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Seminars, events, and items of interest related to herbal medicine are posted below. Do you have an event you would like to share? Contact us to have your event listed here. (Please note that all listings are subject to Board approval). 

 

OHA Member Events

Wednesday
Sep212016

May

May 24: Making Herbal Dream Pillows Workshop with Dee Gauthier, RH

Please join us at Tincture and Tonic apothecary for an evening of Dream Pillow knowledge and creating!

In this class, we will learn of various herbs and their uses in regards to creating dream pillows. Then we will construct our own little dream pillows for use at home. Learn the folklore, magical, and practical uses of herbs used to fill dream pillows while enjoying tea and using our sewing skills.

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Tincture and Tonic Apothecary, Toronto, Ontario. 2247 Dundas St. W, just south of Bloor, just north of Roncesvalles.

Cost: $35

Pre-registration is required, space is limited.

To register, please email herbs@tinctureandtonic.ca or call: 416  532 7042

 

 

May 25: Herbal Medicine for Our Changing Times - A Practical Herb Course presented by John Redden, RH

Beginning on May 25th the class will meet one Thursday a week from 6:30PM to 8:30PM  until October 5th, 2017, 20 weeks total.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE ARE:

*To guide participants through one entire growing season, in order to learn about and experience the planting, tending, and harvesting of approximately 25 medicinal plants which grow readily in Ontario. Students will participate in a group garden provided by the teacher and they may grow some plants at home in their own gardens.
 
*To discuss the medicinal uses of these plants & about 25 more local wild herbs. To learn by doing, how to prepare and use the various remedies they provide; to address concerns about the appropriateness of herbal medicine for our time and the importance of ecological sustainability.

*To learn how to use the herbs safely and appropriately for the improvement of personal health and the health of the ecosystem.

The garden will be available for tending and harvesting on days not scheduled for class.  Elective group gardening time and herb walks will be scheduled in, according to student/teacher availability over the summer. Herb walks around Ontario will take place spring, summer, and fall.

Students will keep an assortment of tinctures, salves, syrups, creams and fermented foods that they have manufactured during class time.

Date: Starting Thursday, May 25th, until October 5th.

Time: Thursdays at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Viriditas Herbal Products, Toronto, Ontario. 2775 Dundas St. West, Suite 108 (2 blocks East of Keele) and High Park Garden.

Tuition: $800.00, which will cover lectures, class notes (efiles), herb walks, gardening time, herb products and food products. Payment may be made in quarters ($200/month for 4 months) by contacting directly at: 416-767-3428.

(Participants must enroll for all sessions.) Enrollment will be limited to about 30 Students. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded at the end of classes. There will be no refunds after the first full class. Missed classes may be made up in the following year. Continuing Education Credits may be applicable for professionals.

Friday
Mar032017

June

June 24: Making Sun Care Products Workshop with Monika Ghent, RH

 In this fun, interactive and informative workshop you will learn the art of making your own effective, natural sunblocks, SPF lip balms and after sun care prodcuts with no toxic compromises using only 100% natural and organic ingredients.

The workshop covers:

  • What is SPF?
  • An introduction to many different herbal products such as base oils, essential oils, butters, herbs, etc. that have natural SPF.
  • How to make everyday, light sunblock and stronger sunblock for more intense sun exposure.
  • How to make SPF lip balms including tinted lip balms using natural pigments.
  • After sun care: how to heal your skin when you've gotten too much sun.
  • Facial repair serums: what natural substances can be used to reverse sun damage.
  • We'll also be covering equipment, storage and presevation.

This workshop will include both lectures and demonstrations. Participants will receive samples of products that are prepared during during the workshop as well as informative, detailed handouts including lots of recipes.

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: Living Earth School, Maple, Ontario.

Tuition: $125 which includes all material fees, handouts and samples.

To register, please go to www.livingearthschool.ca under Workshops.

If you have any questions, please contact Lianna at lianna@livingearthschool.ca

In this fun, interactive and informative workshop you will learn the art of making your own effective, natural sunblocks, SPF lip balms and after sun care products with no toxic compromises using only 100% natural and organic ingredients.

 

The workshop covers:

 

  • What is SPF?

  • An introduction to many different natural products such as base oils, essential oils, butters, herbs, etc. that have natural SPF.

  • How to make everyday, light sunblock and stronger sunblock for more intense sun exposure.

  • How to make SPF lip balms including tinted lip balms using natural pigments.

  • After sun care: how to heal your skin when you’ve gotten too much sun.

  • Facial repair serums: what natural substances can be used to reverse sun damage.

  • We’ll also be covering equipment, storage and preservation.


This workshop will include both lectures and demonstrations. Participants will receive samples of products that are prepared during the workshop as well as informative, detailed handouts including lots of recipes.

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: Living Earth School, Maple, Ontario.
Cost: $125 which includes all material fees, handouts and samples.

 

To register, please go to www.livingearthschoolonline.ca under workshops.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Lianna at liana@livingearthschool.ca.

Wednesday
Mar082017

July

July 30 - Aug 4: Spirit of Herbs with Michael Vertolli, RH

 

Although the conventional belief is that the vast wealth of knowledge of the medicinal uses of herbs that has been accumulated by traditional cultures around the globe has resulted from trial and error, the truth is that much of this knowledge and wisdom has come from a more intuitive source. The ability to directly connect with the many beings with whom we share the Earth, including plants, has long been considered one of the most important attributes of traditional healers. In the last few centuries, reductionism, rationalism and materialism have come to characterize the philosophy that underlies Western medical dogma. This has also had a significant influence on the practice of herbalism. The focus of the curricula of many herbal schools has shifted to the study of the pharmacological properties of chemical constituents of herbs as demonstrated in animal, in vitro and human clinical studies. As a result, the intuitive side of herbalism has been largely forgotten at a great cost to our effectiveness as healers. To truly master the art and science of herbalism it is necessary to develop both its intellectual and intuitive elements and find a balance between the two so that each supports and enhances the other.

