Apply Today To The Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship Program

Apply Today To The Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship Program

Apprentice With Our Practitioners:

John Redden

(Toronto, ON) – Intermediate students only

John Redden is a Medical Herbalist with an eclectic background. He has over forty years’ experience growing and wild crafting herbs and manufacturing remedies. As a founding member of the Ontario Herbalists Association, (OHA), he co-founded A Celebration of Herbs, Toronto’s largest herbal event. John was the editor of The Canadian Journal of Herbalism for seven years He is a hands-on teacher of numerous aspects of holistic herbal medicine. John teaches courses in Botanical Medicine at his laboratory & clinic. These courses include: A Practical Herb Course – involving the planting, tending and harvesting of herbs to produce a variety of products. Medical Herbalism – Advanced Therapeutic Protocols offering a holistic model of health and treatments for an intermediate to advanced clinically oriented understanding of herbs. John also leads herb identification walks all over Ontario for various organizations. He has worked for the Canadian government as a founding co-author for Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) document for regulating all organic farming and manufacturing in Canada, and is an Advisor for the Ontario Ginseng Growers Association (OGGA). John is recognized as a Herbal Elder of Canada by the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations for his many years of service to Herbal Medicine. John’s practice is infused in spirituality. He began his career in the late 1970’s when he lived at the Findhorn Community in Scotland. In the 1980’s he encountered the works of Hildegard of Bingen. John has been an avid student of Hildegard an incorporates her teachings in his work.


Evelyn Coggins

(Pemberton, BC) – Any skill level

Evelyn Coggins MHSc, CHT, RH(AHG) has owned and operated a private clinical herbal therapy practice in Pemberton BC since 2006, serving clients primarily in the Sea to Sky corridor.

Evelyn’s goals in herbal therapy center on improving the quality of life in each of its stages and educating clients on self-care. Areas of particular clinical interest include healthy aging and cardiovascular health. She has two decades of combined teaching experience at Dominion Herbal College in Burnaby BC and Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster BC. You are invited meet with her in her office at 1353 Aster Street in Pemberton. Walk in hours are available on Monday afternoons from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Appointments are available for most weekdays and evenings.

Accommodation is available for up to 4 students at $25 pp per night. Search the Airbnb listing “Rustic Cabin D’Arcy BC” for complete details. Please note that students do not have to share beds but will have to share bedrooms, living areas and the bathroom. You should not attempt to book through Airbnb as clinic dates have been blocked.
Pick up from Whistler can be arranged but attending students should co-ordinate common pickup and delivery times. There is free parking provided for student automobiles.
I sincerely look forward to working with you.

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Marianne Beacon

(Peterborough, ON) – Beginner students

Marianne Beacon is a Registered Professional Herbalist, Advanced Bowen Therapist, Reiki practitioner, Transpersonal Therapist and teacher.

She has been training in the healing arts since 1994 and has a Diploma in Clinical Herbal Medicine, as well as over 2000 apprenticeship hours alongside traditional and professional herbalists and midwives.

Her focus is a Western Herbalist approach using whole plant medicine and flower essences. Marianne uses her skills in Bowen therapy both as a standalone therapeutic technique and as a complement to her herbal practice.

Bowen is a soft tissue therapy which particularly helps with pain and has been used to treat both chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and acute injuries including concussions.
Marianne brings a heart-centered approach to her work and she uses a combination of talk, touch and herbal therapy to offer a holistic approach to healing providing many safe and natural options for her clients. With multiple modalities available to her, Marianne offers the breadth and depth of her experience and knowledge to her clients in a co-creative and caring atmosphere. Clients are always in control of their own path to healing.

Abrah Arneson

(Wakefield, QC) – Any skill level

Abrah Arneson has been practicing Clinical Herbal Medicine for 15 years full time. She is a graduate of Dominion Herbal College 4-year programs. While in herb school Abrah worked in the traditional health care system as a nurse’s aide in a small hospice where she cared for the dying and trained doula. She has supported several women through birth. Abrah is committed to making most of the medicine she offers to her clients and primarily focuses on bioregional medicine. Abrah has a diverse range of experience working with a variety of conditions and different types of people. Currently, she finds most of the people she supports are struggling with chronic infections including Lyme Disease. Previous to practicing herbal medicine Abrah lived in meditation retreats centres for 8 years which cumulated in a year long meditation retreat. Abrah is author of the Herbal Apprentice: Plant Medicine and The Human Body and The Herbal Apprentice Workbook. Alongside Robert Rogers, Abrah is a co-founder of the Alberta Herb Gathering. Currently she runs a herbal clinic in Ottawa, Ontario and an herbal apprentice program in the Gatineau in Quebec. or on Facebook at Abrah: Herbalist in the Woods.

Denise McMorris

(Victoria, BC) – Any skill level

Please note that I am available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays only so practicums can take place over 2 weeks’ time.

