Culinary & Medicinal Herbs & Crafted Tinctures

Farm to Table to Medicine Chest Workshop

Join Don Ollsin on an informative guided walk on a beautiful Pender Island farm.

Learn the art and science of creating high-quality tinctures for falvoring and medicine from master herbalist, chef and accomplished medicine maker, Don Ollsin.

August 19 & 20, 2017, Pender Island, B.C

This is a new workshop that combines the medicinal and culinary uses of herbs that you can cultivate in your own garden. How to transform, preserve and create fine quality tinctures that can be used as medicine and spicing up your cooking.

Come and spend a nourishing and informative weekend on Pender Island and study with a Master Herbalist. Enjoy a relaxing weekend away while meandering around a beautiful gulf island farm, connecting with healing herbs and crafting tinctures.

Spend an evening or two in one of our great campgrounds or book a private B&B.

Pender is a beautiful island with 32 beach accesses and many walking trails.

Come a few days early, or stay for a day or two afterwards to enjoy the island.

Don's journey with herbs began in 1969, and he has been walking the path of a practical herbalist for over 45 years. He followed his passion for healing and raised three kids working as a full-time herbalist. He opened and operated an herbal dispensary, Self-Heal Herbs, for eighteen years and has been teaching herbalism since 1972.

Don also recieved a culinary degree in 2011 from the Northwest Culinary Academy.

His innate love of learning comes across in his teachings.

Medicinal & Culinary Herbs

Learn to harvest and tincture herbs that can be grown in the Pacific Northwest. This will be a hands-on class and we will be harvesting the herbs and tincturing during the workshop.

  • know what equipment is needed and how to use it
  • create your own medicine cabinet filled with medicines you have created
  • save money by making your own herbal tinctures
  • trust what is in your medicines as you made them
  • use a menstrum ratio table and be able to make over 100 herbs into tinctures
  • develop the skill of tincture making through applied knowledge


"Don is a positive, enthusiastic and energetic advocate of herbal healing, who lives his own beliefs and is an inspiration to many people including myself. His ongoing herbal healing programs are enjoyed and respected by all those who participate in them. He has been and continues to be a positive force in the lives of many people."  Nancy Turner – Ethnobotany Professor, University of Victoria

"Being a nature lover is one thing. Understanding the deeper connection between you and what you are looking at while in nature is another thing altogether.
This is what Don has helped me with, and I appreciate the passing of his knowledge immensely. I am very much looking forward to continuing my journey with him.    Ryan Totten

"I enjoyed the herb walk a lot, and it was everything I had hoped.  We got to know more plants than I had expected, and I'm glad we got information that is relevant to us locally, yet hard to find in books.  
I enjoyed tasting and using different plants on the spot.  It was great to learn from you and the land in person, and I'd like to do so again."   Tara

This workshop is suitable for cooks and healers both beginners

and advanced students of the healing arts.

Dates: August 19 & 20, 2017
Time: Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 4 pm
Cost: $175.00 (no GST)

Participants are responsible for providing their own accommodations, transportation and food.

Workshop is limited to 20 people, so sign-up early.

Cost:   $175.00 (no GST)


You do not need a paypal account to pay for the workshop. You can use your credit card.


Shingle Bay (Cannery Beach to the locals). Rustic but beautiful campground right on the ocean.

Shingle Bay campground reservations. The reservation site is a bit tricky to get to. Here is a direct link. The campground is a walk-in. It is a short, steep, 5-minute walk from the parking lot. You need to pack in your own water. Each camping spot is big enough for two tents and allows up to five people. The cost is $5.00 per night per site. It is 11 miles from Otter bay to the Shingle Bay parking lot.

Map to campground from ferry terminal:      link to reservations

Shingle Bay Campsite Reservations:  link to reservations

Prior Campground Campsite Reservations (Federal Gov't Campground close to Medicine Beach):  link to reservations


Pender Island Chamber of Commerce:

Gulf Island Ferry Schedules:

Full refund up to 7 days before the workshop.