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Physical Examination and Clinical Skills – Herb Camp

May 23 - May 28


A deep dive into the human body and the art of wellness assessment

facilitated by medical herbalist and osteopathic practitioner Katolen Yardley, DO (EU), MNIMH, RH (AHG), RHT, and medical herbalist, Chanchal Cabrera MSc, FNIMH, RH(AHG)

Are you a senior student needing clinical hours to graduate?

Are you a practitioner of natural medicine looking to brush up on all your clinical skills and hands-on assessments?

Do you want to increase your confidence in clinical practice and enhance patient care?

Join two of Canada’s most experienced natural health practitioners – medical herbalist and manual osteopath Katolen Yardley and medical herbalist Chanchal Cabrera – in-person, for a six-day deep dive into the human body and the art of wellness assessment. This 34 hour, dynamic and fast paced theoretical and practical program offers a hands-on approach to physical examinations skills and clinical interviewing. You will emerge with a comprehensive methodology for knowing your patients as well as a better understanding of the processes and presentations of disease.

Dates and Times:

May 23th – 28th (6 days): 9am – 4:30pm


$600.00 plus GST.
Includes a $150 non-refundable deposit.


To Register

  1. Fill out your registration form here.
  2. Purchase tickets below.
    (Your spot will be reserved once both of step 1 and 2 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.

Successful registrants will receive a confirmation email with the event details as well as a coupon code for 20% off of the Case Studies workshop with David Winston.  


Registration Deadline: May 9th


Workshop Details:

Daily Schedule

  • 9 am – 1 pm: physical examinations by body system
  • 1pm – 2:30pm: Lunch
  • 2:30pm – 4:30pm (except day 6): interview skills, record keeping, observe two full patient intakes and participate in treatment planning and dispensing formulas

*The program ends after lunch on day 6 to allow for homeward travel.

Topics Covered:

  1. Physical examinations by body system – theory, practice and some common pathologies (24 hours)
    • Taking vitals : Blood pressure, temperature, height, weight, calculating body mass index
    • Circulatory & Respiratory System: assessing circulation, pulses, auscultation of the lungs and heart, heart rate & rhythm.
    • Musculoskeletal system – range of movement, tone, strength, passive and active testing, joint health.
    • Nervous system – sensation, movement and reflexes. Cranial nerves – sensation, movement and reflexes
    • Digestive system: appetite, metabolism and elimination, palpation and auscultation of the abdomen
    • Skin, nails, hair, lymph nodes, breast health, sinus and upper respiratory systems (EENT); overall top to toe physical review
  2. Practical clinical skills (10 hours)
    • Building trust and rapport, interview skills,
    • Collaboration and referrals,
    • Permissions and consent, record keeping, safety and privacy (HIPPA),
    • Gender & cultural sensitivity, legal considerations e.g. reportable diseases, age of consent to see children without parents, safeguarding and more
  3. Demonstration of two full patient interviews, assessments, and protocol development

There will be time spent in the botanic garden with over 200 medicinal plants and a Shinrin yoku (forest bathing) walk in the forest behind the property


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.

Katolen Yardley DO (EU), MNIMH, RH (AHG), RHT

Katolen Yardley is a medical herbalist in private practice since 2000 and is a manual osteopathic practitioner with an emphasis on craniosacral techniques. Since 2010 she has mentored advanced students of herbal medicine in a clinic environment to fine tune skills and in depth training with physical assessment techniques. She is a clinic supervisor for Heartwood (UK), Dominion Herbal College and Wild Rose College and adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic College. Past president of the BC Herbalists Association and current president of the Canadian Council of Herbalists Associations. Katolen is the author of The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies. In her open time she enjoys yoga, traveling and exploring other cultures, and photography.


May 23
May 28
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Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden, Courtenay, BC
3636 Trent Rd, Courtenay, BC V9N 9R4, Canada
Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 9R4 Canada
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