We are saddened to inform you that we will be cancelling our Spring Herbal Harvest workshop on April 4-5th, 2020 on Galiano Island in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The health and safety of staff, workshop participants, and the broader Galiano community is our priority, and we feel this precaution is warranted given the uncertainty at this time.

In light of this cancellation, we are prepared to refund your workshop admission ticket in full. We have sent an email to all registered participants regarding reimbursement details. If you have not received this email or have any questions, please contact Emily at bookings@galianoconservancy.ca or by calling our office at 250-539-2424.

The Galiano Conservancy Association is a small nonprofit organization whose funding is greatly impacted by COVID-19-related event cancellations. If you are able to donate, it would help ensure continued employment of the GCA’s environmental educators including Herbal Harvest instructors.

Your gift would be extremely appreciated in these tough times, and would entitle you to: 

  1. A 20% discount for a future booking for our next Fall Herbal Harvest in October 2020 or our next Spring Herbal Harvest in April 2021 (exact dates TBD).
  2. For donations $10 or more: A  membership with the Galiano Conservancy. As a member, you are entitled to vote at our Annual General Meeting, and would receive quarterly e-newsletters about our upcoming events and information about our ecological restoration, permaculture, environmental education and conservation projects.
  3. For donations $15 or more: A tax receipt for your donation

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?

Hands-On Learning

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.

Overnight Accomodations

learning centre

Sleep overnight at the Millard Learning Centre’s campground. Camping fee is included in the Herbal Harvest admission fee.

Learn more about the Learning Centre Campground amenities.

Don’t own camping gear? We’ve got you covered! Rent our camping gear at a special Herbal Harvest price!

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

Cedana Bourne

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…

Adam Huggins

Restoration Coordinator

Adam is an ecological restoration professional who manages many of the Conservancy’s outdoor learning spaces, including the Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest. He is also one of the voices behind the Future Ecologies podcast. Read more about Adam…

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 learnedPractical 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!

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.


How do I get to Galiano Island?

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

Where is the Herbal Harvest workshop located?

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
V0N 1P0

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.

Is there public transportation to the Millard Learning Centre?

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.

What do I do about meals?

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.

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 (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!

How can I pay for the workshop?

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
V0N 1P0

If you are paying via cash/cheque, please let us know by calling or dropping by our office or emailing us.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds (minus the 2.2% Stripe fee) are available up to two weeks before the event. After that point the program is non-refundable. 

Have any additional questions?

Contact Emily, our Education Coordinator at 250-539-2424 or by emailing bookings@galianoconservancy.ca