For most people there is an essential question in their life. This question is their beacon during times of transformation. Some would even say this question is their karma. Abrah’s question is:
How can the intoxicating beauty of life co-exist with depth of suffering life can bring?
This question has led Abrah to work in hospice supporting the dying, train as doula to hold women in their labour, travel to all continents on this planet and spend a year in retreat in the Yukon wilderness. Abrah’s practice of herbal medicine began 17 years ago she graduated from Dominion Herbal College's 4 year Clinical Herbalist program and began her practice as a herbalist. Being a practicing herbalist has nourished Abrah's question and deepened her understanding of transformation from illness to health, from despair to hope and from disconnection to connection. Her experience with plant medicine has taught her many times that a single plant is much more than a remedy of a physical illness.
Abrah offers a three year apprenticeship in Clinical Herbal Medicine and is the author of three books: The Weaving: Plants, Planets and People; The Herbal Apprentice: Plant Medicine and The Human Being and the Herbal Apprentice Workbook.
Abrah currently runs a herbal clinic in Ottawa, Ontario and is available for distant consultation via Zoom.
Nettle: From A Tiny Seed to a Powerful Medicine
The Story of How the Stars Fell to Earth, Seeding the Healing Plants
I was introduced into the world of herbs when I was 18 years old and a wonderful course crossed my path. I was taught many aspects of herbology but one of the greatest impacts was being taught by First Nations Elders about local plants and herbs that provide healing and nutrition. I started practicing herbalism and learned that I could provide remedies and find healing properties from the immediate world around me. This was what motivated me to not only provide for my own family but to be able to pass along my gained knowledge to others. I love being able to help my family and herbs empower me to take care of their physical, spiritual and emotional needs. Through my course, which I have been teaching for the last 14 years, I help people to understand how the world of herbs works and that medicine can be created from that which we find in nature. It is very important to me that people are empowered by nature and the world around us. Venturing in to the world of healing has inspired me to learn about nutrition which has opened up the avenue to teach a youth program every summer. I am continually inspired by all of my students and the circle of learning continues not only from myself to them but from them to me.
Fascinated with plants and healing remedies for as long as he can remember, Kyle Patton’s life and name changed for the better while learning about herbs at a school much like the one he proudly runs today. Kyle experienced first-hand the healing powers of garlic and soon his classmates nicknamed him Garliq, and it stuck.
Today, Garliq works passionately to support empowered people to live in self-reliant, healthy communities so that we can collectively bring humans back into balance with the Living World. Garliq passionately supports community-minded folks who want the medicines in their homes to fit with the values in their hearts.
Local herbal medicines and wild foods are Garliq’s not-so-secret weapons as he teaches how to feel safe, confident and excited to find, gather and make herbal foods and remedies that support the health and vitality of your families and friends.
A sought after speaker, Garliq excites and empowers groups, big and small, about the Why, the How and the Wow of personal and community empowerment through plant medicine. Garliq has taught hundreds of students over the last 5 years through the Urban Herb School in Vancouver. Having now moved to Nelson, he’s shifted his focus to include a thriving herbal healing practice. In the Spring of 2014, he will begin teaching in the Kootenays with the Living Medicine Project, a non-profit, community healing that aims to bring the healing of plant medicines to families and community through treatment, education and social justice work.
A great source of Garliq’s passion stems from the empowerment he feels every time he gives his own remedies to his children. His passion blossoms outward from there, with a deep desire for truly healthy communities and meaningful connections with the Living World for everyone.
The Vital Role of Empathy in First Aid
Herb Walk for First Aid
Lindsay is a gardener, a yogi, and former wilderness guide, and a happy herbalist. Her clinical work in yoga and herbal medicine focuses on helping people to develop the skills of self observation while using breathwork and herbal allies to promote healthy patterns.
She runs a private practice (lindenlotus.ca) in Fernwood Village in Victoria and is also a faculty member and herbal dispensary manager at Pacific Rim College.
