Celtic Herbal Medicine Intensive

Dates to be announced for 2024 (last year it was April 16th till 29th 2023 and sold out quickly) Please email me at keith at herbalmedicine.org.uk to be put on the list.
Info below from last year for interest only.

celtic-logoBuilding  on the success of our previous Intensives over the years we are very happy to offer another 14 day intensive on Celtic Herbal Medicine. Exploring our rich Celtic Heritage of Medicinal Plants through direct experience, field trips to sacred sites and an Elemental approach. The intensive includes 4 days of guided herb walks to Arran’s special and sacred sites interspersed between the teaching days. This intensive has its zenith on the 28th  with a Celtic Fire Ceremony for Beltane.  Please get in touch if you want to join us next year in Scotland. Special guest teachers for 2023 are  Irish herbalist and scholar Danny O’Rawe MSc. M.IRH and Welsh herbalist Nicola Dee Kelly M.NIMH.

Cost of tuition, including all materials etc. is £1,400  plus accommodation and meals.
Full Board – our accomplished team use Vegan Organic Local produce – from £975 for a shared room. Single room supplement applies.  This course involves studying at the Herb Farm while staying nearby in a cottage in Kildonan directly by the sea. If you would like to come by car and are prepared to share some of the driving while on the course, please apply for the one offer we require and we can arrange a suitable discount.

From the beginning of human her/history we have lived in an elemental world.

Herbal Intensive Photographs

Without the soil and rain and wind and sun and space we could not have stood here in anything like our present form. After many years of study and research into the elements of Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether and their inter-relationships with health and healing plants, traditional herbalist and renowned teacher Keith Robertson MSc FNIMH is ready to bring his own systematic approach on seeing how these elements move through plants and humans. Keith was born on the Island of Arran into a family with strong healing and Celtic roots and this new initiative of the Celtic Herbal Medicine Intensive, and the wider apprenticeship programme for 2023, springs from an ardent desire to reconnect with an authentic spirit of Celtic healing, using primarily the living medium of our native plants. As humans we find ourselves mobile in space but constrained by linear time. Plants are mainly constrained in space but more mobile in time, as they reincarnate as seeds or clone themselves by shoots, runners etc. This makes them such important teachers as they so different and yet so closely entwined with the human being.

This Intensive will use the progression of the Elements as a structure to view plants and the human body, working through each element in sequence and fully exploring all their many aspects. A contemplative and experiential approach has been built up over the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine’s long career and this is our key into unlocking the book of nature and allowing us to glimpse the meanings emblazoned on creation.

The Celtic Mysteries, so important to seers such as Rudolf Steiner, have been mainly lost in a sea of Celtic Bling. This initiative is an honest expedition back to the heart of the plants and the land here (set up as a veganic sanctuary for the purpose of facilitating this work) and to the heart of what it means to be a Celtic Healer in today’s world. If you would like to be part of this exciting journey then please get in touch.

Places are limited so please get in touch soon. For an application form please click on the link below or  my personal e-mail is keith at herbalmedicine.org.uk (please help us avoid spam by the supplying the @ yourself) and we are also on Facebook at Drimlabarra Herb Farm and as Keith Robertson.

Form and info from last year for interest only please email me to be put on the list for 2024.


Course Price








Shared Room £45/night

Single Room  £65/night

Full board from £975 based on sharing a room. If your application is approved we require a deposit of £700 to confirm your place, the balance is payable before arrival and we are happy to discuss a payment plan for this.

Celtic Herbal Medicine Book Now Available

Written by Keith Robertson MSc FNIMH & Danny O’Rawe MSc FIRH

This beautiful 100 A4 page book is all about Celtic Herbal Medicine and has been written by Keith Robertson MSc FNIMH & Danny O’Rawe MSc FIRH. Get your copy in full colour and printed with eco-friendly paper and ink, it has been published in house so they are being sold at cost (any extra donations very welcome for future projects) for £15 + £3.50 P&P in UK, £5 P&P Europe and £7.50 Worldwide or £12.50 Worldwide tracked and signed. If you use the Paypal button the School will be charged 3.5%  of that sum – alternatively payment can be made by PayPal to my e-mail keith AT herbalmedicine.org.uk (try using the friends and family option if available and no one gets charged) Please send us your mailing address and please ensure the full amount arrives in GBP. Pre-orders are now being sent out – please check we have your current address.

Click on the button to read the Preface !