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Wild Rose College of Natural Healing
The Wild Rose College of Natural Healing was conceived through a series of workshops held in Calgary, Alberta by Terry Willard, Ph.D. in 1975. It is now a center for both the casual and the serious student to learn a broad range of therapies, techniques and natural health concepts. Our emphasis is on the wholism of the individual- the integration of the body, mind, and spirit. We believe wholistic healing is an art to be cultivated through a sound investigation. Each of our courses reflects this approach.
The Wild Rose College of Natural Healing now operates entirely as an online college with some opportunities for in-class learning with Lodgepole School. With over 40 years of teaching and generations of practice within the field of Herbalism, our courses were created to provide you with a deep understanding and knowledge in your areas of study. Our online format provides students with flexibility and simplicity. For more information please view our FAQs and Policies page, or contact our administration. We look forward to supporting you as you follow your passion for Wholistic Medicine!
Toll-Free: 1-888-WLD-ROSE (953-7673)
E-Mail: [email protected]
Meet Our Staff…
Dr. Terry Willard
Dr. Terry Willard, Cl.H., Ph.D. is recognized as one of North America’s leading Clinical Herbalists. He currently serves as the President of the Alberta Association of Herbal Practitioners, on the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations and is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. He has been elected to a three-year term on the Federal Government’s NHP-PAC board to consult on product licensing by the government
For over thirty-five years he has been an active practitioner and teacher, director of the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing, is in the Canadian Health Food Association’s Hall of Fame and is the author of twelve books. Terry latest book is Flower Essence: Emotional Alchemy and Spiritual Evolution
Yarrow Willard is a Clinical/Master Herbalist, co-visionary of Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary and current director of Wild Rose College.
As the son of Terry Willard, original founder and creator of Wild Rose College, he has been immersed in the world of plant medicine since before he was born and is continually updating his knowledge with the growing edge science of re-claiming wellness.
Recently appointed as acting director of Wild Rose College, Yarrow is committed to continuing the teachings of wholistic healing and herbal wisdom to the College's current and future students.
Yarrow lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia off the West coast of Canada and divides his time between Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, Wild Rose College, his family and his personal passion for sharing the healing power of medicinal plants.
Luna Yang serves as the Marketing Coordinator for Wild Rose College. She has been fortunate enough to live in many areas of Canada before reaching the West Coast. As a Marketing and Sociology student, she is interested in the easy accessibility of knowledge, and hopes to encourage this through her work.
In her spare time, Luna enjoys yoga as well as other elements of wholistic health, such as herbal wisdom. If you have any questions regarding the school, please feel free to contact her for more information.
Hi! My name is Jacqui and I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, certified from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. My journey began years earlier when I was struggling with undiagnosed digestive and skin issues that impacted my life. On my pursuit to wellness, I worked at a health food store and gained a lot of knowledge and insight into how nutrition and herbal medicine can have a profound impact on your overall health.
Most of my spare time is spent in the kitchen creating recipes. I also enjoy venturing out to farms to pick fresh berries, exploring markets to find local goods, and being out in nature exploring botanical gardens.
I am excited to be a part of the Wild Rose College team and to continue expanding my knowledge and continuing my education in herbal medicine.
Ryan serves as the website technician and graphic artist for Wild Rose College. Raised in an Herbalist household, he gained an interest in the possibilities of natural healing at a young age. Ryan's hobbies include reading, spending time in nature and audio synthesis.
8 Great Reasons To Study Herbalism
The choice to study Herbalism can be as simple or as deep as you want it to be. These factors are dependent upon whether or not you are just interested, seeking a career change, improving your quality of life and more.
There are essentially eight reasons to study Herbalism, but they all have two continuous threads: having a quality of life and a understanding and connection to the natural world. So let’s begin there.
Quality of life really has two aspects and two approaches; namely, the improvement of one’s overall health (including recovering from an illness), or practicing preventative measures to falling prey to a myriad of health problems. The two approaches to reaching your goals in this area are through personal knowledge or Herbalism and wholistic health alternatives.
