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.
Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant
Angela is a Calgary-based Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, Mindfulness Practitioner and writer. She’s been studying nutrition for over two decades and coaching people in the field of whole foods and wellness since 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Calgary (BFA,) The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CHNC,) and a member of the Center for Mindful Eating since 2012. In 2005, she began a formal meditation practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and in 2019 completed the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. In 2021 she published her children’s book, Bob, The Apple. She offers nutritional consultations, teaches cooking classes and speaks publicly promoting optimal health strategies. Drawing on different philosophies and schools of thought, she experiences nature, yoga, dance, meditation, music, food, relationships and humour as pathways to bliss. She strongly believes that our mission right now is to align ourselves with our true nature so that we can learn to connect more deeply with others. Through connection with others, we can create a world rooted in unity and loving kindness.
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.
Bevin Clare is a professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and the program director of the MS in Clinical Herbal Medicine program. She holds a MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has studied herbal medicine around the world, blending her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies.
She is the author of Spice Apothecary (Storey Books, 2020). Bevin enjoys interacting with her students online as she wanders the globe with her two kiddos. Bevin is the current Chair of the Board of the American Herbalists Guild where she works to promote clinical herbalism accessibility and professionalism.
You can find her musings at http://www.bevinclare.com and on Facebook and Instagram @spice.herb.wander
The World of Herbs
Bree runs and operates Wild Yarrow Herbal Medicine Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, where she loves to support her clients to create better health with herbs. She’s also a clinical teacher at Pacific Rim College and Wild Rose College, and loves to mentor students on the many facets of running a clinical practice.
Previously, Bree was the Vice-President of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA), a non-profit organization that represents professional herbalists Canada-wide. During her time on the board, Bree went to Ottawa 4 times to meet and liaison with the federal government about important issues related to natural health products and access to natural medicines in Canada. She also sat on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Herbalists Association (AHA) for 3 years.
When she’s not seeing clients or offering herbal workshops & courses, you can find her chasing after her very busy 2 year old daughter!
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.
Charlene holds a Masters' Degree in Education/English with the main focus on how to teach writing. She is a self-published, award-winning author of three books, and co-author of two books of poetry, I have at my fingertips the entire scope of writing: creative complexities and how to ease through them, as well as publishing in all its details.
RH, MNIMH, MSc (Herb. Med.)
Christine has a Master of Science (MSc.) degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales in the UK. She is a current Professional Member (RH) and past president of the Ontario Herbalists Association as well as a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIMH) in England.
Having a balance of bio-medical, traditional and energetic herbal medicine training, Christine considers herself to be an eclectic herbalist. She has a great deal of hands-on experience in the field, with over 25 years of seeing patients and facilitating herbal and health classes, retreats and ceremonies. She also has a deep interest in grief, loss, dying and death where she combines her experiences as a wife, mother, herbalist, IFS informed therapist and ceremonialist to help patients and their families who are dying and grieving.
Living on an organic farm surrounded by forest allows Christine the perfect opportunity and space for her home-based clinic, classes and retreats in nature, and sacred ceremonies.
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.
MSc (Herbal Medicine)
Danny O’Rawe ND MSc (Herbal Medicine) FIRH is a Herbalist, Aromatherapist and Naturopath from Ireland who has been working in the field of natural medicines for more than 30 years. He is a Fellow and former president of the Irish Register of Herbalists, Ireland’s premier association for professional practitioners. He is Registered Naturopath specializing in Nutrition, and a member of the General Naturopathic Council in the UK. He is also a member of the American Herbalist Guild.
As well as running a busy multidisciplinary clinic, Danny also lectures in Herbal Medicine and Nutrition, and runs an advanced 3 year Apprenticeship in Western Herbal Medicine in Belfast, Ireland. He is a researcher, author, grower and consultant clinician, but still considers himself a student. He is the founder of the annual HerbFeast conference in Ireland. Danny is also a passionate advocate for Herbal Medicine and is the founder of Plant Healer Federation, an international voice for herbal medicine.
