Author: Anna Arnell

Herbal Medicine Through the Seasons – An Experiential Four Weekend Course at Trill Farm in Devon


In May 2020 I will be going back to Trill Farm to teach my seasonal foraging and herbal medicine course.

I will be hosting four foraging weekends at Trill this year when we will be looking at the herbs growing in each season. The four weekends (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) will provide you with knowledge and skills to use the extraordinary resources of the medicinal plants growing around you throughout the year.

These are practical, hands-on weekends and we will be finding, identifying and preparing wild and cultivated medicinal plants and discussing their medicinal properties, so that you can use them with confidence to promote health of body and mind. You will also learn how to make preparations with the herbs we find, including infusions, decoctions, creams, lotions, ointments, elixirs, glycerites and tinctures.

Join me on a journey of discovery as I guide you to identify and forage wild herbs, understand their medicinal properties and uses, and share the skills to create and take home a range of herbal remedies for your health and wellbeing.

About Trill Farm

Trill is a 300 acre mixed organic farm in east Devon which has been owned by Romy Fraser and her family since 2008. Romy moved here after selling her previous business, Neal’s Yard Remedies, which she built up from a small shop in 1981 to the multi-national company it is today. As you may imagine, someone like Romy wouldn’t own just any ordinary farm! Trill is a collection of small businesses and educators who are all working together with the same ethos, following the highest standards of organic practice and protecting and conserving the environment and wildlife of the farm. There is the strong belief that food is at the heart of life and their stated aim is ‘to celebrate and reaffirm the connection between humanity, the animal kingdom and the nature which sustains us all.‘ There are courses running at Trill Farm throughout the year, with the option of staying at the luxurious, ecologically renovated B&B or in the summer at the peaceful campsite (with open air showers and composting loos!).

Bookings can be made by calling Trill Farm on 01297 631 113 or by clicking this link to their website.

I hope you can join me!

Rasayana Therapy Workshop at The Clover Mill


Join Anne at the beautiful Clover Mill on September 24th and 25th 2019 where she will be holding a rasayana therapy workshop.

Rasayana is a Sanskrit word that comes from rasa and ayana. It means “that which negates old age and disease through the conservation, transformation, and revitalisation of energy.” Rasa nourishes our body, boosts immunity and helps to keep the body and mind in vibrant health. Ayana means path, so rasayana therapy is a path of nourishment and rejuvenation.

Rasayana or rejuvenation therapy is one of the eight main branches of Ayurveda. For 5000 years or so the wisdom of Ayurveda has provided guidelines for keeping us in a state of optimum health and well-being and thereby helping to slow the ageing process by increasing ojas, the source of our health and vibrancy.

Ayurveda’s vision of health and longevity expands well beyond health for its own sake; the purpose of rasayana or rejuvenation therapy is so that we can fulfil our spiritual purpose. The longer we live in a state of optimal health the more opportunity there will be for living in harmony with the natural world and attaining the ultimate aim of Ayurveda, nothing short of moksha!

Click here to go to the Clover Mill website for prices and to book.

Lampeter Herbs and Folk – Summer Conference


Anne will be speaking at this year’s herbs and folk conference in Lampeter which will be held between August 16th – 20th. Follow the link for more details and to book your place.

https://uwtsd.ac.uk/herbs/

Evening Herb Walk at Artemis House


SOLD OUT Join Anne in her beautiful spiral herb garden this summer as she takes you around the garden on a journey through a woman’s life from birth to paradise expressed through herbs.

Spend the evening with Anne on July 11th 2019 in her herb garden at Artemis House where she will share her knowledge of herbal remedies that are useful at different stages throughout a woman’s life. Her beautiful garden is laid out in a spiral which represents a woman’s journey through life beginning at birth and ending in paradise. 

The evening will run from 7pm until 9pm with the opportunity to purchase herbs from the garden as well as Anne’s books and herbal remedies. 

*SOLD OUT* Price £20 per person. 

To book your place please email us at clinic@annemcintyre.com 

The Herbal Path, Portugal


Join me in the Algarve on 18th and 19th September 2019 for another two day residential at the lovely Melilotus herb farm hosted by the wonderful duo Maureen Robertson and Jose Melo. This time we will be exploring the Ayurvedic approach to detoxification.

