The Wellness Centre was cofounded by Jasmyn Clift in 1997 and is likely the largest low-barrier herbal medicine clinic in North America. Over time, the Wellness Centre has grown from a humble but passionate herbal department to include other modalities such as acupuncture, holistic nutrition, craniosacral therapy, bodywork, counselling, and energy work.
Annually, it provides over 500 herbal appointments, and donates more than $30,000 in herbs. For those living in poverty with a long term illness, this ability to remain on personalized herbal formulas, regardless of cost, is life-changing.
The Wellness Centre herbal department maintains a large organic and ethically sourced herbal apothecary with over 300 tinctures, dried herbs, honey and glycerin extracts, salves and creams, and flower remedies. According to our network of ethical small scale suppliers and wild-crafters, it is the largest Western Herbal apothecary in Canada.
The Wellness Centre is almost entirely paid for by the sale of medical Cannabis through the BC Compassion Club Society, the longest-running Cannabis dispensary in North America. Fees from the Supervised Clinic student program go directly to help support the clinic and our goal of providing high quality, accessible herbal health care.
Eligible students will have graduated successfully from both the Wild Seed School Intermediate Program and Advanced Case Study, or a similar program elsewhere. An excellent Materia Medica of Western plants, as well as a solid understanding of anatomy and physiology, and a sufficient understanding of pathology and formulation, will be required.
Contact the Wild Seed School for an application if you want to be part of this extraordinary opportunity for learning!
I was lucky to be able to participate in this unique opportunity for clinical supervision at the BC Compassion Club Wellness Centre. It was an honor that such knowledgeable and experienced practitioners were willing to open their clinic and share clients and cases they’ve been working with for many years, as well as allow us to see these clients over time. It was incredible to collaborate and receive feedback from both other students and professional practitioners. I’d highly recommend this program to folks wanting to gain more clinical experience, especially to those who are self motivated and want to learn how to offer practical herbal care to many different kinds of people.
It was inspiring to work in a clinic that uses a subsidized model where clients can access herbal medicine affordably – accessibility is such an important piece of practicing as a herbalist. I loved the collaboration with Maryann and Jasmyn, and my peers, as we worked together to best address the health picture of our clients, both responsibly and creatively. I learned so much about clinical operations and received both gentle and critical guidance that I will carry with me as I develop my own herbal practice at home.