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Nutritional Herbalism - Forest Gardening Mentorship

The Process
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Mentorship Approach
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Nutritional Herbalism - Forest Gardening

Garden Soil, Medicine-Making to Herbal Applications

April to Nov. 2018
A 3-Season
140-Hour Mentorship Program 

This program is committed to the future of wild nutritionals by educating and inspiring tomorrow's foragers, wild crafters, herbalists, forest gardeners, permaculturists and ecologists. It offers a rigorous and intensive immersion into the cultivation and use of wild nutritional plants. Discover how a genuine working relationship with Earth is the cornerstone for enduring personal, community and ecological health and happiness. Learn how to achieve the same benefits that natural systems demonstrate: stability, resilience, self-maintenance, self-renewal and increased nutrient conservation at personal and ecological levels.

Through the ecological study and practice of nutritional herbalism and forest gardening we return to a place of honouring our relationship and connection to Nature, of sacred partnership with the living planet and reinventing whole connected thriving ecosystems that sustain and regenerate all life.

The ultimate goal of both herbalism and forest gardening is not only the production of crops, but also the cultivation and perfection of new ways of seeing, of thinking, and acting in the world. 

In this 18-day wild plant mentorship program, you will dive deeply into the vision, theory, and practice of designing wholesome, integrated, vibrant, resilient and regenerative ecologies using a healthy forest as our model. Shantree and his teaching team will offer presentations, field site walks, experiential exercises, and design projects to support you in comprehend how the architecture, social structure, underground economics, and successional progressions of biological forests pertain to the design and creation of regenerative ecologies of all types. You'll come to understand a variety of ecological design processes while designing a range of compilation of food and native plants producing ecologies at demonstration and research gardens at The Living Centre. You’ll also participate in planting the future, native plant conservation, garden management, natural economics, and the deep exemplary shifts essential for succeeding at co-creating “humanatural” landscapes and cultures. 

Be both empowered and inspired through the seasons - to go beyond just designing forest gardens for yourself and your community but have a new lens of seeing the world around you. From the ecosystems of this land you will learn the medicines and ways to forage and prepare these herbal remedies. Spring reveals the beauty of early native wildflowers and the nutrition aerial herbaceous plants, summer brings the gift and abundance of the berries and shrubs, while fall foces on the big herbs (trees) and roots foods.

This mentorship process is not just a how-to course - it is essentially about supporting you in your own endeavour. To reach your optimal dream – your vision of the future you want to live!

“Knowledge gained through experience is far superior and many times more useful than bookish knowledge.”  
~Mahatma Gandhi

The Leadership Pathway

What this Mentorship Pathway offers you

A mentorship program is a great adjunct to your own self-directed studies, or as a complement to a long-distance nutrition, herbalism, forest gardening or permaculture course you have taken or are enrolled in. Throughout the mentorship we work together to accelerate your growth in your studies. The ability to work with complicated challenges can be dramatically reduced. This program helps build confidence as a wild nutritional ecological garden educator. 

This program offers simple yet effective processes, systems and structures that you can utilize in resolving some of the major challenges in your life, and on the planet.

It engages students in active practice of the fundamentals of ecological design through real life situations. The methodology, called "action learning," allows students to learn professional design skills of both inner and outer ecological regeneration and documentation techniques by carrying out their choice of project work while maintaining regular contact with me. This mentorship develops critical thinking skills and asks challenging questions that require participant to deal with the incertainty that is present with problems in ecological restoration. 

The mentorship program is about gaining the tools to apply ecological herbalism and forest gardening understanding and experience and then apply this immediately into your life. Feeling rooted and self-assured, knowing that you are not alone in your desires and visions for a vibrant life. 

The objective of this program is that all participants take action in their own communities. Envision yourselves as a pebble thrown into a still pond. The pebble is the journey you are about to embark on and the pond is the Earth. Each time a pebble is tossed into the pond it evokes a ripple. Every ripple will spread out in a concentric ring from every pebble tossed. If there are enough pebbles thrown into the pond, the entire surface of Earth will be covered with ripples. 

This action-learning program is process-oriented, learner-directed, and focused on designing and implementing real-life projects in their communities with support.

