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Book Signing Event for The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies

Good Living Options with Herbal Medicine

Join us for an experiential and informative talk on incorporating herbal medicine into your lifestyle. 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 from the newly released book, The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies. For more information on the book click here!front cover small

The book was inspired by the urgent need to recognize the value of mother earth and the gifts which she provides, especially plants – both serving as our foods and also our medicines and the importance of taking steps to maintain and preserve the health of the earth for our own wellbeing, and the continued accessibility of our healing plants for the health of generations in the future. There will be an opportunity to ‘sample the flavors’ of some gentle herbs  during this talk (so bring a spoon and a drinking mug!). Book signing will occur after the talk!

Authors Bio: Katolen Yardley, MNIMH ~ is a medical herbalist and nature knower with over 20 years of experience with herbal medicine. She specialises in womens health, digestive and skin conditions and has a private practice in Vancouver and Port Moody BC.  She believes in providing usable tools for healing through inspiration and education. Katolen teaches herbal medicine courses at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, Langara College,  and offers seminars and lectures to the general public. Katolen is a clinic supervisor of a Dominion Herbal College approved student training clinic. She is the Vice President of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA) and a second term President of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of BC (CHA of BC). Katolen is the author of the book – The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies (release date July, 2016). For 18 years appeared regularly on Global Televisions Ask An Expert News Segment – a nationally syndicated news program speaking about herbal medicine. Additional information can be viewed here.

Quotes of Praise for the Book:
“…. how refreshing to find a book on herbal medicine that readily acknowledges the sacredness of herbal medicine and its connection to the Divine. As much as the ‘science’ behind the art of herbal medicine is both valid and necessary, too many authors focus on the former, and ignore the latter. Thankfully, Katolen also illustrates how many herbs have food-like qualities and their specific ability to provide foundational phyto-nutrients to help address the many ailments that our bodies are subject to today. A wonderful book – both for the lay person to whom it is addressed, as well as the practicing herbalist.” – Richard DeSylva, RH, DNM (Registered Herbalist, Doctor of Natural Medicine), founder of THE HERB WORKS

“What a great book! It is full of little jewels and ‘sound bites’ of wisdom – both ancient and modern. Written from the experience of a Herbalist that has worked for many years in the trenches of clinical practice, while teaching enthusiastic students her skills and art. A must read for novices, with great formulas and programs for even experienced Herbalists. Well done Katolen.” – Terry Willard ClH, PhD. Clinical Herbalist and author of 12 books including the Wild Rose Herbal Textbook series and Flower Essences: Emotional Alchemy and Spiritual Evolution.

“This book, written by a practicing herbalist, is a treasure trove of useful information. From the actions of herbs to how to dose them safely and from household uses to clinical applications, there is something for everyone in these pages. With lots of recipes, clear instructions and a wealth of interesting tidbits, this is the herbal medicine book you have been waiting for. Beginner herbalists and experienced practitioners alike will find much of value here. ” – Chanchal Cabrera MSc, FNIMH, RH(AHG) -Medical Herbalist, Horticulture Therapist, Chair of Botanical Medicine, Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, Director, Gardens without Borders Biophilia Center and Botanic Gardens

Talk & Book Signing: Join Katolen Yardley, MNIMH ~ for an informative and experiential talk on herbal medicine and the launch of her new book: The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Medicine

Date: Wednesday April 5, 2017Good Liv Guide Box
Time: 6:30- 8 pm
Cost: Free – Seating is limited
Bring a spoon and tea cup to participate!

Location: Free Talk & Book Signing at Banyen Books & Sound
Address: 3608 West 4 Ave Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6R 1P1
Map of Banyen Books: Book Signing Location


Parque Ecologico Historico Cuevas, Cabarete, Dominican Republic

A recent trip to the Dominican Republic led me to a gem of an experience and full adventure afternoon. I discovered the Parque Ecologico Historico Cuevas near the town of Cabarete. While the goal was to visit underground stalactites and stalagmites crystal rock formations found in  caves deep inside a mountain; the trek quickly became an herbalists ideal garden walk as our guide took the time to chat about local growing plants and herbs nearby, I was in my element!

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quicksandOur tour (just us and our guide) began with some meandering around quick sand, which our guide called fast mud as we learned some history about the parque, originally established by the man whose name is carved into the rock, John Dittrich. We nibbles on the tart fruit of almonds before opening to savor the almond meat inside and munched on scented leaves of medicinal plants, taking time to admire moringa, noni, verbena, lemongrass, bitter orange, hibiscus, caoba and tiny pineapple and papaya plants and other medicinal plants along our path.

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Finally we arrived at the caves, the bowl shaped Voodoo cave was the first, after admiring the impressive throne once used for ceremonies and above our heads, hanging roots of trees determined to find moisture, we put on our hard hats and turned on flashlights to meander down hundreds of steps into the dark caves.

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I was in awe – the stalagmite formations are simply incredible, such a stunning creation of nature. Crystal spheres, rounded shapes, we entered a room where clear water beckoned at our feet, our guide said there is a saying… that to swim in the water of the underground caves one would merge with the spirit of the Dominican Republic and develop healing capacities! HA! Of course I had to take a quick dip! The water was clean, clear and refreshing and apparently travels from cave to cave in connected underground  streams. We also ventured into the Museum cave, and the crystal cave where we gently tapped on the stalagmite formations like crystal glassware – creating various harmonic tunes  echoing throughout the cave. A tiny frog sang back. The last part of our tour was a stop at an open cave and watering hole where I again took a refreshing swim. Men with machetes were working outside the cave clearing the path.



** note these 3 photos of the caves are NOT my photos (in the humidity all my underground photos were sadly blurry)- these 3 cave photos were  borrowed from the internet – and and


For more information on the caves and a beautiful short video visit The Cuevas de Cabarete in Puerto Plata.  I highly and enthusiastically recommend the tour – our guide was amazing and the caves are impressive beyond words! The Tour is locally run and more tours are in the works of 4 (17)

There was some mix up on our arrival – (humor is important while travelling) -the location is in the Parque Nacional El Choco, so when we told our motorcycle guide please take us to “El Choco” he was unclear of the destination, taking us first on a ride on the highway to Sosua. The road and entry point to the Caves is actually by the traffic light in Cabarete, just outside of town, walking distance actually from the town centre. Later we understood that an entire area of land (75 km?)  is the National Park, El Chocho with numerous entrances- one near Sosua; with the underground caves, las cuevas, being at the other end of the park closer to Cabarete.

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