September 16th, 2023!

A herbal gathering celebrating healers, herbalists, and plant lovers; starting from the ground up, connecting with ourselves, plants and nature!

Join us for a joyful fun day of learning, sharing, ceremony and entertainment!

Early Bird Admission: $197 plus HST    /   Regular Admission: $225 plus HST  

Where:  The Ginkgo Tree/Kina Gegoo Botanical Sanctuary, Cannington, Ontario

When: September 16th, 2023: 9am to 9pm, rain or shine!

Keynote Speaker: Rosemary Gladstar

Meals: A light lunch and dinner. All the delicious meals are homemade, vegetarian, with gluten and dairy free options. There will also be a tea bar open throughout the day.

SPONSORS:  Everything Herbal, Faunus Herbs, The Ginkgo Tree, Ontario Herbalists Association, Richter’s Herbs & Chippewa’s of Georgina

Registration [SOLD OUT!]

*please note that speakers/current schedule is subject to change

Welcome to Back To Your Roots Herbal Gathering!

Back To Your Roots (BTYR for short!) is a full day of lectures, workshops, herb walks and foraging alongside live music and performances. Our event is located approximately one hour north of Toronto, at The Ginkgo Tree/Kina Gegoo Botanical Sanctuary.

Registration includes a light lunch and dinner with freshly made, farm to table organic, vegetarian meals with vegan options, including all day organic tea and freshly roasted organic coffee at the Tea Bar.

Apart from a day filled with renowned guest speakers and hands on workshops, local vendors will also be offering their wares and services throughout the day. If you would like to sign up for a vendor booth, head to the bottom of this page for vendor registration info!

Since 2012, Back to Your Roots has brought together budding healers, herbalists, and plant lovers to share their wisdom of herbs, spiritual connection, natural healing, foraging, stewardship and gardening. Though the emphasis at Back to Your Roots is on health, healing and well-being, we are far more than an educational event. This retreat is a joyful celebration of spirit and wisdom, as well as a special time of honouring the Earth and her plant rich being. All are welcome! Come with an open heart, a willingness to share, learn, and celebrate together.

Begin the day with a herb walk and end with a fire dance!

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Keynote Speaker:

Rosemary Gladstar

World–renowned teacher and Herbalist

Rosemary Gladstar in front of lilacs

Rosemary Gladstar is internationally renowned for her technical knowledge and stewardship in the global herbalist community. She has been learning, teaching and writing about herbs for over 40 years. Rosemary is the author of twelve books and director of The Science and Art of Herbalism, an in-depth home study course with thousands of students enrolled across the globe.

In addition to her classes and books, Rosemary is known for her outreach and advocacy as a voice for the plants. Rosemary has coined, named, and popularized several common herbal remedies such as “Fire Cider” that have become part of the modern herbalist’s medicine kit. Rosemary has defended these traditional medicines against corporate trademark all the way to Federal Court to ensure access for future generations.

Rosemary is also the Founding President of United Plant Savers, an organization dedicated to medicinal plant conservation, and past director of the New England Women’s Conference and the International Herb Symposium. Rosemary was the co-founder and original formulator of Traditional Medicinal Tea Company.

For more about Rosemary, visit:

Instagram @rosemarygladstar


Keynote Talk: Herbs as Sweet Medicine for the Soul

We are living in challenging times. Its often hard to make it through the day without feeling remorse about all that’s going on in ‘our watch’ on the planet; worsening storms, terrible wars, mass shootings, epidemic drug over doses, pandemics, razing of the Earth’s resources, and the list goes on. We often find ourselves dragging under the load of grief and despair that such knowledge and awareness brings. But turning to the plants, we find the most remarkable resilient beings, who through the ages have survived the most brutal of times. Ice ages lasting thousands of years, fiery volcanic eruptions, meteorite explosions, titanic plates crashing, and still the plants continue to grow abundantly, resiliently, and continue to offer their sweet medicine to us and other life forms.  What is this sweet medicine they offer? How can we best utilize this energy in our lives so we can reflect the generous, powerful and empowering life sustaining nature of plants.

Additional Talk: How Plants are Saving the World ~ and Possibly Us

We often talk about saving at risk and endangered plants ~ a noble task, indeed! But perhaps plants are really saving us. Plants have been around a lot longer than humans and by some estimates have been here as long as 450 million years. Plants comprise over 95% of living organisms on Earth. They create a life-giving planet by keeping the biosphere oxygen. We simply couldn’t live without plants; in a variety of complex and interconnected ways they are constantly maintaining the biosphere to make it habitable for other life forms, including humans, to thrive in. This discussion will be a celebration of plants, and the vital role they play in supporting us in living healthy, happy and productive lives.

We do have a role to play in preserving at risk and endangered plants and the habitats they thrive on. But while we are saving plants, plants are saving the world.

2 Herb Walks (Additional Registration Required): Wild Weed Walk with Rosemary Gladstar

Those plants that we often identify as ‘weeds’ and pull ruthlessly from our gardens and yards are among our most valuable and treasured medicinal and edible plants. We’ll focus on how to identify and use herbs that are found growing abundantly around us. This plant walk is geared for beginners and all plant enthusiasts!

