Board of Directors

Board of Directors (From East of West):

Savayda Jarone, Nova Scotia

Johanne Fontaine, Quebec (Treasurer)

Marianne Beacon, Ontario

Lianna Vargas, Ontario

Bree Nabholz, Alberta

Kristy Garnet, Alberta

Katolen Yardley, British Columbia (President)

Lindsay Hounslow, British Columbia (Vice President)

Biographies (East to West):

Savayda Jaronesavayda

Savayda was discovered by herbs twenty two years ago after stumbling upon a herb shop in a quaint courtyard in London, England. She was lured down the herbal path, and has been winding her way along ever since. Her journey took her to Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver where she completed the four year phytotherapy program from the School of Phytotherapy in England. She had the great fortune to work among several eminent herbalists at Gaia Garden Herbals for five years, where she received valuable exposure to the varied aspects of herbal medicine. She returned to her home in Nova Scotia in 2002, where she has since been a driving force in the growth of herbalism in the east. She has been in clinical practice for fifteen years and runs a clinic and dispensary in Halifax, where she also teaches workshops and several popular year-long herbal medicine courses for children and adults. She is a fertility awareness educator, cancer prevention strategist, and founding and current member of the CCHA and the Herbalist Association of NS.


Johanne Fontaine photoWhen she was young, she was making potions for her dolls using plants that she found in her backyard and when she began to study herbalism, she realized that the spice of her potions was yellow dock, and she rediscovered the herbs of her childhood. She studied with Danièle Laberge from 1993 to 1999. At the end of the ’90s, she created a medicinal herb garden in Eastern Township in Quebec where she received visitors, gave lectures and workshops for nine years. In 2006, she moved to the Laurentiens to work at the herbalism school Herbothèque where she reviewed courses and created new ones.  Since then she has been working as a teacher, a writer, an editor and a coach. Part of her weekly schedule is dedicated in receiving clients in private consultation.

Nature, medicinal plants are a passion for her. And she really enjoys sharing that knowledge with her students and clients and she want to support the expansion of herbalism. She participated in many events in Québec and United States and she can really see that herbalists form a big family.

She gave time to organic associations as an editor and secretary. She also organized workshops on medicinal plants to teenagers with difficulties to help them find their passion and go back to school.  She is a professional member of Guilde des herboristes du Québec and is helping her students to develop their practice. From 2011 to 2016, she has been the editor of the Guilde des herboristes magazine. In 2016 she joined CCHA to promote and develop herbalism throughout Canada.

Lianna Vargas

LiannaLianna is a Registered Herbalist who continually seeks to deepen her understanding through engagement with the natural world. Her focus has been on getting to know local plants, connecting with Nature, and getting back to the basics in hopes to help forge a more sustainable future. She is also an artist that has many interests and skills she has been developing alongside her training in herbal medicine such as wildlife tracking, organic gardening and traditional crafting. She received clinical training under Diane Kent’s Clinical Herbalism Program and studied in the field with with Michael Vertolli, learning to identify and harvest the local wild plants, connecting with them on a deep level.

Lianna is a professional member of, and currently serves as the Vice President, and the Volunteer & Events Coordinator for the Ontario Herbalists Association (OHA). She teaches as a guest instructor for Diane Kent, and works with Living Earth Schoool of Herbalism as the Student Liaison & Administration Coordinator. She also occasionally works as an on-site herbalist at Tincture & Tonic Apothecary in Toronto, ON. Lianna offers a variety of workshops and currently has a private clincal practice in Etobicioke, ON.

Bree Nabholz
Bree pic current. 2016Bree Nabholz is the owner and founder of Wild Yarrow Herbal Medicine Clinic & Dispensary. She received her clinical training from Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC where she completed her Diploma of Phytotherapy. She’s a Registered Herbalist & Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG). She sits on the board of the Canadian Council of Herbal Associations (CCHA) and is an active volunteer and Professional Registered Member of the Alberta Herbalists Association (AHA). Currently, Bree sees clients in both Edmonton & Red Deer, Alberta.

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Kristy is a Clinical Herbalist (Cl.H.) and Professional Biologist (P.Biol) in Alberta and British Columbia (R.P.Bio.). She completed her Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Biology from George Mason University in Arlington, VA, USA in 2004 and began her professional career as an ecosystem biologist. After years as a field biologist in the corporate arena, Kristy reignited her interest in biology and herbal medicine and earned her Clinical Herbalist (Cl.H.) diploma from Wild Rose College in Calgary, AB, Canada. She is a member of the Alberta Herbalists Association (AHA) and the American Herbalist Guild (AHG).
Kristy believes the only way to great health is with individual support that looks at the body from a holistic perspective. She works with clients to get to the root of their health and wellness issues using herbs and natural remedies. Kristy offers online support to clients throughout North America and in-person consultations in her office in Calgary, AB.

 Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, CHT, Medical pic

Katolen is member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists; currently in private practice in Vancouver and Port Moody, BC. She specializes in women’s health issues, skin dis-ease, digestive and nervous system disorders. Her personal interest in health lies with the emotional connection to wellness and dis-ease. Katolen teaches herbal medicine classes at numerous local colleges  and at conferences throughout North America, she has been interviewed on radio and published in numerous health journals. Since 1998 has appeared monthly on Global Television Morning News, where she offers herbal information to the public. Katolen is a director of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA) and is current president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of BC (CHA of BC).

 Lindsay Hounslow

Lindsay is a lover of good food, nature, and Yoga. Through ten years as a naturalist guide, she spent many days and nights in the forest, feeling a resonance with nature and developing a commitment to share plant and fungi based medicines with people. After mentorship in herbalism and wildharvesting, Lindsay attended Pacific Rim College and graduated with a Diploma of Phytotherapy. She has also completed a certificate in holistic nutrition through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, and foundation studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Reiki and Shamanism. Lindsay is a committed yogi and is an E-RYT (Experience Registered Yoga Teacher) with the Yoga Alliance.

Lindsay is a professional member of the CHA of BC and the CPP (College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy, UK). She is the herbal dispensary manager and a faculty member at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC. She also offers clinical services of herbalism, nutrition, and therapeutic Yoga through her clinic, Linden Lotus.