Meet Chanchal

Photo of Chanchal CabreraChanchal lives with her husband Thierry Vrain in Courtenay on Vancouver Island in BC where they cultivate vegetables and herbs on 7 acres and are building a healing garden retreat center. Visit to read more about this.

Chanchal has been a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists since 1987 and obtained her MSc in herbal medicine at the University of Wales in 2003. She has an extensive background in orthomolecular nutrition and allergy therapy as well as clinical aromatherapy.

Chanchal has held the faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster since 2004 and she serves on the board of advisors of Dominion Herbal College in Burnaby. She publishes widely in professional journals and lectures internationally on medical herbalism, nutrition and health.

Consulting Services

Chanchal Cabrera is available for consulting services in the following areas:

Natural Medicine News

Probiotics linked to reduced risk of chronic diseases – Dr. Mercola Review

Research is confirming that probiotics – like those found in naturally fermented foods like kefir, kombucha and saurkraut – are potent determinants for a healthy gut and strong immune system Read More

Chanchal's Blog


Gardens Without Borders Article – InFocus Magazine

Hello and welcome to my first blog posting – even luddites like me are waking up to cool new technology that allows a conversation between us hundreds if not thousands of miles away. Or maybe I should get with the … Read More

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Classes, Workshops & Events

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2014 What’s Happening at Innisfree – Press Release

Check out what’s fresh and fun at Innisfree for 2014! It’s official – we’re now an internationally recognized Botanical Garden with a specialty in food and medicine plants! And, we have a dynamite lineup of courses, workshops and events in the works. The action starts Sat. March 22nd with the Holistic Gardening series, and March 24th launches our popular Beginning With Herbs course on the essentials of family herbal healing. Without doubt, spring is in full swing at the farm. Read More


Seasonal Gifts and Scented Treats Workshop

In this full day program you will learn to make seasonal gifts like mulled wine, potpourri, bath salts, aromatherapy spritzers and more. Give them away or keep for yourself – delightful herbal treats for all the family. All materials included Read More

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Introduction to Aromatherapy 2013

If you love the scents of rose, lavender, patchouli and orange blossom, you won’t want to miss this Introduction to Aromatherapy with Chanchal on Saturday, October 5th. A full day to delight the senses while learning the art and science behind practical aromatherapy. Read More