Author: Anna Arnell

Living Wisdom: The Foundations of Ayurveda Online Course

Living Wisdom: The Foundations of Ayurveda Online Course:

Explore the amazing world of Ayurveda and be inspired by the philosophy, principles and practical applications of its timeless wisdom from anywhere in the world at your own pace. The Foundations of Ayurveda course is suitable for many – yoga practitioners and teachers, health professionals and anyone else aspiring to health and wholeness.

With over 700 pages of knowledge, beautiful imagery, charts and audio meditations, the course guides you through the foundations of Ayurveda with a unique emphasis on the incredible world of healing plants, the transformational practice of meditation and living a conscious and balanced life.  To find out more visit:

Anne brings over 30 years of clinical practice as a medical herbalist and Ayurvedic practitioner in the United Kingdom and offers a comprehensive knowledge of herbal medicine. She provides an authentic bridge, bringing the wisdom of the East to the West. She has written around 20 books on Herbal Medicine and Ayurveda and brings the confidence and depth of experience of a longtime practitioner and teacher.

Gina has maintained a busy clinical practice spanning the last 18 years as a Polarity Therapy practitioner integrating Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, yoga and mindfulness meditation in her work. She has trained for over 20 years on a Buddhist path of meditation and offers the emphasis on meditation as a way to integrate Ayurvedic learning and as a practice to cultivate our full potential. She directs Moksha Center in Portland, Maine, a source of education, collaboration and inspiration for mind/body health and living in balance with our world. 

An Experiential Course in Herbal Medicine with Anne McIntyre at Trill Farm.

An Experiential Course in Herbal Medicine with Anne McIntyre at Trill Farm:

This seasonal course over four weekends throughout 2015 will provide you with the knowledge and skills to use the extraordinary resources of the medicinal plants growing around you.

Renowned herbalist Anne McIntyre will guide you on a journey of discovery: identifying and foraging wild herbs, understanding their medicinal properties and uses, and sharing the skills to create and take away a range of preparations for health and well being.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Forage for seasonal wild herbs
  • Identify useful wild and cultivated medicinal plants (herbs, flowers, trees and shrubs)
  • Know and understand the medicinal properties of the plants you identify and gather
  • Understand more about the major systems of the body (digestive, respiratory, nervous, cardiovascular, urinary, endocrine, reproductive, musculoskeletal & skin) and how to promote their health
  • Select the right herbs to treat common ailments of each system and know how to administer them
  • Prepare infusions, decoctions, creams, lotions, ointments, glycerites and tinctures

This course is for people with an interest in knowing more about herbs and health. This includes lay people, students and newly qualified herbalists wishing to brush up on their plant identification and understanding of medicinal plants, for gardeners wanting to deepen their knowledge about the plants they know and love, and for anyone interested in sustainably using the natural resources around them for supporting their health.

The Four Weekends, 2015:
Spring: Saturday 9th May & Sunday 10th May
Summer: Saturday 4th July & Sunday 5th July
Autumn: Saturday 5th September & Sunday 6th September
Winter: Saturday 17th October & Sunday 18th October
Each day runs from 10am – 5pm and includes a delicious herb-inspired organic lunch.

Anne McIntyre is a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (FNIMH), a Member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners’ Association (MAPA), and has been practicing herbal medicine for over 30 years, mostly in Gloucestershire and at clinics in London and Wales. She lectures widely on Herbal Medicine and Ayurveda in the UK and America and is the author of around 20 books on herbalism and Ayurveda. Her most recent book “Dispensing with Tradition” blends together Western Herbalism and Ayurvedic tradition. On Summer evenings Anne gives guided tours of the acclaimed spiral herb garden she has created at her home in Gloucestershire.

