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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

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

Click Here To Register:

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

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

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.