2017 Annual Herb Fair – Seed Medicine

Seed Medicine – Sowing the seeds of herbal medicine.

Join the Herbalists Association of Nova Scotia learn what the seeds have to teach us at the beautiful Heartseed Farm in Middleton. We have a day full of presentations featuring seed medicine and plant-related topics culminating with a special Seed-Saving afternoon presentation by our host, Owen Bridge of Heartseed Farm.

Herb Fair Registration: $30 ($25 for members)
HANS annual membership: $25

Date: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Location:
 Heartseed Farm, 8528 Hwy 201, Middleton, NS B0S 1P0
Lunch: To be announced.  Water and herbal tea will be provided.
Sharing: Optionally, bring something for the herbal give-away blanket.


SCHEDULE (click here for workshop details)

Registration: 8:00-8:45

Opening Circle: 9:00am

First Workshop: 9:45 – 10:45
Seed Medicine by John Cummings, Greenman Botanicals
Plant Spirit Medicine by Megan Tardif-Woolgar, RMH-AHG

Second Workshop: 11:00 – 12:00
The Secret Messages of Plants by Michelle Greenwell

Lunch & AGM: 12:00 – 1:30

Third Workshops: 1:45 – 2:45
Demos: Making Your Own Medicines by Valerie Wilson
Magikal Medicinal Plant Walk by Gaelle McNeil

Fourth workshop: 3:00 – 4:00
Seed Saving by Owen Bridge, Heartseed Farm

Closing Circle & Herbal Give-Away: 4:15 – 5:00

 

2016 Annual Herb Fair – Tree Medicine

Tree Medicine-Plants to look up to for wisdom, magic, medicine, food and folklore.

Join the Herbalists Association of Nova Scotia and stand with the trees of the Public Gardens.
They have many stories to tell.

Herb Fair Registration: Free
HANS annual membership: $25

Location: Museum of Natural History and the Halifax Public Gardens
Lunch: Bring a lunch for a picnic in the gardens.  Water and herbal tea will be provided.
Sharing: Optionally, bring something for the herbal give-away blanket.


SCHEDULE (click here for workshop details)

Registration: 8:00-8:45 Museum of Natural History

Opening Circle: 9:00am Museum of Natural History

First Workshop: 9:45 – 10:45 Museum of Natural History
– Aim Higher: Convert Your Lawn Into A Forest Garden (Estelle Drisdelle)

Second Workshops: 11:00 – 12:00 Public Gardens
– Celtic Tree Oracle (Savayda Jarone)
– The Elder Mother; The Queen of Herbs – Sambucus canadensis (John Cummings)

Lunch & AGM: 12:00 – 1:30 Public Gardens
– 1:00 – 1:30 HANS Annual General Meeting (all welcome)

Third workshops: 1:45 – 2:45 Public Gardens
– Have You Hugged A Tree Lately (Billy Lewis)
– Willow and Friends (Danette Steele)

Fourth workshops: 3:00 – 4:00 Public Gardens
– Oak Medicine (Daniel Wiseman)
– Tree Whispering (Michele Graveline)

Closing Circle & Herbal Give-Away: 4:15 – 5:00

 

13th Annual Herb Fair

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HERBS IN THE CITY

Come discover the medicine you are already growing!

Did you know that many of the culinary and ornamental plants grown in city gardens have extensive medicinal properties?
Learn how to maximize your garden’s potential and become a self-reliant herbin urban!

Halifax Public Gardens
Sunday, July 26

Registration: 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Museum of Natural History
1747 Summer Street
(1.5 blocks from the gardens)

Opening Circle: 9:00 a.m.
Museum of Natural History

Workshops: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Halifax Public Gardens

$45 HANS members/$70 non members

Bring a lunch for a picnic in the gardens, and something for the herbal give-away blanket.
Water and herbal tea will be provided.

WORKSHOPS

Medicinal Trees of the Public Gardens and their Uses–
from the Perspective of a Mi’kmaq Medicine Maker
Laurie Lacey

This workshop will focus on a selection of medicinal trees in the Public Gardens (for example, horse chestnut, paperbark maple and flowering dogwood). It will outline some primary medicinal uses for those trees, and compare those uses with traditional Mi’kmaq preparations and uses for native tree species of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.
BIOGRAPHY: Laurie Lacey is a naturalist, writer, painter, and medicine maker of mixed ancestry, including Mi’kmaq and Irish. He is the author of Mi’kmaq Medicines and Medicine Walk, and has been involved with Mi’kmaq and aboriginal medicines for the past forty-one years. Laurie is a member of the Canadian Council of Herbal Elders.