I am a Clinical Medical Herbalist graduate of Dominion Herbal College 2008. I have been practicing here in Victoria since then. I have an extensive background in the Natural foods and supplement industry. I grow and make as many of my own herbs and tinctures as I can, purchasing everything else as locally and organic as possible. I maintain a robust dispensary here at the clinic and enjoy formulating for clients, as well as creating a number of body care products.

I am pleased to teach physical examination, harvesting and plant preparation, formulation, client evaluation, go on herb walks, and much more.

Stillwater is an alternative practitioners place to practice and hosts a variety of health care options. Other practitioners may be available to give presentations.


Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, RH (AHG) -Medical Herbalist

Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists
(Vancouver, BC) – Intermediate/Advanced students

Katolen is an Herbalist and a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, currently in private practice in Vancouver and Port Moody, BC. She has been employed in the Holistic Health field since 1993, with a clinical experience since 1995. Her herbal medicine training was completed at the School of Phytotherapy (UK), Dominion Herbal College, and the Wild Rose College.

Katolen’s personal interest in health lies with the emotional connection to wellness and dis-ease. She specializes in women’s health issues, skin dis-ease, digestive and nervous system disorders and believes in providing usable tools for healing through inspiration and education.

Katolen has been running a student clinic herbal mentorship program since 2010. Apprenticeship training assists in preparing students to become herbalists at the professional level through observation and hands-on practice in a clinic setting. Days in the herbal mentorship student training clinic vary and include details of running of a herbal business, dispensary formulations and medicine making and fine tuning the skills of case history taking while interviewing clients attending the clinic. Students will build competence in performing physical assessment techniques while fine tuning learning consultation skills and clinic assessments.

Katolen is adjunct faculty at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, has taught at Pacific Rim College and is an instructor and clinic supervisor at Dominion Herbal College. Katolen offers hands on medicine making classes, herb walks and public talks at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens and UBC Sustainable Farm.

Katolen is the current president of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations (CCHA) and was the president of the Canadian Herbalist’s Association of BC (CHA of BC) for 3 terms from 2013-2019. She is the author of the book – The Good Living Guide to Natural and Herbal Remedies (2016).

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Colleen Emery

(Winlaw, BC) – Intermediate students

RHT (CHAofBC), Master Herbalist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Mentor & Educator 

Professionally involved in the Healing Arts for over twenty years, Colleen brings a diverse toolbox of skills that have been honed through formal education, apprenticeship, clinical experience and connection to generational folk arts.  Colleen has formerly studied with various institutes including The Wild Rose College, East West School of Planetary Herbology, The Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies and most currently with David Winston’s Centre for Herbal Studies. Colleen maintains professional membership as a Registered Herbal Therapist (RHT) with the Canadian Herbal Association of British Columbia (CHAofBC). 

Educated and experienced in both Eastern and Western focused Herbal Medicine and Clinical Aromatherapy, Colleen’s practice specializes in Family Wellness, Pre and Post Natal Wellness and Eldercare providing affordable care for all ages. Offering comprehensive health strategies that are aimed at delivering practical strategies Colleen’s focus is on building foundational wellness and vitality. 

After having an urban, home based practice for over a decade, Colleen created Emery Herbals Dispensary, Healing Suites and Teaching Centre in the small village of Winlaw, BC. Emery Herbals provides open access to consciously sourced botanicals, professional health services and empowering education experiences that encourage and cultivate sustained wellness. Colleen also sits as a general board of director with the CHAofBC. Colleen co- organizes the Kootenay Herb Conference, hosting the event in Winlaw, BC. 



Jean Madrone RH, SEP

(Olympia Washington) – Intermediate/Advanced Students

Jean Madrone is an herbalist and somatic experiencing trauma therapy practitioner living on Squaxin and Nisqually territory in Olympia, WA. Jean loves matchmaking plants and people. She loves the magic and the sacred in the everyday and the way that the work that she is honored to do can weave the two together. Jean’s work is grounded in clinical herbalism, nutrition, elemental constitution and magic, and harm reduction. Jean has been studying and working with plant medicine for the last 13 years, and has been in clinical practice since 2011. They completed their Somatic Experiencing training in 2017. In their private practice, Jean specializes in supporting emotional and mental health, nervous system health, chronic conditions, and autoimmune disorders. In addition to their private practice, Jean co-founded and practiced at the Olympia Community Herbal Clinic for 8 years, seeing a high volume of clients from many different backgrounds. Jean believes that our physical, emotional, and spiritual healing is intertwined with the health of the earth and with collective liberation. Jean is a white, queer, non binary, & disabled mama of a fabulous ten-year old.


Kalyn Kodiak

(Calgary, AB)

A proud Metis Femme, Kalyn is descended from a lineage of healers, teachers, & artists. She is a founding member & current Vice President of the Alberta Herbalists Association and Director at the Calgary Herbal Student Clinic.

Kalyn works with clients in all kind of health situations, but her passion is for helping clients with the ‘invisible conditions’: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Chronic Pain, Stress, Autoimmunity and Arthritis. She began working with plant medicine at the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing in 2006 under the tutelage of Dr. Terry Willard, becoming his personal assistant and Herbalist at Wild Rose Clinic from 2011-2014.

