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Building Resilience

The Essential Guide to
Holistic Cancer Care

with Chanchal Cabrera,
medical herbalist

Building Resilience - The Essential Guide to Holistic Cancer Care

According to the American Cancer Society, a little over 1.9 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the US in 2023 with an estimated 609,820 cases resulting in death in the US in 2023. Cancer is expected to surpass cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death worldwide in the coming years.

The likelihood of any one of us developing cancer in our lifetime is over 39%, but there is good news here…

A holistic approach to cancer keeps the patient at the center of the equation, bringing a nature-based perspective to the table. It considers all health, social, and interpersonal influences that have a bearing on outcomes, with high regard for the wishes of the individual.

Are you interested in proactive preventative medicine to reduce the risk of cancer and to delay its progression?

Do you want to know more about how a holistic approach to cancer can collaborate with conventional care for the best possible outcomes?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then this is the program for you.

You may already know that natural therapies, especially herbs, help many aspects of cancer care. You may have experienced how plants can play a key role in maintaining vitality, health, and resilience before a diagnosis as preventive care and following a diagnosis as treatment and supportive care.

Even so, you might be asking questions…

📌 What exactly is cancer, and how do interventions work?

📌 Are there specific anti-cancer protocols backed by science and tradition?

📌 What herbs can be used safely and effectively during conventional cancer therapy?

📌 What’s the best way to communicate with a medical team that might be skeptical or wary of natural therapies? 

📌 How do we leverage genetic testing to determine the most effective treatments?

📌 Is it possible for holistic care and conventional medical care to collaborate for better outcomes?

📌 How can we empower individuals to face a cancer diagnosis with full support and collaboration from all caregivers?

Building Resilience will show you how holistic cancer protocols work, why they matter, and how to use them safely and effectively.

A challenge we face today is that health care can be fragmented and treatment options can be confusing, leaving patients feeling overwhelmed and alone.

Building Resilience provides an essential guide for anyone in a supportive role, offering cancer prevention as well as care following a diagnosis. These practical guidelines and helpful strategies can be realistically implemented and provide safe and effective use of natural therapies in holistic cancer care.

What does the term holistic cancer care mean anyway?

Holistic cancer care is often called integrative or alternative, but it’s better described as collaborative care. This approach introduces a nature-based perspective and, by collaborating with a full team, achieves the best results for those diagnosed with cancer.

Supporting individuals resembles piecing together a puzzle: everything intertwines, works together, and, above all, succeeds.

In this way, we’re lifted from a pit of fear and overwhelm, to a state of empowered resilience, creating a heart-centered healing environment rooted in nature and focused on wellness, joy, peace, and a life worth living.

Enroll in Building Resilience today, and become an advocate for a heart-centered healing environment, aiming for wellness, joy, peace, and life. Empower yourself and those around you with the knowledge and tools to approach cancer care holistically.

Because together, we can rewrite the narrative on cancer care.

What's Inside this Program?

Through the course of this extensive 6-week program, you will learn to…

This program also includes the following BONUS materials...

Over 3 additional hours of pre-recorded video content

🎥 Topical Use of Botanicals for Cancer

🎥 Lobelia in Cancer Care

🎥 Virtual Tour: The Herbalist’s Library – My Top 5 Books on Healing Cancer

🎥 Webinar Replay: Finding Clarity: How to Read and Understand Research Papers as an Herbalist

Study Aids

Note-taking guide: Summary and Key Points 

Resources and Reference documents

Two case studies

Certificate of Completion

What's in the Curriculum?

Tuesday, Nov 7, 6:30pm-8:30pm ET

Understanding Cancer with Chanchal Cabrera

The mechanics of cancer can be complicated with many different cell vulnerabilities, cell responses, and cell behaviors, as well as many drugs and many side effects to treatment. Understanding the pathophysiology, the pathways and the steps that allow cancer to grow and flourish, knowing what exactly cancer is and how it comes about, allows targeted herbal, nutritional, and even drug treatment, and better knowledge of how to manage risk and optimize treatments.

