Saturday, February 10, 2018

Green Greetings Plant Lovers! I'm back! I've missed you!

I'm very excited to share with you that we are gearing up to offer classes again! Holy smokes it's been awhile hasn't it!!

I'm offering the Women's Herbal Intensive certificate program that starts this April. I chose this certificate program over Walk on the Wild Side and Home Herbalist because I haven't offered it for awhile and I really am feeling that women are needing this right now. This is an amazing, life changing course so please head over to the Certificate courses page and learn all about it.

I'll be offering more classes and workshops soon including the ever popular One Plant at a Time and Herbal Medicine Making classes.

Several years ago, I took a much needed break fully intending to take only a year off. Well, that year turned into 2 years, then 3 years and the last full course I offered was in 2014. My how time goes slow when one is on plant time :)

So what I have been doing all that while you ask?

Well, for starters, I took on some new projects - I became President of the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre, and environmental education centre and salmon hatchery that is near and dear to my heart. It was a new role for me and as it turns out, one that suited me well. It has been a great experience all around and really helped me to reach beyond my comfort zone. I've also been teaching at the centre seasonally for the last 10 years with the Spring/Fall School Education program - basically I get to play with children in the forest in one of the most beautiful settings on Earth!

My "Forest Forensics" station in front of the Kekuli at Kingfisher Interpretive Centre

Second, I did a lot of hanging out in the forest with my canine companion Ali.   I had a very busy work/teaching schedule for 10 years and I just needed a lot of time to be me, for me. It was wonderful. Here is one of my favourite spots...a waterfall on Trinity Creek. It's a bit of hike in and out and only known to the locals who are fit enough to make the trek.

One of my favourite places to hang out and swim. The water is cold. Just the way I like it!

 Third, I nursed my long time equine buddy Chico back from the brink of death. The vet didn't give him much hope to recover but with perserverence, a will to live and lots of herbs, comfrey in particular he pulled through and went on to live for another year. He was happy and healthy when he was laid to rest. If anyone would like a protocol for intestinal malabsorption in horses please get in touch with me and I will share with you what worked for Chico. Be prepared to quite your job and spend a lot of money on special feed!

My little buddy Chico

Fourth, I traveled back and forth from my home to Kelowna to be my Mom's caregiver. She has Alzheimer's and wanted to stay at home and to support her in her wish I have been staying with her. It's been probably the hardest but the best thing I've done in my life. It's the best I've ever gotten along with my Mom. She is a very special and amazing women and continues to live at home. Kelowna....busy, smelly and noisy but Okanagan Lake and Okanagan Mountain Park saved me.


Fifth, I became a certified Circle facilitator and Restorative Justice facilitator. I'm involved with a group from Splatsin community and we would would like to get a program going in Enderby. I've held circles in all of my classes - the Women's Herbal Intensive in particular. I just didn't know that's what I was doing but it turns out when you're doing the right thing it just flows. I'm looking forward to incorporating what I've learned about holding Circle into my classes.

Lunch Circle

I did some private teaching and made some awesome new friends. Charles Ruechel from Elements Adventures Company invited me to do a couple of plant walks and talks for a group of youth and then  again for a group of male entrepreneurs from Edmonton (that was fun). Jada and Alvin Tam from Barefoot Sanctuary invited me to do a plant walk and talk at their wilderness retreat on Mabel Lake last August. I'm looking forward to teaching for Charles again this year and hoping to collaborate with Jada on the Womens Herbal Intensive.

Teaching for Elements Adventure Co out at Bear Valley

I've done a few more things but that catches you up for now.

Coming up...

Feb 24, Saturday.I'll be at the Womens Wellness Day at the Splatsin Community Centre, Sat Feb 24 as a volunteer serving up some Red Clover lemonade and a Wild Forest Tea.

March 3, Saturday is the Seed Swap at the Splatsin Community Centre again. This is my all time favourite event ever. I'll have my display set up, you can register for the Womens Herbal Intensive and I'm doing a talk on One Hundred Mile Medicine.

I'm really looking forward to holding more one day classes and workshops this year and if there is something you are particularly interested in, please let me know. Give me a call or send me an email or msg me on fb @ BarbWildRoots.

Love and Plants,