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.
- A full day of lectures, workshops, herb walks and foraging
- Live music and performances
- Only one hour north of Toronto, Dogwood and Brambles farm and botanical sanctuary
- Freshly made, farm to table organic, vegetarian meals, Thanks to Sui!
- Serving hot and cold tea blends and freshly roasted organic coffee at the Beverage Bar
- Visit The Red Tent and learn about The Red Tent Movement
- Vendors offering their wares and services
- Begin the day with yoga and End with a fire dance
Since 2012, Back to Your Roots has brought together budding healers, herbalists, and plant lovers to share their wisdom of herbs, 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.
We are thrilled to announce that Herbalist and Ethnobotanist David Winston, will be joining us as our keynote speaker at Back To Your Roots 2018. David has 49 years of training in Chinese, Western/Eclectic and Southeastern herbal traditions. He has been in clinical practice for over 40 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians, herbalists and researchers throughout the USA and Canada. In 2013 David was presented with the Natural Products Association (NPA) Clinician’s Award and awarded a fellowship by the Irish Register of Herbalists. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to learn from one of the best! See you Saturday September 8th.
Teachers & Classes
David has 49 years of training in Chinese, Western/Eclectic and Southeastern herbal traditions. He has been in clinical practice for over 40 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians, herbalists and researchers throughout the USA and Canada. In 2013 David was presented with the Natural Products Association (NPA) Clinician’s Award and awarded a fellowship by the Irish Register of Herbalists.
Penelope Beaudrow is an Herbal Educator and Registered Herbalist who earned her herbalist diploma from the Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia. She has had a career with herbs for the past two decades; from "the field to bottle” in all aspects of the natural products industry. Penelope is Product Development Specialist and Herbal Educator at Faunus Herbs. She is also a board member of the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine, moderator at The Annual International Restorative Medicine Conference and past organizer of this conference for ten years. Penny also facilitates The Science and Art of Herbalism Course in Canada and is Back To Your Roots co founder and organizer. She is also the founder of The Ginkgo Tree, a small herbal business (teas & tinctures) located on her family farm, Dogwood & Brambles. They are very proud to announce that their small farm has just been designated as a United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary. A passionate herbal educator, Penelope has lectured for The Restorative Medicine Conference, New England Herbal Conference, Canada Blooms, Richters Herbs, Herbal Conferences and other various organizations throughout North America. She also has appeared in the Toronto Star's Gardening Column, by Sonja Day. http://theginkgotree.ca/
Donna Bryant Winston
Donna Bryant Winston MSN, RN is a community herbalist & Director of Neighborhood Health Initiatives for St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA. She has brought In-Class Mindfulness and Yoga programs to the area elementary schools and worked to establish and support their school gardens & curriculum. In 2017 she received the Healthy Kids-Healthy Allentown Achievement Award from the Bureau of Public Health for creating and implementing programs that incorporate nutrition and physical activity in the public schools. Donna has been the co-director of the New England Women’s Herbal Conference with Rosemary Gladstar since 1994 and together; they lead Plant Lover’s Journeys to other countries to learn the culture and plants of these areas. Donna has lectured throughout the U.S. and in England and Ireland and is also an adjunct Professor at Moravian College, where she teaches integrative therapies to nursing students. She is passionate, dedicated, and a wonderfully inspiring educator who combines her nursing knowledge and herbal background to teach and empower individuals of all ages on natural health practices.
Aku Dunyo Richter
Aku is a member of the Ewe tribe of West Africa from the village of Dagbamete, in the Volta Region of Ghana. The daughter of a village priest who is also a prominent traditional psychic herbalist, Aku moved to Canada to join her husband, Conrad Richter of Richters Herbs, in 1996. She was a member of Kekeli, an African traditional drum and dance ensemble based in Toronto. She is the greenhouse manager of Richters Herbs in Goodwood where she lives with her husband and three children. In 2013, Aku was initiated as Queen Mother of her village in Ghana by the elders in an elaborate ceremony. www.richters.com
Alexis is a Naturalist, Tracker, Herbalist, Wilderness Skills Practitioner and Canoe Guide from Orangeville, Ontario. He currently resides in the Owen Sound area, spending his days tracking, wild-crafting and running his Outdoor School and Wilderness Canoe Tripping company, Earth Tracks. Alexis is lead guide for the wilderness canoe trips and head instructor for all the programs and classes. Along with his wife Bobbi and two children, they also run a small scale herb farm (Rebel Roots Herb Farm) which specializes in organically grown and ethically wild-crafted herbs. Alexis is committed to mentoring and teaching others the skills that help us to re-connect with the natural world in an ancient and powerful way. By learning from nature through immersion and direct experience we begin to see and more importantly ‘feel’ the inter-relation of all things in the natural world. And from here we can begin to understand the important role that we all can play in protecting and preserving the Earth for future generations. www.earthtracks.ca
Lauri Hoeg is Anishnaabe qwe and a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. She has been serving her community for the past five years on band council and holds the culture, language and education portfolios. She obtained a degree in Public Administration and Governance from Ryerson University and is a board executive with the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body who governs the largest education self-government agreement in Canada.
Lauri’s first love is art and anything that inspires her creativity. Her crafting began as a child when her mother taught her traditional beadwork that she continues to enjoy to this day. Lauri also enjoys quilting, jewelry making, ash basket making and moccasin making, and also works with pen and ink and and watercolour. Her first choice of medium is acrylics. She creates florals and Ojibway paintings that are influenced by eastern woodland and west coast First Nation art.
