Herbal Tincture Making Workshop:

Workshop canceled. Next workshop https://grassrootsherbalism.com/shamanicworkshop

Join Don Ollsin and his daughter Brooke Ollsin for a two-day, hands-on, herbal medicine harvesting and crafting workshop on beautiful Pender Island.

Learn the art and science of creating high quality medicinal tinctures from Master Herbalist, chef and accomplished medicine maker, Don Ollsin and his apprentice, Brooke Ollsin.

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

“I just wanted to drop you a line to say how inspired I am after attending your Medicine Security Workshop (included tincture making). I have long had an inkling that herbal medicine will be present in my life’s journey, but after your classes I felt a true awakening to this calling and am very keen to further my learning.”  
Susannah (Ginger) 

Learn how to transform, preserve and create fine quality tinctures for professional and home use. What is the best menstruum (alcohol, glycerine or vinegar) to use to extract the properties you want or the application you are going to use them for.

Don has 40 years of professional experience manufacturing tinctures and teaching others how to make their own.

Come and spend a nourishing and informative weekend on Pender Island and study with popular Master Herbalist, Don Ollsin. Enjoy a relaxing weekend away on a beautiful Gulf Island farm, harvesting healing herbs and crafting them into tinctures.

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

Pender is a beautiful place with 32 beach accesses and many walking trails.  Arrive a few days early, or stay a few days after the workshop to enjoy what the island has to offer.

This is a hands-on workshop, where you will learn how to harvest herbs that grow in the Pacific Northwest and craft tinctures out of them. We will also explore many other herbs that you can find online, at your herb store or even grocery store.

This is one of Don's most popular workshops.

  • learn the equipment needed and how to use it
  • create your own medicine cabinet filled with tinctures you have created
  • save money by making your own medicines
  • trust your medicines --- you made them!
  • learn to use a menstruum - ratio table and be able to craft over 100 herbs into tinctures
  • develop the skill of tincture making through Don's vast experience & applied knowledge
“Don’s natural gift of teaching has made me feel my sparkle again, the poetry of existence, of the life-death-life cycle living in and through everything. So grateful for the existence of this teacher, who so effortlessly can weave in and out of his masculine and feminine, creating a beloved container for all to flourish, a wise wise teacher with such a playful spirit and a humble soul, reminding us of our deep, deep potential to reconnect with our Mother, how when we care for her, she does so for us, she always has and always will.” Tamara

 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 where he made over 100 tinctures for the store. He shares all that he learned during that time.  Many herbal students and teachers can teach a tincture making class but do they have the qualifications of years of consistently making tinctures?


Brooke Ollsin is the Communications Coordinator for Grassroots Herbalism. She is Don's youngest daughter and was raised an herbalist by both of her parents. She grew up using herbs for healing, spending lots of time on herb farms, out in the woods and in the herbal apothecary Self-Heal Herbs Don & Sandy (partner) owned and operated for eighteen years. She has attended countless classes, herb walks, herbal gatherings and shamanic workshops.

At eighteen she completed Don's Herbal Healing Journey course, then a nine-month program. She has been working with Don since 2014 - co-teaching, hosting workshops, participating in his classes and doing the social media and website design.

She continues her mentorship with Don through participation in his online classes when possible and is currently growing her own garden and working at an organic farm - and as always, making and using her own medicines.

It is her wish to reach out to the community of plant lovers, herbalists, hedge witches, healers and foragers online and in-person, sharing herbal knowledge and re-connecting with nature.

"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 both beginners

and advanced healers and 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)

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

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

Workshop size is limited, so be sure to sign-up early!

Full refund up to 7 days before the workshop.


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

Glamping: Woods on Pender: https://woodsonpender.com/

Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.ca/

Pender Island Chamber of Commerce:

Gulf Island Ferry Schedules: