Classes 2018

"Winter Wellness/Colds and Flu Treatment and Strategies" 
Sunday, Dec 2 10 am - 4 pm
Join us for one of our most popular and important workshop sever ! We'll discuss the Winter Wellness and how to create immune and respiratory. We will discuss the cold and flu virus and  create a number of herbal products to serve you and your family during the cold and flu season both to create immune and respiratory resiliency and treat and ease a number of cold and flu symptoms such as coughs, fevers, sinus congestion and more.
Workshop Topics include:
Winter Wellness: Building immune and respiratory resilience with foods, herbs and lifestyle choices
Viruses: What you need to know about them
Colds and Flus:  Prevention and treatment strategies for coughs, fevers, sinus congestion  using herbs, foods and lifestyle choices
Make and Take Home Winter Wellness and Cold/Flu Buster home care kit including:
Immune Building Tonic
Fever Fighter Tea

Vapour Balm
Cough Syrup
Throat Lozenges
De-congesting Bath Salts
A nourishing, immune building lunch will be provided.

This is a workshop "intensive" which means this workshop is packed with information including the take home remedies and a detailed 20 page handout. Cost is $125. Special Discount: Participants in the Conifer class last Sunday are eligible for a $15 discount towards this workshop.
Location: Riverside Community Hall,  3784 Trinity Valley Road, Enderby, BC. Pre-registration is required by way of email transfer, cheque or cash. Email us at or call 250 838 6777 for more information and to register.

The Baby Herbalist is measuring out some Red Clover blossoms to add to his personal cough syrup blend. That's how simple making it is to make your own Herbal Medicines!

Sunday, November 25 10 am - 3 pm
Join us for a full and fun day of Conifer medicine and food uses.
Our day will start with a foray into the Interior Cedar Hemlock Rainforest where we will get up close and personal and identify and talk all about the major species of conifers in the Shuswap including ~ Western Red Cedar ~ Western Hemlock ~ Douglas Fir ~ Pines ~ Larch ~ Spruce and Pacific Yew. We should have an opportunity to do some "gleaning".
Following our foray we will return to the kitchen and learn how to make a variety of conifer medicines - teas/decoctions, oils, salves, tinctures, honeys, hydrosols as well as some culinary applications.
Spoiler Alert: Conifers can be made into wonderful heart felt gift products !
This is a "make and take" class so participants will have two medicines to take home from the class.
Meet at the Riverside Community Hall, 3784 Trinity Valley Road, Enderby, BC. Please arrive by 9:45 for a 10 am start. Bring a bag lunch and we will supply tea and goodies. Dress warm, wear good foot wear and bring a sturdy bag for gleaning and two jars.
Cost is $75. Includes foray and play in the forest, gleaning, demonstration and lecture, two make and take home products and detailed handouts of Cedar and Pine. Pre-registration is required by way of email transfer, cheque or cash. Email or call 250 838 6777.
Douglas Fir ~ new growth in Spring

Elderberry Plant Study 

Sat Sept 29 1 ~ 4 pm

Elder berries and flowers are a long standing, tried and true remedy and prophylactic to treat colds and flu. Indeed, there are many placebo controlled and blind studies proving the efficacy of Elder in reducing the symptoms and duration of the Influenza types A and B.

"In one placebo-controlled, double-blind study conducted by Israeli virologist Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, 93.3% of the people taking an elderberry preparation reported significant improvement in influenza symptoms within 2 days of starting it, compared with the 6 days it took for the placebo group to see improvement.

In another randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study performed in Norway, researchers gave either a placebo syrup or elderberry syrup to patients who reported having flu-like symptoms for less than 48 hours. The results were similar to Dr. Mumcuoglu’s results. On average, the patients who received the elderberry syrup saw relief of symptoms 4 days earlier than the group that received the placebo syrup. As an added benefit, the patients in the elderberry syrup group reported taking significantly fewer over-the-counter medications in hopes of symptom relief.

Researchers also have found that people who have taken elderberries have higher levels of antibodies against the influenza virus, showing that not only may the berry be able to treat flu symptoms, it may also be able to prevent influenza infection." 

With cold and flu season just around the corner, you will indeed want to ally with Elder and prepare your own delicious Elderberry syrup and we'll show you just how to do that.

If that weren't enough....Euell Gibbons coined the phrase "The Medicine Chest of the Common People" and in 1664 a book called "The Anatomie of the Elder", dedicated entirely to the virtues of Elder was translated from Latin into English. The author sings the praises of the Eldertree in no less than 230 pages. The booklet became so popular that it ran through several editions in both the English and the Latin version.