Lauri Hoeg

Traditional Herbalist

Lauri Hoeg

Laurie Hoeg is a proud member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation where she lives and works in her studio by the water called “Eagles in the East”. She considers herself creatively inspired or “in spirit” and makes space in her life to honour that gift through art and herbal medicines.

Lauri has completed large woodland inspired commissions throughout the region that teach about our spiritual connection to the land. Lauri holds a degree in public administration and governance from Toronto Metropolitan University and works in the areas of First Nation culture, education, and governance. She currently sits as the Indigenous Trustee for the York Region District School Board and participates in truth and reconciliation projects throughout the region.

For more about Lauri, visit: Eagle’s in the East Studio | Facebook


Workshop: Anishinaabe Exploring the Anishinaabe Medicine Wheel

In this circle workshop, stories and information will be shared about the medicine wheel, the foundation of Anishinaabe world view. The workshop will end with a fire ceremony, offering our sacred gift of tobacco. Coming together in ceremony creates a powerful connection to Spirit, the land, and one another.

Jan Beaver

Teacher and Storyteller

Jan Beaver

Jan Beaver is a member of the Alderville First Nation (Anishinaabe) and has dedicated most of her life to learning and teaching others about the history, traditions, and cultures of First Nation peoples. She is also a storyteller, an educational consultant and the author of several children’s graphic novels and history books focussed on Indigenous themes.

Jan worked as a Water Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for almost 20 years before becoming a classroom teacher then an Outdoor Education Teacher with the Toronto District School Board for the next 15 years. Jan was seconded to work with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario on Aboriginal Education policy and initiatives to educate teachers and support Indigenous students in schools across Ontario through her work on various Aboriginal Education Committees at the Provincial, National and Global levels.

Before retiring in 2010, Jan was the Senior Education Advisor for Ogemawahj Tribal Council in Rama working with 6 member First Nation communities in southern Ontario. Jan is a proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of her work in education. ​


Workshop: Exploring the Anishinaabe Medicine Wheel

In this circle workshop, stories and information will be shared about the medicine wheel, the foundation of Anishinaabe world view. The workshop will end with a fire ceremony, offering our sacred gift of tobacco. Coming together in ceremony creates a powerful connection to Spirit, the land, and one another.


Steven Martyn

Traditional Herbalist

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M.A. (traditional plant use), B.F.A. honours, herbalist, artist, farmer, wildcrafter, builder, teacher, writer, visionary. Steven has more than thirty years experience living co-creatively with the Earth, practicing traditional living skills of growing food, building and healing. Steven created Livingstone & Greenbloom in 1986, Toronto’s first green landscaping company.

In 1996, he created the Algonquin Tea Company, North America’s premiere bioregional tea company. He has given talks and run workshops internationally for more than twenty years and taught plant identification and wilderness skills at Algonquin college for 11 years, and at the Orphan Wisdom School for eight years. In 2014, Megan and Steven started the Sacred Gardener Earth Wisdom School. Steven released his first book The Story of the Madawaska Forest Garden in 2016, Sacred Gardening in June 2017 and The Roundhouse in 2022.

For more about Steven visit:


Workshop: Lyme Prevention and Treating Chronic Lyme

In this workshop I will share my personal experience with Lyme and some of what I’ve learnt in treating a hundred Lyme clients over the last ten years.

Lyme presents itself in many forms, which is one of the reasons it’s hard to identify. But as with getting to know a rare animal, once you know Lyme the signs are very clear and there are certain common pathways this pathogen follows in the body. Chronic Lyme is better treated with herbs than antibiotics because the Lyme can’t adapt to the complex chemistry of the herbs. I am primarily working from Stephen Buhner’s Lyme protocol, with some added treatments from my own experience. Stephen gave me his blessing to pass this material on and said it was his dream to see people learn, adapt, teach and use the protocols he developed in exactly this way.

Correne Omland

Community Herbalist

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Correne is a clinically trained herbalist, herbal educator and homesteader based out of Kawartha Lakes. Her clinical practices focus on bringing true health and wellness to her clients through addressing all aspects of healing; physical, emotional and mental. Correne is passionate about herbal education and shares this knowledge through her membership community, Weavers of Plant Wisdom, as well as her YouTube channel and blog. She also co-operates a membership community called My Grounded Home, dedicated to helping brand new budding homesteaders on their journey towards self sufficiency.

For more about Correne, visit:

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Lecture: The Modern Homesteader: Can You Really Have it All?

With a world filled with overflowing plates of responsibilities and full schedules, many feel that the journey of homesteading is just a faraway dream. Unlike our ancestors, many of us have careers and busy lives outside of the home and children with busy time tables themselves. Together we’ll delve into what it means to be a homesteader in a modern world and how we can balance our hearts desire for empowerment, vibrant health, and self sufficiency along with our modern day lives.

Pat Crocker

Culinary Herbalist

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As a professional Home Economist (BAA, Ryerson U., Toronto) and Culinary Herbalist, Pat’s passion for healthy food is fused with her knowledge and love of herbs. She has honed her herb practice over more than four decades of growing, studying, photographing, experimenting with, and writing about what she calls, the helping plants. In fact, Crocker marries the medicinal benefits of herbs in every original recipe she develops. Pat has written 22 herb/healthy cookbooks, including The Healing Herbs Cookbook, The Juicing Bible, and most recently, The Herbalist’s Kitchen (Sterling, 2018) and Healing Cannabis Edibles. Watch for her next book, Cooking and Healing with Cannabis to be launched in 2020.

