Partial Speaker Roster

John Mason –  Queensland, Australia

Dip.Hort.Sci., Sup’n Cert.
FPLA, FIOH, FAIH, MACHPER, MASA, MISHS.
(Principal – ACS Distance Education
Publisher -ACS Distance Education Publications)

Mr Mason has over 40 years’ experience in the fields of Horticulture, Recreation, Education & Journalism. He has held positions ranging from Director of Parks & Recreation (City of Essendon) to magazine editor. John has lectured in Technical & Further Education Colleges (TAFE), and is a well-respected member of many professional bodies. He is the author of more than forty books o plants and gardening and of hundreds of magazines and newspaper articles. He is a keen photographer, with many of his photographs having been published in books and magazines. 


Robin Rose Bennett – The Green Witch of Manhattan
She is the author of Healing Magic and The Gift of Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines and Home Remedies, which was a finalist for the DeBaggio Book Award in 2019.


Maria Noel Groves – Clinical herbalist, journalist, and proprietor of Wintergreen Botanicals, an herbal clinic and education center in Bear Brook State Park, New Hampshire.


Susan Belsinger – an herbalist, specializing in culinary herbs. She teaches, lectures, and writes about gardening and cooking, and is a food writer, editor and photographer who has authored and edited over 25 books and hundreds of articles.


Ben Cohen – an author, poet, herbalist, gardener, seed saver and wanderer. He lives and works at Small House Farm with his wife, Heather, and two sons, Elijah and Anakin, on their family homestead in Sanford, Michigan. Ben is also the founder of Michigan Seed Library, a community seed sharing initiative that has worked closely with a number of communities to help establish seed library programs across his home state and beyond.