Lindsay is a Registered Herbal Therapist with the CHA of BC and a professional member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (UK). She is also an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She is a board director with the CHA of BC and CCHA.
R.Ac. DTCM MQP
Michel has been in practice for 16 years, currently using acupuncture to bring focus on the exploration of the mind body spirit continuum, specifically addressing chronic pain and illness as opening windows into the deeper realms of the unconscious and subconscious minds, i.e. at the level where the seeds of all illness reside. Known as transformation acupuncture (TrAc), his approach combines the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine, Emotional Freedom Technique, Psychology of Vision, transformational medicine, Ki Aikido, medical Qi Gong, and esoteric acupuncture. Michel is a father of two, has been registered as an acupuncturist in BC since 2001.
Master Herbalist Sarah Orlowski is also an accredited Permaculturist and an advanced Qi Gong Practitioner of the Shao Lin style. She has taught for many institutions including Simon Fraser University, the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, the Canadian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Vancouver School Board, Van Dusen Gardens and Squamish First Nations, as well as 10 years instructing in the Alternative Health Program at Douglas College. Sarah has over two decades of gardening experience, including 15 years of organic farming. She co-owns a certified organic permaculture orchard in southern B.C. Giving personal health consultations and Qi Gong treatments. Sarah works with herbal remedies prepared from the bounty of the farm.
Clinical Herbalist, Author, Ph.D. Herbal Elder
For over forty years, Terry Willard, Cl.H.,Ph.D., has studied the medicinal properties of plants. He is recognized as one of North America’s leading Clinical Herbalists. He appears regularly in the print and electronic media as an exponent of responsible herbal use. He is the past-president of the Canadian Association of Herbal Practitioners, past president of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and in the Canadian Health Food Association’s Hall of Fame.
Dr. Willard is the author of twelve books on the subject of Herbs including the pivotal Wild Rose Herbal Series – a series of three textbooks written to educate herbalists. Two of his books, Mind-Body Harmony and Dr. Willard Flower Essence: Emotional Alchemy and Spiritual Evolution, have been particularly popular with the general public.
Terry retired from clinical practice in 2015. He is a director of the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing, which serves both on-line and correspondence students around the world.
He lectures on the main lecture circuit to trade shows and MLM rallies, training sessions for the Health Food Industry, Pharmacy Industry, Mass Market Industry.
He does many radio interviews and TV spots every year.
Terry has semi-retired to an organic herb farm on Vancouver Island.
How does Botanical Medicine Work
Cannabis as Medicine for Body, Mind and Spirit
Mushrooms for Physical and Spiritual Healing
Alexandra: Author, Artist and Systemic Constellation Facilitator. Assisting people to deepen and expand their consciousness on their path to inner peace on many aspects of life. Through her guided journeying with the sacred CosmoGram, ceremonies, workshops and seminars she reaches deep into ones’ heart.
In 2003 Alexandra was gifted with sacred geometry messages, which she has channeled since in the form of Sacred CosmoGram images. These beautiful images are multidimensional communication portals with the cosmic heart (Telegram from the Cosmos). The CosmoGrams are a key part in Alexandra’s guided journeying; they help decipher the mysterious code to take people beyond their mind and mental understanding.
In her private practice Alexandra offers Pineal-Heart-Activation and Attunement 21-Day+ Program, Systemic Constellation Ceremony, 1:1 sessions and more.
D. Phyt., MNIMH, RHT, RH(AHG).
Back in university, Bev earned a reputation as a tenacious inquisitive driven to make sense of nature through scientific endeavours . This reputation has withstood the test of time. Today, as a practicing Medical Herbalist and international speaker at medical conferences and colleges, Bev focuses on demystifying menopause for patients that don’t respond to traditional medicine.
Bev’s unique background informs her deep investigative approach. Her science studies led her to work in fundamental research, pharmaceuticals, anaesthesia, oncology, urology, transplantation and neurology for twelve years before training as a Medical Herbalist and opening her own clinic. This unique blend of education and experience provided her with a rare ability to study the intricacies of our nervous, endocrine and digestive systems for physiological, emotional and spiritual root causes to medical concerns associated with the menopausal process, some of them deep seated and lifelong.
