The Art of Herbal Medicine Making



Dive into the art of herbal medicine making and learn how to prepare herbal teas, herbal vinegars, a medicinal salve and infused oil. An instruction booklet will be provided. Learn of the action and medicinal application of herbs used in class for first aid. In this class participants will:

  • learn how to prepare and sample an herbal tea infusion and understand the difference between an infusion and decoction
  • lean how to prepare an infused oil and the various applications for an oil
  • observe the preparation of a herbal salve and take home a small container of medicinal salve
  • prepare and take home a 250ml of medicinal and culinary herbal vinegar

Participants should bring one clean wide mouthed class container (approx 250 or 300ml) with tightly fitting lid, a pen, and a tea cup for sampling tea. Copies of The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies will be available for purchase for $ 25.

About the Instructor

Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of clinical and herbal medicine making experience in private practice in Vancouver, BC. She enjoys providing usable tools for optimal health through inspiration and education. She is the author of the “Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies” (August 2016) and current president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of British Columbia. She is a clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College and adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic College and offers seminars to the general public. Visit www.katolenyardley.com for more information

Date and Time

Saturday, November 2 , 2019 from 9 am – 12:00 pm (3 hours)

Location: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group, Vancouver BC

Cost: $ 95 plus GST

Space is limited- prepayment and pre registration required to save your spot. Email: info@alchemyelixir.com or call 604 683 2298 to pre register. Location address and details will be provided upon registration.

Herbs for Women’s Health

This introduction to herbal medicine specifically for women’s health will cover common herbs for reproductive wellness through all phases of a woman’s life. We will discuss medicinal properties and administration routes of these plants, as well as some recent scientific studies, while we sample some herbal products. Instructor: Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) – Medical Herbalist. Date: January 28, 2019. Time 7-9 pm. Location VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Vancouver BC. Contact the continuing education coordinator to register: 604-718-5898.

Herbal Powders: Healthy Herbal Medicine Recipes

Discover how to get the nutritional and healing benefits of herbs into your diet with delicious recipes using finely milled plant material like leaves, bark, flowers and berries. Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) – Medical herbalist will discuss the benefits of various herbal powders, and the actions of tonic and adaptogen plants. Together we will create and sample herbal energy power balls, herbal immune enhancing hummus, and delicious herbal fudge dessert.

Date: Oct. 19, 2019 | 10 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Vancouver BC
5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1

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Learning the Basics of Herbal Medicine

Join us for an experiential and informative talk on incorporating herbal medicine into your lifestyle with Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist. This talk offers gems for new and seasoned herbalists alike! We will discuss some back-to-nature home remedies and effective herbal medicines (including kitchen vegetables, spices, well known herbal medicines and wild plants) for common family health issues and ways of using herbal medicines in your home for common first aid, topical application and medicinal use.

Gambier Island Herbal Medicine Making 2019

3rd Gambier Island Herbal Medicine Making Retreat with Katolen Yardley, MNIMH

  • Saturday July 13 until Sunday July 14, 2019
    Partake in a 1 full day Medicine Making weekend with an option of camping overnight on an off the grid property.
  • Learn about local medicinal plants through a herb walk in majestic rainforest and meadow land.
  • Take a water taxi to a stunning quiet Island to learn about herbal medicine making.
  • Enjoy the local animals on property and the gorgeous view overlooking Howe Sound.
  • Collect medicinal and garden edibles for salad and sip on forest chai tea throughout the day.
  • Prepare herbal medicine recipes and learn how to incorporate various local plants herbs as foods and medicine.
  • Join Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist & host Sharon Brown-Horton for this informative workshop
  • Price Includes: 1 day of teaching from 10 am until after 5 pm
    plus 1 hour botany introduction, herb walk & ocean time option and free time to explore on second day.
  • Day 1: Dive into Medicine Making and learn how to prepare lavender whipped body butter, herbal infused oil, herbal snack (power balls) and wild flower herbal sun infusions, a medicinal lip balm, immune vinegar, herbal honey, wild forest chai. Learn medicinal use of local plants.
  • Day 2: Visit to ocean, meandering on a nature walk, reading and enjoying the serene space, optional 1 hour introduction to botany and plant meditation.
  • Introductory Herb identification & Plant family recognition and Wildcrafting considerations will be covered.
  • There will be an option to purchase Katolen’s recent book The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies for $ 25.
Herbal Medicine Making Weekend  
Date: Saturday July 13 &  return home at end of day OR option to camp overnight Sunday July 14, 2017.  Rain or shine!  
Prepayment required. Space is limited –to reserve now.
1 Full Day Medicine Making: $ 145 + GST
Glamping Accommodation: $ 40
Plus  Water Taxi to island = $ 45 Total: $ 237.25
Email: info@katolenyardley.com      
More information provided upon registration. RSVP and prepayment to assure your spot as space is limited! * Limited space is available for & participants to attend the medicine making class July 13 and camp overnight heading home Sunday July 14 around 4 pm. For more information email: info@katolenyardley.com
Katolen Yardley, MNIMH is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of teaching, clinical and medicine making experience. www.katolenyardley.com for more information and our host and Thai Massage Instructor Sharon Brown Horton
Chamomile on Gambier Island

