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Energetic Herbalism – Reading the Pattern Language of our Landscapes and our Selves

August 3 - August 4

2024 Herb Camp - Website event photo

Join us for a transformative journey into the depths of Energetic Herbalism, where we’ll unravel the intricate connections between ourselves and the living world around us. Over the course of two days, we’ll delve into the essence of nature’s language and its profound implications for our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Emerge with a renewed sense of connection and appreciation for the intricacies of the world around you.

Who is this course for?

Anyone with a keen interest in herbal medicine, health and wellbeing, and the natural world! This weekend course is open to the general public but practitioners will still find it valuable.

Dates and Times:

August 3rd – 4th, 2024

Fees: $275 plus GST
Includes a $75.00 non-refundable deposit


To Register

  1. Fill out your registration form here (if you’ve already registered for part one you don’t need to do this again!)
  2. Purchase tickets here (Your spot will be reserved once both of these steps are completed)
  3. (optional) If you would like to camp on the property, please select this option on your registration form. You will need to purchase camping here for the number of nights you wish to camp for.

Course Outline


  • Review  Energetic Herbalism and Pattern Language of the World 
  • Ecology – the science of finding home
  • Essential Elements and Nutrients for our Wholeness
  • Medicine of the Seasons
  • Five Phase/Element Theory
  • Garden time with herbs that correspond to body systems and the 5-elements
  • Build a mandala as an homage to the elements



  • Gothean plant study – seeing and sensing plants, subjective and objective science
  • Garden time with herbs for the nervous system : Nervines, trophorestoratives, and bitters
  • Herbalism as a meditation practice
  • Guided labyrinth walk as a therapy practice

Food & Accommodation

Registration fees include use of the herbal tea bar and a vegetarian lunch each day.

Camping is available on site for a fee $35 per person per night including breakfast.

Campers are required to supply their own tent, mattress and bedding. There are toilets and a hot shower on site. There are very limited cooking facilities for campers and evening meals are not provided. The property is close to Cumberland (10 minutes) or Courtenay (15 minutes) for various stores and restaurants.

No camp stoves or fires allowed (extreme fire hazard). For non-campers there are numerous AirBnB or VRBO properties within a few minutes of the gardens. Look for Royston, Cumberland or south Courtenay as a location guide.


Meet your Instructors

Chanchal Cabrera MSc, FNIMH, RH(AHG), RHT

Chanchal is a medical herbalist with 35 years of clinical practice. She has a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine and runs a private herbal medicine clinic with a specialty in holistic oncology. She is the author of Holistic Cancer Care (Storey Books). Chanchal teaches herbal medicine worldwide, including being a senior member of faculty at Heartwood (UK), a sessional lecturer at Wild Rose College and at Pacific Rim College, and adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic College. Chanchal is also a certified ShinrinYoku (forest bathing) practitioner, a certified Master Gardener and a certified Horticulture Therapist.

Kat Maier RH (AHG)

Kat Maier RH, (AHG) is the founder and director of Sacred Plant Traditions, a center for herbal studies in Charlottesville, Virginia. One of her greatest accomplishments has been to train many clinical herbalists who have gone onto to begin other schools, apothecaries or open their own practices. In clinical practice for over 30 years, Kat teaches internationally at universities, conferences, and herbal schools. She is a founding member of Botanica Mobile Clinic, a nonprofit dedicated to providing accessible herbal medicine to local communities. The Botanica clinic arose out of her school’s free clinic which was one of the first on the East Coast and served as a template for other herbalism schools. She began her study of plants as a Peace Corps volunteer, and her training as a Physician’s Assistant allows her to weave the language of biomedicine into her practice of traditional energetic herbalism. She is coauthor of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas. As a passionate steward of the plants, Kat also served as president of United Plant Savers and was the recipient of the organization’s first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award.


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