Online Medicine Gardening Mentorship

Online Medicine Gardening Mentorship

Are you interested in starting your own medicine garden? Would you like to grow an abundant 'Tea Garden' or learn about growing medicinal herbs that are specific to your health needs? Would you like some coaching and instruction on how to make your own safe and effective home-remedies from the herbs you grow? If so, you are in the right place.

The online Medicine Garden Mentorships are for those interested in deepening their connection to the land and their relationship with herbal medicine gardening and remedy-making.

Nikola Barsoum (medicinal herb farmer, permaculture designer & certified Community Herbalist) will meet with you for eight (8) 1hr one-on-one sessions set up to guide you through the process of estbalishing a medicine garden with intention, teaching you strategies of observation and design that you will be able to use into the future. 

The mentorship begins by assessing your personal health (for you, your family, and close community) and assessing the land you are working with.  From these assessment we begin to determine which herbs will best suit your needs and serve the needs of the surrounding ecosystem.

Working on an online platform, this mentorship is intended to intersperse our focused learning sessions together with a more inquisitive process of discover, sensory perception and learning from direct experience with the plants themselves. Exercises and practices between sessions will encourage you to develop skills in direct-observation and deep listening, while the mentorship calls create space to share, reflect, and ground into the next step of tending to these plants and the reciprocal relationships you are building.

Mentorship Calls will Focus on:

  • Exploring preventative and integrative health strategies. 
  • Garden planning, mapping and permaculture-based design
  • Land prep, planting and 'wild simulated' tending strategies
  • Learning about the properties and medicinal qualities of the herbs 
  • Exploring plant personalities, appearances, growing habits, and most potent parts used for remedy-making
  • Respectful harvesting
  • Instructions on how to best utilize each herb
  • Drying, labelling and storage
  • Herbal home-scale remedy making: tea blends, tinctures, oxymels, syrups, lotions, creams and salves.
  • Herbal seed saving (if there's interest)

These mentorships are designed to help facilitate the building of trusting and respectful relationships between each indiviudal and the herbs brought into their gardens. As everyone has unique health, garden and herbal backgrounds, the timing and structure of this mentorship will move and flow accordingly.


All sessions are completed online!   


If you would like to explore this further, feel free to book a free introductory call to meet Nikola, ask questions and see if this is a good fit for you.

This Mentorship is focused on plants from the Western Herbalism tradition.


Nikola is a certified Community Herbalist, Ecological Farmer and certifid Permaculture Designer.  She has been growing medicinal herbs commercially for the past 3 years, while running a community apothecary out of her home. She is willing to share from her education and experience so that she can help others grow, tend and make remedies from their own backyards. She sees local medicine gardens to be as important as local food production, and enjoys teaching and sharing in her role as a community herbalist. 


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    Thank you so much for our video chat last Wed. I really enjoyed talking with you. You put me at ease with what I have already set up in the garden and gave me some great ideas for what I will be doing next.

     Tara - West Kootenay BC

    Thank you Nikola for your gardening consultations. I appreciated your clarifying questions and your challenge to make a doable plan in my shady yard. 


    Nikola expertly answered all my questions and gave me specific tasks for the next month. I am looking forward to planting with my 2 daughters soon!! Thank you for your encouraging ideas.

    Emily - Southern Ontario

    Thanks so much for taking time to discuss our vegetable garden.  We love the idea of a 'hot house' for tomatoes and peppers.  Jocelyn has taken some photos of the sun and how it hits the garden so and she is in charge of planning where to plant items based on her sun analysis! It is strange that we never thought to do that on our own so thanks for bringing that to our attention for sure! Already Jocelyn has said some things were planted in the wrong spot depending on the amount of sun required! Such a simple yet brilliant fact!  I love the idea of permanent pathways in the garden by digging out rows and putting down wood chips. I have always wondered if we trample stuff down too much as the season wears on.  Thanks again for your help.

    Wendy - Southern Ontario

    Nikola gave me great advice! We walked around my property and and she explained all the potential she saw. She identified things already growing that I could work with, paths I could change to make the garden more inviting, and things I could add. She gave many ideas that I hadn’t thought of and they will shape my garden for years. I thank her for listening to me and for generously offering her expertise.

    Andy - Southern Ontario

    Nikola has been an incredible support to me as I continue to try to learn all about veggie gardening.  I have always had a bit of a "black thumb" (opposite of green thumb), but she provided advice, articles, links to videos and her input on how I can be more successful in my gardening ventures. She has opened my eyes to some new strategies, and encouraged the use of permaculture concepts. We have since started our own vermicomposting bin and are taking a look at our processes to help ensure we are working with our natural environment. Nikola not only provided me with lots of information, but she did so with generosity, kindness and a continued willingness to answer my questions! I highly recommend working with her.

    Jill - Southern Ontario

    What an amazing consultation on seed saving. I feel your advice has pointed me in the right direction around what to read and who to speak with. Good teachers can save students hours, days or even years of stumbling through the dark, so thank you for sharing your wisdom so freely. Good advice is invaluable.

    Louis - West Kootenay BC