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English Country Medicine group photo, Gunthope Hall, May 2017


Foraging Day

April 2021, date TBC

Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk

Join Julie and Matthew for a day of autumn 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. At this time of year, there should be an abundance of berries as well as lots of other edibles.

We will prepare a foraged lunch together and finish up the afternoon with cake.

10.30 to 4.30   £75, includes lunch, afternoon tea and recipe handouts.  01508489256


Hedgerow Medicine 5 day course

May 2021 date TBC

Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk

Join Julie and Matthew for a 5-day non-residential course in Hedgerow Medicine at their Tudor cottage in Norfolk. We will focus on practical medicine making and connecting with the plants around us, 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 will be looking at ways we can support immunity and protect ourselves from winter ailments and infections.

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 will mean that individual interests can be addressed.

Cost £560, includes materials and a vegetarian/vegan lunch each day. We can help you find local  accommodation if you are travelling from afar. 

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

01508 489256     01508489256


Distilling Day

Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk   2021 date TBC

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.  01508489256