Antiviral, Adaptogenic, Antioxidant, Nutritive tonic, Restorative...these are just a few of Elder's attributes!

Oh...but there's more! 

If you'd like to meet Elder up close and personal and learn more about her healing Medicine and Magic (there's lots of magic in the Edler Mor) join us:
Sat Sept 23 1 pm - 4:30 pm Cost: $50
Class size will be limited so pre-registration is required via e-transfer or cheque. (if you are paying by e-transfer please ensure you have provide me with the answer to the security question)
Email Phone 250 838 6777

Class will include a "make and take" Elder preparation, sampling of Elder yumminess and a detailed handout with all the information and lots of recipes.

Local Elder species: Sambucus cearulea

Oregon Grape Root Plant Study Sunday Sept 23 1 - 4 

Oregon Grape Root is one of our most important medicinal plants, that could even potentially save your life due to it's wide spectrum anti microbial properties as a broad spectrum antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral properties.Oregon Grape Root has been used traditionally for centuries to treat a wide variety of conditions including: skin conditions such psoriasis, eczema, acne; diabetes; digestive disorders and diseases from constipation to dysentery and more. 

We will venture out in the woods to identify two of our indigenous species ~ Mahonia repens, Mahonia aquifolium and Mahonia repens (as well as where you can find Oregon Grape in an urban landscape - spoiler alert - pretty much everywhere due to the drought tolerant features); ethical harvesting; discussion on medicinal properties and preparations. Includes a detailed handout.

Time permitting we may look at some other medicinal plants and roots.

This will be an outdoor class so please come dressed appropriately. 
Time: 1 - 4 pm approx Date Sunday Sep 23. Cost: $45
Pre registration and pre pay payment is appreciated. 
Email or call 250 838 6777
Update Sept 21 - Only one spot left for this class on Sunday

My favourite Oregon Grape species ~ Mahonia nervosa

Rose Hip Plant Study  Sunday Sept 9 ~ 1 - 4 pm
We'll be discussing botany, ecology, history, lore, ethical wild crafting and the therapeutic and culinary properties and preparation of this local abundant fruit. This is a "make and take" class so participants will make and take away a nourishing mineral rich, immune building Rose Hip vinegar tonic. And...because we firmly believe in "food as medicine" we'll sample some delicious rose hip/apple crisp while sipping spiced Rose Hip infusion. Medicine never tasted so good!

Cost: $45 includes a detailed Rose Hip monograph with tons of recipes. Pre-registration and pre-payment required via e-transfer, cheque, cash or pay pal.

Also coming up in this series: Elderberry; Fall Roots ~ Dandelions, Burdock, Yellow Dock; Conifers ~ Pine, Cedar, Fir.
Rose Hip Harvest

Coming soon/Sneak Peak:

Medicine Making series:
I'll be offering another weekend medicine making series covering water based preparations, vinegars, tinctures, honeys, oils and salves. Participants will take home a variety or herbal products to start or add to their own herbal apothecary. This class is a must if you are interested in making your own, high quality herbal medicines. And why wouldn't you :)
Date: October (specific date tbd...stay tuned)
Cost for the weekend: $175. Includes Handouts and Make and Take Home remedies.

Wise Women Wellness Intensive Workshop series:
I'll be offering a series of classes specifically tailored to women: Self Care; Bone; Breast; Reproductive; Mental/Nervous system; Skin care. All classes will include lecture and demonstrations with an overview of each system of the systems being studied; wise women ways - nourishment, lifestyle, herbs and foods - for vibrant good health; herbal Materia Medica. Classes will include lunch and make and take home products. I will be offering a discount if take all of the classes. 
Cost: $100 per class. Time: 10:00 - 4:30. All classes include nourishing and delicious lunch, beverages, snacks and a variety or make and take home products and a detailed handout/booklet. Dates still to be determined but will most likely be once or twice a month beginning this Fall.

Winter Wellness & Herbs for Colds and Flu:
This has been one of most popular classes ever! If there is one class and only one class you can take this is it! In this "all inclusive" class  we'll discuss foods, herbs and lifestyle strategies to create immune and respiratory resiliency as well as treatment protocols for dealing with colds, flus - fevers, coughs, sore throat etc. Participants will make and take home a complete "winter wellness" care kit.
Cost: $100. 10 - 4 pm. Includes an Immune Building lunch and a detailed handout/booklet with lots of remedies and recipes. (The remedies you "make and take" home are well over the $100 value of the course itself.)
Date is still to be scheduled this Fall (Oct/Nov) 

Herbal Learning Series:
I plan to offer a variety of Herbal Learning seminars this Winter 2019 covering basic topics such as: Materia Medica (Herbs); Using Herbs Simply and Safely; Actions; Energetics and lots more.

