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Courses in 2020

From 2020 I am no longer pre-selecting dates for courses but am leaving it to groups to initiate a course which – with their agreement –  I can then post here as a scheduled course open to all. This year four courses were created in this way which are listed below.

I have an e-mail list of people interested in attending courses who can contact each other to help form these small "starter" groups. If you would like to be added to this e-mail list then please contact me via the "Enquiries" page.

All courses are for small groups (maximum six participants) and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about herbs.  Full-day courses include lunch, all refreshments and comprehensive course notes; half-day courses generally do not include lunch.

Course Content:

Courses on the following topics can be arranged for special groups as required. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are only available in late spring or summer months.

Combating stress (half day including lunch) A relaxing morning aimed at understanding how our inability to cope with stress can cause many emotional and physical ills. Included are various relaxation techniques as well as restorative and tonic herbs.

Grandmothers household healers Our grandmothers were well aware that their kitchen cupboards contained not only food, but valuable remedies for everyday ills. This course looks at traditions of kitchen medicine and explores some of the many herbal household products our grannies would have made.

*Grow your own medicines  A day focusing on common medicinal herbs – how to grow, process, and use them to make simple remedies for treating every day ills. At the end of the day you will have at least four herbal remedies or plants to add to your medicine chest.

Herbs for women (half day) A short course (10am to 1pm) looking at various approaches to using herbs for treating women’s ailments drawn from both Eastern and Western healing traditions. We shall also look at some of the more popular herbal remedies for gynaecological problems such as black cohosh, sage, agnus-castus and dang gui.

*Identifying, growing and using herbs
This course will help you identify useful hedgerow herbs, decide what to cultivate at home and learn about, harvesting, drying, and storing them as well as using them in simple remedies or cookery ingredients. There will be time to explore the garden and – weather permitting – local hedgerows.

Leechcraft and wort cunning
A course focussing on some of the traditional remedies and magical beliefs of our ancestors from the Celts and Saxons to the Middle Ages. You can make your own herbal amulet and discover appropriate herbs for key seasonal festivals.

Making creams and ointments
This is a practical workshop day making focusing on herbal remedies for external use including various therapeutic creams, infused oils and ointments as well as simple cosmetic products. At the end of the day everyone will have a collection of at least four herbal products that they have made to take away.

Make herbal remedies
An opportunity to make your own herbal home remedies kit with a mixture of oils, ointments, balms, creams, teas, tinctures and syrups to combat everyday household ills. A busy practical day which will give you at least four herbal products to take home.

Making the most of your herb garden
You may already have a garden full of herbs – but are you making full use of them? A day looking at some of the culinary, aromatic and medicinal products you can make from a variety of commonly cultivated herbs which will give you at least four herbal products to take home.

Understanding traditional Chinese medicine An introduction to traditional Chinese medicine – whether for general interest or to help anyone who has visited a Chinese practitioner to understand their treatment and therapeutic approach. The day will cover the traditional philosophies underlying Chinese medicine, the diagnostic approach, classification of syndromes and the herbal remedies used.



Full day courses run from 10am to about 4pm and include lunch.
Half-day courses without lunch run from 10am to about 1.00pm and with lunch (Combating stress) from 10am to about 2.00pm.

Course Fees: Course Fees Include:

Full day courses are usually £75 or £85 depending on whether it is largely a "making" course with plenty of goodies to take home or not. Half day courses are usually £40 or £45 and may or may not include lunch.

In general course fees usually include: course folder, printed notes, all refreshments and all materials used.

Lunch is included for full-day and some half-day courses. Lunch usually includes a choice of salads, quiches, vegetarian options, cheese and fruit.
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