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

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

Jun
1
Fri
The Kootenay Herb Conference @ Slocan Valley, BC
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day
Jun
15
Fri
Advanced Materia Medica Series @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Jun 15 @ 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
Jun
16
Sat
Student Training Clinic @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Jun 16 @ 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

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