2020 Conference

Business Success Strategies for Herbalists and Plant Loving Folk

Malcolm Saunders  Business Success Strategies for Herbalists and Plant Loving Folk 75 minutes   In this heartfelt, yet power-packed session you will gain the insight, inspiration, and confidence to take your herbal business to the next level – whether that is getting it off the ground or adding to what you have already created and grown. […]

The Evolution of a Herb Garden

Barb Hinde (nature photographer and herb student from Pemberton) The evolution of a herb garden 20 minutes  I am currently in the midst of moving an established herb garden to a new location. This presentation would follow the evolution of the garden from pasture land to an established growing space. I am currently documenting this […]

Sit Here – Relaxing into Foot Soaks

Jennifer Gawne. R. TCM.H Sit Here – Relaxing into Foot Soaks 20 minutes Foot soaks are a relaxing way of administering herbal formulas to clients. Enjoyable so compliance is easy. Easy to administer, people can do it at home or in your clinic Chinese medicine has a rich tradition of herbal foot soaks with formulas […]

Earth Wisdom 1 – Communicating with Plant Spirit

Gudrun Penselin Earth Wisdom – Communicating with Plant Spirit (includes meditation) 20 minutes   Saturday: Earth Wisdom 1 – Communicating with Plant Spirit (includes meditation in the forest) Sunday: Earth Wisdom 2 – Communicating with Plant Spirit (includes meditation to music of a Rosemary plant) Each one of us has the innate ability to communicate with plant spirit. […]

Virtual Herb Walk – The Difference between an Herb and a Weed is a Judgement

Gudrun Penselin Virtual Herb Walk – The Difference between an Herb and a Weed is a Judgement 75 minutes   This virtual herb walk (power point presentation) will introduce students to so called garden weeds (Dandelion, Plantain, Chickweed etc.), common herbs found in many parts of the world, and some herbs easily grown. The focus will […]

Building An Accessible Herbal Practice

Ember Peters Building An Accessible Herbal Practice 75 minutes   What are barriers to accessing herbal medicine? How can we increase accessibility in our schools and clinics while still receiving adequate compensation for our work? This class will provide practical and concrete accessibility models we can put into practice now. The framework of this class will […]

Trans-Inclusive Care for Herbalists

Ember Peters Trans-Inclusive Care for Herbalists 75 minutes   This class is an introduction to trans health and will cover some of the most specific herbal support strategies for transgender clients and community members. Geared towards herbal practitioners striving to be trans-inclusive, this class will help you to better understand how to choose herbs that are […]

Interesting Mechanisms of How Herbs Really Work

Dr Terry Willard Interesting Mechanisms of How Herbs Really Work 75 minutes   Description and discussion of new mechanisms of understanding for how Botanical Medicine functions in the body differently than Allopathic drugs and the nature of healing .  learning objectives  Looking at several new considerations.  Look at their mechanisms.  discuss to patient outcomes. ← Back […]

Medicinal Mushrooms: The Human Clinical Trials

Robert Rogers Medicinal Mushrooms: The Human Clinical Trials 20 minutes   A look at the double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials on several species and many studies, demonstrating safety and efficacy. Oncologists discourage supplementation during chemotherapy or radiation. This information will dispel this myth surrounding medicinal mushrooms that not only help improve QOL but extend survival. ← Back […]

Physician in the Kitchen

Dr Marisa Marcianao Physician in the Kitchen 75 minutes   We’re all spending more time at home and in our kitchens and this talk with briefly describe how to best employ the medicinal properties of plants & herbs into our diets and the therapeutic applications of culinary herbal medicine. Topics covered will be: What is Nutritional […]

Deep Sea Secrets: A Mermaid’s Guide to Vital Health

Angela Willard Deep Sea Secrets: A Mermaid’s Guide to Vital Health 75 minutes   Learn the 3 different classifications of seaweeds, the way each class benefits health, where to harvest, ethical harvesting, drying and preparation techniques, nutrient composition and overall medicinal benefits.  Walk away with the confidence to include seaweed in one’s daily diet and lifestyle […]

