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Herbal Skin Products for Valentines day January 26, 2019

Herbal Skin Products for Valentines day. Join Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) ~ Medical Herbalist for a fun hands-on morning creating some natural Valentine’s Day gifts for your loved ones, or for yourself! Learn about what botanicals are best used for skin products, and how you can prepare infused oils at home. Together we will prepare a herbal body bar and luscious 25 ml massage oil for you to take home.

Date: Sat. Jan 26, 10 am – 1 pm at the VanDusen Guides Classroom 

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

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

Enhancing Food Recipes with Herbal Powders: October Class

Discover how to get 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) – Medical Herbalist 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. Course fee includes all supplies.

Schedule: Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the VanDusen Guides Classroom

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

Cost: $ 45. To register: Click here! 

Introduction to Medicinal Herbs for the Home – October Class

Are you curious about herbal medicine and want to understand more about how plant medicine works and how to use herbs at home? Join us for an introduction on how herbal medicines can be incorporated into your home for first aid use. We will cover a couple of local herbs in depth along with their various routes of application during this evening.  Class taught by: Katolen Yardley, MNIMMH, RH (AHG)

Thursday October 11, 2018 from 6:30 pm until 9 pm at the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens Classroom

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

To register: $ 35 ~ Click here to register:

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

Herbal Medicine Throughout History – Evening Talk

Join Medical Herbalist, Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) on a journey through time looking at some unique approaches to herbal medicine including key herbalists worldwide and periods within herbal medicine history. Trace the use of herbal medicines throughout history and different cultures during this evening of storytelling and folklore. Katolen will discuss influental 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.

Start date: Thursday, May 24 2018.

On Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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

COst $ 35 ~ To register click here:

Learning the Basics of Herbal Medicine

Want to learn more about herbal medicine, but not sure where to start? 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 routine first aid, topical applications, and medicinal uses. There 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 Katolen Yardley’s book, “Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies”, will also 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 people with 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.

Location
UBC Farm | 3461 Ross Drive

Date and Time
Wednesday, February 21| 6:30 – 8 pm (1.5 hours)

Cost
$29 ($25 for registered students – valid student ID is required) + GST

Click here to register for this workshop.

Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Vancouver Campus
3461 Ross Drive
Tel 604 822 5092
Fax 604 822 6839
Email farm.team@ubc.ca

Unique Holistic Christmas Gift Ideas

Are you scrambling for last minute Christmas Gift ideas?

Does someone you are close too value natural and clean products?

Are you shopping for someone who is an herbal medicine enthusiast?

Check out these Christmas Gifts, Stocking stuffers and unique finds for people who may be hard to shop for and for those who lose 100 % natural, preservative free, gift ideas…

1. For all the tea lovers – here are some delicious pleasure teas – divine flavors with no preservatives or artificial additives.

Organic Berry Burst Tea is a rich tart tasting berry tea – which perks up with stevia or a bit of honey added. Try this tea hot or cold – it is tasty either way. – or if a sore throat has gotten you down- brew a tea then freeze into popsicle trays and enjoy!

Hibiscus Mint Medley is one of my favorite drinks – Hibiscus pods are blended with rosehips and mint for a divine after dinner digestive drink or pleasure tea.  This mineral rich tea is certain to delight – hot or cold.

2. Medicinal tea blends offer support for numerous complaints.

Core Health Herbal Tea blend contains herbs traditionally used for the effects of overeating, bloating, heartburn and indigestion…. and it tastes good too.

Winter Warming Tea Blend is our signature blend containing herbs known for their antiviral and immune supporting properties. Full of flavor with ginger, orange peel and cinnamon. Drink as needed or used for prevention during the season of colds and flu.

3. For those who love relaxing scents – try some of our aromatherapy products. Essential oils rich in volatile oils offering benefit to emotions, fatigue, immune support and skin care alike. Some of our favorite oils include:

Breath Essential Oil Blend: Our antiseptic blend ideal for a sinus steam – or put a couple of drops onto a kleenex and inhale and volatile oils.

