A Year of Herbs Course (Starting Spring 2015)

Date: March 2, 2015 Posted by: Dafydd Monks

New for 2015!!!

Mortar and PestleFor those with a serious interest in learning some of the many uses of herbs in family health, home-made cosmetics, and beauty products. This is an 8 month long course, starting in March 2015. We will meet for a day every month, and discuss growing herbs in your garden, herbs in the wild, harvesting and processing, and turning them into lovely and authentic medicines and cosmetics for you and your family to enjoy. You will learn how to use: 50 herbs that you can grow yourself, harvest wild, and some herbs and spices you will already have in your kitchen. You will learn how to make: Teas, Tinctures, Ointments, Creams, Salves, Lip Balms, Bath Bombs and Herbal Soaps. The course will follow the natural world as herbs grow and are harvested and used throughout the "herbalists' year" and each month will be vastly different as the seasons progress..

At the start of the course, you will receive a course folder; which we will enrich together: Each month you will receive additional hand-outs and fact sheets to add to your folder as your knowledge grows.

Course price: £280. Includes a course folder with learning materials for you to keep, and all the medicines you make on the course are yours to take home.

*This is a non-practitioner course for the interested public and is not a professional training course. However, by the end of the course, you will have learned how to use the 50 herbs we cover safely, and effectively to treat minor ailments and keep you and your family healthy!

Starting 29th March 2015, Meeting one the last weekend of the month until October 2015. The course will run Near Caernarfon with some elements at the Cae Non land project near Nefyn. Lifts can be provided where needed.

On the first day of the course we will be doing:

  • Introduction to herbal medicine: What is it, why should I care, how can I do it at home, and why should I want to?
  • Kitchen medicine - you already have more herbs in your kitchen than you think - go beyond cooking and learn what these herbs can do for you and your health.
  • Garden medicine - From weeds to wonders; 'feral' herbs in your garden (often weeds) and growing medicinal plants.
  • Herb Walk - we will take a walk alond a mile or so of hedgerow and see what plants are coming up; how to identify and use wildcrafted herbs; sustainability and pollution.
  • Preserving and Storing the fruits of your foraging; how to dry, store, and lable herbs. Making them into simple teas & decoctions.
  • The importance of journalling... Writing down what you see, where it was and what it means... How to start really looking and noticing.

Contact me to register your interest for the Year of Herbs course and receive more information/discuss the course with me.