Bev’s inquiring personality (encouraged by both parents being teachers) has lent itself to her style, as a generous and passionate speaker particularly adept at empowering her audience to deconstruct complex ideas into their simplest form and apply this learning in the context of their own medical practices.
In addition to her work at Maya Natural Health, Bev also works in collaboration with several Medical Doctors specializing in wholistic solutions during midlife at Haven Healing & Health in West Vancouver, B.C. and Westcoast Women's Centre for Hormone Health, Vancouver, B.C.
Interpreting Basic Blood Laboratory Results for Your Female Patients
Covid19 - Herbal Medicine Strategies for Acute and Chronic Care
Functional Medicine Reading Interpreting Blood Work for Herbal Practitioners
Don Ollsin is a pioneering educator and leading practitioner in the field of herbal medicine. His story begins in 1969 when, working in Vancouver’s Golden Lotus Restaurant, as one of B.C.’s first vegetarian chefs, his inherent love of natural food drew him to the study of herbs, their therapeutic value and yoga. At this time he was intiated into the practice of Surat Shabd yoga and he began to apprentice under the noted American herbal authority Dr. John Christopher with whom he studied the science and art of herbalism. Wanting to work directly in the natural health field, and be in a more conducive environment to practice yoga, he moved to Victoria, B.C. in 1972 and opened Sawan Natural Foods, which included Victoria’s first herbal dispensary.
In 1976, Don began to study through the Emerson Institute of Herbal Studies. That same year he decided to devote all his energies to promoting the value of herbal medicine and he opened Self Heal Herbs in Victoria, B.C., a retail store and information resource center which helped to set the guidelines for quality herbal medicine and education. Don received his Master Herbalist’s degree from the Emerson Institute and soon after began teaching classes on herbs and healing, eventually broadening his activities to include lecturing and giving workshops with noted authors and teachers. Don is a professional member of The American Herbalists Guild and one of fewer than 250 of such practitioners nationwide whose education and clinical skills have been peer reviewed by the American Herbalists Guild so as to be granted the status of a “registered herbalist” (R.H.).
As a professional herbalist with a practical orientation, Don believes in seeing results. His knowledge of what works comes from his years of experience in treating the widest range of conditions among his thousands of clients. In 1987, Don began to offer an intensive herbal training program called the Herbal Healing Journey and also developed a home study program. Over the years he has created many herbal programs and has taught at many colleges and universities including: The University of British Columbia, The University of Victoria, Bastyr University, Langara College and Royal Roads University. Don is the author of Pathways To Healing: A Guide to Ayurveda, Herbs, Dreambody and Shamanism. It has been chosen by Time/Life One Spirit Book Club and is used as the textbook for his Herbal Programs.
Don’s teaching is about environmentalism, community and sustainability. In 2013 Don completed his MA in Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University. He still practices his yoga daily.
Vancouver islander Joanna Finch is essentially a playful sensualist, whose passion for dance, music and mysticism merges in “VocalEase”, a communication form that helps others to free their spirit and voice. A classical and jazz trained singer/recording artist with a background in theatre, dance and human service work, Joanna takes her interest of natural sounds into the metaphysical, believing that the sounds we make with our voices and bodies help to create the physical world we live in. Our voices are powerful tools in healing and celebration. When we listen to our authentic voice and follow the movements of our natural rhythm we rediscover our interconnectedness with nature.
Happy to be asked back to the 2015 Herb Gathering, Joanna inspired workshop participants to express themselves in the 2013 Gathering with her “Natrurstra” vocal symphony and in the Plant Wisdom workshop with Chanchal Cabrera. This year Joanna is offering early morning walking-singing meditations and a Sound As Medicine workshop.
