Herbal Integration Course

Hi there. This is garliq.  This class is on a bit of hiatus while I develop greater public awareness in the West Kootenays.

Do you agree that pharmaceuticals are not sustainable and cannot provide the change the world needs right now?

(Do you believe wild food and herbal medicines are part of the solution because they connect you to the mystery of Earth’s wisdom?)

(0 spots left)

You’re not alone in thinking the Earth has answers that will restore balance and provide healing.

More and more people these days are losing faith in western medicine.  They hate taking pharmaceuticals but see no other reasonable options when they (or their kids) get sick.

Is that you?

Do you have the sense that sustainable medicines need to be rooted in the living world?  That they need to meet the criteria and values that you set for your food?

Just as with your food, to feel good about your medicines, you need to know…

  • comparison image pharma vs herbs 2Where did it come from?  Do you have a relationship with that place?  Did it need to be transported great distances?
  • How was it prepared?  Was it gathered or grown ethically?  with respect for the land, the soil, the farmers, all the critters?  Was it loved while it was made?  How much waste was created?
  • What is in it?  Are there ingredients that you don’t know?  Any you can’t pronounce?  Is it safe to take?  Is it nutritious? Does it hold vitality and aliveness?
  • What is on it?  Is it covered in pesticides?  Wrapped in plastic or styrofoam?

The Herbal Integration Course teaches you how to have the medicines in your home fit with the values in your heart.

Here’s how.  Five pieces come together to get you there…

  1. Connecting with the plant world.  The first step is learning to recognize and identify the plants growing around you – in your yard, your garden, the park, and the beautiful Kootenay forests.  By the end of this course, you’ll know more than 30 plants.  You’ll know which are medicine or food and which are not.

  2. Developing Plant Allies.  Half of all classes are Field Classes where you’ll actually sit and “talk” with a medicine plant.  Then the class will debrief so that you develop trust that you can learn from the plants directly (even if you’re skeptical).

  3. Gathering and Making Your Own Remedies.  When you’re not in the field, you’ll be in Lab Classes learning to make a variety of herbal remedies.  From the basics of tinctures and infused oils, to salves, balms and eventually medicated creams and lotions, while you are building your confidence, you’ll be developing your own herbal apothecary.

  4. Using Herbal Remedies to Heal. Your herbal apothecary won’t be sitting around collecting dust. Your medicines mean empowerment and improved health for you, your friends and your family. You’ll be able to treat common illnesses and infections, burns and bites, fevers and flus. You’ll feel confident both making and using your own herbal remedies.

  5. Creating Herbal Community.  Traditional practices of herbal medicine have always been done in community.  There’s a reason for that.  This is the first step of herbal healing: reminding each of us that we’re not alone.  Fortunately this also adds a great deal to your learning.

This year,

discover how to transform your life and the world

by learning directly from the plants themselves.

You’ll feel a stronger heart connection with the land, the Earth, your intuition, plants everywhere, and even yourself.

You’ll always be surrounded by friends and allies, food and medicine because the Earth is covered with plants.

That’s right, I said talking directly with plants

This can be surprising, maybe even seem a little ‘woo-woo’ for some folks. I get that. My logical mind would never have been able to predict that my journey into herbalism would have me talking to plants and teaching others about the rich rewards I’ve found in doing so.

“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.” ~Frank Herbert

Well, I’ll be more clear… it’s more listening to plants than talking with them. I’ll bet that some part of you – even if it’s only a quiet inner voice – recognizes some truth in the idea that plants are aware, that plants offer medicine far beyond just their chemistry. Can I nudge you a step further? Can you open yourself to the idea that you, yes you, are able to hear the “voice” of the plants yourself (with practice, of course). In my experience, we each have this ability. I invite you to join us so that you can explore for yourself.

Students rave about the Herbal Integration Course…

testimonial pic - adam small

Adam Huggins (class of 2011 – apprentice)

“I simply never knew how much I loved plants until the Herbal Integration Course brought them into focus as allies, healers, delectables, and tools for the regeneration of the earth and our relation to it.”

angela's pic - headshot

Angela Willock (class of 2012)

“This course has created within me a deeper sense of peace and connection to the earth – how I am a manifestation of other beings that have come before me. It has created a sense of wonder in the mysterious elegance of nature. It has awakened the intuition, spirit and creativity in me that has felt oppressed by all that is the concrete jungle.”

steph's pic - headshot

Steph Vigneaux
(class of 2012)

“This information has come to me as a rich resource of knowledge… It has led me to develop a form of communication that I had never known was available. In essence, listening to what the plants have shared with me has prompted me to use my own intuition as an internal guidance system.  The defining characteristic is Inspiration; that these people and more so than ever, these plants are part of my tribe”

christine & kids

Christine Edelmann (class of 2011 & 2012 – apprentice)

In a word, the extended course was empowering. I love now being able to identify and use so many different plants that grow all around the lower mainland.  I have learned to gather and create an herbal apothecary that deals with everything from immune support to coughs, from bruises to tummy troubles.  I highly recommend this class.

