These are workshops taught in-person by Michael Vertolli. For information about these workshops, please contact him directly at Michael@livingearthschool.ca.
  • Medicine from Yellow Birch

    Yellow birch helps us to shed what we don't need so that we can enter into a place of empowered presence. This presence brings us to that liminal space; the threshold between what has been and the Great Mystery where something incredible is waiting to be known.

    In this experiential workshop you will have the opportunity to receive the spirit medicine of yellow birch and experience it's wisdom, guidance and healing.

    This workshop is for anyone who feels called to this medicine regardless of philosophy or faith, or whether or not they are a 'plant person'.

    Prerequisite: None.

    Required textbooks: None.

    Scheduling: Saturday September 15th, 10 am to 5 pm. This workshop is now open for registration.

    Location: Living Earth School in Maple, Ontario.

    Tuition: $95.

    Instructor: Monika Ghent.

    This is a general interest workshop. It is not part of the Holistic Herbal Studies or Traditional Herbalist program.You may register here.


  • In this workshop you will learn an easy and effective method to awaken your innate ability to communicate with the spirits of plants and directly access their teachings and medicine.


    Plants are fully aware beings that have intelligence and spirit, as well as a great deal of wisdom that they are willing to share with us.


    The way the plant people speak to us is predominantly through dreams. Dream journeying is the process of dreaming in an intentional way while still awake. This way of dream learning with the plants is available to everybody. You do not have to have any special training or calling; all it takes is a very minimum of guidance and instruction and an attitude of respect.


    The plant people have been waiting a long time for us to open ourselves to their wisdom. If we listen in the presence of the plants in a respectful way, we will hear them speaking to us of their teachings and medicine.


    Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018

    Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

    Location:Living Earth School of Herbalism, Maple, ON

    Tuition: $95

    Instructor: Monika Ghent


  • For any inquiries about this workshop, please email Michael Vertolli directly here: michael@livingearthschool.ca

    This is not an online course but you may register for the workshops here through PayPal. SPACE IS LIMITED

    Advanced Spirit of Herbs is a six day intensive workshop that is open to anyone who has attended and preferably continued to practice the techniques introduced in The Spirit of Herbs to some degree. It includes more advanced methods that will help you to deepen your intuitive experience of herbs and Nature.

    This is a general interest, or an optional or post-graduate workshop. It is not part of the Holistic Herbal Studies or Traditional Herbalist programs. However, for Traditional Herbalist students who attend this workshop it will satisfy 50 hours of their clinical apprenticeship requirements. Students who attend both this workshop and Applied Spirit of Herbs will have satisfied all of their clinical apprenticeship requirements for the program.

    Prerequisite: The Spirit of Herbs.

    Required textbooks: None.

    Scheduling: July 15-20, 2018. Space is limited. It is best to enroll early.

    Location: Maple Sweet, Rocklyn, Ontario.

    Food and Accommodations: The fee for the workshop includes the cost of meals. The meals are mostly vegetarian and organic as much as possible. Indoor accommodations consist of shared rooms that sleep two persons. Occasionally single rooms are available. Tenting is also an option.

    Instructor: Michael Vertolli.

  • In this fun, interactive and informative workshop you will learn the art of making your own effective, natural sunblocks, SPF lip balms and after sun care products with no toxic compromises using only 100% natural and organic ingredients.


    The workshop covers:


    • What is SPF?

    • An introduction to many different natural products such as base oils, essential oils, butters, herbs, etc. that have natural SPF.

    • How to make everyday, light sunblock and stronger sunblock for more intense sun exposure.

    • How to make SPF lip balms including tinted lip balms using natural pigments.

    • After sun care: how to heal your skin when you’ve gotten too much sun.

    • Facial repair serums: what natural substances can be used to reverse sun damage.

    • We’ll also be covering equipment, storage and preservation.


    This workshop will include both lectures and demonstrations. Participants will receive samples of products that are prepared during the workshop as well as informative, detailed handouts including lots of recipes.

    Date: Saturday, May 25, 2018

    Time: 10am – 5pm

    Location:Living Earth School, Maple, Ontario.
    Cost: $125 which includes all material fees, handouts and samples.


    To register, please go to www.livingearthschoolonline.ca under workshops.


    If you have any questions, please contact Lianna at liana@livingearthschool.ca.

  • White Pine: Tree of Life; Wise Counsel


    The Tree of Life connects heaven and earth and reminds us of the illusion of separateness we feel and the reality of unity, interconnectedness and sacredness of ourselves and everything around us. White Pine connects us to the divine source and provides us with wise counsel to whatever questions, difficulties or concerns we have so that we may evolve and awaken into wholeness and our true selves.


    In this experiential workshop participants will have the opportunity to enter the dream of White Pine and receive its healing and guidance as the Tree of Life and provide you wise counsel.


    This workshop is for anyone who feels called to the medicine of White Pine regardless of philosophy or faith, or whether they are a ‘plant person’ or not.

    Prerequisite: None.

    Required textbooks: None.

    Scheduling: Saturday April 14th, 10 am to 5 pm.

    Location: Living Earth School in Maple, Ontario.

    Tuition: $95.

    Instructor: Monika Ghent.
  • The focus of this workshop is on making topical creams for therapeutic use using herbs and other natural substances. The workshop covers all aspects of the process of making medicinal creams using only natural ingredients, including:
      • Different methods for preparing creams.
      • Understanding emulsification.
      • Herbs used in medicinal creams.
      • Using infused oils and herbal teas.
      • Using Bach Flowers, homeopathics and essential oils in creams.
      • Understanding different base oils.
      • Storage and preservation of creams.
      • Jars and equipment.
      • Comparison with other types of topical preparations.

    This workshop will include both lectures and demonstrations of how to prepare medicinal creams. Students will receive samples of creams that are prepared as a demonstration during the workshop as well as informative handouts.

    Prerequisite: None.

    Required textbooks:
    None.

    Scheduling:
    Saturday March 24th, 10 am to 5 pm.

    Location:
    Living Earth School in Maple, Ontario
    Instructor:
    Monika Ghent.

  • Making Oil Extractions, Ointments and Other Topical Herbal Preparations

    For any inquiries about this workshop, please email Michael Vertolli directly here: michael@livingearthschool.ca


    This is not an online course but you may register for the workshop here through PayPal. SPACE IS LIMITED.

    For more information about the workshop, please click here: http://www.livingearthschool.ca/coursedescriptions.html#MOE


    This workshop will be held at Living Earth School in Maple (just north of Toronto).
    Date: Saturday March 3rd, 10am to 5pm
    Prerequisite: None.
    Instructor: Michael Vertolli.
  • Medicine from Wild Cherry: Rewild Your Heart: Knowing and Living Through Your Heart Voice.

    The guidance from our Heart is our primary connection to Divine. Our Heart voice guides us to the depths of life, providing knowledge and wisdom.

    In this workshop participants will receive the spirit medicine from the Wild Cherry tree which helps us to listen with and trust the capacity of our Heart.

    This workshop is for anyone who feels the yearning in their heart to know themselves more fully.


    Prerequisite: None.

    Required textbooks: None.

    Scheduling: Saturday February 10th, 10 am to 5 pm.

    Location: Living Earth School in Maple, Ontario.

    Tuition: $95.

    Instructor: Monika Ghent.