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Workshops and Soul Of Herbalism Program page

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❤️‍🔥 FIRE CIDER ❤️‍🔥 

Keep that immune system and energy UP this cold season! 


Take home 750 ml of Fire Cider



Learning to make tincture from start to finish- Your choice of Echinacea, Thyme or Rosemary 


Take home 250 ml jar



Choose the herbs that are right for you in a beautiful tea tasting, using our senses to connect and your own body's YES or NO.  Create your own blend to support you where you need it, immune, stress, sleep, digestion, etc. 


Take home 30 g tea


Value of all medicines ~ $90+


Cost for the day~ $135


** Space is limited to 8-10 participants. Email to register

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The Soul of herbalism
April 3-October 23 2023





The Soul of Herbalism 

Where plants and Spirit bring healing to Life


This immersive program runs from April 3rd to October 23rd ~ the growing season~ in the gardens, outdoor classroom, clinic space and greenhouse at 9995 Ilderton Rd in Poplar Hill, 15 minutes west of London


14 in person classes~ every other Monday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm~112 hours


8 online classes~20 hours


Valerie Paquette, Registered Herbalist

Guest Instructors 

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Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine with Dr. Kayla Moberg, 

Doctor of TCM, Medical Herbalist, Registered Acupuncturist, Instructor at Pacific Rim College

~Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalism (TCM)

~ How to apply herbal knowledge through a TCM lens

~The framework of using herbs with TCM energetics

~The basics of 5 element theory 









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Supplies and discounts Included in the Soul of Herbalism Program:


~seeds, seedlings and growing supplies

~all medicine making supplies

~take home herbs for self study

~Materia medica reference book

~Email access to instructor

~ 50 % discount on all 2022 single classes 

~50 % discount working one on one in clinic consultations

~25% discount on entire dispensary

~Access to a beautiful herbal library with option to borrow






Our first class begins with planting the seeds of our eventual harvest. 


Each student will have the choice of their own small garden plot on the grounds to plant as they wish and tend throughout the season, OR to take plant starts home to tend there. 

We will all be caretakers of the established herbal gardens on the property, from growing each annual seedling to introducing new plants, and caring for the perennial plants throughout the season as new growth emerges. 

The best way to get to know a plant is by growing it, learning how to care for and when to harvest each individual plant. By interacting with them at every stage of growth you will easily recognize them in the wild or in gardens.


We start by planting seeds

Connection to Plant Spirit


Connecting with the plants as complex, whole beings meets us as complex, whole humans. Meditations and relationship with the Plant Spirit opens the doorway to the wisdom of all things. Different ways to tap into our own intuition are woven throughout our learning, and a core of this course. 


           We connect with Nature, and with our own true selves. 


Reflections and meditation with Plant Spirit will help us deepen into our study. 

Your classroom awaits....

Foundations of Herbalism

 Introduction to herbalism throughout the ages and in each culture. What is herbalism and how do we use it in our lives? 



We will explore 48 herbs  in depth throughout the course, studying physical medicinal actions and uses and  connecting with the energetics of the plant. Tasting both tea and tincture (and being with fresh herb if possible) helps us to engage deeply with the plants.


Self study in between classes: Take home preparations of teas and/or tinctures will be given each class to explore with between classes.

Harvesting herbs and medicine making


As each plant in the medicinal garden beds matures we will begin harvesting and preparing each one, from the tender spring greens to the roots in the fall, and making medicines as appropriate.


Learn the methods for making salves, creams, flower essences, infused oils, tinctures, capsules, tea blends, fire cider, and using herbs as home/kitchen remedies.

More herbal goodness...

Overview of the body systems and the herbs used most commonly in each one. Learning how to treat friends and family for common ailments in Digestive system, Respiratory system and Nervous system. 

Herbs in the body


Learn how herbs work in synergy to create healing in the body, mind and spirit. We will practice making simple combinations of herbal tinctures and teas using the herbs we will be studying in Materia medica.

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Online Classes and in person guest instructors
for the soul of herbalism program


Herbs for Women's Health with Dr. Kayla 

~How to apply herbs at different phases of the menstrual cycle 

~Empowering ourselves through learning about our body's natural rhythms 

~Medicine of Womb Wisdom


~Explore our relationship with medicinal mushrooms – what we can do for them and what they can do for us.

~Benefits of using Medicinal Mushrooms in clinic 

~ When to use tinctures, teas, extracts (powdered), or as food

Other ideas we will explore:

  • Vibrational fungal medicine – Mushroom Essences – Shadow Boxing

  • Entheogens and dedicated practice (self-work)

• Restoring planetary, physical, and spiritual health by healing ourselves



Herbs for Childrens Health with Valerie Paquette

~Treating common childhood illnesses with herbs

~Calming herbs for kid's anxiety 

~Safe and effective treatment for children 

Herbs for Anxiety and Stress with Valerie Paquette

~How to treat insomnia

~Coping strategies for stress and anxiety

~How to find the right herbal allies for you 

~Plant constituents 

~The basics of phytochemistry

~Synergy and solubility

~The major categories of phytochemicals in herbal medicine

*in person 

Phytochemistry with Evelyn Mueller

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Learn more about Evelyn here:

Therapeutics and Materia Medica of Commonly found Medicinal Mushrooms with Tony Oakworth, Registered Herbal Therapist and Instructor at Pacific Rim College

Learn more about Tony here:
Introduction to Ayurveda 
with Registered Herbalist Bree Nabholz, Instructor at Wild Rose College and Pacific Rim College


~ The 3 foundational doshas of Indian Ayurveda- What dosha are you? (Trust me, this may explain A LOT)

~ What herbs, foods and lifestyle practices best support your unique constitution type? Come find out!

~Energetic properties of herbs- Discover what herbs your body needs & what herbs you should stay away from...

Learn more about Bree here:

Intro to Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis with Dr. Kayla

The soul of Herbalism 2022 is now full. Registration for spring 2023 will open in fall 2022. :)

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The Soul of Herbalism~An Immersion program 
Registration for 2023 now open!

Meet your instructor


 Valerie Paquette spent 4 glorious years at Pacific Rim College, in Victoria BC, deeply immersed in herbal studies. Graduating in 2016 with a Diploma of Phytotherapy, Magna cum laude, she moved to Poplar Hill Ontario to open a herbal clinic and joined the OHA as a Registered Herbalist. Her clinic work and courses have evolved to connect deeply into Plant Spirit medicine, in partnership with the physical medicine.  This will be the 4th year selling organic medicinal plant starts to herb enthusiasts each spring. She is deeply nourished tending her herb garden and making her own medicines. Valerie is called to connect people with their plant allies and their own inner Light. 

The Soul of Herbalism Program Cost~ $2400

~payment plans available, please inquire

 please email Valerie at with any questions 
click Apply Now if you already know you're in!