Who is this course for?

  • Parents and Caregivers who nourish children with compassion and gentleness and want their medicines to do the same.

I love using examples from raising my two young children.  I get really excited about supporting other parents to free themselves from the bonds of fear and choicelessness that can come up around our kid’s health.

  • Permaculturists, Gardeners and Food Security Activists who are ready to connect more deeply with plants and the Earth; who are ready to bring plant medicines into their work of healing the planet.
  • Anyone who wants a closer connection with their food and medicine.  If you’re interested and willing to do the work of gathering and creating your own medicines and if you’re craving a deeper connection with the abundance all around you, then you’re among friends and allies in the Herbal Integration Course.

Whether your experience is at the Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced* level, this course will open your heart and your eyes to the depth of healing that plant medicines offers.  *Advanced herb students can learn a great deal because direct communication skills aren’t taught at most schools, though they face greater challenges. When the mind thinks it knows something, it can be harder for the heart to listen. Practice and the group debriefs are an excellent antidote to the mind’s doubt.

What will I take home from this course?

The Herbal Integration Course Book.

HIC book imageThese 57 powerful pages (and still growing) started out as 21 pages in 2009. But as I grow and get feedback each year, I’m compelled to fill in gaps, add more and wax poetic about herbal healing. The 4 chapters cover: Coming to Our Senses: Direct Communication Skills, the 7 Herbs, Medicine Making, Recipes and Reference Materials + lots more. You’ll receive both a hard copy and an electronic copy (which makes searching much easier).

An Herbal Medicine Apothecary.

Jar by jar, you’ll take home your very very own apothecary that will range in retail price from $300-600 (depending on your efforts). This could mean significant savings for you folks already buying retail herbal preparations.

Having this homemade tool kit means that you’ll have what you need to treat (at very least) common ailments like scrapes, burns, bites, colds and flus, simple infections, rashes, fevers and so much more.

A truly fantastic herbal tea collection.

You’ll be able to dazzle, amaze and nourish your friends and family. With your wide variety of handcrafted and dried herbs, you’ll know exactly what’s in each cup of tea: the plant and your loving attention.

A whole bucket of self-reliance and community empowerment.

What if you didn’t worry so much when your family members got sick? What if you had tools that you trusted? united hands on beachYou can. You will And I want to point out that this self-reliance reaches well beyond just your friends and family. Knowing about herbal medicines becomes a resource for community empowerment. You can be a living example of what it means to reduce pharmaceutical dependence. Just as the world desperately needs to reduce/eliminate its dependence on oil, we must do the same with pharmaceuticals.

What separates this course from other herb courses?

This course has 4 components that are rarely found in herb courses (never with distance education)

  1. Focus on Developing Relationships.  By deeply exploring 7 herbs over 7 months, the Herbal Integration Course prioritizes intimacy. Starting by recognizing plants as living intelligent beings, you take the first step in creating plant allies. Spending time with the plants in their natural surroundings, you deepen this relationship. And by processing their bodies into physical medicines and then using them, this relationship becomes rooted in experience. You participate in a living communication with your new teachers.

  2. Keep it Simple, Repeat.  Rather than teaching the basics once or twice and then getting it as homework, these techniques are developed and practised repeatedly to make sure all questions are asked and answer, and to ensure that confidence is develop by everyone. Each Lab Class has time for you to make your own medicines, so that it actually gets done.

  3. Listen with your Heart.  Most herb schools teach within a medical model, (using herbs as gentle pills). Many herb schools teach about the energetics of plants. Some even talk about the innate intelligence/wisdom of plants. But very few teach you how to access this intelligence, how to learn directly from the plants about their medicinal uses. This course helps awaken your 5 senses and introduces you to working with your heart field. These skills form the basis for learning directly from the living world.

  4. Personal Health Consultation with Garliq. (Premium Plan) In order to deepen the learning and provide an additional experience that helps you integrate the healing power of plants, it makes sense that you may want to personally experience the healing of plants. So in 2014, six students will be enrolled in the Community Super Hero Herbal Self Care Plan. This is 3 months of herbal treatment to get you back to thriving.

How is Garliq as a Teacher?

pic of garliq smilingMy background is in popular education – which means teaching people in ways that make it easiest for them to integrate what they’re learning. The way I see it, my role is to introduce you to some of my plant allies, to create a safe space that  supports and mentors you in developing your own relationships.

Here what some students have said about my teaching…

Working with you was the most transformative educational experience I have ever participated in.  I now have high expectations for my future mentors and teachers. Thank you.”

