Metis Sash Loom Weaving – Live & Socially Distanced

Calgary, AB @ Herbal Healing Apothecary

2 Workshops:
Saturday December 12th, 9am-5pm or
Sunday December 13th, 9am-5pm

Immerse yourself in the Story of the Michif People while creating your own sayncheur flayshii (Metis sash) on a locally-made hand loom.

Kalyn Kodiak, Metis Knowledge Keeper (MNA Region 3) brings teachings about the history, ceremony & symbolism of the “arrow-belt” sash. We will provide looms and other necessary supplies to take home with you after the workshop!

We begin with the famous Red River pattern, the acknowledged symbol of the Metis People. Based on the Assomption sashes worn by Red River traders in the 1800’s, this loom-woven pattern is a nod to the courage and strength of our ancestors.

Warping, threading and troubleshooting are an important part of this beginner-level workshop. Everyone is welcome, regardless of culture or background. No previous weaving experience is necessary, we will teach you everything you need to know to make your own custom sash.

This is a social distanced workshop. Please bring a mask to wear in all common areas. Hand sanitizer and plexiglass barriers are provided for your safety. All workshops are limited to 6 people during COVID-19.

Cost: $260 per person, Register Here:

Metis Sash Loom Weaving Workshop

Our cedarwood looms are hand-crafted by a local woodworker and come in a complete kit with rigid heddle, shuttle, double-ended reed hook, patterns and all necessary supplies. If you already have your own hand loom and know how to tie-on for craft-weight yarn, you can bring it along for a discount on your workshop ticket price.

More info: This workshop takes place in Calgary at the Herbal Healing Apothecary, 2410 2 Ave SE. Children 12 years and up can learn to weave, but may require the help of their guardian. All minors must be accompanied and supervised by their parent or guardian.

Registration is done through PayPal or by e-transfer to . Once you have paid for your spot, your email address will be added to the list of registered participants. Registered participants receive an info email to their PayPal address 2 weeks before the workshop. You do NOT need a PayPal account to register, you can choose to check-out securely with a credit card by click the grey “Pay with Credit Card or Visa Debit” button. Kodiak Herbal never receives access to your private payment information, just your email address.

Please see accessibility info & our workshop policies here.

AHA Herbal Show, Swap n’ Sale at the 3rd Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
Market on Macleod Atrium (7711 Macleod Trail SE)

A showcase for local herbalists, healers, gardening enthusiasts, botanists, mycologists and others who wish to share information/examples/displays related to nature or herbs with the community. Vendors can purchase booths for sales or marketing, and a swap table for gear, books and seeds will be organized.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy this event! AHA Members receive a free booth for the promotion of their business or display of whatever inspires them as a herbalist. Please contact to register for your free member’s booth or for more information. Also check out the Facebook event page. Specially-priced advanced tickets for the Alberta Herb Gathering 2018 will be available, as a fundraiser for the Gathering.

Plant Appreciation Picnic with the Alberta Herbalists Association

Sunday August 20, 2017, 12-4pm Bowness Park, NW Calgary 

Register Here

Join the Alberta Herbalists Association members and friends at Bowness Park for an afternoon of family friendly picnic’ing and plant appreciation! August is the perfect time to meet your local wild edible and medicinal herbs, and expert Herbalists will be on hand to teach you.

Bring yourself a picnic lunch and join in the fun! Learn from 3 different experts by following along on a Herb-walk, they will be sharing traditional and evidence-based knowledge about the wonders of plants. This is a great opportunity to build networks and create community with herb enthusiasts in our community.

All ages welcome! There will be some activities for everyone. Please bring water, frisbees, picnic blankets, umbrellas, or whatever else you need to be comfortable and have a great time in the August shade. Don’t forget to bring a cup so you can sample the delicious herbal iced teas!

Kalyn Kodiak will be there with Metis Fingerweaving bracelet-making station so you can make a souvenir to take home with you! Contact for more information.

Metis Culture Workshops

Loom-weaving Your Metis Sash ONLINE EDITION

Sign up anytime for 1 year of access.