Mentorship Program Process

For 40 years Shantree has shared his passion of the plant world, now for the first time he has integrating and created this unique integrative plant journey. An integrative system of philosophies, personal transformation strategies and ancient earth wisdom will be shared to develop and deepen into the powers of wild and native plant nutrition.

With the nutritional plants as our guides, we begin to see through eyes of connection and oneness. Living rooted in the cycles and laws of the natural world yields a strategy for crafting joyful cultures of connection.  


This nutritional herbalism and forest gardening mentorship weaves deep wild plant connection, nature immersion, eco-philosophy, deep ecology, systems thinking and ecological principles with the living arts, deep listening and self-awareness skills as an essential aspect of nutritional herbalism.

Processes and practices include visioning and manifestation, communication skills, a map for navigating through understanding plant medicine, an exploration into cultural plant practices and methodologies, cultivating deep plant connection, balance and inner resilience, the arts, and other time-tested processes.

Every session includes practices that reconnect us to the primal forces of living plants and the elements - Air, Fire, Water, Earth, and Ether. 

These experiences refine our ability to consciously participate in life's self-healing activity and creative unfolding between head, heart and hands.

Within a community of like-minded plant adventurers, (maximum of 10 participants), held in the beauty of nature’s embrace at The Living Centre Eco-spiritual Forest Garden and Botanical Sanctuary, we will explore key ingredients for creating a herbal community to support a bioregional culture shift. Within this supportive community, which makes it easier to overcome challenges, and blocks that keep you from experiencing your full potential and creative edge. 


This experiential pathway will take us through the seasons of the plants of spring, summer and fall. My intention of this mentorship is to support individuals in becoming herbal community advocates for the wild and native plants and trees of our bioregion. The mentorship includes home study material and assignments. 

** Upon completion of this mentorship you will receive a Nutritional Herbalism - Forest Garden Mentorship Certificate.

APRIL 21-23

The purpose of this training is to work from the soil to the finished product. Learn about herbal landscaping and creating a sacred plant sanctuary and native plant trail. Our focus will be on the practical hands-on-learning of designing a landscape of herbal nutritional plants. This will include wild and native plant identification, harvesting and the art of wild-crafting and herbal nutritional-making preparations, and personal plant projects. Experiencing and assisting the growth of herbs ensures a personal healing loop between the planter and the planted. A link between forest gardener to a field herbalist. There is no better remedy than one nurtured with care and intention from preconception to packaging. Learn in-depth the uses of a handful of herbs and how to make basic wild nutritional meals. Ecological restoration that builds on your knowledge in the fileld.

  • The Art of Growing Soil
  • Designing an Ecological Landscape
  • Symbiotic Relationships
  • Understanding Species At-Risk
  • Wild Wisdom of Weeds & Native Plants 
  • The Art of Foraging: Tools & Techniques
  • Wild Weed Farming & Daily Walkabouts
  • Ecosystem Design Through Propagation of Native Plants
  • A Wholistic Approach to Ecological Restoration
  • Crafting a Forest Sanctuary & Native Plant Trail

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. “ 
~Franklin D. Roosevlt”

JUNE 23-25

An in-depth journey of the many facets, values and uses of nutritional wild edible plants, nutrient-dense native plants and trees of our ecological landscape. This practical training of Carolinian Canada's edible plants will cover where to find them, when and how to gather them, and how to prepare them. By studying foraging and nature we enjoy our renewable resources and reaffirm our commitment to preserving and rebuilding our ecological riches.

  • An Essential Guide from Dirt to Plate
  • Plant Identification Using the Six Tastes
  • Timing the Wild Harvest of Wild Native Foods
  • Creating Weed Tea Fertilizer
  • A Day in the Woods: Wild Culinary & Propagation Adventures
  • Recipes for Living Deep: Preserving Our Rich Biodiversity

"One is tempted to say that the most human plants, after all, are the weeds." 
~John Burrou

(7-Day Intensive)

AUGUST 24 -31

This practical multi-dimensional integrated approach to herbalism, wild nutrition and forest gardening experience of both the edible and medicinal plants and trees we'll explore where to find them, when and how to gather them, and how to prepare them. Together we will create a plant lover's tribe, an in-depth journey of the many facets of what it means to be a community forest garden herbalist. A deepening of herbal ecology and regenerative teachings and values and uses of nutritional wild and native edible plants, medicinal and sacred plants and trees of our ecological landscape, discover nature’s essential permaculture plants of our bioregion. 

