RHT (CHAofBC), Master Herbalist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Mentor & Educator
Educated and experienced in both Eastern and Western focused Herbal Medicine and Clinical Aromatherapy, Colleen’s practice specializes in Family Wellness, Pre and Post Natal Wellness and Eldercare providing affordable care for all ages. Offering comprehensive health consultations that are aimed at delivering practical strategies, Colleen’s focus is on building foundational wellness and vitality, treating the person not the ailment or dis-ease.
The wonder & magic of Nature have been present in Colleen Emery’s life from a young age, shaping and cultivating her connection to the natural world. Professionally involved in the Healing Arts for over twenty years, Colleen brings a diverse toolbox of skills that have been honed through formal education, apprenticeship, clinical experience and connection to generational folk arts.
Formally studying with The Wild Rose College, East West School of Planetary Herbology, the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy and the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies (formerly the East West School of Aromatic Studies) and most currently with David Winston’s Centre for Herbal Studies, Colleen commits to the pathway of lifelong learning. Colleen maintains professional membership as a Registered Herbal Therapist (RHT) with the Canadian Herbal Association of British Columbia (CHAofBC)
Educated and experienced in both Eastern and Western focused Herbal Medicine and Clinical Aromatherapy, Colleen’s practice specializes in Family Wellness, Pre and Post Natal Wellness and Eldercare providing affordable care for all ages. Offering comprehensive health consultations that are aimed at delivering practical strategies, Colleen’s focus is on building foundational wellness and vitality, treating the person not the ailment or dis-ease. After having a urban, home based practice for over a decade, Colleen created Emery Herbals Dispensary, Healing Suites and Teaching Centre in the small village of Winlaw, BC. Emery Herbals provides open access to consciously sourced botanicals, professional health services and empowering education experiences that encourage and cultivate sustained wellness.
Colleen is passionate about empowering individuals and families to take charge of their wellness through fostering traditional skills and connection to the natural world. Offering a dynamic array of programs and workshops for both adults and children, Colleen is sought out to speak on numerous topics.
Committed to a low impact, net positive life, Colleen, along with her husband and daughter, live off grid in a small footprint, straw-bale home where Colleen is able to live primarily car-free in a rural setting the majority of the year. Colleen also sits as Vice-Chair on the West Kootenay Permaculture Cooperative Association’s Board of Directors working to encourage local food security through education and community outreach. Colleen also sits as a general board of director with the CHAofBC. Most recently Colleen co-organized the Kootenay Herb Conference, hosting the event in Winlaw BC.
Professional Services Offered By Colleen Emery
Your first appointment with Colleen is called the Initial Consultation. You will be asked to fill out a comprehensive intake form where you will have an opportunity to detail your health history, lifestyle choices and potential health concerns you are seeking support with. It is requested that clients bring copies of functional testing paperwork and/or blood work completed within the past 6 months to this appointment.
What to expect:
In this first consultation with Colleen, you will share tea and conversation while reviewing your health and wellness history, as well as possible areas of current concern. Following this a comprehensive iridology and kinesiology examination will be conducted along with Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis. Colleen will also carry out other evaluatory tools such as blood pressure reading, temperature and functional evaluation of any completed blood and/or lab work.
Once all information has been evaluated a wellness strategy will be prepared for your healing program. Colleen is passionate about providing care that fits her clients’ specific needs. Through this assessment, together with Colleen, you will develop a health strategy ready to implement into your life that will be unique to you. A summary of your wellness picture will be provided.
An Initial Consultation is 90 minutes in length and the cost is $80. Colleen offers a sliding scale for those in need.
If you are accessing this service through a distance consultation, you will be asked to provide a photo of your left and your right irises. These along with your intake forms and any testing paperwork are requested 48 hours prior to your consultation times. Distance clients have the option to meet with Colleen through FaceTime, Google Hangout, Skype and/or on the phone.
A Distance Initial Consult is 60 minutes in length and the cost is $80. Colleen offers a sliding scale for those in need.
After an Initial Consultation is completed, clients may now access care with Colleen through booking a Followup Consultation.
