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Mar
20
Wed
Spring Season Webinar Series @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Mar 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Three lectures of 90 minutes each.  

Attend in person or watch online; accessible to watch online after airing

Materia medica and clinical applications of herbs for the specific topics: constituents, actions and phyto-pharmacology, dosing and combining

20 March:  Stress management and better sleep with herbs

  • physiology of stress and effects on the body
  • ‘sleep hygeine’ and creating the best opportunity for sleep
  • The sleep cycle and how to nap well
  • gentler relaxing nervines and mild sedatives: lemon balm, oats, linden
  • materia medica for enhancing sleep

17 April:  Immune support with herbs

  • innate and acquired immunity
  • promoting primary defences – fever treatments, mucolytics, expectorants,
  • materia medica for enhanced immune resilience and fighting infection
    • immune tonics: medicinal mushrooms, astragalus
    • immune stimulants : echinacea,
    • anti-microbials : garlic, taheebo, usnea, berberine
    • lymphatics
  • how to make wei qi (immune protection) soup

15 May:  Detox, liver support and tissue cleansing with herbs

  • Toxins, the liver and the 21st century
  • How the liver works in health and sickness
  • How toxins in the blood contribute to ill health
  • Sauna, exercise, dry skin brushing as detox aides
  • Fasting and tissue detoxification
  • Green juices and recipes for cleansing foods
  • Supplements and herbs to assist liver process and release toxins

$30 each or $75 for all three plus GST

To register call 250-336-8768 or email cabreraclinic@gmail.com

Mar
22
Fri
Field to Pharmacy – Herb Study Day @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Mar 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This will be a deep dive into herbal medicine for students and practitioners and for all herb lovers who want to strengthen their relationship to the medicine.

Students will harvest herbs and make medicines and build their own personal medicine chest. Apprentices will participate in these study days as part of their program.

One herb is studied in depth each month – from the field or forest to the pharmacy.

We will see the plants growing; we will study botany, plant identification, harvesting methods, processing the crop and making medicines, including implementing quality control and good manufacturing practices in the dispensary. Each day will involve time outside as well as indoors, learning by doing and workshops/hands-on as well as lectures sometimes.

We will discuss the pharmacology and clinical applications, safety, dosing, synergies and formulating with each herb. Some of the classes will be taught in the apothecary garden where we will discuss key body systems, especially as regards the herb of the month and look at the various plants that can be effective in each system.

Classes will run on Fridays once a month from 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm (22 March, 19 April, 17 May, plus 4 dates TBA in Sept – Dec)

The fee is $65 per day plus GST.

To register call 250-336-8768 or email cabreraclinic@gmail.com

 

Mar
23
Sat
Student Training Clinic @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Mar 23 @ 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

Apr
17
Wed
Spring Season Webinar Series @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Apr 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Three lectures of 90 minutes each.  

Attend in person or watch online; accessible to watch online after airing

Materia medica and clinical applications of herbs for the specific topics: constituents, actions and phyto-pharmacology, dosing and combining

20 March:  Stress management and better sleep with herbs

  • physiology of stress and effects on the body
  • ‘sleep hygeine’ and creating the best opportunity for sleep
  • The sleep cycle and how to nap well
  • gentler relaxing nervines and mild sedatives: lemon balm, oats, linden
  • materia medica for enhancing sleep

17 April:  Immune support with herbs

  • innate and acquired immunity
  • promoting primary defences – fever treatments, mucolytics, expectorants,
  • materia medica for enhanced immune resilience and fighting infection
    • immune tonics: medicinal mushrooms, astragalus
    • immune stimulants : echinacea,
    • anti-microbials : garlic, taheebo, usnea, berberine
    • lymphatics
  • how to make wei qi (immune protection) soup

15 May:  Detox, liver support and tissue cleansing with herbs

  • Toxins, the liver and the 21st century
  • How the liver works in health and sickness
  • How toxins in the blood contribute to ill health
  • Sauna, exercise, dry skin brushing as detox aides
  • Fasting and tissue detoxification
  • Green juices and recipes for cleansing foods
  • Supplements and herbs to assist liver process and release toxins

$30 each or $75 for all three plus GST

To register call 250-336-8768 or email cabreraclinic@gmail.com

Apr
19
Fri
Field to Pharmacy – Herb Study Day @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This will be a deep dive into herbal medicine for students and practitioners and for all herb lovers who want to strengthen their relationship to the medicine.