For more about Pat visit:



Lecture: Wise Woman as the Living Embodiment of Mother Earth

Everything is interconnected and interdependent: everything needs everything else to realize its full potential. This is true for humans, plants, animals, insects… everything, especially the planet. As herbalists, we intuitively know and practice this law of nature. As herbalists following the path of Wise Woman, we can be the living example of a non-controlling, non-dominating, non-violent, non-dualistic world. In fact, we can transcend from Homo sapiens to Homo luminous beings. Join Pat as she weaves spirit into our herbal practice. Pat will take a deep dive into Motherwort: The Lion Hearted Herb as a practical example of the micro-earth within the macro-cosmos.

Penelope Beaudrow

Registered Herbalist

penelope beaudrow with queen anne's lacePenelope Beaudrow is a Registered Herbalist who has devoted over the past 25 years to helping others foster deep and resilient connections with the living intelligence of the natural world and the regenerative, healing forces of plants and the medicine they carry. Penelope earned her Diploma in Herbal Medicine from Dominion Herbal College. She serves as Vice President at Faunus Herbs. She is also deeply engaged in in the field of herbal education, including in depth work with the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine and The Ginkgo Tree Herbal Course. Penelope is deeply concerned with regenerative ecology as an integral component of the health and well being of the earth and all of its inhabitants. She works diligently to reintroduce a wide variety of native, at risk and endangered plants at her sanctuary and farmstead and is engaged in significant re-wilding efforts.

The work that Penelope is engaged in every day aims to lay the foundations for a verdant, thriving, and viable future that upholds and works alongside the brilliance of nature. The path of earth stewardship has as its goal harmony, health and the peaceful coexistence for all beings. The transformations that Penelope has, and continues to witness through her careful and patient partnership with the green world have far exceeded her hopes and expectations; when the plants begin to speak, it’s always best to listen, for the marvels that will unfold are sure to be beyond our wildest dreams.

Website: Home – The Ginkgo Tree

Facebook: The Ginkgo Tree | Facebook

Instagram: The Ginkgo Tree (@ginkgothetree)


Herb Walk: Medicinal Plant Sanctuary ~ At Risk Plant Talk & Walk

The Ginkgo Tree is proud to be a Botanical Sanctuary Member with United Plant Savers. UPS’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants of North America and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come. With herbs moving into mainstream, and the demand on wild medicinal plants increases we are using up the supply of these herbs. This increased usage along with habitat destruction is causing an ever-increasing shortage of wild plant resources, including some of our most treasured medicinal species. Join us on this walk to learn about United Plant Savers, “At Risk” and “At Watch” medicinal plants and their medicinal uses. Learn how you too, can make a difference!

Victor Cirone

Registered Herbalist and Homeopath


I am a Registered Homeopath and Clinical Herbalist based on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. I practice Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine because of the immense transformative powers that these healing modalities contain – both on individual and collective levels of experience.

I value direct experience, careful and attentive observation, and always strive to engage with my patients in a way that is authentic and deeply healing. I employ a range of medicines in my practice to suit the needs of the individual in their journey towards wholeness.

In addition to homeopathy and herbal medicine, I have an extensive background in Jungian/Archetypal psychology, Psychoanalysis, Anthroposophy, and the esoteric and symbolic dimensions of the healing arts more broadly.

For more about Victor visit:


Lecture: Plant Remedies in Homeopathic Medicine

“Thus we can correlate the development of plants with that of the human spirit and psyche, and use it as an indicator of crossroads where development is imbalanced. In short – where disease is” – Michal Yakir

This lecture will serve to explore some of the many plant remedies that are commonly used in homeopathic medicine as well as in the Western herbal tradition. When herbalists look to the homeopathic materia medica, they can generate a great deal of fresh insight into some of the most frequently utilized medicines in contemporary herbal practice. Additionally, we will explore some of the unique ways that homeopaths think about plant remedies, focusing on an evolutionary perspective of plant life. Starting from the earliest plant families (such as algae, horsetails, club mosses, and ferns) and moving through the astonishing diversity of plant life that exists today, we will discover some of the ways in which the evolution of the plant kingdom mirrors and reflects crucial stages of psycho-emotional, psycho-social, and even spiritual development in both the life of the individual as well as collective humanity.

Laura Gilmour

Herbalist and Forager

Laura Gilmour

Laura Gilmour is a forager, herbalist, and business owner living near Dwight, Ontario. Her rural upbringing allowed her to develop a natural curiosity and passion for nature from a young age. Laura formally studied ecology, and later went on to pursue sustainable living by apprenticing on several Permaculture farms and studying with a number of herbalists. Laura has a passion for naturalist studies, homesteading, and traditional living skills that connect us to our food and the land in the most human of ways. Laura runs Wild Muskoka Botanicals, which produces artisan wild foods and cocktail products. It exists to reconnect people with the natural world and to promote wellness and fun by incorporating wild plants back into people’s modern lives. She also teaches foraging and herbal medicine classes in the Muskoka area from an animist and relationship-based perspective.