What is Iridology?
Iridology is the science and practice of analyzing the iris, the most complex tissue structure in the human anatomy. Iridology reveals the presence of tissue inflammation in the body, where it is located, and what stage it has reached – acute, sub-acute, chronic, or degenerative. The iris reveals the level of constitutional strength, inherent weaknesses, state of health, and the transitions that take place in a person’s organs and tissues according to the way they live.
What is Kinesiology?
Based on the concept of internal energy fundamental to traditional Chinese medicine, muscle testing is a non-invasive way of evaluating the body’s imbalances and assessing its needs. It involves testing the body’s responses when applying slight pressure to a large muscle, to provide information on energy blockages, the functioning of the organs, nutritional deficiencies, and food sensitivities, among other things. It can also be used to test the body’s responses to herbs and other remedies.
Follow-up & Subsequent Consultations
After your initial consultation, a follow-up visit is encouraged in order to regroup and discover what is working to promote and sustain balance in your health and wellness. Tea will be shared and a follow-up evaluatory exam will be conducted. Through this follow-up, your healing strategy may be re-formulated to include new information now being revealed through the healing process.
Time commitment: 45 – 60 minutes.
Aromatherapy Custom Blending Session
The world of Aromatherapy is vast and intricate. Are you looking for a personal scent true to your nature? Or, needing a blend to diffuse in your business or home that is your signature scent? Whether your need be therapeutic or esthetic in nature, Colleen will help guide you to find the aroma that most describes your current situation.
In this unique session, you will work with Colleen to create your very own aromatherapy blend, custom blended from a vast library of pure essential oils from all over the world. Over a cup of tea, Colleen will share and suggest scents to complement your own unique style and personality. You will also learn basic essential oil blending and application, leaving with an aroma true to your needs, as well as the ability to re-create it and others at home on your own.
Time commitment: 60 minutes
Investment: $60 (cost of blend not included)
The Emery Herbals mentorship program was created from over a decade of of engaging and involving Student Herbalists of all levels in the organization and development of many of the programs, dispensary offerings, and online opportunities.
Colleen Emery has a diverse and multi-faceted practice that encompasses several approaches to Herbal Medicine including Western, Eclectic, Ayurveda, & TCM. Through this multi-discipline lens, Colleen offers students of Herbal Medicine unique explorations of learning that are experiential and critical thinking. Students who mentor with Colleen are looking to deepen their understanding of the plant world and ways of applying herbal medicine for holistic wellness.
Colleen also offers mentorship within the field of Clinical Aromatherapy, Medicine Making and Formulation, Iridology, Kinesiology as well as Holistic Business Management.
She is currently not accepting mentorship requests for product development.
Our Mentorship program has one opening per month for a weekly, one-hour mentoring session. Total cost of the monthly program is $175 plus GST. Please reserve your space by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
* Longer Term Mentorship is also available in the form of Apprenticeship. The Emery Herbals Apprentice Program is currently undergoing restructuring. The new and improved program will launch in the Winter of 2020. Interested students are encouraged to send Colleen a cover letter detailing their interest and experience with herbal medicine along with an up to date resume that includes 4 industry references.
EDUCATION & SPEAKING
Passionate about empowering individuals and families to take charge of their wellness through fostering traditional skills and connection to the natural world, Colleen Emery is committed to providing access to educational experiences that liberate, inspire and motivate. With all original content, Colleen has written curriculum for over 15 workshops and long term program intensives.
Through her innate ability to lead a group with a dynamic and often humorous approach, Colleen provides useful, up-to-date information that is delivered in a professional and timely manner. As a warm and engaging speaker Colleen has been sought out to speak at numerous events & conferences including:
Farm Food Fork
Kootenay Herb Conference
Vibrant Life Teleconferencing working with Amish communities
Island Herb Gathering
Classes at the Kootenay Coop
Intergeneration Cooking Series with the WE Graham Community Services Society
Aromatherapy Training at Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences (formerly ACOS)
Connect with Colleen if you are interested in having her speak at your event/conference.