Summer Solstice Herbal Retreat Weekend

NEXT YEAR – 2020 Summer Solstice Herbal Retreat Weekend!!

“Building Resiliency- from the inside out to community”

June 26th – 28th, 2020

At OTTER RIVER FARMS, near Port Burwell, Ontario

Join John Redden, Ronnee Sykes, Laura Vasquez, my hubby -Sean Grantham, and myself as together we will be focusing on building resiliency.

Topics will include sustanence, ecology, relationship and connection, interconnectedness, whole systems thinking and living, following Nature’s lead, adaptation and more!

We believe we need to be resilient within our selves first so that we can take that resiliency out into our homes, family, work and then out further into our communities.

We believe that each of these 5 foundational elements can be used and applied to all areas of our lives to help people uncover where their resiliency gaps are, and then how to fill them – Self, In Home, Around Home, and our Community:

Earth – food and physical body
Water – water and emotions/feelings
Air – shelter and mental/thinking
Fire – fire and work/intuition
Ether – Mind and community

“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.” ~ E.O. Wilson, American Biologist

Come join us, act now, and help each other be synthesizers!!!

Watch here for updates and for the schedule as it comes together!!!




Speaker’s Bios

John Redden is a Western Medical Herbalist with an eclectic background.

He has over thirty years experience growing and wild crafting herbs, manufacturing remedies and clinical practice. As a member and former vice-president of the Ontario Herbalists Association, he co-founded “A Celebration of Herbs”, Toronto’s largest herbal event..

He is a hands-on teacher of numerous aspects of holistic herbal medicine and teaches popular and advanced classes in his workshop / laboratory and at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

John’s studies in the U.S., Britain, and Canada have culminated in the founding of Viriditas Herbal Products, whose clients include professional herbalists, naturopaths, and medical doctors. John also enjoys collaborating with NDs to produce patient specific remedies extemporaneously. Post-graduate herbal studies in Scotland and Spain along with naturopathic continuing education with oncology expert, Dr. Neil McKinney ND have helped John become effective in treating patients with complex medical conditions including cancer. In the late 1970’s John spent about a year at Findhorn in Forres, Morayshire, Scotland. It was here that he began an ongoing dialogue with the life-beings and light-beings of creation.

Recently (2015) John was recognized as a Herbal Elder of Canada by the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations “for his outstanding contributions to the field of herbal medicine.”


Laura Vazquez is a certified yoga teacher for over 10 years now. Her focus is on gentle yoga exploring both physical and spiritual approach. Each student is encouraged to take the next step in their own path to wholeness. Laura’s spirit led practice pays special attention to physical alignment, movement of energy, and opening the heart. For Laura a successful practice leaves everyone calm, alert and happy. Laura also has a keen interest in the plants and herbal medicine, which she has been studying much of her life and is a major importance for her.



Ronnee Sykes is a Naturalist who enjoys spending most of her time outdoors.  She has worked as a terrestrial and wetland field technician and has over 15 years’ experience.  A keen instinct for adventure compelled her to travel and work her way across Canada conducting plant inventories and bird surveys, as well as ecosystem assessments and ecological restoration projects. Her work has been linked to organizations such as Conservation Authorities, nature organizations, private consulting firms and Bird Studies Canada.  Having a deep connection to nature since early childhood, she strives to find a living balance within it – to develop a passion for understanding and living within the landscape that surrounds her.  Her most memorable working experiences in remote locations impressed upon her the importance of being self-sufficient and she became an enthusiastic forager of wild edibles, medicinal plants and mushrooms.  These experiences have inspired an interest and desire to impart and share that knowledge with others through the Bushcraft skills that she has been practicing for most of her life.


Christine Dennis RH, MNIMH, MSc. (Herb Med.) has a Master of Science degree from the University of Wales (MSc.) in the UK. Christine is the past president and current Professional Member of the Ontario Herbalists Association (RH) as well as a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIMH) in England and is a graduate and clinic instructor for the Dominion Herbal College Clinical Program.

Having a balance of bio-medical, traditional and energetic herbal medicine training, Christine considers herself to be an eclectic herbalist. She has a great deal of hands-on experience in the field with 20+ years seeing patients and facilitating herbal and health classes.


Contact Christine by email ( or by phone (519-874-4532).

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