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2014 Herb Fair

July 20, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

$40 – $65

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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  • 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

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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 Magic

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


July 20, 2014
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$40 – $65
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Our Lady of Grace Monastery
940 Monastery Road
Monastery, Nova Scotia B0H 1W0 Canada


Our Lady of Grace Monastery