Ongoing Herbal Workshop Series

There's no learning quite like the kind you do with your hands, and I've got a passion for getting people to participate in the joys of herbal medicine making.

Workshops focus on a variety of health topics, and each one leaves you with your own handmade collection of at least 3 medicinal herbal products (e.g. teas, tinctures, and/or topicals), and a better understanding of how to create natural and effective herbal medicines right from home. Whether you're brand new to herbal medicine entirely or just looking to deepen your knowledge & skills, each workshop is designed to build your confidence in the art & science of herbal pharmacy, no matter your level of expertise. 

Workshops are all currently taking place at 515-55 Water Street, in the Gastown neighbourhood of Vancouver BC.

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Upcoming Workshops

Menstrual Cycle Tracking & Herbal Medicine Intensive


Sunday November 26th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

With Special Guest Instructor

Krista Dawn Poulton

I've been wanting to bring herbal-hormone goddess Krista Dawn Poulton, Medical Herbalist to Vancouver for awhile now friends, and am SO thrilled to say that it's finally happening! In this full day, practitioner-based intensive, Krista will introduce menstrual & ovulation cycle charting by tracking basal body temperature and cervical changes, offering up empowerment for the female body and our reproductive health. In this workshop you'll learn...

  • How to identify follicular and luteal phase pathologies including progesterone deficiency leading to recurrent miscarriages, anovulatory cycles leading to infertility or PCOS and estrogen dominance leading to fibroids, and endometriosis. 
  • How to assess cycle charts along with herbal, and supplement treatment protocols with common reproductive pathologies such as post-birth control pill, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, PMDD, PCOS (including assessment of hormonal acne), fibroids, endometriosis and infertility will be discussed.
  • Detailed monographs will be covered on herbs with specifics on how they affect the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Ovarian Axis, their hormonal implications and indications for use. Some herbs that will be covered include:

Vitex agnus-castus
Dioscorea villosa
Cimicifuga racemosa
Paeonia lactiflora
Glycyrrhiza glabra
Tribulus terrestris
Angelica sinensis
Asparagus racemosa

Though this class would be ideal for practitioners, students and self-studied herbalists will be sure to gain a wealth of knowledge too! 

Cost is $99 + GST

Registration is required and can be done by emailing


Introduction to Flower Essences with Gudrun Penselin


Tuesday October 10th, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

"Health depends on being in harmony with our souls.” - Dr. Edward Bach

Bach Flower essences are subtle plant medicines that encourage true healing in a very safe, gentle, yet effective way, and Gudrun Penselin knows them better than anyone I've ever known.

Join me for an evening as Gudrun guides us through practical exercises which will allow us to experience the benefits of Bach Flowers on an individual basis, and learn how to incorporate them them into our daily lives. Both theory and practice will be interwoven throughout this entire experiential workshop. Walk away from this talk with knowledge of:

• Bach Flowers & vibrational healing
• How Bach Flower Remedies work
• Bach Flowers versus homeopathy & aromatherapy
• Practical information on how to integrate Bach Flowers into a holistic practice and personal lifestyle

Cost is $75 (Student rate $50)

Pre-registration is required and can be done by emailing

Past Workshops

DIY Herbal Skin Care Intensive


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Sunday July 9th, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Ever daydream about having a collection of your very own organic, handmade, personalized-to-your-particular-skin-type, herbal-infused line of skin care products?

Well I’m here to turn dreams into reality herb lovers...

In this workshop I’ll be pairing up with my long-time bestie/professional body care producer Vanessa Bosco to do just that. Vanessa is an aromatherapist & skin-care guru, who specializes in ayurvedic therapies & analysis. She is my go-to person for making that perfect tweak to my own potions & lotions, and I’m so thrilled to be able to bring her inner/outer beauty & expertise into the workshop space!

What to Expect: 

An intensive 4-hour workshop which includes:

  • Individualized skin care consultation & analysis
  • Demonstration & custom creation of each of the following organic herbal skin care products:
    • Cleanser (100 ml)
    • Toner (100 ml)
    • Moisturizer (100 ml)
    • Body Scrub (100 g)
    • Sunscreen (100 ml)
  • Full recipes & instructions for each of the products above
  • Freedom from the toxins-heavy skin care cycle forever!

Cost is $199, and includes the cost of all supplies. Or register with a friend and save yourself some moola for $175!

Pre-registration is required and can be done by emailing


Past Workshops

Adaptogens, Everyday. 

Sunday February 26th, 1:30-3:30 PM

What's the most meaningful way to improve a healthy lifestyle? By supporting our body’s physiological response to daily physical & emotional stressors. Enter The Adaptogens.

What to Expect:

In this workshop, we’ll immerse ourselves into some of the most ancient & revered plants us humans have humbly had the honour of communing with. 

We'll sample up some of my favourite adaptogenic herbs, and learn how to incorporate them into easy daily rituals & routines to help support our sleep, energy & stamina with recipes inspired by Agatha Noveille's recently published “Adaptogens: Your Guide to Herbs for Radiant Health” including:  

  • Midnight Mylk: Kava, Schisandra & Rose Powder Elixir for dreamy restful sleeps (25 g)
  • Tulsi & Lavender Syrup for a blissful daily addition to our water bottles (100 ml) 
  • Maca & Eleuthero Oxymel for supercharging our stamina & our senses (100 ml)  

Cost is $90 and includes the cost of all herbs & supplies. Or register with a friend and save yourself some moola, at 2 people for $140.

