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

Eat Your Veggies – It Could Save Your Life

Researchers at The School of Public Health, Imperial College , London published a meta analysis in the International Journal of Epidemiology this week stating that  eating more fruits and vegetables may prevent millions of premature deaths. summary article below by Kate … Read More

Chanchal's Blog

Commentary on announcement by FDA regarding cancer tests

It was a good news day when the FDA approved insurance agencies funding a suite of predictive cancer tests that may change the face of how we practice oncology. For over 50 years the standard treatment plan for cancer has … Read More

Classes, Workshops & Events

Apr
21
Sat
Hands-on Herbal Medicine classes
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hands-on Herbal Medicine classes

Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm

$40 / each or any 4 classes for $140 + GST

Fun. Practical. Informative. Useful.

Make and take home a range of luxurious hand made, natural skin and body care products, herbal remedies and delicious recipes for maximum health.

April 21
Spring Detox – Liver Health and Wild Green juices

May 26
Food is Medicine – Tasty Morsels and Healthy Treats

October 6
Lotions and Potions

October 13
Natural Skin Care

October 27
Winter Health & Immune Building

December 8
Evergreen Medicine and Magic

 

 

Spring Cleanse at Innisfree Farm @ Innisfree Farm
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Spring Cleanse at Innisfree Farm @ Innisfree Farm

Leaves are budding, birds are singing, the first flowers are brightening the forests and fields. As the days gets warmer and longer, as we shake off the sluggishness of winter, it is time to refresh our minds and bodies, to renew, revitalize and rejuvenate. The early spring greens are what our ancestors ate, hungry for fresh foods after the winter, needing vitamins and phytonutrients. Dandelion greens, chickweed, nettles, violets, miner’s lettuce, wild cress – they are abundant in the fields and hedgerows right now, and they are stimulating to the liver and promote detox pathways.

Take advantage of this spring energy by joining Chanchal Cabrera, medical herbalist for a ‘Spring Cleanse’ Seminar’ from 10 am – 2 pm on April 21st at Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden in Royston. The class will include a walk in the herb gardens to identify many herbs used for tissue cleansing and detoxification, harvesting wild greens to make juices, and vibrant discussion of when, why, and how to do a detox.

In her 30 plus years of working as a medical herbalist, says Cabrera, she routinely places people onto cleansing and detoxification programs but it is much better to be pro-active and to practice preventative medicine. “Just as you change your engine oil in the car regularly, and don’t wait for it to get too gummed up and dirty, so you should think about doing a regular tissue cleanse and deep detoxification for the body” she says. “This can include diet changes, fasting, specific herbs, sauna and more, but is actually easy and usually feels really good”.

In this ‘Spring Cleanse’ On April 21st the class you will leave with the preparatory steps to take for a successful cleanse; tips for cleansing diets and fasting to boost your immune system and reduce inflammation; an understanding of how to how to resume life after a cleanse and other activities to supplement a cleanse: exercise, steam, sauna, sweat lodge, etc; an awareness of the pros and cons of raw food; and an understanding of the role of whole food and botanical medicine in detoxifying the body. The cost for this seminar is $40.00 + GST per participant.

This seminar is part of an herbal educational series at Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden. Seminars are available for purchase as a package. To learn more about other discussion topics or to register for ‘Spring Cleanse’ visit www.inissfreefarm.ca; write to Chanchal@chanchalcabrera.com; or call 250 336 8768.

Apr
27
Fri
Advanced Materia Medica Series @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Apr 27 @ 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
Apr
28
Sat
Student Training Clinic @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Apr 28 @ 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

May
11
Fri
Clinic Preparation Intensive @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
May 11 – May 12 all-day
Clinic Preparation Intensive @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden | Courtenay | British Columbia | Canada

Pre-requisite for entering student clinic practicum

9:30am – 5:30pm Daily

Course overview
Student Clinic handbook review
Case taking and Interview techniques Screening Physical exam, Vitals
Record keeping and case management
SOAP guidelines
Case report template
Red ags in clinic Con den ality and privacy law

May
18
Fri
Advanced Materia Medica Series @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
May 18 @ 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
May
19
Sat
Student Training Clinic @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
May 19 @ 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

May
25
Fri
Shinrin Yoku – Forest Bathing therapy
May 25 @ 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

May
26
Sat
Hands-on Herbal Medicine classes
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hands-on Herbal Medicine classes

Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm

$40 / each or any 4 classes for $140 + GST

Fun. Practical. Informative. Useful.

Make and take home a range of luxurious hand made, natural skin and body care products, herbal remedies and delicious recipes for maximum health.

April 21
Spring Detox – Liver Health and Wild Green juices

May 26
Food is Medicine – Tasty Morsels and Healthy Treats

October 6
Lotions and Potions

October 13
Natural Skin Care

October 27
Winter Health & Immune Building

December 8
Evergreen Medicine and Magic

 

 

May
29
Tue
Gourmet Farmhouse Dinners and Full Moon Labyrinth Walks
May 29 @ 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