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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

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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THE ART OF HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING

About this Workshop

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, April 20 | 9:00am – 12:00 pm (3 hours)

Location

UBC Farm

3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver BC

Cost

$95 ($87 student pricing) + GST

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HERBAL MEDICINE THROUGHOUT HISTORY

About this Workshop

Trace the use of herbal medicines throughout history and different cultures during this evening of storytelling and folklore. Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) ~ Medical Herbalist will discuss influential herbalists such as Hildegard, Galen and Hippocrates, and will focus on some important plants and their uses from traditional, to current scientific studies. Leave with a greater understanding of how plants play an important role in our society and health and leave with a greater appreciation of the meandering history of plant medicine. 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

Wednesday, April 10th | 6:30 – 9:00 pm (2.5 hours)

Location

UBC Farm

3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver BC

Cost

$35 ($30 student pricing) + GST

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BASICS OF HERBAL MEDICINE PART 2


About this Workshop

Join us for an experiential and informative talk on incorporating herbal medicine into your lifestyle through learning the energetic of plant medicine. This is a continuation of the learning the basics of herbal medicine talk – and we will be covering different herbs through accessing our senses and taste. This talk offers gems for new and seasoned herbalists alike! We will discuss some back-to-nature home remedies and effective herbal medicines will be an opportunity to ‘sample the flavours’ of some gentle herbs during this talk (so bring a spoon and a drinking mug!). 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 or join our Facebook page to stay informed of upcoming classes: Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist.

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm (2 hours)

Location

UBC Farm

3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver BC

Cost

$29 ($25 student pricing) + GST

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

BASICS OF HERBAL MEDICINE PART 1

About this Workshop

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 and ways of using herbal medicines in your home for common first aid, topical application and medicinal use. There will be an opportunity to ‘sample the flavours’ of some gentle herbs during this talk (so bring a spoon and drinking mug!). Copies of The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies will be available for purchase.

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

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm (2 hours)

Location: UBC Farm: 3461 Ross Drive, Vancouver BC

Cost: $29 ($25 student pricing) + GST

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

Considerations for Wildcrafing Herbal Medicines

Written by Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG)

Wild harvesting and a return to “foraging skills” has become very popular in recent times- essential it is recognizing the bounty of plants that mother earth provides. On one hand, it is fabulous that more people are learning skills in plant recognition and able to harvest the medicine they need, when they need it – plant medicine is essentially medicine for the people; supplied by mother earth.

      

Wild crafting is very cost effective (there is no markup on the product) and one has complete control over the quality of the medicine; knowing about all processes from start to finish. Perhaps wild crafting can raise awareness of the importance of caring for the earth – it is an ideal practice for those who have an interest in “getting back to the land”; If one spends time in nature, and harvests her yields, individuals may be more likely to care for the earth, recognizing that what we do to the earth, we do to ourselves. Pollution, clear cutting and the use of pesticides all impact the quality of our food and affect our health. Many people are disconnected from their food source and medicines;  we cannot  have high quality food if the soil the food is grown on is contaminated.

   

Here are some important considerations if one wants to begin wild crafting – many of which should be thought through prior to visiting the land and gathering the plants.

Wild crafting can be defined as a return to mother nature to gather the plant medicine which she herself provides. Plants should be harvested with care for the plant and concern the environment (plant sustainability, the ecosystem around and quality of the soil). Wild crafters return to the land to harvest their herbs, barks and roots- walking through undisturbed forests, meadows or hills. Ethical wild crafting is now an important consideration which ensures care for the environment, all of its inhabitants and the future supply of a plant.

     

Plants should always be harvested away from pollutants including: toxic rain pollution and soil which has been contaminated with pesticides or herbicides and ground run off . Take time to consider what is “up the hill from a harvest” as animal waste, toxic runoff flows down a hill to setting in and contaminate soil away from the original site of contamination.

Investigate the history of the land. Old train tracks, mining sites and garbage dumping sites are often the sites of soil contamination even decades after visible contamination has been removed. Harvests should be far from car fumes (carbon monoxide), gas fumes as well as animal waste. Do not harvest from designated parkland or private property.

