Herbal Intensive: What, Why and How?
The Cowichan Valley supports a lush growth of plants that have been traditionally used for medicinal purposes, as well as for food. Join us to study indigenous, wild, and cultivated botanical with a Master Herbalist who has more than 35 years experience.
Friday, July 29th – Monday August 1st, 2016
In this 3 1/2 day Intensive you will learn:
Ø introduction to botanical terms
Ø identification of common weeds & cultivated herbs
Ø harvesting, drying and storage
Ø doctrine of signatures
Ø medicine wheel & plant energy
You will also learn how to prepare and apply herbs in a practical and fun “hands on” setting:
Ø Poultices, fomentations and compresses
Ø Infusions, decoctions and juices
Ø Sweat baths, inhalations
Ø Herbal oils and salves
Ø Enemas and douches
Ø Tinctures, herbal vinegars
Ø Preparations for eyes, teeth, sinus and nose
Ø Glycerites, syrups and more…
Someone might get a poultice applied; another a compress. Faces often contort as we taste the various decoctions!
We learn how to prepare and apply herbs in a practical and fun “hands on” setting.
Includes: 1/2 day Medicine Wheel Workshop, July 29th, 1-4 pm
Ø Understand the 4 element model that has endured from ancient cultures around the world
Ø Learn to apply this to 4 pillars of health:
Ø Learn to understand herbal properties and actions
You can take Medicine Wheel Workshop on its own for $50, (contact our office). This is included for those attending the Intensive.
What past participants have to say:
“When is your next Intensive? I know some people who want to take this course. I loved it and learned so much, as well as feeling refreshed before heading back to my busy life and health business.”
Cheryn Donaldson McInnis, Specialized Instructor & Practitioner SIP and Kinisiology, Vancouver, BC
One trained practitioner from Calgary, Alberta wrote this in her evaluation:
“I learned to identify herbs out in the field, herbs which I have used with people for many years but never knew what they looked like. It was great to see them in their natural habitat. It helped me get to know them better as living beings! ”
Monica Hirai, Herbal & Homeopathic Consultant, Calgary, AB.
“I was one of the lucky participants, and it was so worth the time and cost. The setting was lovely, the other participants were generous in sharing their own experiences, the food was delicious, and the learning was boundless! Lorene is a born teacher, and the breadth of her expertise is amazing to me. This was just the workshop I needed to get me started in my own learning about herbs. Thank you!”
Miriam S. Duncan, BC
“I can only encourage everyone to attend this inspiring & educational event. Once you embark on this opportunity to identify, smell, and work with a wide variety of herbs you will gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the healing powers herbs have to offer. The medicine wheel and other teachings on all pillars of health will bring you closer to nature and discovering your true inner self – reminding you the importance of incorporating all aspects of life into your daily living to achieve well-being. Take advantage of this event held in a beautiful paradise – only a walk away from a crystal clear river, taught by a very knowledgeable and successful instructor & provided with delicious meals fresh from the garden! ”
Monica Franey, BSc RN, Annapolis Valley, NS
More comments can be read on the Herbal Intensive 2012 , when I had time to post them.
Join us to experience the healing powers we have been provided with by getting in touch with herbs. Feel the peace of nature seep into your cells, guided by one of Canada’s leading herbal experts, Master Herbalist and Healer of over 30 years.
On beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia – build a holiday of your lifetime around this event! Please contact our office for posters with details.
You will keep a minimum of three herbal products you help make.
Investment: $350 paid by July 20th & save $100
$450 after July 20th
Includes: ½ day Medicine Wheel Workshop Fri, 3 full days Sat. Sun. Mon, all supplies, samples, and organic lunches.
Medicine Wheel workshop only $50
Registration closes July 25th $50 of registration fee is non-refundable
About the Instructor: Lorene Benoit is a Health Educator with a Bachelor of Education in Biology and Physical Education. She has a Masters of Holistic Health; Certifications as Herbal Consultant, Iridologist, Contact Reflex Analyst and several Body-Mind Healing modalities. She has engendered nutrition, lifestyle management and natural therapies for more than 30 years. Her passion is empowering people through down to earth education of their own bodies, herbs and health on all levels. In her vision to help people move towards optimum health, she offers consultations in her Vancouver Island office, writes and travels extensively to lecture and teach, and promote her book: The Paw Paw Program, a natural approach to cancer and health optimization. This annual intensive is a favourite, where all the connections of healing come together in nature!
This course is on 5 wild and cultivated acres within the temperate rain forest of Vancouver Island, registered as a Conservation Steward of the Cowichan Community Land Trust, with over 300 plant species!
5175 Bills Road, Duncan, British Columbia, V9L 6S7, Canada
Register by phone: 250 748-6802 or
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