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From Saturday 26 May 2018
To Sunday 11 November 2018

Practical Herbalism -
Energetic Medicine Mentorship 

Understanding Pattern Language & Plant Intelligence


Elemental Plant Medicine

May to Nov. 2018

The forests of Carolinian Canada are home to over 2,000 plants. Aboriginal people have been using medicinal plants in traditional health care systems for thousands of years. This knowledge, transmitted by oral tradition from generation to generation, has been eroding in recent decades due to rapid cultural change. 98% percent of these plants have the potential to be used as local medicines.

This mentorship program is an invitation to enter the rich and diverse vocabulary of the plant world. Learn the complex language of interconnected relationships, constituents and properties and subtle healing energies. Enter into this world and become an herbal educator - an activist for the wild and native plant medicines. Through experiential nature-centered learning sessions - ignite your innate ability to make contact with the plant world, learn from and be nourished by the life-giving power of deeply-rooted bioregional plants. Reclaim your birthright to gather, prepare and make plant medicines that truly support your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual vitality.

Elemental Signature in Plants

The Elements are the foundation of life-giving forces. The essence of life materializes and generates all forms of existence through the Five Elements – be it mineral, botanical, or animal. Through an in-depth inquiry and study into the Elemental pattern of living design, we begin to study not only life itself, but also the unseen forces that operate through all existence. We perceive the spirit infused within matter.

As a universal principle of life, the Elemental blueprint is a fusion of natural science, spirit, and plant medicine. Ancient wisdom traditions did not isolate these into distinctive areas of study, but rather merged them together into one universal understanding. The Elemental universe of nature has been perceived by innumerable cultures around the earth through direct experience perceived through the sensing heart. 

In this way, as we inscribe the Elemental knowing and wisdom of life into our thoughts, it is aligned directly with the heart, and the heart bridges us to nature. By shifting our gaze, feelings, and senses into the Elements, our perception changes from the shrewdness of the habituated mind, to the mind aligned with the heart, with nature. The Elemental pattern language is thus a biological language through which we can recognise all of life - including the true nature of plant medicines.

The Pathway

The Leadership Pathway

"To become a true herbalist, means to be sensitive to the being of the herbs, to commune in receptive awareness with the plant-light of the universe. It is to listen when the plant speaks, to speak to the plant as to another human being, and to look upon it as one's teacher." 
~Dr. David Frawley and Dr, Vasant Lad, The Yoga of Herbs

We are looking for enthusiastic agents-of-change who are ready to co-design new approaches to the way we live that are socially just and ecologically regenerative. We are looking for those prepared to take risks and stand on the cutting-edge of new practice in this area.

My intention is to work with inspired and self-motivated individuals who want to move their herbal and ecological education beyond bookwork into experience. To support individua who want to build a long-term and deep relationship with wild edible plants. 

For 40 years Shantree has been weaving and sharing his passion of practical herbalism and the energetic medicine. Synthesizing experience and ancient herbal wisdom to support you on this hands-on pragmatic plant journey. An integrative system of philosophies, personal transformation strategies and primordial indigenous understanding to develop and deepen into the powers of plant medicine.

With the wild and native plants as our guides, you will see through eyes of connection and oneness. Living rooted in the cycles and laws of the natural world yields a strategy for crafting joyful cultures of inter-relationship. 

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” ~Plutarch

This mentorship program is a great adjunct to any self-directed studies and as a complement to those trained in or interested in ecological wholistic nutrition, herbalism, forest gardening or permaculture experience. Throughout the mentorship program we work together to accelerate growth in your studies. The Mentorship offers simple yet effective processes, systems and structures that you can utilize in resolving personal and ecological challenges.

This action-learning program is process-oriented, learner-directed and focused on designing and implementing real-life projects. It engages students in the fundamentals of ecological design through real life situations. The ‘action learning’ methodology allows students to learn professional design skills to balance inner and outer regeneration. Each participant will research and document their project of choice while maintaining regular one-on-one sessions. 

