Black Bear Herbs
Offers Workshops and Classes
in Herbal Medicine,
And Wilderness Medicinals...... for Everyone
This short video gives you the opportunity to have a glimpse of the Black Bear Herb Garden and the teaching space. I hope it will inspire you to come and visit so we can welcome you in person!
The Herbal Apprentice Program
Registration is now open.
The program begins in April when the plants are starting their Spring growth, and will go through the Spring, Summer and Fall Season ending in November, allowing you to experience the herbs throughout the seasons.
The Herbal Apprentice Program is experiential, hands-on and enjoyable and is for anyone who is interested in herbs, medicine making, growing and harvesting herbs, and learning about their healing properties. It is for those who are new to herbs as well as anyone who is seeking to deepen their understanding and knowledge.
For more information go to the Herbal Apprentice page
or email here
"I highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to increase their knowledge of herbal medicine and use in their own personal and family life. Amanda graciously invites you into her home and beautiful garden and imparts her incredible wisdom with ease. Learn how to grow and harvest the plants and use them respectfully and ethically. Learn about medicine making and dosages and how the different systems of the body are affected in detail. Meet a wonderful group of like minded people to connect with and share stories, seeds and plants. It has been fascinating, relaxing and a true gift."
Herbal Apprentice Participant 2018
"Amanda is such a knowledgeable and interesting teacher as well as a warm, welcoming person. You feel that "aahh" moment in her garden. She has a large teaching room with a bank of windows looking out on her garden and an open bright kitchen for medicine making. And she always provides tasting experiences as well."
Classes and Workshops
My passion at Black Bear Herbs is to introduce people to herbal medicine. The workshops and classes are for anyone interested in herbs, natural healing or growing a herb garden. The workshops include Medicine Making, Herb Weekends, and Herbs for Women among many others. See the headings above for the different workshops and classes and the Calendar below for upcoming workshops.
These classes are for budding Herbalists who are interested in medicine making, learning how to use herbs, herbs for animals, skincare, and how to grow and harvest their own medicines.
For 11 years and up
We also offer Herb Walks regularly throughout the Comox Valley in Spring and Fall.
Amanda Howe has been a Herbalist for over thirty years. She lives in the Village of Cumberland on Vancouver Island with her husband Jan who is a Mountain Guide, and their son Vijay.
Amanda is passionate about plants and has created a lush herb garden with an adjoining teaching space at their home.
Their home and garden borders the Cumberland Community Forest - several hundred acres of protected temperate rainforest that is home to deer, beaver, wolves, salmon bearing streams, numerous birds, frogs and other beasts, thriving medicinal plants, and of course the black bears after which the Herb Garden is named.
Amanda loves to teach and is happiest when she is in the garden teaching people how to grow, harvest, use and listen to the magic of the plants that are thriving there.
Amanda trained in England in the early '80's and became a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in the UK. She subsequently went on to receive her MSc(Distinction) in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales. Amanda worked in England in a multidisciplinary clinic before moving to Vancouver Island twenty five years ago.
Since moving to Canada Amanda has been active in practice as a herbalist and as a herbal educator. She has served on the board of the provincial Canadian Herbalists Association of BC as well as the national Herbal Practitioners Council - the Canadian Council of Herbalists Associations (CCHA), working to ensure continued access to herbal medicines for Herbalists and the general public. And she also sat on Health Canada's Natural Health Products Expert Advisory Committee.
Amanda spent several years teaching at Pacific Rim College in Victoria BC. as a teacher in their full time Herbal Practitioner training program, and was involved in funded research projects with the Centre for Livelihoods and Ecology at Royal Roads University.
"Thank you Amanda for a great informative day and the wonderful takeaways."
Katherine Lodge Childs
The class was so great. I really appreciate that you have set up your home in order to do your courses there. I cannot imagine a more ideal setting - beautiful space and access to your gardens!
The course content is great as well. I am stoked to use your methods to prepare items that will replace manufactured cosmetics and medicines in my home.
I appreciate that we were able to follow the process of making the medicines (and participate) as I believe it is a better way to integrate the information.
You are very open to answering questions in the moment that they come up and that is much appreciated. Many teachers get distracted by the interruption of questions, so thanks for that, it just adds to the learning experience for me.
Looking forward to experimenting with plants and enjoying the mind-body-spirit benefits of the medicine.
L. Shaben, Vancouver Island
The Calendar below shows all the upcoming workshop dates.
Please click on the workshop name in the Calendar for a description and link to the webpage for each workshop. If you do not see dates scheduled for a workshop that you are interested in please don't hesitate to be in touch and we will set a date and put the word out so that other people can sign up.