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Positions: Apprentices and Work Exchange Students
Organization: Anarres Natural Health Apothecary
Location: 1076 Bloor St W at Dufferin, downtown Toronto, Ontario

WANTED NOW: People who want to Apprentice or exchange work for workshops! Interns welcome.

About Anarres

Anarres Apothecary is a not-for-profit storefront, online and mail-order resource founded in 2007 for you when you want body care, DIY supplies and housewares that are Good For You and Good For The Earth.

Operated by Apprentices, Aromatherapy Certification students and volunteers under the direction of Tracey TieF, Certified Natural Health Practitioner, we offer handmade natural cosmetics, aromatherapy and cosmetic making supplies including organic ingredients, 500+ ethically sourced essential oils, and dozens of clays, oils, micas, packaging and housewares that are alternatives to plastics, and other Earth and people-friendly goodies.

Anarres Natural Health's mission is to educate people about natural healthy fairly traded and local botanical ingredients, and how to use these to create affordable, wholesome and effective body care. More...

POSITIONS available:

  1. WORK EXCHANGE: Production assistance in the kitchen or assistance in the shop depending on your expertise and the help we need.
  2. APPRENTICESHIPS Focussed on production assistance in the kitchen. Apprentices commit to a 4-hour shift per week and contribute 2+ hours a month in Community Outreach.
  3. INTERNS Focussed on your areas of interest and learning, with a schedule to suit your school's requirements.

Earn your Aromatherapy Certification tuition – FREE by committing 4 hours per week in the store. *In-store days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm with two 15 minute and one 30 minute self-regulated breaks per 8-hour shift. Apprentices typically work an 11:30 to 3:30 or a 3:30 to 7:30 pm shift in which you can take a 15-minute break at a good time. You'll start by cleaning and packaging natural ingredients (we all do this) and learn by doing, listening in and later joining in on serving customers and creating custom orders. You'll sign up for workshops FREE and help out by setting up, helping out during the workshops, or clearing up afterwards.I, Tracey TieF, offer a unique style of hands-on learning that blends scientific with traditional healing expertise. My students call me a mentor, "funny", "riveting" and "unforgettable".

Current ongoing learning opportunities:


Want to learn how to make all sorts of lotions, potions and creams at a professional level?
Want to make a career or living from making and selling natural handmade local and fairly traded body care products?
If you are motivated and want a hands-on, personalized education, let's talk.


  • Is a contract with me for at least 1 year.
  • Includes participation and certificates in all introductory and professional level workshops, which are offered several times per month year-round. Value up to $1000 plus HST/month
  • Includes custom one-to-one product development sessions as needed. Value $240 plus HST per month
  • Includes an apothecary style business experience, where you learn about sales, inventory, customizing, tincturing, stocking, labelling, packaging, research, ordering, cash flow etc by working in the store and kitchen/lab.
  • Starts with mundane tasks like opening & closing routines,


As an Apprentice, you pay no tuition or materials fees.

  • I offer you pre-registered spots in all of the workshops I teach at Anarres and elsewhere, at no cost to you.
  • I offer you the opportunity to host and therefore attend workshops held here, but instructed by others. You must apply for this opportunity and I will select among interested apprentices.
  • You will receive certificates for workshops and modules completed, ultimately leading to Aromatherapy Certification through Preventative Health Services Group, where you will qualify for insurance as a practitioner Canada.
  • I will give you written and/or verbal references that are honest, thorough, appropriate, and quite likely enthusiastic, as you need them, until the day I die.
  • I will mentor you and help you achieve your socially responsible dreams and goals to the best of my ability.

To apply for the Aromatherapy Certification Program, Apprenticeship, WWOOFing or Internship, please read the page above and follow the instructions below.

1. Apprenticeship or Work Exchange Complete an "Order" here paying the REFUNDABLE $10 Application Fee, not payable with hours or Workshopper Card. This fee compensates us for considering your application, correspondence and your invitation and attendance at an Anarres Tour if you choose to attend. If you ghost us when we follow up with you, we'll keep the $10. If you respond and we have at least one interview or tour, regardless of what we or you decide, you'll have the $10 as in-store credit.

WWOOFers, Coop Students and Interns Complete an "Order" and select OTHER as payment so that you do not need to pay any amount to apply.

2. Send by email on the same day:

A. PHOTO a recent landscape headshot 4" x 6" photo,

B. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS website, Facebook link, Instagram, Twitter etc.

C. A 1 paragraph bio that tells us your background and what you are looking forward to learning at Anarres Apothecary and why. For example, here are the bios of Anarres folks

C. ANSWER QUESTIONS Please give 1 paragraph answers to the following questions:

1. What do you want to learn most in your program?
2. What is your experience with herbalism? Aromatherapy? Natural/traditional healing?
3. What is your experience with customer service or a retail store?
4. What Gifts will you bring to your program? What challenges will you bring?
5. What days and shifts (11:30 am to 3:30 pm or 3:30 to 7:30 pm) or other time slots can you commit to at this time? (We can negotiate if things change.)

PLEASE EMAIL THE APPLICATION THINGS I ASK FOR ON THE SAME DAY! Only complete applications will receive a response and invitation. Please do not telephone, email or text me about the info I have given below, and kindly follow the instructions.

ONCE I RECEIVE YOUR ORDER and Application email, I will contact you to book you for a tour of Anarres Apothecary, mutual interview and Orientation session (@2 hours).

I consider Apprenticeships as learning partnerships that are mutually beneficial. As an Apprentice, I expect you to be keen to learn, reliable, and serious about carrying on this work. You can expect from me a comprehensive education in the natural, ethical, traditional medicine that I practice, attention to your learning goals, and investment in your skills and product/business development.

For WORK Exchange, please go to learn more here

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Sep 30 2021    ID: 61483