Balance Essential Oil Blend: A favorite female blend. Dilute with a carrier oil and apply to the skin as a massage oil, rub onto the wrists or place in an aromatherapy diffuser for an uplifting scent for tension and those PMS times.

4. Salves and Topical Support. Dry skin relief – try our Skin Relief Salve. Congestion and cold prevention – consider our Winter Blend Balm– rub onto the chest and soles of the feet for volatile oil rich support for sinuses and to counter viruses. A perfect support for womens health- try our Moon Cycle Balm to provide assistance from cramps and PMS tension and emotional fluctuations… and we even have a topical balm for Pets – our Pet Pomade is a wonderful all natural product for your furry best friend –  a soothing balm to be used on cracked paws, a pets nose, hot spots, dry nose, minor dry skin irritation or any part of your pets skin that needs moisturizing and protection from the elements.

5. Some unique stocking stuffers include our white sage smudge sticks and sage wands wrapped with rose, feather wands for smudging and beautiful abalone shells to catch the glowing embers. We provide directions for your first smudge ritual.

           

6. And lastly – how can you support a loved one who is interested in learning more about herbal medicine, curious about recipes and learning how to prepare medicines at home? Here is a medicine makers guide providing monographs on 47 herbs, foods and medicinal plants – how to prepare and use for minor first aid, topical applications, food and yes even how to prepare infused oils, salve and massage oils.

The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Medicine provides something for herbalists of all levels. Bulk herbs can be purchased here for the medicine making recipes.

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The Earth Sanctuary on Whidbey Island

This year, I visited the Earth Sanctuary, retreat center, sacred ground and a not-for-profit nature reserve. Situated a mile outside of Freeland  and before Langley, on the south end of Whidbey Island.

   

Wooden benches situated at the sides of the pond invited contemplation and a reflective moment while watching the mist rising from the still water. Bird calls and sounds of flapping wings filled my ears. It is evident that this is was a refuge and habit for local wildlife. The intentional art and sculptures were discovered around turns of the path and  prayer wheels called me back in to meditation.

The meandering 2 miles of trails led me through an old growth forest and an arborerum;  a recent project and restoration site for many native plants. The arboretum intends a return to old growth forest by replanting a variety of native trees including Fir, Cedar, Birch, Spruce, Redwoods .

       

I am called down the labyrinth path and discover a natural a salal hedge labyrinth intended for contemplation in walking meditation, a metaphor for representing life’s journey.  The labrynth

Labyrinth by WellFedSpirit.org

has a single continuous path leading inward to the center – a metaphor for lifes journey, the only thing to do is travel forward, one step in front of the other, until reaching ones goal.  An arrival at the center occurs before  turning outwards again to complete the journey and attain the goal.  A walking meditation is both an inward and outward journey, there is the activation of the left and right brain through movement and stimulation of our bodies circulation and lymphatic systems; during the walking contemplation ones awareness moves inward to finally reach a calm center;  the core of our be-ing and connection with the inner realms of our mind and oneness in our body.  A labyrinth can represent a sort of pilgrimage for those who are unable to take a longer sacred journey or pilgrimage like the camino de santiago, vipassana meditation or  the kumbh mela. An interesting piece of trivia is that there are labyrinth patters found throughout the world in various cultures and also found in basket weaving designs, paintings, drawings and hedge borders.

Above is a visual of a labrinth by the website: http://wellfedspirit.org/labyrinth_pages/graphics.html

Down another path I discover the Fen Pond stone circles. I am reminded of the sacred stones in the popular television series Outlander, a ceremonial circle used for prayer, intention setting and giving thanks. Not much is known about stone circles today; however many have suggested that these circles are sacred sites intended for prayer with precise astrological alignment to the movements of the sun and moon, combined with sacred geometry.

