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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. 

Nutritional Herbalism - Energetic Medicine: The Sensory Language of Plants

April 22-23
9am - 5pm

Wild plants have been used traditional peoples throughout history and still are today. The food energetics of wild foods support our well being - well beyond our physical body. They connect us the deep source of the earth. We explore the energetic medicine of plants in an inspiring and practical format. Connecting with the healing essence of plants and knowing a plant medicine through the five senses. A hands-on, participatory and enlightening experience.

  • The Constitutional Blueprint
  • Symbiotic Relationships
  • The Regenerative Power of the Five Elements
  • Herbal Energetics: The Healing Tastes
  • Nurturing the Senses & Deepening Intimacy with the Plants
  • Wild Nutritional Vegetables & Micronutrients

"The more we eat wild, it begins to work inside us, altering us. Once we have tasted this wildness, we begin to hunger for a food long denied us, and more we eat of it the more we will awaken." 
~Stephen Harrod Buhner, The Secret Teachings of Plants 

in wild garden

Nutritional Herbalism:
The Incredible Edible Adventure 

August 12-13, 2017
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

gardensNutritional Herbalism:
Discovering Local Super Foods

September 23-24, 2017
9am - 5pm.

Is there such a thing as a 'superfood' or 'superherb' and if so why are they so good for you?

Natural superfoods and superherbs are foods that provide more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, chlorophyll and other nutrients than other foods. Superfoods tend to increase your health, energy and vitality. Some superherbs are discovered in the delicate, lush south coast of Canada. Many of these plants have been consumed for years, some of which date back centuries and once again are becoming more common as people are discovering the amazing diversity we have in this region.

Different edible herbs are good for you in different ways. However, there are a group of so called 'superfoods' that can claim to be above all others because of their exceptional nutritional value. In this training you will learn how to recognize and use these plants. There are dozens of these extra special herbs growing in our bioregion. We will go through an in-depth exploration of the Essential Dozens that you do not want to be without.

  • Developing Nutrient-Dense Recipes
  • Wild Mineral Supplements
  • Local Edible Weed Ferments
  • Making Green Super Powders
  • The Incredible Edible Feasts
  • Creating a Local Wild Living Lifestyle Program

"Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favour compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life." 
~T. A. Edison.



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

The Sensory Language of Plants

April 22-23, 2017
9am - 5pm.

The Incredible Edible Adventure

August 12-13, 2017
9am - 5pm.

Discovering Local Super Foods

September 23-24, 2017
9am - 5pm.

For information about the Herbal Mentorship Course click here

Register for Edible Wild Food Adventure: Nutritional Herbalism


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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