In the Ayurvedic tradition, detoxification followed by rejuvenation (rasayana) is the first step to enhancing health of mind and body. Regular periods of detoxification can help to protect us from developing health problems, increase our energy and vitality and promote a sense of joy and wellbeing.​

The accumulation of toxins is part of life and can affect us on both physical as well as subtle levels. Psychologically, when we are not able to process difficult times in life, mental and emotional toxins accumulate from holding onto negative emotions and undigested experiences. ​

The incredible teachings of Ayurveda provide us with wise counsel for helping us to let go of these toxins as well as a medicine chest of remedies from the natural world to bring us back into harmony in body and mind. During our two days workshop we will explore many of these and you will leave with a deeper understanding of Ayurveda as well as practical tools for self healing. 

For more information and bookings please click through to their website.

A Series of One Day Herb Courses at Artemis House


Join Anne in her beautiful herb garden for an introduction to the medicinal benefits of the herbs you know and love and learn how to make them into remedies at home.

Anne is offering three one-day workshops over a few weeks this summer that can be taken either together as a series or singularly. She will introduce you to the amazing healing benefits of the herbs you know and love which might be growing in your gardens or wild in the surrounding countryside.

Workshop 1 June 13th 2019 – The day will include a full tour of the herb garden where you will learn how the spiral layout and plant positioning represents a woman’s journey through life from birth to paradise. We will be looking at the uses of the different herbs for everyday ailments.  

Workshop 2 on June 28th 2019 – The day will include learning how to cook simple gluten, dairy, and sugar free recipes for good gut health.

Workshop 3 on July 4th 2019 – The day will include harvesting some of the herbs from the garden and making preparations so that you will leave with growing confidence to use herbs to help treat simple ailments at home. 

Anne has an impressive herb garden laid out in a spiral representing a journey through life expressed through herbs. Weather permitting, there will be an opportunity to be taken round the spiral of life!

For more information email us on clinic@annemcintyre.com or phone 01451 810096.

Herbal Medicine Through the Seasons


Join me on a journey of discovery as I guide you to identify and forage wild herbs, understand their medicinal properties and uses, and share the skills to create and take home a range of herbal remedies for your health and wellbeing. This course consists of four weekends (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) to provide you with knowledge and skills to use the extraordinary resources of the medicinal plants growing around you throughout the year.

In May 2019 I will be going back to Trill Farm to teach my seasonal foraging and herbal medicine course. For those of you who have not yet visited Trill Farm and would like to know what makes it such a special place to run these courses from, let me tell you a little more about it.

Trill is a 300 acre mixed organic farm in east Devon which has been owned by Romy Fraser and her family since 2008. Romy moved here after selling her previous business, Neal’s Yard Remedies, which she built up from a small shop in 1981 to the multi-national company it is today. As you may imagine, someone like Romy wouldn’t own just any ordinary farm! Trill is a collection of small businesses and educators who are all working together with the same ethos, following the highest standards of organic practice and protecting and conserving the environment and wildlife of the farm. There is the strong belief that food is at the heart of life and their stated aim is ‘to celebrate and reaffirm the connection between humanity, the animal kingdom and the nature which sustains us all.‘ There are courses running at Trill Farm throughout the year, with the option of staying at the luxurious, ecologically renovated B&B or in the summer at the peaceful campsite (with open air showers and composting loos!).

I will be hosting four foraging weekends at Trill this year when we will be looking at the herbs growing in each season. These are practical, hands-on weekends but for residential students we will be starting with a meal on the Friday night which I will be hosting. We will be finding, identifying and preparing wild and cultivated medicinal plants and discussing their medicinal properties, so that you can use them with confidence to promote health of body and mind. You will also learn how to make preparations with the herbs we find, including infusions, decoctions, creams, lotions, ointments, elixirs, glycerites and tinctures.

Bookings can be made by calling Trill Farm on 01297 631 113 or by clicking the link on their website.

I hope you can join me!

Deepening into Doshas at The Herbal Path in Portugal

I am really looking forward to going back to Portugal at the end of the summer to teach Deepening into Doshas, which will be taking place on the weekend of 15th-17th September 2017 at The Herbal Path, just outside Lagos.

The Herbal Path takes place at Quinta Melilotus which is set in 6.6ha of almond, fig and olive groves, with herb and vegetable gardens which are used as both classrooms and to supply the food you will be eating. The Quinta is near a river bed and just minutes drive from multiple sandy beaches, secret coves, fascinating rock formations and caves and stunning cliff walks.  It is also within walking distance of two nearby villages as well as near to the bustling town of Lagos with modern amenities set against the backdrop of ancient town walls, marina and winding cobblestone streets.

