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 Innisfreefarm.ca 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, fermented foods linked to good health

The bacteria located in your GI tract play a crucial role in the development and operation of the mucosal immune system in your digestive tract. They also aid in the production of antibodies to pathogens. Dr. Mercola takes a closer look at the vital importance of probiotic gut bacteria…

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Chanchal's Blog

0409734 Soft Arnica [Arnica mollis]. Olympic NP Elk Mtn, WA. © Mark Turner

Pacific Northwest Wildflowers

I am very happy to share with you the wonderful Pacific Northwest Wildflowers website that I discovered today. There are 16235 wildflower photographs by Mark Turner the photographer and co-author (with Phyllis Gustafson) of the award-winning field guide, Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest. Filled … Read More

Classes, Workshops & Events

Mar
11
Fri
Botanical Medicine Student Training Clinic
Mar 11 – Dec 10 all-day

So excited to be offering an Advanced Clinical Practicum at Innisfree Farm. Take your learning out of the classroom and books and into clinic. See patients under supervision. Learn clinical assessments, formulating, toxicology, herb/drug interactions and much more. Starts March 2016. Contact me for details.

DOWNLOAD THE COMMUNITY HERBALILST CLINICAL PROGRAM 2016 PDF

clinical training 2016 poster

May
5
Thu
Botany for Beginners @ Innisfree Botanic Garden
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Magic, Mystery and Medicine: A History of Healing and Herbs @ Innisfree Botanic Garden
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
May
13
Fri
Botanical Medicine Studies (Advanced Students Only) @ Innisfree Botanical Garden
May 13 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
May
28
Sat
Grow Your Own Herbal Medicine @ Innisfree Botanical Garden
May 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Plant a Medicine Garden @ Innisfree Botanic Garden
May 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Jun
2
Thu
What is Life? An Introduction to Holistic Biology @ Innisfree Botanic Garden
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jun
3
Fri
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium – Integrating Traditional Healing Methods with Modern Medicine @ Blue Ridge Assembly
Jun 3 @ 2:00 pm – Jun 6 @ 5:30 pm

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium

15 instructors. Friday field study and pre-conference intensive, panel discussions, medicine-making classes and herb walks in a beautiful retreat setting.

Lectures by Chanchal:

  • Biophilia: Green Medicine for People and the Planet
  • Building Herbal Formulas – Principles of Treatment Planning and Prescribing
Jun
9
Thu
What is Life? An Introduction to Holistic Biology @ Innisfree Botanic Garden
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jun
10
Fri
Botanical Medicine Studies (Advanced Students Only) @ Innisfree Botanical Garden
Jun 10 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm