Being interested in plants and flower since he was nine years old, he went on to get a BSc from University of Alberta in 1971. After graduating he went on to study herbal medicine from native elders in Central and Northern Alberta. He wild crafted indigenous plants of northern Alberta, and co-developed a line of herbal teas, opened a health food store (The Bodhi Shop), worked at High Level Natural Foods as herbalist, and opened the Self Heal Herbal Centre in Edmonton in 1984.
Over the next 2 decades, he compiled over 25,000 hours as a clinical herbalist. In 1989, he met the love of his life (Laurie) and together they created a retail store, expanded into a natural college, and introduced essential oils and flower essences to a wide community.
During this time he also consulted to herb producers, Alberta Agriculture, First Nations communities, nutrition bar companies, formulated natural health and herbal products, and wrote 42 books on medicinal plants and fungi.
He is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. He has taught plant medicine for over 20 years, and is an avid fan of our indigenous plants and mushrooms. Robert has been involved in the health field for over 40 years.
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