Halifax & Moncton
power of plants.
Registrations opens May 1st.
Contact us to get a reminder to register.
Have you ever wanted to...
...know more about your body and how to take good care of it in a holistic way?
...identify the plants growing in the wild and learn how to use them as food and medicine?
...learn how to make home remedies safely and effectively, to care for yourself and your family?
Immerse yourself in the
healing power of plants.
In this year-long seasonal wellness program you'll
form dynamic relationships with over 100 helpful plants.
We’ll go outside together in this plant-centred, hands-on, interactive course, learn to identify the plants, and learn how to use them to make herbal tonics to boost your health year-round.
My goal in offering this program is to provide you with experiences and knowledge to increase awareness of yourself and the natural world, both vast sources of wisdom and healing. We will explore, in an experiential way, the value of seasonal attunement, nature’s remedies, mind-body awareness and holistic living in order to create a personal model for health and wellness.
Optimize your health & well-being.
Much more than a herbal medicine course, this is a
holistic self-care program
during which you will create a
personalized wellness plan for yourself,
using the seasons and elements as a guide.
You will get to know yourself and your body,
and learn how to use Ayurvedic techniques
to balance your constitution.
By the end of the year, you’ll have compiled a personalized seasonal reference guide that you can use year after year, as you continue to deepen your relationship to healing herbs.
Registration opens May 1st
Please know that you have touched my life in a profound
and everlasting way and I am grateful beyond words.
Hi, I'm Savayda. I am excited to once again be welcoming a new group of herb and health enthusiasts to this program, which has been evolving over the past fifteen years.
It keeps getting better and better.
I created this Holistic Herbal Wellness Program because...
Plant study changed my life, like a light switch going on, I was turned on and tuned in to my environment in a much more meaningful way.
I've been enchanted ever since.
We live so close to the plants, they are all around us, yet most people seem disconnected from the natural world. I created this course to facilitate this re-connection and to empower people to live healthier, happier lives by including herbs in their lifestyle.
LAST YEAR's Schedule
as an example. 2020 dates to be announced soon.
This is a one year program, beginning in September.
Our group meets one Saturday per month
from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.,
except December and August,
which are home study months.
You can choose to attend the course in either Halifax
or Moncton and there will be field trips to other special green places, near each location.
In this course a connection a larger community, to the outdoors and to the magic of plants is fostered throughout the seasons. It helped me realize that the journey to health is cyclic and get in touch with my own rhythms.
This course is a great intro to herbalism and a true gift to one's Self.
Science & Spirit
You’ll learn the different systems of your body, how they are interconnected, and how plants can affect you as a whole.
We’ll explore the mind-body-spirit connection and see how plant-spirit medicine can help us work with our emotions,
reduce stress, and uplift us.
You'll form meaningful relationships with the plants, getting to meet them in their habitat so you can taste, touch, feel, identify, harvest, and enjoy them.
Beneficial topics include:
Restore & Reconnect
As a part of this program, we’ll all participate in
powerful detoxification and rejuvenation,
in these three therapeutic modules.
Herbal Detox Cleanse
This three week cleanse helps to ease us through the winter/spring transition and will leave you feeling revitalized, with lasting healthy eating habits.
Sweat Lodge Ceremony
This sacred ceremony is a beautiful way to welcome spring and to commence the cleanse.
DIY Herbal Facial
We will enjoy a five part, all natural facial that is easy to repeat at home using simple ingredients.
We co-evolved with herbs, and we are designed to integrate plant molecules into our bodies and lives.
Whole plants heal whole people.
We learn to make medicines using whole plant parts, resulting in a remedy with a broad spectrum of phytochemicals.
Long term safe and effective use of these methods has been established because this is how herbs have been used for centuries, before science started isolating their constituents.
It is far more important to know the person who has the disease than the disease the person has.
Knowing the disease means treating specific symptoms, but herbal medicine considers the whole person including factors such as constitution, stress and overall health.
