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What we stand for

Mission and Values

Herbal medicine is people’s medicine. That’s why at Wild Rose College we put the community first. Our herbal courses and diploma programs have the most comprehensive and in-depth written and video material available today, and at the most affordable and equitable price. Our students come from all genders, races, ages, and skill levels.

Online learning is ideal for juggling careers, family life, and hobbies along with your studies. Our at-your-own pace rhythm accommodates diverse learners and various learning styles. Want to study off-line or off-grid? We order printed manuals and textbooks so you can take your learning with you wherever you go.

  • Health Empowerment
  • Accessibility of Education
  • Bridging Science and Wholism

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Our Story

Founded in Calgary, Canada, in 1975 by Dr Terry Willard, Clinical Herbalist, Wild Rose Herbal College has grown from a popular brick-and-mortar school with city locations in Calgary and Vancouver to an online herbal learning destination connecting the herbal community from the local to the global.

Today, Wild Rose Herbal College is run by a team of passionate and talented herbalists, including Dr Terry Willard and his son, Clinical Herbalist Yarrow Willard.

Our History

The Wild Rose Story

Follow the Wild Rose Story across the years and the provinces

Wild Rose Workshops – 1975

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Expert Advisory Committee on Herbs and Botanical Preparations

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Campuses in Calgary & Vancouver

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Wild Rose College Sponsors the Vancouver Island Herb Gathering

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Wild Rose College Moves Online – 2015

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A Modern Spin on Timeless Courses

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Unveiling the Wild Rose Herbal Village – 2018

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Launch of the Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship Program – 2019

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Meet the team

Wild Rose Team

A team of passionate and talented herbalists stands behind Wild Rose Herbal College. Let us introduce ourselves!

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Dr. Terry Willard

College Founder

Dr. Terry Willard

College Founder

Terry Willard, Cl.H., Ph.D. is recognized as one of North America’s leading Clinical Herbalists. After over 40 years of clinical practice and teaching, he is now in semi-retirement. He founded Wild Rose College in 1975, and continues to teach with us. His latest course is Cannabis for Healthcare Providers.

He spends most of his time writing, formulating nutritional products and researching. He is the author of 12 books. Terry has spent many years representing the Health Food industry interests at both federal and provincial levels.

He is the past president of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations, past president of Canadian Association of Herbal Practitioner and a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild.

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Yarrow Willard

College Director

Yarrow Willard

College Director

Yarrow Willard is a Clinical Herbalist and Wild Rose Alumnus, co-founder of Harmonic Arts.

He enjoys sharing health-empowering teachings on advanced nutrition, and cultivating a deeper connection with the natural world. He strives to continually update his knowledge in the growing-edge science of natural wellness.

He is the current director of Wild Rose Herbal College. Yarrow teaches our seasonal Medicinal Mushroom course, and co-teaches several Wild Rose courses along with workshops and webinars in the Wild Rose Herbal Village.

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Marie White

General Manager

Marie White

General Manager

Marie is a Community Herbalist who blends her passion for plants, organization, leadership, and working toward empowering more people with herbal knowledge to steer Wild Rose College through 2020 and beyond.

Marie instructs the Flower Essences Intensive for the Wild Rose Herbal Village, is a regular webinar host for the College, and is a co-creator of the Spring Herb Walk course, running every May.

She is the General Manager at Wild Rose Herbal College, working as Project Manager and Team Manager, overseeing course releases, and continually striving to make the Wild Rose experience better for our students, staff, teachers, and everyone who is a part of the Wild Rose community at large.

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Jacqui Wyman

College Coordinator

Jacqui Wyman

College Coordinator

Jacqui is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, certified from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She is a graduate of Pacific Rim College in Phytotherapy.

Jacqui is excited to be a part of the Wild Rose Herbal College team and to continue expanding her knowledge and continuing education in herbal medicine.

Jacqui manages student services, admissions, and college administration at Wild Rose Herbal College.