This will be a small group with a maximum of 12 participants to ensure that everyone who wants to will have time for an assessment of their constitutional doshas and treatment plan for rebalancing within the group setting.

The course starts with arrival between 4.00-6.00pm on Friday, followed by supper together on later that evening, followed by an introductory session. The course ends with tea and cake at 4.00pm on Sunday, after which you are free to depart.

The price is 225 euros for full seminar, all meals (Friday supper to Sunday tea) and a shared cabin or yurt accommodation.  Due to the small numbers involved, a 50 euro deposit is required to reserve your space with full payment required by 18th August.

Seminar days only including lunch 55 euros/day.

Extra bed and breakfast and dinner on Sun night is 45 euros.

To book please contact The Herbal Path at theherbalpathinfo@gmail.com.

Hawkwood College – An Introduction to Ayurveda

I am thrilled to be able to tell you that I am teaching an Introduction to Ayurveda at a new venue for me, Hawkwood College, this year.

Hawkwood College is in a Grade II listed 19th Century country house with 42 acres of grounds overlooking the Severn Vale.  It was founded in 1948 and they describe themselves as ‘an ethical centre providing courses, facilitating training and offering venue hire, set in a beautiful location in the Cotswolds.’  Residential students have access to a Woodland Sanctuary, mature ornamental grounds and can visit the Victorian half-walled gardens where fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers are grown to use in the house.

I will be teaching an introduction to Ayurveda over the course of the weekend, including practical work such as herb tasting in with the other lessons.  We will cover Ayurvedic philosophy, the basics of anatomy, physiology and constitution, diagnosing with pulses, de-toxing, diet, herbs and lifestyle.

Fully inclusive residential single £265; shared £225; Non-residential £185 includes supper Friday, lunch and supper Saturday and lunch on Sunday, plus all refreshments.

Arrival 4.00-6.00pm on Friday. Course begins with supper together on Friday followed by introductory session. Course ends with tea and cake at 4.00pm on Sunday, followed by departure.

To book please contact Hawkwood College on 01453 759 034 or click HERE to book online.

HerbFest 2017 – Satish Kumar

We are delighted that Satish Kumar will be our keynote speaker at HerbFest 2017 and will also give a talk on People, Plants and Planet. 

Satish is a former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, who has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality.  Since moving to the UK in 1973 Satish has been editor of Resurgence magazine – making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine.  He is on the Advisory Board of Our Future Planet, a unique online community sharing ideas for real change and, in recognition of his commitment to animal welfare and compassionate living, he was recently elected vice-president with the RSPCA. He continues to teach and run workshops on reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity and is a much sought-after speaker both in the UK and abroad.

HerbFest 2017 – Bringing people and plants together

HerbFest – Bringing People and Plants Together

Following the great success of HerbFest 2016 at Monte Mariposa in Portugal, we are happy to announce that we will be back at Monte Mariposa for HerbFest 2017!

You can look forward to more great lectures and informative workshops surrounded by the wild lavender and spring herbs of Portugal.  We will update you as soon as we have more information – don’t forget to look on our Facebook page too! (www.facebook.com/herbfestuk)

Feedback from HerbFest 2016:

‘It was so well organised, yet very relaxed – just the right pace and tone – very uplifting and enlightening experience.’ Julie
‘What a great weekend at HerbFest in Monte Mariposa in Portugal. Fantastic speakers, I have met some new wonderful people and learned more about herbs and also about Portuguese and Spanish traditions and herbal teachings. Wow, what a worthwhile trip!’ Gemma
‘Oh my, what a wonderful wonderful place Monte Mariposa is! Thanks Annie & Beatriz and all who were involved in Herbfest this year….What a wonderful bunch of supportive, knowledgeable people! The location was out of this world with its wild Borage, Lavender, Wild carrot and oh so much more, the bees were deafening and the whole thing as you can tell has blown me away. That’s without mentioning the haunting and first class local Fado music which was the entertainment on Saturday eve. I take all of this away with me and have everything crossed that we can hold it again here next year. Anyone that didn’t manage to go, try for next year, you won’t regret it!’ Ashlie

Introduction to Ayurveda weekend at Artemis House 30th & 31st July 2016

Join Anne for a weekend introduction to Ayurveda – a wonderful opportunity to learn about the healing wisdom of Ayurveda, a truly inspiring and practical approach to enhancing health, happiness and longevity.  This course is based at Anne’s home in the Cotswolds and will comprise a balance of teaching and practical sessions in Anne’s beautiful herb garden (weather permitting!).