Choosing Your Workshops

Each workshop is 5 hours: 2.5 hours after breakfast and 2.5 hours after lunch. This offers you the opportunity to take a deep dive into each subject and possibly get some hands-on experience (depending on the workshop). The bad news is two workshops will occur simultaneously, so you need to choose. There is space for 15 participants for each workshop. When you register please make a note on your first choice and second choice for the workshops each day. You will always be given your first choice unless it is full. So register early. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the schedule.

The Workshops

Introducing Spagyrics

There's a wave cresting and heading to the shores of Herbalism that takes us back to our roots of lost and forgotten ways, deepens our understanding of whole plant medicine and reminds us who we are as humans.  Spagyrics is the Alchemical approach to herbal medicine making, and in the modern context is revolutionizing everything about the way we work with herbs.  In this short time, we will go over some of the key concepts of Spagyrics preparations, see some of the steps, and taste the difference - essentially hoping to show you why to consider bringing spagyrics into your life and practice.  Prepare to have your mind blown!

Marianne Beacon has been working with Plants for over 25 years, and at this point has accepted the fact that they know what's going on, and she's just trying to keep up with the harvest!  They have guided her into a life of being a medicine maker, clinician, teacher and awestruck human.  She doesn't know much, but she's learning how to listen. 

And her are a few other things about Marianne: 

She is a Registered Professional Herbalist, Advanced Bowen Therapist, Reiki practitioner, Transpersonal Therapist and teacher. Marianne has been training in the healing arts since 1994 and has a Diploma in Clinical Herbal Medicine, as well as over 2000 apprenticeship hours alongside traditional and professional herbalists and midwives.

Her focus is a Western Herbalist approach using whole plant medicine and flower essences. Marianne uses her skills in Bowen therapy both as a standalone therapeutic technique and as a complement to her herbal practice.

Herbs and Elements

Drawing on the traditions of various ancient healing models from around the world, we will explore the body, mind and emotions through the lens of the four elements (fire, earth, air, & water).  We’ll experience these elements through our senses, in herbs and foods, we’ll examine their roles in ecosystems and we’ll touch on their cosmic interrelationships as seen through astrological perceptions of the planets and the signs of the zodiac.

Synthesizing this together, we will examine both assessment and treatment strategies for addressing particular disease states from an elemental perspective, working with herbs, food and lifestyle practices that can help to restore or maintain balance on physical, mental and emotional levels.

Tamara Segal is a herbalist and teacher, running a clinical practice at her farm in Prince Edward County ON where she stewards and observes the re-wilding succession of the land, and gratefully makes medicine from the plants that grow there.  She dedicates her life and practice to working with local wild plants as medicine and food, and teaching and writing about this subject on a regular basis.  Tamara’s clinical approach to Western Herbal Medicine incorporates the ancient practice of medical astrology, which includes perceiving and analyzing the interplay of the four elements in people, plants, foods and all things.  Tamara leads plant identification walks throughout the Quinte area, offers land use consults for private property owners and teaches classes at her farm, on various aspects of herbal medicine.     

For more on Tamara, visit her website or follow Hawthorn Herbals on Facebook & Instagram.

“At Risk” Medicinal Plant Sanctuary ~ Giving Back – Its Good for the Soul

The Ginkgo Tree is proud to be a Botanical Sanctuary Member with United Plant Savers.  UPS’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants of North America and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.  With herbs moving into the mainstream, and the demand on wild medicinal plants increases we are using up the supply of these herbs.  This increased usage along with habitat destruction is causing an ever-increasing shortage of wild plant resources, including some of our most treasured medicinal species.  Join us to learn about United Plant Savers, “At Risk” and “At Watch” medicinal plants and their medicinal uses.
Learn how you too, can make a difference!

