Vancouver Island Workshops and Classes in Herbal Medicine,
Medicine Making, and Wilderness Medicinals...... for Everyone
Upcoming Classes and Workshops
Amanda Howe MSc. RHP.
The workshops and weekends above are held in
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
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.
"This is the most wonderful and amazing place to study herbal medicine. I have learned so much from Amanda Howe and my fellow apprentices over the last year. I would highly recommend any of Black Bear Herbs courses."
Trish Moroto, Herbal Apprentice Participant 2018
"Thank you Amanda for a great informative day and the wonderful takeaways."
Katherine Lodge Childs