Mali Klein shares a slice of the past in this video of Woodchester Villa, also known as the Octagon House, where the Rene Caisse Museum was once located in Bracebridge, Ontario. Mali has been researching Essiac for over 20 years and with co-author Sheila Snow has written four books on Rene Caisse and her famous herbal remedy Essiac, including The Complete Essiac Essentials (2010). Look for her upcoming book (September 2014) Black Root Medicine - the Original Native American Essiac Formula.

When this video was shot in 1997, Woodchester Villa had been freshly renovated. When Mali and I visited in 2012 it looked abandoned and permanently closed. For more information and pictures, see my blogs about our Bracebridge visit (my first, what a great tour guide Bracebridge veteran Mali was!) at the link below.

The Woodchester Villa website (, has this to say about the Rene Caisse display: "In 1995, the Bracebridge Historical Society opened the Rene M. Caisse Memorial Room. Most of the artifacts are now on permanent display at the Rene M. Caisse Theatre in Bracebridge."

A visit to the Rene M. Caisse Theatre website makes no reference to any display or even who Rene Caisse was, for that matter.

This 1997 footage appears to be the only remaining record of this collection, which appears to have been scattered to the four winds.

This just didn't seem right, so the virtual Rene Caisse Room at was created :) The Sheila Snow Fraser Essiac Archive Collection is the largest remaining collection of Essiac history remaining in the world. Many items will be brought to the virtual Rene Caisse Room for all to enjoy and study - it is a work in progress.

Here is what Mali Klein has to say about this video: "Sheila (Snow) and I never missed an opportunity to collect Essiac archive. She took me to see the Rene Caisse Room at Woodchester Villa in Bracebridge for the first time in August 1997. The curator wasn't keen on having me photograph the exhibits so Sheila kept him talking to give me whatever film time I could manage to shoot. In a situation like that you just turn on the camera and let it run. I got five minutes, unfortunately not long enough to be able to concentrate on each individual item in the glass cases. What I do remember quite clearly was that Rene's ampule maker for the Sheep sorrel injections was on display that day. It was not there when Sheila and I returned three years later. We asked what had happened to it and were very shocked to learn that all the exhibits had been donated with the option to sell… we looked at each other and left. Neither of us ever saw the exhibition again.

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