Chickweed in a pestle & mortar

Hawthorn Basket

Distilling Herbal Waters

22nd April 2017

Learn how to distill your own herbal waters (hydrolats). We will teach you how to distil using a saucepan, and will also be using our 10 litre copper alembic to distil a larger batch of herbs.

Cost: £70 for one day of teaching with handouts, includes delicious vegetarian lunch and afternoon tea.


Spring Herb Walk

23rd April 2017

Join Julie and Matthew for a 2 hour walk through woods and meadows. There will be wild garlic, violets, bugle, cleavers, daisies, red clover, wood anenomes, bluebells, early purple orchids and many more plants.

Start at 10.30am, meeting details to be sent on booking.

Cost: £15, includes tea and refreshments after the walk.


English Country Herbal Medicine

17th to 24th May 2017

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.

Nowhere else in the world is more beautiful than England in May, and 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.

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


Herbal History Research Network Seminar

7th June 2017, Birmingham Botanic Gardens


Radical Herbalism Gathering

9th – 11th June 2017

Julie and Matthew will be giving a talk on forgotten herbs.


School of Natural Medicine, Herbal Immersion

7th – 18th August 2017

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.