September 28: Tree Spirit Medicine Workshop - Silver Maple

Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) 

Quiet Mind

In this workshop, participants will directly receive and experience the tree spirit medicine, wisdom, healing and guidance of Silver Maple.

The Tree Spirit Medicine of Silver Maple is Quiet Mind. With a quiet mind, you are able to observe your thoughts, emotions, habits and experiences in restful awareness without becoming swept away and lost in reflexive response patterns. Like the calm in the eye of a storm, a quiet mind allows you to peacefully watch the turmoil that whips and whirls around while listening to the voice of your heart so that you may discern what is for you from what is not and respond in a way that honours your true essence.

A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet.” ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Date:  Saturday,  September 28th from 9:30 am to 5 pm

Location:  Living Earth School in Maple, Ontario

Tuition:  $95

Instructor:  Monika Ghent

Registration: Please click here to register.

For more information or questions, please contact Monika at

Carpooling can be arranged.



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

This online intruductory 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.


July 27, August 17, October 5: 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: Saturdays 10:30 am to 5 pm: April 20, May 11, June 8, July 6, 27, August 17, October 5. Carpooling can be arranged.

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.

Registration: Once you have completed the online introductory lecture, please contact Michael at to sign up for the individual field workshops.


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 30 years experience of teaching and practising herbal medicine.

Monika Ghent is an Instructor and Academic Support at the school. In her role as Acedemic Support for Living Earth, Monika provides mentorship and helps students with their questions related to course content, how to study, or any other support that they require.

Lianna Vargas is the school's Student Liaison & Admin Coordinator and is the person to contact for more information about the school.

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.