For more about Laura visit:


Workshop: Bringing Herbs to the Party

In this class we will discuss the various ways to incorporate herbs into fun and flavourful drinks. Come and learn new ways to work with the plants you love and be introduced to new herbal flavours and extractions. Laura will share some herbal history of modern cocktails and introduce ways to use bitters, tinctures, infusions, syrups, shrubs, herbal sugars and fresh flowers and herbs to make delicious and healthful cocktails and inclusive non-alcoholic drinks. This will be a fun and interactive class with the herbal bar set up and an opportunity for participants to engage in making fun drinks with lots of samples to try.

Sheena Ewan

Reiki Master, Astrologer, Spiritual Mentor

Sheena Ewan

Sheena Ewan founded OnePeopleTO in 2019, a wellness and spiritual sanctuary in Toronto that addresses economic and racial disparities in wellness options. She offers workshops on astrology, mindfulness, energy management, Reiki, intuition, and creativity from a decolonized perspective. She is a Reiki Master/Teacher, certified astrologer, tarot reader, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Sheena speaks on and facilitates mental health, energy/Reiki, astrology, intuition, and creativity workshops from a decolonized perspective at corporate or non-profit events, career conferences, or wellness retreats. She works with other organizations to bring an intersectional lens to working with sacred earth medicines. By actively healing her own Incestual and racial trauma, Sheena is skilled at holding space for those who are moving through their own transformation. She encourages clients to take healing into their hands by becoming an expert in their own mental/emotional & physical bodies to foster an empowered relationship with traditional healthcare models. This often means exploring and honouring their inner life and past experiences to build resilience and redefine the lens through which they see the world.



Workshop: Cosmic Cycles and Astroherbalism: Exploring Menstrual Cycles, Herbs and Planetary transits

Join us for an enlightening journey into the intimate connection between the cosmos, our bodies, and the botanical world.

Our exploration will unveil the fascinating correlations between menstrual cycles, herbal astrology, and current and ongoing astrological transits. You’ll learn about the moon’s influence on women’s cycles and how the intricate dance of celestial bodies can impact our hormonal rhythms. Delve into the lesser-known realm of Herbal Astrology, where every plant has a planetary correspondence that can provide insights into its medicinal properties.

We will guide you to understand how the individuality of your astrological chart can reflect your unique menstrual cycle and how to align these rhythms with the universal energies dictated by the ongoing transits. We’ll also discuss specific herbs associated with various astrological signs and planetary influences, offering a new perspective on herbal remedies for menstrual health.

Whether you’re a herbalist, astrologer, or someone interested in holistic health and the celestial world, this talk will provide a fresh perspective on how to harmonize the cosmic and earthly aspects of our existence.

Saran James Vaughan

Holistic Nutritionist and Healer

Saran James Vaughan

Saran James-Vaughan is a passionate advocate and cultural curator at the intersection of holistic wellness, culture, and identity. With a focus on menstrual health equity, education, and traditional wellness practices, Saran is dedicated to empowering individuals to embrace a decolonized approach to well-being. Drawing on her background in holistic nutrition, Saran observed that many of her clients, particularly from the Afro-diasporic community, faced interconnected challenges related to menstrual health. This realization inspired her to develop a holistic approach to wellness that combines cutting-edge, evidence-based research in diet and nutrition with cultural practices.

Throughout her journey, she has delved into the study of herbalism, learning from incredible herbalists while cherishing the wisdom passed down by her family in the Caribbean. Her Family’s intuitive connection with the land and profound ancestral knowledge continue to shape and inspire her work. In addition to her dedication to menstrual health, Saran is a firm believer in social justice and actively explores the role of art in cultural well-being practices. Her commitment to the well-being of black youth has led her to facilitate workshops for community organizations and school boards, creating safe and inclusive learning spaces. Saran James-Vaughan is driven by her fascination with time, speculative history, and the integration of traditional wisdom to positively impact the well-being of adolescents, women, and menstruating individuals in the Afro-diasporic community. With her holistic wellness platform, Wellness By Saran, she continues to inspire and empower individuals to reclaim their well-being through a lens of cultural understanding and self-care.



Workshop: Cosmic Cycles and Astroherbalism: Exploring Menstrual Cycles, Herbs and Planetary transits

Join us for an enlightening journey into the intimate connection between the cosmos, our bodies, and the botanical world.

Our exploration will unveil the fascinating correlations between menstrual cycles, herbal astrology, and current and ongoing astrological transits. You’ll learn about the moon’s influence on women’s cycles and how the intricate dance of celestial bodies can impact our hormonal rhythms. Delve into the lesser-known realm of Herbal Astrology, where every plant has a planetary correspondence that can provide insights into its medicinal properties.

We will guide you to understand how the individuality of your astrological chart can reflect your unique menstrual cycle and how to align these rhythms with the universal energies dictated by the ongoing transits. We’ll also discuss specific herbs associated with various astrological signs and planetary influences, offering a new perspective on herbal remedies for menstrual health.

Whether you’re a herbalist, astrologer, or someone interested in holistic health and the celestial world, this talk will provide a fresh perspective on how to harmonize the cosmic and earthly aspects of our existence.

