School & Children’s Workshops

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These workshops are especially for kids and their parents who want to learn a traditional skill together! The dates listed below are open to everyone within the age range indicated. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

All workshop programming is available for your event, school, or community group!  I also love to teach small groups of home-schoolers who would benefit from a natural health or Metis perspective. Please contact Kalyn@KodiakHerbal.com to inquire about bringing a workshop to you.

Metis Finger-weaving (Traditional Sash / Ceinture Flechee)

Learn about the tradition and meaning of the Metis Sash (Ceinture Flechee), a piece of clothing with many uses! The colors and patterns tell the story of the wearer, and the threads could be used in a pinch for everything from fixing a broken wagon cover to portaging your canoe! Along with a colorful history lesson in Metis Culture, you will learn to make a simple bracelet using the diagonal weaving pattern. A 2nd set of threads and materials can be taken home for further practice.

Recommended Age: 9 & up (children of all ages are welcome to the afternoon workshop, kids under 9 years who want to learn to weave may require assistance from an adult while making their bracelet).

Location: Downtown Calgary (C-train accessible). Location will be provided via email to registered attendees, 2 weeks before the workshop.

Dates & Times:    Thursday May 16th, 1pm-4pm (6 years & up welcome)

2 additional workshops for ages 12 & up are also available:

Wednesday, May 30th, 6-9pm & Saturday, June 9th 12-3pm

Making of a Personal Medicine Bag

A personal medicine bag is a place to hold your hopes and dreams, your intentions, and reminders of who you are, where you have been – and where you wish to go.  Making and wearing a medicine bag is a reminder to do your best, to be good to yourself and others, and to always learn and grow.

We will craft our own bags out of a variety of materials and decorate them to reflect our unique personalities. A choice of items will be available to put into your medicine bag, and the meaning of these herbs, stones and icons will be revealed so you can choose the ones that speak to you.

We will also talk about how to take care of our medicines bags, and how to use them to make us stronger, learn lessons and see us through the rough spots.

Recommended Age:  8 & up. Younger ages are welcome with an adult who will help them make their bag (we will be using fabric scissors and needles to sew our bags).

Location: Downtown Calgary (C-train accessible). Location will be provided via email to registered attendees, 2 weeks before the workshop.

Dates & Times:    Wednesday May 15th, 1pm-4pm (8 years & up welcome)

2 additional workshops for ages 12 & up are also available:

Wednesday, June 6th 6-9pm & Sunday, June 10th, 12-4pm

Metis Herbs of Calgary

View the landscapes of Calgary’s parks from a new perspective. Right here in our own city, and we will find an abundance of plants to enjoy as food, medicine, shelter and tools! Some of these ‘weeds’ were brought here from Europe by the Settlers, while others have lived here for thousands of years. Meeting these plants and learning about their usefulness is a fun way to gain a healthy new respect for the local ecosystems (indigenous and introduced) that make up the plant world of Calgary.

Recommended Age: 6 & up (all ages welcome with an accompanying adult)

Location: TBA

Dates & Times:

Tuesday, May  15th 11:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday, June 12th 11:00am-1:00pm

Wednesday, June 13th 11:00am-1:00pm

An additional workshop for ages 12 & up is also available Saturday, April 28th.

Staying Healthy for Kids & Their Adults

This is a workshop especially for kids and their parents/guardians, with best practices for keeping your body, mind and spirit strong and healthy. A mini-life skills course from the perspective of a Clinical Herbalist, with a mix of traditional and modern lessons, and lots of practical tips and recipes. Content covered in this 2 hour workshop includes:

  • Why we feel our best when we eat healthy foods, and how to make healthy food that tastes great!
  • The Why & How of keeping our bodies moving, and good posture while sitting/standing/laying down
  • Why sleep is good for us, the best kinds of sleep, and how to have a healthy sleeping style
  • What is our immune system and How to support it naturally
  • How we can put our energy to good use, and how to store up/save or release energy when we need to
  • Balancing our Mind, Body, Spirit, Emotions & Social selves, and how to keep track so we know when we get out of balance

Recommended for Ages: 6-12 years (and parents/guardians of any age!)

Location: TBA

Dates & Times: TBA