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MEET YOUR HERBALIST

Hi, I’m Gina Badger (she/they), and I am the clinical energetic herbalist who runs Long Spell. I am a queer nonbinary femme of mixed western european ancestry born on Cree territory and currently living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. My life work is contributing to a collective vision of holistic health care that’s equally heartfelt and irreverent, down-to-earth and visionary, gentle and rigorous.

I launched Long Spell in 2018, and I have been growing and making my own medicine, offering workshops, and serving as a community herbalist for more than ten years. I have completed over 1,000 hours of training in herbal medicine, botany, and first aid. Before training as an herbalist, I worked as a visual artist and editor for over a decade, having earned an MSc in Visual Studies from MIT (2010) and a BFA in Studio Art and Art History from Concordia University (2008).

Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes are my primary teachers, and I continue to benefit from their mentorship. Thanks to their teachings, my practice is informed by both Indigenous energetic principles (via Karyn’s Choctaw lineage) and the western herbal tradition. As a white settler practicing earth-based medicine on occupied Indigenous lands, I am committed to a lifelong process of transparency and reciprocity with respect to the knowledge I have been entrusted with. I welcome engagement on this topic for those who are interested—contact me using the form below!

I regularly access additional mentorship and training to expand my capacity as a practitioner. I am currently pursuing professional development with Colleen Emery, I participate in a Blue Otter peer mentor group, and I have benefitted from the visionary support of the Turtle Tank School for Radical Purpose.

Education and Training

2020–22

Holistic Herbalism Advanced Clinical Program

Emery Herbals (Winlaw, BC)

2019

Materia Medica and Medicine-Making

Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies (Salt Spring Island, BC)

2017–18

Light Falling from the Stars: Advanced Practitioner Program

Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine (Fort Jones, CA)

2017–18

Student Clinic, BCCCS Wellness Centre

Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies (Vancouver, BC)

2015

Certificate in Energetic Herbalism

Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine (Fort Jones, CA)

2015

Wilderness First Aid and CPR PRO

MASHH + Wild River Medical Training (Klamath River, CA)

2014

Organic Master Gardener

Gaia College (Toronto, ON)

2014

Queer Ancestral Healing Worskshop

Dori Midnight and Atava Garcia Swiecicki

2007

Monteregian Flora

McGill University (Montreal, QC)

2005

Practical Herbology Field Course

Flora Medicina (Montreal, QC)

Did you know?

Herbalism is an unregulated modality in Canada, so herbalists and our clients alike are responsible for educating ourselves about expectations for training and care. This means we are continually co-creating what it means to work within this robust, ancestral, and culturally diverse modality. I am currently a student member of the BC Herbalists’ Association, which has the highest standard of education of any herbal association in North America. I am committed to transparency about my training and my working methods, so please get in touch if you would like to know more.

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