Wait! Don’t Pull that Weed!!!
Medicinal and Culinary Uses for Garden Volunteers (Aka Weeds)
Oren Hercz

While garden weeds are generally considered a nuisance, look again. Many of them are either superfoods bursting with nutritional value, or medicines capable of preventing and treating common health problems—or both! Getting to know the medicinal weeds in your garden is a cost free and empowering way to be healthy while deepening your connection with nature at the same time. Trade in shopping in the supplement aisle for a look at the bounty in your own backyard!
BIOGRAPHY: Oren Hercz has been a practicing Clinical Herbalist, supporting people with chronic health issues, for the last 4 years. He is also co-owner of the newly created Briar Hill Herbal CSA. His journey with herbs started 10 years ago when he wondered if stories were true that weeds growing in his garden could be used for healing. That question led him to several years of herbal apprenticeship, then professional study with leading North American herbalists, before opening his own practice. Oren believes accessing plant medicine is our birthright as human beings and loves sharing his excitement and knowledge of the plant world.

The Culinary Uses of Medicinal Plants
Megan Tardif-Woolgar

Megan is delighted to share her knowledge of culinary herbs, helping individuals create potent (and delicious!) medicine from back yard plant allies. Megan is excited to discuss different methods of preparation and delivery, including oils, vinegars and pestos!
BIOGRAPHY: Megan Tardif-Woolgar is a Registered Medical Herbalist with the Canadian Herbalists’ Association of BC. She offers private herbal consultations at her clinic and dispensary on the North Mountain. Megan custom-makes herbal formulas for individuals using organic alcohol-based tinctures. She also custom-makes herbal tea blends, capsules and creams. Megan is passionate about individual health sovereignity!

SPAGYRICS 101: An intro to the Alchemical methods of tincturing herbs
Daniel Wiseman

Join herbalist Daniel Wiseman in exploring the ancient techniques of tincturing herbs using the 3-fold concept of Alchemy: Salt, Sulphur and Mercury. Learn the basic methods of stripping away the heavy lead shell of a plant in order to reveal its true essential nature of gold.

BIOGRAPHY: Daniel has been on the herbal path for over 10 years; his green journey started with plant teachers in his late teens that helped guide him to a more balanced, natural and holistic way of living. Since then he has fortified his knowledge through direct experience with nature, self study and more recently formal training from the East West School of Planetary Herbology. Now a practicing herbalist with a small clinic and dispensary in Halifax, Daniel draws from the global systems of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbalism, Shamanism and Spagyrics (Plant Alchemy).

Nutrition for Plants
Jayme Melrose and Dr. Jason Hofman

What do plants need to be healthy? How do we grow nutritious, healthy plants? What’s needed for high-quality herbs? We love dirt. Combining the schools of bio-dynamics, permaculture, organics and nutrient-density, we’ll share with you our understanding of how to nourish the soil for optimum plant health.
BIOGRAPHIES: Jayme Melrose is the Project Coordinator at Common Roots Urban Farm. She’s been working with plants and people for the last 11 years, working to cross-pollinate lawns into ecologically resilient food systems. Dr. Jason Hofman is an Iowa farmboy with a pHD in bio-chemistry. He’s been a student of bio-dynamic agriculture for 30+ years, worked and studied with Dr. Elaine Ingham’s SoilFoodWeb lab in Oregan, and is currently the beloved CompostMeister at Common Roots Urban Farm.

Herbal Mead Making
Jason Remai and Chase Sutherland

Join mead makers Jason Remai and Chase Sutherland on the journey of mead making from a brief history of the oldest known fermented (alcoholic) beverage to modern day tips, tricks and equipment. Come for a taste test while learning how to make the world’s oldest alcoholic elixir.
BIOGRAPHY: Jason Remai loves to speak to plants. He finds beauty and balance through observation, ingestion and communication with edible and medicinal plants. He has no accreditations and some formal training. His near complete inability to achieve results through text based research or reading has bolstered his ability to navigate the oral tradition. This strength coupled with a hunger for union with the plant world have brought him to many teachers.

