Herbal Courses

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    All our 2017 courses are now on sale. Download our Traditional rural trades and crafts brochure here, you can then book online or give us a call on 01243 811021. If you would like to receive a brochure through the post, or receive our courses e-newsletter, email [email protected] or call 01243 811021. Booking Navigate through... (more info)
  • Seeds of good healthFriday 28 April 2017
    9.30am-4.30pm The course The seed contains the potential of the whole plant. Some herbalists believe that the potency of new life in seeds makes them the most valuable plant part to be given as medicine. Seeds may eb chewed whole, ground into powder, decocted for medicinal drinks or applied to the body in ointments. We... (more info)
  • 9.30am-4.30pm The course A day for the beginner who wishes to know how to introduce herbs into their daily life effectively. Also a day for those who have attended historical herb courses previously and would like a deeper focus on methods. It will cover herbs in cookery, home medicine, making fragrances and wines and liqueurs.... (more info)
  • Herbs, humours and astrologySaturday 27 May 2017
    9.30am-4.30pm The course You will look at the nature of herbs in the historical context of the humoral system of medicine and the possible influence of the planets on herb growth and efficacy. It may seem quirky to us in this century but a simple look at herb actions within the body can help us... (more info)
  • Woodland herbsSunday 28 May 2017
    FULL
    9.30am-4.30pm The course A walk in wild woodland reveals not only herbs in the undergrowth but also herbal trees. This day will equip you not only to find first aid by the wayside, but also to gather ingredients for pleasant, health-giving teas. Along the way you will also identify powerful herbs now grown as flowers... (more info)
  • Herbs for healthFriday 4 August 2017
    FULL
    9.30am-4.30pm The course The origins of the herbaceous border lie in growing herbs for home remedies in the past.  Led by a medical herbalist, the course offers guidance on the most safe and useful herbs to grow and how to harvest and use or preserve them.  A practical day ensures careful identification instruction on the... (more info)
  • Waterside herbsSaturday 5 August 2017
    9.30am-4.30pm The course A day in the Museum’s newly erected Anglo-Saxon building in a woodland setting. The Anglo-Saxons had names for nearly 400 different herbs. Many we are familiar with in our daily life today, others less so. Through some recipes with many ingredients, others requiring charms or prayers, a few involving diet, we will... (more info)
  • 9.30am-4.30pm The course Arabia supplied the precious spices and aromatic gums used in western medicine. However the Arabic influence on medical training and in particular the practice of the apothecary, was so much greater than sourcing drugs. We will be looking at contacts with the East from the pilgrimage of Alfred the Great to Jerusalem... (more info)
  • Anglo-saxon herbsSaturday 26 August 2017
    9.30am-4.30pm The course A day in the Museum’s newly erected Anglo-Saxon building in a woodland setting. The Anglo-Saxons had names for nearly 400 different herbs. Many we are familiar with in our daily life today, others less so. Through some recipes with many ingredients, others requiring charms or prayers, a few involving diet, we will... (more info)
  • 9.30am-4.30pm The course It is easy to pick out members of Umbelliferae from their typical umbelliferous flowerheads. But could you tell a wild parsnip from masterwort, or a wild carrot from fine-leaved water-dropwort? Is cow parsley safe or useful at all? If you have ever looked at such a plant in the hedgerow and wondered... (more info)
  • Garden History in 10 Objects   Monday 2 October 2017
    The course A one day ‘taster’ interactive course to explore the diversity and depth of garden history. You’ll get a chance to examine and ask questions about a range of objects connected with the history of gardens and then we’ll  investigate them in context to show how the styles and fashions change. There will an illustrated... (more info)