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,


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Hello Beautiful Plant Lovers from the Seed Swap!

Thanks to all the beautiful people who stopped at our table to say hi and sign on t our email list. It was wonderful to meet you and it was so encouraging to see the number of people interested in taking classes.

I promise I will put together a schedule soon and get some classes going. In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch.

See you soon.

Love and Plants,


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello Dear Plant Lovers!

Thanks for stopping by to see what we are up to. If you puruse our website you'll discover we haven't been offering much in the way of classes.

In Nature, there is always a period of rest and restoration in order for things to flourish and grow. And since, we are closely aligned with the rythms of Nature, here at Wild Roots, we took took some time to do just that. After, twelve plus years of intense teaching it was sorely needed.

We are emerging from our hibernation slowly, steadily and of yet we haven't decided upon the courses and classes we're offering for 2015.

So, in the meantime, we are offering you, dear eager plant lovers, private, one on one classes. Classes are 4 - 6 hrs and the cost is $100 day. If you book 5 classes and pay in advance the cost is $90 day. Classes are for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners. You can scroll through the class and course pages to have a look at our offerings.

The benefits of a private class are numerous and include: self paced learning, personal attention, flexibility in curriculum and scheduling, enhanced learning and on and on and on.

The classes are filling up and there are only a limited number of spaces available so please contact us for more information or to book some classes.

Love and Plants and Spring Blessings,


Sunday, September 21, 2014

We're having a great season with our Walk on the Wild Side participants! Soon to be Walk on the Wild Side Graduates!

Due to our involvement in assisting The Kingfisher Interpretive Centre get back on its feet after the big debris flood last May, we have postponed delivering any additional classes this year. Now that KICS is getting back to normal, we anticpate offering a Colds and Flu workshop sometime in October/November as well as getting back in the field with some Plant Studies.

We're giving away a private Plant Walk for up to four people at the KICS Salmon Sensation Fundraiser/Dinner this Sat, Sept 27. You need to attend the dinner to bid on the walk so perhaps we'll see you there.

Stayed tuned for more!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Winter Greetings Plant Lovers!

This is just a wee post to let you know we are pleased to be offering our original "Walk on the Wild Side" certificate program this year. You can head on over to the Certificate Programs to read all about it.

We love this course and we know you will love it too!

Sunday, December 22, 2013