Backwoods Basics – School of Wildcraft Medicine

“Healing Arts and Traditional Lore”



Specializing in West Coast indigenous plant medicine, our school’s traditional folkloric format follows this oral, hands on tradition still used by indigenous cultures around the world; a timeless method of learning that teaches by stories, by doing and by experience. From the hands to the heart to the head, this is the essence of the folkloric teachings at the heart of Backwoods Basics philosophy.
Our curriculum is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills and confidence to begin their work with wild herbal medicine. The study of wildcraft medicine is a life long pursuit, Backwoods Basics’ programs recognize this fact. We strive to give you a solid foundation on which to launch that pursuit, if you so choose, or in the very least to spark your curiosity to know more.
In our herbal programs you will learn:
  • principles of Folk herbalism and cultural folklore of specific plant medicine
  • Therapeutic actions of plant healing
  • How to prepare basic remedies for common family health concerns
Our classes are for anyone interested in:
  • Looking for more control over their own and their families’ health
  • A self sufficient lifestyle
  • Ecologically sustainable health care
  • Personal empowerment
  • Or just for the LOVE of plants!

Now! Offering Backwoods Basics Herbal programs

in the Cowichan & on the Sunshine Coast 

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 Bring Backwoods Basics to your Community

 Want to create your own individualized program? A group of 6 or more enthusiasts will bring me to your community. Group rates available for parties, associations, after school programs. Ask me about it! and put together your groups’ interests. We’ll talk! Start planning it now!!
Phone: 604-989-8095



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Women’s Herbal Allies

In this mini workshop we will learn Women’s medicine; the herbs that can assist and support us through our lives and through the many changes we experience as women.  We experience many transitions in our lives, from girl to woman, … Read More

Celtic Tree Magic & Medicine

Explores the Sacred tree medicine of the ancient Celts and how they used them for medicine and healing. We will also be discussing how their spiritual beliefs influenced their medicine making and healing arts. A discussion style workshop. Casual drop ins welcome!… Read More

Plant Walks

On this fun and informative walk, Sheila will introduce you to many of the local medicinal plants growing wild in your area, treasured by  country folk not too long ago, for the care they gave to their families.  This walk … Read More

Herbal allies for Stress

A morning spent at the river, in the woods or hills, a giving thanks and a meditation. A Celebration of Life! This course includes a wild medicine walk about, energy work and a guided meditation while touching the earth and bonding with our own deep sense of connectiveness in nature. It is within these bounds that healing, on many levels, can occur.… Read More

Forest ReWilding Therapy

Finding personal balance and empowerment through reconnecting with the Nature Our rewilding therapy is a merging of ‘Forest Bathing’ coming out of Japan and Earthing or Rewilding therapy popular n North America. None of these concepts are new! They are … Read More