Alberta Herb Gathering 2018


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We're so excited to be welcoming local Alberta herbalists, along with herbalists from Eastern Canada and The UnitedStates! 

Abrah Arneson

Abrah Arneson, along with Robert Rogers, founded the Alberta Herb Gathering- we're excited to welcome her back! Abrah is passionate about mind/body healing. After a year-long meditation retreat in the Yukon wilderness, Abrah returned to school to complete Dominion Herbalist Colleges 4-year Clinical Herbal Therapist Program. While in herb school, Abrah worked in a hospice setting caring for the dying.

Upon graduating, Abrah opened The Green Clinic: Herbal and Traditional Healing and was in private practice for 10 years in Red Deer, Alberta. During that time, Abrah wrote a biweekly column on herbal medicine for two Alberta newspapers, facilitated the learning of several apprentices, taught plant medicine at a local college and was a co-founder of the 1st Canadian Herb Gathering. Abrah also published The Herbal Apprentice: Plant Medicine and the Human Being. Abrah has been a guest lecturer at herb gatherings throughout North America.

In 2015, Abrah and her husband (Mark), Dog (Grace) and Cat (Sam), moved to Ontario where she co-manages a meditation retreat centre. She now lives in the beautiful Gatineau Hill, Quebec and practices and teaches herbal medicine in Ottawa, Ontario.

Robert Rogers

Robert Dale Rogers, along with Abrah Arneson, were the founders of the Albert Herb Gathering - we warmly welcome him back! Robert has been an herbalist for over forty-five years, and is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, where he is presently an assistant clinical professor in Family Medicine.

He presently teaches plant medicine, including plant and mushroom medicine, aromatherapy and flower essences in the Earth Spirit Medicine faculty at the Northern Star College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Robert is past chair of the Alberta Natural Health Agricultural Network and Community Health Council of Capital Health. He is a Fellow of the International College of Nutrition, past-chair of the medicinal mushroom committee of the North American Mycological Association and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Fungi magazine and Discovery Phytomedicine.

He is the author of  50 books on medicinal plants and fungi of the boreal forest, including The Fungal Pharmacy: The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America.

A Cree Healer and his Medicine Bundle, was released in June 2015 by North Atlantic Books. It documents the ten generation passing down of over sixty traditional indigenous boreal plants and fungi and their medicinal use.

Mushroom Essences: Vibrational Healing from the Kingdom Fungi was released in July 2016. This book contains 48 mushroom essences prepared under lunar influence for working with soul connection and depth psychology. It includes one or more case study, from clinical practice, associated with using these wonders of the underworld.

In June 2017, North Atlantic books released Herbal Allies: My Journey with Plant Medicine, including 20 plants of the boreal forest from the perspective of the Cree Lunar Calendar.

Jeananne Laing

Jeananne Laing is a Cannabis Educator, Registered Herbalist (AHA), and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.

Through her Enhealthment programs Jeananne helps others regain and maintain health through the use of herbal remedies, nutrition, and lifestyle hacking. Jeananne is excited to now include counselling on legal medical cannabis as a powerful healing tool for her clients.

After many years of managing and teaching at the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing, Jeananne continues her passion for education as Co-founder/Co-Director at Lodgepole School of Wholistic Studies. She is a Cannabis Educator at Harvest Medicine Clinic in Calgary and frequently speaks on various aspects of cannabis and other herbal medicines. 

Jeananne is a founding member and current President of the Alberta Herbalists Association. She served as a board member with the Canadian Council of Herbal Associations for 13 years (2005 - 2017.)


In 2017 Jeananne completed the Clinical Cannabinoid Medicine program at TMCI Global, The Medical Cannabis Institute and LIFT's Retail Cannabis Training course. She studied nutrition at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, completing the Health Coaching Program in 2014. Jeananne completed the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing Clinical and Master Herbalist diploma in 2006 under the direction of Dr. Terry Willard, PhD.

Tiffany Freeman

Tiffany’s passion lies in traditional medicine and therapies that connect us to a deeper healing. Her primary focus is on East & West herbal preparations, Master Tung lineage of Acupuncture, Classical Chinese Medicine, and Traditional Native Healing. Tiffany incorporates her teachings and traditional values as a person of Cree First Nations descent and as a Traditional Medicine Woman with her studies and practice of Traditional Chinese and Western herbal medicine to create a wholistic healing experience for her patients & students.  She is an educator, practitioner, mother of two, and an avid admirer of nature.