Whenever possible read up and educate oneself about how to harvest a plant part without killing the plant. Sometimes this is not possible – as in the case of wild cherry bark for example – harvesting a lot of the bark can kill the entire tree. So instead consider venturing out after a wind storm and select the boughs that mother nature has herself discarded for your harvest.

If you are harvesting the aerial plant parts, Do not pull this plant out from its roots  instead have proper equipment, pruning shears to neatly clip some aerial parts-remember to leave enough of any one plant for it to go to seed or continuing sprouting through the growing season or the next year.

    

Do not take the first or the last plant – never ever overharvest. Plants need to be able to go to seed and also sustain other life of animals grazing on local nutritive plants for food. Pay attention to what is around the plant. Are bees flocking to this plant to assist with pollination? Many edible plants are also food for bears or deer. Some species grow on other plants – and disturbing their ecosystem may kill more than 1 plant.

Take only what you need– any typically this is far less than what our mind thinks.

Do no harm. Be aware of the environment one is harvesting from- the plant you are using for medicine has a home and is a part of other plant communities; animals and insects may depend on this plant for survival, nutrient uptake, and essential symbiotic relationships. Recognise that you are disturbing this delicate ecosystem. Take only what you need -less than 10 % of a plant grove, preferably in the middle of the grove; so not the first plant you find and certainly not the last one in the grove and leave NO TRACE that you were ever there.

Proper plant identification is essential- especially for some of those plant families containing toxic look alikes which are easily confused with a benign non toxic plant. Have 2-3 excellent plant identification references- preferable with photos to ensure that no mistaken identities occur. Become familiar with local green medicines (often common weeds)- they are numerous!

Do not harvest endangered or at risk herbs from nature, instead take the time and attempt to grow your own herbs- Growing plants on your own land- get creative- (a window sill or even community garden will suffice) and will  raise your respect for the delicate plants which are fighting in nature to survive both the elements of nature and enthusiastic harvesters. Some plants take 10-12 years to regrow – this is not sustainable. Chaga for example is a very popular medicinal mushroom which selectively grows on birch trees, it takes years to grow and harvesting the mushroom can often kill the tree it is grown on. Again not ideal – this is an example of an herb/ mushroom which is best purchased from a supplier who grown the mushrooms in grow labs.

    

Quality and processing of herbs: have the herb leaves been munched by other plant enthusiasts – insects? Is the plant part to use too young to harvest- in which leave it in the ground for another season. Young stalks, fresh vibrant green leaves contain the most vital medicine. Ensure you use the seasons to determine when to harvest certain plant parts. Roots, rhizomes are best harvested when the vital force is highest in the root – the fall and winter is this time. Leaves and aerial plant parts can be harvested through the spring and summer- however older or brown leaves are not vibrant. Is the herb too old?  – then leave it as an elder in the plant grove.

Gathering the plants is one consideration however processing and drying procedures are also a consideration. Many plants oxidize poorly when drying, and prefer to have lots of room to dry without coming into contact with other plant leaves. Other herbs stalks can be bound together and hung in a drying room with good air circulation. A dehydrator or drying rack can assist. Color should be vibrant, with a characteristic scent of the plant. Store plants in glass container and dried herbs should ideally be used up within 1 year for maximum effectiveness.

Give thanks for your yield- have an offering which may be a prayer, organic tobacco, or take the time to clean up the environment, pick up litter, help return mother nature to her optimal state.  I am a big advocate for researching what plant species may be endangered which naturally grow in a location and obtaining some organic seeds and replanting. We can all play a role in completing the circle for sustainability and ensuring that the plants are available to us for medicine in the future.

 

Enhance your Food with Herbal Powders

Discover the nutritional and healing benefits of herbs into your diet with herbal powders – finely milled plant material such as leaves, bark, flowers and berries. Learn how to incorporate them into daily meals for your family with delicious recipes! Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) will discuss the benefits of various herbal powders and where you can purchase them. Together we’ll create and sample Herbal Energy Power Balls, Herbal Immune Enhancing Hummus, and Delicious Herbal Fudge Dessert.

Start date: Saturday, April 21 2018.

Schedule: On Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM VanDusen Guides Classroom

Cost: $ 40 ~ Click here to register:

Location: VanDusen  Botanical Gardens Classroom | 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1