There are many theories that have been proposed to explain the intuitive aspects of herbalism, however, it can not be fully understood intellectually and must be directly experienced. The Spirit of Herbs workshops are intended to help participants to obtain this experience and ultimately to be able to integrate it into their daily lives and healing practice, for those who have chosen such a path.

Although the content of these workshops may be practiced by individuals of any philosophy or faith, it does require an open-minded attitude. Some people may have difficulty accepting some of the views that are expressed. Anyone who is concerned about this should enquire further before enrolling in any of these workshops.

The Spirit of Herbs workshops are not intended to initiate you into the practice of shamanism although they do include some practices that are common to many shamanic traditions. The shamanic path is a life-long commitment. To be initiated into this path requires many years of intensive apprenticeship. This can not be accomplished in a few short workshops.

The Spirit of Herbs is a six day intensive workshop that focuses on the energetic and intuitive elements of herbalism. It will help you to expand your awareness of herbs and Nature. This workshop includes a variety of meditation and attunement exercises that will help you to experience a greater awareness of and connection with all aspects of the natural world, and to develop your ability to intuit medicinal and energetic information directly from plants. The remainder of the workshop provides the theoretical background and guidelines to help you to integrate this knowledge and experience into your daily life. You will also learn how to make and work with flower essences.

The information and techniques used in this workshop are based on a unique synthesis that draws upon the philosophy and practices of North American and Eastern healing traditions.

Space is limited. It is best to register early as the workshop often fills up.

Date: Sunday July 30 to Friday August 4, 2017

Time: 10am – 5pm

Location: Maple Sweet, Rocklyn, Ontario

Tuiton: $850

Food and Accommodations: The fee for the workshop includes the cost of meals and accommodations. The meals are mostly vegetarian and organic as much as possible. Indoor accommodations consist of shared rooms that sleep two persons. Occasionally single rooms are available. Tenting is also an option.

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.livingearthschool.ca/coursedescriptions.html#SOH1

To enroll, please go to Registration at Living Earth School www.livingearthschool.ca under Workshops.

Thursday
Dec312020

Ongoing Events

Kathleen Leeson

The Wisdom of Plants Herbal Apprenticeship Program Fun & Practical Introductory Herbal and Traditional Healing Education with Kathleen Leeson RH, is open to anyone over 15 years of age and both genders are welcome.


Susan Elliotson: Pick-Your-Own Herbs

From time to time throughout the season, there is an excess of herbs for harvesting. Check here for details of the herbs and their readiness.


Penelope Beaudrow

The Science and Art of Herbalism Home Study Course

Last Tuesday of each month (Sept thru May) 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Dogwood & Brambles Farm.

The Science & Art of Herbalism Home Study Course emphasizes self-care, home health, and self-reliance. More than any one system of healing, herbalism offers a low cost alternative to health care. This self-empowering joyful course is recognized as one of the best home study courses available on this subject. Written by Rosemary Gladstar (40 years of herbal wisdom) and facilitated by Penelope Beaudrow (20 + years of herbal wisdom).

The Science & Art of Herbalism guides you into the very heart of herbalism. It instills in the student both the necessary skills to practice this ancient healing art as well as a profound understanding of the spirit and essence of herbalism. Penny is your instructor throughout this course, bringing a wealth of herbal knowledge, excellent training skills, and a passionate love of herbs to this course. Written in an inspiring and joyful manner, The Science & Art of Herbalism  was designed specifically for students requesting a systematic, in-depth study of herbs but who were unable to attend full time residential herb programs. It contains a depth of knowledge and a lively student/teacher interaction seldom found in home study courses.

Though it thoroughly instills in the student the practical skills necessary to practice herbal home health care, it doesn’t ignore the rich spirit and essence of herbalism. The heart of this course is the development of a deep personal relationship with the plant world.

Course Includes:

  • Ten lessons in a beautiful, specially designed course binder
  • Correction of all homework
  • Certificate upon completion

Each lesson will have herbs that must be purchased for study purposes (materia medica).  The Ginkgo Tree will prepare small quantities to keep costs down for students.

For more information please visit The Ginkgo Tree


The Living Centre

Medicinal Herb Walks
Forest Garden Tours


Living Earth School of Herbalism

Online Distance Learning Courses
Living Earth School of Herbalism provides quality education in Western herbalism and related subjects for those who wish to pursue a career as a professional herbalist or who want to learn about herbs and herbal medicine for their own general interest. Living Earth is now offering online distance learning courses. The first online courses are Healing With Herbs and the Introductory Class of Herbal Field Studies. Students may enrol at any time and work at their own pace. For more information or to register visit the Programs & Curriculum and Registration sections of the Living Earth website. You can also like the Living Earth Facebook Page to be informed as more courses become available.

Living Earth Herbal Field Studies Field Workshops
This is a series of seven full-day outdoor field workshops running monthly from April to October. The online Introductory Class establishes the theoretical foundation for the field workshops and provides an excellent overview of wild plant identification and ethical wild-harvesting. It is useful to any herbal student or herb enthusiast who wants to develop a more intimate knowledge of wild herbs. There is no prerequisite necessary to take the Introductory Class. The Introductory Class is a prerequisite for attending any of the field workshops. For more information or to register visit the Programs & Curriculum  and Registration sections of the Living Earth website.