January 19: Tree Spirit Medicine Workshop - American Elm: Illumination from Above

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."

-Albert Einstein


In this experiential workshop participants will receive the wisdom, healing and guidance of American Elm.

The Tree Spirit Medicine of American Elm is about receiving illumination from above. It connects us to our higher self, our higher power – that loving, all-knowing, wise and liberated aspect of our spiritual being that provides us guidance about our higher path and purpose.

This workshop is for anyone who feels called to the medicine of American Elm regardless of philosophy or faith, or whether they are a ‘plant person’ or not.

Date:  Saturday, January 19th, 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm. 

Location:  Living Earth School in Maple, Ontario.

Tuition:  $95.

Instructor:  Monika Ghent.

Please go here to register.


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,





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.

For more information, please click here.


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.


On-going: Living Earth School of Herbalism Online 

Living Earth School of Herbalism provides quality online and in-class education in Western herbalism and related subjects for those who wish to pursue a career as a professional herbalist or who want to learn about herbs and herbal medicine for their own general interest.

Michael Vertolli is the director of the school and the curriculum is based on his over 25 years experience of teaching and practising herbal medicine.

I am the Online Course Advisor for Living Earth and will be answering student's questions about course content and hosting our online forum.

To learn more about the school and to see our course offerings, please visit the Living Earth website and go to our facebook page and like us so you can be informed whenever new courses become avilable.