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Courses in 2022

Despite obvious problems during the pandemic, courses were held in both 2020 and 2021 – mostly outside during the summer or in those brief windows when socially-distanced indoor “educational” gatherings were permitted. Hopefully we shall see life becoming rather more normal, in 2022!

I have put dates on the site for courses in May, June and early July and hope to add a few more for later in July and September in coming weeks. I hope you find something that appeals to you. 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.

As always, if there are groups of at least three people who would like a different course topic then please contact me to see if it can be arranged. A list of additional course topics can be found at the end of this page.


Saturday, 15 October Preparing for winter’s ills

Course Content:

Preparing for winter’s ills
A half-day (including lunch) looking at herbs for treating winter’s seasonal ailments including traditional remedies for colds, coughs and fevers as well as herbs to boost the immune system and combat bacterial and viral infections. Discussion can continue over lunch.

Course Date Course Fee  
Saturday, 15 October £ 45.00 Book a Place

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.

Combatting stress (£75) 

A relaxing day 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, tonic and relaxing herbs. 

*Grow your own medicines (£75)

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 – £40) 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.

Leechcraft and wort cunning (£75)

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.

Understanding traditional Chinese medicine (£75) 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; where lunch is included we aim to finish by 2.30pm

Course Fees:
  • Preparing for winter’s ills - £45.00
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 if lunch is included..

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

Lunch usually includes a choice of salads, quiches, vegetarian options, cheese and fruit.
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