February 9. Simply indicate on the registration form that you would like a consultation, and a PEM volunteer will contact you to set up a time.

  • FARMACOPEIA™ BENEFIT EVENT: February 3, 2013
    sang ye usaInner Ecology invites you to Farmacopeia, a special benefit event at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Come celebrate the beginning of East Asian herb cultivation right here in the Midwest! Get ready to:
    • Savor herb-infused appetizers and beverages
    • Revel in the Brazilian-and-folk-inspired live music provided by Jeff Quay and Alex Sokol of Blue Man Group
    • Bid in the silent auction on unique items aimed at inspiring your inner botanist or herblist
    • Experience the quality and freshness of herbs grown in the United States
    • Meet the pioneers in Midwestern cultivation of East Asian medicinals

    All proceeds benefit Pioneers in Ecological Medicine, advancing our work with Midwestern growers. For more information, visit the Farmacopeia page, or purchase tickets now!

    Unable to join us for the soiree? You can still show your support for famers by giving your tax-deductible donation to our Farmacopeia fundraising campaign.

  • PIONEERS IN ECOLOGICAL MEDICINE WORKSHOP: February 1-2, 2013
    fresh bai zhi
    Photo Courtesy of Peg Shafer, from her book Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm

    Inner Ecology, in conjunction with Eco-Vision, The Land Connection, FamilyFarmed.org, and Growing Power, is proud to co-host the Pioneers in Ecological Medicine (PEM) workshop at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Facilitated by Jean Giblette and Peg Shaefer, leaders in the field of herbal farming, the PEM workshop will provide growers with the basics of cultivating East Asian medicinal herbs in the Midwest.

    Growers: For more information, and to register for the workshop, please visit Pioneers in Ecological Medicine. Workshop attendance is limited to professional farmers located in the Midwest.

    Practitioners & Other Supporters: The PEM workshop would not be possible without the generous support of our partners. To contribute to the workshop’s success, please make a tax-deductible donation to the Indiegogo campaign today.For the latest news about the workshop, you can also visit the Farmacopeia Facebook page.

For Clinical Herbologists and Students

  • ILLINOIS WALKS FOR ACUPUNCTURE: September 13, 2015
    Inner Ecology raffle winner Caroline JungInner Ecology is proud to sponsor the Illinois Walks for Acupuncture for the third year running. The 5K walk-a-thon benefits the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ILaaom) in their work to maintain the integrity and safety of acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a profession and healthcare service in Illinois. This year, Inner Ecology’s own formulary technician, Nisa Wongthipkongka, helped organize sponsorship for the walk. Nisa also participated in the walk and handed over an Inner Ecology tote bag and three Inner Ecology daily dose jars to lucky raffle winner Caroline Jung (pictured). Inner Ecology is proud to support ILaaom, and we look forward to participating in their next public event!
  • SUPPORT ACUPUNCTURE IN ILLINOIS 5K WALK: September 7, 2014
    Join us for the Support Acupuncture in Illinois 5K walk benefitting the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ILAAOM). The walk will take place on Sunday, September 7, from 8 a.m. to noon in Grant Park. Inner Ecology, a silver sponsor of the walk, is happy to help ILAAOM increase awareness and support for the acupuncture profession in Illinois. ILAAOM works on our collective behalf to protect the safe and smart practice of Chinese herbology in Illinois. By walking, you can show support for their initiatives while upholding the value of your own practice.
  • CLINICAL HERBOLOGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: February 17, 2014
    Tiffany Hatcher and Thom Heil present the current state of clinical herbology to soon-to-graduate students at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). Topics covered include:
    • Making smart decisions about your own herbal practice
    • Current good manufacturing practices for herbal dispensaries
    • Choosing the right herbal dispensary for your practice
    • Ensuring your patients receive high-quality, effective herbal formulas
    • The future of medicinal herb cultivation in the U.S.

    Students will also receive hands-on experience of high-quality medicinals through comparative samples.

