Aly Coy, owner of Barefoot Daughter, has made herbal soap and has been immersed in herbal medicine since 2011. She first learned how to grow medicinal herbs and make soaps and salves at a squatted communal farm in The Netherlands just outside of Amsterdam. From there she moved off-the-grid to The Spanish Pyrenees, where she became the resident herbalist because of the lack of doctors and abundance in wild plants. She studied with Wild Seed School of Herbalism in 2014 and Seraphina Capranos in 2018 both on Salt Spring Island, where she currently lives. Aly is in her fourth year of owning and operating Barefoot Daughter: botanical body care and sells at farmers markets, festivals and online. Herbal soap workshops are a way for her to encourage self sufficiency and teach folks how to make a chemical free bar, with herbs to colour and pure essential oil to scent.
Cl.H, RHT (BCHA)
Colleen Emery acknowledges that their family and business gratefully reside and operate on the traditional, ancestral and unceded təmxʷulaʔxʷ (homeland) of the Sinixt Peoples.
Colleen Emery has been involved in the herbal medicine community for over twenty years, bringing a diverse toolbox of skills that have been honed through continued formal education, apprenticeship, clinical experience and connection to generational folk arts. Educated and experienced in both Eastern and Western focused Herbal Medicine and Clinical Aromatherapy, Colleen’s clinical practice mandates affordable care for all ages with a focus on reproductive wellness, children’s health and eldercare along with complex health conditions.
Colleen maintains professional membership as a Registered Herbal Therapist (RHT) with the British Columbia Herbalists Association.
Founded in 2003, Emery Herbals Botanical Dispensary, Healing Suites and Teaching Centre in the West Kootenay Mountains operates as a family business in Winlaw, BC. Emery Herbals provides open access to consciously sourced botanicals, professional health services and empowering education experiences that encourage and cultivate sustained wellness.
Offering access to both onsite and live, online workshops and programs, Emery Herbals provides education opportunities on numerous topics including single day skill building workshops and longer more involved herbal medicine training programs.
Colleen sits as Vice-Chair on the West Kootenay Permaculture Cooperative Association’s Board of Directors working to encourage local food security through education and community outreach. Colleen also sits as a Vice President of the BCHA. Colleen co-organizes the Kootenay Herb Conference & the Canadian Herb Conference and is on the faculty of the Wild Rose College.
Herbal Medicine for Children: Crafting Delicious and Effective Medicine for Kids
Ethical Aromatherapy: Essential Oil Sustainability and Safe Usage
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.
Natalia Correa is Certified Holistic Nutritionist with a diploma in Herbal Medicine from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition, Canada. She is Authorized Level II by the KPJAY Institute in Mysore, India. She travels to India regularly to study with her teacher Sharath Jois as it allows her to revisit the roots and tradition of her daily yoga practice.
She is fascinated by the healing properties of yoga, herbs and foods and how they beneficially influence our lifestyle. She believes devotion to a daily practice allows for a person to experience an openness and awareness within themselves, and how that experience can influence each person to realize their own healing abilities.
She lives in Squamish, BC where she is the director of Ashtanga Yoga Squamish (www.ashtangayogasquamish.com). She also shares her knowledge in Holistic Nutrition to her surrounding community such that it can empower and inspire women and mothers alike to pursue a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Natalia can often be found outdoors with her young daughter enjoying activities such as hiking and climbing.
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.
Tony has been on a journey of healing and self-discovery for 20 plus years. In 2011, he began studying herbal medicine, earning a diploma in Phytotherapy from Pacific Rim College (PRC). After graduation, he worked in the supplement industry followed by a supervisor postion at PRC’s herbal dispensary. From there he began his teaching career, offering a writing course, a medicinal mushroom Materia Medica, a nutrition course on food toxicity, Herbal Therapeutics in the Community Herbalist program, teaching clinics and several medicinal mushroom weekend workshops in the Phytotherapy, Nutrition, and Permaculture programs.
His passion for people, plants and fungi and their interrelationships keeps him buzzing with questions to be answered and understood. He LOVES to engage in meaningful dialogue and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. From plants and fungi to his personal healing journey, Tony energetically delivers engaging and accessible content.
Physician Heal Thyself
Finding your food
Medicines for the Spirit
Physician Heal Thyself
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.