Keith Robertson MSc (Herbal Medicine) FNIMH joined the UK National Institute of Medical Herbalists in 1990 and served as a Council Member and on their Accreditation board for many years. He co-founded Scottish School of Herbal Medicine in 1992 and has been teaching his particular energetic approach since then. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute for his services to Herbal education. The School established a world first with its MSc and the associated and highly regarded 4-year BSc Hons degree before stepping back out of academia in 2010 and moving to the Isle of Arran to offer experiential learning through an Apprenticeship in listening to plants each year in Scotland; with an associated intensive course on Celtic Herbal Medicine and an international Correspondence Course at access level.
MHSc RN, M.NHAA
I have been in private practice as a Naturopath and Herbalist for around 30 years, sharing my working week as a Registered Nurse for around 20 of those years and teaching Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine at undergraduate level for about 15 years. I completed a Masters Health Science (Herbal Medicine) and in 2017 commenced a PhD research project investigating the whole of practice outcomes for the treatment of Anxiety and Depression by herbal Medicine Practitioners. Elected to the Board of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA) in 2017 and President in 2019 a key focus of my work on the board has been working towards regulation/registration of the profession in Australia. I joined the officers of the World Naturopathic Federation (WNF) in 2018 and have been involved in the Education committee and the Rapid Review task force.
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.
As Marketing Coordinator & Graphic Designer at Harmonic Arts, Elise creates engaging graphics, packaging, and campaigns that keep our audience connected to our everyday mission. She lives in a cedar cabin by the sea in Bowser, BC, and loves to write music.
Karen Lawton & Fiona Heckels are the Seed SistAs. Sensory herbalists who have a passion for educating others about plant medicine. Their mission: to connect people with their local plants promoting empowerment, autonomy, freedom and diversity in health care. Medically trained herbalists with a love and interest in the so called witching herbs of old, they have worked and played together for many moons exploring all that the plants have to share. They combine their clinical experience with ritual, art and creativity to teach herbal medicine in a unique, inspiring and accessible style, led by the plants themselves.
Clinical Herbalist, Author
An award-winning author, speaker, teacher, and expert in herbal medicine, Gudrun has over 30 years of experience as a complementary health practitioner.
In her practice and teachings, she uses a holistic approach to wellness combining healing modalities such as herbal medicine, Bach Flowers, connecting to plant spirit, reflexology, iridology/sclerology, light/colour therapy and lifestyle improvement.
In November 2018 she shared her passion in a TEDx talk, Flowers that Heal Us, in Wilmington, Delaware, US.
Gudrun graduated in Germany with a M.Ed. and M.Phys.Ed.
After her immigration to Canada in 1981 she focused her education on complementary medicine and as part of her journey of life long learning she graduated as Clinical Herbal Therapist from Dominion Herbal College in 1996.
Her commitment to the Earth and humankind prompted her to create several publications.
She is the author of award-winning books Healing Spirituality - A Practical Guide to Understanding and Working with Bach Flowers (Winner), Healing with Bach Flower Mandalas (Finalist) as well as the executive producer and co-creator of the instructional DVD Herbal Pharmacy for Everyone, A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Own Herbal Preparations.
She also created the card deck Bach Flowers Unfolding.
Her deep interest in learning about other cultures and their healing traditions led her to travel to many places across the globe, including India, where she was fortunate to spend some time with Mother Teresa.
More recently, her travels have taken her to Central and South America, where she focused her attention on some of their traditional forms of healing.
As a natural educator, Gudrun brings joy whenever she shares her knowledge and experience about plants and their healing spirit. Her clients see her as a compassionate professional, mentor, and friend.
Leading by example, Gudrun inspires others to live their lives to their full potential.
I would like to express my gratitude to be able to live on and speak from the Indigenous territories of the Metis, Kelly Lake Metis Settlement and Beaver people.
Henriette has built one of the oldest and largest free herbal websites, go visit if you haven't yet - it's marvellous!
She was taught by Michael Moore of the SWSBM and has complemented that with nutrient courses (by Paul Bergner) and humoral theory (by Christopher Hedley).
She's been a practising herbalist (aka, she's seen clients) since 1998.
Her books (Practical Herbs 1 and 2) are fun reads that will help you pick, process and use the herbs she's chosen to include. Henriette is in Finland, which is rather like Canada, so the herbs are much the same as Cananadian ones!
Her two sets of herb collecting cards ("Herb Cards", #1-52, "Herb Cards 2", #53-104) are awesome too.
She teaches a lot in person (although it's been a lot less during the last two years), and has a distance course (in Finnish since 2013, in Swedish since 2015; the English one is in the works).