Abrah Arneson

Registered Herbalist

Abrah Arneson

For most people there is an essential question in their life. This question is their beacon during times of transformation. Some would even say this question is their karma. Abrah’s question is:

How can the intoxicating beauty of life co-exist with depth of despair suffering life can bring?

This question has led Abrah to work in hospice supporting the dying, train as doula to hold women in their labour, travel to all continents on this planet and spend a year in retreat in the Yukon wilderness. Abrah’s practice of herbal medicine, she has been practicing for 15 years, has nourished this question and deepened her understanding of transformation from illness to health, from despair to hope and from disconnection to connection. Her experience with plant medicine has taught her many times that a single plant is much more than a remedy of a physical illness. Plant medicine sooths physical wounds, mends broken hearts and opens minds to the wonder of life. Abrah is the author of The Herbal Apprentice: Plant Medicine and The Human Being and the Herbal Apprentice Workbook. And currently runs a herbal clinic in Ottawa, Ontario and is available for distant consultation via Zoom. Abrah offers an herbal apprentice program in the Gatineau in Quebec.

Website: Home – Abrah Arneson (

Facebook: Abrah Herbalist in the Woods | Facebook


Lecture: Let’s Talk About Plants for Contraception

It’s a dark and terrible history the story of contraception with strange remedies like crocodile dung and amulets made from mule ear wax hung around a lover’s neck. There are stories of witches and witch hunters, greedy doctors and slave owners. And then there are the plants, the faithful companions for women. Just as many women love plants, many plants love women. To practice contraception with plants, it’s a matter of knowing which plants to use and when. During this workshop we will talk about how to use plants for contraception.

Michael Vertolli

Registered Herbalist

Michael Vertolli

Michael is a Western traditional herbalist who has been practicing since 1986. He is the founder and director of Living Earth School of Herbalism, which offers in-class and online classes and workshops and a clinical diploma program in Western herbal medicine.

Michael developed Four Elements Herbal Therapy, a system of Western herbalism that integrates the physiological approach of modern European and North American traditions of herbalism within the broader holistic and spiritual paradigm of traditional earth-centred healing traditions. He has also done extensive research on medicinal herbs that are native to and naturalized in northeastern North America, many of which are no longer in common use.

Michael has long been an advocate for herbs and the practice of herbalism. In the 1990s he was appointed by the federal Minister of Health as a member of the Advisory Panel on Natural Health Products and the Office of Natural Health Products Transition Team. He has served on the boards of directors of many practitioner and industry associations and is and is a past director and president of the Ontario Herbalists Association and the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations.




Lecture 1: De-stressing Our Lives

Emotional and psychological stress are a major contributing factor to many of the conditions that we suffer from in Western society. In recent years our stress has been intensified by overuse of technology and the recent pandemic. Tension, anxiety and depression are more immediate and extreme manifestations of stress and chronic day-to-day stress negatively influences our health and well-being in many other subtle and not so subtle ways. There are essentially two different approaches to using herbs to help us deal with stress. In this lecture we will look at stress from many different levels including what kinds of herbs are helpful and how they are best used.

Lecture 2: Making Herbal Teas and Tinctures

One of the best ways to learn about herbs is by making our own preparations. Teas and tinctures are the most common ways that we use herbs. In this workshop we will go over the basics of making herbal teas (infusions and decoctions); the difference between medicinal teas and beverage teas; and making herbal tinctures at home with common household equipment and ingredients. We will also demonstrate making a simple tea and tincture blend for everyday stress. The first 25 participants will receive samples of the tea and tincture blends that we create during the workshop.

Monika Ghent

Registered Herbalist

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Monika Ghent is a Traditional Healer, Distance Healer, herbalist, and teacher who offers Traditional Healing and other forms of nature-based healing in her practice in Maple, Ontario, and to anyone in the world through Distance Healing. She has a school of herbalism with her husband Michael Vertolli (Living Earth School of Herbalism) which offers certificate and diploma programs in Western herbalism and related fields of study, general interest workshops, and online classes.

Monika’s journey as healer, teacher, and human has been a long and circuitous one full of wonder, surprises, struggles, and blessings. She is grateful to spirit and to her friends, teachers, and mentors (human or otherwise) who have led her to where she is now, guided by an inner fire towards further learning, healing, understanding, inspiration, connection, and communion with this beautiful earth and all who she is blessed to share time with. She is an advocate of being in respectful relationship with the Divine Natural World and all living beings. Through her work, she supports people in awakening to the beauty of their uniqueness and living their highest expression of self in joy, health, and wholeness.



Workshop: Reset! The Plant Spirit Medicine of Joe-Pye (Eupatorium maculatum)

Do you feel scattered, burned out, stalled, or stuck? Has the trajectory you’ve been on not given you what you hoped? Are you feeling that something must change in your life, your work, your inner self, but not sure what or what to do? Is doing what you’ve always done not doing it for you? Experience the power of the reset and a fresh start through the Plant Spirit Medicine of Spotted Joe-Pye. Bring in new energy, clearness of mind, inspiration, and inner guidance so you can get moving in the right direction. Monika will transmit the spirit medicine of Spotted Joe-Pye to workshop attendees. After which, participants will have the opportunity to share their experience with the rest of the group.