Interpreting Basic Blood Laboratory Results for your Female Patients

Bev Maya Interpreting Basic Blood Laboratory Results for your Female Patients 75 minutes   This course highlights accuracy and precision of the most common blood tests that are routinely used at a GP’s office. Gain proficiency and confidence to review and analyze laboratory tests, allowing you to design effective treatments for your patients. Have you ever […]

Children’s Herbal Medicine

Colleen Emery Children’s Herbal Medicine 75 minutes   All children can be given the opportunity to strengthen their relationship to the natural world by utilizing herbal medicine from an early age. This comprehensive workshop is designed to offer a template on how to view a growing child in relation to using herbal medicine for their wellness. […]

FERMENTATION Through the SEASONS: A Focus on Cold Weather Fermenting

Colleen Emery FERMENTATION through the SEASONS: A focus on cold weather fermenting. 20 minutes   The benefits of including Fermented Foods in the diet has widely been documented and reported. What not too long ago was an almost lost culinary art in the modern kitchen has now become a mainstay for most. Eating seasonally has also […]

Cannabimimetic plants

Jeananne Laing Cannabimimetic plants 20 minutes   In this discussion we will review the 2018 study on Cannabimimetic plants. Cannabimimetic plants are any plant with similar pharmacological effects to those of cannabis, or plants that somehow influence the endocannabinoid system. learning objectives Examine study on Cannabimimetic plants. Review 9 plants included in the study.  Gain a […]

Menstrual Cycle Charting & Herbal Medicine for Practitioners

Krista Poulton Menstrual Cycle Charting & Herbal Medicine for Practitioners 75 minutes   A practitioner-based workshop introducing menstrual cycle charting, a tool for practitioners to assess reproductive pathologies with their patients and manage these conditions. This class will introduce menstrual and ovulation cycle charting with tracking basal body temperature, cervical changes and cervical mucous, offering women […]

Ukrainian Folk Healing: Connecting with Ancestral Slavic Medicine Traditions

Dionne Jennings Intro to Ukrainian Folk Healing: Connecting with Ancestral Slavic Medicine Traditions 20 minutes   Moonshine, lead, beeswax and holy water—what does this have to do with herbal medicine?  Herbalism—and—healing as we know it today looked a little differently as practised in the “Old Country”. Let’s explore an introduction to Ukrainian folk healing practices-from divination, […]

Herb Sovereignty For City Folk: Urban Medicine Gardens

Dionne Jennings Herb Sovereignty For City Folk: Urban Medicine Gardens 75 minutes   Lets explore how to begin building an experiential base of knowledge with herbs through the medicine garden, and all the ways a medicine garden can look We are going to discuss: -The importance of real world connection with plants for budding herbalists -Connecting […]

Sex, Drugs, & Evolution – Exploring the Potential and the Pitfalls of the Psychedelic Renaissance

CHAD CORNELL Sex, Drugs, & Evolution – Exploring the Potential and the Pitfalls of the Psychedelic Renaissance 75 minutes   As we travel further into a planetary healing crisis we are seeing increased use of entheogenic plants for self-healing and personal transformation. As a culture we need to have the conversation of who should best avoid […]

Mercury, Samhain and Valerian

Abrah Arneson Mercury, Samhain and Valerian 20 minutes   This a spell binding story about the medicine Mercury brings to Valerian.  It is a journey to a dark and cold night when veil between the worlds is parted, wisdom gathered and souls are put to rest. This story of European Ancestor Medicine weaves the ancient magic […]

Making Fresh Plant Medicine Tinctures

Abrah Arneson Making Fresh Plant Medicine Tinctures 20 minutes   This short webinar will explore a new way of making fresh plant tinctures beyond the 1:2 95% method. During this lecture we will explore how the moon and the environment the plant grows in influence the amount of water a plant carries  and thereby determines that […]

