Courses, Workshops and Events

We offer a variety of hands-on herbal and foraging days, ranging from two-hour walks and week-long courses to bespoke commissions. Most events take place at our Tudor cottage and wild garden in South Norfolk. You can book a place on one of our courses or herb walks via our online shop.

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Find an up-to-date list of our upcoming courses and events in our online shop.

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Bespoke Courses

Don’t forget we will be happy to tailor courses for your own small groups.

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10-11 August Hedgerow Medicine weekend, Ashwellthorpe

An opportunity to receive hands-on tuition in making a wide range of herbal medicines, including: tinctures, glycerites, poultices, oils, ointments, flower essences, distillates, oxymels and electuaries. We will also cover basic botany, how to create herbal formulae and look at ways to evaluate constitutions and restore balance in the body. The longer format allows us to dive deeper into the herbs and their uses, while also providing a great opportunity for us and the group to get to know each other. Expect excellent vegan food and to take away lots of medicines you have made yourself. Please contact us if you would like more information, including a list of local accommodation.

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7 September, Foraging Day, Ashwellthorpe

Join Julie and Matthew to learn which plants can be foraged at this time of year for food and medicine, and how they can be used. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Ashwellthorpe, south Norfolk, 10.30 to 4.30.

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26 October, Winter Health Workshop, Ashwellthorpe

Learn how to use hedgerow, wayside and kitchen herbs to stay healthy through the winter. We will discuss how to treat vitamin D deficiency, Seasonal Affective Disorder and winter viral infections. You will make several remedies to take home with you, including the famous thieve's vinegar. Price includes materials, handouts, lunch and afternoon tea. Ashwellthorpe, south Norfolk, 10.30 to 4.30.

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27 October, Herbal Christmas Presents, Ashwellthorpe

A relaxing day making herbal preparations that make good presents. Learn how to make a variety of herbal Christmas presents, including elderberry elixir, salt scrubs (perfect for gardeners) and bath bombs, which you will be able to take home with you. Ashwellthorpe, south Norfolk, 10.30 to 4.30.

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Comments about our workshops and events

Carrot cake! Yum! (2010)

I’ll come back and buy my own copies of the books as other lucky recipients will be getting today’s purchases! (2010)

Bless you both for sharing your knowledge and wisdom (2011)

I’ve enjoyed the whole day: your input, food, company (2012)

You’ve well demystified herbal preparations (2012)

Learning through recipes – thanks! (2012)

Brilliant. I loved the gentle sifting of ourselves and the plants (2013)

Magic. Waking up to the healing power of herbs and foraging all over again (2014)

Excellent course. Really enjoyed, will recommend to others (2014)

Empowered (2014)

Thank you for opening my eyes! I have had a wonderful time, and met some lovely people. Thank you for welcoming me into your home (2014)

It’s been a lovely six months’ course, learnt loads, great discussions, mind-boggling depth of knowledge (2014)

What a fabulous week’s course! Filled with facts, delivered in a fun, hands-on way. Matthew and Julie have held the space beautifully, allowing the days to develop and giving us plenty of time to ask questions. I am very grateful for such marvellous guides. My herbal journey has had an auspicious start, around a kitchen table of new friends (2016)

Thank you so much for the wonderful herb walk, all the wisdom you’ve shared and for so scrumptious tea and cakes! (2016)

This has been one of the most inspiring, interesting, useful and comforting classes I’ve ever done. Thank you both so much (2016)

Had the most amazing week, learning so much magical wisdom from the best herbalists in the world. Can’t wait to come back soon (2019)

It’s been a wonderfully calm, enriching and enlightening day. Thank you so much, Julie and Matthew. And the beautiful living food and delicious cake much appreciated. My body is singing! (2020)

This week has surpassed all my expectations! An experienced, knowledgeable, talented, welcoming and beautiful couple. I feel so blessed to have been here (2020)

What a lovely day! Thanks so much for sharing it with us all. I am going home to distill yarrow now! (2022)

I feel so inspired and excited to get started with eating my wild food. Amazing wisdom, thank you so much, Julie and Matthew (2022)