The purpose of this 7-day hands-on living experience is to deepen our understanding of our local environment and get back in touch with local wild plants. By studying foraging and nature we enjoy our renewable resources and reaffirm our commitment to preserving and rebuilding our ecological riches. To reclaim our heritage of herbal medicinal food forests for health, healing and living. Here is an opportunity to "get your feet" wet and explore this approach and style of learning.

It is possible to rapidly heal the land and ourselves. Regenerative living is a mutually enhancing relationship between the people and the earth.

Remember that if nature were left alone – it is always regenerating – always going towards wholeness filled with diversity, subjectivity and in full communion with itself. The question is how do we apply and integrate this process into our own lives.

SEPT 29 - Oct 1

Ecological restoration is a rapidly changing subject. Restoration of degraded ecosystems are we needed today in the face of climate chage and the urban spread. Forest ecologies reveal numerous valuable qualities that can learn and be inspired by to implement into our culture and of growing from to we humans would be wise to emulate in that we live with our culture and that of growing our nourishment. 

These qualities emerge from the dynamics of the forest as a whole system, not from any one or more of the elements that comprise the forest alone. To design productive edible ecosystems that express these same qualities, we must understand forest structures, functions, patterns, and processes and use this knowledge wisely.

We will dive deeply into the vision, theory, and practice of designing wholesome, dynamic, and resilient medicinal ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models. Through site walks, experiential exercises, and design projects to help you understand how the architecture, social structure, underground economics, and successional processes of natural forests apply to the design of herbal ecosystems. You'll come to understand a variety of ecological design processes while designing a range of compilation of food producing ecologies at demonstration and research gardens at The Living Centre. 

You will leave inspired and empowered to design edible native food forest gardens. 

  • Pattern & Observation
  • The Web of Connections
  • Working with Nature
  • The Forest Garden Design Process
  • Natural Patterns in the Garden
  • Patterning: Unity & Biodiversity
  • The Three Ecological Principles
  • The Five Elements of the Forest Architecture
  • The Seven-Story Garden: Vegetation Layers
  • The Practical Process: A Step-by-Step Guide
  • Ethical foraging the wild edibles of the season
  • Seed Saving Practices

"The keystone of forest gardening is a paradigm shift in our own human consciousness. 
From monoculture mind to polyculture mind;
From separation to unity;
From exploitation and manipulation to respect and interdependence;
From intervener to ecosystem participant."
~Dave Jacke


Our final weekend prepares the way to re-weave ourselves back into modern culture making our vision and purpose reality. The focus of this time is supporting you in clarifying, shaping, energizing and fulfilling your vision. We give plenty of time to explore how, in a world that is increasingly chaotic and unstable, our unique service can support the crafting of joyful cultures of connection. Identifying key inner and outer resources, creating a supportive community, and following the herbal guidelines will allow us to confidently anchor and nurture the service passion you bring into the healing of our community. This final weekend will be the opportunity to share your passion and express your creativity with our community. 

Ecosystem mimicry is one of the concepts at the heart of ecological regeneration and forest gardening. A thriving forest for example, strives to replicate the structure, relationships, and successional pathways of natural forest ecosystems. I’m fortunate to have lived on this land for almost 35-years and teach on this same site every year. This gives me a chance to get to know this ecosystem deeper and deeper with each passing year, and try experiments and see what happens. This landscape will be the playground to learn, share and explore what and how this land is nourishing and regenerating itself. This ecosystem will be our teacher/mentor through the seasons.

As we grasp new conceptual frameworks by applying practical herbalism and regenerative design techniques, we learn essential skills for replenishing and regenerating ourselves, our ecological biospheres, and our human communities back home.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
~Howard Thurman

1. Case Studies

Our time together is a perfect opportunity for you to present difficult or new case studies that you are working on. Case studies give you real life examples of how to apply ecological and wholistic design processes as well as highlighting new areas of study. 

2. Questions and Clarifications

You will be encouraged to write down your challenges, so that we can discuss and explore these together. I will shed light on the subjects in addition to pointing you to the resources that will answer your questions more in-depth. 