Pairs of stones are aligned in true north and south, also to the winter solstice sunset and to the  run rising and setting in the summer; connecting one back to the 4 directions and grounding into the land, interweaving ritual back into daily life while connecting with the greater mystery.

A reminder of the interconnectness of all things; interweaving nature, the sun and skies and mother earth into all life. Stonehenge in Great Britain perhaps being one of the most well known sites. There is an informative website called The Stone Circle Theory by Simon Hedger who offers additional reflections. For more information: http://www.stonecircletheory.com/

Further on the path a meadow opens up into the Cottonwood Stone Circle and I marvel at the  12 majestic stones towering 11 feet high.

The grounds have been a home to Ospreys with educational artwork found along the path. Ospreys are able to breed on almost every continent except near the South Pole. Apparently Ospreys can live for 10-12 years, however these birds were once on the endangered list (although now listed as a threatened species) – according to the New York Department of Conservation, largely their population had decreased due to the insecticide Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, DDT – more commonly known — which caused reproductive issues and thinning of egg shells  in the newly laid eggs. DDT is classified in a group of chemicals called Persistent Organic Pollutants aka chemical substances that stay in our soil and  the environment, bio-accumulate through the entire food chain,  posing health risks to humans and animals in our food chain and the all of the natural world. Used previously in agriculture, DDT has now been banned from agricultural use in the United States, as it has shown to impact human health including being linked to infertility, breast cancer and other endocrine health issues. Take note, this insecticide has a half life of 25-30 years – meaning once DDT is in the soil it stays there for a very long time.

By no means am I am expert on the history of Buddhist monuments however I immediately recognized and appreciated their presence, Having once been gifted a prayer wheel myself – I will share my limited knowledge of the Tibetan prayer wheel  or Mani wheel found along a bend in the path… A Prayer Wheel provides an opportunity to spread spiritual well-being and blessings while spinning the wheel. Spinning the prayer wheel is done with the proper intentions. Holding elevated intentions for the well-being, spiritual blessings and highest outcome of all beings is essential while using the prayer wheel; incorporating visualizations and mantra will align one with the Body, Speech and Mind of the Buddha.

Set your intention setting while spinning a prayer wheel.  Intend on strengthening the mind and contemplate offerings such as :

  • “May all beings be happy. May all beings be free from suffering.”
  • Reciting a prayer or a mantra can also be done while spinning the wheel to align ones spirit with the on loving kindness and equanimity for all sentient beings.
  • Om Mani Padme Hung, the  mantra of loving kindness and compassion is often written on the outside of the wheel in Sanskrit.

A stupa is situated on a hill – a sacred mound intended for enlightenment and created for various purposes (from a burial ground to marking an profound event or created as a receptacle for offerings). A clockwise walking meditation around the stupa is done in reverence or reflection to radiate spiritual blessings and for specific meditation practices. Prayer flags are found around the paths.

Also on the nature reserve was a tall dolmen -a megalithic tomb of two or more, upright stones set with a space between and set with a horizontal stone on top, which could serve as a meditation room  or in the Hindu tradition represents “the cave of the heart”, a protected place for reflection.

       

The most sacred space for me was the First Nations Medicine Wheel used for prayer and healing. The significance of  this prayer wheel reminds one again of connection to all that is, all our relations, the 4 directions, the 4 seasons, mother earth, our grandfathers and grandmothers, and the elements. So much can be remembered through strengthening connection to all that sustains us on planet earth.

What a serene way to enjoy the afternoon in this birth and wildlife sanctuary. In 2008, the visionary and designer and founder of Earth Sanctuary, Chuck Pettis, was recognized in the September 2008 issue of Science of Mind magazine as one of 12 people making a difference in the world. If you are on Whidbey island, this space is worth a stop.

Much of the restoration is being done by the University of Washington ecology students to complete projects in this remarkable site. A huge thank you to all those who have contributed to such a stunning serene location. Until I return again…