The objective is that all participants take action in their own communities. Envision being the catalyst that bring positive change to your family and community - a herbal practice that not only heals and nourishes, but awakens in others the joy and empowerment that comes as we remember our deeply rooted connection with the plants of our bio-region.

The Process

The Process

The Mentorship process weaves deep plant connection, nature immersion, deep ecology, systems thinking and ecological principles, with an in-depth study of medicinal plants, foraging skills, medicine-making and case studies.

This program is designed as a modular spiral, which deepens with each training session. We meet approximately one 3-day weekend each season and one-7-day intensive. During each session participants will be introduced to new content and plant experiences. 

Days are spent in various configurations of small and larger groups, learning together in the natural world. The learning and support continues through the seasons through small group tutoring sessions, buddy check-ins and application of the educational materials one-on-one sessions with Shantree. The progression of moving between the 3-day weekends and 7-day Intensive, and having time to integrate and apply the content you have learned, makes the curriculum come alive and enhances a new way of being, living, engaging the world. 

We request that participants attend ALL of the weekend trainings, as unison is fundamental to building harmony and trust for our collective experience and deepening journey. Outside of the weekend trainings, you can expect to spend approximately 10 to 20 hours between trainings in peer coaching and engaging in program projects on your own time. The research programs are designed to be incorporated into and empower your life and work. Please consider your capacity to participate fully before applying to the program. 

“True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character.” ~David O. McKay

** Upon completion of this mentorship you will receive a Practical Herbalism - Energetic Mediciine Mentorship Certificate.

Plant Intelligence:
A Journey into the Doctrine of Signatures

May 26 - 28

Since the age of technology human beings have lost a sense of nature being alive. For many today there is urning to reconnect. There is a powerful, ancient intelligence in the wild world of plants called the doctrine of signatures. Throughout history, throughout all cultures around the world people understood plants with this living system of 'reading the 'Book of Nature' which is integral for the full advancement for ecological healers and herbalists of today. 

Shantree will drawn from ancient and modern sources and blended this knowledge with his own rich experience and personal wisdom to create a marvellous experience, designed to take you deeply into the energetics of plants.

This training session will cover various aspects of the world of plant energetics and the doctrine of signatures in an easily accessible system, so that you can learn to read the language of plants in connection with regeneration.

  • Plant Energetics
  • Encoded Plant Wisdom
  • Plants as Guides & Teachers
  • The Hand of the Elements
  • The Energetic Signature
  • Nature Attunement
  • Creating & Using Tree Essences
  • The Doctrine of Signatures in Practice

“The human organism is an energy matrix that is synergistically interconnected and interrelated to everything that exists.” ~Franchelle Ofsoske-Wyber

Energetic Medicine:
The Secret Language of Plants

July 21-23

The energetics of wild native medicines support our well being - well beyond our physical body. They connect us the deep source of the earth. Exploring the energetic medicine of plants in an inspiring and practical format of the healing essence of plants and knowing a plant medicine through the five senses. A hands-on, participatory and enlightening experience.

The plant realm is vibrant, alive and brimming with patterns of energy that are right they’re for us to understand, harvest and celebrate. This unswerving and elemental experience of being part of plant's all-per-plant medicines have been used traditional peoples throughout history and still are today. The energetics of wild medicines support our well being - well beyond our physical body. They connect us to the deep source of the earth. We'll explore the energetic medicine of plants in an inspiring and practical format. Connecting with the healing essence of plants and knowing a plant medicine through the five senses. A hands-on, participatory and enlightening experience.

  • The Constitutional Blueprint
  • Balancing the Biological Terrain
  • The Regenerative Power of the Five Elements
  • Herbal Energetics: The Healing Tastes
  • Case Studies: Creating Lifestyle Protocols
  • Awakening the Senses

“In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.” 
~ Albert Szent-Györgyi, Nobel laureate in Medicine

“When all your energies are brought into harmony, your body flourishes. And when your body flourishes, your soul has a soil in which it can blossom in the world. These are the ultimate reasons for energy medicine ~ to prepare the soil and nurture the blossom.” ~Donna Eden

Living the Experience (7-Day Intensive)

August 24-31

Together we will create a plant lover's tribe. The 7-Day Intensive is an in-depth journey into what it means to be a community forest garden herbalist. A deepening of herbal ecology and regenerative teachings and values and uses of native wild medicinal plants and tree medicines. Learn where to find them, when and how to gather them, and how to prepare them.

Deepen understanding of our local environment, ethical foraging practices, re-build ecological diversity and resilience and reclaim our birthright and design herbal medicinal forests for health, healing and living. Here is an opportunity to get your feet and hands in the soil and explore and explore new approaches and styles of learning. 

The Family/Community Herbalist:
The Medicine of the People

October 20-22

A discovery of the many facets of herbalism by focusing on the essential dozens, you will work with these plants that grow in our medicine wheel herb garden or the wildflower meadows and forest gardens. We will look at the healing plants from numerous angles including botanical, therapeutic, energetic, historical and the sacred. 

Each day will include hands-on medicinal preparations such as salves, oils and extracts. We will also discuss medicinal plant cultivation: seed gathering, harvesting, drying, preserving and preparing medicinal plants. There will be time for one-on-one interaction with the herbs in the garden. We'll also discuss the principles of ethical harvesting. Includes samples of extracts and medicines made in class. This training promises to be an unique and intimate herbal experience!

Why buy herbal products when it's so simple and empowering to make your own?

  • Local Plants to Overcome Addictions
  • The Potential of Native Plant Medicines
  • Family Case Studies: Creating Herbal Protocols
  • Feed Ourselves & Our Community 
  • The Art of Formulating Herbal Medicine

“Every single cell in the human body replaces itself over a period of seven years.
That means there's not even the smallest part of you now that was part of you seven years ago." ~Steven Hall</blockquote>

<blockquote>"Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favour compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life." ~Thomas Edison

Celebrating & Sharing Our Passion:
Going Forth

November 17-18

Our final session prepares the way to take what we have learned and bring it into our lives and communities. The focus of this session is to support you in clarifying, shaping, energizing and fulfilling your vision. We give plenty of time to explore how, in a world that is increasingly chaotic and unstable, our unique service can support the crafting of joyful cultures of connection. Identifying key inner and outer resources, creating a supportive community, and following the herbal guidelines will allow us to confidently anchor and nurture the service passion you bring to the world. This final 2-day weekend is your opportunity to share your passion and express your creativity with our extended community. 

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”~Howard Thurman


  • 18-Full Day Training Program
  • Integrative Home-Study Research Projects
  • 4-One-on-One Hour Sessions (spaced out between each training)
  • Handouts and mentoring hands-on experience
  • You will be a Member of United Plant Savers (UpS)

All meals will be provided the first weekend. During subsequent weekends local, wild, live food vegan potluck lunches will be organized for the first 2 days of the weekend. Lunches will be provided by The Living Centre for the 3rd day of each training. 

Also includes the following herbal textbooks: 

  • The Language of Plants: A Guide to the Doctrine of Signatures, Julia Graves, 2012
  • The Yoga of Herbs, ~David Frawley and Vasant Dr. Lad, 1993
  • Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide, ~Dr. David Frawley, 2001
  • Herbal Energetics Chart, ~David Frawley
  • Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis, Shantree Kacera, D.N. Ph.D, 2006
  • Native & Local Energetic Plant Charts

The Experience

What You Will Experience?

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

The mentorship offers a beautiful blend of modern science and trans-disciplinary knowledge essential to becoming a herbal educator, with a wide-range of hands-on experience in the meadows, fields, forest and herbal apothecary.

You will come out of this program with an unique 'Medicine Pouch' a compendium of specific skills, practices, and approaches to improve your well-being and effectiveness as a herbal educator. Topics include visioning, project development and stewardship, the aptitude to design programs. We will also explore aspects of inner leadership, such as cultivating gratitude, balance, ‘inner resilience’, and exercises to root and ground your leadership in the heart, in nature, and in partnership with a community of other leaders.

Through this herbal regeneration design program you will learn a new way of thinking and being. You will experience what is naturally yours – an intimate relationship with the  wild and native plants. You will discover to source your leadership from this connection and stay attuned to the patterns in your own life, creating a new level of success and awareness in your stepping forth - empowered!

  • You will explore the correlation between ecological design thinking and the related disciplines of bioregionalism and ecology and their application to herbal design;
  • The foundation of an ecological world view (deep ecology, systems thinking, Gaia theory) and the application of living systems principles to the design of systems, objects and places;
  • You will develop personal and group enquiry practices to raise awareness of the interdependent relationship between the individual, society and nature and between theory, experience and practice;
  • You will develop and enhance your design, communication, facilitation skills in support of communities of place and interest;
  • You will make use of a range of tools, methods and facilitation techniques to project delivery;
  • You will co-create participatory hands-on practices, and theoretical principles for new approaches to the regenerative ecological design process of projects and apply these both in class, and application in your community projects. Learn how to assess the connection between the environment and built form, behaviour, well-being and resource consumption using both research indicators and case studies.

“All the beauty that's been lost before. Wants to find us again”

Ecological Regeneration article>>



"I am loving listening to your sharings and your enthusiasm for the plants. I am soo wonder filled hearing you talk about permaculture, forest gardening and herbal plants and your land your articulation and wisdom is awe inspiring. Much Thanks!" ~Natalie Krueger

“From start to finish this herbalism and energetic medicine mentorship program has been amazing. It has opened my eyes to new paradigms and my heart to new possibilities. I feel like the 7-Day Living the Experience Intensive was vital in making lasting community.” ~Stacey

“I loved it! It was a great mix of learning new material and lined me time and space to work on my own. Small is beautiful! I loved the small group format. Had a great time. It was what I needed. I felt great each time I came and always left feeling inspired motivated and strong.” ~Rita

“It was high-quality, the smaller and more advanced group the more I took from the weekend. I enjoyed going very deep with tastes and case studies working from patterns to details to come up with formulas. The one-on-one guidance really supported my growth my ability to bring something concrete into the world. Thank you! So Excellent!" ~Simon

"Shantree has vision and a special way of creating a garden that seems to match the spirit of the land. He brings touches to every corner that make the whole garden such a joy to be in. Thank you for all that you have given me and for the beautiful work you are doing!" ~James

"I've learned so many valuable lessons. Shantree you are so wise. You are such an honorable teacher. This has been a milestone along my path. For that, I am so thankful." ~Maya

"Honestly, I loved your teaching style, really clear and confident presentation of sometimes really in-depth material. I found your teaching style to be compassionate and patient and never once felt afraid to ask a question. That was the best workshop on soils I've seen. I've studied with a number of organic gardening teachers and that's the first time someone has put it in a way that I can understand and see the big picture. Thank you." ~Heather

“I wanted to further my studies with Natural Healing. I found a course through The Living Centre - Practical Herbalism. It was my Dream to do this course. Amazing course my brain was always thinking on the course and the answers to the Questions. Shantree is an Amazing Teacher and the knowledge he has he shares with you and always answers and helps you along the course. Thank you for making my Dreams come true.” ~Valerie 

"As I reflect on the educational aspects of our program, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for contributing to our internship program’s educational programming this year. As always, visiting you folks is a highlight for the interns. They always come back from this trip with a greater understanding of herbal plants and forest gardening and a respect for the diversity of food growing styles. They had this to say “A wonderful, pioneering place! They helped educate about organics and now they're taking the next step towards forest gardening.” ~Jaye Crawford, Ignatius Farm Interns, 2012

"I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for contributing to our internship program this year. For the interns, our day at the Living Centre was a definite highlight of the internship. We left feeling inspired and full of new ideas. It was fabulous to see such a successful example of what Permaculture, herbalism and forest gardening can be and how we can go about implementing their principles in our own lives.

Field trips, workshops and farm tours greatly enhance the internship experience by exposing interns to a diversity of farming and food systems and planting ideas for directions they will choose as they move forward. Not all interns will pursue farming as a career path, but what is certain is that they all have a deepened appreciation for farming and will become advocates for sustainable food systems in their own ways.

We deeply appreciate that you have been open to sharing your time and knowledge with us this season. On behalf of the entire Ignatius Farm CSA team, thank you once again for your involvement in educating for a healthy food system for the future. With gratitude." 
~Kailea MacGillivray, Senior Education Intern and Volunteer Coordinator, Ignatius Farm CSA

Mentorship Approach

An Herbal Mentorship Approach

Mentorship, much like a traditional apprenticeship, is one of society’s oldest forms of experiential education. In many cultures, herbal training occurs almost exclusively in a setting where experienced herbalists work closely with others to share their accumulated wisdom. The structure of these relationships varies widely, but all have in common the desire to share information while offering support, guidance and critical feedback.

Our mentorship process supports individuals to become confident, skilled herbal educators. Often those who have completed extensive training in herbal medicine (which may or may not have included a clinical component) are actively seeking the support and guidance of an experienced herbalist to act as a mentor.

Community is an essential aspect of herbalism. Herbalism is all about relationships, after all – the relationships we have with each other and with health as well as the relationships we have with plants. One of the most special relationships within herbalism, though, is the relationship between herb mentor and student. Most herbalists eventually find some sort of mentor – it’s a very natural expression of how our herbal knowledge is passed along, and is the traditional way that herbalism was passed from one generation to another. Many herbalists at some point have had mentors that helped shaped them become the herbalist they are today, and many continue to work with mentors even now!

The mentor-student relationship is so valuable and special because it helps us orient ourselves. Who do we want to become? In what direction are we moving? Mentors are individuals we want to emulate, people who have been where we are now and have gone ahead where we wish to travel. Having a mentor also helps us by providing insight and perspective when the going gets tough. When we struggle with new questions or a new case study and we can’t seem to find answers or when it seems like we’ve lost our way on our path, a mentor can be there with encouragement, a new idea, or the wisdom from a parallel experience that helps us find the missing pieces of our puzzles.

The definition of the word is “an experienced and trusted advisor.” That’s a rather broad definition! Each mentor-student relationship is unique, since those two parts of the equation are always going to be two different individuals. It’s up to the parties involved to create the relationship in a way that makes sense for them.

In some cases, the mentorship unfolds very informally, like a friendship. However mentorships can also be very formal, even to the extent of the mentor being paid in exchange for their time and the mentoring experience being guided by a written contract that details specific goals and desired outcomes the student and mentor have for the relationship.

Regardless of the prearrangement being formal or informal, a mentor is there to inspire and support the ongoing growth of the student and to provide assistance. They should be willing to help us troubleshoot, although it’s okay if they don’t just hand us the answers! Making us think and offering helpful suggestions when problems arise are the symbols of a truly great mentor. They are understanding of our efforts and there for us when we need encouragement. They can also help us be realistic and hold us to a standard, helping set the foundation for skills and a knowledge base that will serve us well in the future. Most importantly, though, mentors can be a role model. We should be careful not to put them on a pedestal – after all our mentors are human, too – but at the same time they should be people we think are worthy of imitating in some way. Our mentors are setting examples for us as teachers, consultants, and as professionals.

Important to remember that having a mentor is not a replacement for learning about herbs and herbalism on your own time – it should complement your own studies. The point of being mentored is to assist you grow on your own path! Trustworthiness is essential; the relationship should always be directed by professionalism. The mentor-student relationship should always be mutually respectful. 

"It is the supreme art of the educator to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." ~Albert Einstein

Registration Details


2018 Dates 

May 26-28
July 21-23
August 24-31 (Living the Experience 7-Day Intensive)
October 20-21
November 17-18 (Presentation Weekend)

Time: 3-Day weekends begin at 9am to 5pm. During the 7-Day Living the Intensive will be full days and a few evening sessions.


Note: Only 6 positions left

TOTAL VALUE - $4825 when taken separately

Your Price - $2800

Early-Bird- $2350 Before March 1st, 2018

$250 Discount off regular price if you attend 

The Local Wild Living Design Introductory Weekend March 17-18, 2018

Package Special- Take Both Nutritional Herbalism and Practical Herbalism Mentorship Programs Together for $4500

To maintain a high quality of learning and care, the Mentorship is limited to only 10 participants.

  • Herbalism Mentorship Alumni - $2000
  • The Living Centre alums who have competed a six or more month course at The Living Centre - $2350
  • Full-time Students - $2350
  • A $500 deposit will guarantee your spot
  • Partial work-trade positions are available.
  • Partial scholarships for up to $500 off the Regular Price of $2800 are available if funds are available.
    Please inquire: 519-652-0230
  • To maintain a high quality of learning and care, the Mentorship is limited to 10 participants

Scholarships- Partial scholarships are available upon request (Assisting promising young adults in the tuition costs of mentorship program - please send a detailed letter of request. The aim of our scholarship is to build bridges between future leaders to experience the powerful connections between personal and planetary health.) Please see Scholarship Application Process

Community Supported Education Program(CSE Program) ALL Scholarship applicants and anyone interested in financial assistance with the mentorship program should consider creating their own Community Supported Education Program (CSE Program) Find more info and details here.

We are living a time of great change, when creating a new story for our world is crucial. People all over the world are reclaiming their power and responding to the cry of Mother Earth. Are there young adults in your community who feel would thrive in our mentorship program? Help transform our culture, one heart at a time be nominating a young adult who is helping to redefine our culture!


  • 18-Full Day Training Program 
  • Three 3-day experiences One 2-day experience
  • One 7-Day Immersion
  • Study e-Manual /Handouts
  • Integrative Home-Study Research Projects
  • 4-One-on-One Hour Sessions (spaced out between each training)
  • Mentoring hands-on experience

Also includes the following herbal textbooks: 

  • The Language of Plants: A Guide to the Doctrine of Signatures, Julia Graves, 2012
  • The Yoga of Herbs, ~David Frawley and Vasant Dr. Lad, 1993
  • Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide, ~Dr. David Frawley, 2001
  • Herbal Energetics Chart, ~David Frawley
  • Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis, Shantree Kacera, D.N. Ph.D, 2006
  • Native & Local Energetic Plant Charts

All meals will be provided the first weekend. During subsequent weekends local, wild, live food vegan potluck lunches will be organized for the first 2 days of the weekend. The Living Centre will provide lunches for the 3rd day of each weekend. 

Click here to download the Application Form

During the 7-Day Intensive we will share in some meal preparation as a way to nourish one another and deepen the community spirit.

 ** On specific weekends other community members will join us

   ** Upon completion of the above you receive a Practical Herbalism - Energetic Medicine Mentorship Certificate

Payment can be made through e-transfer (bank-to-bank transfer) 'PayPal' below, or by certified check. Please make cheques payable and mailed to: The Living Centre 5871 Bells Rd., London, ON., Canada, N6P 1P3

Please Note: that we require a minimum amount of registrants for the program to happen. In the case that we do not receive minimum registration you will be notified two weeks prior to the start date and a full refund will be issued for the amount paid up till that point. 

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