3. Needing Accountability?

Over the years correspondence students have repeatedly shared how they have struggled and gone off course before completing their course assignments and lessons. A mentorship program will offer you a space to create educational practices and be held accountable for coursework goals. 

4. Time Management Skills

One common challenge that comes up for individuals in the course of study is not having enough time in the day to do everything they want. Skilled in time management myself, I can support you in getting the most creativity out of my daily and on-going projects. 

5. Field Studies

Learn first hand how to read the internal and external landscapes. Know how to recognize plants and ecosystems and what grows in what habitat. Develop the essential skills of taking and tracking case studies. Design herbal regenerative lifestyle protocols for yourself and others. Craft a community service that will be a sustainable livelihood and have a sense of fulfillment. 

This transformative ecological herbal coaching process supports you to deepen your personal connections with plants, nature, community and your own unique gifts and vision.

6. Designing Your Own Focused Venture

As part of your journey, you will be invited to identify a project through which to actualize the tools of the program. Designing your own focus can be an extension of the work you will do during the early phases of your mentorship program.

You may either have a very good idea of what such a focus learning experience before you start your this program and/or you may observe during your mentorship material for coherent patterns. You may wish, with help from your facilitator, to aggregate topics to create a focused concentration for your program.

Your focus design may serve other participants who might like to consider modifying your focus design for their own purposes.

'Design Your Own' focused learning to inspire you to imagine how you might create a focused custom-tailored to suit your own personal passions. Here are just a few examples:

  • Start a herb garden operation
  • Begin an organic herb nursery
  • Initiate a nutritional herbal education business

Your project may also focus on more personal or “inner” forms of transformation. Growth is the work of a lifetime and each person's path is different. Your transformation and project will reflect your own aspirations and callings.

You will need to name the focus of your degree design pathway at least 2 to 3 months prior to completion. This will be done in consultation with your mentor Shantree. 

This mentorship program is designed as a modular spiral, which deepens with each training session. We meet approximately one 3-day weekend every other month and a 7-day intensive, during each session participants will be introduced to new content, while sharing in an experience as a herbal tribal clan and of deep connection with the plant world. We begin with gratitude and setting collective intentions, spend our days in various configurations of small and as a group, learning together in the natural world, and end by sharing lunches and gathering in a circle. The learning and support continues through the seasons, with One-on-One sessions, small group tutoring sessions, buddy check-ins, and application of the educational materials. The progression of moving between the deep-dive 3-day training trainings and then having time to integrate and apply the content through the seasons makes the curriculum come alive and enhances a new way of being, living, being, and engaging the world. We will be deepening the learning experience through a 7-day herbal forest garden intensive.

The time commitment for your participation will vary by individual. We request that participants attend ALL of the weekend trainings, as unison is fundamental to building harmony and trust for our collective experience and deepening journey. If previous commitments mean having to miss more than two or three days of the program, please consider reapplying at another date. Outside of the weekend trainings, you can expect to spend time between trainings in peer coaching and engaging in program projects on your own time. The research programs are designed to incorporate into and empower the life that you choose to lead and the work that you do with the plant kingdom. Please consider your capacity to participate fully before applying to the program.  

“True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature,  or art, but in the development of character.”  
~David O. McKay


    • 18-Full Day Training Program 
           * Three 3-Day Trainings
           * One 2-Day Training
           * One 7-Day Intensive
    • Integrative Home-Study Research Projects
    • Three 60-minute One-on-One Sessions between each training
    • Handouts and Mentoring Hands-on Experience

Also includes the following herbal and forest gardening textbooks:

  • The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival ~Katrina Blair, 2014
  • Planting the Future: Saving Our Medicinal Herbs, Rosemary Gladstar & Pamela Hirsh
  • The Herbal Medicine-Making Handbook: A Home Manual, James Green
  • Forest Gardening: Cultivating an Edible Landscape, Robert Hart
  • Integrative Forest Gardening: The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems, Wayne Weiseman, Daniel Halsey, Bryce Ruddock
  • The Healing Tastes ~Shantree Kacera, D.N. Ph.D.
  • The Incredible Edibles Handbook ~Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D.
  • The Healing Tastes Whole Food & Wild Recipes, D.N., Ph.D.

What You Will Experience?

