A Year of Herbs Course (Starting Spring 2016)
Date: January 5, 2016 Posted by: Dafydd Monks
you always looked at the
hedgerows in awe, wondering about the power of the blossoms and berries
growing there? Perhaps where others see weeds, you see wonders...?
...Then join us on 'A year of Herbs' and fully explore the wonders of medicinal plants and their health-giving, healing properties.
A Year of Herbs is a course for those with a serious interest in learning some of the many uses of herbs in family health, home-made cosmetics, and beauty products. The course is 8 months long, starting in April 2016. 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 (£35 per day) and is paid per session. The price 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!
A Taste of What We'll Be Doing
On the first day of the course we will be covering:
- Introduction to herbal medicine: What is it, why should I care,
I do it at home, and why should I want to?
- Kitchen medicine - you already have more herbs in your kitchen
think - go beyond cooking and learn what these herbs can do for you and
- Garden medicine - From weeds to wonders; 'feral' herbs in your
(often weeds) and growing medicinal plants.
- Herb Walk - we will take a walk alond a mile or so of hedgerow
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,
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.
Course Locations & Dates
The course is run in two locations in North Wales. East and Mid Wales is served by a course in Melin-y-Wig, Near Corwen on the Saturday, and North/West Wales is served by a course held at Cae Non, Nearr Nefyn on the Sunday.
(First and second weekends confirmed, rest TBC)
Part 1: 2/3rd April
Part 2: 23/24th April
Part 3: 21/22nd May
Part 4: 25/26th June
Part 5: 23/24th July
Part 6: 20/21st August
Part 7: 24/25th September
Part 8: 22/23rd October
Contact me to register your interest for the Year of Herbs course and receive more information/discuss the course with me.