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Chanchal Cabrera


Chanchal has been a practicing medical herbalist since 1987. She lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband manage Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden, a 7 acre internationally registered botanic garden specializing in food and medicine plants, and where they host apprenticeships in sustainable food production and herbal medicine.
Chanchal runs a private herbal medicine clinic with a specialty in holistic oncology, and offers a monthly student training clinic that provides free health services to the community.
The farm also hosts Gardens without Borders, a federally registered not-for-profit society established to run the botanic garden and provide horticulture therapy.

professional positions :
Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) since 1987. Awarded Fellowship 2009
Instructor faculty at Heartwood School of Herbal Medicine (UK),
BC representative to the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations

education and experience:
MSc in herbal medicine at the University of Wales in 2003
Faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster 2004 - 2016
Certified Master Gardener 1999
Certified Horticulture Therapist 2005
Diplomas in Botanic Garden Management and Education from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2013 & 2014
Certified Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) practitioner 2016

Innisfree Farm & Botanic Garden, Courtenay, British Columbia, V9N 9R4