So you’re interested in plants (stay here) .... or (mushrooms - click here)
If you’re on this page, then my guess is that you have a fascination with plants and all things medicinal...
If you’re like many of the people I work with, you see plants not only as beings that give us oxygen, shelter, clothing, fiber, beauty and delicious food but also as something more - maybe as teachers that bring us much needed healing and give us lessons about how to live.
You believe that working with plants and the natural environment is intimately connected with deeper emotional, psychological and spiritual healing.
And so you’re drawn to learn more about how to work with the plants.
Perhaps you are...
a mother who wants to bring natural healing into your home and know how to use herbs for healing and first aid
a yoga student who wants to understand the subtle effects of herbs, food, seasons, tastes, and weather on their body and mind
you are attracted to natural healing and you love the idea of having a more intimate understanding of herbs and the natural environment around you
someone who’s seen hard times and knows that nature can be incredibly healing and so you want to learn more to deepen your understanding and potentially help others
an elder who always loved plants and wants to learn how they can help you age gracefully
love the earth and understands the damage done to our environment by the manufacture and disposal of synthetic pharmaceuticals (or pills) and want to promote a more ecologically sound medicine
a chef who wants to incorporate healing herbs into your cooking
a gardener who wants to add healing herbs to her garden.
We might resonate and get along because……
you love the idea of community herb gardens
you are cautious of pharmaceuticals
interested in deep healing
you like the idea that dream work, shamanism, process work and plants work well together. for you it’s ‘of course they do!’
some part of you has often felt that dis-ease isn’t something that happens to an individual as an isolated event that we need to fix. disease is relational (that our relationship to our food, job, home, lifestyle and the core people in our life play a profound role in our health.
you also suspect that disease may, also be about being disconnected from nature and her plants, the seasons and the elements
you like the idea of enhancing your life rather than focussing on constantly solving problems
you are a strong spirited individual who wants to empower herself with practical, empirical knowledge
you probably want to share your passion of healing with others
you care deeply about mother earth and you also want to help heal her
you want to learn from an experienced Mentor who is willing to share the teachings he has gathered from forty plus years totally dedicated to learning and healing
you are cautious about a reductionist approach to medicine, and not attracted to herb courses that focus on medical herbalism.
Because, we imagine that you want to…..
have the knowledge to learn which herbs are proven effective and safe
learn systems like Ayurveda that informs you about wise choices for your health, lifestyle, herbs, food, exercise, relationships and even vocation
create a healthy lifestyle based on the seasons
personally experience the effectiveness of herbs, knowledge, tools and techniques
heal yourself while learning how to heal others
be able to study anywhere any time
Hi, I am Don Ollsin MA, Professional Herbalist, AHG
For the past four decades I have been helping people cultivate a deeper relationship to the plant world
I have been interested in plants, herbs and fungi for as long as I can remember.
I offer excellent educare (bringing out that which is within) that heals while it informs. I offer books, courses and programs that guide you through sustained development in your journey of self healing, community healing and earth healing.
My earliest memory of plants is sitting in a garden as a very young child amongst the tall corn nibbling on raw corn kernels off the cob.
I knew I wanted to work deeply with herbs while working at the Golden Lotus vegetarian restaurant in 1969. What drew me to herbs was serving exotic herbal teas that smelled enticing and tasted delicious. I was excited to learn all about their healing powers.
Over the years of practicing Ayurveda, dream work, shamanism, and process oriented psychology, I came to see how they were all connected in a holistic way. I found herbalism lacking in psychology and psychology lacking in contact with nature and the healing energy of the plants.
I came to see that disease and wellness were relational while working with clients. I watched a woman with chronic, pelvic inflammatory disorder heal through dealing with the anger in her relationship, while also sipping on anti-inflammatory herbal tea.
I also came to understand that disease might be about being disconnected from nature, her plants, the cycles of the seasons and awareness of the four elements. When I took students into the forests and had them attune to the plants and the elements, I watched their lives transform.
I was born in Assinaboine, Saskatchewan and moved to the Pacific Northwest around the age of 9. I now reside in beautiful Pender Island, BC. with my partner Sandy. I love to garden, grow mushrooms, mindmap, continually learn (recently completed an MA in Environmental Education and Communication) and cultivate my inner life through daily mediation practice.
To sum it up, this is for all sincere healers and...
You can heal yourself while learning how to help others heal and....
Learning and healing can be fun & enjoyable….