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Nutritional Herbalism: Edible Wild Food Adventure


Edible Wild Plants: Identifying, Foraging and Preparing

Let thy kitchen be thy apothecary; and, let foods be your medicine. ~Hippocrates

wild salad

Deepen your understanding of the earth's most nutritionally dense plants on the planet to improve health and well-being.

Learn about the many common, renewable, edible and medicinal wild plants growing in your area. How to use them in food, for medicine and in teas. This training helps you choose herbs, which are right for you and for those you may be supporting.

Covered is the nutritional profiles of 24 herbs that are easy to find and are commonly used both as food and medicine. 

Nutritional Herbalism is an indispensable training for the modern herbalist student, those studying nutritional medicine and for anyone who wants to better support the health of their body and their family.

This workshop give you the knowledge, medicine and food needed to make a difference. 

Nutrition is the root to physical wellness; every living cell depends on it!

Nutritional Herbalism  - Deepen Your Connection 

treeBringing nutritionally rich plants into your life will deepen your connection to the earth and to yourself.

What happens during an Edible Wild Food Experience?

By the end of this training, you will be able to:

1. Identify a variety of nutritional wild plants.
2. Have a solid understanding of the nutritional facts of herbs 
3. Know how the body systems work and which herbs are appropriate to use for each system.

4. Understand the energetic model of plants from an Ayurvedic approach. 
5. Learn plant characteristics and their therapeutic uses.
6. Create a three-step herb therapy program, with the ability to choose a maintenance, acute illness or chronic illness approach.
7. Understanding of the Nature of Disease (not just the symptoms) and how to balance body 
8. Harvest herbs in a way that supports the environment.

Theory Content


• The Secret of Plant Life
• Optimal Use of Nutritionally-Dense Plants
• Nutritional Plant Alchemy
• The Essential Nutrients in Herbs & Foods
• Organic Soil for Organic Bodies
• Re-Mineralizing & Cleansing
• Essential Elements for Optimal Nutritional Health
• The Classification of Herbs
• Digestion & herbs
• Hybrid & GMO Foods Effects on our Body

in the poppies

• Wild Fruit ~ Wild Greens
• Stalking the Photochemical & Antioxidant-Rich Plants
• The Power of Wild Foods
• The Wild and Local SuperFoods
• Making Enzyme ~ Rich Tea
• Creating a Multi-Mineral Power Formula
• The High ~ Performance Superdrink
• Green Drinks: Nutritional Life Insurance
• Health Cocktails & Elixirs
• Herbal Juice Therapy & Organic Juice Feasting
• Optimal Nutrition through Fresh Herbal Juicesherb walk

Who can benefit from this experience?

If you want to take your health to the next level this Edible Wild Food Adventure guides you to:

• Improve your health and that of your families
• Help those who are suffering with an illness
• Expand your knowledge of how ancient cultures used nutritional plants
• Learn how to bring the common and wild edible herbs into your cuisine
• How to harvest and store herbs
• Support your own healing 
• The Art of Wild Plant Foraging

Recommended Reading

  • The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival ~Katrina Blair, 2014
  • Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate ~John Kallas, 2010
  • Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants ~Samuel Thayer, 2010
  • The Yoga of Herbs, ~David Dr. Frawley and Vasant Dr. Lad, 1993
  • 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 Edibles Recipes ~Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D. 

Regenerative Herbalism - Forest Garden Design
Soil Ecology, Permaculture & Wild Nutrition

April 21-22, 2018
9am - 5pm.

The purpose of this training is to work from the soil to the finished product. Learn about herbal landscaping and creating a sacred medicine sanctuary. Our focus will be on the practical hands-on-learning of designing a landscape of herbal nutritional plants. This will include wild plant identification, harvesting and the art of wild-crafting of herbs 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 nutritional meals.  

  • The Art of Growing Soil
    Designing an Ecological Landscape
  • Symbiotic Relationships
  • Wild Wisdom of Weeds 
  • The Art of Foraging
  • Wild Weed Farming 
  • Foraging Tools & Techniques
  • Wild Weed Walkabouts
  • Understanding Our Bioregional Medicines
  • Ecological Herbalism – Local Wild Life
  • Crafting a Forest Sanctuary

“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”

in wild garden

Nutritional Herbalism:
The Incredible Edible Adventure 

June 23 -24, 2018
9am - 5pm.

An in-depth journey of the many facets, values and uses of nutritional wild edible plants, medicinal plants and trees of our ecological landscape, discover nature’s essential permaculture plants of our bioregion. 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.

The purpose of this hands-on training is to deepen our understanding of our local environment and get back in touch with local wild foods. 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
  • The Nutrition of Wild Foods
  • Timing the Wild Harvest
  • Creating Weed Tea Fertilizer
  • Recipes for Living Deep

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

Forest Gardening: 
The Ecological Herbalist

Sept 29 - Oct 1
9am - 5pm.

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. 

Forest ecologies are:

    • Self- maintaining, renewing, fertilizing, and propagating themselves without an individual’s inputs
    • Self-building, storing, and conserving clean air, cleaning water, nutrients, soil excellence, and biodiversity.
    • Self-sustaining - a system that is stable, irrepressible, and adjustable.

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 by design edible 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 Layer
  • The Practical Process: A Step-by-Step Guide
  • Ethical foraging the wild edibles of the season

"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



Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D.

Shantree is an Permaculture Teacher, Ayurvedic Live-Food Nutritionist, Therapeutic & Shamanic Herbalist, and Constitutional Iridologist Educator with 40 years experience in the Natural Healing Arts. He is the founder and co-director of The Living Centre (1983), and Living Arts Institute. 

Shantree received his doctorate in Nutritional Medicine and Herbalism in the 70's. Since then he has been exploring the effect of food and herbs on one's physical, mental & emotional health. His passion and study has lead him to explore the benefits of a high energy Ayurvedic live-food approach to nutrition. He has had the honour to teach, counsel and empower thousands of individuals on their health and educational journey.  

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Dates for Edible Wild Food Adventure: Nutritional Herbalism 

To accommodate individual needs a person can attend as a One-Day workshop on Saturday or as a Two-Day weekend.

herb garden

Soil Ecology, Permaculture & Wild Nutrition

April 21-22, 2018
9am - 5pm.

The Incredible Edible Adventure

June 23-24, 2018
9am - 5pm.


Forest Gardening: The Ecological Herbalist

September 23-24, 2018
9am - 5pm.

For information about the Herbal Mentorship Programs click here

Register for Edible Wild Food Adventure: Nutritional Herbalism Workshop


An individual needs to take the Saturday workshop first before going into the Sunday workshop. Each day builds on the one before. 

Includes: workshop and educational material. 

Transportation, tax and accommodation are not included in the pricing.

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