She's pretty engaging to listen to, so come have a listen if you can find the time!
B.Sc (Hons), PGDip (Herbal Medicine), RHT
James Christian is a Medical Herbalist, having studied with the College of Phytotherapy in the UK and achieving a B.Sc. in Herbal Medicine. He has also completed a post-graduate Diploma in Herbal Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire with a specialty in Herbal Education. James maintains professional membership in the Canadian Herbalists Association of BC (CHA of BC) and is the current President. He is a past member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP) in the UK and of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH). James is the current President of Pacific Rim College and also serves as their Dean of the School of Phytotherapy.
Jasmyn Clift is a clinical herbalist, medicine maker, herb teacher, medicinal plant farmer, rose grower, and wildcrafter. Jasmyn has been practicing herbal medicine and flower essence therapies since 1996.
In 1997 Jasmyn founded the BC Compassion Club Society Wellness Center, with a clarity that all people deserve healing, regardless of their ability to pay. She continues to nurture this dream to this day. This center has gone on to become the largest non profit holistic health clinic in N.America, with one of the largest herbal apothecaries in Canada.
Jasmyn has studied herbal medicine in California, Arizona, and England. Her teachers have included the late Michael Moore, James Green, Adam Seller- but most of all the plants and her amazing diverse clients themselves.
She is also the founder of the Saltspring-Island based Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies. WSSHS has been offering all levels of herbal education since 2008. She is an animal lover and dog rescuer.
Jasmyn respectfully acknowledges that she lives and works within the ancestral and unceded traditional territory of the Hul’qumi’num and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples.
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.
"I see the edible plants of the forest floor as a universal way, for people to realize the value, of nature's intact native landscapes. I have a strong conservation ethic, so I love the idea of re-wilding our gardens. My own garden is a great example of that, and I could feed four people throughout the year, quite easily with native plants!” – Julie Walker
I am an Outdoor Woman. Many years ago, I realized the outdoor community still had a conquering attitude towards nature. I decided the to create a company that focused on building our relationship to nature and founded Full Circle Adventures. I had bee a hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing guide since 1987. I received my Bachelor degree in Physical Education (BPE), with a major in Outdoor Pursuits, from the University of Calgary.
Since 1987, I have hiked in Kananaskis Country, the Whaleback (Bob Creek Heritage rangeland), Bragg Creek, Sheep River country and Banff National Park.
My goal is to build an understanding of the wild foods, their relationship with all the living things around them. Ethical harvesting comes when we understand the plant communities, the plants, birds and animals who depend on each other. This knowledge helps develop 'best practices', to protect the fragility of our natural food eco-systems.
My vision is to engage and educate landowners, gardeners, foragers and the outdoor recreation community, about the value of preserving intact wildlands and to inspire home owners to grow native, edible plants in their own backyards. By Re-wilding our home landscapes and building back plant diversity with native, introduced and traditional herbs and vegetables, we don't need to forage in the wild. This is the ultimate in Wild Plant education!
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.
RHT, Dip. Phyt, BKin
Krista Dawn Poulton is a Medical Herbalist in private practice in Victoria, BC. Krista balances her private practice as a faculty member at Pacific Rim College, teaching courses in herbal medicine and medicine making, along with supervising clinical training. Krista is passionate about medicine making and has a full dispensary created 95% from herbs she has grown or from tinctures she has made herself from either percolations or macerations. Ethical wild-harvesting, cultivation, and developing those intimate relationships with plants fuels her spirit and her practice.
Education, medicine-making, and herb growing along with hormonal health are strong passions for Krista. Krista has focused her continuing education within hormonal health with herbal mentors such as Aviva Romm, as well as Fertility Symposiums and Hormonal Health conferences. Krista is a clinician, herbal educator, farmer, wildcrafter and herbal manufacturer.
Lauri Hoeg is Anishnaabe qwe and a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. She has been serving her community for the past six years on band council and holds the culture, language and education portfolios. She obtained a degree in Public Administration and Governance from Ryerson University and is a board executive with the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body who governs the largest education self-government agreement in Canada.
Lauri’s first love is art and anything that inspires her creativity. Her crafting began as a child when her mother taught her traditional beadwork that she continues to enjoy to this day. Lauri also enjoys quilting, jewelry making, ash basket making and moccasin making, and also works with pen and ink and and watercolour. Her first choice of medium is acrylics. She creates florals and Ojibway paintings that are influenced by eastern woodland and west coast First Nation art.