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
~Benjamin Franklin

You will come out of this program with an unique "Mentorship Medicine Pouch" a compendium of specific skills, practices, and approaches to improve your well-being and effectiveness as a forest garden nutritional herbal educator. Topics include visioning, effective communication, project development and stewardship, the aptitude to design and honour commitments, effective use of time and energy. We will also explore aspects of inner leadership, such as cultivating gratitude, balance, ‘inner resilience’, and exercises to root and ground your leadership in the heart, in nature, and in partnership with a community of other leaders.

Through this forest gardening herbal regeneration design program you will learn a new way of thinking and being. You will experience what is naturally yours – an intimate relationship with the wild plants. You will discover to source your leadership from this connection and stay attuned to the patterns in your own life, creating a new level of success and awareness in your stepping forth - empowered.

You will explore the correlation between ecological design thinking and the related disciplines of bioregionalism and ecology and their application to herbal design;

The foundation of an ecological world view (deep ecology, systems thinking, Gaia theory) and the application of living systems principles to the design of systems, objects and places;

You will develop personal and group enquiry practices to raise awareness of the interdependent relationship between the individual, society and nature and between theory, experience and practice;

You will develop and enhance your design, communication, facilitation skills in support of communities of place and interest;

You will make use of a range of tools, methods and facilitation techniques to project delivery;

You will co-create participatory hands-on practices, and theoretical principles for new approaches to the regenerative ecological design process of projects and apply these both in class and application in your community projects;

How to assess the connection between the environment and built form, behaviour, well-being and resource consumption using both research indicators and case studies.

“All the beauty that's been lost before wants to find us again”

Ecological Regeneration article>>


"I am loving listening to your sharings and your enthusiasm for the plants. I am soo wonder-filled hearing you talk about permaculture, forest gardening and herbal plants and your land your articulation and wisdom is awe inspiring. Much Thanks!" ~Natalie Krueger

"Shantree has vision and a special way of creating a garden that seems to match the spirit of the land. He brings touches to every corner that make the whole garden such a joy to be in. Thank you for all that you have given me and for the beautiful work you are doing!" ~James

"I've learned so many valuable lessons. Shantree you are so wise. You are such an honourable teacher. This has been a milestone along my path. For that, I am so thankful." ~Maya

"Honestly, I loved your teaching style, really clear and confident presentation of sometimes really in-depth material. I found your teaching style to be compassionate and patient and never once felt afraid to ask a question. That was the best workshop on soils I've seen. I've studied with a number of organic gardening teachers and that's the first time someone has put it in a way that I can understand and see the big picture. Thank you." ~Heather

“Incredible, my perspective was completely changed of the plant world and the forest life and the abundance that can be created. I am more than inspired I am empowered and confident in my knowledge. I will definitely not be the same after this experience, a new world has been open to me and I'm finally feeling alive in this alive world. I feel so much more connected to the land I walk upon. I have so much more respect for all living things And can truly say that making more of my own medicine remedies will continue for the rest of my life! Thank you! ~Kaleigh

“Awesome! Great experience, broaden my horizons and visions – opened new possibilities! Ah ha's different realities reopened new doors of thought and experience.” ~Tammy

“It was great to be back on the land learning from your experience and passion. There is something deeper than the practical that I really appreciate, which is more akin to the spiritual angle that is naturally coming from you. Encompassing a worldview that challenges the box we are born into.

However valuable the wild nutrition and herbal medicinal exposure was, for me I enjoyed the practical experience in the forest the most. The polycultures and understanding succession was deep for me.

I loved it! There was/is so much to digest from that experience. Working in groups, the personal dynamics that show up, sinking into the information with community, connecting with the Living Centre and letting my body’s rhythm get in tune. I have gained an understanding of the world of permaculture, biology, energetics, nutrition, spirit, community, forest gardening and ethics that I can build upon. I feel more confident with what I know and more aware of what I want to know.

You helped me understand that we need to speak for plants and the spreading of awareness is paramount for the survival of life on this planet. My vision is clearer not only in how to work with land/how to build relationship with planet kingdom but also in how I want to live my life with integrity and in sacred reciprocity.

Your heart is a beautiful force in the world and I am deeply grateful to have befriended you.

