Workshops, Classes, Walks & Talks

I offer a number of workshops and seminars throughout the year. Please sign up for my mailing list to be notified of new workshops, ‘Like’ my Facebook page, or check this webpage for future updates. In addition to the workshops below and my one-on-one sessions as a medical herbalist, I may be available for clinic hours for students of herbal medicine that are requiring clinical hours for professional membership to a herbalist association. Physical examinations, herbal dispensing, case history taking, interviewing skills and supervised patient intakes are covered. Cost: $10 per hour. Please email or call me if you have any questions or would like to register for any of the below classes!


2018 Alchemical Power Couple Retreat Weekend

Aug 24th – 26th  2018

At OTTER RIVER FARMS, near Port Burwell, Ontario

This retreat is for couples that are already deeply committed to each other and are interested in building on their cohesion. This is not a counseling weekend. The depths of our hearts are infinite! So there is ALWAYS deeper to go in any relationship. So we will explore going deeper into the heart of our own relationships. And NO, this is not about having to talk about and share our emotions with anyone!! It is about having a nice nourishing weekend away with your partner. There will be herbs, drumming, guided visualization meditations, guest speakers and guest power couples, beer and BBQ nights, and more!  And you are invited to interact with other couples as much or as little as you wish, as this is your weekend!

Click here for more information about the Alchemical Power Couple Retreat Weekend!!!!

2018 Summer Solstice Herbal Retreat Weekend!!

June 22nd – 24th, 2018

Matthew Wood is coming again!!!

At OTTER RIVER FARMS, near Port Burwell, Ontario

We are also doing something new this year!!!

This year we would like to combine both Herbalism and Spirituality even more then previous years. It is a much needed combination, at a much needed time. With the toxins in the environment, depression, anxiety and stress running high, along with the suffering that the journey of life is, many people are falling prey to the powerful pharmaceutical and food industries. So we are offering an Additional Full Day Workshop this year before our Regular Summer Solstice Herbal Retreat Weekend. It will take place all day Friday before the Regular Retreat Weekend that starts Friday evening. If you wish to attend both the full day workshop and the regular weekend, be sure to sign up for both on the registration form.

Click here for more information about the Summer Solstice Herbal Retreat Weekend – schedule, speaker information, and other details!


Part 1 – Seminar series-  How To Be Your Own Herbalist – Starting in September!!

10 two and a half hour sessions, 1 evening per week

Starts: Wednesday Sept 19th  2018

Location: at Indigo Lounge in Tillsonburg

To Register contact Indigo Lounge at: or  (519) 688-1188

Time: Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9pm for 10 weeks

For 20+ years now I have been saying that we need to get a herbalist back in every household again. You’ll learn about herbal remedies and how to optimize your health, as well as some more hands-on diagnosis techniques. For example, basal body temperature, pupillary reflexes, blood pressure, urine dip sticks etc.  Every woman used to be a herbalist to their family— they observed health changes, had an awareness of herbal remedies, and was acutely attuned to our environment. These classes are NOT meant to take the place of going to your doctor, rather they are simply here to help inform you. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about herbal medicine, or improving your own health with natural remedies, this is a course designed to help you be able to help yourself and your family – be your own herbalist!

Topics in this course include:

* introductory materia medica (key herbs that are safe and commonly used for each system of the body)
* herbal and tissue energetics (how to best match up the herbs to the signs and symptoms)
* therapeutics (how to use the herbs, and when)
* key patho/physiology (how to better understand what the body is trying to communicate with each sign or symptoms)
* organoleptic pharmacology (increasing our understanding of the medicinal properties of the herbs through tasting)
* essential nutrition, and more.

This 10-week course is about making things a little more practical for at home so you are able to remedy yours and your family’s health, and, we also talk about the more serious symptoms, so you know when you need to refer to a doctor to or take your child to a doctor. While this seminar series is classroom-based, we will interact with the plants through trying samples of different teas and tinctures, so please know that while this is a very informational class, we will also be working on building our own relationships with the plants.

Cost: $350.    Notes provided each week.

Herb Walk Series

Monthly Herb Walks 6 walks, 2 hrs each.   In these two hour herb walks we will identify a variety of plants and discuss medicinal and edible properties. The benefit of doing a herb walk a month, you get to learn to identify the plants at various developmental stages. Sundays –  1pm to 3pm

Dates: May 6th, June 3rd, July 8th, August 19th, September 23rd, October 21st,  2018

Location: My place at Otter River Farms, Port Burwell

Cost: $25/walk or $125 for the series


A Culinary Celebration of Weeds

Does all good fresh home grown vegetables really have to come with lots of labor, sweat and tears? What if we did not have to buy the seeds, plant them, water them, hoe them and all the babying that our vegetables gardens require? With edible locally abundant weeds, we get the delicious and nutritious without the sweat and tears. Learn to identify our locally abundant edible weeds and how to incorporate them into your daily meals.

Date: Sunday September 9th 2018

Time: 11am to 1pm – includes a weedy green salad lunch!

Location: My place at Otter River Farms, Port Burwell

Cost: $45 – pre-registration only

The POWER of Green  – Juicing!

We will go around the herb gardens, vegetable garden and barnyard collecting a variety of herbs, weeds and vegetables and turn it into liquid green gold!!! We will talk about the healing benefits of juicing.

Date: Saturday September 22nd 2018

Time: 1pm to 4pm

Location: My place at Otter River Farms, Port Burwell

Cost: $40 – pre-registration only


The Real Herbs and Herbalism 101

At Stephen and Katie Hotchkiss’ Farm 
Cell: 519-697-8880

This talk that I will be giving is for everyone – both beginners and experienced herb users. We are going to dive into who the plants really are.  Beyond what we have learned about reading in books. But into the mystery of them.

The herbs 101 will include discussing the various types of western herbalism, its roots, to things like what is the difference between herbal medicine vs Herbal Medicine, and the who, what, when, where, why and how of the plants, so veriditas, relationship, complexity medicine, green tongues,  and what is a herbalist …..  So building from the ground up. 🙂 Then we will move into discussing herbal energetics as a way to build our understanding and relationship to the plants where there is a getting to know the herbs vs memorizing the uses of a herb….learning their language and being able to speak with our green tongue.  Then we will head out side for a herb walk and go meet the plants with new eyes and a new tongue. 🙂
Date: September 8th, 2018
I hope to see you there!


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