July 14: Dream Journeying to the Plant People 


In this workshop you will learn an easy and effective method to awaken your innate ability to communicate with the spirits of plants and directly access their teachings and medicine.

Plants are fully aware beings that have intelligence and spirit, as well as a great deal of wisdom that they are willing to share with us.

The way the plant people speak to us is predominantly through dreams. Dream journeying is the process of dreaming in an intentional way while still awake. This way of dream learning with the plants is available to everybody. You do not have to have any special training or calling; all it takes is a very minimum of guidance and instruction and an attitude of respect.

The plant people have been waiting a long time for us to open ourselves to their wisdom. If we listen in the presence of the plants in a respectful way, we will hear them speaking to us of their teachings and medicine.

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018

Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: Living Earth School of Herbalism, Maple, ON 

Tuition: $95

Instructor: Monika Ghent

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August 10-12: Heartwood Gathering

Hello all, I wanted to share with you some information about a herbal medicine and plant uses conference called Heartwood Gathering. It is a grassroots gathering of plant lovers of all kinds that bring together herbalists, wild food foragers, indigenous wisdom holders, gardeners, permaculture designers and overall just anyone who loves plants. It’s a gathering that values inclusivity and celebration of the green world. The Keynote for 2018 is Indigenous Elder Jan Kahehti:io Longboat and there will be more than 20 other teachers from all over Ontario and the beyond. The gathering is expected to be about 300 people and is located at the beautiful Ganaraska Forest Center near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Heartwood Gathering Highlights

  • Full weekend schedule of plant walks, discussions, lectures and hands-on workshops; something for every learning level and every mood.

  • A delicious vegetarian menu catered by Ina and her crew

  • Premium hot and cold herbal teas and coffee available at the Tea Salon

  • Friday Night Mid-Summer Fair–a night of carnival-esque delights

  • Wild Foods and Herbal Elixirs Tasting Contest! Bring your sweet and savoury herbal treats and drinks to share and compete for prizes

  • Keynote presentation by Jan Kahehti:io Longboat

  • Saturday Night Feverfew–celebrate the summer season with live music and dancing

  • Yoga and other early morning activities to start your days

Michael, Lianna and I will all be presenting at Heartwood this year.

Michael will be talking about 'Living Clean in the Modern World' and holding a walk/talk on 'Plants as Teachers'. Lianna will be holding an open Plant Arts & Crafting Station and working on a Collective 3D Plant-Art Project during some open times. I will be doing a Plant Spirit Healing & Wisdom workshop on Reclaiming the Divine Feminine, and a hands-on herbal-products-making workshop on Local Herbal Treatments for Vaginal Issues.

I hope you will consider joining me at this amazing herbal event here in Ontario. Please check out the website for all the details.

Take care,





August 22-27, 2018: Healing Retreat with Eliot Cowan: Five Days of Traditional Huichol Shamanic Healing


“The shamanic view is a deeply spiritual view in which the questions of health, illness and healing are always seen as involving spiritual dynamics. The natural world is seen as having great awareness and wisdom and offers profound help in seeing what’s needed and also supplies it.”    – E. Cowan

Healing Retreat consists of five days of Huichol Shamanic Healing with Eliot Cowan at Maple Sweet Rural Retreat Centre in the beautiful Grey Highlands, on the edge of the Beaver Valley and the Blue Mountains in Ontario, Canada.

Eliot Cowan, Tsaurirrikame (Huichol shaman) and author of "Plant Spirit Medicine", lived and studied with the Huichol people - an indigenous people who live in the Sierra Madre Mountains of central Mexico. Over the years, Eliot has gathered extensive experience working with the full spectrum of life events from birth to death. He brings the sacred healing traditions of the Huichol people to all of us.

Your stay at Healing Retreat includes daily private sessions with Eliot, time for contemplation and reflection, gathering in community around the warmth of the fire, and an opportunity to connect with the natural world.

The cost of the retreat is $1,350 which includes your daily shamanic sessions with Eliot, teaching fires, lodging and meals. The maximum number of participants is 13 and your space is confirmed upon receipt of full payment or a non-refundable deposit of $675.

Everyone can benefit from Healing Retreat, whether you are experiencing serious or persistent health concerns, desire guidance on your spiritual path, or need support in your daily life.

Maple Sweet is a lovely retreat centre located on over 75 acres in the stunning Grey Highlands, two hours north of Toronto on the edge of the Beaver Valley and the Blue Mountains.

For more information or to register, please contact Monika Ghent at; (416)537-8842;


Beginning April 21: Herbal Field Studies with Michael Vertolli

This is a series of seven full-day workshops running monthly from April to October. You will learn how to identify, harvest and use many wild herbs that grow in Ontario, many of which are native or naturalized in other regions as well. At each field workshop you will also have the opportunity to make some kind of herbal preparation using herbs that they will harvest during the workshop.

The course begins with an online Introductory Class that establishes the theoretical foundation for the field workshops. The field workshops take place in various wilderness locations outside of the Toronto area. Whenever possible, carpooling will be arranged for participants who do not have vehicles.

For students who enroll in the Traditional Herbalist program that do not live in southern or central Ontario and are unable to attend the regularly scheduled field workshops, the field workshops will be included as an extension to the Level 2, Advanced Workshops.

Topics include: Identifying local herbs through the various stages of their life-cycle; introductory botany and plant anatomy; the ecology of wild harvesting herbs; harvesting instructions for different herb species; drying herbs; making herbal preparations from fresh plants; the medicinal properties and uses of local herbs.

Prerequisite Herbal Field Studies Online Introductory Class.

Required textbooks:  Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Lawrence Newcomb); Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants of Eastern and Central North America (Steven Foster, James Duke).

Dates: The dates of the 2018 field workshops are Saturdays 10:30 am to 5 pm: April 21, May 19, June 2, July 7, 21, August 18, October 13.

Tuition:  $65 per workshop. For students who attend the first six workshops in the year that they first enroll, the seventh workshop is free.

Instructor:  Michael Vertolli.

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On-going: Living Earth School of Herbalism - Herbal Field Studies Introductory Class

Living Earth's Herbal Field Studies Introductory Class is now online!

This class is the prerequisite for Herbal Field Studies - a series of seven full-day outdoor workshops running monthly from April to October.


The Introductory Class establishes the theoretical foundation for the field workshops and provides an excellent overview of wild plant identification and ethical wild-harvesting. It is useful to any herbal student or herb enthusiast who wants to develop a more intimate knowledge of wild herbs.


Once you complete the introductory class, you will be able to attend any or all of the field workshops lead by Michael Vertolli in which you will learn how to identify, harvest and use many wild herbs that grow in Ontario or in similar ecosystems. At each field workshop you will also make an herbal preparation using herbs harvested during the workshop.


There is no prerequisite necessary to take this class and it is open to anyone with an interest in wild herb identification whether or not you continue on with the field workshops.  

Cost: $65.

For more information or to register, please click here.