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Herbal Medicine Classes
in Courtenay, B.C. (Summer 2024)

These classes are geared toward the general public – no experience required.

Medicinal Plant Walks

This summer, I’m facilitating a few plant walks at Innisfree Farm & Botanic Garden on Vancouver Island.

These plant walks include practical information about local medicinal plants (‘weeds’) as well as plants you can grow in your garden. 1 hour in duration, $10/person. 

There is a wealth of medicine out there waiting for you in your yard or the local forest or park—plants that can help you stop bleeding of a wound, counteract the pain & swelling of wasp stings, reduce the itch of a rash, improve your digestion, reduce anxiety, and more.

You’ll learn how to identify the plants, what time of the year is optimal for harvesting, which part(s) of the plant you want to use, what form of administration (topical or internal use; if fresh or dried is better; using as a tea or tincture or poultice etc.), harvesting techniques, and for what health condition(s) that particular plant could be useful for alleviating.

Thursday, June 26th (7pm – 8pm)

Wednesday, July 10th (7pm – 8pm)

Sunday, August 4th (7pm – 8pm)

$10/person – Pre-register here via Eventbrite or simply show up in person (& pay with cash) 
Location: 3636 Trent Road, Courtenay BC, V9N 9R4

Educational Classes & Workshops

My goal is to share practical information in an accessible, interesting, and memorable way to empower you with information and implementable tools (herbal remedies, nutritional considerations, supplements, etc.) that could be helpful for you or someone you know.

Upcoming Classes in the Comox Valley:


Herbal Medicine for First Aid

(Co-facilitated with medical herbalist Alina Baker)
Saturday, July 6th — 1 pm – 4:30 pm
Learn about plant medicine for a variety of first aid scenarios & make herbal remedies to build your first aid kit to take home

Tea Time with your Local Medical Herbalists

(Co-facilitated with Chanchal Cabrera and Alina Baker)
Saturday, July 13th — 2 pm – 3 pm
Clinical herbalists share their top 3 choices of medicinal plants to grow in your garden

Lotion-Making Workshop with All Natural Ingredients

Tuesday, July 23rd — 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Learn how to make a chemical-free nourishing lotion and how to improve your skin’s look & feel with nutritional strategies & herbal medicine.

Digestive Discomfort? Herbal Medicine to Help

Sunday, July 28th — 6:30 – 8 pm
Learn about effective herbal remedies for common digestive complaints & how you can improve and optimize your digestive health.

“With delight, I attended two of Zhyfhs' plant walks, one in the summer, and another on a rainy spring day. She orated at a good pace, and moved along the chosen path in a timely fashion - it was fast enough that you didn't get bored or overloaded with information, but slow enough that you could absorb the material.

Zhyfhs passionately discussed the traits, harvesting methods and medicinal properties of the plants, adding anecdotes about relevant processes in the human body (digestion, inflammation, etc.). It was fascinating, and I'd never realized how many useful plants can be in such a small area. ... it wasn't about devaluing Western medicine, but about making us aware of beneficial plants in a celebratory and educational way. I highly recommend you join to learn more!

- Jenn M.
Restaurateur & writer