Agricultural Collections Specialist
Connie is the lead in the Canadian Herb, Specialty Agriculture and Natural Health Products (CHSNC) coalition. This voluntary group was instrumental in developing and implementing a nationally and internationally recognized Good Agriculture Collection Practices (GACP) program that can be used by those in the specialty agriculture sector as well as those harvesting, processing and selling Specialty Agriculture products. The program was developed working with the World Health Organization, Health Canada and CFIA plus all the key industry players throughout North America and Europe. The result is a comprehensive practice that will help industry (buyers, regulators, processors, and producers) ensure safety from collection to finished product.
The GACPs are recognized internationally. They have been acknowledged as being technically sound from the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency (CFIA), been benchmarked against the EU GACP standards, and have been used at the World Health Organization meeting in Japan to validate the importance of wildcrafting.
Prior to the development of the good agriculture and collection practises Connie was one of the six industry liaison members of the Natural Health Products Directorate where she led the development of the good manufacturing practices for natural health products. Connie has trained people all across Canada and presented in Peru, Guatemala, France and China.
Connie was also one of the founding directors for the Natural Health Product Research Society and has been executive director of Herb, Spice and Specialty Agriculture association for over 20 years.
Good Agriculture and Collection Practices from field and forest to finished product.
Key Issues In Quality Assurance For Herbal Practitioners and Formulators
Key Issues In Quality Assurance For Herb Growers, Collectors and Processors
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
Netta Zeberoff was born in Nelson, B.C., into a Traditional Doukhobor Family filled with Prayer and Song. Her Grandparents gathered roots, bark and edibles, and transformed them into useful products they preserved and shared with others.
Formal Herbal Education took place at Dominion Herbal College. Netta was the last apprentice to the amazing Ella Birzneck!
Sharing knowledge and secret treasures of our Mother Earth with others brings magical delight and completeness.
From Plant To Lotion
Ella’s Hot Pot – Healing with Pure Bees’ Wax and Herbs.
Sharing The Spirits Of Plants
Shadrack is the founder of Koibatek herbal clinic that operates seven clinics across seven major towns in Kenya. He was born into the the Talai clan reknowned for holding the history of traditional healers in Kenya.
Shadrack was brought up by his grandmother who was a well known herbal healer in Kenya. He accompanied his grandmother to harvest herbs in the forests, assisted with dispensing remedies to patients and learned all she could teach him about traditional herbal healing. During his school years Shadrack raised the school fees he needed by harvesting and selling herbs and after leaving high school he joined his grandmother in her healing practice.
Shadrack has helped to unite herbalists in Kenya through the Rift Valley Herbalist Association and has partnered with Jomo Kenyatta University in research and education on indigenous practice of traditional medicine and traditional foods. He has spoken on traditional herbal medicines and traditional foods at symposia in USA and Israel.
Shadrack is well known in his community as an environmental activist and an avid promoter of organic farming methods. He is married with 5 children.
Herbs of the Bible
Traditional herbal and folk healing in Kenya
Tristan is an herbalist and acupuncturist living and practicing in Royston BC. He is the founder of Trent River Herb farm focused on the conservation and domestic production of high quality chinese medicinal herbs. Tristan has been practicing qi gong for 15 years and has a passion for sharing the tools of empowerment for individual health.
Qi Gong with Tristan Ford
The Magic and Medicine of Chocolate: Cacao as a whole food.
Dip. Phyt. (RHT), BES (Hons.)
Medical Herbalist (RHT), Dip. Phyt., BES (Hons.)
Yoga & Ayurveda
Gratitude to the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, ancestral and current keepers of the unceded lands on which I am an uninvited guest
Decolonizing Herbal Medicine
Plant Spirit Meditation – early morning mindfulness practice
Gender Diversity and Inclusivity in Clinical Practice
Denis Manzer has been a popular figure in the health food industry in Calgary for over a decade. Instructor of workshops at The Light Cellar Superfoods shop, Denis has been helping guide people to optimum health and wellness through nutrition. An avid fermenteur for 10 years, Denis is now sharing the secrets to successful fermentation with his company Ferment Your Food & is the co-founder of the Calgary Fermentation Festival.
Kristy began her journey as an herbalist in 2009, when she began a two-year apprenticeship with herbalist Robin Rose Bennett in New York. For the past 7 years she has worked with Ryan Drum, wildcrafting medicinal herbs and cultivating an in-depth knowledge of traditional Western herbalism and local plants and seaweeds. From 2013–15 she ran a small business specializing in plant remedies of the Pacific Northwest, Mermaid Botanicals.