I'll be kicking off this series with a seminar on "Amazing Adaptogens". Adaptogens have become quite "trendy" and are popping up in snacks, drinks (including cocktails) and even restaurants. In this seminar we'll discuss exactly what Adaptogens are and what they aren't; what they can and can't do and how to get the most out of Adaptogen herbs. As always, we'll be tasting, "making and taking". 

I'll be posting more information re: dates and course content soon. You can send me an email or give me a call to let me know what you're interested in.

Medicine Making and Plant Immersion Weekend
June 23, 24
Mabel Lake Hall, Lumby
Cost: $225

Important notice for Medicine Making and Plant Immersion Participants!

The new venue for the Medicine Making and Plant Immersion is the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre. KIC is a beautiful site 25 km east of Enderby on the banks of the Shuswap River (on Mabel Lake Rd approx a 25 min drive from Enderby). The site has a rich and diverse flora and home to a Chinook salmon hatchery and environmental education centre. Here's a link

There is a well run and well kept forestry camp ground - Cooke Creek - adjacent to KIC for those who might want to camp over. A 5 min easy walking trail connects KIC to the campground.

Join us for a weekend of hands on, heart felt and experiential Herbal Immersion! Ditch your phone app, turn off your computer and come with us and let the plants be our teachers!This is going to be an intimate, up close and personal weekend with non stop herbal goodness.

Learn how to identify a variety of local plants for food and medicine. Learn how to make your own high quality herbal medicines and save hundreds of dollars!
Gain confidence in using your herbal medicines safely, efficiently and effectively! You will, in fact, be amazed and delighted to discover how easy it is to make your own herbal medicines!

Weekend includes plant walks and talks, forest bathing, lectures, demonstrations,creating herbal community with other plant lovers,  detailed handouts and so much more.

Topics covered will include:
Bio-Regional Herbalism
Wild crafting/Wild gathering:
 Definition, Guidelines and How to's, Ethics and Stewardship

Harvesting and Processing:
 Harvesting for Quality, Tools and Tips, Optimum Harvesting times, Proper  
 Drying, Packaging and Storing

Perfect time to harvest Coltsfoot. The Baby Herbalist says "Take only what you need."
Medicine Making:
 Supplies and Equipment
 Menstrums: Water based preparations, Oils and Salves, Tinctures,Vinegars, 

Using Herbs Simply and Safely: 
Spectrum of Therapeutics
 Herbal Actions and Specific Therapeutics
Strategies to develop practical skills and confidence
 Dosages, Side effects

A jar, some water, some good herbs and The Baby Herbalist makes a special cough tea just for him!
How easy is that!

Plant Identification:
 Resources: field guides, loupes, natural indicators
 Field IDBotanical features and patterns
Sensing, Energetics and Signatures

Proper Identification is so important. Yup...5 petals...5 sepals...many stamens. It's a Rose! 
Pre-registration required. Deposit of $50 will hold your spot. Full payment required by June 18. See Purchase Classes page for how to pay. Upon receipt of full payment you will receive handouts in advance of the class and more information about supplies etc. No refunds.

Time: Sat 10 am - 5 pm Sun 9 am - 4 pm Place: Kingfisher Interpretive Centre 2550 Mabel Lake Rd, Enderby Pre registration required: email Phone: 250 838 6777

The most important ingredient: Love and Gratitude.

Nettle Plant Study ~ May 6 (Sunday) 
Nettle ~ Potent Healer, Deep Nourisher and Powerful Transformer! We will learn all about Nettle: botany and ecology; ethical wildcrafting; edible and medicinal use; preparation; history, traditional use, folklore and a whole lot more. We'll nosh on nettles, drink nourishing Nettle infusion and eat Nettle cake! Yes...Nettle cake! Interesting Nettle fact: Rudolph Steiner referred to Nettle as the "Green Heart of the World". Come find out why. Time: Sat 10 am - 5 pm Sun 9 am - 4 pm Place: Kingfisher Interpretive Centre 2550 Mabel Lake Rd, Enderby Pre registration required: email Phone: 250 838 6777

Violets ~ Nettles ~ Dandelions 
Plant Party
Saturday ~ May 5 ~ 10 am - 2 pm 
Riverside Community Hall 
The  Magic Nettle Forest

Join us this Saturday for a Plant Party extravaganza! We're offering not one, not two but three Plants in one plant walk! 

