Online Medicine Gardening Mentorship

Are you interested in starting or expanding 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 an intentional and guided offering, for those interested in deepening their connection to the land and their relationship with herbal medicine gardening and remedy-making.

The Mentorship begins by assessing your personal health (the areas most important for you and your family, eg. immune boosters, lung support, gut health, nervous system recovery...etc) and an assessment of the land/ecosystem you are working with. From this assessment we begin to determine which herbs will be best to focus on for you and the land.

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:

  • Preventative heath strategies and integrative approaches to healing
  • Garden planning, mapping and ecological design
  • Herbal friend finding/match-making
  • Herb dating: learning their personalities, appearances, growing habits, and most potent parts used for remedy-making
  • Seed starting and conditioning techniques.
  • Land prep, planting and 'wild simulated' tending strategies
  • Respectful harvesting
  • Herb drying practices, labelling and storage
  • Herbal seed saving (if there's interest)
  • Herbal home-scale remedy making: tea blends, tinctures, oxymels, syrups, lotions, creams and salves.


These mentorships are designed to help facilitate the building of trusting and respectful relationship with each indiviudal and the herbs brought into their gardens. As each individual will undoubtably show up for this experience with different health, garden and herbal backgrounds, the timing and structure of this mentorship will move and flow according to each persons unique needs, goals and schedule.

 

All sessions are booked online!   Use this link to begin.  :) 
 

Mentorships are currently being offered on a 'by-donation' basis, based on the value you feel you have received from our time together.  Estimated value is between $240-$300 for eight 1-on-1 sessions together.

 

If you would like to explore this further, feel free to book a free introduction session to meet, 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 and Ecological Farmer. 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 seems local medicine gardens as important as local food production, and enjoys teaching and sharing in her role as a community herbalist. also participates in mentorships, and is grateful to be guided by others and able to learn in this wonderful way.

 

 

More questions? E-mail them to nikola@halfmoonherbals.com

     

    GARDEN SUPPORT STORIES

    Shared by backyard gardeners

    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.

    Thank you Nikola for your gardening consult session. 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.

     Tara - West Kootenay BC

    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.

    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.

    Jill - Southern Ontario

    Louis - West Kootenay BC

     
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