Terry Willard

Terry Willard, Cl.H., Ph.D. is recognized as one of North America’s leading Clinical Herbalists. He was the past President of the Canadian Association of Herbal Practitioners and past President of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations and is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. For over forty years he has been an active practitioner and teacher, director of the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing, is in the Canadian Health Food Association’s Hall of Fame and is the author of twelve books. Dr. Willard has formulated many products for corporations throughout the Health Food, Multi-Level Marketing and natural pharmaceutical industries over four decades.


Terry is semi-retired living on an organic acreage on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

Laurie Szott-Rogers

Laurie Szott- Rogers is a Director of Earth Spirit Medicine and The Wise Woman Within at The Northern Star College in Edmonton, AB.  

Her specialties are aromatherapy, goddess mythology, dreamwork, and flower essences. Laurie has taught alternative healing and metaphysics for nearly 30 years.

Laurie and her husband Robert are owners of Scents of Wonder and Prairie Deva Flower Essences, an aromatherapy  and flower essence company, where Laurie has created blends and potions for over two decades. As an author, Laurie has written: The Path of the Devas (2006), Healing the Goddess Wound (2012), The Goddess Wound Workbook (2012), The Healing Goddess Oracle (2012), Scents of Wonder- An Easy Guide to Aromatherapy (2013) and Scents of Wonder-Aromatic Solutions for Health, Beauty and Pleasure (2014).  


7Song is a clinical herbalist, teacher, botanist and naturalist. He is the director and main instructor of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, NY. He is also the director of holistic medicine and a practicing herbalist at the Ithaca Free Clinic, an integrative clinic providing free herbal medicine and other health modalities to the wider community.

7Song has been involved in herbal first aid for many years. He has worked as a street medic and herbalist in a variety of clinics and first aid stations. He has helped run the first aid station at the Rainbow Gathering for over 20 years, which is an off-the-grid first aid station that sees up to 150 people a day with a wide range of health conditions.

One of his goals in teaching is showing how herbal medicine offers useful primary and adjunct treatments in first aid situations, especially working alongside a diversity of health care practitioners. He also endeavors to make herbal medicine accessible and affordable and reaching people who may know little about it.

One of his herbal medicine passions is traveling, gathering and preparing the herbal medicines that he uses in his practice. He also teaches at a number of herb schools and conferences in the US and abroad. Look for him in various habitats taking photographs of things that run, crawl, fly or photosynthesize.

Mindy Green

Mindy Green has founded and owned several herb and essential oil businesses focusing on botanical therapies, aromatherapy education, skin care and product development.  She is a professional and founding member of the American Herbalists Guild, a nationally certified Registered Aromatherapist and esthetician, and served as committee chair for botanicals in cosmetics for the American Herbal Products Association. She has worked at the Herb Research Foundation and led botanical expeditions to the Amazon for the American Botanical Council of Austin, TX. 


Mindy teaches clinical aromatherapy to medical doctors at the Center for Integrative Medicine through Dr. Andrew Weil's program at the University of AZ, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of CO, Boulder, University of MN and Metro State College, Denver. 


A writer and international speaker, she has authored several books and over 60 magazine articles on botanicals, health and skin care. Mindy studied the advanced uses of essential oils at Purdue University, and has worked in the botanical research division of R&D as Clinical Aromatherapist for the Aveda Corporation. She was a past owner and faculty member of the California School of Herbal Studies, and co-founder of Simplers Botanical Company.


She now works at Pharmaca integrative pharmacy in Boulder, CO, and is a long-time environmental activist and past board member of the non-profit United Plant Savers. She thrives by constant learning and teaching.   For a complete bio see!about/cjg9  

Marianne Beacon

Marianne Beacon is a Registered Professional Herbalist, Advanced Bowen Therapist, Reiki Master and teacher.

She has been training in the healing arts since 1994 and has a Diploma in Clinical Herbal Medicine, as well as over 2000 apprenticeship hours alongside traditional and professional herbalists and midwives.

Her focus is a Western Herbalist approach using whole plant medicine and flower essences. Marianne runs a multi-disciplinary clinic and apothecary in Peterborough, Ontario.  She is currently the President of the Ontario Herbalist's Association.

