Ontario Herbalists Association

Promoting safe & natural healing with plants since 1982

Sunday, October 3 2021: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Zoom

10:15 am – 12:15 pm
“Endangered Native Medicinal Plants” presented by Penelope Beaudrow, RH

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

1:15 – 2:15 pm
Pre-recorded presentation by Joe Pitawanakwat (topic TBA)

2:15 – 2:30 pm

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
OHA Business
• President’s Address – Susan Elliotson
• Treasurer’s Report – Elizabeth Boyd
• CCHA Report and support – Lianna Vargas
• Introduce the 2021-2022 Board of Directors
• Other business

* Note: this agenda is subject to changes as needed. We thank you for your understanding.

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Morning Speaker: Penelope Beaudrow, RH on Endangered Native Medicinal Plants
Come join Penelope as she shares her heart’s work with us! As the recipient of the 2021 United Plant Savers Conservation award, she will bring her unique perspective as a Registered Herbalist and Land Steward of Kina Gegoo Botanical Sanctuary to this talk. A significant part of her work, which she will share, is to educate and protect native medicinal plants of North America and their native habitat while helping to ensure 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. This is a real concern for all HERBALISTS!
Learn some startling facts and how we are making a difference and you can too!

Penelope Beaudrow is a Registered Herbalist who has devoted 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 from Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia. She serves as Product Development Specialist and Herbal Educator 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/Apprenticeship Program. Penelope is deeply concerned with regenerative ecology as an integral component of the health and wellbeing 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. She has been a fierce advocate for herbal medicine as the people’s medicine and has successfully spearheaded a team that has worked to stop the traditional herbal tonic – Fire Cider – from becoming a trademarked commodity in Canada. 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.

Afternoon Presentation: Joe Pitawanakwat, topic TBA
Joe Pitawanakwat is Ojibway from Wiikwemkoong, married with one daughter. Joe is the Founder & Director of Creators Garden, an Indigenous outdoor, and now online, education based business, focused on plant identification, beyond-sustainable harvesting, and teaching every one of their linguistic, historical, cultural, edible, ecological and medicinal significance through experiences. His lectures and intensive programming are easily adaptable to make appropriate and successfully delivered to a variety of organizations. Including over 100 first nations communities, 20 Universities and 12 colleges and dozens of various institutions throughout Canada and the United States and beyond.