Make Your Own Sunscreen and Tick Repellent
Osha Mae 

We will have fun making a herbal sunscreen with 100 % natural ingredients  & discuss the natural options for protecting the skin before and after sun exposure. There will also be a talk and demonstration on tick repellents.
BIOGRAPHY: Laura Mae’s interest in plant medicine led her to study Herbalism & Aromatherapy. She owns an aromatherapy business operating from the Seaport Market, and creates unique herbal products for aromatic pleasure & to sooth the skin. “Our goal is to provide Safe, Natural, Pleasurable, Purifying experiences for our clients.” http://oshamaesoap.ca/

Discover the Medicine Growing in Your Garden–
Plants that beautify your garden may also enhance your health
Savayda Jarone

Many common ornamental plants have long been used in herbal medicine. Herbalist Savayda Jarone will reveal their history and uses in herbal apothecaries past and present. Come discover a few poisons and faerie attractants too!
BIOGRAPHY: Savayda Jarone was discovered by the plants in a tiny apothecary in London over twenty years ago. She has been in clinical practice as a medical herbalist for the past fifteen years and operates a herbal clinic and dispensary in Halifax, where she also teaches several popular year-long courses in herbal medicine. She takes great joy from connecting people with plants.  www.mayflowerherbs.ca

2014 Herb Fair

The Spiritual Nature of Plants
Sunday, July 20

Our Lady of Grace Monastery
Monastery, NS

A magical adventure through field and forest.


Herb Fair Reminders:

  • HANS members and herb fair attendees are invited to sell or trade their herbal wares at our informal Herbal Marketplace…bring a blanket and set-up! Tables may also be available.
  • We encourage attendees to make carpool arrangements via Facebook; let us know if you have extra space available in your car or need a ride!
  • There is lots of room to camp out the night before and beds are available at the monastery for $50/night. Call the monastery ahead of time if you wish to book a bed: 902-232-2214.
  • Remember to bring food and beverages for the weekend as there is not much available in the close vicinity.
  • Remember to bring something for the herbal giveaway circle at the end of the herb fair.
  • Travel safely!

Herb Fair Location & Directions:
Our Lady of Grace Monastery 940 Monastery Road, Monastery, NS
take exit 37 off of NS-104 Trans Canada Hwy;
on Route 4 follow signs towards Monastery and Our Lady of Grace Monastery.
Monastery Phone: 902-232-2214

Herb Fair Camping Location:
(home of a local herbalist and HANS BOD member)
1361 Cape Jack Road Havre Boucher, NS
from the NS-104 Trans Canada Hwy take exit 38 toward Havre Boucher/Frankville
turn left onto Frankville Rd.
turn right onto NS-4 E (signs for Havre Boucher/Cape Jack/Auids Cove)
take 1st left onto Cape Jack Rd


Herb Fair Schedule
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Morning
Afternoon

WORKSHOP DETAILS
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Headline presenter: Dr. Teresa Donovan ND
Drawing Closer to the Herbs Around Us
Conversations about Plant Spirits
Herb Walk with Local Herbalist
Wild Arising (Spirit to Spirit): a Sacred Hoop Awareness
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, The Gifts of the Magic

Opening Circle with Billy Lewis, of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq descent

Closing Circle with Lynn-Marie Mattie, herby woman, astrologer and yoga teacher from Tracadie.

Plus – possible surprise guest

2014 Herb Fair

The Spiritual Nature
of Plants

Sunday, July 20
Our Lady of Grace Monastery
Monastery, NS

A magical adventure through field and forest…

Herb Fair Reminders:

• HANS members and herb fair attendees are invited to sell or trade their herbal wares at our informal Herbal Marketplace…bring a blanket and set-up! Tables may also be available.

• We encourage attendees to make carpool arrangements via Facebook; let us know if you have extra space available in your car or need a ride!

• There is lots of room to camp out the night before and beds are available at the monastery for $50/night. Call the monastery ahead of time if you wish to book a bed: 902-232-2214.

• Remember to bring food and beverages for the weekend as there is not much available in the close vicinity.

• Remember to bring something for the herbal giveaway circle at the end of the herb fair.

• Travel safely!

Herb Fair Location & Directions:

Our Lady of Grace Monastery 940 Monastery Road, Monastery, NS
take exit 37 off of NS-104 Trans Canada Hwy;
on Route 4 follow signs towards Monastery and Our Lady of Grace Monastery.