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Dionne Jennings

Communications Manager

Dionne Jennings

Communications Manager

Dionne Jennings has a mission as a Community Herbalist: connecting plants & people.

Dionne has a particular passion for teaching & researching. Her Ukrainian Canadian heritage drives her interest in studying Ukrainian/Slavic Folk & Herbal Medicine. You can follow Dionne at YEG Herbalist.

She enjoys utilizing her writing and communication skills on behalf of inspiring and “growing” future herbalists as the Marketing and Communications Manager with Wild Rose Herbal College, where she runs social media and outreach and represents the College at herbal events near and far.

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Becky Starling

College Coordinator

Becky Starling

College Coordinator

Becky Starling is a Community Herbalist and College Coordinator with Wild Rose. She runs our popular Herbal Village, a herbal membership group and site with hundreds of members, where she teaches webinars and tutorials while supervising and managing incredible events and a steady lineup of experts and teachers.

She also runs our popular Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship Program, pairing students with clinical mentors across Canada, the US, and beyond. She is currently at work on designing our upcoming Community Herbalist Apprenticeship Program (stay tuned for more details!)

A prolific organic gardener and reiki practitioner, Becky creates herbal remedies and inspires and educates folks about plants and their many uses. She is the founder of Cedar Hill Herbs where she creates herbal tea blends and remedies from homegrown and ethically wildcrafted plants.

Becky is a mother of two and is authoring the new and upcoming Natural Pregnancy & Childbirth course at Wild Rose College.

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Elliot Wyman

Technology

Elliot Wyman

Technology

Elliot is a technologist, who believes in the role of technology as an enabling force for good! At Wild Rose he is passionate about supporting students and the community.

Elliot is a graduate of Vancouver Island University, where he studied Computer Science. And believes he blends his education with real world application, being able to work with organizations of different states and sizes.

Elliot leads technical systems, support, and improvement at Wild Rose Herbal College.

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Chelsey Berendse

Communications

Chelsey Berendse

Communications

Chelsey Berendse is a herbalist and health coach, eternally inspired by plants, people, and the relationship between the two.

She has spent the last decade studying plant medicine, nutrition and the concept of well being in different contexts. Studying in the Peruvian Andes and Amazon, apprenticing and interning in Canada and the United States, completing a clinical Phytotherapy diploma program and working in Bolivia alongside traditional healers have all contributed to her understanding of healing.

She loves supporting people with their health and wellness, especially through the vitality of plant medicine. She is particularly interested in the realm of plant therapeutics in mental health, as well as teaching/making plant medicine. She’s currently scheming and dreaming of her own herb farm in the future. (One day, sigh)

As a herbalist currently living in Winnipeg, she acknowledges she lives on the traditional lands of the Anishnaabe (Ojibway), Ininew (Cree), Oji-Cree, Dene and Dakota, and the Metis people. She is committed to working towards an inclusive, safe community for all races, genders and beings, within the herbal medicine community as well.

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Xenia Ulok

Student Services

Xenia Ulok

Student Services

Xenia is a herbalist, who completed her training at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC. She has been passionate about health and wellness since her early teens when she was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. After experiencing first hand the profound healing that natural medicine did for her body and soul alongside conventional treatment, she knew that it was her mission to share the teachings of the holistic therapies which helped to heal her. Xenia did this by pursuing a Diploma in herbal medicine, where she learned how to be an intermediate between the plants and the ones who wish to be healed by them. Aside from studying herbs, she has also supported the wellness of her community by working in supplement and aromatherapy stores.

Post-grad, Xenia has landed in the Laurentian region of Quebec where she is raising happy chickens, and beginning the process of creating a self-sustainable way of life. She’s found her next path of herbal education in her garden, where she is learning how to grow, sustain and responsibly harvest plants to make beautiful and vibrant herbal medicine. Xenia is so excited to be a part of the Wild Rose Herbal College community, where she has the delight of supporting students in their own unique herbal journey!