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

Classes, Workshops & Events

Rainbow Veggies box

June 27 Innisfree Farm Shop Opens

Starting June 27th the farm shop at Innisfree will be open 10am – 4 pm, serving lunch & tea. Free guided garden walk 2 pm every Saturday through the summer. Read More

cherry toms_2078

Innisfree Farm at the Courtenay farmers market

First Farmer’s Market in Qualicum Beach April 11th and every other Saturday after that! For more information Read More

2015 Vancouver Island Herb Gathering

2015 Vancouver Island Herb Gathering

Join the largest herbal gathering in western Canada 12 – 14th June!

Over 50 classes, workshops and herbs walks, Saturday night dance party,
Great Herbal Sell, Swap and Give Away, Sniffathon contest, Herbal Elixir bar and so much more Read More