Pre-registration is required and can be done by emailing

Gentle Herbal Reset Workshop

Sunday January 22nd, 1:30-3:30

What to Expect:

Oh hey 2017!

Come set yourself up for success with everything you need for a reset after a holiday season filled with oh-so blissful indulgence.

In this workshop you'll prepare everything you need for a 2 week herbal cleanse while discussing the safe use & pharmacology of major herbal actions for detoxification such as alteratives, hepatics & laxatives. We'll also walk through an easy-to-do (I swear) elimination diet that will have you feeling fresh as heck.

You'll leave having custom blended some of my favourite herbs into formulas that help give our elimination organs a gentle boost including:

  • Detoxifying Liver Tincture (100 ml)
  • Bulking Laxative Smoothie and/or Stimulating Laxative Capsules
  • Alterative & Nutritional Infusion (50 g)

Cost is $90 and includes the cost of all herbs & supplies. Or register with a friend and save yourself some moola, at 2 people for $140.

Early Birds can Register for $80 before January 15th.

Pre-registration is required and can be done by emailing

DIY Herbal Gift Making Class 

Thursday December 15th, 6:00-8:00 PM

What to Expect:

One of my very favourite workshops of the year! Perhaps the only thing better than communing with our medicine, is doing so with the intent to give them to those we love. In this workshop you'll prepare everything you need for those last minute herb-lovers on your list. We'll sip on some cocoa (and likely listen to Mariah Carey Christmas on repeat) while you blend a combination of DIY Herbal Gifts including...

  • Ashwagandha Chai (3 x 125 ml jars) 

  • Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm (3 x 2 oz tins) 

  • Herbal Christmas Ornaments (3) 

Cost is $80 and includes the cost of all herbs & supplies. Or register with a friend and save yourself some moola, at 2 people for $140!

 Pre-registration is required and can be done by emailing 

Christmas Cocktail Class

Sunday December 18th, 3:00-5:00 PM

What to Expect:

Come get in the Christmas 'spirit' while we sample up and blend a delicious variety of some of my favourite & festive holiday bevy additions including: 

  • Schisandra & Cinnamon Syrup (100 ml) for adding to every mixed drink imaginable
  • Spiced Cider Mulling Mix OR Mulled Wine with Kava & Chamomile (50g) - for mellowing us out while warming us up
  • Cinnamon & Burdock Bitters (50 ml) - for helping us digest while we indulge 

Cost is $95 and includes the cost of all herbs & supplies. Or register with a friend and save yourself some moola, at 2 people for $160! 

Pre-registration is required and can be done by emailing 

Herbal Medicine for Healthy Hormones 

Thursday October 27th, 6:30-8:30 PM

What to Expect:

We’ll start with a basic overview of your body’s sex hormones, where they’re made, what they do, when they do it, and help give you a deeper understanding of how symptoms are related to hormonal changes throughout the menstrual cycle.  We’ll then discuss and sample a selection of my favourite herbs for female hormone balancing & PMS symptoms such as:

Menstrual cramping
Moodiness & Irritability
Heavy and/or irregular menstrual bleeding
Weight gain & water retention
Acne break outs

You’ll then custom blend your own 3-4 week supply of a medicinal tea & topical herbal compress for relief of symptoms related to premenstrual syndrome, as well as herbal tincture to help support a happier, healthier menstrual cycle.

Cost is $80 and includes the cost of all herbs & supplies. Pre-registration is required and can be done by emailing

Fire Cider Workshop

Sunday October 30th, 1:00-3:00 PM

Come learn how to make an immune-boosting tonic that has been passed down by herbalists for centuries. Technically considered an oxymel, Fire Cider takes apple cider vinegar and infuses it with potent aromatic & antimicrobial herbs, which gets rounded off with a touch of that healer of all healers – honey. It’s the perfect winter remedy to have on hand to combat coughs, colds, “tickles in the throat”, and in general keep our circulatory & digestive fires moving all season long.

What to Expect:

Over the class, we’ll sip some immune-boosting chai while discussing the medicinal properties of the various herbs included such as:

Circulatory Stimulants

Complete recipes & instructions will be provided, and under my supervision each participant with formulate and blend their own custom fire cider using a selection of my favourite immune herbs, foods & fruits.

You’ll leave with your own custom prepared 1 Litre Fire Cider (ready to use in 3 weeks), as well as a 100 ml bottle of my own ready-to-use recipe.

Cost is $80 and includes the cost of all herbs & supplies. Pre-registration is required and can be done by emailing

Group & Private Workshops

If you happen to...

  • Have an idea or venture that requires the help of some herbal expertise

  • Want to gift yourself and/or others with a customized workshop on how to make your own herbal medicines & natural personal care products

  • Have a health topic or herbal subject you’d like me to instruct a class or workshop on for your business, friends, or family

Bookings can be made in my new herbal Gastown workshop space by completing the submission form below or emailing

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