Lauri is a mother of three children and two spoiled dogs. She practices herbalism and forages for wild foods on the east side of Georgina Island where she lives and creates in “Eagles in the East Studio".
Mark Hamer has worked for 28 years in the addictions field in counselling, supervisory and management positions.
He provides counselling to parents and individuals dealing with problematic substance use or special needs. He also provides critical incident debriefing for individuals and groups who have experiences a traumatic events (e.g. violence, death)
Mark is an Adjunct Professor of the UBC School of Population and Public Health. He also teaches at the UBC School of Social Work, Nursing, Medicine and Public Health.
Mark has published on the issue of drugs and drug policy in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, International Journal of Drug Policy, Harm Reduction Journal, and International Encyclopedia of Public Health.
Maryann is a settler of Ukrainian and English descent living on the territories of the Lekwungen speaking people (aka Victoria, B.C.).
Her education includes BSc. (Biology/UBC), Cytogenetics Technologist (BCIT), Clinical Herbal Therapy Diploma (Dominion Herbal College), and Advanced Wilderness First Aid Training. She is grateful to her teachers Rob MacDonald, Netta Zebroff, Michael Moore, Jasmyn Clift, her grandma, herbal clients and students. She teaches and supervises clinic at Dominion Herbal College and at the Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies.
She spends her time in the clinic, teaching, and as a climate justice activist. She also harvests and makes medicine on her parents certified organic farm, on unceded Secwepemc territory (aka Lone Butte, B.C.).
Maryann is grateful to have spent 14 years working at the best herbal job ever – the BC Compassion Club Wellness Centre. A not-for-profit clinic that provides financially accessible herbal medicine. Each year, the Wellness Centre provides hundreds of low-cost herbal appointments and donates over $30, 000 in herbs and supplements.
MAUREEN has over 25 years of experience working with herbs. She co-founded the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (1992-2010) which offered courses & professional training at BSc and MSc degree level.
At the same time she encountered Goethe's way of studying "the Holy Open Book of Nature" via Rudolf Steiner and discovered an approach of wholeness to studying plants. She developed a clinical application of Goethe's method that shaped her herbal practice and more recently her research in Medical Astrology and Astro-Herbalism further deepens the way she supports those she works with.
She established a Herbal Apprenticeship on the Isle of Arran, Scotland before relocating to Portugal. She now runs Melilotus Herb Farm in Algarve offering Herbal Apprenticeships, the Herbal Path course, Monthly Herbal Study Circles, Individual Tutorials & Herb Walks and herbal consultations. The recently launched Cosmos of Herbs 6 month online course is the culmination of all her experiences.
Melissa Ronaldson is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists; she qualified with a Bachelor of Science in Herbal Medicine in 2000.
Her herbal practice has been richly varied and diverse: Melissa has worked at a mental health and arts project in Hackney; traditional medicine projects in Ecuador and in Peru; a school roof garden in Harringey; first aid posts at Glastonbury and other festivals – and more recently the refugee camps in Northern France. This experience of working with people on the move desperately seeking ways to reach the UK, has been life changing.
Melissa devised the ‘counselling skill for herbalists’ module for the Heartwood professional herbal medicine online course and is currently a tutor and clinic supervisor for Heartwood.
Her home practice is an established clinic , teaching space and apothecary based on a boat on the London Waterways.
B. P.E., Physical, Outdoor and Herbal Educator
Monica Giacomin is an educator, herbalist, weed activist, garden-keeper and perennial student. Along with her partner and two sons, she has crafted and cultivated “HERBS on the Side”, an Educational Botanical Sanctuary and home to over fifty medicinal plants. Monica has been teaching the curious how to identify, nurture, harvest and transform plants into food and medicine for the past three decades. She has studied extensively at the Wise Woman Centre with Susun Weed (1990-2021), completed the Advanced Herbal Training at Sage Mountain (2006), apprenticed at Alba Nueve in Costa Rica with Ed Bernhardt (2010), and graduated from the Community Herbalist Program at the Bellebuono School of Herbal Medicine (2018).