To draw upon a familiar analogy: perhaps I was looking for you to teach me how to play a few songs and what I received is a vocabulary to read and write my own music.”  ~Snappy

“I wanted to further my studies with Natural Healing. I found a herbalism course through The Living Centre - Practical Herbalism. It was my Dream to do this course. Amazing course my brain was always thinking on the course and the answers to the Questions. Shantree is an Amazing Teacher and the knowledge he has he shares with you and always answers and helps you along the course. Thank you for making my Dreams come true.” ~Valerie 

"As I reflect on the educational aspects of our program, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for contributing to our internship program’s educational programming this year. As always, visiting you folks is a highlight for the interns. They always come back from this trip with a greater understanding of herbal plants and forest gardening and a respect for the diversity of food growing styles. They had this to say “A wonderful, pioneering place! They helped educate about organics and now they're taking the next step towards forest gardening.” ~Jaye Crawford, Ignatius Farm Interns, 2012

"I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for contributing to our internship program this year. For the interns, our day at the Living Centre was a definite highlight of the internship. We left feeling inspired and full of new ideas. It was fabulous to see such a successful example of what Permaculture, herbalism and forest gardening can be and how we can go about implementing their principles in our own lives.

Field trips, workshops and farm tours greatly enhance the internship experience by exposing interns to a diversity of farming and food systems and planting ideas for directions they will choose as they move forward. Not all interns will pursue farming as a career path, but what is certain is that they all have a deepened appreciation for farming and will become advocates for sustainable food systems in their own ways.

We deeply appreciate that you have been open to sharing your time and knowledge with us this season. On behalf of the entire Ignatius Farm CSA team, thank you once again for your involvement in educating for a healthy food system for the future. With gratitude."
~Kailea MacGillivray
Senior Education Intern and Volunteer Coordinator
Ignatius Farm CSA

A Mentorship Approach

Mentorship, much like a traditional apprenticeship, is one of society’s oldest forms of experiential education. In many cultures, herbal training occurs almost exclusively in a setting where experienced herbalists work closely with others to share their accumulated wisdom. The structure of these relationships varies widely, but all have in common the desire to share information while offering support, guidance and critical feedback.

Our mentorship process supports individuals to become confident, skilled herbal educators. Often those who have completed extensive training in herbal medicine (which may or may not have included a clinical component) are actively seeking the support and guidance of an experienced herbalist to act as a mentor.

Community is an essential aspect of herbalism. Herbalism is all about relationships, after all – the relationships we have with each other and with health as well as the relationships we have with plants. One of the most special relationships within herbalism, though, is the relationship between herb mentor and student. Most herbalists eventually find some sort of mentor – it’s a very natural expression of how our herbal knowledge is passed along, and is the traditional way that herbalism was passed from one generation to another. Many herbalists at some point have had mentors that helped shaped them become the herbalist they are today, and many continue to work with mentors even now!

The mentor-student relationship is so valuable and special because it helps us orient ourselves. Who do we want to become? In what direction are we moving? Our herb mentors are individuals we want to emulate, people who have been where we are now and have gone ahead where we wish to travel. Having a mentor also helps us by providing insight and perspective when the going gets tough. When we struggle with new questions or a new case study and we can’t seem to find answers or when it seems like we’ve lost our way on our path, our mentor can be there with encouragement, a new idea, or the wisdom from a parallel experience that helps us find the missing pieces of our puzzles.

Exactly what is the role of a mentor?

The definition of the word is “an experienced and trusted advisor.” That’s a rather broad definition! Each mentor-student relationship is unique, since those two parts of the equation are always going to be two different individuals. It’s up to the parties involved to create the relationship in a way that makes sense for them.

In some cases, the mentorship unfolds very informally, like a friendship. However mentorships can also be very formal, even to the extent of the mentor being paid in exchange for their time and the mentoring experience being guided by a written contract that details specific goals and desired outcomes the student and mentor have for the relationship.

Regardless of the prearrangement being formal or informal, a mentor is there to inspire and support the ongoing growth of the student and to provide assistance. They should be willing to help us troubleshoot, although it’s okay if they don’t just hand us the answers! Making us think and offering helpful suggestions when problems arise are the symbols of a truly great mentor. They are understanding of our efforts and there for us when we need encouragement. They can also help us be realistic and hold us to a standard, helping set the foundation for skills and a knowledge base that will serve us well in the future. Most importantly, though, mentors can be a role model. We should be careful not to put them on a pedestal – after all our mentors are human, too – but at the same time they should be people we think are worthy of imitating in some way. Our mentors are setting examples for us as teachers, consultants, and as professionals.