Monastery Phone: 902-232-2214

Herb Fair Camping Location:

(home of a local herbalist and HANS BOD member)
1361 Cape Jack Road Havre Boucher, NS
from the NS-104 Trans Canada Hwy take exit 38 toward Havre Boucher/Frankville
turn left onto Frankville Rd.
turn right onto NS-4 E (signs for Havre Boucher/Cape Jack/Auids Cove)
take 1st left onto Cape Jack Rd

COST: HANS Members $40 Non-Members $65

 

Herb Fair Schedule

8 – 8:45 Registration

9 – 9:30 Opening Circle with Billy Lewis

9:45 – 10:45 Workshop 1

Headline presentation with Dr. Teresa Donovan, ND
How to Integrate the ‘Spirit’ of Medicine into Case Taking and Prescribing

11 – 12 Workshop series 2

Herb Walk with local herbalist Kevin Carpenter

12 – 1 Lunch

1 – 1:30 AGM

1:45 – 2:45 Workshop series 3

a) Holy Herbs – Frankincense and Myrrh with John Cummings
b) Drawing Closer to the Herbs Around Us with Emma Fitzgerald

3 – 4 Workshop series 4

a) Conversations About Plant Spirits with Rita Baruss
b) Wild Arising: Spirit to Spirit with Maria Rose Sikyea

4:15 – 5 Closing Circle with Lynn-Marie Mattie

Give Away

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Headline presenter: Dr. Teresa Donovan ND
How to Integrate the ‘Spirit’ of Medicine into Case Taking and Prescribing

Dr. Donovan has a focus on energetic medicine with past training in Sankaran Homeopathy, a revolutionized form of homeopathy dealing with miasms and the spirit of remedies, and past training in Shamanic teachings. Dr. Donovan will incorporate these teachings in a few examples of how to integrate the ‘spirit’ of medicine into case taking and prescribing.

After graduating from St. Francis Xavier University, Dr. Donovan completed a four-year medical degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. As part of her studies in Toronto, she worked in a variety of health centres, including the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, the Sherbourne Health Clinic, and the Anishnawbe Native Healing Centre.

Drawing Closer to the Herbs Around Us

During this workshop, participants will need to bring their own sketch book and drawing supplies, as well as water bottle and appropriate outdoor clothing. We will spend time with plants that draw us into them, and we in turn will draw them, appreciating both their physical attributes, and the energy they have. Suggested reading for those interested is “Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing,” by Frederick Franck.

Emma Fitzgerald is a visual artist who moved to Nova Scotia in 2004. In recent years she has started to more formally study herbalism, taking Savayda Jarone’s year-long herb course. However, it was as a child that these ‘studies’ began, often in the form of drawing plants found in the gardens, woods and lane ways of Vancouver, where she grew up.

Conversations about Plant Spirits

Bring your personal experience and stories to share, and questions to ask about plant spirits.

Rita Baruss is a gardener, shamanic practitioner, yoga instructor, writer, artist and student of plant consciousness.

Herb Walk with Local Herbalist

Meet some local herbs with herbalist Kevin Carpenter.

Kevin has been involved with HANS for many years, and served on the BOD this past year. He was the inspiration for this year’s herb fair location. He grew up very near the Monastery and has a unique relationship with the plants and the landscape of his home.

Wild Arising (Spirit to Spirit): a Sacred Hoop Awareness

A shared experience of connecting to our plant helpers and how to incorporate them in our everyday lives… through spirit awareness. Along with the “sacred hoop” discussion, of how the sacred tribes on Turtle Island honoured plant spirits, and how important it is to create a relationship with the medicines we share life within Grandmother Earth, beyond having our needs be met. A giving thanks.

Maria Rose Sikyea has been reflecting and exploring the magic of nature since she was fifteen… A trained herbalist and a part-time resident of Nova Scotia; she spends much of her time in ceremony and contemplation.

Maria has traveled in North America, Europe and Canada studying with various teachers and finding ceremonial connect to Grandmother Earth. A primitive skills, wild food and permaculture enthusiast, eager to connect back to her ancestral lineage, the Dogtribe, in so doing that she may share the knowledge with the children.

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, The Gifts of the Magi:
Historical and Modern Uses of Sacred Tree Resins
with John Cummings

A look at folkloric, traditional, religious and modern uses of sacred tree resins, focusing primarily on Myrrh and Frankincense.

John’s lifetime passion for trees and plants morphed into a passion for herbal medicine. He has since sought out connection, education and mentoring from many sources. Interning at the UPS Botanical Sanctuary in Ohio opened many doors, including an 8-month apprenticeship with Rosemary Gladstar at Sage Mountain, VT. He currently is wrapping up a 2-yr clinical herbal therapeutics program with renowned Cherokee herbalist David Winston. He is developing an organic herb farm on Gaspereau Mountain, NS.

Opening Circle with Billy Lewis, of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq descent

Closing Circle with Lynn-Marie Mattie, herby woman, astrologer and yoga teacher from Tracadie.

Plus – possible surprise guest