Continuing education 2018

Three days with Chanchal Cabrera, in Montreal

Cégep Rosemont, 6400, 16 th Avenue, Montreal, parking available on site

Big, Bad Alkaloids – Our Strongest Medicine

Natural Strategies for Managing Pain
Formulation and Case Studies
April 14-16, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open to all


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Saturday April 14, 2017: Big, Bad Alkaloids – Our Strongest Medicine
Always respected and often feared, the alkaloids are among the most pharmacologically active plant constituents. Many
poisonous or hallucinogenic herbs are rich in active alkaloids, e.g. Atropa, Aconitum, Gelsemium. They are powerful, very
effective medicines and also sometimes scary to use. These herbs are the “effectors” in a formula, targeted to specific
actions and outcomes. They require carefully calibrated dosing schedules and understanding of side effects,
contraindications and drug interactions. Through a deep discussion of the pharmacology, dosing and toxicology, ritual
uses and ethnobotanical uses, we will learn how to use strong herbs respectfully, safely and effectively.

Sunday April 15, 2017: Natural Strategies for Managing Pain
There are many possible causes or contributors to pain and until they are identified and addressed and hopefully
resolved. Analgesic agents, while they may be effective in the short  term, are not addressing the root cause in any way.
Knowing what kind of pain you are treating will determine what herbal strategy will work best. This is a practical and
informative class, using examples and applications drawn from 30 years of clinical practice. It is geared towards
practitioners and advanced students and is intended to give you tools for your clinical practice.

Monday April 16, 2017: Formulation and Case Studies
A full day of formulation and case studies with Chanchal Cabrera, clinical herbalist. We will review the cases sent in
advance and create specific formulations for each case. Minimum of 15 students must be registered before February 10th, lack of participation will result in a cancellation. Please register early.


Chanchal is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) since 1987 and Awarded Fellowship in 2009.
She received a M.Sc. degree in herbal medicine at the University of Wales, in 2003. She now lives on Vancouver Island,
British-Columbia, where she and her husband run Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden, a 7 acre internationally registered
botanic garden specializing in food and medicine plants, and host internships in sustainable food production and herbal
medicine. Chanchal runs a private herbal medicine clinic with a specialty in holistic oncology, and a student training clinic
that provides free health services to the community.

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Early bird pricing till April 1st 2018

Note to members: Make sure your membership is up to date as there are special prices for members.

Membership to Quebec’s herbalist Guild is open to all, no need to he an herbalist!

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Each year, a recipient is chosen for the Marie Jutras scholarship. The scholarship covers registration fees for a two-day conference organized by the Guilde des Herboristes.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, before March 15 2018 send by email the following:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in attending the conference and receiving this scholarship
  • A proof that you are a student in herbal medicine either in a school or through a diversified course
  • Your resume
  • A reference letter from a professor or employer related to the field of herbalism

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