Botanist, medical biochemist, author
Botanist, medical biochemist and author DIANA BERESFORD-KROEGER possesses a unique combination of western scientific training and an understanding of the knowledge and methods of a wide variety of traditional and alternative sources.
She works to bring a better understanding and appreciation of the scientific complexities of nature to the general public.
Beresford-Kroegers' concept of bio-planning challenges ordinary people to
develop a new relationship with the natural world, to view the environment as a biological system, and to perform the ecological task of replanting the
Her books include:
The Sweetness of a Simple Life,
The Global Forest,
Arboretum Borealis: A Lifeline of the Planet,
Arboretum America: A Philosophy of the Forest, and A Garden for Life.
Beresford-Kroeger was inducted as a Wings Worldquest fellow in 2010, she was elected as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2011, and in 2016 the Society named her one of 25 women explorers of Canada.
A feature documentary about her
work, the Canadian Screen Awards-nominated Call of the Forest: The
Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, appeared in 2017.
Her latest book is To Speak for the Trees: My Life’s Journey From Ancient Celtic Wisdom To a Healing Vision of the Forest.
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Professionally involved in the Healing Arts for over twenty years, Colleen brings a diverse toolbox of skills that have been honed through formal education, apprenticeship, clinical experience and connection to generational folk arts.
Formally studying with The Wild Rose College, East West School of Planetary Herbology, the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy and the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies and most recently with David Winston's Centre for Herbal Studies, Colleen commits to the pathway of lifelong learning. Colleen maintains professional membership as a Registered Herbal Therapist (RHT) with the Canadian Herbalist's Association of British Columbia (CHAofBC).
Educated and experienced in both Eastern and Western focused Herbal Medicine and Clinical Aromatherapy & Aromatic Medicine, Colleen's practice specializes in Family Wellness, Pre and Post Natal Wellness and Eldercare providing affordable care for all ages.
After having an urban, home based practice for over a decade, Colleen created Emery Herbals Dispensary, Healing Suites and Teaching Centre in rural West Kootenay Mountains in 2012. Emery Herbals provides open access to consciously sourced botanicals, professional health services and empowering education experiences that encourage and cultivate sustained wellness.
Colleen is passionate about empowering individuals and families to take charge of their wellness through fostering traditional skills and connection to the natural world. Offering a dynamic array of programs and workshops for both adults and children, Colleen is sought out to speak on numerous topics.
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 general board of director with the CHAofBC. Colleen co-organizes the Kootenay Herb Conference, & the Canadian Herb Conference and is on the faculty of the Wild Rose College.
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.
Ember Peters is a Western clinical herbalist and educator based in K’jipuktuk, Mi’kma’ki (Halifax, Nova Scotia).
Ember has been in clinical practice since 2014, focusing on providing accessible herbal care to people with complex chronic illnesses.
Guided by nature, their practice integrates scientific knowledge with energetic systems including Western herbalism traditions, the latest scientific research, phytochemistry, physiology, flower essence therapy, and holistic nutrition.
Ember is a Registered Herbal Practitioner with the Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia (HANS).
She has taught widely about herbalism at conferences and schools including the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, the American Herbalists Guild Symposium, the Dandelion Seed Conference, The Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies, and the Elderberry Academy.
They recognize community-based holistic health as a tangible step towards collective and individual liberation and resilience.
Ember is a gender non-conforming settler of Ashkenazi Jewish and Greek ancestry and uses she or they pronouns.
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.
Creative Visionary, Intuitive Chef, Nutritionist
Malcolm Saunders’ mission is to deeply connect people to their food. He has worked in the field of food and nutrition for close to 20 years and is the owner & creative visionary of The Light Cellar.
Malcolm is a public speaker and intuitive chef who specializes in sharing the alchemy of superfoods and superherbs. Through his videos, workshops and seminars he has helped thousands of individuals recreate their relationship to food.
He has an expertise and passion for creating and teaching others how to make energizing and healing foods, including chocolate, elixirs and ferments.
Malcolm’s desire is to inspire others to live and eat from a space that honours the sacredness of all Life, illuminating the power of influence our food choices have on ourselves, other beings, and the planet we live on.
PhD, Pharmacology Researcher
Pierre currently works at the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, Université de Montréal, where he does research in Natural Health Products, Indigenous Traditional Medicine and metabolic diseases such as metabolic syndrome, obesity and diabetes. His current project is 'CIHR Team in Aboriginal Antidiabetic Medicines.'