We'll hang out in the beautiful Magic Nettle Forest, nosh/nourish with Nettles, drink Violet potion and savour some Dandelions! Learn all about the magic and medicine gifts from these amazing plant allies and so much more!

Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday...hanging out with other cool, plant floral and animal friends? And the weather forecast is for warm and sunny!

Cost: $50 - a screamin' deal includes hands on learning, sipping potions, noshing nourishment, eating cake, medicine making demos and a whole lot more! 
Pre-register required by email , phone 250 838 6777. Pre payment appreciated.

Cottonwood Plant Study ~ Balm of Gilead Salve Making

Date: April 15 Sunday Time: 10 am - Noon  Place: Riverside Hall, Enderby
Cost: $40  $30 Spring time Special!

Last Call For Balm!

It's been a banner year for balm of gilead buds what with the heavy snow load this winter bringing down large sheds. The long freeze/thaw has also made for some potent medicine! 

Harvesting season is coming to an end so don't miss out!

Join us this Sunday for a Cottonwood Plant Study and learn all about the amazing gifts of Black Cottonwood. We'll talk about the crucial role this keystone species plays in the riparian ecosystem, learn about some very cool research being done around phytoremediation; talk about therapeutics, applications, sustainable harvesting, preparations and a whole lot more. You'll make and take home a beautiful all purpose balm of gilead healing salve. Weather permitting there will be a bud harvest. (Please bring a jar for the salve.) 


Date: April 19  Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  Cost: $40

Lichens are some of the most fascinating organisms on Earth. Not one, not two but three organisms living symbiotically with one another. 

Join us to learn all about the ecology, morphology, special characteristics - some lichens can withstand temps of -190 for a few hours and they can even survive unprotected in outer space - identification, traditional use, sustainable harvesting with a focus on Usnea as medicine. 

Bring a bag lunch and dress for an outdoor experience. Lichens are best viewed when the humidity is high so here's hoping for rain!

Cost: $40 Register: 250 838 6777

~One Plant At a Time Monthly Plant Studies~
Each month we will study one plant, focusing primarily on local plants in season. Each lesson will include a plant identification in the field, botany, ecology, history and lore, medicinal applications, food preparation/use and more.  Each class includes a "make and take home sample" and a detailed handout. These classes are super fun and a great way to begin your herbal learning!

Cost:     $40 per class
Time:     10:00 am -  12 pm
Dates:     TBA soon

Sample Schedule:
Jan: Cedar     Feb: Cacao      March: Balm of Gilead     April: Violets     
May: Dandelion; Nettle      June:   Rose     July:   Yarrow     Aug: Hawthorn 
Sept:  Elderberry    Oct: Rosehips    November: Oregon Grape Root 
December: Pine

~Medicine Making Series~
 Learn how to make and use your own high quality herbal medicines for fraction of the cost you pay for them in the store. Series includes:
A four part series on how to make and use your own high quality herbal medicines. Each class will include lecture, hands on demonstration, handouts.

Cost: $75 each class
Time: 10 am - 2  pm

Dates: TBA soon

Water Based Preparations:Easy to prepare, affordable and safe, water based preparations are endlessly versatile and my personal favourite when it comes to making medicines! We will learn how to prepare teas, infusions, decoctions, when  to use each preparation; cold/hot preparations; baths, washes, soaks, rinses and food uses. You will be amazed at the versatility and ease of preparing water based medicines.

Oils, Salves, Creams: 
Learn how to make herbal infused oils and then learn how to turn your herbal infused oil into a variety of wonderful healing products including herbal salves, creams and lotions! Your herbal oils and salves make wonderful gifts!

Tinctures, Vinegars, Oxymels, Elixers: 
We will learn how to prepare spirit based medicines, mineral rich, nourishing vinegars and delciously decadent (and medicinal) oxymels and elixers!

Honeys, Syrups, Glycerities, Electuaries: Indeed how sweet it is! Learn how to prepare a variety of Sweet Medicines that even the most grumpiest of palates will enjoy.

More Classes Coming Soon!
  • Herbal First Aid
  • Herbal Cosmetic Making
  • Wise Woman Ways For Health and Healing
  • A Walk in the Forest