Nature Soundscape – voice and movement, silence and stillness
Marianne Beacon is a Registered Professional Herbalist, Advanced Bowen Therapist, Reiki practitioner, Transpersonal Therapist and teacher. She has been training in the healing arts since 1994 and has a Diploma in Clinical Herbal Medicine, as well as over 2000 apprenticeship hours alongside traditional and professional herbalists and midwives. Her focus is a Western Herbalist approach using whole plant medicine and flower essences. Marianne uses her skills in Bowen therapy both as a standalone therapeutic technique and as a complement to her herbal practice. Bowen is a soft tissue therapy which particularly helps with pain and has been used to treat both chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and acute injuries including concussions. Marianne brings a heart-centered approach to her work and she uses a combination of talk, touch and herbal therapy to offer a holistic approach to healing providing many safe and natural options for her clients. With multiple modalities available to her, Marianne offers the breadth and depth of her experience and knowledge to her clients in a co-creative and caring atmo
Michael is a Western traditional herbalist who has been practicing since 1986. He is the founder and director of Living Earth School of Herbalism, which offers in-class and online classes and workshops and a clinical diploma program in Western herbal medicine.
Michael developed Four Elements Herbal Therapy, a system of Western herbalism that integrates the physiological approach of modern European and North American traditions of herbalism within the broader holistic and spiritual paradigm of indigenous healing traditions. He has apprenticed and continues to work with elders of First Nations traditions in Ontario and central Mexico. He has also done extensive research on medicinal herbs that are native to and naturalized in northeastern North America, many of which are no longer in common use.
Michael has long been an advocate for herbs and the practice of herbalism. In the 1990s he was appointed by the federal Minister of Health as a member of the Advisory Panel on Natural Health Products and the Office of Natural Health Products Transition Team. He has served on the boards of directors of many practitioner and industry associations and continues to be a director of the Ontario Herbalists Association and the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations.
Savayda Jarone has been on the plant path for nearly 30 years; since her life-altering discovery of herbal medicine in a quaint courtyard in Covent Garden, London.
She is Nova Scotian, residing on the rugged Eastern Shore where she is currently in “gardening school”, learning to build soil on a rocky landscape, with the goal of creating herbal teaching gardens. She operates a herbal clinic and apothecary in Halifax, also home to her school, the Bloom Institute of Holistic Living & Learning, a hub for herbal and health education in the Maritimes.
She is now in her 22 nd year of clinical practice, specializing in women’s health, baby/child care, digestion, immune health, stress, and endocrine balance. She is a Fertility Awareness educator, helping women and couples to plan or prevent pregnancy naturally.
Before discovering herbal medicine, Savayda wanted to become a language interpreter; little did she know that her focus would become the language of plants. Savayda shines as a bridge between the plant/people worlds; she offers various courses for children and adults, herb walks, and workshops throughout the Maritimes, connecting people with local and native plant medicines.
Her love and awe of plants is contagious. Savayda has always been an enthusiastic promoter of the profession of herbal medicine, working as a founding member of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations since its birth in 2005, as well as an active member of the Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia since 2002.
She is honoured to walk the path of ancient and modern herbalists, and is dedicated to building momentum in the revival of the practice of herbal medicine, which in her experience holds many of the answers for genuine health and healing. She is delighted to play a role in the emergence of new herbal practitioners in Canada by offering clinical training practicums in person and online
at the Bloom Institute.
She would like to acknowledge her beginnings as a herb student in Vancouver, where she attended Dominion Herbal College to complete the four-year Phytotherapy Program from the School of Phytotherapy in England, as well as her practical training in medicine making, Ayurveda and Haida medicine with Don Ollsin. She owes many thanks to her mentor, Chanchal Cabrera, who provided the opportunity to learn on the job while working at Gaia Garden Herbals in Vancouver for 5 years, in the company of other eminent herbalists.
She looks forward to connecting with friends and herbal colleagues from British Columbia and everywhere in between during the 2020 Canadian Herb Conference.