Kristy practices as an herbalist on Orcas Island, WA, working with clients to support their physical, mental and emotional well being through nourishing foods, herbs, and lifestyle choices. She has studied clinical herbalism with Chanchal Cabrera, Paul Bergner, Matthew Wood, and Margi Flint
Kristy is passionate about exploring the natural world and working with wild plants in ancient and creative ways. In 2017 she founded an Herbal Medicine Apprenticeship Program on Orcas: an immersive exploration of wild foods, seaweeds, and plant medicines of the San Juan Islands, featuring classes and retreats with Ryan Drum. This course is part of 3-year cycle through which participants gain a well-rounded knowledge in identifying, harvesting, and processing native and naturalized plants for food and medicine; sustainable wildcrafting; the role of medicinal plants in our ecosystem; invasive plant medicine; wild plants as nutritional support and medicine for mind, body, and spirit; seaweed harvesting and uses as food and medicine; and the tradition, culture, and lore surrounding plants that grow in our region. The Apprenticeship is a unique field-based opportunity for local and regional students to explore the world of plants through sensory awareness, to make medicine and share wisdom in community, and to change the world through the healing power of plants.
The Healing Power of Bitters
Wild Carrot and Contraception
Rowan Hamilton is a Medical Herbalist. Trained in England and China his career spans over thirty years as teacher and in clinical practice.
Now living in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island he pursues his particular interest in treating chronic ill-health, including stress related, digestive & hormonal disorders. At his home, The Hawthorn, he grows over one hundred medicinal plants to support his practice. Many more are gathered from the forests and fields surrounding the property. The Hawthorn is also a place of learning where a select few are invited to discover the foundations of healing with herbs.
Blood and Chi
The Heart of the Matter
Herb Walk for the Heart
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Ryan Drum PhD, has a BSc in Chemical Technology and a PhD in Botany (Phycology) from Iowa State University. While a NATO scholar, he did postdoctoral studies on Cell Biology using the electron microscope and microcine at the Universities of Bonn, Germany and Leeds, England. For ten years he taught Botany and related subjects at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, UCLA and Western Washington University.
He studied herbal medicine with Ella Birzneck, founder of Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia for 12 years, and taught at their summer seminars for 35 years. He has been an adjunct faculty at Bastyr University since 1984, and he lectures at major herbal conferences and herbal schools.
Dr. Drum is the author of over 30 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, the author of Electron Microscopy of Diatom Cells 1966, Springer Verlag, a 100-Plate Atlas, in print for 20 years, and a contributing author of two chapters in Planting the Future (Gladstar and Hirsch 2001) and a chapter in Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology, M. Friedman 2005.
The proud father of three wonderful children and two fantastic grandchildren, he lives in a rustic little hilltop cabin he built over 40 years ago on Waldron Island, off the grid, without indoor plumbing or refrigeration. He has maintained a miniscule carbon footprint while striving to live close to nature as a professional wildcrafter.
Ryan believes in true patient autonomy: the freedom and right to choose one’s caregivers independent of their official certification.
Anatomy – Structure and Functions of the Body (Monday Intensive)
Men’s Health with Herbs
Intertidal Zone Plants: Marine algae and Halophiles
R.Ac, TCMD, Reg. Cl.H RH(AHG)
Tiffany Freeman, she/her, traditional name is askîy maskihkiwiskwew, earth medicine woman, is a mixed nêhiyaw of Treaty 1 ancestry (Peguis First Nation) living on Treaty 7 territory in Mohkinstsis (Calgary, Alberta). Professionally Tiffany is a Registered Acupuncturist (CAA), a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor (AAATCMD), a Registered Clinical Herbalist (American Herbalist Guild) and an Indigenous Birthworker.
In clinical practice Tiffany focuses on client centred gender inclusive medicine, and has a speciality in sexual, reproductive, generative health and birthwork. She offers care for birthing parents through all phases of pregnancy including pre-conception, fertility, pregnancy/ pre-natal and postpartum care; bringing her Indigenous traditions, ceremony & traditional food knowledge to her birthing parents & families as well as care through herbal protocols & acupuncture.
Alongside her clinical practice Tiffany is also an instructor, author and educator teaching a variety of courses in herbalism, assessment techniques, and reproductive, generative & sexual health courses. She is an instructor/author at Wild Rose College of Natural Healing and offers seminars and workshops around North America through various schools, community organizations and herbal gatherings.
A mother of three, Tiffany incorporates her cultural and traditional values as a mixed nêhiyawi (Cree First Nations) with her studies and practice of Traditional Chinese and Western herbal medicine to create a wholistic & inclusive healing experience for her patients and the families she works with.
In Conversation with Keynote Address: Resilience, Reciprocity, Respect
Herbal Energetics: How flavour informs the therapeutic affect of herbs