Shabina Lafleur-Gangji is a queer, mixed-race herbal medicine educator situated in Southern Ontario. She draws from her education in Western Herbalism and Ayurvedic medicine to facilitate workshops on a broad variety of topics. She has been formally studying and teaching about herbs for over 7 years. Her work is heavily influenced by healing justice work and movements for liberation.
Shabina started her education as a herbalist through Michael Vertolli's Holistic Herbal program in 2009 where she gained a plethora of knowledge about western plants. In 2014 she decided to travel to her ancestral homeland of India to study traditional Ayurvedic medicine at the School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma in Kerala where she obtained a diplomat in Ayurveda and Pachakarma. Shabina has also taken courses and studied with herbalists like Aviva Romm, Janette Cormier, Sean Donahue, Nadine Ijaz, Janice Canning and Michael and Leslie Tierra. She is currently enrolled in the Professional Herbalist program at the East West School of Planetary Herbology and the Herbal Medicine for Women program with Aviva Romm. In August of 2016 she was awarded the American Herbalist's Guild Victoria Fortner Award in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Over the last 5 years Shabina has focused more on growing herbs, fruits and vegetables. In 2011 she obtained her Permaculture Design Certificate at the Earth Activist Training Program.
Currently, Shabina facilitating the School Grown Program in Toronto where she mentors primarily racialized youth in growing market gardens at their high schools. In the summer of 2016 she joined the faculty at The Centre for Ayurveda and Indian Systems of Healing in Toronto.
While Shabina has focused primarily on working with herbs as a source of healing she has taken complimentary trainings which are listed below.
- Contemporary Cupping Methods Certificate, International Cupping Therapy Association, Toronto ON 2015
- Transformative Justice Training, GenerationFIVE, Oakland CA 2012
- Birth Doula Certification Training, DONA International, Victoria BC 2009
- Education and Prevention Internship, AIDS Community Care Montreal, Montreal QC 2008