In this class, Chanchal will explore the idea of cancer as a systemic disease, why it happens, what allows it to progress, and how we can influence our genetics to promote wellness. By identifying common triggers and strategies to avoid risk, we can be empowered to practice and implement holistic strategies.

Thursday, Nov 9, 6:30pm-8:00pm ET

Liver Health, Detoxification, and Cancer with Todd Caldecott

Todd will present a deep and wide discussion of the role of environment and bio-terrain in cancer development and how to use herbs, specific nutrients, and other self-care practices for promoting detoxification, and removing the burden from the liver and immune system. He will reference traditional nature cure practices as well as cutting-edge information, specifically regarding molecular nutrition and targeted herbs for waste removal and tissue detox.

Tuesday, Nov 14, 6:30pm-8:30pm ET

Measuring and Counting Cancer – Pathology reports, blood work, scans with Chanchal Cabrera

In this class, Chanchal will review some of the language used to describe cancer –– decoding and interpreting the pathology and blood work to make sense of the situation and understand what is happening. Scans and imaging may be necessary for proper monitoring, but they do involve exposure to low-level radiation and noxious tracers or markers and, for that reason, require specific protocols, which will be covered.

Thursday, Nov 16, 6:30pm-8:00pm ET

Specialized Genetic and Other Testing for Understanding Cancer with Jason Miller

Conventional medical treatment of cancer is helpful in many cases, alongside herbs, nutrition, and other natural medicines. If inappropriately applied, however, their effectiveness may falter. With the rising plethora of new immunotherapy drugs and with the continuing high failure rate of conventional chemotherapy, it is critically important to test for anticipated sensitivity or resistance to drugs when possible. Many such tests exist which should be routinely applied in most cases but often are not unless the patient requests more proactive care. This class will explore the use of testing to better understand cancer in unique individuals and how to determine which drugs are applicable, including immunotherapies.

Tuesday, Nov 21, 6:30pm-8:30pm ET

Principles of Herbal Formulating with Chanchal Cabrera

Choosing herbs and creating a formula for someone with cancer requires careful consideration of the ‘terrain’ and an understanding of the process of their disease. From predisposing factors to excitatory and sustaining causes, this process informs the practitioner how to direct treatment choices accordingly. In this class, Chanchal will review the use of herbs for physiological enhancement and normalizing functions, as well as the use of herbs for pathological correction and effecting change. We will also review evidence-based herbal medicine, from traditional clinical practice and modern research into plant compounds, and how to put all that information into a coherent plan of action.

Tuesday, Nov 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm ET

Specific Formulating for Cancer with Chanchal Cabrera

In this class, Chanchal will explore and review specific herbs and targeted supplements to address identified metabolic pathways co-opted by cancer. Natural remedies can be used to regulate cyclooxygenase and lipoxygenase and manage inflammation, reduce oxidative stress in healthy cells and promote oxidative damage in cancer cells, reduce the side effects of chemo, inhibit abnormal blood clotting, control cell cycling, induce apoptosis, and to address underlying comorbidities and individual systemic weaknesses. Safety, dosing, and herb-drug interactions, as well as clinical best practices, will be covered.

Thursday, Nov 30, 6:30pm-8:30pm ET

Materia Medica for Cancer – Cytotoxic Herbs, Part 1 with Chanchal Cabrera

Treating cancer for many natural practitioners is largely a matter of supportive therapies, helping to heal mouth sores, manage diarrhea and vomiting, often with little treatment directed specifically at the tumor burden. However, there are cytotoxic and anti-cancer herbs available for the more experienced practitioner.

This class is intended for information only and not for specific prescribing unless directed by an advanced clinical practitioner. Nevertheless, it is important to note the value and utility of these herbs, which can be combined in many cases alongside conventional chemotherapy and sometimes even up-regulating it.