Oneirogens: Herbs & Dreams

Victor Cirone Oneirogens: Herbs & Dreams 20 minutes   Oneirogens (óneiros meaning “dream” and gen “to create”) are a class of ethnomedicines which are dream inducing. Oneirogens are rarely examined in great detail for, as Jonathan Ott observes, “phytochemical investigation of such oneirogenic plants is hampered by the fact that dreams occur naturally, spontaneously, and unpredictably.” […]

Islamic Materia Medica – The history and modern day applications of 5 Islamic herbal medicines

Talal Al-Hamad Islamic Materia Medica – The history and modern day applications of 5 Islamic herbal medicines 75 minutes   Discussion of the history of Islamic herbal medicine , the differences between it and Unani medicine, herbs and materia medica learning objectives  to understand the history and contributions of the islamic world to herbal medicine and […]

The Prickly Medicine of Prickly Ash

Tamara Segal The Prickly Medicine of Prickly Ash 20 minutes   A look at the botanical features, ecology and edible & medicinal properties of this powerful tree.  Join me for a tour of a prickly ash grove, and see how it protects the land where it lives, helping the life there to thrive and the land […]

Plant Medicines in Addictions Therapy

Patrick Kooyman Plant Medicines in Addictions Therapy 75 minutes   Addiction to drugs and alcohol is a prominent issue in modern society. Available treatments often have low success rates, and many people have turned to plant medicines as a new and promising approach to breaking addictive behaviour. There is rising interest and research in using herbal […]

Mindful Movement (or Walking Meditation)

Angela Bewick Mindful Movement (or Walking Meditation) 20 minutes   In this walk, we will be engaging the principles of mindfulness to connect our internal and external experience.  Mindful movement is often a gateway into the practical application of mindfulness for those who may find a sitting practice challenging or want to practice expanding their current […]

Bridging modern science and Indigenous traditional medicine: Aboriginal Antidiabetic Medicines

Pierre Haddad  Bridging modern science and Indiginous traditional medicine: Team in Aboriginal Antidiabetic Medicines 75 minutes pre record  The CIHR Team in Aboriginal Antidiabetic Medicines is a multipartite project researching the antidiabetic effects of plants used by aboriginals and is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. The project involves phytochemistry, cell-based bioassays, animal […]

Ethical Wild Harvesting

Patrick Kooyman Ethical Wild Harvesting 20 minutes   Harvesting of wild plants and fungi for use in herbal medicine can be a controversial issue, as in some cases harvesting practices or the amount harvested have put the wild populations at risk. Many herbs that were once little known, or used only by those who lived in […]

Women, Québec, and Herbalism

Marie White Women, Québec, and Herbalism 20 minutes   The little-known history & heritage of women québécois herbalists, from then to now Did you know Québec was home to the first hospital in North America north of Mexico and was founded by three women herbalists? As early as the 1630s, pioneer women herbalists paved the way for […]

At Risk Medicinal Plant Sanctuary ~ Giving Back – Its Good for the Soul

Penelope Beaudrow At Risk Medicinal Plant Sanctuary ~ Giving Back – Its Good for the Soul 20 minutes   The Ginkgo Tree is proud to be a Botanical Sanctuary Member with United Plant Savers.  UPS’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants of North America and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of […]

A Natural Approach to Adrenal Dysfunction

Michaël Friedman A Natural Approach to Adrenal Dysfunction 20 minutes   Course Objectives: Review the anatomy and physiology of the HPA Axis. Review the diagnosis and treatment of adrenal dysfunction. Present case studies of patients with adrenal insufficiency. Citations: Chrousos, G.P.N Engl J Med 1995;332:1351 1363 Hillman K M, Riordan T, O’Farrell S M. Colonization of […]

