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Emily Peters is a clinical herbalist and medicine maker committed to providing accessible herbal care and quality herbal education. She is inspired by a love of plants and fascination with their healing qualities, and she approaches well-being through a holistic energetic lens informed by scientific research. She views herbal medicine as deeply rooted in a relationship with the land-base, and recognizes community based holistic health as a tangible step towards collective liberation and individual empowerment. Emily’s interest and experience focuses on chronic pain, cancer, reproductive autonomy, trans* health, digestive issues, auto-immunity, neurological conditions and endocrine imbalances.
Emily draws on knowledge from Western Herbalism traditions, assessment tools from Classical Chinese Medicine, the latest scientific research, physiology, flower essence therapy and holistic nutrition. She views each person’s body as resilient and intelligent; where mind, body, spirit, experiences and symptoms are interconnected. Emily gained extensive clinical experience working full-time at the British Columbia Compassion Club Society Wellness Center in Vancouver BC, offering accessible sliding-scale herbal care to people with complex chronic illness and cancer. Most of her 50+ clients have been low-income and have multiple complex chronic illnesses including fibromyalgia, cancer, diabetes, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, bipolar, anxiety, depression and hormone dysregulation. With a client-centered and trauma-informed approach, Emily aspires to create a healing space for all.
Emily has always been in a love affair with the woods, the sea and wild spaces. She began formal study of herbalism in 2009 at the Living Earth School of Herbalism in Ontario, and graduated from the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism Clinical Herbalist training program in 2014. She is a Registered Herbal Therapist with the Canadian Herbalist Association and has taught widely about herbalism at conferences, workshops and schools.
Emily spends most of her free time with plants or thinking about them – gardening, wildcrafting, hiking with her dog, making medicine, studying, and traveling to visit plant and human friends across Turtle Island. She is interested in challenging and dismantling the impact of colonialism and capitalism on our relationships with each other, our bodies and with the land. She is deeply inspired by the stories that the land tells of its challenges living alongside human communities, and stories of community resistance and resilience.