Dip. Cl.H. RH(AHG), CAP(NAMA)
Todd Caldecott is a clinical herbalist and practitioner of Ayurveda, with 25 years of clinical experience. He is the author of Food As Medicine and editor of Ayurveda in Nepal, and director of the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine. Since 2002 Todd has maintained a working relationship with the 800 year old Bajracharya lineage of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. In 2014 Todd Caldecott was named as the Visiting Mitchell Scholar at Bastyr University. Todd currently resides on the traditional territory of the Tla'amin people, in Tiskwat (Powell River), where he operates a community learning centre, clinic, pharmacy, and medicinal herb garden.
Phytotherapeutic applications of magic mushrooms
Phytotherapeutic perspectives on dementia
Covid19 - Herbal Medicine Strategies for Acute and Chronic Care
orn in Quebec, Anaïs de Valicourt studied herbal medicine at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine in Glasgow from 2005 to 2009. Upon her return in Quebec, she worked on an organic herb farm and did an apprenticeship with Pam Montgomery on plant spirit healing in 2011. She practices herbal medicine in St-Jean-de-Matha, a small village in Quebec, where she grows, harvests and transforms local plants for her practice. She gave birth to a lovely Angelica (archangelica, not sinensis) in December 2014 with the help of many plants, her mother and a midwife.
MSc, FNIMH, RHT, (RH)AHG
Chanchal is a medical herbalist with 35 years of clinical practice. She runs a private herbal medicine clinic with a specialty in holistic oncology, and offers a monthly student training clinic that provides free health services to the community. Chanchal is also a certified Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) practitioner, a certified Master Gardener and a certified Horticulture Therapist. Chanchal lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband manage Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden, a 7 acre internationally registered botanic garden specializing in food and medicine plants, and where they host apprenticeships in sustainable food production and herbal medicine. The farm also hosts Gardens without Borders, a federally registered not-for-profit society established to run the botanic garden and provide horticulture therapy.
Artemisia annua - an Herb of our Times
Moderator: Covid19 - Herbal Medicine Strategies for Acute and Chronic Care
Curriculum lead and instructor for Elevated Learning Academy’s ‘Cannabis and Health Specialist’ four month diploma program. In addition to being a cannabis educator, Jeananne has been a clinical herbalist since 2005. She has Master and Clinical Herbalist Diplomas from Wild Rose College of Natural Healing.
Seeing the emergence of medical cannabis in 2016, Jeananne sought to learn about the humble herb, but found very few courses on how to use cannabis for medical purposes. Understanding that her fellow herbalists need to know about this plant, Jeananne created ‘Cannabis Medicine for Herbalists’, which has been taught to more than 400 students.
Jeananne has co-written cannabis courses with Dr. Richa Love of CannU.ca, and Dr. Terry Willard of Wild Rose College.
Founding member and past President of the Alberta Herbalists Association, Jeananne served for many years as a board member with the Canadian Council of Herbal Associations.
Mary Boulding is a Registered Herbal Therapist and a Certified Shiatsu Therapist in clinical practice for 24 years on the sunshine coast of BC. She is an East-West trained herbalist who combines Chinese and Western herbal medicine to facilitate healing of the whole person; body, mind and spirit.
After a 10 year mentorship with local herbalist Oryane Belair in the East West tradition Mary went on to receive her certification from the East West School of Planetary Herbology with Michael and Leslie Tierra.
Mary is inspired by the beauty and effectiveness of chinese medicine as well as the amazing ability of the plants to heal. She views chinese medicine as an earth based medicine allowing people a better understanding of themselves and our shared connection to the earth.
Mary loves to get out in the wild nature where she finds both inspiration and deep connection to the plant world. Mary’s medicinal plant walks are well known locally as a wonderful source of local plant knowledge.
Monika Ghent is a Traditional Western Herbalist and Plant Spirit Medicine Healer with a private practice in Toronto. She started her professional practiced in 1997. She is an advocate of being a steward of the land. All of the herbs she uses in her practice she either ethically wild harvests herself or are grown organically.
