Dr Aditi Jeanette Ruth Holden MA, ND
Aditi’s childhood was spent in the waters of Canadian lakes, rivers and oceans. Her childhood home was passive solar/wood stove heated, amongst forests and gardens, which created a strong relationship with nature, the elements and their teachings. One morning a few years back, while sitting on the River Ganga at dawn in India, she realized this upbringing was the strong foundation for her own sense of spirituality.
Being brought up in rural queer community, lent to an early understanding of what it meant to live outside of cultural norms, to know homophobia via association to community/family, and at a early age witnessed the effects of oppression, later coming to understand it as a root of disease.
Along with a love of travel, and a love for anyone who walked/thought/expressed themselves outside of the lines – she discovered the subject of Anthropology. This fascination had her completing an Honors Degree with a focus on First Nation Social Studies/Contemporary Representation in Media, as well as a Masters Degree in Medical Anthropology (including research in the social/cultural context of disease) directly out of high school.
She was urged by her thesis advisor to attend medical school at that time, yet ignored his suggestion and instead chose travel, in an effort to feel more empowered with her sense of responsibility for coexisting & living on this planet. This included years of learning, working, teaching in organic/permaculture/biodynamic/herbal fields, across North & Central America, Europe, India. It also included completing an 8 month Ecological Gardening & Permaculture course on Cortes Island, BC and creating/teaching over 14 workshops with a Sandinista NGO in Nicaragua~ based in medicinals and permaculture.
In 2005, a year in chaotically mystical India, changed her life, and after completing 500 hours of Yoga teacher training, spending 6 months in ashram, and was gifted the name Aditi ‘the living dynamis of the mother’. Since none of her Indian friends could pronounce ‘Jeanette’ with ease, the name stuck. From there, her passion for grass roots accessible healing, for plants as food & medicine, for Ayurveda& the elements, for meditation (she has completed over 10 Vipassana sits), then landed her into the desire to bring all of this together: Naturopathic Medical College -no less than 4500 school hours in western holistic medical training- graduating in 2009.
Since, she has become Owner and Practitioner at Birdsong Naturopathic Clinic, has written and instructed four years of courses at Pacific Rim College (Homeopathy to Doulas; Patient Communication ((including oppression as cause of disease, trauma support)), Ayurvedic Foundation/Herbal/Nutrition classes). She has also spent four years being supervisor/instructor with Boucher Naturopathic College at the Free Family Naturopathic Clinic, Victoria.
Before engaging in being full blown Naturopathic Doctor in her community – her education was further steeped in passion for Herbalism (has completed two Herbal apprenticeships), Homeopathy (had studied/worked with teachers in India, Africa and Europe) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (she did an additional 1.5 years of training at the Master’s level in Berkeley). She has also trained & done assistant teaching with three different teachers in Cranial Sacral work with 350 + hours~ and now 8 years clinical practice.
Training has also included courses with Vandana Shiva in India, accessible Midwifery in Peru, many intensives in Ayurveda, and with Paul Pitchford (author of Healing with Whole Foods). One of her deepest loves is being a student of Martin Prechtel’s at Bolads Kitchen, New Mexico since 2012. Recently she has also completed trainings in Arvigo techniques of Arvigo Mayan Abdominal Massage in Belize. She has gratefully learned with Cowichan Elder Della Rice Sylvester, with Coast Salish/Norse Shamanic Practitioner Betsy Bergstrom (has completed Betsy’s teacher training), with Simon Buxton at the Sacred Trust, UK + the Path of Pollen.
As well as years of learning at the edges across the globe & many continents from healers, seers, herbalists, homeopaths, farmers, swamis, shamans, misfits, strange ones, marked ones, Lands, Plants, Animals and anyone who would teach her. All while learning to honour, and offer healing to my own Ancestors of these lands where I currently love, play and dream, and to my Ancestors across Europe.
If you don’t find her in her garden, with her honeybees, or in her greenhouse clinic- expect that she is somewhere appreciating the ocean, the forest, hands in a weaving loom/learning a new instrument, or in faraway land hoping to learn something that will help her serve you, serve healing for us all.
Always hoping to be a part of making beauty and creating peace in the world.