Innisfree is also an internationally registered Botanic Garden and a herbal farm near Courtenay on Vancouver Island. We host an extensive collection of medicinal plants and a dispensary making herbal teas and other preparations. We grow a garden of culinary herbs, medicinal plants, vegetables and berries.
The Green Dream Café, the Garden Shop, and the Botanic Garden at Innisfree are open on Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm, June to September. The Green Dream Café was reviewed in Vancouver Island Beyond Victoria Magazine (July 20, 2016) "Innisfree offers a tranquil oasis for an al fresco lunch".
Chanchal Cabrera has been a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) since 1987, and she has been in clinical practice continuously since then, offering herbal healing to thousands of patients. Chanchal obtained her MSc in herbal medicine at the University of Wales in 2003 and she has held the faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster since 2004. She serves on the board of advisors of Dominion Herbal College in Burnaby, on the editorial board of Medical Herbalism clinical newsletter and she publishes widely in professional journals and lectures internationally on medical herbalism, nutrition and health. Chanchal is the author of the book ‘Fibromyalgia – A Journey Toward Healing’ published by Contemporary Books. She is a certified Master Gardener and a certified Horticulture Therapist. Chanchal is trained in Inquiry Based Science Education and holds diplomas in Botanic Garden Management and in Botanic Garden Education from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London). In 2009 Chanchal was honored with a Fellowship in the National Institute of Medical Herbalists for service to the profession over 25 years.
Chanchal lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband run Innisfree Botanic Garden, a 7 acre learning centre specializing in medicinal and food plants.
Born and raised in Paris, did undergraduate studies in Caen in Normandie, moved to Montréal to teach plant physiology to students almost my age, did graduate studies in Raleigh (North Carolina) and worked 30 years in research for the Canadian Department of Agriculture. From a soil biologist, expert at chemical control of nematodes, I turned genetic engineer, and finished as head of a department of Molecular Biology. Dr. Vrain retired 16 years ago, but I resuscitated him 6 years ago, with a mission to educate about the chemical contamination of food and feed from sprayed GMO crops and cereals. I have lectured extensively across Canada and the USA on this topic. I am slowly retiring from this campaign to give more energy to create the Botanic Garden and the vision of Innisfree. On the side I enjoy growing food and teaching about life and how we are all related. And I cook.