Kalyn loves to teach, and hosts workshops in health and herbs, Metis traditions, plant-spirit medicine.

More info about Kalyn here:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Clinical Herbalist

What is the Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship program?

The Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship is a program model that is totally unique to Wild Rose College. It is designed specifically to give you the practical skills necessary to begin to successfully pair herbs with people–helping you to apply your herbal education to the people who need your skills most.

The Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship builds on the knowledge you acquire in the Practical Herbalist and Master Herbalist Diploma programs (or equivalent education), allowing you to learn to apply your herbal knowledge with clients in a real clinical setting.

Why is it unique?

The Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship modules are intensives which pair Wild Rose College students (or students who can demonstrate equivalent herbal prerequisites) with practising Clinical Herbalists.

The Objective: real time, in-person learning settings fashioned after a traditional apprenticeship model, to acquire practical herbal skills the way they have been taught for generations.

The model of a traditional herb school is one where the students come to the teachers for an extended period of study. This can mean that it’s difficult for those in rural areas, or folks who aren’t able to attend a full-time 3 year program in Phytotherapy. Life commitments like raising a family, having to prioritize full-time work, or prohibitions like cost & potential of high student debt are all barriers to accessing quality herbal education.

Wild Rose College intends to change this. The Clinical Herbal Apprenticeship Program is unique in that it will enable students from all across Canada and North America who are studying herbal medicine to connect with an herbal mentor in order to acquire necessary practical clinical skills, resulting in qualified herbal practitioners to serve in all communities.

Why the Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship Program? What does being a Clinical Herbalist enable me to do?

Acquiring supervised clinical hours with an herbal mentor in an herbal clinic is the final and most important step of the herbal journey– where your education meets real world, hands-on herbal skills.

This is your chance to observe and participate in seeing clients, learn how to gather information (doing proper intakes), apply clinical diagnostic techniques (learning what the body has to tell you), and practice the process of formulating custom herbal protocols most suited to the person who has come to you for herbal guidance.

Whether your interest lies in completing the supervised clinical hours necessary for admittance into a professional herbal organization, building an herbal practice, or you just desire to have the confidence and skills to effectively formulate herbs and health protocols for your friends and family, the Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship Program is for you.

Clinical Hours: do I *really* need them if I never intend to open up an herbal practice or do consults with clients?

The barrier to continuation on with an herbal career–whether opening an herbal practice or utilizing your herbal herbal skills in many other non-clinical settings, is often the lack of opportunities to gain experience by working directly with other herbalists.

This is a sticking point in herbal education–simply because it’s extremely difficult to get connected with an herbal mentor to acquire the necessary practical clinical skills. Supervised clinical hours are also necessary for admittance into the professional herbal organization of your choice.

Wild Rose College is committed to filling this gap in herbal education in North America & connecting herbal students with experienced mentors in order to graduate qualified clinical herbalists who are ready to serve their communities.

How long is the program?

When you register for the Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship program, you are essentially signing up for 40 hour blocks of supervised clinical hours which you will attend in person with your chosen Clinical Mentor & Supervisor.

Do I need to attend full time?

As the Clinical Herbalist Diploma are structured as in person intensives with your mentoring clinical herbal practitioner, a commitment to attend full time during your chosen block of hours is required.

All other on-line courses that you may be concurrently registered in can be completed online and at your own pace.

What are the requirements to begin a Wild Rose College Diploma program?

Basic English competency is expected for all courses, including the Clinical Herbal Apprenticeship Program. It is recommended that students hold a high school diploma if they intend to undertake the Master Herbalist program, which is required in order to achieve Certification as a Clinical Herbalist with Wild Rose College.

What courses are required to apply to the Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship program?


-Practical Herbalist Diploma Program* with Wild Rose College (or equivalent; email [email protected] with subject title “Clinical Herbal Apprenticeship” to apply for applicable transfer credits)

-OR completion of the module Herbology 101 if you are currently registered for the WRC Practical Herbalist Diploma Program*

*Please note that while you will be able to begin attending your clinical blocks while enrolled in the Practical Herbalist program, you must enrol & successfully complete your Master Herbalist Diploma program with WRC (or equivalent) in order to receive your Clinical Herbalist Diploma once you have completed the required clinical hours.

Does previous education count towards the Clinical Apprenticeship Diploma?

It is possible to have previous herbal studies transferred to Wild Rose College in order to gain admittance into the Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship Program. To inquire further about transfers or to see if your previous education is eligible please contact administration at [email protected] Previous credits & courses will be approved on a case by case basis.

Note: You will need to provide a transcript and/or proof of completion to receive credit.

How do I apply? When can I start?

Apply today to our upcoming Clinical Herbalist Apprenticeship Program! Wild Rose College is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications from both Prospective Students as Well as Clinical Practitioners.

Prospective Students:

To apply for the in-person Clinical Apprenticeship Program intensives please Sign Up HERE

Prospective Clinical Practitioners:

Interested in being a Clinical Mentor for in-person Clinical Internships with Wild Rose College? Apply HERE