Create your own customized Metis sash using traditional hand-looming techniques for the Arrow Pattern. Everyone is welcome to this beginner-level workshop! Your own loom, tools and supplies for the first project are shipped via Canada Post. Everyone is welcome to this beginner-level workshop that features access to the video lessons for 1 year, as well as 2 Zoom meetings/Q&A sessions with Michif Weaver Kalyn Kodiak.

Traditions of Metis Wolf Willow Rosaries – Beaded Jewelry Workshop – Live & Social Distanced

Saturday, October 10th 2-4pm or 5-7pm

The ‘Silverberries’ of the Wolf Willow bush are used to make beautiful natural rosaries by the Metis people. Make your own rosary or necklace while learning about the many food, medicine and cultural uses of this beautiful Canadian Prairie plant. Socially distanced workshop – only 6 participants per group.

Traditional Antiviral Elderberry Syrup Recipes – Live & Social Distanced

Saturday, October 24th

Beginning with fresh elderberries, we use natural ingredients to create an old and very effective remedy for the cold & flu season. Our syrup is based on a traditional metis formula and uses natural and organic ingredients. Includes recipe, materia medica & bottle of syrup to take home with you.

Remembrance Day Poppies – The Flower Beadwork People – Live & Social Distanced

Saturday, Nov. 7th, 12-2pm or 3-5pm

Make a poppy or Metis-style beaded flower pin to honour a loved one or just for fun. We begin at the beginning – no experience needed for this workshop! Beads, fabric and other supplies are included for your first project. Socially distanced workshop – only 6 participants per group.

Metis Octopus Bag Workshop – Live & Social Distanced

Saturday, November 28th

Octopus bags or Fire-bags have a colorful history! “But, there are no octopus on the prairies..!!?” I hear that a lot! Learn the interesting story of the “octopus bag”, the multi-national origin of the unusual name, and make your own octopus bag in this fascinating workshop. Socially distanced workshop – only 6 participants per group.

Metis Sash Loom Weaving in Calgary – Live & Social Distanced

Saturday Dec. 12 9am-5pm or
Sunday Dec. 13 9am-5pm

Create your own customized Metis sash using traditional hand-looming techniques for the Arrow Pattern. Everyone is welcome to this beginner-level workshop! The loom and supplies are yours to take home at the end of the weekend. Socially distanced workshop – only 6 participants per group.

Metis Finger-weaving Workshops

We’re working to bring this workshop online! Please check back with us soon.

Begin with the basics or advance your knowledge of the traditional art of sash weaving, while making your own bracelet or hatband. All experience levels are welcome.

Metis Medicines in Old Man River Valley @ Lethbridge

   Spring 2021

View the many edible & medicinal plants of the river valley on this fascinating historical medicine walk lead by a traditional Metis Herbalist.

Metis Medicine Walk @ Pincher Creek

Spring 2021

Explore the traditional medicine of Southern Alberta’s Metis Community. This walk is lead by Metis Knowledge Keeper Kalyn Kodiak, whose family has lived in Southern Alberta for 6 generations.

Metis Medicine Walk @ Rocky Mountain House


Explore the traditional medicines of Alberta’s Metis Community. This walk is lead by Metis Knowledge Keeper Kalyn Kodiak, whose family has lived in Alberta for 6 generations.

Medicine Bag Making Workshop

Winter 2021 – Dates TBA

Learn some of the meaning & traditions of wearing a personal medicine bag. You can use your medicine bag for prayer, protection & creativity. Anyone can make a bag to remind them of their powerful qualities. This workshop is a fundraiser for the Metis Bear Harvest events.

Metis Sash Weaving in Kelowna, BC


Be a part of this traditional hand-looming sash class in Kelowna! Looms and all materials are provided and yours to take home after the class. Everyone is welcome to this beginner-level workshop.

Blossoms of Early Summer Picnic & Plantwalk

Saturday in June 2020   11am – 3pm (Date TBA)
Return to the mountains to view the flowering plants in all their Glory! Meadows, Prairies and forest landscapes and a gourmet lunch in the wild.

New workshops are scheduled every few months -please bookmark our visual calendar and check back often to see new experiences.

Or, contact to get on the mailing list.

Please click this link to view our workshop & class policies.