Important to remember that having a mentor is not a replacement for learning about herbs and herbalism on your own time – it should complement your own studies. The point of being mentored is to assist you grow on your own path! Trustworthiness is essential; the relationship should always be directed by professionalism. The mentor-student relationship should always be mutually respectful.

Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D. 

Shantree is Certified Permaculture Designer & Educator, an Ayurvedic Live-Food Nutritionist, Ecological Herbalist with a specialty in Forest Gardening with with 45-years experience. Shantree's deep spiritual connection to the Earth has drawn him into the teachings of shamanic and earth wisdom practices as well as Carolinian Canada native plant preservation and studies. He is a passionate edible forest gardener, and well known for his unique circular medicinal-wheel garden and medicine trail with over 1,000 species of edible and medicine plants and trees through the 50-acre botanical sanctuary. Since the mid 1980's Shantree has been applying herbal and forest garden practices. Creating his own unique approach to how does Permaculture work in a northern temperate climate. After my lifelong of experience I am now sharing this integrative experience with participants who come here to study these ancient healing arts of ecology and ancient art of herbalism. I am choosing to share what I call "the green spark" a way of life and knowledge to pass on to the next generation. Learn more>

Guest Presenters

Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera is a Certified Permaculture Educator with a specialty in evolutionary regeneration at the personal, ecological and spiritual levels. She is the founder of Shamanu: Earth Wisdom Teachings, practices that support an earth-based cosmology, teaching visionary and practical solutions for personal and social change. Her many years of exploration of nutrition and the love of the wild plants and deep ecology provides individuals with the skills to reconnect with the 'original instructions' revealed to us through nature. These skills awaken the potential to bring active, practical solutions for personal, community and environmental benefit. She believes that everything we need to know about how to live extraordinary lives we find the answers to in nature. Learn more>


Jayme Cannon didn’t fully understand what she was getting herself into when she signed up for the Traditional Herbalist program at The Living Earth School of Herbalism in the year 2000… little did she know that her decision would forever change the way she saw and experienced her world.

Jayme’s herbal training began with a strong focus on local, sustainably wildcrafted medicine. Much of her dispensary has been harvested from forests, so when she discovered Permaculture and Food Forests, she knew she had found a path that would further deepen her connection with the plant world. She took her Permaculture Design Certificate at The Living Centre in 2011, and has studied with Lorenna and Shantree for the last 10 years. Recently, she has taken on a 3-acre Pear Orchard Rehabilitation project at The Living Centre with her husband Daniel.

As care taker of the Forest Garden Farmacy, she enjoys providing people with locally grown and sustainably wildcrafted edibles and medicinals. 

Rob Read spends his time outside his day-job as Administrative Assistant in the Rotman Institute of Philosophy at Western University between permaculture, writing, and his family. Rob's passion for forest gardening and permaculture began when he came across Robert Hart's book about his forest garden at a used book fair. This dovetailed nicely with his concern over our current food production system, and made perfect sense based on his many years as a naturalist and amateur ecologist. Since 2008 he has been enriching his experience of permaculture through extensive research and trainings, including workshops with leaders in forest gardening, holistic management, and rocket mass-heaters. He is co-founder of Artemisia's Forest Garden Nursery, a nursery that specializes in plants suited for forest gardens. He is also a co-founder of the Carolinian Canada Forest Garden Guild, and has been a planner for the annual Forest Garden Convergence since it's inception in 2013. After several years of practical focus on forest gardening, Rob is actively expanding his knowledge and experience in natural building.  

Other passionate, nature connected herbal teachers will join Shantree and offer their unique teachings during the program. 

