Join us for a weekend to explore the diverse relationships that humans have with plants. Whether you have an interest in herbal medicine, stewardship, foraging, gardening, craftsmanship, spiritual connection or simply the enjoyment of observing a wildflower; this gathering is for you!

2017 Theme:

“Resiliency through Compassionate Action”

Healers, gardeners and community activists have much in common. They all work in relationship with others to bring healing, justice, and abundance into the world. At this time of pivotal world change, how can groups of different backgrounds come together to cross-pollinate ideas and strategies for the growth of social justice and environmental movements? How can we as individuals bring our gifts to our communities (human and non-human) and be of service to each other in the challenging times ahead?

Join us for a weekend of connection, learning, and fun!
  • A weekend full of plant walks, discussions, lectures and hands-on workshops; something for every learning level and every mood.
  • Only an hour and a half from Toronto in the beautiful Ganaraska Forest
  • A delicious vegetarian menu catered by Ina and her crew
  • Premium hot and cold herbal teas, coffee, and munchies available at the Tea Salon
  • Friday Night Mid-Summer Fair–a night of carnival-esque delights
  • Wild Foods and Herbal Elixirs Tasting Contest! Bring your sweet and savoury herbal munchies and drinks to share and compete for prizes
  • Saturday Night Feverfew–a boogie down, mingle-licious good time
  • Morning Yoga and other activites to start your days

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2017 Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to announce that Community Herbalist and Founder of the Florida School of Holistic Living, Emily Ruff, will be joining us as our keynote speaker at Heartwood 2017. Beyond her decade-long practice as a healer, Emily is a community activist and has most recently forged a network across herbalists in North America to brings massive amounts of resources to support communities in need. In response to the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub, Emily founded the Orlando Grief Care Project. From the community relationships cultivated through the response to this tragedy, Emily has formed the Herbal Action Network to continue weaving the web of compassionate herbalism into community engagement. Her most recent work has taken her to Cannonball, North Dakota where she serves with the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council. Emily will be offering this years keynote address as well as several workshops based on her experience with these organizations.
Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to learn from this year at Heartwood Gathering.

The 3rd Annual Heartwood Gathering will be held at the Ganaraska Forest Center: a bright, clean outdoor education center situated within 12,000 acres of forest in Southern Ontario. Indoor accommodations are available as well as the option to camp on site.

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