Event Details

  • When: Saturday, 29 February 2020

    Times: Start: Saturday 9.00am Registration End: Sunday 4.00pm  

    Where: Emerson College

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The first part of the Heartwood Professional Course Biophilia module, presented by Chanchal Cabrera.

This course is designed to awaken the senses to herbs as healing agents on many levels, tangible and intangible, physical and spiritual. It sets the tone for the holistic philosophies inherent throughout the clinical herbal medicine program at Heartwood - putting the plants themselves front and centre in the healing paradigm, and empowering students to use direct Nature-based healing methodology to deepen, enrich and compliment clinical herbal practice. Through discussions of neo-Darwinism and endosymbiogenesis, and through exploration of universal patterns and relationships in nature, students develop a deep appreciation for the multifaceted healing powers of Nature, an appreciation for each other, and an appreciation of the practitioner as part of greater whole, a community of healers, and a professional and collegial association of mutual support.

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Chanchal Cabrera, MSc, FNIMH, (RH)AHG, has been a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) since 1987 and was awarded Fellowship 2009. She gained an MSc in herbal medicine at the University of Wales in 2003 and has been Faculty Chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster since 2004. She is also a Certified Master Gardener, Certified Horticulture Therapist, and holds Diplomas in Botanic Garden Management and Botanic Garden Education from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Chanchal lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband run Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden, a 7-acre registered botanic garden specializing in food and medicine plants, and host internships in organic farming and herbal medicine. They also host Gardens without Borders, a federally registered not-for-profit society established to run therapy garden programs for people with disabilities.