Université de Montréal
C.P 6128 Succ. Centre-ville / P.O. Box 6128, Downtown Postal Station
Canada H3C 3J7
Registered Herbalist (AHA)
Currently an Instructor of the Cannabis and Health Specialist Diploma program at Elevated Learning Academy, Jeananne spent several years as a medical cannabis educator at Harvest Medicine Clinic in Calgary.
In addition to being a cannabis educator, Jeananne has been a Calgary 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 more about the humble herb, but found there to be a lack of courses on how to use cannabis for medical purposes.
Understanding that her fellow herbalists would need to know about this plant, Jeananne created the Cannabis Medicine for Herbalists
Certificate, which to date has been taught to over 400 students.
Jeananne has also co-written cannabis courses with Dr. Richa Love of CannU.ca, and Dr. Terry Willard of Wild Rose College of Natural Healing. She is a founding member and past President of the Alberta Herbalists Association, and served for many years
as a board member with the Canadian Council of Herbal Associations.
Jeananne lives in Calgary, AB and is available for private online consultations.
"I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that land where I live, work, and play, is the traditional territories of the peoples of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot First Nation tribes of Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Stoney Nakoda First Nations tribes of Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley and the Tsuut’ina First Nation. The city of Calgary is also homeland to the historic Northwest Métis and to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3."
Herbal Elder, Traditional Medicine Maker
Laurie Lacey is a traditional medicine maker, naturalist, writer and painter, of mixed ancestry, including Mi’kmaq and Irish. He has been involved with aboriginal medicine, herbalism, and ethnobotany, since 1974. He is the author of several publications, including, Mikmaq Medicines: Remedies and Recollections, Medicine Walk: Reconnecting to Mother Earth, 1999. The book, Mi’kmaq Medicines , has become an Atlantic Canadian bestseller.
During his many years of involvement with the medicine plants and trees, Laurie has given countless formal presentations, informal talks, workshops and medicines walks, throughout Nova Scotia and elsewhere, including at the Herbal Association of Nova Scotia (HANS) Herb Fairs, Mi’kmaq First Nation events, National Parks, Schools, to Scouts and Guides, and at other Health,
Wellness, and cultural events.
Laurie Lacey is a storyteller, as well as a medicine maker. He can relate many stories and anecdotes about his life with the plants and trees, the animals and birds, and other wonderful “Beings” of the forests and fields, lakes, streams, and ocean.
Laurie graduated from Dalhousie University (King’s College) in 1975 with an Honours B.A. in Anthropology (specializing in Ethnobotany). In 1978 he went on to study Folk Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland, specializing in Mi’kmaq medicine research – plant, tree, and animal medicines, frequenting the aboriginal communities, of Eskasoni, Shubinacadie, Mill Brook, Wildcat (Molega), and Gold River, Nova Scotia.
He also spent time at Conne River, them largest Mi’kmaq community in Newfoundland. He was taught aboriginal plant and tree medicines (including many of the green stemmed classic herbs) by a number of Medicine Makers
From 1980-2020 his primary focus has been as an educator, teaching the traditional plant medicines to Native and non-Native children and adults. In this manner, and especially through interpretive medicine walks, he connects individuals to the natural world, to the living plants and trees of the forests and fields. Living plants are powerful medicine companions.
He also offers consultations on health and wellness issues. Those consultations have increased in recent years. His clients are both aboriginal and non-aboriginal residents. When working with people on a one on one basis, he follows aboriginal medicine maker traditions, focusing on local plants and trees, as remedies. Although there are exceptions, he rarely recommends foreign or exotic herbs. He values the living plants as the best medicine, and wishes to help people develop a relationship with the plant(s) and/or tree(s) that heal them.
In keeping with Mi’kmaq medicine traditions, he treats many of his clients with medicinal teas and drinks, and external bathing solutions, the latter often composed of combinations of tree barks.
Laurie can be credited for first introducing Mi’kmaq medicines to the non-native communities of eastern Canada, and has since helped spread great interest in these traditions, well beyond the Maritimes.
Website: Natural Healing Talk http://www.naturalhealingtalk.com/
Savayda Jarone has been on the plant path for nearly 30 years; since her life-altering discovery of herbal medicine in a quaint courtyard in Covent Garden, London.
She is Nova Scotian, residing on the rugged Eastern Shore where she is currently in “gardening school”, learning to build soil on a rocky landscape, with the goal of creating herbal teaching gardens. She operates a herbal clinic and apothecary in Halifax, also home to her school, the Bloom Institute of Holistic Living & Learning, a hub for herbal and health education in the Maritimes.