But in order to ensure quality of life, some level of study must take place. The importance of knowledge far outweighs one’s just “winging it.” There are significant foundations here that need to be learned and applied in order to do it right.
In the “it takes a village” department, one great motivation is that of supporting community, including the health of our families and friends. The insights presented by a Herbalism knowledge expansion plan can be very helpful for the overall health of the village.
While these top two reasons, quality of life and supporting community can be great motivators, it sure is true that just a personal interest and curiosity are perfectly valid reasons to approach herbalism study. Even if it only satisfies curiosity and produces the ability to forage for herbs and produce personal care products like tinctures and salves, these are great things. Who knows where this initial inquisitiveness may take you?
You will likely accrue benefits from the first three approaches as discussed above, but while this journey is going on, we are seeing that more and more people recognizing the importance of our number four, that being interaction with the natural world. Being “one with nature” will show you the value of the plants around you--even the weeds! Nature gets you out into the fresh air and into the joy of living, as well as provides opportunities to exercise the very beneficial knowledge of the Herbalist.
Take, for example, those plants known as weeds. What is a weed? Actually, it is in the eye of the beholder, so to say. Weeds can be useful plants in certain settings while nuisances in others. Weeds can be invasive species or may have originated right where they show up. New things are being discovered about the usefulness of weeds every day.
As if our first four reasons were not enough, we are only half way. How about Magic?!
Simply put, there is a certain amount of magic in the practice of a Herbalist. If your focus is on magic (and it takes on many forms), you can start with learning some easy healing types, techniques, and formulations. And most importantly, more often than not, they work! In the world of magic Herbalism, you can work with or even make your own scented oils, perfumes, incenses, and fluid condensers while discovering so much more!
As a sneak preview into the world of Herbalism education, just what is a “fluid condenser”? In the European traditions of magic, it is typically liquid and made by dissolving small amounts of gold into water. The substance is designed to store etheric energy. So what is etheric energy, you ask? For that you will have to stay tuned.
You can readily see that Herbalism is a vast and far reaching body of knowledge from various components, one building upon another.
Throughout 50,000 years of discovery through skeletal remains all over the world, we know a lot about ancient and modern traditions and their histories. Today, we often hear people decrying any loss of ancient teachings and history as the loss manifests itself in our modern world. Sometimes, it is a language that no one has bothered to teach in order to preserve it is gone forever. Another example might be the forever extinction of something in nature, such as plants and animals. So if it is important to you that the Earth be preserved, a career change resulting from the study of Herbalism may be for you.
This brings us to your may just wanting a career change regardless of Herbalism or a fresh start. How wonderful is it when we can make a living at something we truly love? The good that can be done in the world by joining ancient traditions and medicine acting as a means to keeping this all alive is a great calling in an ever-growing field(s).
The following is a list of areas which could bring you to your dream job with the education and supplementation of our Herbal programs.
- Clinical herbalism, wherein you work with clients one-on-one.
- Growing herbs
- Selling herbal products
- Public speaking and other advocacy
- Blogging, freelancing and other writing.
- Herb shop worker and/or owner
- Natural and/or mind-body medicine clinician
- Herb pharmacist
- Reiki Master
- Massage Therapist
- Yoga Instructor
- Physical therapist
- Osteopathist (DO)
- Nursing (all areas)
- Environmental scientist
- Exercise scientist
- Wholistic skin specialist
- Life Coach
- Social Worker
- Mental Health Specialist
So we can say that you can help the quality of life in your household, support your community, you have a personal interest, including in magic, and by employing what you know you are having interaction with the natural world.
But to take it all to the next level, including the possibility of making a career change, takes education.
So where is this all heading? We are delighted to share some excellent news. The fields related to alternative medicine and wholistic healing are growing rapidly. As you probably know, people are moving farther away from westernized and mainstream medicine. Therefore, alternative and wholistic health practices are experiencing a resurgence.
You really cannot go wrong in furthering your education with the study of Herbalism.