In 1995, Monika read Eliot Cowan’s book ‘Plant Spirit Medicine’ and eventually had the opportunity to study with him. She graduated as a Plant Spirit Medicine Healer in May 2006.
Monika is the Online Course Advisor of Living Earth School of Herbalism, which offers general interest workshops and online classes, and certificate and diploma programs in Western herbalism and related fields of study. She is a Professional Member of both the Ontario Herbalists Association (OHA) and the Plant Spirit Medicine Association (PSMA). She is a Director of the OHA and the Chair of its Professional Members Committee. She is also a member of the PSMA Membership Committee.
As a healer, Monika has most desired to help people come to know the beauty of their uniqueness and live in their truth to its fullest expression in health and wholeness. Herbalism and Plant Spirit Medicine have helped her fulfill this goal.
Sean Donahue is a traditional herbalist, poet, and witch. He teaches western herbal energetics at Pacific Rim College in Victoria. . While he has been blessed to receive amazing support and guidance from other herbalists, Sean’s primary teachers have been the wild and feral plants growing in the forests, fields, and swamps around him. As a practitioner he looks to plants as allies in helping people remember their own beauty, strength and power and in guiding them to health. As a teacher, he encourages students to build their own deep, personal relationship with the plants around them grounded in the experience of their own senses and their own hearts For Sean, magic, medicine, and poetry are all expressions of a deep connection to the living Earth, and personal, cultural, and ecological healing are inextricably linked. He is currently working on his first book, The Green Wand: Plants as Magical Allies.
Toni is a keen student of life, open to self inquiry and devoted to personal evolution; much of her inspiration is drawn from the allure and mystery of the natural world, which she feels inextricably connected to. Her style is a playful exploration of mind,
movement, and breath, harnessing the dynamic nature of the expansion and contraction that characterizes life. Her teachings place a great emphasis on compassion and gratitude for the gift of body, how it moves us, and the innate wisdom it holds. Having studied yoga for over 15 years now, Toni has been teaching actively in the Comox Valley since 2009, in studios, beside the ocean, on paddle boards, at festivals, in parks, churches, and studios. She co-owns The Doghouse in Courtenay, a home based studio that runs classes and hosts workshops throughout the year.
BN MScN RHT HTP
Cheryl is a registered herbalist who has been with the BC herbalist association for 6 years following completion of her herbal diploma in 2004. She served on the BC CHA Board of Directors between 2009-2012. Her herbal practice focuses on chronic disease management and women’s health. Cheryl also has had an extensive career as a Registered Nurse and still practices in senior and palliative care. In her undergraduate nursing degree Cheryl has a minor in psychology and in her MSN program minored in adult education. She has taken workshops in holistic nutrition and completed level 4 in healing touch and completed the level 3 Bach Flower Practitioner program.
Her relationship with herbs has developed over time– from the use of supplements to a more metaphysical integration of plants. Cheryl enjoys expanding her knowledge of local herbs by working with BC’s First Nations. She serves as a Director on a Vancouver Island Aboriginal board.
Cheryl has a specialty of working with natural health and dogs. She has taken numerous courses in animal behavior and naturopathy. She has worked with various rescues with dogs that have issues with anxiety and fear aggression.
Clinical Herbalist, DNM
Flo Lavallie has been in private practice for over 30 years in Saskatoon, along with that she had a satellite practice in Humboldt for 17 years. Prior to that, Flo had a satellite practice in Duck Lake for two years. After working in a hospital setting for 14 years, Flo obtained her Master Herbalist Diploma at the Wild Rose College in Calgary, Alberta. She is a certified Reflexologist, Sclerology, Rayid, Iridologist, Ear Candler and Kinisiologist, having studied with Dr. Spiro Lenis. Flo’s approach to healing transcends conventional boundaries as she works with: individuals, families, organizations, and communities. Her healing is not limited to medical clinics. Flo takes her work into churches, schools, private homes, and community centers as well as hospitals and clinics.
