Grassroots Herbalism is a Community of Learning and Practice that brings together herbal students who want to heal themselves (herbalist, the wounded healer), learn and practice the art of herbal healing with a deep awareness of the physical and the dreaming body.
The Herbal Healing Journey (Our Foundational Course)
These individual courses are included in our Foundational Course but can be taken separately.
The Medicine Maker's Journey
The Ayurveda Journey
Bach Flower Healing System (Coming Soon)
The Professional Journey- Advanced Herbalism Studies and Mentorship Program
“A year from now you will wish you had started today” Karen Lamb
Our online community offers a place where each student can develop their knowledge of the healing plants, learn to grow apothecary gardens, craft effective medicine, find their herbal allies and ancestral plants.
We will study and practice traditional systems like Ayurveda and Shamanism to help us hone our herbal and awareness skills. We will incorporate modern systems of awareness training like Dreambody (Process Oriented Psychology) that brings the dreaming and the body together.
Our goal is to wake up from the Consensual Reality dream of pathological obsession. Our bodies are not sick, they are communicating. They are telling us that they do not like carcinogens, bad air, polluted water, toxic masculinity, colonization or marginalization. They love herbs, clean air, fresh water, loving relationships and other people who care about our biosphere and each other.
Join us to face the shadow of our present system and begin to dream a new reality. I am an elder so I do not take this invitation lightly, nor do I promise you all light and love. One does not need to live that long before one learns that life is not all love and light. Still there is love and healing to be found and kindred spirits who share the same dream as us. If you do not join our community, then join another community of like minded spirits. Do not suffer the darkness or enjoy the light alone. Loneliness is becoming one of the most common maladies of our time.
Virtual communities offer an opportunity to join with others from all over the world both in real-time and synchronous time and alleviate some of the isolation and loneliness.
Community Founder: Don Ollsin
I can guide you and offer a safe community to learn and grow in.
I am an herbal elder with over 50 years experience. I have studied and taught Herbs, Ayurveda, Dreambody & Shamanism to thousands of students worldwide.
I am the author of Pathways to Healing, a Guide to Herbs, Ayurveda, Dreambody & Shamanism.
I completed my MA in Environmental Education & Communication in 2013 and my thesis was transitioning face to face teachings to online “leaves to keyboards”. So I am no stranger to the virtual world.
Join us and begin a new dream
Spiritual, Honouring our ancestors, following the life cycles as taught in Ayurveda, Resiliency - regenerative, Think globally act locally
Community and collaboration supporting and being supported by others, Spirit, Respect for all life, Sustainability and sourcing food and medicine locally, Healing of self and others, Deep connections with the earth and other herbal students and practitioners, Seven generations unborn and Undoing aloneness
A systems view of life, Mushrooms and the mycelium network, Social Justice, Cooking, Shamanism and Mothers and daughters
Time in nature, Music, Pottery, Cooking, Attending farmers markets, Gardening - food and herbs, Medicine making
For the past five decades I've been helping people cultivate a deeper relationship to the plant world.
I've been interested in plants, herbs and fungi for as long as I can remember.
I offer excellent educare (bringing out that which is within) that heals while it informs. I offer books, courses and programs that guide you through sustained development in your journey of self healing, community healing and earth healing. Your healing begins on the first day of study. Learning not only the healing uses of plants but seeing them as teachers/other living beings you can get to know.
My earliest memory of plants is sitting in a garden as a young child amongst the tall corn nibbling on raw corn kernels off the cob.
The moment I knew I wanted to work deeply with herbs was working at the Golden Lotus vegetarian restaurant in 1969. What drew me to it was serving exotic herbal teas that smelled enticing and tasted delicious. I was startled to learn all about their healing powers.
Over the years of doing dream work, shamanism, and deep process oriented psychology healing work, I came to see how they were all connected in a holistic way. I found herbalism lacking in psychology and psychology lacking in contact with nature and the healing energy of the plants.
I came to see that disease and wellness were relational while working with clients. I watched a woman with chronic, pelvic inflammatory disorder heal through dealing with the anger in her relationship, while also sipping on anti-inflammatory herbal tea.
I also came to understand that disease might be about being disconnected from nature, her plants, the cycles of the seasons and awareness of the four elements. When I took students into the forests and had them attune to the plants and the elements, I watched their lives transform.
I was born in Assinaboine, Saskatchewan and moved to the Pacific Northwest around the age of 9. I now reside on beautiful Pender Island, BC. with my partner Sandy. I love to garden, grow mushrooms, mindmap, continually learn (recently completed an MA in Environmental Education and Communication) and cultivate my inner life through daily mediation practice.
To sum it up, this is for all sincere healers and...
This is a review of my book by Rosemary Gladstar (available in paperback or as an ebook) . My courses and programs are based on material from my book.
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Grassroots Herbalism is proud supporters of UpS.
Don Ollsin is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) and listed as one of their suggested Herbal Mentors.