Tuesday, Dec 5, 6:30pm-8:30pm ET

Materia Medica for Cancer – Cytotoxic Herbs, Part 2 with Chanchal Cabrera

This class continues the discussion of cytotoxic herbs for addressing the tumor burden in a patient. Chanchal will give an overview of the phytopharmacology and active constituents of these plants, including…

  • Pharmacology and how the herbs work, active pathways, and clinical uses
  • Pharmacokinetics and how the herbs get absorbed, distributed, and eliminated
  • Herb-drug interactions, safety, dosing, contra-indications

Wednesday, Dec 6, 6:30pm-8:00pm ET

Supporting the Cancer Patient with Diet and Fasting with Paul Bergner

The metabolism in the cancer patient requires increased nutrition, while immunity, metabolism, and tissue repair also benefit from a period of fasting. Learn how to optimize antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements in the diet, how to optimize protein intake, and how to skillfully use the tools of intermittent fasting and the ketogenic diet for robust immunity, metabolic health, and tissue healing.

Tuesday, Dec 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm ET

Putting it Together: Real Case Reviews with Chanchal Cabrera

Dive deep into two cancer case reports drawn from Chanchal’s clinical practice and learn the logic and strategic thinking behind the protocols. Synergies, contra-indications, dosing, timing, and reasoning will be discussed. There will be ample space for class participation.

Thursday, Dec 14, 6:30pm-8:30pm ET

Final Wrap-Up and Q&A with Chanchal Cabrera

As Chanchal reviews the material, helping you to see the big picture, you will have plenty of time to share your questions and your own experience.

About Your Teacher

Chanchal Cabrera

Chanchal Cabrera


Chanchal is a medical herbalist and has been in clinical practice for 35 years with a specialty in holistic oncology. She is the author of Fibromyalgia: A Journey towards Healing and her new book Holistic Cancer Care: An Herbal Approach to Preventing Cancer, Helping Patients Thrive during Treatment, and Minimizing the Risk of Recurrence. She held the faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster from 2004 to 2016, and she publishes widely in professional journals and lectures internationally on medical herbalism, nutrition, and health.

Chanchal is also a certified Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) practitioner, a certified Master Gardener, and a certified Horticulture Therapist. Chanchal lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where she and her husband manage Innisfree Farm & Botanic Garden, a 7-acre internationally registered botanic garden specializing in food and medicine plants, and where they host apprenticeships in sustainable food production and herbal medicine. The farm also hosts Gardens without Borders, a federally registered not-for-profit society established to run the botanic garden and provide horticulture therapy.

In addition to the core classes taught live by Chanchal Cabrera, we’ve lined up 3 additional teachers to add even more depth to the topics!

Todd Caldecott

Todd Caldecott is a clinical herbalist with 27 years of clinical experience and a deep foundational background in medical herbalism, Ayurveda, and other herbal traditions. He is a registered professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and director of the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine.

He is a published author/editor of many articles, papers, and books on the subject of herbal medicine, health, and Ayurveda, including Ayurveda the Divine Science of Life (2006), Ayurveda in Nepal (2009), and Food As Medicine (2011).

Since 2002, Todd has maintained a close relationship with a group of hereditary physicians located in Kathmandu and incorporates many of their artisanal remedies in his practice. In 2014 Todd was the Visiting Mitchell Scholar at Bastyr University and lectures at conferences and symposiums internationally. Todd lives on a small herb farm, where he also maintains a clinic and dispensary on the Sunshine Coast of BC.

Paul Bergner

Paul Bergner

Paul Bergner is the Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. He is a medical herbalist, clinical nutritionist, educator, author, and naturalist. He has studied and practiced natural medicine, nutrition, and medical herbalism since 1973, has written seven books, and has published and edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989.

Paul has taught all aspects of clinical herbalism/nutrition since 1996 and has taught academically at university undergraduate and master's levels. He has mentored more than 400 students through 8-month clinical residency programs.

Jason Miller, DACM, LAc

Jason Miller is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. His approach bridges the ecological principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with modern biomedical science and research to create an integrated framework for deepening our understanding of human physiology.

Jason's goal is to help people find ways to overcome cancer and chronic disease, to help them live happier, healthier lives, and to turn complex medical concepts into easily accessible information.

