~ Experience Herbal Harvest ~
An introductory workshop to wildcrafted food and herbal medicine on beautiful Galiano Island




We offer Herbal Harvest workshops twice annually in Spring (April) and Fall (October). The Fall and Spring workshops focus on different herbal concoctions that reflect seasonal rhythms and abundances of wild and Food Forest plants found onsite.

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.

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.

Overnight Accomodations

learning centre

Coming from off-island? Sleep overnight at the Millard Learning Centre’s campground. Learn more about the Learning Centre Campground amenities here.

Don’t own camping gear? We’ve got you covered! Rent our camping gear at a special Herbal Harvest price! Contact us for more info.

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 medicine and tasty treats back to your loved ones.

Meet your instructor

Cedana Bourne

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…

Workshop Contact

Have questions about Herbal Harvest? Please call us at 250-539-2424 or email bookings@galianoconservancy.ca

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  

Workshop FAQs

COVID-19 Safety

Please note COVID-19 Safety measures are subject to change depending on modifications to Provincial & Federal Health Orders or GCA internal policies.

Read more about the GCA’s COVID-19 policies…