Marianne brings a heart-centered approach to her work and teaching and has many years of wild-crafting, production and clinical experience from which to draw.  With multiple modalities available to her, Marianne offers the breadth and depth of her experience and knowledge to her clients and students in a co-creative and caring atmosphere.

Melanie Isles

Melanie Isles is a mother, wife, friend, gardener, teacher, student, daughter, and plant-loving woman always looking for ways to share the plant love. She has trained & apprenticed under many different herbalists-including a clinical apprenticeship with herbalist Abrah Arneson, & is a certified Herbal Woman’s Educator with Dr. Aviva Romm. 

Through her herbal consultation clinic, she offers private sessions & has an herbal dispensary stocked with medicines she grows & harvests locally. She teaches many different workshops throughout the year including a more in-depth herbal apprenticeship program, sharing ways to use herbal medicine to prevent and treat common illnesses & connecting people with their own healing abilities and the wonders that the plant world has to offer.

Cheyenne Caza

Cheyenne Caza is the backbone of Wisewood Apothecary, a certified Practical Herbalist, and a certified Reflexologist through Wild Rose College of Natural Healing. She currently serves as a board member with the Alberta Herbalist Association, striving to protect and foster herbalism within Alberta. 


Born and raised in Calgary, Cheyenne spent years of her life adventuring around in forests of poplar, with saskatoon berry-stained fingers, and sleeping among the tenacious plants of Alberta's breathtaking landscapes.

Bree Nabholz

Bree is a Registered Medical Herbalist in Edmonton, AB where she runs her herbal medicine practice and botanical dispensary. Her dispensary stocks over 100 herbs and she loves formulating individualized blends for her clients and other practitioners including naturopaths, chiropractors and midwives throughout Alberta.


In 2007, she completed her Diploma of Holistic Health at Grant McEwan University, specializing in flower essences and herbology. Through Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies on Salt Spring Island, BC she completed the Intermediate Herbal Program where she learned medicine-making and wild-crafting skills. Bree then continued on to receive her clinical training from Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC, where she completed a 3 year Diploma of Phytotherapy.


Coming back to her Albertan roots, Bree opened Wild Yarrow Herbal Medicine Clinic and Dispensary in Edmonton, AB where she enjoys seeing clients to get to the heart of their health issues.  Her locally-made "Wild Yarrow Herbals" product line includes herbal products designed for pregnancy, daily wellness and festival/summer fun. You can find her products at Earth's General Store and Noorish, as well as online.  


She's a Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG), as well as the Alberta Herbalists Association (AHA). She's also honored to sit on the board of both the Alberta Herbalists Association and the Canadian Council of Herbal Associations where she actively works along her peers to create a strong presence of herbalism in Alberta and Canada in order to raise the public profile of Herbalism as a whole. 


Bree is passionate about women's empowerment, women's health and connecting the dots between mental and emotional patterns with physical symptoms in the body; she believes addressing all facets of a person is necessary to create true long-lasting healing.

Dionne Jennings

Dionne has a mission as a Community Herbalist in Alberta: connecting plants & people. 


Dionne began studying herbal medicine in the folk tradition 19 years ago on Vancouver Island, & has been influenced by many teachers & mentors. She completed a 3 year supervised clinical apprenticeship with Abrah Arneson in 2015.

As facilitator for the Edmonton Herb Club, she teaches regular plant medicine workshops as well as coordinating herbal events for those keen for plant knowledge in the Edmonton area.


Dionne feels much of her role as a Community Herbalist is to help others begin to re-connect with lost traditional plant knowledge & practices--whether living on acres of stewarded land, or like most, within the challenges of the urban environment.

In 2017 she was pleased to form a partnership with Sustainable Food Edmonton to install Community Medicine teaching gardens in both sides of the city, while offering concurrent subsidized programming to make learning growing, harvesting & making herbal remedies accessible to all Edmontonians.

Sean Donahue

Sean Donahue is a highly neurodivergent wild forest creature who currently lives on the border of Washington and Oregon on the traditional territory of the Yakima Nation.   


He is a poet, herbalist, and witch.  He taught for four years at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC in the School of Western Herbal Medicine and is still a frequent guest teacher there.  He is a columnist for Plant Healer Magazine.

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