She is now in her 22 nd year of clinical practice, specializing in women’s health, baby/child care, digestion, immune health, stress, and endocrine balance. She is a Fertility Awareness educator, helping women and couples to plan or prevent pregnancy naturally.
Before discovering herbal medicine, Savayda wanted to become a language interpreter; little did she know that her focus would become the language of plants. Savayda shines as a bridge between the plant/people worlds; she offers various courses for children and adults, herb walks, and workshops throughout the Maritimes, connecting people with local and native plant medicines.
Her love and awe of plants is contagious. Savayda has always been an enthusiastic promoter of the profession of herbal medicine, working as a founding member of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations since its birth in 2005, as well as an active member of the Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia since 2002.
She is honoured to walk the path of ancient and modern herbalists, and is dedicated to building momentum in the revival of the practice of herbal medicine, which in her experience holds many of the answers for genuine health and healing. She is delighted to play a role in the emergence of new herbal practitioners in Canada by offering clinical training practicums in person and online
at the Bloom Institute.
She would like to acknowledge her beginnings as a herb student in Vancouver, where she attended Dominion Herbal College to complete the four-year Phytotherapy Program from the School of Phytotherapy in England, as well as her practical training in medicine making, Ayurveda and Haida medicine with Don Ollsin. She owes many thanks to her mentor, Chanchal Cabrera, who provided the opportunity to learn on the job while working at Gaia Garden Herbals in Vancouver for 5 years, in the company of other eminent herbalists.
She looks forward to connecting with friends and herbal colleagues from British Columbia and everywhere in between during the 2020 Canadian Herb Conference.
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.
Western Herbalism, Islamic Herbalism, Ayurveda, Alchemy
Talal Al-Hamad is a man of many talents. He is an herbalist with a diverse background in many natural healing modalities. He utilizes a unique east meets west approach to imbalances and disease, with great efficacy.
He has been a student of various holistic modalities including:
-Traditional Western Herbalism
-Flower essence therapy & Aromatherapy
-Yoga (Pranayama, Mudras & Asana)
Herbalist by day and jazz guitarist / fanatical foodie by night, Talal has an innate passion for healing and has devoted his life to developing his treatment protocols and furthering his knowledge of medicinal herbs. Having conquered his own health challenges with his knowledge, it is easy to see how his passion for healing others is truly sincere.
"Breath in Life , Breath out Strife"
I am the co-creator, folk herbalist, wildcrafter & product formulator behind Boreal Folk Apothecary.
I create natural skincare products from sustainably harvested botanicals and locally sourced ingredients.
I fell in love with the Boreal forest during nine years of silvicultural work planting over 2.3 million trees in northern Canada.
This is where my love for wild plants and remote isolated wilderness regions was ignited.
I focus on creating land-based botanical distillations from plant matter discarded by the logging industry.
My husband and I live in a 1967 bus and create our product line in a converted mobile studio that follows us throughout the forest.
I am a third generation tree plantress, tending a reciprocal relationship with the land.
My grandmother planted trees in the 40's, my mother planted trees in the 70's and I planted trees in the 2000's.
My cultural background consists of people living on the land such as farmers, hunters, wilderness guides & lumberjacks.
Having a family that has always been close to the land and the old ways has inspired my connection to the Canadian wilderness, way of life, work as a wild crafter & product formulator.
Dionne Jennings has a mission as a Community Herbalist: connecting plants & people.
Dionne feels much of her role as a Community Herbalist is to help others reconnect with lost traditional plant knowledge & practices–whether living on acres of stewarded land or within the challenges of the urban environment.
Putting plant knowledge back into the hands of the people drives her work.
Dionne has a particular passion for teaching & researching.
Her Ukrainian Canadian heritage drives her interest in studying Ukrainian/Slavic Folk & Herbal Medicine.
She enjoys utilizing her writing and communication skills on behalf of inspiring and “growing” future herbalists as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator with Wild Rose College.
Having always loved and worked with plants and flowers, Dionne began studying herbal medicine in the folk tradition 20 years ago on Vancouver Island. She completed a 3 year supervised clinical apprenticeship with Abrah Arneson in Alberta in 2015.
She created and cultivated an urban medicine garden in Edmonton for 5+ years where she grew and made medicine for her YEG Herbalist apothecary. As creator and facilitator for the Edmonton Herb Club, she taught regular plant medicine workshops as well as coordinating herbal events for those keen for plant knowledge in the Edmonton area. She also regularly instructed herbal & DIY self-care workshops at Kolya Naturals Apothecary.
In 2017 she formed a partnership with Sustainable Food Edmonton to install Community Medicine teaching gardens in the city, while offering concurrent subsidized programming to make herbalism accessible to all Edmontonians.
