A two-day introduction to
wildcrafted food and medicine
on beautiful Galiano Island
Identify and cultivate wild and introduced plant species sustainably and ethically
Extract, blend, infuse and ferment the plants you harvest
Taste and take home samples of what you’ve helped create
What’s included in the workshop?
With a limited workshop size, you will work closely with our instructors to learn techniques in sustainable plant harvesting, and food and medicine preparation and preservation.
In this Spring Bloom Edition, learn how to make
– Hand-blended teas and tisanes
– Infused vinegars, honeys and oxymels
– Wild, fermented sodas
All of our creations will be made from hand-selected plants from the Conservancy’s Food Forest permaculture garden and from the surrounding majestic forests on the Millard Learning Centre property.
Experience the healing power of forest bathing within the Millard Learning Centre’s serene Coastal Douglas-fir forests.
Learn about coastal ecology and uncover the intimate relationships between plants and people.
Between class times, we encourage our guests to relax and explore Chrystal Cove and the many forested walking trails on the property.
On the second day of the workshop, we will harvest and cook a feast for lunch from Food Forest plants and herbs. This lunch will be plant-based.
You will need to bring your own food for lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.
Things to take home
Leave with the knowledge of how to re-create each of the weekend’s projects and a sense of how people and forests can work together.
Every participant will take home a printed guide with recipes from the workshop and other herbalism resources.
Bring re-sealable jars to the workshop to take your hand-made herbal medicaments and tasty treats back to your loved ones.
Meet your instructors
Agriculture and Nursery Coordinator
Cedana is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and trained herbalist. She manages the Conservancy’s Food Forest and Native Plant Nursery. She is also the creator behind Conservancy’s delicious Forest Garden Tea blends. Read more about Cedana…
“Very informative, especially about herbal medicine & functional health. I feel like I can functionally use the teas, decoctions, vinegars and honeys to help myself and my kids.”Stephanie vanBeusekom, 2019 Herbal Harvest Participant
“[I learned] Practical knowledge & understanding of Coastal Native Plants. I loved the diverse ways we got to engage with plants, medicine, food and each other!”Marika Van Reeuwyk, 2018 Herbal Harvest Participant
“I would recommend for many reasons. My top three are: 1. The instructors are amazing facilitators! They work well together and are both very knowledgeable. 2. The information about plants and preparations was presented well 3. The location of this facility makes everything work. Beautiful place. Love forest bathing. Very special ”Allison Whitlock, 2017 Herbal Harvest Participant
“If you are looking to deepen your knowledge of herbs and medicinal plants, this workshop provides a balance of hands-on experience as well as information to take home, all while building a wonderful community of people”Jaycee Clarkson, 2017 Herbal Harvest participant
Contact us for early bird and other discounts!
Spring Herbal Harvest 2020$159.00
Camping Gear Rentals
Need to rent camping gear for your stay at the Millard Learning Centre? We’ve got you covered! For $30 you’ll receive a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and a headlamp.
Galiano Island is easily accessible via BC Ferries, either from the Swartz Bay (Victoria) or Tsawwassen (Vancouver) terminals. If you are travelling from Vancouver and are planning to bring a car, please reserve your ferry in advance. Ferry reservations to the Southern Gulf Islands can be made at: www.bcferries.com or by calling 1-888-BC-FERRY
Herbal Harvest is hosted at the Millard Learning Centre on Galiano Island.
The address for the Millard Learning Centre is the following:
10825 Porlier Pass Road
Galiano Island, BC
The geo-coordinates for the site are 48.929832, -123.466053. If using Google Maps for GPS navigation, navigate to: Galiano Conservancy Millard Learning Centre.
There is a big wooden sign saying “Millard Learning Centre” at the entrance to the property from the main road.
Unfortunately there is no public transportation on Galiano Island. Participants must make their own way to the workshop. We encourage participants to carpool. It’s about a 1-1.5 hours (~15km) and hilly bike ride to the Learning Centre from the ferry terminal. Limited car parking and bike storage is available at the Learning Centre.
We’ll provide lunch on Sunday that we will prepare together from the Food Forest. You’ll need to take care of your own meals otherwise. There’s a grocery store and restaurants in the south end of Galiano Island.
You’ll need a notebook, good weather appropriate shoes for walking, sunscreen and/or rain gear, and a warm jacket. Optional (but would be great if you had them): garden gloves, a harvesting basket, clippers/secateurs, mason jars to take home your creations.
You will be responsible for food throughout the workshop to the exception of lunch on Sunday. We will have fridge/freezer and other food storage space for you at the Learning Centre classroom if you need.
If you are staying overnight at the Learning Centre campground you will need camping gear (tent, sleeping mat & bag) and a headlamp or flashlight. We have a shower facility at the classroom, which you will need a towel and soap/shampoo for.
Cash/cards if you are interested in buying any Food Forest produce, Forest Garden tea or other Conservancy swag!
We accept cash, cheques and credit. All credit card payments are subject to a 2.2% online credit card processing fee (Stripe fee). This link will take you right to our online ticketing page (credit card only)
Cheques must be addressed to the “Galiano Conservancy Association”. Mailed cheques/ cash must be sent to:
Galiano Conservancy Association
10825 Porlier Pass Road
Galiano Island BC
If you are paying via cash/cheque, please let us know by calling or dropping by our office or emailing us.
Refunds (minus the 2.2% Stripe fee) are available up to two weeks before the event. After that point the program is non-refundable.
Contact Emily, our Education Coordinator at 250-539-2424 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org