Day Workshops

In 2017 I will be teaching the following workshops:


Elder Farm Summer School – From Soil to Medicine

Monday 26th June 2017 – Sunday 2nd July 2017
Elder farmWhat better way to learn more about herbal medicine than immersing yourself in it for a whole 7 days? Not only will you learn lots of herbal skills, you will also leave with your own herbal first aid kit.


The course takes place at Elder Farm, a 5.5 acre organic* herb farm on the Somerset/Devon border.


The course has a sliding scale, from £250 to £400 and there are 20 places available.

Day tickets for Saturday and Sunday will be £30 each (limited to 20 places per day).


There are 10 camping spots for tents at Elder Farm at £5 per night, first come first served. There is also the option of luxury bell tent accommodation. Please email for more details.

There is also a campsite close by and we can provide you with a list of local B&BS if camping is not for you.


We will be providing a wonderful organic and locally produced lunch each day. Gluten free and vegan diets will also be catered for.

What will you learn?

From Monday to Friday we’ll be covering the following topics:

  • Herb growing and harvesting – learn more about the fantastic Elder Farm with Helen Kearney
  • Introducing Permaculture – Helen will take you through the principles of permaculture and how they’ve been put into practice
  • Herbal medicine making – you will make a tincture, balm, cream and a tea to take away with you, as well as the skills to make much more at home
  • Plant ID and botany – we will be going on many fantastic medicinal plant walks
  • Herbal first aid
  • Fermentation – learn all about fermentation with Katie Venner from Tracebridge Fermenteria
  • Birch sap – learn about the fantastic properties of birch sap with Lisette de Roche from Priestlands Birch
  • Medicinal woods – learn about medicinal trees with Anne Stobart from Holtwood Herbs
  • Learn more about the Betonica Herbal Apprenticeship – Laura Carpenter, course leader of the Betonica Herbal Apprenticeship will be giving a talk on herbal apprenticeships

There will also be plenty of time to explore Elder Farm and the surrounding countryside.

Saturday and Sunday

On Saturday and Sunday we will be hosting talks by medical herbalists from across the UK.

Talks and speakers to be announced.

Deposit of £50 is required, balance payable by 1st March 2017.
To book your place, email



Become a Home Herbalist

11160059_10153299700634282_7411604696093964325_oI will be teaching a six part Home Herbalist course for Betonica.

The course will cover: over 40 herbs, basic botany and plant ID, how to gather and harvest plants safely, learn how to make decoctions, ointments, creams, tinctures and teas (and many more!), learn how and when to treat children (and when not to), culinary herbs and spices as medicines, herb growing at home and much more.

There will be 6 workshop days (all Saturdays) from 10am until 4pm, and a light vegetarian lunch will be provided.

The rest of the course will be distance learning, with a short quiz at the end of each month.

For this course we have a sliding scale of fees, depending on your household income.

2017 – 2018 Unwaged / Waged under £10,000  household income Waged – £10,000 – £20,000 household income Waged – £21,000 + household income

Home Herbalist course




There are 8 places available and these will be given on a first come, first served basis.
To book your place, complete the following Home herbalist course application form and send a deposit of £50.
As this is a the first time this course is being trialed, it will only run if all 8 places are taken.

Please note: The course will not cover any anatomy and physiology, and is not a prerequisite for the herbal apprenticeship.


*Please note, if you have attended one of my workshops before you are entitled to a £10 discount off of any of my other workshops and courses.