"It is the supreme art of the educator to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." 
~Albert Einstein


Saturday - Monday

April 21-23
June 23-25
August 24-31 (Living the Experience 7-Day Intensive)
September 29-Oct 1
November 4-5 (Final Presentations) 

Option: March 17-18, 2018
The Local Wild Living Design Introductory Workshop



NOTE: Only 5 Positions Left

TOTAL VALUE - $4825 when done separately

Your Price - $2800 (includes 7-Day Intensive)

EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL - $2350 Before March 1, 2018

$200 Discount off regular price if you attend 
The Local Wild Living Design Introductory Weekend March 17-18, 2017

PACKAGE SPECIAL - Take Both Nutritional Herbalism and Practical Herbalism Mentorship Programs Together for $4500

To maintain a high quality of learning and care, the Mentorship is limited to only 10 participants.

  • Alumni or Full-Time Students - who have competed a six or more month Immersion, Mentorship Program or Four-Season Permaculture Course Graduates - $2350
  • Partner/Spouse Discount - Partners who take the course together get the second tuition at an additional $250 off of the regular price.
  • Work-Trade - Positions are available
  • Full-time Students or 18 to 25 year olds Please Submit Letter of Request) - $2350
  • Scholarships - Partial scholarships are available upon request (Assisting promising young adults (18-25 years old) in the tuition costs of mentorship program - please send a detailed letter of request. The aim of our scholarship is to build bridges between future leaders to experience the powerful connections between personal and planetary health.) Please see Scholarship Application Process
  • Community Supported Education Program (CSE Program) ALL Scholarship applicants and anyone interested in financial assisance with the mentorship program shold consider creating their own Community Supported Education Program (CSE Program) Find more info and details here.
  • Please call: 519-652-0230 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • We are living a time of great change , when creating a new story for our world is crucial. People all over the world are reclaiming their power and responding to the cry of Mother Earth. Are there young adults in your community who feel would thrive in our mentorship program? Help transform our culture, one heart at a time be nominating a young adult who is helping to redefine our culture!
  • A $500 deposit will guarantee your spot
    * Register for the Mentorship and one of our herbal correspondence courses for a reduced price of $3500. A savings of $700 when taken together.

    This mentorship program can be an integrated part of our Visionary Herbalism Diploma Program or Forest Gardening Diploma Program. 

    Does not include taxes, travel and accommodations.

    The first weekend our organic, vegan meals will be provided by The Living Centre. During subsequent weekends local, wild, live food  potluck lunches will be organized for the first 2 days of each weekend. On the last day of each weekend we will forage and wildcrafted through our forest gardens as a group for our lunch.

       ** On specific weekends we will be joined by other community members
       ** Upon completion of the above you receive a Nutritional Herbalism - Forest Garden Mentorship Certificate

    Please Note:

    Register Early - Space is limited to only 10 participants in this program.

    The Local Wild Living Design weekend is recommended (but not mandatory) and is offered at no extra cost for those who are already registered for the Herbal Mentorship or Forest Gardening Mentorship Course. 


    Payment can be made through e-transfer (bank-to-bank transfer) 'PayPal' below, or by certified check. 

    Please make cheques payable and send to: 

    The Living Centre
    5871 Bells Rd., London, ON., Canada, N6P 1P3

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    Cancellation Policy

    It is important to consider that enrolling in the leadership is both a commitment to yourself, to each participant and the group as a whole. To support you in this we ask you to reflect on whether you are ready to commit to this experiential educational journey, which includes all of the above plus assignments which you will do on your own or with a study partner. 

    The cancellation policy is designed to support you in what you are saying “yes” to and support a smooth running of the program. 

    * Deposit is non-refundable
    * To receive the early-bird price full payment must be made by April 1st..
    * Full refund, except for the non-refundable deposit will be issued if notice of cancellation is issued 30 days before the start of the program.

    In the case that cancellation is 30 days or less before the start of the program a credit of half payment toward another Living Centre program will be issued, less deposit. There will be no refund or credit issued if cancellation is 15 or less days prior to the program

    If an agreement has been made with a participant to miss a portion of any one of the training (highly discouraged), the participant must still pay for the full mentorship without a discount for the time missed.

    Please Notethat we require a minimum amount of registrants for the program to happen. In the case that we do not receive minimum registration you will be notified two weeks prior to the start date and a full refund will be issued for the amount paid up till that point. 

    For questions or additional information, please 
    call 519-519-652-0230, or 519-652-9109
    email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    For a list of all of our Nutrition, Herbalism or Forest Gardening Correspondence Courses - Click Here>

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    Read our commitment and cancellation policy here

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