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Lavender - Lavandula Officinalis

Elecampane - Inula Helenium

St. John's Wort - Hypericum Perforatum

Yarrow - Achillea Millefolium

Feverfew - Chrysanthemum Parthenium

Courses in 2024

I've set dates for four courses so far this year 2024. depending on demand I may well add a few more.

All courses are for small groups (maximum seven participants) and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about herbs – from complete beginners to those regularly using these wonderful plants. Courses include refreshments, comprehensive notes and lunch.

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 options can be found at the end of this page.


Saturday, 13 April Identifying, growing and using herbs
Saturday, 11 May Making creams and ointments
Saturday, 15 June Leechcraft and wort cunning
Saturday, 13 July Making herbal remedies

Course Content:

Identifying, growing and using herbs
This course is designed for anyone who would like to gather plants from the hedgerow but has no idea what to pick. We will look in detail at identifying commonly found herbs, harvesting, drying and storing herbs, and using them in simple remedies or as cookery ingredients. There will be time to explore the garden and – weather permitting – local hedgerows.

Course Date Course Fee  
Saturday, 13 April £ 80.00 Book a Place

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.

Course Date Course Fee  
Saturday, 11 May £ 90.00 Book a Place

Leechcraft and wort cunning
A course focussing on some of the traditional remedies and magical beliefs of our ancestors – from Celts and Saxons to the Middle Ages and influence of Galenic medicine. We shall also look at recreating some of the recipes used in ancient herbals, including amulets, and the appropriate herbs for key seasonal festivals.

Course Date Course Fee  
Saturday, 15 June £ 80.00 Book a Place

Making herbal remedies
An opportunity to learn how to make simple herbal remedies such as ointments, macerated oils, tinctures and syrups to combat common ailments. A busy practical day which will give you at least four herbal remedies to take home. 

Course Date Course Fee  
Saturday, 13 July £ 90.00 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.

Understanding Chinese medicine (£80) – A course to help anyone who has visited a Chinese practitioner to understand their treatment and therapeutic approach.  It looks at the traditional philosophy behind Chinese medicine and the type of herbal remedies used.

Combatting stress: herbs for relaxation and tension (£80) – 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.

Grandmother’s Secrets: traditional ways of using herbs around the house (£80)
This day looks at some of the traditions and folklore associated with herbs and includes making pot pourri, teas, and seasonal herbal products.

*Grow your own medicines (£90)

How to grow some of the most useful medicinal herbs, when and what to harvest, and how to turn them into simple remedies for treating every day ills. At the end of the day you will have a selection of cuttings, seedlings and herbal remedies to take home. 

Preparing for winter’s ills (half-day, including lunch £50)– A half day course (includes lunch) looking at traditional remedies for colds, coughs and other winter ills with a focus on herbs with anti-bacterial and anti-viral attributes that can help overcome seasonal infections.

Herbs for pregnancy and childbirth (half-day including lunch £50) –  A short course for those pregnant or  planning to start a family with a review of the herbs that are safe to use to ease various ailments and to take before or during childbirth. 

Herbs for women (half day, including lunch (£50) – 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.



Full day courses run from 10am to about 4pm and include lunch.
Half-day courses without lunch run from 10am to about 1pm followed by lunch

Course Fees:
  • Identifying, growing and using herbs - £80.00
  • Making creams and ointments - £90.00
  • Leechcraft and wort cunning - £80.00
  • Making herbal remedies - £90.00
Course Fees Include:

Full day courses are usually £80 or £90 depending on whether it is largely a "making" course with plenty of goodies to take home or not. Half-day courses are usually £50 including lunch.

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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