Penelope Beaudrow is an educator and registered herbalist; earning her herbalist diploma from the Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia.  She is Product Development Specialist and Herbal Educator at Faunus Herbs; which manufactures, formulates and develops complex food-based supplements for the natural products industry.  Penelope is also a board member of the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine and moderator and on-site organizer at The Annual International Restorative Medicine Conference and the Restorative Medicine Herbal Certification Program. She founded and organizes Back To Your Roots Herbal Retreat and Apprenticeship program.  She also founded The Ginkgo Tree, a small herbal teas and tinctures business located on her family farm, Dogwood & Brambles, which is a United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary.  It is on this farm that Penelope teaches The Ginkgo Tree Herbal Course and teaches remotely, The Science and Art of Herbalism Course, as one of Rosemary Gladstar’s teachers.  She has lectured for the Restorative Medicine Conference, Restorative Medicine Herbal Certification Program, International Herb Symposium, New England Herbal Conference, Back To Your Roots Herbal Retreat, Heartwood Gathering, Canada Blooms, Toronto Botanical Gardens and various other organizations. (

Plants and Planets

Contemplations on the depth of the night sky and the distance star light travels awaken wonder and has nourished the human spirit since the very no beginning. The study of plant medicine is as vast as all the stars in the universe. Perhaps this is why the relationship between plants, herbalists and the stars is as ancient time. The Celts turned to trees to carry messages to heavens. Traditional herbalists of India, Ayurvedic Herbalist, frequently consult a patient’s astrological chart to understand the nature of the illness and the herbs to use. First Nations ask the stars to guide them in picking their herbs and making medicine. Spend time deepening your understanding of plant medicine through stories of plants and the planets that rule them and dabble in the ancient art of medical astrology.

Abrah Arneson For most people there is an essential question in their life. This question is their beacon during times of transformation. Some would even say this question is their karma. Abrah’s question is: how can the intoxicating beauty of life co-exist with depth of despair suffering can bring? This question has led Abrah to work in hospice supporting the dying, train as doula to hold women in their labour, travel to all continents on this planet and spend a retreat in the Yukon wilderness. And that is just the easy stuff.

 Abrah’s practice of herbal medicine, she has been practicing for 15 years, has nourished this question and deepened her understanding of transformation from illness to health, from despair to hope and from disconnection to connection.

 Abrah carries crow medicine and like a crow she is immensely curious and seeks understanding through gathering wisdom from many traditions. Astrology has been a tradition that has guided Abrah for over 30 years when she bought her first book on astrology.  

 Abrah is the authored The Herbal Apprentice: Plant Medicine and The Human Being and the Herbal Apprentice Workbook. 

Special Evening of Song

Singing Through Our Roots: Connecting to Plants, Past and Place With Song

Every single one of our ancestors used singing as a survival skill.

They sang to mourn, to celebrate, to grieve, to honour transitions, and to gather. They sang to connect to their ancestors, the land, their community, the animals and the plants. 

But at some point something shifted. Humans started to identify who could sing, and who couldn’t. Some of them stopped singing altogether. Some of them stopped listening.

How can we connect to mother earth if we can’t listen to her songs? How can we connect to our roots if we don’t sing?

We listen, and we sing anyway.

In this session we will gather our collective voices and sing songs from all over the world. Songs gifted by plants, songs to honour our ancestors, and songs to connect us to the land.

Through the power of our collective voices we will experience the magic of human connection, and remember where we came from.

All voices welcome. 

Nikki Satira holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies with a specialization in environmental culture and education, and a certificate in Community Arts Practice. She has been working in outdoor education for 10+ years, more notably with The Pine Project in Toronto and now Earth Path in Ottawa.


Nikki has been studying botany, herbal medicine and ethnobotany for the past 9 years, and most recently has joined Abrah’s Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship. She’s also an avid naturalist, survivalist, and singer/songwriter.


Although she has been a songwriter since her teens, over the past 7 years Nikki has been honing her skills as a song facilitator - facilitating community singing for groups of 5 to over 300 people. Nikki believes that singing is a survival skill, as well as a beautiful way to connect to our humble plant friends.

Listen to Nikki's recently released album

And other herbalious fun!

Plant scavenger hunt (with prizes), plant swap, amulet making, plant spirit theatre, qi gong, journaling and meditation.

Schedule for the Weekend!

Contact: 613-286-5691