Happy Plant People
Savayda has run this course for 17 years,
touching many people's lives,
helping them heal themselves,
and make lasting connections with local plants.
This course has created a growing community of students, and has influenced a movement toward herbal medicine in the Maritimes. Personally, I noticed that the process of year-long commitment strengthened relationships between participants, with family and friends I care for, and with myself.
By cultivating this knowledge, and empowering learners, the course helps connect individuals to their health, their inner healer, and moreover, to nature. I think many of my classmates resonated with the feeling one fellow student expressed:
“I don’t want it to end!” In fact, I see this course as extremely valuable on my path, and the experience continues to be relevant long after the classes concluded.
Thank you for all the teachings.. it seems like every class makes me more thankful for the opportunity to learn and share plant wisdom and magic. This has been a journey that I had not anticipated when I first signed up for the classes. I am both grateful
and curious to continue learning about herbs that our grandmothers and great grand mothers used to help their families be healthy and happy again, Thank you Savayda, … your teachings are inspiring and ……awesome!!
I have enjoyed all aspects of every class, workshop, seminar and all of the time we have spent together. You are an amazing facilitator and your thoughtful approach to the information you present does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Your incorporation of the herb visits, the medicine making, the historical info and the spiritual aspects of the herbs into our journey has been incredibly well balanced and very interesting.
I know that I am blessed to have your guidance and inspiration in my life and I can’t imagine it any other way. Please know that you have touched my life in a profound and everlasting way and I am grateful beyond words.
This year long herb course finds the abundant beauty in Halifax. Savayda has a wonderfully knowledgeable outlook of the wild things around us and she is an inspiration to follow the woodland trails with. This course drew in an incredible group of plant lovers. We learned and laughed together in the welcoming environment, while capturing a thorough introduction to Ayurvedic and Western medicine, anatomical body systems, meditation, Bach flower remedies, and plant identification/preparation. Collectively learning in accordance to the season.
The paths may differ from all those seeking knowledge of herbal medicine. For the ones who enjoy herb walks, sipping medicinal teas and learning hands on, this course will be sure to reward them.
The program includes:
- 70 hours of in-person instruction
- Two home-study modules
- Personal encounters with plants in their living habitats
- Tasting of prepared medicines including tinctures, teas and more
- A 3 week spring cleanse
- A complete DIY herbal facial with recipes
- Traditional sweat lodge experience
- 200 pages of course materials including herbal monographs, worksheets, and diagrams
Let's have a look at what you'll learn
in each month.
Most months include outdoor activities where you'll meet the plants
growing in season, in their habitats.
December and August are home-study months.
(Content is subject to vary slightly)
- Introduction to herbal remedies
- Introduction to Ayurveda
- Determine your Ayurvedic dosha or personal constitution
- Late summer/early fall transition
- Making herbal tinctures
- Herbal energetics
- Herb walk
- Study of Vata (wind) dosha
- Using essential oils
- Using roots and seeds as medicine
- Plant attunement
- Harvesting and preserving herbs
- Making mineral syrup
- Herb walk
- Immune system
- Herbal immune tonics
- Respiratory system
- Herbal respiratory tonics
- Medicinal mushrooms
- Ayurveda - Kapha (earth/water) dosha
- Medicine making - Elderberry syrup
- Fall summary
- home study
- Winter transition
- Exploring your life purpose
- Medicine making
- Warming remedies
- Traditional plants of solstice
- Digestive system - the root of health and healing
- Herbs for the digestive system
- Diet and nutrition, superfoods
- Experiential exploration of the six tastes according to Ayurveda, and the role of the six tastes in herbal medicine, and their effects on each constitution
- Medicine making - bitters
- Ferments, sprouting, nut milks and other super foods
- Eating to balance your Ayurvedic dosha
- Bach Flower Remedies
