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Wayside Medicine Book Launch

22nd July 2017

Join us to celebrate the publication of our new book. There will be a distilling demonstration, and you will be able to buy various herbal products - and of course, books! We will also be launching our new venture, Hedgerow Silver.

Time: 3pm to 5pm   Place: Ashwellthorpe Village Hall, near Wymondham, Norfolk


Herb Walk, Wymondham, Norfolk

30th July 2017

On this walk we will be looking at common wild plants which can be foraged for food and medicine. Some of these are plants we all know and recognise, like daisy, but which have forgotten medicinal uses. Other plants will be less familiar, like pellitory of the wall. Julie and Matthew will teach you how to safely recognise plants, and tell you how they can be used.

Time: 2pm to 4pm   Cost: £15


School of Natural Medicine, Herbal Immersion

7th – 18th August 2017 (Fully Booked)

We are very much looking forward to students from the School of Natural Medicine joining us for two weeks in August for their herbal immersion. 


English Country Herbal Medicine 

3rd to 10th October 2018

A practical one week residential course taught by Julie Bruton-Seal, Christine Herbert, Matthew Seal and special guest lecturer Andrew Chevallier, author of The Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. 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 a wild flower centre where we will have a talk by Simon Harrap, author of Harrap's Wildflowers.

Evenings will be free for relaxing, socialising or going for walks. The beach is only 9 miles away.

Price for the week, including accommodation and all meals is £995 

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house phone: 01508 489256