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

The importance of a healthy gut flora and balanced microbiome

This is fascinating study that verifies the incredible importance of a healthy gut flora and balanced microbiome. We already know this matters for your mental health (depression is linked to gut dysbiosis), to auto-immune diseases through the issue of leaky … Read More

Classes, Workshops & Events

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
Sep
8
Sat
Student Training Clinic @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Sep 8 @ 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

Oct
6
Sat
Hands-on Herbal Medicine classes
Oct 6 @ 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

 

 

Oct
13
Sat
Hands-on Herbal Medicine classes
Oct 13 @ 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

 

 

Oct
20
Sat
Student Training Clinic @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Oct 20 @ 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

Oct
27
Sat
Hands-on Herbal Medicine classes
Oct 27 @ 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

 

 

Nov
24
Sat
Student Training Clinic @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Nov 24 @ 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

Dec
8
Sat
Hands-on Herbal Medicine classes
Dec 8 @ 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