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

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Classes, Workshops & Events

Jun
21
Thu
Summer Solstice Herbal Tea Party
Jun 21 @ 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Summer Solstice Herbal Tea Party

Afternoon Tea on the Lawn – specialty sandwiches, home baking, sweet treats including GF and vegan, strawberries & cream.

Guided Garden Tours, Sacred Chanting in the Labyrinth

Thursday 21 June

Pre-registration required

4 pm till late

Jun
28
Thu
Gourmet Farmhouse Dinners and Full Moon Labyrinth Walks
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Gourmet Farmhouse Dinners and Full Moon Labyrinth Walks

Back by popular demand – fine dining in the gardens followed by a guided labyrinth walk as the full moon rises through the trees.

Enjoy a delicious meal and good conversation then walk it off in the 100’ diameter oyster shell labyrinth that glows in the moonlight.

Tuesday 29 May, Thursday 28, June Friday 27 July

7 pm $60 includes taxes & tips and a $20 donation to Garden without Borders

Jul
13
Fri
Advanced Materia Medica Series @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Jul 13 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Advanced Materia Medica Series @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden | Courtenay | British Columbia | Canada

13 classes, 65 hours total

$1300 + GST

Botanical Medicine – Phyto-Pharmacology, Herbal Therapeutics and Clinical Applications

  • Phyto-Pharmacology
  • Herbal Therapeutics
  • Formulating & Prescribing
  • Clinical Applications
  • Safety and Toxicology
  • Dosing and Dispensing
Jul
14
Sat
Student Training Clinic @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Jul 14 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Student Training Clinic @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden | Courtenay | British Columbia | Canada
  • See patients under supervision
  • Learn by doing and experiencing herbs in practice
    One Saturday per month

9.30 am – 6.00 pm

$75 plus GST per day

12 hours per weekend.

Pre-requisite of clinic prep course or equivalency.

Patient interviews and physical assessments:

  • Formulating & prescribing
  • Dispensary practicum

Can be booked and pre-paid in sets of three weekends to re- ceive $25 off

Jul
21
Sat
Shinrin Yoku – Forest Bathing therapy
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing therapy

Learn how to manage anxiety, depression, stress and high blood pressure with nature immersion practice.

This practice is long known in Japan and Korea and recognized as an effective treatment for many chronic conditions including dysbiosis of the gut and chronic inflammation.

Slow and contemplative walking, ‘being’ in Nature, not ‘doing’, bathing in volatile chemicals emitted by trees, breathing deeply to absorb their medicines from the air, this is a sensory experience of receiving healing from nature.

May 25, July 21,
August 17

6 pm – 8 pm $20 + GST

Jul
27
Fri
Gourmet Farmhouse Dinners and Full Moon Labyrinth Walks
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Gourmet Farmhouse Dinners and Full Moon Labyrinth Walks

Back by popular demand – fine dining in the gardens followed by a guided labyrinth walk as the full moon rises through the trees.

Enjoy a delicious meal and good conversation then walk it off in the 100’ diameter oyster shell labyrinth that glows in the moonlight.

Tuesday 29 May, Thursday 28, June Friday 27 July

7 pm $60 includes taxes & tips and a $20 donation to Garden without Borders

Aug
9
Thu
Herb Camp: Clinical Phytotherapy Summer Camp @ Innisfree Farm
Aug 9 – Aug 12 all-day
Herb Camp: Clinical Phytotherapy Summer Camp @ Innisfree Farm | Courtenay | British Columbia | Canada

A Meeting of the Minds

A Four Day Retreat for Practitioners and Senior Students

Facilitated by DAVID WINSTON RH(AHG) clinical herbalist
and Chanchal Cabrera MSc, FNIMH medical herbalist

  • Round table discussions of clinical applications and therapeutic strategies
  • Case studies and practice management
  • Formulating and prescribing
  • Herb walks and materia medica
  • Plant attunement and Goethean study of herbs.
  • Also enjoy yoga and breath work, the labyrinth,
    swimming in the pond, a camp fire, delicious home cooking featuring vegetables from the garden.
  • Peaceful country se ng in a botanic & herb garden. Camping on-site or stay in near-by guest houses

PRICE: $600 + GST // 10% saving if paid in full by April 1st.

