Meet the Ancient Origins Team

About Megan

Megan is a third-generation settler living, working and playing on the Traditional and Unceded territory of the Quw’utsun’ people. Her blood and bones hold Norse and Celtic ancestry, and her spirit is from the Stars. Megan is a Registered Medical Herbalist, intuitive healer and educator with a passion for plant medicine, ceremony, dream work and the stars. She has a strong connection with the astrophysical realm, channeling both Earth and Celestial energy into her practice.  She combines her medical, botanical and spiritual knowledge with heart and womb centered intuition and Earth-based healing practices.  

 

Megan obtained a bachelor of science in biopsychology from the University of Victoria, a Medical Herbalist Diploma (3 years schooling) from Pacific Rim College, has taken masters level counselling courses, studied somatic experiencing with Peter Levine, PhD, studied Ancestral Lineage Healing with Daniel Foor and completed an Alchemical Herbalism program that integrates the practices of alchemy, spagyrics, medical astrology, traditional western herbalism, Ayurveda and indigenous traditions.  

 

Megan worked in the field of Mental Health and Addictions for 11 years. Much of her strength as a confident trauma informed practitioner has come from her professional experience working as Psychiatric Case Manager where trauma informed practice, crisis intervention, and risk assessments are foundational. Although her formal education and career has provided a solid foundation for her practice, her most valuable education stems from studying with Earth based healers from around the globe, where she witnessed the deep relationship between plants and people, experienced the healing power of nature and learnt directly from the plants and spirits.

 

Since Megan was a child she has been in connection with spirit, the star beings and nature. At the age of 21 she began a three-year Core Shamanism program of advanced initiations in shamanic healing through the Michael Harner Institute. Shortly thereafter, she had the great honor to study with Haida Medicine Man Nungkaathgaa (Douglas Wilson) and continued working with him until his recent passing in 2020. This training involved intensive initiation work through Rites of Passage, ceremony, energy healing, journey work and depossession training. Megan is deeply grateful and humbled for the opportunity to study under such a brilliant mentor. In 2011-2012 Megan studied Metaphysics and Dream work with Chaty Secaira. Soon thereafter, she mentored under Celtic Witch and Herbalist Sean Padraig O’Donoghue where she learned the magical uses of herbal / fungal medicines, somatic herbalism, intuitive diagnostics, ceremony and ritual. In between studies and apprenticeships Megan has travelled to South America, Africa, Mexico, Central America and Europe to study plant medicine ceremony and work in traditional ways. Since 2019 Megan has been and is currently mentoring under Norse / Coast Salish Shamanic practitioner Betsy Bergstrom where she is deepening her skill set in Compassionate depossession, curse unwinding, Seidr, Norse energy healing and other shamanic healing modalities. She is currently taking a 1.5 year apprenticeship program with Norse Shaman Johannes B. Gårdbäck, with the intention of deepening her connection with her Norse Ancestry and healing practices, and studying the ancient European practices of Bee Shamanism. 

 

Megan’s passion is supporting individuals to connect with their soul purpose, true self essence and help others remember how to live in connection and harmony with the Earth. Megan's intention is to integrate modern medicine and traditional herbal psychospiritual practices to assist individuals on their healing journey towards health and wholeness of being. 

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About Jenna

Jenna is a naturopathic doctor with a passion for herbal medicine and connecting with nature to stimulate the body’s unique healing capabilities.  She has a keen interest in the areas of mental health and endocrinology, with a life calling in empowering individuals to become their best self.  One of Jenna’s goals as a naturopathic physician is in helping individuals tap into their intuitive perception, so informed decisions and healthy questioning can be made.  Medicine is both a science and art; an individualized approach to healing is necessary in order to create positive change within.  Jenna’s love for plant medicine is rooted in the concept that nature holds an inherent healing capability, and when we are immersed in a symbiotic relationship, a balanced mind-body-spirit can be nourished. 
 
Jenna’s quest for knowledge and insatiable thirst to understand why things were the way they were, led her to naturopathic medicine.  Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree (with distinction) in biopsychology from the University of Victoria and post-graduate naturopathic medical training from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) in New Westminster.  At the end of her journey at Boucher she was blessed to receive the prestigious awards of Academic Excellence and Clinical Excellence, as well as representing her class as valedictorian. 

For more information about Jenna, naturopathic medicine, services and booking, please visit her website: https://www.drjennawaddynd.com

Introducing Alina

Alina is a registered Acupuncturist and Clinical Herbalist with a reverence for the innate intelligence and healing capacity of the human body - and a passion for assisting people in accessing it.  

 

Her journey to integrative medicine began with a 2-year education in Nursing at the University of Calgary, which afforded her rewarding clinical placements in a variety of healthcare settings. Over the next several years she travelled, learning from various healers around the world, in search of the answers to the mysteries of health and healing. Eventually she found her way to Pacific Rim College to pursue an education in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Herbalism. There, she attained two diplomas in Phytotherapy and Acupuncture and graduated both programs with the highest distinction, completing over a thousand hours of clinical practice.

 

Currently, Alina works for and studies under Cowichan Valley herbalist and healer, Megan Waddy as well as maintaining her own clinical practice. She is continually fascinated by the relationships between mind and body (psychoneuroendocrinology/ psychoneuroimmunology) and is passionate about supporting individuals to facilitate deep healing in every aspect of their lives. She enjoys working with a variety of conditions and is inspired by the challenge that each new patient brings. Her approach to Herbal Medicine is grounded in the evidence-based and traditional uses of plants, and supported by constitutional assessment and intuitive clinical decision-making. 

She is also excited to begin offering Acupuncture services! in April 2022. 

You can contact Alina at: alinabakerherbalist@gmail.com or book a 15-minute "Meet and Greet" here. 

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