Workshops

Workshops will be held both inside and outside, depending on the nature of the workshop. 

Workshops for 2020 are now being uploaded! Please check back as new workshops are added.

Ancestral Medicine of the Metis People - Kalyn Kodiak

Where European settler & First Nations medicines align, the Michif (Metis people) created their own system of health care to stay healthy on thousand-mile treks across the prairie provinces. Borrowing from First Nations parents in the Annishinnabe, Cree and Dene cultures, the Michif also made use of european goods and techniques when available. We will explore ceremonies and plants used for healing among the Michif people, with a focus on the Alberta Metis groups who traveled and settled the prairies of South & Central Alberta – and the medicines they brought with them.

Supporting Individuals with Autism - Kalyn Kodiak

The autistic spectrum covers a wide array of conditions and symptoms that may (or may not!) cover traits affecting a person’s mental, emotional and physical health. Let’s discuss the diverse experiences, challenges and barriers faced by people who live and thrive with autism, to discover how we as herbalists can bring relief and healing while working compassionately with clients on the spectrum. The goal of this workshop is to bring practitioners from ASD-aware to ASD-informed, to best support individuals and their families in daily life.

Self-Medication as a Balancing Act – Our Relationship with Pain - Flo Lavallie

Self-medication involves the suppression of discomfort by moving ourselves down to a lower level of balance and comfort. Breaking the habit of self-medication is not just a matter of avoiding all possible means of doing so. No matter how many means of medication we illuminate, if the drive is still there, we will unconsciously find some means of self-medication. Ending self-medication is a matter of fundamentally redefining our own relationship with pain.

Medicine Women and Medicine Men – their knowledge of Nature’s Remedies - Flo Lavallie

Medicine women and men were exceptionally observant “Child of Nature” – they responded that what the wild animals of the field, forest, and mountainside found acceptable as food. Noting that one poisonous snake was bitten by another, the bitten one slithered away to eat a certain root, he decided to use it for himself for the future. He (she) took note of the astringent leaves wounded animals applies by instinct, to stem the flow of blood. He (she) took note of the tonic laxative berries he saw the bear go for first thing on coming out of a winters sleep, al of the herbs esteemed by the caribou, the wolf, the wild turkey and the other birds. Nature served them well – for their health and stamina was truly superb.ion...

Recovering from Addictions - Flo Lavallie

Getting help: The first step in recovery is to admit there is a problem and help is needed. This usually means reaching major low point (hitting rock bottom) if the desire to change is there. By interacting with people having similar addictions and life problems the person in recovery becomes more reflective, less self-absorbed and more capable of seeing other perspectives.

Making Cannabis Medicine at Home - Jeananne Laing

Using the principles of herbal remedy making, we will discuss both the basics as well as considerations unique to cannabis including decarboxylation, basic infused oil, tincture, tea, and salves. Dosing strategies will also be covered. Demos and recipes included.

Cannabis: Clinical Best Practices - Jeananne Laing

Best practices to follow when utilizing cannabis in a clinical practice.

 

Incorporating cannabis into a clinical practice can be intimidating. This workshop will clear up confusion around cannabis use, helping you be more confident in utilizing this powerful herb with your clients. Topics covered include understanding when cannabis use is appropriate, methods of use, cautions and safety concerns, cannabis/drug interactions, and how to choose products.

Herbal Medicine for Psychospiritual Healing - Samantha Orthlieb

Are you an herbalist or health practitioner who is searching for a psychospiritual framework or approach for your practice?

Do you want to go beyond a traditional course taught, bio-chemical based, and symptomatic approach to herbalism?   

This workshop is an introductory discussion about what it means to view plants as multi-dimensional, and how they can be used to access shadow and trauma, along with releasing toxic emotions, thoughts or beliefs. Plant medicine can be used to reconnect with the Senses of the Soul, one’s intuition, soulful purpose and authenticity while also working with wounding and healing challenges. Several common plants will be highlighted in this talk, along with understanding how they can be used archetypally, psychologically and/or spiritually.

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