Herbal Harvest – Spring Bloom Edition
April 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - April 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm$159
Our Popular Workshop Is Back! Spring, 2018
Join us for the Galiano Herbal Harvest, Spring Bloom Edition: two beautiful days on Galiano Island in a stunning coastal forest at the Millard Learning Centre.
Visit the Galiano Conservancy’s own cutting-edge forest garden. Walk Galiano’s beautiful Douglas fir forest and discover the wild plants that live there, learning their roles in the ecosystem and their traditional medicinal uses and how to ethically harvest them. Quench your thirst with handcrafted teas, tisanes, shrubs (sipping vinegars) and sodas in this springtime workshop.
Enjoy a fresh seasonal lunch that you’ve harvested from the forest garden and prepared together.
Learn to make your own custom Wild Sodas and Kombuchas flavoured with your favourite native and forest garden plants.
Relax with a herbal steam and sip delightful teas and decoctions tailored to your own tastes and desires.
Learn to make tasty infused honeys from native and forest garden plants.
You’ll leave with your creations along with the knowledge of how to recreate each of the weekend’s projects at home and a sense of how people and forests can work together, for each others benefit, in a sustainable future.
Read about our successful 2016 pilot workshop.
We are looking for a couple of volunteers to help us run the workshop. We will cover your workshop fees. Please apply here.
Cedana Bourne is Galiano Conservancy’s Agriculture and Nursery Coordinator, and a herbalist who grows or wildcrafts the plants for the formulas she creates for her apothecary. Cedana is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who appreciates a delicious whole foods meal. She is a passionate preserver and loves to incorporate wild foods into all kinds of tasty creations from baking to bubbly brews to fermented concoctions.
Reed Osler is the Galiano Conservancy Association’s Education Coordinator. She has been sharing her passion for parks and wild places with the public in a professional capacity for over 15 years. She studied herbalism at Pacific Rim College and is a certified Community Herbalist who is especially passionate about native plants, their edibility and their medicinal uses. She also loves music, theatre and art and incorporates these creative pursuits into her programs with children, youth and adults alike.
Can I register for part of the course only?
You’re welcome to attend all or part of the course, but the ticket price remains the same, and covers the full two-day course.
Where can I stay overnight?
You can bring your own tent and stay overnight on the Learning Centre property, or book your own accommodations at one of Galiano Island’s overnight commercial lodgings.
How do I get there?
Galiano Island is easily accessible via BC Ferries, either from Swartz Bay (Victoria) or Tsawwassen (Vancouver). It’s generally a good idea to reserve your ferries in advance when traveling to and from the Gulf Islands. www.bcferries.com
The workshop is at the Millard Learning Centre on Porlier Pass Road. The site is well-marked by a carved wooden sign along the road.
The geo-coordinates for the site are 48.929832, -123.466053. If using Google Maps for GPS navigation, navigate to Galiano Learning Centre.
What should I bring?
You’ll need a notebook, good weather appropriate shoes for walking, sunscreen and/or rain gear, and a warm jacket. Optional: garden gloves, a basket, clippers/secateurs.
What do I do about meals?
We’ll provide lunch on Sunday that we will prepare together from the forest garden. You’ll need to take care of your own meals otherwise. There’s a grocery store and restaurants on Galiano Island.