Students will harvest herbs and make medicines and build their own personal medicine chest. Apprentices will participate in these study days as part of their program.

One herb is studied in depth each month – from the field or forest to the pharmacy.

We will see the plants growing; we will study botany, plant identification, harvesting methods, processing the crop and making medicines, including implementing quality control and good manufacturing practices in the dispensary. Each day will involve time outside as well as indoors, learning by doing and workshops/hands-on as well as lectures sometimes.

We will discuss the pharmacology and clinical applications, safety, dosing, synergies and formulating with each herb. Some of the classes will be taught in the apothecary garden where we will discuss key body systems, especially as regards the herb of the month and look at the various plants that can be effective in each system.

Classes will run on Fridays once a month from 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm (22 March, 19 April, 17 May, plus 4 dates TBA in Sept – Dec)

The fee is $65 per day plus GST.

To register call 250-336-8768 or email cabreraclinic@gmail.com

 

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

May
1
Wed
BIOPHILIA / BIOFILIA – A Deep Green Nature Immersion Retreat @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
May 1 – May 5 all-day

Traditional rules of science are being challenged and new perspectives are opening up – new ways of understanding how we relate to and are related to Nature. When we leave the city behind, when we allow peace to reign, when we open to Nature, then transformation happens. This course provides a foundation in life sciences for students of nutrition, horticulture, and herbal medicine.  The course provides insights into life processes and ecological networks not usually taught in colleges and reviews the place of our human species in the natural systems and cycles of the earth.

Expertly blending meditation with medicine, this interactive and experiential program will teach you ways of seeing nature, ways of exploring nature and ways of being in nature that can deepen your personal and professional practice.

 This 4-day retreat will give you:

  • a revised framework for personal interaction in nature
  • a deeper understanding of the chemistry and processes of life on earth and how humans fit in the tree of life
  • an understanding of scientific and spiritual integration through Goethean study of plants and through modern microbiology and genetics
  • definitions and tools for practicing Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing Therapy)
  • ways to bring plants into the therapeutic process (indoors and outdoors)
  • a chance to sink quietly into green space, to relax, to unwind, to rejuvenate

The fee of $500.00 + GST includes lunch each day. Accommodations are not included.

May  1 6:30 – 9pm first evening meet-up (pot-luck supper, introductions, and orientation) Days two / three / four / five 9.30 am – 12.30 pm and  2 – 5 pm 

Day One Outline Learning Objectives
Morning:

The Building Blocks of Food

The building blocks of life, protein, DNA, lipid, and carbohydrate biochemistry are reviewed.  Other components are briefly introduced: non-coding RNAs, metalloproteins, cell membrane, energy metabolism, cell wall weaving Understand the primacy of protein molecules in all life processes

Comprehend the immense complexity of life activity at the molecular level in all cells

 

Afternoon: 

Goethean Plant Study

A scientific and experiential application of subjective and objective criteria in the study of nature; deepening practices, expanding visual awareness Practice ways of seeing – objective, close up and subjective feeling

Practice  a botanical review of key plant features

Day Two Outline Learning Objectives
Morning: 

Cells and Life at the Microscopic Level

Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cells, viruses, chloroplasts and mitochondria, nitrogen fixation, protists, lichens, fungi. Understand the fundamental omnipresence of bacteria

Be able to discuss the role of viruses and fungi

Understand endosymbiosis and the continuity of nucleated cells evolved from bacteria to become plants and animals

Afternoon:

Shinrin Yoku Forest Walk

Discussion and slide show of sacred trees around the world and the science of Vitamin G; followed by walking in the woods in contemplative silence Describe and define the structure, shape and form of trees

Understand the mythology and magic of trees

Review the science and research into Forest Bathing practice

Experience a Forest Bathing therapy session

Day Three Outline Learning Objectives
Morning: 

Plants and Animals

Soil microorganisms, plant feeding behaviour, radicle brain networks, soil animals and food webs, microbiome. Be able to define similarities and differences of animal soil dwellers, plant roots, fungi and bacteria,

Understand the pre-eminence of their microbiome to all plants and animals.