She enjoys sharing the "Wonder of Weeds" at every opportunity, including the International Herb Symposium (2021 & 2017) and the Women's Herb Conference (2010) in the U.S, and closer to home at Professional Development Conferences, Wellness Programs, College Outdoor Education Classes and at a variety of events promoting bio-diversity, health and/or herbalism. Her mission is to share the pleasure and benefits of herbs, and the joy of garden-keeping, as part of a wellness lifestyle that leads to optimal health for ALL of us, for the pollinators and especially for our generous Mother Earth!
Nikola Barsoum is an ecological farmer with over 10 years experience working in small-scale organic, regenerative and permaculture systems. With an undergraduate degree in political science, Nikola has long been drawn to the questions around establishing local and resilient food/ medicine systems. Tending to the land in a way that is live-affirming is a central focus of her work, and Nikola continues to explore the ways in which 'whole-systems healing' can be activated at a community level.
Nikola began mentoring under folk herbalists about 8 years ago, while living in a rural area of interior BC, and in 2016 she became certified as a Community Herbalist through Pacific Rim College. Soon after she started her own small medicinal herb farm, Half Moon Herbals, and has been growing for her local community since. Last year Nikola moved Half Moon Herbals to the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, and Mississauga peoples in southern Ontario where she continues to farm in collaboration and cooperation with other ecological farmers. Nikola provides fresh bulk herbs to medicine makers and runs an annual Herb CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture) where she grows and prepares herbs for her farm members while supporting their learning process with DIY projects, hands-on experiences and farm tours. In the fall and winters Nikola offers mentorship programs to interested gardeners and herbalists who are seeking support to start or expand their own medicine garden. Nikola is currently studying as a Clinical Herbalist, while remaining receptive to the continual learning that comes from a connection to the land and plants themselves.
As a professional Home Economist (BAA, Ryerson U., Toronto) and Culinary Herbalist, Pat’s passion for healthy food is fused with her knowledge and love of herbs. She has honed her herb practice over more than four decades of growing, studying, photographing, experimenting with, and writing about what she calls, the helping plants. In fact, Crocker marries the medicinal benefits of herbs in every original recipe she develops. Pat has written 22 herb/healthy cookbooks, including The Healing Herbs Cookbook, The Juicing Bible, and most recently, The Herbalist’s Kitchen (Sterling, 2018) and Healing Cannabis Edibles. Watch for her next book, Cooking and Healing with Cannabis to be launched in 2020.
Penelope Beaudrow is a Registered Herbalist and recognized herbal elder who has devoted the past 25 years to helping others foster deep and resilient connections with the living intelligence of the natural world and the regenerative, healing forces of plants and the medicine they carry. She serves as Product Development Specialist and Herbal Educator at Faunus Herbs. She is also deeply engaged in in the field of herbal education, including in depth work with the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine and The Ginkgo Tree Herbal Course. In addition, she maintains a small clinical practice, serving her rural community and has extensive experience working with humans and animals alike.
Penelope is deeply concerned with regenerative ecology as an integral component of the health and well-being of the earth and all of its inhabitants. She works diligently to reintroduce a wide variety of native, at risk and endangered plants at her sanctuary and farmstead and is engaged in significant re-wilding efforts. She has been a fierce advocate for herbal medicine as the people’s medicine and has successfully spearheaded a team that has worked to stop the traditional herbal tonic – Fire Cider – from becoming a trademarked commodity in Canada.
The work that Penelope is engaged in every day aims to lay the foundations for a verdant, thriving, and viable future that upholds and works alongside the brilliance of nature. The path of earth stewardship has as its goal harmony, health and the peaceful coexistence for all beings. The transformations that Penelope has, and continues to witness through her careful and patient partnership with the green world have far exceeded her hopes and expectations; when the plants begin to speak, it’s always best to listen, for the marvels that will unfold are sure to be beyond our wildest dreams.
BSc Hons (Sheffield & Lincoln) MB ChB MCPP MNIMH MURHP
After graduating in physiology and medicine, Phil practised family medicine as a general practitioner and unscheduled care practitioner for thirty-four years. A growing interest in plant-based holistic methodologies eventually led to an honours degree in Herbal Medicine at Lincoln College.
Phil enjoys working with students, and has been involved in teaching clinical skills for both the Lincoln and Heartwood Herbal Training Programmes. He promotes an integrated approach to medical herbalism in his work as a practitioner, and has served on Council for the National Institute of Medical Herbalists for four years.