Her home base is currently in Winnipeg, MB.
Integrative Herbalist / Holistic & Jyoti Therapist
Chad is a Herbalist and Holistic Therapist, Meditation Teacher, Writer, Mentor, and Nature Guide.
He provides one on one in person and online consultations to address health concerns on all levels.
Chad uses natural methods including, herbs, diet, and ways of reconnection with nature and our true nature of joy, ease, and vitality.
He is also available for public speaking events, articles, and via his Integrative Herbalist Apprenticeship Program.
Chad has worked closely with the University of Winnipeg Indigenous Studies Department as well as Red River College to develop quality programming/experiences for students.
I respectfully acknowledge that I live, work and play in the unceded territories of the St'át'imc people with the intention to honor these lands and their inhabitants.
Clinical Herbal Therapist (CHT) Dominion Herbal College 2006
Master of Health Science (MHSc) in herbal medicine at the University of New England NSW 2012
Registered herbalist (RH) with the Herbal Association of BC and the American Herbalists Guild RH(AHG)
Faculty positions at Dominion Herbal College (2008-18) and Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (2013-present)
Clinic Supervisor for Wild Rose College of Natural Healing 2019 (offsite)
Herbal educator at Nurture in Nature New Earth School, Pemberton
Owns and operates a herbal dispensary and consulting practice at 1353 Aster St. Pemberton BC
Offers herbal apprenticeships for grass roots herbalists and clinical practicum for registered students
Skilled in the use of herbs as medicine, Evelyn owns and operates a private practice in Pemberton BC, serving clients primarily in the Sea to Sky corridor. Her training in health science enables her to incorporate evidence-based herbal protocols into her ongoing practice of Western Traditional Medicine.
Evelyn and her husband own and operate Copper Cayuse Outfitters within the traditional territory of the Lil’wat Nation. Offering multiday trips into the wilderness alpine of the Coast Mountains, they have spent the last decade reconnecting people to nature.
I became a herbalist in 1992, studying at Dominion Herbal College, with further studies at Langara College and various workshops.
I grew certified organic herbs from 2000 until 2012, attending farmers' markets during that time selling healing salves, dried herbs, teas, and herbal vinegars.
I have a history of working with naturopaths and midwives, supplying dried herbs, and helping with formulations.
I also have done many workshops introducing the general public to the wonders of herbal medicine.
Between 2012 and 2019, I took a break from working in the dirt and taught general growing and herbal classes.
However, in 2019, I decided it was time to return to getting my hands dirty and subsequently moved to Pemberton, B.C. to build a herbal medicine garden for the purpose of teaching and introducing all that would listen to the healing power of plants.
I initially leased a piece of land that I thought would be perfect but my lease was not renewed and I had the challenge of moving my garden mid season.
I found my perfection at Nurture in Nature Community Farm, where my plants now thrive.
I strongly believe medicines come from the ground and that every plant has a healing power.
In order to access this, we need to know how to identify plants, how to grow them, and recognize their edible and/or medicinal qualities.
By understanding this, the wonder of plant medicine is available to all.
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.
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.
Michael Friedman, ND is a naturopathic physician and medical herbalist. He graduated
from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and was adjunct instructor
of endocrinology at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He is also the founder
and director of the Annual Restorative Medicine Conference. Dr. Friedman is the author
of the medical textbook Fundamentals of Naturopathic Endocrinology, the co-author of
Healing Diabetes, and his latest book which was just released, There's No Pill for This:
A Naturopathic Physician's Personal Prescription for Managing Multiple Sclerosis.
His research on the use of SR T3 has been published by the University Puerto Rico
Medical School. Dr. Friedman has lectured at three naturopathic and allopathic medical
schools including NCNM, UB, CCNM and at the Dehradun Medical School of Physicians
and Surgeons in India. He is currently the Executive Director of the non-profit
Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM).
Dragonfly Earth Medicine
Dragon Fly Earth Medicine (Josh Sarvis and Kelly Dunn) have been cultivating pure, closed-loop cannabis for almost 3 decades.
They are Humus Beings dedicated to intentionally and actively educating the cannabis industry on purity in cultivation inputs and practices.
They are passionate about being a clear, conscious voice for the cannabis plant, who has given so many healing benefits to all of humanity.
They created Dragonfly Earth Medicine which is an international nutrient company and also an educational platform for Conscious Cannabis Cultivation.