Herbs for Digestion

This informative talk will cover how certain herbal medicines can assist digestive health through various actions. Explore the benefits of some common spices and carminative rich herbs, and understand the effects of bitter and demulcent herbs. Participants will sample a digestive tea and demulcent mixture and will take home a small bag of a carminative digestive spice blend. Instructor: Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG)

Copies of The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies available for $25.

For more information about Katolen visit: www.katolenyardley.com

To stay informed of upcoming classes join our Facebook page: Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist

Date: Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 7 pm – 9 pm

Cost: Van Dusen Members: $31.50 | General Public: $35

Resource person: Adult Education Coordinator, 604-718-5898

Location: VanDusen Guides Classroom | 5151 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1

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Cosmetic-Making for Mothers’ Day with Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist

Create natural body care products for yourself or as a Mother’s Day Gift. This fun workshop is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Participants will each prepare a lip balm, bath balm fizzer, and a honey coconut oil body scrub to take home. Join Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) as you learn about the cosmetic benefits of certain plants and create fun body care products.

Katolens book, the Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies will be available for purchase at the class.

For more information about Katolen visit: www.katolenyardley.com

To stay informed of upcoming classes join our Facebook page: Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist

Date: Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 10 am – 12:30 pm

Cost: Van Dusen Members: $49.50 | General Public: $55

Resource person: Adult Education Coordinator, 604-718-5898

Location: VanDusen Guides Classroom | 5151 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1

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Medicinal Plant Walks at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens

Meander through VanDusen Garden with Medical Herbalist, Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) to identify flowers, herbs, shrubs, trees, and weeds while discussing their medicinal properties. Notice seasonal plants and learn folklore and common applications for these plants traditionally used for medicines. Meet at the Visitors Centre and enter the Garden as a group. Bring a notebook, pen, and camera (optional). Wear good walking shoes, bring water and dress for the weather, as the entire class is spent outdoors.

Herb Walk with Katolen Yardley at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens

For more information about Katolen visit: www.katolenyardley.com

To stay informed of upcoming classes join our Facebook page: Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist

3 Different Class Dates: Saturday | June 1, 2019 | 1 pm – 3 pm: Register:

Wednesday | July 17, 2019 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Register:

Saturday | August 10, 2019 | 10 am – 12 pm: Register:

Cost is for ONE herb walk date only. Register separately for all 3 dates- as different plants will be covered during each herb class.

Cost for One class: Van Dusen Members: $27 | General Public: $30

Resource person: Adult Education Coordinator, 604-718-5898

Location: VanDusen Guides Classroom | 5151 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1

Van Dusen Gardens: Herbal Medicine 102: Energetics of Herbal Medicines

In this interactive talk, Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) – Medical Herbalist will teach you about the energetics of plant medicine, and give you tools to incorporate herbal medicine into your life. This class can be taken as a continuation from Herbal Medicine 101 at a discount, or may be taken on its own. Enjoy sampling the flavours of gentle herbs, and explore the effects of herbal remedies based on taste, touch, and sight in the garden. Dress for the weather and a 20 minute garden walk during class. Copies of The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies available for $25.

For more information about Katolen visit: www.katolenyardley.com

To stay informed of upcoming classes join our Facebook page: Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist

Date: Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 7 pm – 9 pm

Cost: Van Dusen Members: $31.50 | General Public: $35

Location: VanDusen Guides Classroom | 5151 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1

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Herbal Medicine 101: An Intro to the Use of Herbal Remedies

Date: Tuesday | April 2 | 7 pm – 9 pm

Join Medical Herbalist, Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH ( AHG) for an informative talk on incorporating herbal remedies into your lifestyle, for new and seasoned herbalists alike. Discover the basics of using herbs for your health with home remedies, herbal medicines, topical applications, and preparations. Leave class with common terminology, tools to identify some local medicinal plants, and natural applications for common first aid and general health issues. Available at a discount purchased with Herbal Medicine 102. Copies of The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies available for $25.

For more information about Katolen visit: www.katolenyardley.com

To stay informed of upcoming classes join our Facebook page: Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist

Start Date: Tuesday, April 2 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Cost: Members: $31.50 | General Public: $35

Resource person: Adult Education Coordinator, 604-718-5898

Location: VanDusen Guides Classroom | 5151 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1

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