Learn about the power of herbs

Learn 'everything you've always wanted to know about herbs, but have not known who to ask,' at the Community Herbalist Certificate course.

Learn ‘everything you’ve always wanted to know about herbs, but have not known who to ask,’ at the 2013/2014 Community Herbalist Certificate course.

Drawing on the skills of a medical herbalist, a chiropractor and a naturopath, with over 50 years of experience between them, this certificate course offers you the opportunity to learn how the body works, how it can go wrong, and how to use herbs, nutrition and lifestyles to prevent and treat a wide variety of conditions and health concerns. It will give you the tools and skills you need to take control of your own heath.

With over 250,000 North American deaths annually attributed to prescription drugs, with the average doctor’s appointment being just six minutes, with waiting times for hospital treatments getting longer and longer, and with less than one per cent of Canada’s health care budget spent on prevention, it is clear to most people that far from having a health care system, we actually have a sickness care system that is reactive not proactive and is quite unsustainable.

The unaffordable costs, the ghastly side effects, and in many cases the complete lack of health care insurance, private or state, all contribute to a compelling reason to empower yourself by studying at least the rudiments of self care and family care. Never has the practice of herbal medicine and the disciplines of ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology and natural products research been more relevant. This is a body of knowledge that is irreplaceable and will save people’s lives.

This 150-hour certificate course goes wide and deep, spread over 10 weekends of intensive learning in holistic herbal medicine with internationally recognized medical herbalist Chanchal Cabrera, assisted by Dr. Nik Vizniak and Dr. Erika Kneeland.

The program is designed to empower individuals to provide herbal and other natural care to their family, friends and community, for common complaints and for promotion of wellbeing. It is not a certification to practice herbal medicine as a clinician, but rather it supports students to be a resource and a coach or guide for people to seek their own best healing.

No pre-requisites needed, except a strong wish to be healthier.

The program starts in September 2013 and concludes in July 2014.

For registration and further information check the website www.chanchalcabrera.com or call 250-336-8767.

— Innisfree Farm

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