Lunches available $15 each

Camping $20 per person per night

ABOUT DAVID WINSTON, RH (AHG)

David Winston is an Herbalist and Ethnobotanist with 49 years of training in Chinese,  Western/Eclectic and Southeastern herbal traditions.  He has been in clinical practice for over 40 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians, herbalists and researchers throughout the USA and Canada. In 2013 David was presented with the Natural Products Association (NPA) Clinician’s Award and awarded a fellowship by the Irish Register of Herbalists.

David is the founder/director of the Herbal Therapeutics Research Library and the dean of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, a two-year training program in clinical herbal medicine. He is an internationally known lecturer and frequently teaches at medical schools, symposia and herb conferences.  He is the president of Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc. a manufacturer that produces herbal products that blend the art and science of the world’s great herbal traditions. In addition, David is a founding/professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, he has served four terms on the Board of Directors and he is on the American Botanical Council’s Advisory Board.

David was a contributing author to American Herbalism, published in 1992 by Crossings Press,and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) , 2000-2013, the author of Saw Palmetto for Men & Women, Storey, 1999 and Herbal Therapeutics, Specific Indications For Herbs & Herbal Formulas, HTRL, 2013 and the co-author of Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief, Healing Arts Press, 2007, and Winston and Kuhn’s Herbal Therapy and Supplements; A Scientific and Traditional Approach, Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, 2008.  He is also a member of the AHPA Expert Advisory Council that created the new edition of the Botanical Safety Handbook, CRC Press, published in 2013.

Aug
13
Mon
She Wonders
Aug 13 @ 9:00 am – Aug 19 @ 4:00 pm

In our culture there is a long time between childhood and adulthood. When left unguided, this gap creates a distinct lack of understanding and purpose to the “wonder years”. This precious time of exploration and risk taking, of self discovery and challenges is now typically peer driven instead of guided. How can someone uninitiated know which risks are worth taking or who to listen to if they have not discovered within themselves who they are? What’s important to them, what makes them happy, who are they in their family and community as they grow out of childhood? ‘She Wonders’ seeks to help fill this void.

This playful and powerful 7 day camp culminates in a full weekend overnight coming of age ceremony ripe with opportunities to discover inner resilience and Knowing.
As guides, our intention is to capture the essence of each individual as it emerges within our unique group nurturing her unconditionally. We desire to empower young women into a strong sense of self through the art of true connection and collaboration. These gifts are essential for feminine beings, particularly those beginning their journey of self discovery.

We will be exploring deep, feminine themes through art, song, stories, dance, crafts, wilderness challenges, games, sister circles, ceremony, council, guided imagery, camping and more!

Location:
Innisfree Farm

Date and time:
Monday August 13 – Friday August 17, 9am-4pm
Saturday August 17 – 18: Overnight camp out.

Parents involvement:
Saturday August 18, 8:00- 8:45am.
Sunday August 19, 12:30-4pm

There will be a family ceremony to begin our coming of age weekend. The weekend will end with a larger family gathering and celebration/ceremony on Sunday.

Cost:
$330

Includes snacks all week and all of the participants’ food for the weekend as well as a beautiful journal partially sponsored by Rare Bird Books (these are gorgeous!) and all art/craft supplies!

For more information please contact us at tasha.voh@gmail.com

Register through the Cumberland Recreation Centre

Phone: 250-336-2231
 

 

Aug
17
Fri
Shinrin Yoku – Forest Bathing therapy
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing therapy

Learn how to manage anxiety, depression, stress and high blood pressure with nature immersion practice.

This practice is long known in Japan and Korea and recognized as an effective treatment for many chronic conditions including dysbiosis of the gut and chronic inflammation.

Slow and contemplative walking, ‘being’ in Nature, not ‘doing’, bathing in volatile chemicals emitted by trees, breathing deeply to absorb their medicines from the air, this is a sensory experience of receiving healing from nature.

May 25, July 21,
August 17

6 pm – 8 pm $20 + GST

Aug
23
Thu
“Botanicals at the Beach”  herb symposium @ Whidbey Island, WA
Aug 23 – Aug 26 all-day