Phil also works as a medical illustrator and graphic designer. He and his plantsman husband are currently based in Sheffield where their small garden is filled with many unusual plants.
Herbal Elder, Author, and Fun-gi
Robert has been a student of plant medicine most of his adult life. He is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and author of over 50 books on medicinal plants of Western Canada. Robert has a Bachelor’s Degree in Botany. He has taught plant medicine for over 40 years and is an avid fan of our indigenous plants and mushrooms. Robert has had a long career in the alternative health field. Robert is recognized as an Herbal Elder with 50 years of work as an herbalist. Robert taught for over thirty years, including 10 years at Grant McEwan University, and 15 at Northern Star College in Edmonton. He did 18 years of clinical practice. He works as a consultant to various boards and industries advising growers and creating herbal formulas.
Robert and his wife Laurie are owners of Self Heal Distributing and Scents of Wonder essential oils. Robert is the co-director of the Earth Spirit Medicine Program, at Northern Star College.
M.IIMH, PhD, MSc.
Like other health care professionals my training involved the study of the biological sciences, clinical diagnostic techniques, and the tradition and science of plants that can be used therapeutically. I obtained an M.Sc in herbal medicine from the University of Wales, and a PhD from University College Cork.
My peer reviewed publications include the following articles:
Book (Sept 2021) "Ireland's Hidden Medicine"
A native of Chicago, Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN is an herbalist, Naprapathic physician, Founder of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (under license from the Arvigo Institute, LLC) and The Abdominal Therapy Collective, international lecturer, and author of eleven books.
"My goal is to reach out to lay people, professional herbalists, massage therapists, nurses, medical doctors and the world community of healers to share the simple, non-invasive techniques of abdominal therapy and spiritual healing learned over thirty years of study with traditional healers of Central America."
The Ix Chel Tropical Research Foundation founded in 1987 by Dr. Arvigo, Dr. Greg Shropshire, and Dr. Michael J Balick of the New York Botanical Garden works towards preservation of traditional healing and conversation of medicinal plants in Belize and Mexico.
B.S. Herbal Sciences
Sajah Popham is the author of Evolutionary Herbalism and the founder of the School of Evolutionary Herbalism, where he trains herbalists in a holistic system of plant medicine that encompasses clinical Western herbalism, medical astrology, Ayurveda, and spagyric alchemy.
His mission is to develop a comprehensive approach that balances the science and spirituality of plant medicine, focusing on using plants to heal and rejuvenate the body, clarify the mind, open the heart, and support the development of the soul. This is only achieved through understanding and working with the chemical, energetic, and spiritual properties of the plants. His teachings embody a heartfelt respect, honor and reverence for the vast intelligence of plants in a way that empowers us to look deeper into the nature of our medicines and ourselves.
He lives on a homestead in the foothills of Mt. Baker Washington with his wife Whitney where he teaches, consults clients, and prepares spagyric herbal medicines.
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.
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Shantree Kacera, R.H., D.N., Ph.D., an international author, teacher, and mentor, is the founder and co-director of The Living Centre Eco-Spiritual Education Sanctuary, established in 1983. The centre is located outside of London, Ontario, Canada, in the heart of Carolinian Canada.
He integrates plant medicine, nutritional energetics, forest gardening, and ecological permaculture. He is one of a few Canadian Herbalists who has been given the “Honouring our Elders” award by the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations for offering outstanding contributions to the À eld of herbalism. A past VicePresident of the Ontario Herbalists’ Association (OHA), he served on the OHA board for 10 years. He has been a Professional Member of the Ontario Herbalist Association for 45 years. Shantree’s deep spiritual connection to the Earth has drawn him into the teachings of shamanic and Earth wisdom practices and Carolinian Canada native plant preservation and studies and rainforest studies.
Traditional Herbalist & Indigenous Birthworker
Sheena Bradley is a Traditional Métis Herbalist, Student, Medicine Maker and Indigenous Birthworker and the owner of Omisimâw Wellness (Ohm sim ow)-Organic & Wildcrafted Traditional Plant Medicine and Indigenous Birthwork. Located in nistawàyàw ("where the three rivers meet" traditional Cree name of Fort McMurray) on traditional lands of the Cree, Dene, and Mètis.