December 30,2010 Flo completed her Teacher – Reiki Master training (Usui Method) in August 2011 received designation Doctor of Natural Medicine DNM.
Flo is a constant reminder that true holistic healing goes beyond the individual to healing the system. In addition to her very large practice, she lobbies the government tirelessly in her efforts to build a holistic health facility for Saskatchewan: Companion Health Oasis Inc. and The Saskatoon Healing Connections Centre.
Flo is on the Board of Director’s of the Canadian Association of Herbal Practitioners, Companion Health Oasis Inc., Teaching Women Dollars and Sense, College of Medicine (Complementary Therapy), Advisory Board of the Harmony Song- The Aboriginal Healing Foundation and Meewasinota. She is also an Honorary Board Member of Tamara’s House. Flo is a past member of the Saskatchewan Women’s Conference Committee, Saskatchewan Association for the Mentally Challenged, Healthy Horizons, and Freedom of Choice Health Care, Mentor for SWITCH- Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health.
Flo Lavallie has been a self-advocate for people with disabilities, she lobbies governments on justice issues such as Section 745 of the Criminal Code, justice issues for people with disabilities, health related issues, and herbal medicine regulations. She is also active with the R.E.S.O.L.V.E. Steering Committee that supports solutions to violence and abuse.
Flo actively secured the land and funding to build Tamara’s House, a healing centre in Saskatoon, that is the first one of its kind in Canada. Tamara’s House provides complementary therapies and services to support the complete healing of female adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Flo is instrumental in addressing the legacy of Residential School Abuses by supporting many community applications for project funding from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. The many projects Flo has supported, celebrate the traditional spirituality of aboriginal people.
Flo’s accomplishments include a recently published book called ‘Sharing Health & Wellness: Creating Your Own Road to Recovery’ and a cookbook called ‘Good Health is Cooking in the Pot’. Flo was nominated for the Flare 2003 Volunteer and was honoured as a YWCA Women of Distinction 2003 Awards, and inducted to the Saskatoon’s Women’s Hall of Fame. Flo was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan October 26, 2005, Saskatchewan Health Exellence Award Finalist 2007. She was part of the team that participated in the creation of the movie ‘Home Game’ with Ken Dryden, from which a book was written to accompany the movie. In November of 2000 she participated in the production of ‘Beyond Medicine’ that was part of a television series that aired on the ‘Women’s Television Network’. She also participated in the creation of a radio show, ‘Let’s Talk Saskatchewan’ along with Christina Chernesky.
Flo is a much sought-after speaker, a frequent presenter at schools, churches, and professional conferences. Speaking to youth about drug and alcohol abuse is a priority. Flo is married to Doug Lavallie and has four children, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Her hobbies range from gardening, crocheting, knitting, writing and cooking to fiddling and collecting herbs. She has a passion for picking berries and walking in the bush.
In her work and in her life, Flo Lavallie exemplifies the spirit of natural healing, social justice, and a healthy community.
Flo’s memberships include:
Interview with a Herbal Elder: Flo Lavallie talks with Zhyfhs Millicent
DO (EU), MNIMH, RH (AHG), RHT
Katolen is a Medical Herbalist currently in private practice and offers in-person Osteopathy appointments in Vancouver and Port Moody, BC. Katolen has been running a student clinic herbal mentorship program since 2010. She is a clinic supervisor of a Dominion Herbal College and Wild Rose College and offers a hands on medicine making classes, herb walks and public talks at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens and UBC Sustainable Farm.
Katolen is the current president of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA) and previous president of the British Columbia Herbalist Association from 2015-2019. From 1998 until 2015, she appeared monthly on Global Television Morning News offering health information to the public. She is the author of the book - The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies.
