Shantree Kacera, is the founder and co-director of The Living Centre and Living Arts Institute Eco-Spiritual Education Sanctuary, established in 1983. He runs the Centre and Institute with his beloved spiritual partner Lorenna. The centre is located outside of London, ON. in the heart of Carolinian Canada.
Shantree received his doctorate in Nutritional Medicine and Herbalism in the 70’s. Since then he has been exploring the effect of foods and herbs in an integrative lifestyle approach to one’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. His passion and study for over four decades has lead him to explore the benefits of a high-energy Ayurvedic plant-based approach to nutrition and the ecological benefits of integrating bioregional local, native and wild edible plants into one’s daily life.
He is one of the world's leading authorities on an integrative approach to Ayurvedic Medicine, Living Nutrition, Therapeutic-Energetic Herbalism and Constitutional Medicine. He has been a pioneer and researcher in Nutritional Medicine of the Energetics of living plants for optimal health with 45 years experience in Organic Natural Healing Arts. Shantree has become known for his cutting-edge research in plant energetics and nutritional science of a plant-based approach. The results of these studies are integrated into this nutritional paradigm, which are taught through his courses and mentorship programs.
He is one of a few Canadian Herbalists who has been given the ‘Honouring our Elders’ awarded by the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations for offering outstanding contributions to the field of herbalism.
A past Vice-President of the Ontario Herbalists’ Association (OHA) and served on the OHA board for 10 years. A Professional Member of the Ontario Herbalist Association for 35 years. Shantree is dedicated to providing an integrated preventative approach to well being, applying the healing wisdom of the East and West. He formulates and dispenses his own herbal preparations “HerbSpirit Botanicals.”
In his private practice he has counseled tens of thousands of clients to improve their health and well-being. He has had the honor to teach, counsel and empower thousands of individuals on their educational journey.
Shantree is the author of ‘Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis’, the first book of its kind to be published in the North America and in India. He has researched and compiled certification courses on Shamanic-Energetic Herbalism, Nutritional Herbalism, Ayurvedic Living Nutrition, Four-Season Permaculture Course and Sevenfold Path of Peace. He has created an Herbal Educator Diploma Course ‘Visionary Herbalism’ which integrates a wholistic approach to empowering students to become herbal activists in their own community. In addition he has written numerous other books and manuals such Conscious Living, Forest Gardening: A Call to Action, Pollen Power, Squirrel Medicine: Prepare Your Winter Yummies and hundreds of herbal, nutritional and ecological articles which have been published in Canada, USA and Europe.
Shantree’s deep spiritual connection to the Earth which has drawn him into the teachings of shamanic and earth wisdom practices as well as Carolinian Canada native plant preservation and studies. He has been working his craft as an herbalist on the medicinal and nutritional properties of herbs and trees of this bioregion. With his primary focus these days are on research, demonstration and education of many rare and endangered native plant species. He is working in a closer collaborative way with Carolinian Canada Coalition, in understanding and helping protect these precious plants.
Since the mid 1980’s Shantree has been applying organic herbal forest gardening practices. Creating his own unique approach to how permaculture works in the temperate climate of Canada. He is a passionate edible and medicinal forest gardener, designer and permaculture teacher. The center is well known for it’sunique circular medicinal-wheel forest garden (one of the oldest herb gardens in Canada), which Shantree designed, back in the early 1980’s. The land has over 1,000 species of edible and medicine plants and trees through the 50-acre botanical sanctuary. Shantree is in the process of creating a native plant medicine trail through various habitats of field, meadow and old growth forest. A number of years he co-founded Artemisia’s Forest Garden Nursery located at The Living Centre.
He has travel and lived for periods of time in the tropics such as Costa Rica and southern Mexico studying and researching medicinal, nutritional and the ecological gifts of plants of the rainforest. His teaching experience has taken to numerous countries and has taught at University of Western Ontario and taught 2nd and 4th year medical students. Has also taught for 10 years at Fanshawe College in London and Mohawk College in Hamilton. He has trained students and apprentices from 21 countries.
Shantree combines his passion for herbalism, plant medicine, wild edible nutrition and forest gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields – Ecological Medicine, Resilience Science, Deep Ecology, Regenerative Design, Living Nutrition, Deep Organic Medicine, Bioregionalism, Natural Health Science and the visionary solutions from the Bioneers. Visioning to reveal a regenerative path toward better stewardship of the natural world - a spiritual activist at heart.