Board of Directors

Board of Directors (From East of West):

Savayda Jarone, Nova Scotia

Daniel Wiseman, Nova Scotia

Nancy Majoulian, Ontario

Lianna Vargas, Ontario (Vice President)

Katolen Yardley, British Columbia (President)

Chanchal Cabrera, British Columbia (Secretary/Treasurer)

Savayda Jarone

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.


Daniel Wiseman

Daniel has been dedicated to the Herbal Path for almost 15 years. His Green journey started with Plant Teachers in his late teens that helped guide him to a more balanced, natural and holistic way of living. Since then he has fortified his knowledge through direct experience with nature, self study, travel and more recently formal training from the East West School of Planetary Herbology and with renowned alchemist and chemist Robert Bartlett of the Spagyricus Institute.

Formerly the owner/herbalist of Blue Apples Arts & Wellness Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Daniel now focuses on medicine making, farming, wild harvesting, teaching and private practice as an herbalist in rural Nova Scotia. His practice is eclectic and ever evolving drawing from the global systems of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbalism, Plant Spirit Medicine, Medical Astrology and Spagyria/Alchemy.

Daniel is a professional practitioner and board member of the Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia, a board member of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations, a member of the International Alchemy Guild, a member of the Inner Garden Alchemy Research Group and teaches herbal pharmacy/medicine making at the Bloom Institute of Herbal Studies.

Nancy Majoulian

Nancy Majoulian is a Clinical Herbalist and a Registered professional Herbalist with the Ontario Herbalist Association (OHA). Nancy is a former aerospace executive turned holistic health advocate. Her journey started after a life changing ski accident in 2008 where she had 3 surgeries and was able to get back on her feet in 6 months, exceeding the surgeons recovery expectations.

Her own health journey inspired her to leave corporate aerospace after 15 years, and make a 360 in her career to help people get their health back. Therefore, she decided to complement her business degree with a Nutritionist and Clinical Herbalist degree, get trainings from Mental Health Canada First Aid and she is currently continuing her studies to get her Doctorate in Naturopathic Sciences because she believes health is our biggest asset.

She decided to join the CCHA board because Nancy believes Herbal medicine is sacred medicine. It needs to be protected and the public needs to be properly educated on it. The use of plants as medicines predates written human history. Archaeological evidence indicates that humans were using medicinal plants during the Paleolithic, approximately 60,000 years ago. Nancy wants to also honour her great-great-great grandmother Cema who was a renowned mid-wife and a herbal medicine practitioner in the 19th century from the region of Cilicia, in the “village” of Alexandretta, previously known as” Little Alexandria”.

Since leaving the corporate world, Nancy has started her own practice using a holistic and complementary approach in helping her clients get their health back. She specializes in plant-based nutrition, digestive imbalances and optimal hormonal health for men and women. She also gives regular health and wellness workshops across North America within the private and public sectors and has been a guest speaker at the Thrive with Cancer Expo in Toronto, Berkeley University in California, University of Ottawa, Ryerson College, at the International Association of Airport Executives conference in Montreal and more. In 2017, Nancy had a 6 part plant-based television series in Toronto and has made several television appearances sharing her nutritional and herbal tips including on Breakfast Television on City TV which has over 1.7 million viewers.

Nancy’s motto is: “Health is your biggest asset. Invest in it and it will pay dividends.”

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Lianna Vargas

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. She received clinical training under Diane Kent’s Clinical Herbalism Program and studied in the field with Michael Vertolli, learning to identify and harvest the local wild plants, and connecting with them on a deeper level.

Lianna is a professional and current Board member of the Ontario Herbalists Association (OHA). She works with Living Earth School of Herbalism as the Student Liaison & Administration Coordinator and currently has a private clinical practice in York, ON.

Chanchal Cabrera, MSc, FNIMH, (RH)AHG

  • Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) since 1987. Awarded Fellowship 2009
  • MSc in herbal medicine at the University of Wales in 2003
  • Faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster 2004 – 2016
  • Senior faculty at Heartwood School of Herbal Medicine (UK)
  • Diplomas in Botanic Garden Management and Education from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2013 & 2014
  • Certified Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) practitioner 2016
  • Certified Master Gardener 1999
  • Certified Horticulture Therapist 2005
  • BC representative to the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations

Chanchal lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband manage Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden, a 7 acre internationally registered botanic garden specializing in food and medicine plants, and where they host apprenticeships in sustainable food production and herbal medicine. Chanchal runs a private herbal medicine clinic with a specialty in holistic oncology, and offers a monthly student training clinic that provides free health services to the community. The farm also hosts Gardens without Borders, a federally registered not-for-profit society established to run the botanic garden and provide horticulture therapy.

From 1998 – 2015 she appeared monthly on Global Television Morning News, a national syndicated television program, where she offered herbal information to the public, she has been interviewed on radio and published in numerous health journals. In 2016, she published her first book, “The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies”.

Katolen Yardley, DO (EU), MNIMH, RH (AHG) ~ Medical Herbalist

Katolen is member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists; currently in private practice in Vancouver and Port Moody, BC. She offers in person and online health consultations throughout North America and 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. She holds a degree as Doctor of Osteopathy (EU) and also works as a manual osteopathic practitioner.

Her fascination with herbal medicine and maintaining optimal health began while studying psychology in University which led her to study at the School of Phytotherapy (UK), Dominion Herbal College, Wild Rose College (Canada) and the National University of Medical Sciences (Spain).

Katolen is the current President of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA), having been a director since 2012 and is past President of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of BC (CHA of BC) holding position from 2013-2019. She is a professional member and mentor with the American Herbalist’s Guild, adjunct faculty at Boucher Naturopathic College, an instructor and clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College; she teaches herbal medicine classes and local medicinal plant walks at various locations including Van Dusen Botanical Garden and UBC Farms and can often be found speaking at herbal conferences throughout North America.

From 1998 – 2015 she appeared monthly on Global Television Morning News, a national syndicated television program, where she offered herbal information to the public, she has been interviewed on radio and published in numerous health journals. In 2016, she published her first book, “The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies”.