- Herbal tonics for the nervous system and adrenals, adaptogens
- Depression and seasonal affective disorder
- Stress and adrenal function
- Medicine making - Fire Cider
- Winter medicine walk in the park, tree medicines
- End of winter summary and recap
- Skin – healthy skin from the inside and out
- Natural facial experience, making natural cosmetics
- Cleanse and Detoxification outline and preparation
- Herbs for detoxification
- Thyroid health
- Seaweeds as food and medicine
- Liver, lymphatic and urinary systems - elimination pathways
- Sweat lodge
- Spiritual use of herbs
- Emotional/spiritual/physical goals when cleansing
- Early spring medicine walk, tree medicines, lichens
- Beginning of three week cleanse
- Visit permaculture farm
- Planning and planting a herb garden
- Planting by the moon
- Introduction to herbal pharmacology
- Green medicine – the leaf
- Herb walk
- Herbal harvest
- Medicine making - herbal vinegars
- End of spring summary
- Botanical Garden - field trip
- Ayurveda - Pitta (fire) dosha
- Fire element
- Summer transition herbs
- Cardiovascular system
- Herbal cardiovascular tonics
- Medicine making - flower essences
- Herb walk
- Herbal harvest
- Local park
- Summer diet
- Exploration of culinary herbs and their medicinal properties
- Women’s health
- Men’s health
- Assembling a herbal first aid kit
- Herb walk
- Herbs in bloom, the medicinal flowers
- Medicine making - infused oils and ointments
- Presentation of herb project
- Home study
- Summer summary
- Self reflective exercise
ARE YOU READY TO OPEN YOUR EYES TO A whole new botanical world?
You've got questions, I've got answers.
Are there any additional costs?
- Costs can vary depending on the medicines you choose to make, but we will make a few highly recommended medicines together. You're responsible for herbs and supplies for the medicines you choose to make. The most common medicine making supplies are approximately $75 for the year.
- We will also visit a sweat lodge as a part of the course, and a donation of $10-$20 to the lodge keepers is suggested.
- When we travel to field trip locations and there may be some travel expense involved. Car-pooling is encouraged.
Do I need any special equipment
For home medicine making you will need a few supplies:
- glass jars 250-500 ml sizes, recycled jars are fine and encouraged
- small amounts of herbs
- alcohol, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, molasses
- knife, cutting board
- a kitchen scale is strongly recommended
- cloth or paper bags for herb gathering
- colouring pencils, notebook, pen
What books do you recommend?
Where do the classes take place?
If you register for Halifax
From November to March we are indoors at the Bloom Institute
All other months are spent outdoors, in local parks or field trip locations, including:
Point Pleasant Park - Halifax
Sir Sanford Flemming Park - Halifax
Withrod Lake - Halifax
Irving Botanical Gardens - Wolfville
Mother Oak Permaculture Farm - Belmont
River Song Keep - Chester Grant
If you register for Moncton
From November to March, we are indoors at the Central United Church Building in Moncton
Field trips include:
Tansy Lane Herb Farm - Albert Mines
The Sackville Community Garden - Sackville
Moncton University Campus Garden - Moncton
Centennial Park - Moncton
Will I get a certificate?
Yes, you will be given a Certificate of Completion. If you are interested in becoming a Registered Herbal Practitioner, please see our Practitioner Program.
Will I be able to continue studying after Level 1?
Yes, Bloom offers a Level 2 program which builds upon material covered in Level 1.
Is herbal medicine safe?
Herbs are generally safe, when used properly at the recommended dose. This course focuses on gentle tonic herbs that are suitable for self care.
Is herbal medicine effective?
For self-care, herbs are effective at alleviating simple, self-limiting health conditions. More significantly, herbs incorporated into a holistic lifestyle can enhance well-being (on many levels) and help to prevent illness.
When used by a professional herbalist, herbs are also highly effective at bringing balance to health and resolving a wide range of health conditions.
What is your refund policy?
If you are not satisfied after the first class in September, you have 14 days to request a refund, and we will give a full refund. We do not offer refunds after the 14 day grace period.
Registration for the 2020/21 class opens in May.
Let us know you're interested and we'll remind you when registration opens.