Having started learning Herbalism with the Herbal Academy of New England, in 2017, Sheena has progressed her love of traditional medicines, and now studies with Pacific Rim College. Leaning heavily on traditional knowledge from her Elders and ancestors as well as traditional knowledge from being on the land, and listening to plant spirit and being in relation with our plant kin.
Sheena is a member of the Alberta Herbalists Association, Indigenous Birth of Alberta, and sits on several committees in her community related to Indigenous land stewardship and Birthwork. Sheena volunteers by creating several medicinal gardens through out her community as well as teaching about reciprocity and respect for harvesting medicinal plants. She also teaches about healing trauma through plant connection. Sheena gives back products and medicines to local Elders and families who's traditional lands she harvests on, as a way to give back and offer accessibility of plant medicines to our Elders.
Sheena is continually learning and growing in her practice and looks forward to creating meaningful conversation with other herbalists regarding reciprocity and respectful land stewardship.
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Steve Taylor has been practicing as a full time herbalist since 1994, and for eighteen years ran a high street herbal clinic, shop, and dispensary in the U.K. He was a founder member of the Ethnomedica project, a joint initiative of the Royal Botanical Society and the National Institute of Medical Herbalists to record memories from older generations of medicinal plant use in domestic medicine. He has carried out clinical research in the use of fresh herbal poultices in wound healing, and has explored the traditional healing practices of African indigenous healers and herbalists. He uses the therapeutic principles of Galenic humoral medicine in his practice as a herbalist, and is the author of ‘The Humoral Herbal’ (Aeon books) which was published in 2021. He continues to practice as a herbalist, teach and run courses in humoral healing as well as growing herbs to produce many of his own medicines.
For nearly four decades, Sue’s work has been with herbal medicine. After qualifying with the UK’s National Institute of Medical Herbalists she returned home to Australia to practice and to teach. She was foundation lecturer in herbal medicine at Southern Cross University in 1995 in the first Australian state-funded university course in naturopathy. Currently she lives in Melbourne’s inner north (sadly under lockdown for most of the last 18 months), teaches at the University of Tasmania and is Deputy Chair of the Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies. Her particular interests are in the history, philosophy and politics of herbal practice.
I run an herbal clinic at a farm beside a forest, near the limestone shores of Lake Ontario. There, I cultivate herbs and steward the land as it rewilds, tending to, and harvesting the plant medicines that grow there, and making medicine for the people who come to see me in the clinic. I also teach courses in herbal medicine, as well as offering wild edible and medicinal plant identification walks and land stewardship consultations for folks in my region. I love this work. It fills me with gratitude, joy, reverence and a humbling journey of learning and deepening in connection with the land.
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
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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.
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.
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.
I am a practicing herbalist based in Toronto, Ontario and registered as a professional member with the Ontario Herbalists Association. My clinical practice is rooted in traditional Western herbal medicine, though I also draw inspiration from anthroposophy, Ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy, and depth psychology. In addition to herbal medicine, I also practice Marma Nadi Chikitsa, an ancient system of rehabilitative healing originating in India.
I work with my patients in order to develop an understanding of health as a dynamic state of being which adapts to changing environmental circumstances and conditions. When we understand how the body and mind relate to the cycles and elements of nature, various disturbances and imbalances can be recognized before they reach the point of crisis.
Herbal medicine is a vehicle through which we can move in the direction of wholeness and equilibrium, from wherever we are. Plant medicines work in concert with the body’s own mechanisms and defenses. As an herbalist I am not interested in forcing the body to change; instead I work to support and facilitate the body’s own innate healing capacities and potentials. Holistic herbal healing does not entail the suppression of symptoms. Rather, it involves developing a clear picture of the underlying patterns of disequilibrium and susceptibility to disease that affect an individual. We work together from this understanding in order to arrive at a place of health, wholeness, and vitality. In addition to my training in herbal medicine, I also hold a BA in Philosophy (University of Toronto) and an MA in Communication and Culture (Ryerson/York). I am a published author and have lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of subjects.
PhD, DAOM, MSEd, LAc, RHT
Dr. Will Morris has a doctorate in Chinese herbal medicine, a PhD focused on pulse diagnosis. Has has created three human subject research ethics committees and three doctoral programs. He has published five books on healing methods. He has 50 years of clinical experience using herbal medicine with more than 40,000 patient visits. He is available for consultations, mentorship, and teaching.
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.
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