The DEM Pure Certification has become a highly sought after community-driven, beyond organic certification for cannabis cultivation and extraction. They have consulted and educated the international cannabis community and corporations to grow the highest quality cannabis and businesses.
Focusing on biodiversity, polyculture, biological intelligence, soil building, nutrient intelligence, seed breeding, herbology for soil and plants, healthy integrated pest and fungi eradication, sustainable living and the deep connection humanity has with this feminine master plant.
Josh and Kelly have been creating full-spectrum global healing by working with international healthcare for women and children.
Medical Herbalist, Herbal Elder
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.
Naturopathic Doctor & Registered Herbalist
Marisa is a Naturopathic Doctor & Registered Herbalist (AHG) with expertise in the education and clinical applications of herbal medicine. She received her medical training from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, where she is currently Chair of the Botanical Medicine Department while maintaining a private clinical practice in Vancouver, BC. She is widely recognized for creating the free online herbal resource TheNaturopathicHerbalist.com, and is co-author of "The Botanical Medicine Manual" which both intend to serve as reliable sources of botanical information while encouraging the holistic perspectives inherent to herbalism. Considered a passionate educator, Marisa believes in the body’s innate capacity to heal when provided with the ancient knowledge & foundational therapeutic potential of plant medicine in all its forms.
I respectfully acknowledge that I live, work and play in the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people with the intention to honor these lands and their inhabitants.
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.
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
Medical Herbalist, Ayurvedic Practitioner
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.
Patrick is a herbal medicine maker, and custom formulator who wild harvests local plants and fungi, as well as cultivating medicinal herbs. He has a background in ethnobotany ans is passionate about developing relationships with the plants themselves, and learning about herbs through both scientific and traditional use knowledge systems.
Patrick’s training has emphasized a Western and scientific approach to herbal medicine and he has studied extensively in the phytochemistry and pharmacology of herbs, and how these specific actions in the body relate to the effects of the whole herb. Patrick also been strongly influenced by shamanic practices and traditional plant medicine systems of South and Central America. In shamanic practice, the plants themselves are considered to be living conscious beings, and these plants teach us through the direct experience of working with them. An emphasis on direct experience has also led him to be interested in organoleptics, using our senses (especially taste and smell) to learn the medicine of plants.
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.
R.TCM.H (Registered TCM Herbalist)
Jennifer is a Chinese Medicine Herbalist, gardener and cook who has called the Kootenays home for the last twenty years. Although trained in the art of acupuncture, she prefers to work with her hands; whether it is massaging away the aches in a body, pounding herbs into medicine or mashing fruit for jam. All of this makes for strong hands and an open heart and she looks forward to sharing both with guests at the Kootenay Herb conference this spring.
She nourishes her clients at www.wildpeachpreserves.com
Acknowledgment: I am grateful to live on the land of the Sinixt and Okanagan nations.
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
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.
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.
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.
Master Herbalist, Qi Gong Practitioner
Sarah Orlowski graduated as a Master Herbalist from the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing in the early 1990s and went on to do her clinical training in both herbalism and Qi Gong. She is an advanced level Qi Gong Practitioner, having trained with Grand Master Peng for over ten years in the Shao Lin style.
Sarah is grateful to have extensive training in First Nations herbal traditions, most particularly that of the Lil’wat Nation.
She has her Permaculture Design Certificate and believes that growing in accordance with Nature is the sustainable way of now and the future.
Sarah has taught for many institutions, including the UBC Global Studies Program, UBC Farm, Simon Fraser University, the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, the Canadian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Capilano College, Van Dusen Gardens, Squamish First Nations Witness Weekend, along with ten years in the Alternative Health Program at Douglas
For over a decade, Sarah and her spouse have been running Canada’s oldest, organic, permaculture orchard and medicinal herb farm in the Southern Interior of BC. Here she educates and makes her own line of herbal products. Their farm is certified with Kootenay Mountain Grown, of which Sarah is a board member.
She is actively involved in Indigenous Education and loves giving herb walks and workshops to both adults and children. The orchard is located within Sinixt First Nations territory.
Sarah has a private clinical practice, where she gives health consultations and Qi Gong treatments. With the onset of COVID, she moved her clinical practice outdoors into the orchard and has had such a positive response from her clients that she plans to keep running the outdoor treatments, appreciating the healing contribution of the trees and natural environment.
Sarah is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design. By letting our inner muse take flight, she believes that a very intimate form of healing can manifest through artistic expression. Combining this personal, creative release with the healing gifts of Nature frees us to pursue our true potential and helps us to avoid illness deriving from unfulfilled ambition.
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.
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.
DAOM, PhD, RH (BCHA)