I was a student of Don Ollsin’s ten years ago in Vancouver.  I was just discovering the wonderful world of herbs and decided to sign up for Don’s course, ”The Herbal Healing Journey.”   It was exactly what I was looking for… and educational, magical, inspiring journey to the wonderful world of herbs.  Don was an exceptional teacher… full of knowledge, wisdom, experience and inspiration.  He installed in me a great respect for nature and her incredible powers to heal.  Ten years later I still recall many of the things he taught and reflect on the course with immense gratitude.  Don is a wonderful teacher that inspires and educates many.  For those that choose to study with him in the future, consider yourself blessed.

Sincerely, Cynthia Ross

The lessons I learned from you and your teachers so many years ago made profound and permanent changes in my own life, and I follow your tenets to this day.  I can’t take a walk through the woods without automatically noting plants and wildfoods, and my veterinarian never ceases to be surprised (in a good way!) by my suggestions.  Perhaps you’ll get a smile from the fact that milk thistle has recently “hit the charts” in vetmed as a liver aid.  Heck, we’ve known that for YEARS!


A few years ago I was looking for a way to further my knowledge of using nature’s ways for healing. Since moving to the Island I had become aware of the bounty that she offered. I found Don’s courses and registered immediately. I was not disappointed. I loved the hands on approach, the nature walks, the sharing of ideas with like minded people. Don takes on the role of mentor and his way of teaching allows for learning on many levels. I loved Year 1 so much I signed up for Year 2. It was a small intimate class that allowed for a lot of sharing. If it weren’t for my life being somewhat transient these days I would be back auditing the classes, I really miss the continued learning and reinforcement of knowledge gained from being a part of Nature and Don’s classes. I continue to make my own tinctures and other herbal medicines. There is a spirit that you convey when you make your own medicines that seems to lend a power that you don’t seem to get as much with store bought. I will continue this learning for the rest of my life and whenever I feel myself getting uncentered I know where to go to find my connection. Thank you Don.


I am extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to take both Year 1, the Herbal Healing Journey and Year 2, Practical (Consultant) Herbalist Program with Don Ollsin.  I took these programs after I had retired from a teaching/counselling career, so perhaps I have used my learning differently that some of the younger students who have used their learning to complement other studies such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and careers in the healing arts.  I did not plan to work as a Herbal Consultant, but I did plan to enrich my learning and use this learning to keep myself, my family and my friends healthy.  And that I have done.  I thoroughly enjoyed the connection with other students in the weekend classes, the meeting of other professionals that were invited to be part of our classes, and the association with Don–reaping the benefits of his lifelong learning in herbal medicine as he created learning that was inspiring, unique, experiential, and mentally enriching. Don stimulates our curiosity and our compassion.  I remember this learning time as a highlight in my life.

 I enjoy growing medicinal plants in my garden, harvesting them, as well as wild crafting others, and making herbal preparations for my use and to share with those around me.  I feel strongly that after having the opportunity to study with Don, I need to keep this learning active in my life.  And this interest is spreading to others around me–the local garden club, of which I am a member, invited me to address Medicinal Plants at a recent meeting.

Friends get together to make herbal preparations.  I share my knowledge with my Medical Doctor, who respects and encourages my herbal medical use.

Thank you Don, for setting this direction in my life at this time.

Karen Unruh

Don Olsin’s Program has truly helped me and has been instrumental with the development of my spiritual journey that I have embarked on for this life, and that in its self is invaluable, For that I am grateful and Thankful.

The curriculum is interesting and the way Don share’s it with everyone is wonderful.

Thanks Don,


Zanice Diallo

I completed Don Ollsin’s 2-year Herbology program a year ago. While studying with Don, I discovered my innate ability for helping others, a passion for herbology, my love of Ayurveda and other healing disciplines. We learned how to identify local herbs, process and finally use them. Don taught us Ayurveda, Shamanism, Dream Body, The Mind, The Matrix and many other methods to help heal others. We did several exploratory walks, in search of plants, and in the process learned to love and appreciate nature in all its forms.

One thing I loved the most about Don’s classes was being with other like-minded people who were as keen on looking for alternate ways to heal them selves and others as I was.

I truly enjoyed every minute of my 2 years with Don and would be happy to recommend it to anyone looking for ways to heal their mind, body and soul that are far from the norm.

thanks for everything,


Don’s Practical Herbalist Program was the most valuable course I’ve ever taken.  From making medicines using the wildcrafted herbs we gathered on our beautiful herb walks, to learning about Shamanism, Ayurveda and Bach Flowers; each class taking us on a journey through a world of wonder.  Don is an amazing and very knowledgeable teacher and I highly recommend any of his programs.

Nancy Winters

I don’t know how helpful I would be, but I can write how my life changed after I took your courses and how I live now.