Participants will be lying down for 20 minutes while they receive Joe-Pye’s medicine, so please bring something to lie on so you’re comfortable, as well as something with which to record your experience.

Mini Workshop: Energetic Body Alignment with Mugwort (Artemisia absinthium)

Start your day grounded! Spend a dreamy time with the spirit of Mugwort and experience its nourishing, healing medicine through an energetic body alignment that clears blocked and stagnant energy and promotes the free flow of vitality throughout the whole body. Mugwort’s plant spirit medicine will be transmitted to participants through Monika.

You will be lying down for 25 minutes, so bring something to lie on so you’re comfortable. If you have back troubles, bring a pillow to put under you knees.

Tamara Segal

Registered Herbalist

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Tamara Segal runs an herbal medicine practice and teaches classes at her farm in Prince Edward County, ON (traditional Mowhawk, Haudnesaunee and Wendat territory).

She cultivates wild spaces on her beloved land, where she harvests most of the medicines used in her practice. She also guides wild plant identification walks and land rewilding consultations around her region.

You can learn more about Tamara and her work at





Lecture: Bindweed: Untangling the Goods on This Invasive Plant Medicine

Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) is a much maligned garden weed, and considered a stubborn invasive. While it’s true that this plant can sneakily interfere with growing plans and behave like a bully in the garden, it also has a lot of medicine and teachings to offer, both of which merit more attention. This presentation will shed light on some of these attributes, with findings both in studies, and in life experiences, which support a healthy perspective on this complicated, ubiquitous herb.

Matthias and Andrea Reisen

Herbalists and Farmers

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Growing and harvesting herbs is a multifaceted process. We take into careful consideration the seasons, weather, soil quality, and even the energetic health of our land and water. After harvest we properly dry, process and package our herbs to ensure our products are the highest quality. The same integrity is brought to our mushroom products that people have come to expect from our herbs. As more people come in contact with beautiful high quality, regionally produced herbs, the market for these herbs has grown. The Reisen’s feel that there is a real need for small farms dedicated to quality, service and environmental sustainability.

Andrea and Matthias have been growing herbs for over 30 years and have been stewards of their land for over 45 years.



Lecture: Two Old Farmers

The Reisens will share their views on how to succeed in a market that is ever changing based on their many years of experience in the American herbal industry. They will focus on how to work within the herbal market, how to compete with foreign markets, different ways to diversify, and how to market the plants we all love. This class will focus mainly on the production of medicinal herbs but will also provide a look at how the small scale or micro enterprise can survive in today’s business environment. The Reisen’s will share their experiences with diversification into medicinal mushroom production, small scale grain production, and aquaponics.

Herb Walk: Evening Weed walk

The plants have much to share with us. We will discover what plants surround us, not only those under our feet, but in field and forest. We will share the stories we have learned from them.

Margaret Lloyd

Artist and Nature Enthusiast

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Maggie lives in Hanover, Ontario with her husband David, two horses Nell and Amigo, her dog Lucy and Della the Princess Cat.

Maggie developed a passion for deeper communication with animals when she renewed her love for horses after all four children had left the nest. Maggie took a course in animal communication and a whole new world opened. One that she will share with you and encourage everyone to experience. Maggie has communicated with both living and passed animals from Cats to Parrots. Also, she has had some enlightening communications with people.

Maggie believes there is a dimension to life that is inviting everyone to enter and understand so the world will be enriched.



Workshop: Awareness Through the Art of Botanical Drawing

My life’s journey has taken me on a path through different learning experiences that has brought me to the awareness of becoming one. Through art we will allow ourselves to feel that oneness and interpret it into a Botanical Drawing. It will awaken the potential we all have of a deeper consciousness of life. I will share some experiences I have had that I hope will inspire you and encourage you to see your creative possibilities. Those creative possibilities translate into every aspect of Life. Looking forward to creating together!

Marianne Beacon

Registered Herbalist

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Marianne Beacon is a Registered Herbalist, in professional practice as a Clinical Herbalist since 2008 and as a Bowen Therapist since 2002. She also practices Reiki at the Master level. Her training in these fields go back as far as the early 90s.

Nestled in the heart of Peterborough in the Charlotte Mews, Elderberry Clinic offers the opportunity for individuals to use these modalities to address their health concerns. Marianne is fully engaged in this practice, from growing and wildcrafting herbs, to making herbal products, to consulting with clients and teaching.

She has a special interest in preparing Spagyric tinctures, and maintains a full apothecary. Marianne teaches herbalism, Bowen Therapy and Reiki. Marianne approaches her practice with heart, and the breadth of decades of experience.



Lecture: Spagyrics: Wait, what?

What’s a Spagyric? 101 primer on the how and why I’ve switched to using Spagyric tincture making in my practice. Spagyrics is a very old technique, but is making a return to current day herbalism. This talk will help you to understand the differences that come about when using these types of tinctures, and why you might want to consider trying them. I’ll have some samples so you can taste, first hand, the quality that comes through.

Blair Richards-Koeslag

Nature Enthusiast

Blair Richards-Koeslag

Blair Richards-Koeslag has been learning, leading and singing in circles, by water and with trees for many years. It would be a delight to sing with you.


Singing Folk Plant Circle:

There is a song that sings every morning with the rising sun, that flies with the birds, bubbles with the brook, uncurls the leaves.

The circle takes simple songs and makes them deep. Voices find words and a spiral creeps round and round. Calling together to the remembering.

We are a part of the land, we flow with the rivers, we bloom ephemeral in the spring and like birds flocking in the wind, our songs belong to a moment in nature, never exactly the same again.

Drumming with Shaw Percussion

Come gather in a circle and learn how to drum!

shaw percussionDrums are an essential part of teaching people about musicality. The primal sounds of hand drums, like the West African djembe, have helped people throughout the world connect with themselves, their community and relationships.

Drumming is great for your health; it feels good for your mind, body, and soul. Drumming is therapy – both art therapy and music therapy have used hand drums to deliver significant health benefits.

Shaw Percussion work hard to ensure that groups have the drums and percussion they need to help kids and adults alike get in touch with their rhythm and their community. Shaw Percussion is proud to be a Canadian-based drum company and deliver hand-crafted drums and tuned percussion to customers all over North America.

Additional Activities

Intuitive Readings with Julie Ditta

Julie will be offering intuitive readings (card or palm readings) throughout the day. Sign ups will be available at the registration tent. First come first served!

Julie is the proprietor of Whole Soul, a practice dedicated to psychic and spiritual experience. Julie is an intuitive reader and medium, ceremony maker and spiritual healer. Julie is a trained drum circle facilitator, teaches recreational African drumming and is a member of “Dare to Drum” music collective. Julie facilitates a variety of local drum circles as well as the Peterborough Woman’s Circle. She instructs drumming privately and at both the Whitby and Bowmanville senior centres.

Julie teaches classes and workshops on meditation, psychic development, improv, sound therapy and diva dancing.

Julie is a Hawaii Reiki Master, certified in Therapeutic Touch and Relaxation Therapy. She offers intuitive Tea Leaf and Palm readings and receives messages from loved ones who have passed over. When Julie is not drumming, meditating or facilitating, she can be found at the euchre table! Website:

Red Tent

Come join Dayna in the Red Tent.

red tent

“Red tent” means many things to many people. It can be a space to honour the menstruation cycle, a gathering place for women, a place to take care, a workshop space. The red tent that we have created here today is a meant to be a supportive space, open to people of all genders and ages. It is a space curated to empower the healing and nurturing qualities of the divine feminine through stories, songs and ceremony. We share our narratives and songs to weave together the threads that connect us, promoting the overall health of our communities.

In tending to this sacred space, we encourage everyone joining us to revel in laughter and joy as teachers as much as we hold space for our teachers, sadness or anger. Come sit with Dayna and Sasha, sing, laugh, and listen to our collective stories.

The Pairs

Back again for an Encore!

Family is what ties The Pairs together. With soaring harmonies, they share stories of life’s hope, hilarity, and hardship. An honest, quirky stage presence and their unbottled chemistry, quickly connects them with their audience. The line between the stage and the crowd becomes blurred as if we’ve all pulled up a seat around their family’s lively kitchen table. Powered by three classically trained vocalists and a former punk rock drummer, The Pairs offer a unique blend of music that will hug your eardrums and inspire you to dance.

Find out more:


Jessie Zsolt

Jessie Zsolt was inspired to begin fire dancing in 2010. For Jessie, dance has always been a medium for soulful expression and communication with others.

Learning how to intimately work with fire guided her in fostering a deep connection with our primal elements.

Performance is a space where she invites others to share in this connection.




Dayna Pirso

Dayna playing the Banjo

Dayna Pirso is a musician rooted in folk traditions, history, story and song. As a banjo player and percussionist, she has shared music in houses, bars, folk festivals, and on street corners. She shares music that she has been taught from many people during her experiences hitch hiking across the country and travelling in the United States. Performing old time, ragtime and Americana music on her banjo, Dayna Pirso delivers every song with charm and a genuine respect for the tradition of song.

Dayna’s Music: Bandcamp



Alexander Jones


Alexander Jones is a folk musician and artist. His interest in traditional skills and healing has led to his apprenticeship with Penny Beaudrow. When he is not touring or travelling, Alexander splits his time between his home in Texas and in Canada.





Eric Mandala & Zu Zen

eric mandala and zu

Eric is a Producer, Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Instrument Maker, Visionary, World traveler, Founder of “Mandala World Music”; an international ethnic fusion world music group with people from all around the world. His focus is to bring sacred styles of art and instrument together for a new fusion in this multi-cultural world.

When performing he uses live looping & plays over 100 ethnic and modern instruments from around the world with his Electronica Production. He sings in Universal Language mixing ancient tongues and ethnic styles of vocals with modern sound scat poetry. He builds & plays African harps like the Kora & Kamale N’goni.



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Silver Sapling Sponsor

Richters Herbs

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Chippewas of Georgina Island

Registration and Vendor Registration

Tickets are now on sale for the 2023 Back To Your Roots Herbal Retreat!

All regular registrations include; attendance to all lectures (including key note speakers), workshops, festivities, snacks, tea and coffee bar, light lunch and dinner. (Does not include the two Herb Walks with Rosemary)

Registration [SOLD OUT!]


