2022 VIHG Workshops

Treating the Heart and Anxiety with Chinese Herbal Medicine

Psycho emotional illness is often at the root of most diseases. In Chinese Medicine we say this is a disease of the shen spirit which comes from the heart. It is common when people think of treating an organ in Chinese medicine to throw a common tonic formula at the problem. We often hear, “oh it’s her liver give her dandelion and milk thistle”, or “it’s her heart give her hawthorn” . With a little bit of nuance one can achieve way better results. For example most skin conditions are the result of emotions building up and causing heart fire which flushes to the skin and needs to be drained from the patient. Anxiety is usually the result of the patient’s heart being closed and the brain running overtime to try and make sense of the world without the sensory input from the heart. But what is keeping the heart closed in the first place? Lack of nourishment, phlegm blocking perception of the world? overwhelmedness? Each cause requires a different approach.

I’ll show in this workshop some basic differentiation and theory which will allow an herbalist to choose the correct approach to treating various presentations of distressed spirit using mostly Chinese herbs but also applicable to using western and local herbs.

11:00 am - 8:00 pm


12:00 pm

Elixir & Tea Bar Opens

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Opening Circle & Orientation

Colleen Emery Colleen Emery
Yarrow Willard Yarrow Willard
Chanchal Cabrera Chanchal Cabrera
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Tent 2
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Demonstration
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Herb Walk
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Circle
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm Tent 1
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm Tent 2
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm Demonstration
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Herb Walk

Herb Walk for Digestive Issues

Terry Willard ClH, PhD Terry Willard ClH, PhD
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Circle


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


7:15 pm - 7:40 pm


7:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Keynote Speaker

Della (Rice) Sylvester | Huyamise' Della (Rice) Sylvester | Huyamise'
8:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Sacred dance performance, musical entertainment

9:15 pm - 12:00 pm

Bonfire, Music, Stories & Making Merry

11:00 pm

Moonlight Labyrinth Ceremony

  • Date : June 10, 2022 - June 10, 2022
  • Time : 02:30 pm - 04:00 pm (America/Vancouver)
  • Venue : Tent 1


Dane Wild

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Störii Wild

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Sarah West

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Della (Rice) Sylvester | Huyamise’

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Colleen Emery

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Beverley Gray

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Yarrow Willard

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Dr. Jacqui Wilkins

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Dr. Glen Nagel

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Tony Oakworth

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Alexandra Luppold

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Krista Dawn Poulton

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Patrick Kooyman

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Terry Willard ClH, PhD

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Angela Bewick

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David Knox

Josh Sarvis & Kelly Dunn

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Chanchal Cabrera

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Penelope Beaudrow

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Malcolm Saunders

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Angela Willard

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Kalyn Kodiak

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