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Arfon & District Herb Society Notes from the First Meeting


Date: March 9, 2015 Posted by: Dafydd Monks

A group of like minded individuals, the ,Arfon and Distric Herb Society'. aims to support all those with an interest in Herbs and Herbal Medicines in Gwynedd and Anglesey. We provide a monthly space for herbal medicine practitioners, crafty-types gardeners, gatherers and foragers, and all those interested in herbs to be able to meet up and share thoughts, ideas, suggestions and inspiration with each other and make a lovely safe space to share our passion for all things herbal. An informal couple of hours undisturbed in a lovely cosy, gluten free/ethical cafe. A chance to discuss growing, gathering, processing, and using herbs for health, well-being and around the home/ for crafts. Also discuss foraging for herbs and wild foods, identifying wild plants and exploring the hedgerows and lanes. A programme of practical events in the summer months

Hello Everyone:

NOTES FROM OUR FIRST MEETING:

Many thanks to you all for coming to our first meeting Yesterday in ,Follow your Bliss' Cafe, and an especially heartfelt thank-you to Leslie for hosting us in her beautiful and homely space.

7 of us came together, and had a lovely meeting to create a shared vision of making a monthly space for herbal medicine practitioners, crafty-types gardeners, gatherers and foragers, and all those interested in herbs to be able to meet up and share thoughts, ideas, suggestions and inspiration with each other and make a lovely safe space to share our passion for all things herbal.

I promised in the meeting that I'd post up some links and notes, so here they are.

Events:

March 13th ,Wild Spring' a workshop on spring cleanse and tonics with Jules 'Incredible Edible'. Held at Corn Helyg: http://www.cornhelyg-permaculture.co.uk/

March 29th, first part of 'A Year of Herbs' course, Caernarfon. £35 per session, contact me to book on.

May 2nd, Medicinal Mushrooms Seminar with Martin Powell, Manchester (£35). http://www.panaceahealthonline.com/…/medicinal-mushrooms-an…


Links:
Grieve's Herbal online (Free). : http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/mgmh.html - A bit dated, but loads of really useful information for anyone interested in home herbalism.

The Domestic Alchemist: 501 Herbal Recipes for Home, Health & Happiness (Book) Well worth a read!: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Domestic-Alchemist…/…/1782401431

The Wild Flower Key (Book). http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Wild-Flower-Revise…/…/0723251754 - Amazon hold second hand copies for £11. Well worth a place on anyone's bookshelf for identifying herbs or foraging.

Lastly, ,Juliette of the Herbs' (Documentary Film) http://www.cultureunplugged.com/…/8638/Juliette-of-the-Herbs - free access to the film. It's an hour and a half long and paints a picture of a life that was full of the richness of vitality, humour, healing and knowledge.


Future Events
Next Meeting, 12th April, ,Follow your Bliss Cafe'. Looking forward to seeing you there!

It has been suggested that in the summer months we have foraging trips or herb walks before or after meetings ... To discuss next time.

It was also suggested that we made a trip somewhere interesting. Lowrian suggested we visit Avicenna's large herb garden and essential oil distillery/tincture production facility in Lampeter. Suggestions for dates?

Wishing you all a lovely start to the Spring Season... see you all on the 12th!!!


Some Photos:

Group Photo in front of St. John's ChurchShowing some attendees a herb plantDiscussing our find!Contact me for more information about the society; there is also a Facebook Group set up for more discussion and information about further meetings, etc.