  • ILLINOIS WALKS FOR ACUPUNCTURE: September 7, 2013
    Illinois Walks for AcupunctureJoin us for Illinois Walks for Acupuncture, a 5K walk benefitting the work of the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ILAAOM). The walk will take place on Saturday, September 7, from 8 a.m. to noon in Grant Park. Inner Ecology has registered as a team, and we would like to invite you and your patients to join us! To participate, you must pledge a minimum of $200, which you may raise or donate yourself. To join the Inner Ecology walking team, contact us at inquiry@innerecology.com or simply stop by the office to sign up in person.Inner Ecology tote bagThe team member who raises the largest amount of money for ILAAOM will win an attractive new Inner Ecology tote bag (seen at right)! Perfect for picking up your herbs from our office or taking to the farmers market, this handy bag also folds up into a small roll for easy storage. Contact us today to sign up for your chance to win. And spread the word—the practitioner who convinces the most patients to join is the person most likely to win the prize! With this walk, ILAAOM hopes to increase awareness and support for the acupuncture profession in Illinois. ILAAOM is working on our collective behalf to protect the safe and smart practice of Chinese Herbology in Illinois. By walking as part of the Inner Ecology team, you can show your support of their work while upholding the value of your own practice.
  • FARMACOPEIA™ BENEFIT EVENT: February 3, 2013
    sang ye usaInner Ecology invites you to Farmacopeia, a special benefit event at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Come celebrate the beginning of East Asian herb cultivation right here in the Midwest! Get ready to:
    • Savor herb-infused appetizers and beverages
    • Revel in the Brazilian-and-folk-inspired live music provided by Jeff Quay and Alex Sokol of Blue Man Group
    • Bid in the silent auction on unique items aimed at inspiring your inner botanist or herblist
    • Experience the quality and freshness of herbs grown in the United States
    • Meet the pioneers in Midwestern cultivation of East Asian medicinals

    All proceeds benefit Pioneers in Ecological Medicine, advancing our work with Midwestern growers. For more information, visit the Farmacopeia page, or purchase tickets now!

    Unable to join us for the soiree? You can still show your support for famers by giving your tax-deductible donation to our Farmacopeia fundraising campaign.

For Everyone

  • ILLINOIS WALKS FOR ACUPUNCTURE: September 13, 2015
    Inner Ecology raffle winner Caroline JungInner Ecology is proud to sponsor the Illinois Walks for Acupuncture for the third year running. The 5K walk-a-thon benefits the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ILaaom) in their work to maintain the integrity and safety of acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a profession and healthcare service in Illinois. This year, Inner Ecology’s own formulary technician, Nisa Wongthipkongka, helped organize sponsorship for the walk. Nisa also participated in the walk and handed over an Inner Ecology tote bag and three Inner Ecology daily dose jars to lucky raffle winner Caroline Jung (pictured). Inner Ecology is proud to support ILaaom, and we look forward to participating in their next public event!
  • SUPPORT ACUPUNCTURE IN ILLINOIS 5K WALK: September 7, 2014
    Join us for the Support Acupuncture in Illinois 5K walk benefitting the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ILAAOM). The walk will take place on Sunday, September 7, from 8 a.m. to noon in Grant Park. Inner Ecology, a silver sponsor of the walk, is happy to help ILAAOM increase awareness and support for the acupuncture profession in Illinois. ILAAOM works on our collective behalf to protect the safe and smart practice of Chinese herbology in Illinois. By walking, you can show support for their initiatives while upholding the value of your own practice.
  • ILLINOIS WALKS FOR ACUPUNCTURE: September 7, 2013
    Illinois Walks for AcupunctureJoin us for Illinois Walks for Acupuncture, a 5K walk benefitting the work of the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ILAAOM). The walk will take place on Saturday, September 7, from 8 a.m. to noon in Grant Park. Inner Ecology has registered as a team, and we would like to invite you and your patients to join us! To participate, you must pledge a minimum of $200, which you may raise or donate yourself. To join the Inner Ecology walking team, contact us at inquiry@innerecology.com or simply stop by the office to sign up in person.Inner Ecology tote bagThe team member who raises the largest amount of money for ILAAOM will win an attractive new Inner Ecology tote bag (seen at right)! Perfect for picking up your herbs from our office or taking to the farmers market, this handy bag also folds up into a small roll for easy storage. Contact us today to sign up for your chance to win. And spread the word—the practitioner who convinces the most patients to join is the person most likely to win the prize!With this walk, ILAAOM hopes to increase awareness and support for the acupuncture profession in Illinois. ILAAOM is working on our collective behalf to protect the safe and smart practice of Chinese Herbology in Illinois. By walking as part of the Inner Ecology team, you can show your support of their work while upholding the value of your own practice.
  • FARMACOPEIA™ BENEFIT EVENT: February 3, 2013
    sang ye usaInner Ecology invites you to Farmacopeia, a special benefit event at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Come celebrate the beginning of East Asian herb cultivation right here in the Midwest! Get ready to:
    • Savor herb-infused appetizers and beverages
    • Revel in the Brazilian-and-folk-inspired live music provided by Jeff Quay and Alex Sokol of Blue Man Group
    • Bid in the silent auction on unique items aimed at inspiring your inner botanist or herblist
    • Experience the quality and freshness of herbs grown in the United States
    • Meet the pioneers in Midwestern cultivation of East Asian medicinals

    All proceeds benefit Pioneers in Ecological Medicine, advancing our work with Midwestern growers. For more information, visit the Farmacopeia page, or purchase tickets now!

    Unable to join us for the soiree? You can still show your support for famers by giving your tax-deductible donation to our Farmacopeia fundraising campaign.