~ Adam Huggins (class of 2011-apprentice)

erin's pic - headshot

Erin Newell
(class of 2012)

Just in case you needed to hear it occasionally, I wanted to tell you that you are an amazing teacher.  I loved how you could hold the class in this safe little bubble where we all had space to express ourselves.  I felt inspired to read any book you mentioned in passing, and learned far more than I’d expected.  You are hilarious and sarcastic, and really, really good at what you do.

If you would like to speak with a former student, please include that request in your application (below) and I’ll put you in touch with someone.

Are there any other topics covered?

This list will give you a good sense of the various topics this course covers.  It is possible that I’ve missed a topic or two, so if you’re curious about something specific please ask.

  • Everyday uses of over 30 plants
  • Plant Energetics & the 5 Senses
  • Plant Identification
  • Wild Edibles
  • Herbal Fermentation
  • Medicine Making and Herbal Formulation
  • Herbal First Aid
  • Herbal and Botanical Terminology
  • Neighbourhood Medicine Mapping

What plants will I be learning from/about?

Yes, this course covers 7 herbs in 7 months, but the plants don’t always flower, fruit or fade according the most convenient schedule for all of us. So, our 7 plants will come from a list of potential allies…

  • Plantain
  • Nettles
  • Heal All
  • Cedar
  • Sarsarsparilla
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Rose
  • Eyebright
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Grandmother Needles (aka Devil’s Club)
  • Oregon Grape
  • Elder
  • Comfrey

Here’s an example of how I relate to plants…

How does the course actually work?

The class runs from April – October with 1 Weekend Intensive each month.    Each weekend intensive includes a Field Class and a Lab and is themed to explore 1 specific medicine plant. Classes run 10am-2pm Saturdays & Sundays.  Plus, there is an Integration Class

The Details…

Field Classes10am – 2pm Saturdays – These classes take place at various locations around the West Kootenays (most classes are within about 1 hr of Nelson).

Lab Classes –  10am – 2pm Sundays – These labs take place in a large kitchen space in Nelson (exact location TBA)

Mid-Month Connection – In order to stay connected and motivated between weekend intensives, I’ve created a private HIC 2015 Facebook group (for all you FB fans out there) AND a google group (for those who prefer email).  You can use this for Q & A, to plan your own foraging trips, and to share your stories.

Building a Wild Food Map.  The 2015 HIC students are invited, as an extra curricular project, to help build the West Kootenay Wild Edibles Map.   This is a publicly accessible, online foraging map of the Nelson area full of wonderful foraging spots (even colour coded to type of herb/fruit).  Because our communities are stronger and healthier when they know about the foods and medicines growing around them, this is an an act of sacred service by the class for the community.

And for the Six students who sign up for the Premium Plan, there’s also…

Reduce Your Stress, Revive Your Health, Recycle the System Herbal Self Care Program3 Months of Personal Healing work with the Reduce Your Stress Herbal Self Care Program.   This is an opportunity for you to get more of the support you need.  Starting with a 90 minute Traditional Assessment, I’ll develop an herbal regiment for you.  You’ll get 3 monthly, hour-long follow ups (ideally in person) so that we can track your healing.  Plus you’ll get 3 mid-month check-ins. (by phone or skype)  These are 15-20 minutes and tend to be supportive reminders to take your herbs.  It’s 3 months of herbal self care and support just for you.  (On it’s own this program costs $650)


When are the classes?  The 7 weekend intensives will be … (likely dates…)

  • April    –  16/17  * recently moved back by 1 week*
  • May     – 14/15
  • June     – 4/5
  • July      – 16/17
  • Aug.     – 20/21
  • Sept.    – 10/11
  • Oct.      – 1/2

Herbal Integration Course 2016

What’s Included…

Core Program

Premium Plan

7 Weekend Intensives – Live and In-Person – made up of 7 Field Classes (Saturdays) and 7 Lab Classes (Sundays)

Herbal Integration Book – both hardcopy and e-book

Access to the HIC 2016 Forum with regular online support from Garliq

Access to the Urban Edibles Map – Nelson’s best on-line foraging resource

Your Own Handcrafted Herbal Apothecary

The Confidence to Treat Common Ailments

A Deeper Heart Connection with Plants and “Nature”

An Active and Thriving Community of Herby-s and Other Folks Passionate about Healing the Earth

Reduce Your Stress Herbal Self Care Program  –  3 months of 1-on-1 herbal treatment to get you back to thriving! (normally costs $650)

Regular Price



Partial Payment now and then automatic monthly payments

$300 now

then 4 monthly payments of $275

$400 now

then 4 monthly payments of $350

*Barters and Trades are available.  Accessibility to this knowledge is very important to me.  I trust we can work out an arrangement that can work for both of us.

How do I sign up?

Please take a few minutes to answer each of the following questions.    Then, we’ll set up a 1 on 1 interview to answer questions and make sure it’s a good fit.  Assuming that it is, you can reserve your place with the first payment.

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes