These are workshops taught in-person by Michael Vertolli or Monika Ghent. For information about these workshops, please contact the applicable instructor directly. michael@livingearthschool.ca or monika@livingearthschool.ca
  • In this fun and informative virtual 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.

    What you will learn in this workshop:

    What is SPF?
    An introduction to many different natural products such as base oils, essential oils, butters, teas, etc. that have natural SPF.
    How to make light sunblocks for everyday use and stronger sunblocks for more intense sun exposure.
    How to make SPF lip balms.
    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.
    Equipment, storage and preservation.

    This workshop will include both lectures and demonstrations. Participants will informative, detailed handouts including lots of recipes and the recording of the product-making demonstration.
    Date:  Sunday, May 22nd, 11 am to 5 pm.

    Location:  The Zoom Universe

    Tuition:$100.

    Instructor:  Monika Ghent

    Questions: monika@livingearthschool.ca; 416-537-8842
  • Awakening your natural capacity to speak with the spirits of plants!

    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, we need only learn how to hear them.

    In this workshop, participants will learn how to not only speak to plants but to speak with them through an easy and effective method called ‘dream journeying’. Dream journeying is a two-stage process of getting to know the nature of a plant and then dreaming in an intentional way while still awake to meet and commune with their spirit.

    This way of dream learning from plants is available to everybody. You do not need years of specialized training to awaken this gift inherent within you. By dream journeying to the plant people, you will develop an intimate, two-way relationship with them and learn directly from them of their wisdom, blessings, messages, and medicines.

    During the workshop participants will meet and dream with a plant that calls to them.

    Participants will receive extensive handouts detailing the process of dream journeying to the plant people and how to interpret your dreams.

    Date:  Sunday, June 26th, 11 am to 5 pm.

    Location:  The Zoom Universe

    Instructor: Monika Ghent

    Questions: monika@livingearthschool.ca; 416-537-8842
  • The Spirit of Herbs is a six day intensive workshop/retreat that focuses on an energetic and intuitive approach to working with healing plants that will help you to expand and deepen your connection to plants and Living World. The ability to connect and communicate with the many beings with whom we share the Earth—including plants—has long been considered one of the most important attributes of traditional healers.

    Through a variety of meditation and attunement exercises, you will experience a greater awareness of and connection with all aspects of the natural world and develop your ability to communicate with the plant people. This workshop provides the theoretical background and guidelines to help you integrate this knowledge and experience into your daily life.

    The Spirit of Herbs will help you on your own personal healing journey and to live in deeper relationship with yourself and the world. Whether you are called to work with plant medicines on a professional or purely personal level, you will find this workshop to be a life-changing and healing experience.

    Prerequisite: None.

    Required textbooks: None.

    Scheduling: The next offering of this workshop will be Saturday July 9th to Thursday July 14th 2022. The workshop should be open for registration some time in January 2022. Please check back periodically for updates.

    Location: Maple Sweet, Rocklyn, Ontario.

    Tuition: $950.

    Food and Accommodations: The fee for the workshop includes the cost of meals and accommodations. 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.
  • This is a six day advanced workshop in the Spirit of Herbs series. It builds upon the techniques and experiences that were introduced in The Spirit of Herbs and further developed in Advanced Spirit of Herbs and Applied Spirit of Herbs.

    Living In Deep Relationship will continue to help participants to deepen their connection to plants and the Living World. However, the orientation is broader and less focussed on plants. It is about a deeper way of being and orienting in the world.

    This is a general interest, optional or post-graduate workshop. It is not part of the Holistic Herbal Studies or Traditional Herbalist programs but is strongly recommended for Traditional Herbalist students or graduates. 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 either Advanced or Applied Spirit of Herbs will have satisfied all of their clinical apprenticeship requirements for the program.

    Prerequisite: Advanced Spirit of Herbs or Applied Spirit of Herbs.

    Required textbooks: None.

    Scheduling: The next offering of this workshop will be Saturday August 13th to Thursday August 18th 2022. The workshop should be open for registration some time in January 2022. Please check back periodically for updates.

    Location: Maple Sweet, Rocklyn, Ontario.

    Tuition: $950.

    Food and Accommodations: The fee for the workshop includes the cost of meals and accommodations. 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.
  • Virtual Tree Spirit Medicine Workshop Spruce (spp.) – “Belonging”

    The Tree Spirit Medicine of Spruce is “Belonging.” True belonging is being in deep communion with the whole of life. It is knowing that you are fully accepted and supported by existence and beckoned by it to share your true self and unique gifts with the world. The Tree Spirit Medicine of Spruce helps you remember your intrinsic belonging and the mutual reciprocity you have always had with life. It also helps you reclaim those parts of yourself long forgotten, suppressed, or abandoned to conditional belonging in the attempt to fit in. True belonging is a welcoming home, and a remembering that you are an integral, beautiful, mysterious, and necessary part in the sacred fabric of life.

    The workshop will begin with a connective exercise with the Spruce trees who have offered to be our teachers for this workshop. Afterwards, participants will directly experience Spruce’s gifts of healing, wisdom and guidance through distance transmission through Monika. Experiences will then be shared and interpreted that we may all learn from each other the depth and breadth of Spruce’s Tree Spirit Medicine of “Belonging”. Once you have received the Tree Spirit Medicine of Spruce, it will be with you always whenever you need its medicine, guidance, and support.
    The format for this workshop will be virtual via Zoom. There is no need to worry if you are not tech savvy! Once you sign up for the workshop, you will be sent a zoom link and that you click on to be taken directly to the workshop.

    Date:   Saturday, April 23rd, 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, May 8th, 12 to 3 pm. May 8th is optional. It is an opportunity for anyone who was not able to complete their sharing during the workshop to do so, and for participants to reconnect and share how Spruce’s Tree Spirit Medicine has moved in their lives over the last few weeks.

    Location:  The Zoom Universe

    Tuition:  $100. Enrolment is limited.

    Instructor:  Monika Ghent

    Register: http://www.livingearthschool.ca/enroll.html

    Questions: monika@livingearthschool.ca; 416-537-8842