3 day Course The Healing Power of Plants

Dates just announced for 2024
Thursday evening May 30th till Sunday lunchtime June 2nd  (please note the 2023 Course sold out quickly) Please see how to apply below.

A unique opportunity to stay on the Holy Isle in Lamlash bay and explore the flora through experiential botany, plant meditation and herb walks.

Come along and share the delights of Natures Wild Medicine Chest with experienced Traditional Herbalists Nicola Dee Kelly MNIMH and Keith Robertson FNIMH.  We will be meeting plants in the amazing herb and vegetable garden and hedgerows and, under the guidance of the Holy Isle gardeners, collect treasures to create a wide variety of preparations. These will include teas, decoctions, flower essences, infused oils, poultices etc.

Make your own herbal preparations to complete this kit to take it, and the knowledge of how to use it, home for basic self help for family and friends.

An experiential, hands-on practical approach to gathering and making your own herbal medicines under the tutorage of leading UK herbal educators,  Keith Robertson MSc FNIMH and Nicola Dee Kelly BSc MNIMH.
Learn about
• The foundations of Herbal Medicine – art and science in conversation with Nature.
• Gathering  leaves, flowers, roots and barks as appropriate.
• Making teas, decoctions, flower essences, infused oils, poultices etc.
• The language of plants ~ Intro to botany and Plant ID
• Treating family & friends ~energetics and constitutional types for self help.

Nature based help is all around if you know what to look for. Get to know medicinal plants first hand by easy to use botanical identification techniques based on family characteristics, touch, feel and taste qualities using all your senses. Once you have connected to a plant, learn which part to use, how to harvest it and which preparation would best suit its medicinal qualities. The aim is to make as deep a connection with a particular plant as possible over the 3 days.  Go home with your own remedies and knowledge of how to use them.

Use the sophisticated laboratory that is your sense of taste to determine the medicinal action of plants. Using all our senses, learn how to identify a herb’s main qualities of heating, cooling, moistening, drying, antiseptic, moving, relaxing etc and from that knowledge apply what condition type and in which constitutional type of person such a medicine would be best indicated for. We inherently already know the answers, the aim of this workshop is to provide you with tools to make them conscious and  the pharmacy materials to make and take home preparations.

Our programme will include an hour after breakfast each day working with the resident volunteer community, helping with kitchen and garden tasks.

Cost of tuition is £300. All food and accommodation is £225 for a single room. Includes ferry return from Lamlash and a number of extras. Please complete the application form below or e-mail me for one at keith at herbalmedicine.org.uk please supply the @ for anti spam.

SSHM-Application-form–The Healing Power of Plants May-24