Starting in 2018, we’ll be offering our workshops at various community centres around Vancouver! The first ones will be at Trout Lake Community Centre – Feb. 28th and Mar. 7th. Stay tuned for more details as our workshop schedule gets updated. Don’t forget you can also book private workshops for your friends and family, which can be held in the comfort of your own home! Contact us to get more info.

Feb. 28th: Ways to Reduce Your Family’s Exposure to Toxins

Trout Lake Community Centre, 6:30-8pm

Every day, we’re exposed to toxic chemicals that are linked to illnesses such as allergies, developmental disabilities, and cancer. Join us for this informative workshop, where you will learn how simple, small changes in your home and lifestyle can make a big impact on the health of your family. We’ll talk about everything from food and nutrition to personal care products, to the air quality of your home, to water quality, to furniture and other household items.

Cost: $15, including tax.

Register here.

Mar. 7th: The Art of Making Lotions, Potions, and Scrubs

Trout Lake Community Centre, 6:30-8pm

Get step-by-step instructions and hands-on experience creating natural body care & household products, including a hand salve, lip balm, facial cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, and an all-purpose cleaner. All supplies will be provided.

Cost: $50, including tax.

Register here.



Fairs, Festivals, and Markets

In the spring, I’ll be showcasing and selling my services and products at various fairs, festivals, and markets. Stay tuned for more details!

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Be sure to also check out the Past Workshops tab above to get an idea of the range of workshops that I offer and the testimonials below to see what past workshop participants have said about my workshops!




All About Hair – Special Workshop

Learn the essential techniques to cut your child’s hair, and make your own natural haircare products!

Featuring step-by-step, basic instructions to help you understand the foundations of several common children’s hairstyles. This workshop will be a combination of technical demonstrations / breakdowns and hands-on experience in making all-natural adult and baby shampoo and conditioner.

All supplies included, and you bring home all of the products you make!

Past Workshop Date:
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 – The Powerhouse Chiropractic, 1675 Main Street, Vancouver.


The Art of Making Lotions, Potions, and Scrubs – Part I

Get instruction and hands-on experience creating these natural body care & household products:

  • Lotions & creams
  • Lip balm
  • Facial cleanser
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Hand soap
  • All-purpose cleaner & More!

Supplies included, and you get to bring home everything you make!

Past Workshop Dates:
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016 – The Powerhouse Chiropractic, 1675 Main Street, Vancouver.
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017 – 1623 E. 21st Avenue, Vancouver.

The Art of Making Lotions, Potions, and Scrubs – Part II

As with our Part I workshop, you get instruction and hands-on experience creating your own natural body care & household products, and then take them home with you. All supplies and a take-home recipe guide are provided.  In this workshop, we make the following five products:

  • Healing and nourishing facial moisturizer
  • Tinted lip balm
  • Repairing hand salve
  • Remineralizing tooth powder
  • Immunity essential oil blend
Past Workshop Dates:
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017 – The Powerhouse Chiropractic, 1675 Main Street, Vancouver.
  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Suite 5 – 237 West 16th Street, North Vancouver.

Holiday Lotions & Potions: Intro on How to Make Your Own Body Care & Cleaning Products

Learn to whip up your own natural body care & household products, perfect for everyday use and as holiday gifts!

You see live demonstration of making all-natural shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, lip balm, facial oil, hand soap, all-purpose cleaner, & more. You also get to make & bring home your own natural facial cleanser & moisturizer!

Past Workshop Date:

  • Monday, November 28, 2016 – 1110-750 West Broadway, Vancouver.


Simple Ways to Reduce Your Baby’s Exposure to Toxins

Being healthy and green doesn’t mean that you have to give up your current lifestyle or that you have to spend a lot of money. This workshop teaches participants simple steps that they can take to reduce their family’s exposure to toxic chemicals. It is perfect for expecting and new parents. Topics covered include air and water quality, food and nutrition, personal care and cleaning products, baby gear, and nursery design.

Past Workshop Dates:
  • Monday, April 25, 2016 – Childbearing Society, Vancouver
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016 – South Community Birthing Program, Vancouver
  • Monday, June 27, 2016 – Childbearing Society, Vancouver
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 5:30-6:00pm – Echo Cafe, 116 E. 14th St, North Vancouver.
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016, 10:00-11:30am – The Powerhouse Chiropractic, 1675 Main Street, Vancouver.

Recipes for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Home

Learn how  to have a healthy mind, body, and home! This workshop goes beyond the introductory workshop, Simple Ways to Reduce Your Baby’s Exposure to Toxins, and provides even more detailed and practical tips that you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle. You learn how to easily reduce your family’s exposure to toxins and boost your immune system to better handle unavoidable toxins. We walk through recipes for personal care and household products, and immune-boosting foods, as well as stress management strategies and ways to incorporate physical activity into your life.

You get to see live demonstrations of many recipes, as well as handouts so that you can start taking action at home right away!

Past Workshop Dates:
  • Monday, September 19, 2016 – Circus Play Cafe, 1650 E. 12th Avenue, Vancouver.
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Place Maillardville, 1200 Cartier Avenue, Coquitlam.

Top 5 Ways to Create a Healthy and Green Home for Your Family

This 30-minute free talk covers the top 5 things you can do to create a healthy and green home for your family. If you want a taste of what you can learn in my more in-depth workshops, this is the talk for you.

Past Workshop Dates:
  • Monday, July 18, 2016 – The Juice Truck, Vancouver
  • Friday, July 29, 2016 – Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society, Vancouver








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Workshop Testimonials

I attended one of Iona’s workshops and it was well organized with all the ingredients we needed being available and stations were set up ready to go for attendees. We walked away with the products we made which was great. My favourite so far was the tinted lip balm, I used less mica than recommended as I wanted a less dramatic look and the shade turned out great! I love how all the ingredients are all natural and I feel great about using it every day multiple times a day. The workshop was interactive and it was great that we got to bring the recipes home with us too. A big bonus is that all the products are baby and pregnant women safe. The only thing I wished was different was that we could have more time to ask the questions about things like the essential oils we were using. It’s easy to tell that Iona has a lot of knowledge and passion for the work she does and I’ll likely continue to try and make more of my own lip balm once the ones I made run out. If asked whether I’d sign up for this workshop again knowing what I know now, the answer is yes!

Claudia C.

The Art of Making Lotions, Potions, and Scrubs Workshop was simple, fun and best of all, sent me home with everything I needed to get started!


The Art of Making Lotions, Potions, and Scrubs Workshop was really well organized. Great that ingredients were pre-measured. Ingredients were explained well…benefits, tips, cautions. I smell fantastic! A great workshop for anyone who wants to make their own healthy products. Simple and easy. Iona is friendly and informative.


The DIY Holiday Lotions and Potions Workshop was very practical and informative. Iona is very knowledgeable.


The DIY Holiday and Lotions Workshop was a great introductory course on DIY all natural products used everyday! A must if you love hands-on projects or if you love all natural products!


Anyone who wants to live a healthy and informed life – whether you’re a parent or not – would benefit from time spent with Iona! Her sessions are informative and her style is approachable. Thank you for doing what you do!

Sawngjai Dear Bhokanandh

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