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Events and Workshops

English Country Medicine group photo, Gunthope Hall, May 2017




Spring Foraging Day

25th April 2020, Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk

Join Julie and Matthew for a day of spring foraging. We will be looking at the weeds and wild plants that are abundant all around us, identifying those that are good to eat and also discussing their medicinal uses. Spring is the time of abundant greens – we'll be harvesting and using chickweed, nipplewort, ground elder, wild garlic, three-cornered leek, dandelion leaves, sea beet, cornsalad and nettles. We will prepare a foraged lunch together and finish up the afternoon with nettle cake.

10.30 to 4.30   £73, includes lunch, afternoon tea and recipe handouts.


Distilling Day

23rd May 2020, Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk

Learn how to distil your own aromatic herbal waters (hydrosols). These are gentle but effective medicines, and are also becoming popular in non-alcoholic cocktails and other beverages. They can also be used in skin creams and clearing sprays. We will show you how you can quickly and easily distil herbs using a large saucepan. We also have a 10 litre copper alembic still which we will use to distil a larger amount of plant material.

Distillation is an ancient technique that can easily be used to make beautiful herbal waters for pleasure and for medicine.

10.30 to 4.30  £75, includes lunch, afternoon tea and handouts.


June Hedgerow Medicine

15th–19th June 2020, Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk

Join Julie and Matthew for a 5-day non-residential course in Hedgerow Medicine at their Tudor cottage in Norfolk. Practical medicine making and connecting with the plants around us will be the focus, so this course would suit those that are starting their journey as well as those who already have some experience in herbal medicine but want to deepen their knowledge of the plants and making medicines. 

We'll be walking in the woods and spending lots of time in the garden, harvesting herbs and making a range of medicinal preparations, many of which you will be able to take home with you at the end of the course. The small group size (up to 8) will mean that individual interests can be addressed.

Cost £560, includes materials and a simple vegetarian/vegan lunch each day. We will help attendees find accommodation locally if necessary. 

10.30am to 5pm daily, but finishing at 4.30pm on the last day.

01508 489256