He offers consultations and patient care services for people with cancer and chronic disease and for the practitioners who support them.

Let's rewrite the narrative on cancer care together!

Building Resilience

The Essential Guide to Holistic Cancer Care

  • 6-week course with live classes
  • Over 3 hours of additional pre-recorded lectures
  • A vibrant active community to support you
  • Lifetime availability to program
  • Certificate of Completion
$ 375

100% Worth It!

We are so committed to our programs we will happily refund your full tuition price within 30 days of the start of the program if you are unhappy with it.

Need Help or Have Questions?

Program Overview

Building Resilience provides an essential guide for anyone in a supportive role, offering cancer prevention as well as care following a diagnosis. In this 6-week course, you will learn practical guidelines and helpful strategies that can be realistically implemented and provide safe and effective use of natural therapies in holistic cancer care.


In this 6-week course, you will learn how to:


  • Describe the fundamental principles of holistic and preventative medicine for cancer
  • Interpret laboratory reports and blood work to understand an individual’s physical state
  • Define the key constituents, actions, and applications of a wide range of plants specific to managing cancer
  • Identify safety concerns and give appropriate dosing of each herb
  • Develop personalized wellness protocols for patients
  • Confidently provide effective and safe herbal support to people with cancer
  • Apply preventative health care measures in your personal and professional life

This course will take place within BotanicWise’s virtual Mighty Network Community.

The BotanicWise virtual community is compatible with all devices so you can conveniently access all class materials at home or on the go. You can download the Mighty Networks App directly from the App Store or Google Play Store by searching for "Mighty Networks." The iOS app is compatible for both iPhone and iPad, and the Android app is designed to work perfectly on your favorite Android device. Otherwise, you can use Text Me the App, the prompt at the bottom of your Personal Settings page of your Mighty Network account.

Who Is This Program Perfect For?

  • People who already have some experience and education with herbalism and/or health background.
  • Advanced students of herbal medicine, naturopathic, or nutrition wanting to learn practical clinical skills
  • Newly qualified practitioners broadening their knowledge
  • Experienced practitioners looking for a specialty review, a deep dive into one pathology to expand their clinical skills
  • Members of professional health associations requiring continuing education hours (certificate of attendance provided on request)

This is an online program that requires a computer, laptop, or device with internet access. If you lack the technology or know-how to participate online, this program may not be an option for you.


Building Resilience is not a good fit for you if you’re looking to replace a medical team’s recommended treatment with alternative therapies. This program seeks to provide guidelines for patient-centered, collaborative care, respecting all members of the healing team and empowering individuals to communicate confidently with their medical team about using herbs and supplements alongside conventional treatment.

Tuition and Guarantee

Full tuition for this in-depth course is $375.

Yes, we offer partial scholarships depending on financial need. Click here to complete our Scholarship Application.

There is no expiration date for access to course materials.

No, there is no need to renew membership. Your tuition includes ongoing access to course materials.

Yes! We offer a 100% “Worth It” guarantee. We are so committed to our programs we will happily refund you your full tuition price if you are unhappy with the course. Refunds must be requested by December 8, 2023.

We accept all major credit cards as well as PayPal. We also offer customizable payment plans through Partia.ly (found on our checkout page).

Last Little Details

Each presentation will display expertise and experience, academic credentials, science and research matched with a spiritual approach, orthomolecular herbalism, and love of gardening.

  • Deeper understanding of specific materia medica in cancer care
  • Confidence in dosing and formulating herbs for foundational cancer care 
  • Understanding of cytotoxic herbs and mechanisms of action
  • Appreciation of safety issues and strategies
  • Ability to create a logical and rational protocol for individual patients

In addition to class Q&A sessions, students will receive all the presentation slides with references, many pages of supplemental readings. Access to these materials never expires.

Yes! Classes include live Q&A sessions, plus you may reach out with questions at any time via the BotanicWise community chat feature.

Please reach out to the BotanicWise Team with any questions using contact form below!

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