Board of Directors (From East of West):
Megan Tardif-Woolgar, New Brunswick
Savayda Jarone, Nova Scotia
Daniel Wiseman, Nova Scotia
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 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. www.mayflowerherbs.ca
Lianna 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 School 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 clinical practice in Etobicoke, ON.
Marianne Beacon is a Registered Professional Herbalist, Advanced Bowen Therapist, Reiki practitioner, Transpersonal Therapist and teacher. She 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. Bowen is a soft tissue therapy which particularly helps with pain and has been used to treat both chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and acute injuries including concussions.
Marianne brings a heart-centered approach to her work and she uses a combination of talk, touch and herbal therapy to offer a holistic approach to healing providing many safe and natural options for her clients. With multiple modalities available to her, Marianne offers the breadth and depth of her experience and knowledge to her clients in a co-creative and caring atmosphere. Clients are always in control of their own path to healing.
Bree is a Registered Medical Herbalist in Edmonton, AB where she runs her herbal medicine practice and botanical dispensary. Her dispensary stocks over 100 herbs and she loves formulating individualized blends for her clients and other practitioners including naturopaths, chiropractors and midwives throughout Alberta. In 2007, she completed her Diploma of Holistic Health at Grant McEwan University, specializing in flower essences and herbology. Through Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies on Salt Spring Island, BC she completed the Intermediate Herbal Program where she learned medicine-making and wild-crafting skills. Bree then continued on to receive her clinical training from Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC, where she completed a 3 year Diploma of Phytotherapy. Coming back to her Albertan roots, Bree opened Wild Yarrow Herbal Medicine Clinic and Dispensary in Edmonton, AB where she enjoys seeing clients to get to the heart of their health issues. Her locally-made “Wild Yarrow Herbals” product line includes herbal products designed for pregnancy, daily wellness and festival/summer fun. You can find her products at Earth’s General Store and Noorish, as well as online. She’s a Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG), as well as the Alberta Herbalists Association (AHA). She’s also honored to sit on the board of both the Alberta Herbalists Association and the Canadian Council of Herbal Associations where she actively works along her peers to create a strong presence of herbalism in Alberta and Canada in order to raise the public profile of Herbalism as a whole. Bree is passionate about women’s empowerment, women’s health and connecting the dots between mental and emotional patterns with physical symptoms in the body; she believes addressing all facets of a person is necessary to create true long-lasting healing.
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 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’s interest in plants was cultivated in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. During 10 years of work as a naturalist guide, Lindsay gained a deep appreciation for ecology and her clinical practice integrates her respect for the profound nature of connection within our web of life. She has a deep love for plants and a passion to increase the availability of safe, effective medicines in a form that nurtures our shared spiritual and ecological health. After study in geography, nutrition, and yoga, and mentorship in energy work, shamanism, organic gardening, and herbal wildcrafting, she dedicated herself to herbal studies and was one of Pacific Rim College’s first Diploma of Phytotherapy graduates. She is a professional member of the Canadian Herbalist Association of BC, the Vice President of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations, and faculty member of Pacific Rim College. She practices herbalism in her home community of Fernwood, Victoria and is a happy gardener, yogi, and mother.