Regular registration: $225 plus HST – Early Bird Pricing: $197 plus HST

Herbwalk with Rosemary Gladstar: an additional $25 included in a special regular registration bundle

The Ginkgo Tree Herb Course Students: $50 off Registration fee

BTYR Work Study (See Work Study info below): $80 plus HST

Vendors (registration for 1 person) + 1 Vendor space. See Vendor info below): $150

Vendors (registration for 2 people) + 1 Vendor space. See Vendor info below): $230

Vendor Information

Vending at Back To Your Roots is a great way to introduce your business to a large group of plant loving people. We welcome vendors looking to sell plants, herbs, herbal products, art, jewellery, clothing, and more. Our vending space fills up fast, so register today!

  • Prime time to sell is during registration, meal times, in-between workshops, and in the early evening.
  • In order to be a vendor at Back To Your Roots you must also be a participant.
  • Please note that the internet is not to be relied up for mobile transaction apps.
  • Vendors are responsible for the safety of their wares and money.

Vendor Registration

  • 1 person booth space: $150  (includes 1 regular registration [value of $225], meals & snacks, and vendor space fee)
  • 2 person booth space $230  (includes 2 regular registrations [value of $450], meals & snacks, and vendor space fee)

Set Up and Tear Down:

  • Set up: 8:00am – 8:30am
  • Tear down: 7:00pm

*By registering vendors agree to have their space set up no later than 9am, and to not take down their booths before 7pm.

Parking will be available close to the vendor area. No cars are allowed to block or stop in the lane.

To register by email to our BTYR Vendor Coordinator, Chealsea, at ~ Subject line: BTYR Vendor

Required Vendor Registration information:

  1. Name
  2. Company Name
  3. Address
  4. Email
  5. Phone
  6. Description of Booth Wares

Work Study Registration

If you are hardworking, energetic, responsible and enjoy working ‘behind the scenes’, you are invited to join our Back To Your Roots (BTYR) Work Study Team. Become one of our worker bees and help make the retreat hum along smoothly. This is a great opportunity to be of help and service as we work together to create an amazing and rejuvenating retreat for all.

BTYR Work Study Team is responsible for numerous jobs that help make the day run smoothly. Tasks are assigned equally and fairly to all and include:

  • Set up and clean up for the conference (this is a physical work-trade position with some strenuous components)
  • Conference registration and information booth
  • Vendor set-up/clean up
  • Signage
  • Equipment
  • Monitoring workshops and intensives
  • Tea Bar
  • Lunch and dinner (help prepare, serve and clean up)
  • There are sure to be additional tasks that will need immediate attention, so flexibility is greatly appreciated. Most of our tasks are accomplished before and after the conference and still leave time for participating in many of the classes during the conference.
  • All Work Study are expected to stay until the end of the retreat, all work is completed, and Evelyn gives permission to leave. This is generally around 9:30 p.m. but can be earlier or later depending on the year.  With some Work Study Folks coming the day before to set up and some Work Study Folks staying the next morning to help clean up.

What we offer our Work Study Team & What is Expected in Return

In exchange for joining our BTYR Work Study Team, we offer a special registration fee of only $80 plus HST, which includes everything included in regular admission, including a light lunch and dinner (regular ticket price $225 plus HST).

  • Positions are divided into two shifts. Each Work Study participant must be available; either: Friday morning at 11:00am (set up) and Saturday 8:00am – 9:30pm (event) or Saturday 8:00am – 9:30pm (event) and Sunday morning approx till noon (tear down). Be prepared to work 7 – 10 hours over the course of the event. All Work Study participants must take part in a zoom orientation, which will be held prior to our event. All Work Study participants signed up for the Friday and Saturday shift must be at the farm by no later than 11:00am on Friday, September 15th, in order to begin orientation promptly and begin your designated task(s). Please note: If you’re unable to commit to either of these durations, unfortunately you will be unable to participate in our Work Study program.
  • As part of the Work Study Team, you may select in advance, two (2) workshops that you have your heart set on attending. We will do our best to work your weekend responsibilities around one of those classes. There is ample free time to attend additional workshops, too.
  • Work Study Meals at BTYR: We are providing all Work Study participants a light, lunch and dinner on Saturday, including all day Tea Bar.

Because we depend on our Work Study Team, as a measure of your commitment, we request the Work Study registration fee of $80 plus HST paid in advance. We are unable to hold your space until your registration and payment is received. Registrations are taken in order of receipt until the 15 Work Study positions are filled.

We look forward to connecting with all of the amazing participants who are considering joining the BTYR Work Study Team and help make Back To Your Roots an especially amazing and rejuvenating retreat.

To register, email to our BTYR Work Study Coordinator, Evelyn at ~ Subject line: BTYR Work Study

Required Work Study Registration information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • My heart is set on Attending: Workshop #1
  • My heart is set on Attending: Workshop #2

Contact us

Please feel free to contact us if you have a question or concern about the event:

event organizers
penny beaudrow drinking tea
Founder and Event Organizer:

Penelope Beaudrow

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Event Co Ordinator:

Evelyn Mueller

Assistant Event Co Ordinator:

Chelsea Vierra

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