Lauri is a mother of three children and two spoiled dogs. She practices herbalism and forages for wild foods on the east side of Georgina Island where she lives and creates in “Eagles in the East Studio”
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.
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! www.wholesoul.ca
We are Grateful to our Wonderful Sponsors
Our sponsors make it possible for us to put on this retreat. Please support the vendors by visiting, purchasing and passing their information along to others.
Registration for the 2018 Back To Your Roots Herbal Retreat will go on sale in April!
September 8th 2018 ~ 9am – 9pm We accept visa and master card
Early bird registration (till August 23) $90.00
Regular registration (after August 23) $125.00
The Ginkgo Tree Herb Course Students ~ 50% off Registration fee and Vendor fee
BTYR Work Study (See Work Study info below) $25.00
Vendors (1 Registration + Vendor table. See Vendor info below) $115.00
Vendors (2 Registrations + Vendor table. See Vendor info below) $205.00
- Call Faunus Herbs (800) 667 - 4372 or (705) 437 - 4438
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any general questions please email us email@example.com
Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy
If you need to change plans for any reason prior to August 1st, 2018, your registration fee minus a $50 administration fee is refundable. Refund requests must be in writing and received in our office by this date. Email your refund or transfer request to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Box 249 Cannington, ON L0E 1E0. After August 2nd, 2018, there are no refunds or transfers available.
If, for any reason the event is cancelled, all registered persons shall receive a full refund of all fees paid.
This shall be paid out not more than 30 days after written notification of cancellation.
This year’s Back To Your Roots Retreat will be held at Dogwood and Brambles Farm, a lovely little farmstead near Cannington, Ontario.
GPS code: 44.34132857395804-79.13812543173827
Situated on a 100 acre farm surrounded by nature, hiking/walking trails, Only a small portion of our 100-acre farm is actually “farmed”. While most of our neighbours are clearing every fence row and bush for more workable land, we have taken over 60 acres of workable land and given it back to nature; Trees, shrubs, wildflowers and herbs are all thriving which gives place to the surrounding wildlife. Common sightings of deer, rabbits, coyotes, wild turkeys, hawks, raccoons, and rare sightings of bob cats, bears, and even a cougar! For over 30 years this has been an ideal setting for fostering our love of herbs and plants, creating our own personal sanctuary. We have reintroduced “at risk plants” and welcomed back Mother Nature to stay. We are very proud to be a Botanical Sanctuary Member of United Plant Savers. Since 2010 herbal wisdom has been shared, taught and felt, through The Science and Art of Herbalism Course and our annual Back To Your Roots Herbal retreat.
Meals and Snacks
We are happy to say that all the meals and snacks are vegetarian and included in registration fee! We will gather as much produce from local farmers and ingredients will be organic and ethically raised whenever possible. Sui will be preparing our food with much love, we give great thanks to Sui!
Beverages All Day Tea and Coffee
Snack information to be made available
Lunch Will be in a buffet-style of vegetarian fare. information to be made available
Dinner will again be a buffet-style spread of hearty vegan fare. information to be made available
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
- Decorating and Signage
- Monitoring Workshops and Intensives
- Coffee and Tea Bar
- Lunch and Dinner
- 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 Bob gives permission to leave. This is generally around 9:30 p.m. but can be earlier or later depending on the year.
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 $25.00, which includes tuition, a simple, light lunch and dinner (Regular ticket price $125.00).
Each Work Study participant must be available Friday afternoon at 11:00 and Saturday 8:30 - 9:30pm and should be prepared to work 5 - 10 hours over the course of the conference. All Work Study participants must be at the farm at 11:00 am on Friday, September 7th, for our orientation meeting and to begin our tasks. Please note: If you’re unable to arrive by 11 am on Friday, unfortunately, you’ll not be able to join our BTYR Work Study Team.
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.
Please note: Work Study Registration does not include free intuitive reader, this is for attendees only.
Work Study Meals at the BTYR ~ We are providing all Work Study participants a light, lunch and dinner on Saturday, including all day coffee and tea bar.
Because we depend on our Work Study Team, as a measure of your commitment, we request the Work Study registration fee of $25.00 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 12 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 for 2018 and help make Back To Your Roots an especially amazing and rejuvenating retreat.
To register by email to our BTYR Work Study Coordinator, Debby at email@example.com ~ Subject line: BTYR Work Study
Required Work Study Registration information:
Credit Card information
My Heart Is Set On Attending:
Vending at Back To Your Roots is a great way to introduce your business with 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.
(includes 1 early bird retreat registration $90.00, meals & snacks, plus 25.00 vendor fee)
Vendor Registration - 2 person booth $205.00
(includes 2 early bird retreat registration $180.00, meals & snacks, plus 25.00 vendor fee)
Vendor Registration does not include free intuitive reader, this is for attendees only.
Credit Card ~ Visa or MasterCard accepted
Set Up and Tear Down
Set up: 8:00am - 8:30am
Tear down: 7:00pm
Parking available closest to vendor area for ease of vendor. No cars blocking or stopping in lane.
To register by email to our BTYR Vendor Coordinator, Correne at firstname.lastname@example.org ~ Subject line: BTYR Vendor
Required Vendor Registration information:
Credit card information
Please feel free to contact us if you have a question or concern.
General inquiries – email@example.com
Ticket inquiries – firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on Teaching a workshop, plant walk, etc. –Penelope - email@example.com
Information about Sponsorship – Penelope - firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on Work Study – Debby - email@example.com
Information on Vendor Booth - Correne - firstname.lastname@example.org