Two Herbs to Respect: Devils Club and Pokeroot Medicine
The World of Herbs (Associations of Western Herbal Medicine Practitioners)
Clinical herbalist, Iridologist, vega testing, Bach flower remedies, Pranic healing are some of MaryAnne’s tools that she uses in her health consultation practise. Circles Wellness Centre in Courtenay is the latest of her many creations.
MaryAnne Meredith grew up living from the land on a local farm in Merville.
She has over 40 years in the health field.She attended Dominion Herbal College and went to many of the Gaia Symposiums in the U.S. For over 35 years MaryAnne has personal experience with herbs and healing on many levels. She one of the original creators of Edible Island Health Co-operative. Also created a herbal product line called Merville Herbals, has grown and wild harvested herbs for many years. Owned and managed a clinic and store front for 9 years.
MaryAnne has lectured to numerous groups, local schools. Her love of herbs and vitality to life is enjoyed by those who have experienced her knowledge and healing modalities.
n professional practice since 1977, specializing in chronic degenerative ailments;
Clinical successes with cancer(bowel, brain, breast, prostate, lung, leukemia) MS, CFS, CF, IBS, EBV, arthritis, candidiasis, Crohn’s, etc.
Designed and delivered 3-year program (1 weekend/month, including 1 year clinical practice) under Botanic Institute in conjunction with Wild Rose College, AB ( 1996-1998)
Taught 9-month (1 weekend/month) herbal component of holistic practitioner program;(1997)
Taught wk-end workshops for Ont. Herbalist Association at George Brown College.
Lectured in Russia(1990) Australia,(1992) USA ( 1990,& 1995) Canada(ongoing)
Founder, The Botanic Institute – an educational institute offering classes 1993–present.
Vice-president (Eastern Canada), Canadian Association of Herbal Practitioners 1993– 2004
Co-founding member, Central Canadian Herbal Practitioners Association (Prov.) 1993– 2001
founding / Board Member, Ontario Herbalist Association 1983–1993
Board Member, Ontario Herbalist Association:2003-pres.
founding & Board Member Canadian Council of Herbal Associations 2004- 2012 & 2013- pres.
Correspondent (Provincial), Health Legislation Review, on behalf of Ontario Herbalist Assoc. 1984–1990
1997-2012: organized national and international lobby efforts, meetings & legal challenges to counter spread of CODEX type regulations.
Clinical Herbalist, Homeopath, Priestess
Seraphina Capranos is a clinical herbalist, homeopath, and priestess with a practice spanning over two decades. As well as being a deeply engaging teacher and speaker, she has a clinical practice on a small island in coast Salish territory. She has a unique blend of gifts that straddle the vast worlds of plant medicine, homeopathy, shamanism and ritual magic. In addition to her own program, The Alchemy of Herbal Medicine, she is a herbal teacher for Pacific Rim College Online and Ecoversity.org.
Are Adaptogens always the answer? A workshop on refining formulation skills
Herbal Jedi Cl.H.
Yarrow Willard is a Clinical/Master Herbalist, co-owner/formulator at Harmonic Arts, and director of Wild Rose College of Natural Healing.
Yarrow is a second-generation Herbalist that has been steeped in the world of plant medicine since birth.
He has spent much of his life growing knowledge and experience around reclaiming wellness, vibrant living, and deepening connections with the natural world.
Yarrow is an active content contributor via blogs, articles, social media and over 100 Youtube videos.
He has developed and brought to market a number of successful herbal products, and is an influential innovator in the Canadian health food market.
As a speaker, teacher, entrepreneur and plant medicine advocate, Yarrow is highly engaging, dynamic and entertaining- continually delivering rich and original content.
His insights into the modern world stem from a holistic infusion of scientific validation, old world knowledge and a sprinkle of magic.
Many of Yarrow's offerings are based on health empowering practices with plant medicine, advanced nutrition, sensory perception, natural alignment, and more.
Value Driven Packaging for Herbalists
Truth and Reconciliation from a Settler Herbalist
Quality Assurance in Herbal Product Manufacturing
Moderator of Resilience - Tools for building healthy communities and supporting regenerative change