Herbal Learning

Occasionally we host workshops at our home at Stoney Point First Nation, but we can also come to you! Please contact us for details. To view our upcoming workshops, click here.

Each workshop we offer has a set price which is determined based on the cost of materials, length of the workshop, the detail covered and what you take home with you. A full colour instructional handout is provided for most workshops and you often get to take home something made at the workshop, for example a salve, a body butter, a lip balm, herbal gummies, a tea blend, etc. We do our very best to set a price for the workshops which keeps the workshops affordable and which also honors the time put in to organize and facilitate the workshop, as well as cover the cost of materials.  We do recognize that some people who passionately want to learn about herbal medicine may struggle to pay the full cost. We don’t want to leave you out!

Cutting up Elecampagne roots (Inula helenium) to make a glycerin tincture.
Cutting up Elecampagne roots (Inula helenium) to make a glycerin tincture.

To help address this, we have come up with a number of alternative ways to pay. No matter how broke we may feel, we always have something to give. Each one of us is blessed with gifts which enrich our friends, family and broader community. We value your gifts and would be honored to have you share your gifts in lieu of a cash payment when a cash payment is difficult for you to provide.

Many items and skills are appreciated! We recognize that there are individuals in our communities who have exceptional artistic and creative gifts, or who can trade materials that are helpful to us. Please look over the list below; these are only examples. If you would like to trade for a workshop space or consultation, please contact us ahead of time to make arrangements.

  • Tobacco – Semaa;
  • Glass canning jars (preferably wide mouth, but any jars can be used);
  • Large mixing bowls and metal or plastic tubs for processing and blending herbs;
  • Wood chips, shavings, sawdust or straw for the chicken coop;
  • Building materials – wood (1x 2’s, 2 x 3’s, 2 x 4’s, plywood, etc) roofing shingles, tin sheets, paint, tools, etc. These can be second hand but should be in good enough shape to be re-used;
  • Compost bins;
  • Wild foods and homegrown foods- wild game, fish, wildcrafted foods and medicine, home raised meat and canned goods;
  • Handmade crafts and artwork – beadwork, artwork, sewing, handbags, medicine bags, bowls, baskets and traditional tools;
  • Handmade items for our business space – curtains, cushions, etc;
  • Volunteer help in the gardens
  • Volunteer help with specific projects (i.e. Building a composter)

We offer these alternatives in good faith. We will continue to accept barter trade as an alternative form of payment so long as it works!

Measuring out oils for a salve.
Measuring out oils for a salve.
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