Medicine & Knowledge Keepers

We are so grateful to work alongside these amazing and talented knowledge keepers.  You are welcome to connect with us through if you are interest in a workshop or presentation in your community or organization.  Please also feel free to connect with any of us individually if you are interested in any of our creations.

~Bios below~
Robynne Edgar
Traditional medicine educator and herbalist
Beangka Elliott
W̱SÁNEĆ Traditional Plant Knowledge Keeper
Harmony Phillon
  Melaina Patenaude  
  Métis Herbalist

Robynne Edgar

I am a Cree/Metis and Japanese herbalist who grew up in a gathering culture among the mountains and the Salish Sea.  I began harvesting wild foods at the age of 6 and have always had a special connection to the land, and a love for plants.  In 2013 I began formally studying plant medicine and have completed 2 Herbalism apprenticeships in Western Herbalism, Native and non-Native Plants, Human Physiology, Formulation and Herbal Pharmacy. I am extremely grateful for the many teachers I have had the honour to learn from including Elders Gerald Oleman and Alex Nelson, and fellow plant lovers Dr. Nancy Turner, Elise Krohn, and Jessy Dellman.

After experiencing increasing interests for herbal medicines and traditional teachings within the communities I work with, I made a commitment to be part of revitalizing these practices.  In 2017 Wild About Plants was born and I began offering educational workshops in partnership with Indigenous communities and organizations across British Columbia.  I didn't know where to go for this kind of knowledge when I was younger, or even as a young adult and it makes me so happy to play a small part in passing on what I’ve learned to the next generation of eager learners, the best way I know how.  

I look forward to connecting with you and our plant relatives in the future. 

Beangka Elliott

Beangka Elliott is the daughter of master carver Charles Elliott from Tsartlip First Nation and Myrna Crossley from Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. She has grown up in the Tsartlip community and has been immersed in WSÁNEĆ family, culture and traditions. She is passionate about community work; social action initiatives; Indigenous food systems; land stewardship and advocacy for shifting culture through consent-based practices and collective decision making. She grounds her work in her cultural values and decolonial learning.  

She has a diverse education and career background and dedicates her time to sharing traditional knowledges of Indigenous foods and medicines through workshop-based learning. She shares her passion for social justice and environmentalism by developing workshops and public lectures that inspire both Indigenous People and Canadian settlers to develop curiosity and understandings of the ongoing impacts of colonization. She strives for a shared vision of health and wellness for communities, and through collaboration, supporting the interests and goals of communities.  

Sarah Rhude

  I am a  lnu’sgw, Mi’kmaq/Algonquin/French woman on my mother’s side, and I have mixed European, settler ancestry on my father’s side. I was born in Sioux Lookout and was raised in Anishinabek territory, in and around Northern Ontario, as well as many territories within what is now known as Interior British Columbia. For the last twenty-one years, I have had the honour to work, live, and learn in and amongst the Coast Salish, Nuuchahnulth, and Kwakwaka'wakw territories and peoples. Developing relationships with and learning (with permission) from and with the land, plants, animals, water, and people, and working with traditional materials from the land to make art, medicine, and regalia has made me a strong Indigenous woman and advocate and continues to provide healing for me. Sharing teachings, artistic and culturally based skills, and the knowledge and stories I carry are paramount in all the work I do. Working as an Indigenous educator has incited my passion to facilitate the furthering of Indigenous governance, particularly with regard to our right to access land-based education. 

The creation of Nkwe’ji’j ~ Little Sister three years ago has allowed me to provide access to the medicines, art, and regalia I make, as well as share my traditional language and culture through medicine and workshops. Some workshops include; medicine making, connecting to and developing plant relative relationships, beading, mocassin making, drumming, drum making, and rattle making, as well as professional development workshops regarding weaving Indigenous ways of knowing and being in a culturally safe way for educators and organizations. I am also a member of Aunty Collective which provides a digital platform for Indigenous artists and professionals to highlight their specialized skill set and creations/art while providing a place for all to access authentic Indigenous works.   

Msit No’kmaq/ All My Relations, 
Sarah Rhude, 
O-yee-ik suke-yaat-suke-uksupe- Woman who walks with medicine

Harmony Phillon

Harmony Pillon is an artist, educator, herbalist and astrologer, with a passion for medicine making, herb growing, ethical wild-foraging and land stewardship. Harmony is of Irish, French, German, Jewish and Anishinaabe/ Ojibwe ancestry.  Harmony grew up in the southernmost waters of the lower Great Lakes Region in the traditional territories of the Myaamia, Mississauga and Anishinaabek peoples.  A deep connection to the land through craft and plants was fostered as a child and continued to evolve as an amazing channel of communication with the earth. Harmony currently makes her home on Vancouver Island, on the ancestral territories of the K’ómoks, We Wai Kum, We Wai Kai, & Homalco Nations; home to where the coastal rainforests meet the ocean tides. 

Harmony’s formal educational background lies in art, education, and environmental studies which provided a tangible beginning for her exploration and study of sustainable living and farming practices, traditional craft, and herbal medicine through various apprenticeships and programs. Since moving to Vancouver Island in 2015, she has  been part of the Ravensong Herbal Apprenticeship program, and continues to evolve her role as assistant instructor. Harmony has been working with plants full-time for 7 years, crafting an integral practice and relationship while actively growing, harvesting, and crafting medicine as Assistant Manager of Ravensong Seeds & Herbals. 

Harmony is the founder of Craftin’ Wild Harmony; a multifaceted offering that combines art, education, craft and astrological practices with heart-centered intuitive plant medicine. Craftin’ Wild Harmony's offerings include astrology readings, holistic herbal consultations, plant medicine, hand-printed botanical art, as well as custom illustration. Additionally Harmony also teaches fundamental herbal classes such as Herbal First Aid, Children’s Herbal Beginnings, Plant Spirit Drawing and as well as Botanical Illustration. Harmony offers a wealth of unique experiential knowledge that ties together many modalities and traditions. She enjoys steeping herself fully in the exploration of the plants and being present to the more subtle and intangible musings of nature thought plant meditations, art, and the study of astrology. 

Harmony is currently accepting new clients for herbal or astrological support. The foundation of her practice in both herbalism and astrology is holistic, embodied and deeply connected to land, cycle and wholeness. 
For more information or to book a herbal consultation or astrology reading , please email her at and check out her website (coming soon)

Melaina Patenaude  

Melaina Patenaude (she/her/hers) is of Georgian Bay Métis and mixed European ancestry. She grew up in Blackfoot and Ktunaxa territories and now resides primarily in Quw’utsun’ territory on Vancouver Island. Melaina connects deeply to the importance of fostering collective stewardship for the natural world, and values cultivating meaningful relationships with people, animals, and Mother Earth. She is passionate about wildcrafting and medicine making, which is rooted in her reverence for traditional knowledge about native plants, food systems, and ecology that has been entrusted and passed down to her.

Melaina has worked for over a decade in food security and community development, mainly alongside Indigenous communities across Western Canada and the Territories, helping to strengthen local food systems and empower local knowledge keepers. She is passionate about [energetically and nutritionally] vibrant food, resilient ecosystems, food sovereignty, land stewardship, traditional food practices, and empowering people and communities. 

 Melaina created Land Apothecary in 2015 as a platform to connect people and plants. She creates handcrafted herbal teas, soaps, skincare products, and herbal medicines to share. All products are made from, and inspired by, the plants and medicines she wildcrafts, with respect, from her natural surroundings. She also enjoys facilitating herbal medicine workshops and spending time out on the land with others.