Eco-Spiritual Educational Sanctuary

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Forest Gardening Regenerative Design

The ultimate goal of forest gardening is not only the production of crops, but also the
cultivation and perfection of new ways of seeing, of thinking, and acting in the world.

Forest Gardening is the art and science of growing plants in patterns that support mutually beneficial relationships, which create a garden that takes its vision from nature and the natural ecology of a young forest. We can grow fruits, vegetable, herbs, medicinal plants and other useful plants. By mimicking the way nature creates healthy eco-systems we can create beautiful, high-yielding diverse gardens that are largely self-maintaining. It offers a design system that supports a diversity of landscapes from rural to dense urban settings. We achieve the same benefits that natural systems demonstrate: stability, resilience, self-maintenance, self-renewal, and increased nutrient conservation at personal and ecological levels.

It is the most regenerative form of gardening existing to humanity. Integrating knowledge from the fields of permaculture, agriculture, ecology, biology and other natural living sciences into a wholistic set of evolving tools and practices, forest gardening is one of humanity’s greatest prospects for establishing a flourishing future.

It is about returning to a place of honouring our relationship and connection to Nature, of sacred partnership with the living planet and reinventing whole connected thriving ecosystems that sustain and regenerate all life.

"Gardening is an active participation in the deepest mysteries of the universe."
~Thomas Berry

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Nutritional Herbalism – Forest Gardening Mentorship 

A Native Plant Leadership Program

This program is committed to the future of native and wild nutritionals by educating and inspiring tomorrow's foragers, wild crafters, herbalists, forest gardeners, permaculturists and ecologists. It offers a rigorous and intensive immersion into the cultivation and use of these nutritional plants. Discover how a genuine working relationship with Earth and the Plants is the cornerstone for enduring personal, community and ecological health and happiness. Learn how to achieve the same benefits that natural systems demonstrate: stability, resilience, self-maintenance, self-renewal and increased nutrient conservation at personal and ecological levels.


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Living the Experience

Herbalism, Wild Nutrition & Forest Gardening 7-Day Immersion

“Something new is happening, a new vision, a new energy,
a new sacred story is coming into being in the transition from one era to another.” ~Thomas Berry

An experiential intensive to inform and engage you in the energetic, nutritional and medicinal elements of herbalism, wild nutrition and forest gardening, to help you to expand your awareness of the plant world through ecologically regenerative practices. Cultivating human relationship with the plant kingdom and their cycles from garden, to plate, to formulations is ancient and essential art if we are to fully understand of how to participate in regenerative food systems that support both our personal and planetary well-being.


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Regenerative Herbalism - Forest Garden Design

Soil Ecology, Permaculture & Wild Nutrition

"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.“ ~Franklin D. Roosevlt” 

Discover how to design a permaculture landscape from growing soil to creating finished plant medicines. Learn about permaculture herbs and creating a sacred medicine sanctuary. Our focus will be on the practical hands-on-learning of herbal medicine including wild plant identification, harvesting and the art of wild-crafting of herbs and herbal preparations, and personal plant projects. The art of assisting the growth of herbs ensures a personal healing loop between the planter and the planted. There is no better remedy than one nurtured with care and intention from preconception to packaging. Learn in-depth the uses of a handful of herbs and how to make basic herbal remedies. Design a regenerative herbal lifestyle for yourself and the whole family.  


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The Ecological Herbalist:

Forest Gardening

“The keystone of forest gardening is a paradigm shift in our own human consciousness. From monoculture mind to polyculture mind; From separation to unity; From exploitation and manipulation to respect and interdependence; From intervener to ecosystem participant." ~Dave Jacke.

Dive deeply into the vision, theory, and practice of designing wholesome, dynamic, and resilient ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models. Through site walks, experiential exercises, and design projects to help you understand how the architecture, social structure, underground economics, and successional processes of natural forests apply to the design of herbal ecosystems. You'll come to understand a variety of ecological design processes while designing a range of compilation of food producing ecologies at our demonstration and research gardens.


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Veggie Garden Workshop:

Planting with the Lunar Cycles (New & Full Moon)

“The keystone of forest gardening is a paradigm shift in our own human consciousness. From monoculture mind to polyculture mind; From separation to unity; From exploitation and manipulation to respect and interdependence; From intervener to ecosystem participant." ~Dave Jacke.

Come and get your hands in the Earth this early spring at The Living Centre! Where we explore the age-old practice of planting the food in line with the lunar cycles! A fun and creative 2-part workshop where you will leave with the confidence to begin growing your own food and see the simplicity of it all. Let nature take over and run its course! There is nothing like the joy of eating fresh vegetables grown from the soil in your own backyard, and the satisfaction of waiting until that tomato is perfectly ripe!


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Artemisia's Forest Gardening Nursery:

Pick-up Day & Open House

Forest gardening is a system of conscious, sustainable, ecological design for growing food, fuel, fibre, fodder, fertilizer, and "farmaceuticas," as well as fun. ~Dave Jacke

The mission of Artemisia's Forest Gardening Nursery is to share a growing variety of edible, medicinal, and useful trees, shrubs, vines, and plants, especially suited for gardens in South-Western Ontario. We have two pick-up dates each year one in spring and one in fall.