Online Herbal Preparations and Plant Allies Course

"Herbal medicine is people's medicine " - Susun Weed

Permaculture & Plant Medicine for Resilience and Regeneration
Herbal Preparations & Plant Allies

Online Program

Gather together with like minded people online to discover the magic of herbal medicine. This class caters to all levels of learners and anyone wanting to become more empowered with their personal health and wellness for themselves, families and/ or communities.   

This flexible and practical online program features 24 hours of live online classes that include demonstrations of how to make a variety of nutritional and medicinal preparations.  In each class,  meet a different plant or fungal ally and learn how they can help you in improving your health and wellbeing.  Every session will have time for Q&A and will come with worksheets with instructions on how to make each preparation as well as detailed information about the plants we learn about.   Other resources will also be shared like recommended books, videos and supplementary materials. All online classes will be recorded for participants to rewatch at their convenience.

​Taught by a dynamic facilitator, this class caters to anyone wanting to learn about herbal medicine in a creative way. It is a flexible course with one evening class per week to support workers, entrepreneurs, students or those with dynamic routines. 

2020 Dates :​

June 10th - Introduction - 7pm - 9pm 
June 24th -  Teas - 7pm - 9pm 
July 8th - Poultices & Compresses - 7pm - 9pm 
July 15th - Tincutres - 7pm - 9pm 
July 22nd - Herbal Vinegars, Glycerites and Honey infusions - 7pm - 9pm 
July 29th-  Essences & Toner - 7pm - 9pm 
August 5th -  Oil Infusions - 7pm - 9pm 
August 12th  - Salves - 7pm - 9pm 
August 19th - Creams - 7pm - 9pm 
August 26th -  Lozenges - 7pm - 9pm 
September 2nd - Fermentation - 7pm - 9pm 
September 9th  - Canning - 7pm - 9pm 

Some of the plants and fungi we will meet are : Dandelion, Calendula, Lavender, Witch Hazel, Plantain, Yarrow, Chaga, Lion's Mane, Yellow Dock, Comfrey and more!!!

Registration Opening Soon!!!  

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Investment -

Special Rates for the inaugural online preparations course!
Early Bird (register on or before May 15th)- $188
Full Pay - $222
Pay it Forward - $333 (this supports a person in need to attend at a substantially discounted rate)

payment plans available
Some full and partial scholarships available for those in financial need. Please contact for details.

If you have any questions, please email: kym@gigglingchitree.com.

Full course syllabus and instructor bio below...

Kym Chi is a dedicated healer, grounding herself through earth stewardship, people care and regenerative action. As a dynamic woman, her main passions are Permaculture design, creative facilitation, visual art, holistic healing and community building.  To date; Kym has received 3 certificates in Permaculture Design, completed multiple teacher trainings from elder Permaculture educators, taken a variety of advanced trainings, completed a Diploma in Permaculture Education and has over 2000 hours facilitation experience.  She is a chartered Herbalist and has completed advanced herbal studies with Susun Weed, Dina Falconi, Barbara Cotgrave and Robert A. Bartlett. 

 With a love of learning, she continues to take courses that grow her understanding of the natural world. Through her stewardship of a deepened connection with the environment, Kym wishes to inspire connection with the natural environment, oneself and the greater community to invoke creative self expression and value centred living, enriching and creating healthy, abundant habitats and communities. 

With a focus on Social Permaculture, people care and life design,  Kym works with empowerment models, enjoys encouraging others on their life path and focusses on ways to support organizations and communities to become more resilient.  Her success is measured on the successes of her students, allies and friends.  

Kym lives on the West Coast of Canada where she homesteads, teaches Permaculture, runs a holistic healing practice and mentors others.

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Program Content

Module 1: Introduction

  • Group introductions

  • Instructor intro
  • Wildcrafting principles

  • Materials

  • Harvesting guidelines

  • Herbal actions

  • Things to know before you start

Learning Goals:

  • Understand how to honourably harvest

  • Create a positive & effective learning environment

  • Get prepared to make medicine

  • Understand how plants can heal through their actions

  • Orient participants to course content

Module 2:  Teas

  • Infusions

  • Decoctions

  • Nourishing Herbal Infusions

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Module 3:  Poultices & Compresses

  • Poultices

  • Compresses

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Module 4: Tinctures

  • Simple Tinctures

  • Dual Extractions

  • Simple spagyric Tinctures

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Module 5: Glycerites, Honey Infusions, Herbal Vinegars

  • Herbal Vinegars

  • Honey Infusions

  • Glycerites

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Module 6: Toner & Essences

  • Toner

  • Sun Essences

  • Moon Essences

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Module 7: Oil Infusions

  • Cold Infusions

  • Warm Infusions

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Module 8: Salves & Ointments

  • Healing salves

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Module 9:  Cream 

  • Herbal Cream

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Module 10:  Lozenges

  • Lozenges

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Module 11: Fermentation

  • Sauerkraut

  • Ginger Bug

  • Medicinal Mead

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Module 12: Canning

  • Water bath canning 

  • Pressure canning

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Completion Requirements 

We don’t require those taking the course to participate in the certification requirements.  

No one knows who is doing or not doing this work. 

Those wanting the certification will complete:

  • 100% attendance

  • Completion of short quizzes on each topic 

  • Contribution to the online forums 

 

 

Testimonials from other program participants:

“Kym is a very gifted teacher and facilitator who brings a huge amount of knowledge, skill and experience and mixes in a great dose of love and laughs to the course an amazing experience.” - Donna M

“This program goes far beyond simply designing an organic and sustainable landscape.  Learning about plant allies, regeneration of the land and building earth- loving social structures is the keystone of an integrated life centred on the principles of Permaculture.  Kym Chi is an energetic & passionate steward for the earth and supports rounded learning. “ - Stephanie W.

“This has been one of the most enjoyable and informative programs I have been a part of.  What I learned will serve me well and guide me in better serving others and the earth.  I am grateful for the teachings and for the community it introduced me to.  Thank you. - Kathy Duncan

“The Permaculture course opened my eyes to how everything is connected and how we all must work together as a community to care for the earth, the people and the future.  Kym Chi is a wonderful, passionate teacher who loves and lives what she teaches.  She is gentle, yet spicy and keeps the class momentum going strong” - anonymous

“Learning with Kym as a facilitator was one of the most creative, fun, professional and profound experiences.  She planted the seed of Permaculture in me and I can’t wait to let it grow.  - Elke H.

“I loved the variety of visual aids, cards, medicine making and visiting diverse landscapes with examples of systems. So many inspiring moments and learnings.  This was a perfect format to delve in and understand how to overcome my own fears and limitations to find solutions everywhere.   - Alison R

"This course was a creative, interactive journey that covered a broad range of topics and experiences. From Medicine making to collective games, nature walks and potlucks, the course content is delivered in ways that meet all learning styles. A great experience overall. Thank you!"   - Danielle Gauthier

“The course is a refreshing break from everyday life.  A chance to reflect and inspired about how we can be better.” - Karen Cameron

"This course was so well organized. You inspired me to alter my teaching methods to help keep everyone focussed, energized and thoughtful.  I really didnt want the process to end. I really enjoyed the field trips, physically visiting so many permaculture sites and the classroom environment was good also."  - Josephine J

“I would recommend this course to any friend interested and committed to leaving this world a better place.”    - Sally Holden