Afternoon:

 

Humors, Temperaments and the Seasons – understanding how foods and flavors can be medicines if they are given in accordance with constitution Review the Four Qualities, Elements, Humors, Temperaments

Consider the components of constitution

Understand how to use herbs and foods to adjust and balance constitutions

Practice creating nature art using found materials

Day Four Outline Learning Objectives
Morning:

Where Food Comes From

Industrial Agriculture, green revolution, gene revolution, RoundUp Ready technology, engineered food. Know about soil biology processes and the impact of industrial agrochemicals

 Understand the extent of agri-pollution in industrial food and the toxicity of engineered food

Appreciate the importance of organic agriculture and sustainability in farming

Afternoon:

Sacred Geometry in nature

Understand the patterns of nature as seen in DNA and sunflowers and galaxies and our connection within it.

Walk the Labyrinth – discussion of the meaning and myths and uses of the labyrinth. Opportunity to draw a card and set an intention

Discern the patterns of Nature and the biological connections between life forms

Internalize and embody these lessons in a walking meditation to the literal and metaphorical centre.

Create ritual and intention form the process.

May
15
Wed
Spring Season Webinar Series @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Three lectures of 90 minutes each.  

Attend in person or watch online; accessible to watch online after airing

Materia medica and clinical applications of herbs for the specific topics: constituents, actions and phyto-pharmacology, dosing and combining

20 March:  Stress management and better sleep with herbs

  • physiology of stress and effects on the body
  • ‘sleep hygeine’ and creating the best opportunity for sleep
  • The sleep cycle and how to nap well
  • gentler relaxing nervines and mild sedatives: lemon balm, oats, linden
  • materia medica for enhancing sleep

17 April:  Immune support with herbs

  • innate and acquired immunity
  • promoting primary defences – fever treatments, mucolytics, expectorants,
  • materia medica for enhanced immune resilience and fighting infection
    • immune tonics: medicinal mushrooms, astragalus
    • immune stimulants : echinacea,
    • anti-microbials : garlic, taheebo, usnea, berberine
    • lymphatics
  • how to make wei qi (immune protection) soup

15 May:  Detox, liver support and tissue cleansing with herbs

  • Toxins, the liver and the 21st century
  • How the liver works in health and sickness
  • How toxins in the blood contribute to ill health
  • Sauna, exercise, dry skin brushing as detox aides
  • Fasting and tissue detoxification
  • Green juices and recipes for cleansing foods
  • Supplements and herbs to assist liver process and release toxins

$30 each or $75 for all three plus GST

To register call 250-336-8768 or email cabreraclinic@gmail.com

May
17
Fri
Field to Pharmacy – Herb Study Day @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
May 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This will be a deep dive into herbal medicine for students and practitioners and for all herb lovers who want to strengthen their relationship to the medicine.

Students will harvest herbs and make medicines and build their own personal medicine chest. Apprentices will participate in these study days as part of their program.

One herb is studied in depth each month – from the field or forest to the pharmacy.

We will see the plants growing; we will study botany, plant identification, harvesting methods, processing the crop and making medicines, including implementing quality control and good manufacturing practices in the dispensary. Each day will involve time outside as well as indoors, learning by doing and workshops/hands-on as well as lectures sometimes.

We will discuss the pharmacology and clinical applications, safety, dosing, synergies and formulating with each herb. Some of the classes will be taught in the apothecary garden where we will discuss key body systems, especially as regards the herb of the month and look at the various plants that can be effective in each system.

Classes will run on Fridays once a month from 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm (22 March, 19 April, 17 May, plus 4 dates TBA in Sept – Dec)

The fee is $65 per day plus GST.

To register call 250-336-8768 or email cabreraclinic@gmail.com

 

May
18
Sat
Student Training Clinic @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
May 18 @ 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