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Events and Workshops

English Country Medicine group photo, Gunthope Hall, May 2017


Herbwalk at Mangreen Hall, Norfolk

26th May 2018

Join Julie and Matthew for an afternoon of plant identification, followed by a selection of hot and cool drinks made from the weeds and wild plants that we have foraged.

For more information and to book, contact: 01508 570 444


IFPA Conference

9th & 10th June 2018, Edinurgh

Return to the Source & Expand your Practice - talk by Julie Bruton-Seal

You know your essential oils, but do you know the plants behind them? Go beyond the bottle, back past all the people who made the medicine, to the living being at the source – the plant whose consciousness and nature have been distilled into this precious essence. Knowing the plants as beings is like the difference between reading someone's job description, and meeting them in person. Expand your practice by using other preparations of the plant – hydrosols, infused oils and even massaging with fresh herbs. It is easiest to meet the plants that grow around you, so we will be looking at some native aromatics including yarrow, ground ivy, sweet cicely, nettle and hogweed.

Herbwalk with Julie and Matthew

The beautiful Edinburgh Botanic Gardens provides a wealth of plants to enjoy, but we will be focusing on plants that have medicinal uses. We will be looking at the weeds as well as carefully nurtured specimens from around the world, and discussing their uses in aromatherapy and herbal medicine.


Herbal Immersion for SNM

25th June – 6th July 2018, Norfolk 

We look forward to welcoming students from the School of Natural Medicine UK again for a two week practical herbal immersion.


Botanica 2018

31st August - 3rd September 2018, University of Sussex

Julie will be giving a talk on "Wayside herbs – rediscovering forgotten local medicines".


English Country Herbal Medicine 

3rd to 10th October 2018, Gunthorpe Hall, north Norfolk

A practical one week residential course taught by Julie Bruton-Seal, Christine Herbert and Matthew Seal. This will be held at a beautiful country house in north Norfolk, which has lovely gardens and grounds.

The focus of the course will be on local English plants, how to choose them and how to use them for healing. These plants are also found across northern Europe and North America. It will be suitable for beginners as well as more experienced people and herbalists who want practical hands on medicine-making and time with the plants in an inspiring setting. There will be plenty of time to relax and unwind, and to absorb what you have learnt.

We will cover a wide range of practical medicine making. This will include making infusions, decoctions, tinctures, glycerites, infused oils, poultices, liniments, ointments, foot baths, electuaries, vinegars, oxymels, flower essences and distilled herbal waters. At the end of the week you will be able to take home a range of medicines that you have made.

Morning lectures will cover such topics as diet and the basics of natural healing, plant identification, basic botany, methods of getting to know the plants, and herbal first aid. We will look at different ways of assessing constitution, and using this information to choose the best herbs for each person. We will be studying two herbs in depth each day, and meet many more in the course of our explorations.

In the afternoons, we will have herb walks and practical sessions. We will have field trips to the herb garden in the magnificent walled gardens at Felbrigg Hall, and to the coast between Wells and Holkham.

Evenings will be free for relaxing, socialising or going for walks. The beach is only 9 miles away, and the grounds of the hall lead on to country lanes.

Price for the week, including accommodation and all meals is £995 (Please note that there are a few single rooms available for a single supplement of £195 – please enquire if you are interested.)

Special early-bird offer: £100 discount if payment in full is received by May 31st 2018.

Contact Julie and Matthew for more information if you are interested.   

house phone: 01508 489 256