Regenerative Agriculture and Herbalism for you Gardens

Josh & Kelly Regenerative Agriculture and Herbalism for you Gardens 20 minutes    Join Kelly and Josh from Dragonfly Earth Medicine on the path of Regenerative Garden Cultivation.This intuitive Regenerative Agriculture exploration will hopefully enhance your perspective on how we can cultivate higher, healthier yields through using Mother Nature’s basic teachings.They will be talking about easy […]

A Discussion on Decolonizing Herbal Practices

Amber Fox Tiffany Freeman A Discussion on Decolonizing Herbal Practices  75 minutes   There are many examples of recent efforts to bring about more awareness to the way we are walking through this world; we are being asked to stop and look with more awareness of diversity, inclusivity and to examine our own personal privileges. As […]

Herbs for Epidemics

William Morris Herbs for Epidemics 75 minutes   Topic one: brief description or outline (100 words) This course works through a stage-based approach to care. It begins with wellness, prevention, and maintenance, including early attention to comorbidities. The next stage in this model is surface-level conditions. The next stage is the organ-level involvement, then the nervous […]

Earth Wisdom 2 – Communicating with Plant Spirit

Gudrun Penselin Earth Wisdom – Communicating with Plant Spirit (includes communicating with plant spirit meditation) 20 minutes   Saturday: Earth Wisdom 1 – Communicating with Plant Spirit (includes meditation in the forest) Sunday: Earth Wisdom 2 – Communicating with Plant Spirit (includes meditation to music of a Rosemary plant) Each one of us has the innate ability to […]

Making Fire Cider For Winter Wellness

Chanchal Cabrera Making Fire Cider For Winter Wellness 20 minutes   Fire Cider is a traditional recipe for a spicy vinegar extract that can be used for food or medicine.  Join medical herbalist and horticulture therapist Chanchal Cabrera as she shares recipes and methods for making this store cupboard staple.  Using horseradish, garlic, onions and spices, Chanchal […]

Closing the Veils – Giving Thanks to the Natural World

Yarrow Willard Closing the Veils – Giving Thanks to the Natural World 20 minutes   Join Herbalist Yarrow Willard as he explores a few ways in which we can deepen our Kin-ection and offer our thanks for all the abundance we have received in the year.  At winters door we have an opportunity to honor the […]

Covid19 Infections and Botanical Medicine Panel

Covid19 Infections and Botanical Medicine Panel 75 minutes   Herbalists have many strategies for managing viral infections, developed over thousands of years of viral exposures in the community at large. New or novel viruses may bring their own special challenges, but some principles remain the same. In this panel, drawing from eastern and western medical models, […]

Cannabis as Medicine for Body, Mind and Spirit

Cannabis as Medicine for Body, Mind and Spirit 75 minutes   Since the advent of medical marijuana in Canada almost  20 years ago, and since the more recent legalization of recreational use, the understanding of clinical applications, benefits and risks has increased exponentially. In this panel clinicians, researchers and growers will collaborate to discuss best practices […]

Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing Panel

Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing Panel 75 minutes   With the field of Herbal Medicine growing and expanding,  concerns regarding ethics of sourcing our plants are growing too. Rising popularity and demand for a wild harvested herb outstrips the amount that the plant population can support. Unsustainable harvesting practices have led to the decline and even near […]

Ask a Herbalist about Successful Clinical Practice

Ask a Herbalist about Successful Clinical Practice 75 minutes   Join our live panel of Registered Clinical Herbalists! Here is your chance to connect with and glean wisdom and practical advice from practicing Herbalists. The panel discussion will begin with one key question – “How do you define a successful herbalist?” Some other topics & questions […]

CCHA panel – Friday night

CCHA panel – Friday night 75 minutes   More information coming soon. ← Back to Workshops

Mushrooms for Physical and Spiritual Healing

Mushrooms for Physical and Spiritual Healing 75 minutes   Over the last few decades, medicinal mushrooms have become a major part of modern herbal practice. We have also seen a rise in the popularity of Micro-dosing and Pscycadelic Mushroom therapy Along with this trend in the use of mushrooms, there is also some controversy and different […]