An experiential course in herbal medicine -Non residential

    • A eight day course over four seasonal weekends.
  • Includes a delicious organic lunch each day.
  • £480

An experiential course in herbal medicine – residential

  • An eight day course over four seasonal weekends.
  • Residential weekends are hosted by Anne McIntyre, and run from 6pm on Friday evening to 5pm Sunday.
  • Includes accommodation and all meals. £1,020 for all four weekends.
  • Camping options and single rooms are available – please contact us for details.
  • To book please contact or call Zoe on 01297 631113

Looking at Western Herbs from an Ayurvedic Perspective: A Course for Ayurvedic Practitioners and Students

The amazing natural world gives us incredible healing plants, full of “prana”, the dynamic manifestation of consciousness.  Here in England we are surrounded by amazing herbs …rosemary, lavender, lemon balm, mint and roses perfume and adorn our gardens, while nettles, hawthorn, dandelion, milk thistle, elderberries and burdock abound in hedgerows.

Each herb has unique wisdom and pranic attributes which give it “energetic” effects as well as pharmacological constituents and its potential ability to heal. Herbs can impart their intelligence to us and help balance disturbances that create health problems in mind and body, and reconnect us with consciousness. They are an extraordinary gift.

Making your own formulations from herbs around you, that you have grown or gathered yourself, or obtained from local sources, means that you will know their source, their botanical identity and that they are unadulterated and uncontaminated.

It also means you can adhere more closely to the increasing need for us to live more sustainably. Using herbs you can see around you, especially if you are able to wild-craft or grow your own, brings a whole new dimension to using and prescribing herbs. Spending time with growing herbs, in abundant hedgerows or beautiful gardens can give an insight into the particular aspect of consciousness that each plants expresses.

In this course Anne will discuss in detail 50-100 herbs and offer not only practical advice on how to prepare and use them as medicines, but also how to understand their healing properties from an Ayurvedic perspective. You will learn to identify and use herbs from garden and hedgerow, forage for wild foods and leave with the confidence to use them in your home and practice.

The course will take place at Anne’s home in the Cotswolds, where she has a herb garden with over 150 medicinal herbs laid out in a spiral that represents the journey through life from birth to paradise.

If you are interested in the course, please email

Calm Mind, Joyful Heart Weekend Oct 27-28th 2012

“One who sees equally the entire universe in his own self and his own self in the entire universe is in possession of true knowledge” Charaka Samhita 5.6

Calm Mind, Joyful Heart

through the Wisdom of Ayurveda

with Anne McIntyre and Gina Mastroluca

October 27-28th 2012

Puckham Barn, Whittington, Near Cheltenham

Ayurveda is one of the most ancient and respected traditions in the world, originating some 5000 years ago in India. The name Ayurveda derives from two Sanskrit words: Ayur (life) and Veda (wisdom or knowledge), meaning the wisdom of how to live. It is not only a system of medicine, it is also a way of life that aims to enhance health, wellbeing and longevity through a union of physical, emotional and spiritual balance, as a prerequisite for attaining Moksha or self realisation.

In Ayurveda, heart and mind are one. They are the mirror of pure awareness, reflecting the light of our inner selves, the unconditioned world beyond space and time. During the weekend we will introduce the basic principles of Ayurveda and the subtle anatomy of the heart & mind. We will explore our own mental and emotional constitutions and discover how the tools of Ayurveda – meditation, mantra, herbs, foods and lifestyle – can help us to cultivate peace, joy and balance. We will leave with a deeper understanding of ourselves and with principles and practices to apply in our daily lives.

Anne McIntyre is a Medical Herbalist, Ayurvedic Practitioner and the author of 18 books on herbalism and Ayurveda. Her latest book, The Ayurvedic Bible is an excellent introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine.

Gina Mastroluca is a Polarity Therapist and the founding director of Moksha Center for Ayurveda, Yoga and Polarity Therapy in Portland, Maine USA. She is a long-time student of meditation and Tibetan Buddhism.

Anne and Gina have been presenting the Calm Mind, Joyful Heart workshops for many years in the USA . This is the first time they have been held in the UK.

Sat 27th Oct 9.30-5pm. Sunday 28th Oct 9.30-4pm. Cost £150.00. The course is limited to 25 people and early booking is recommended.

Herbal Medicine Conference: Lincoln University

Herbal Medicine: The Art of the Science
7th-8th July 2012
Riseholme Campus, University of Lincoln

Registration Information

Following our very successful first conference in 2011 we are pleased to announce the second herbal medicine conference to be held on the Riseholme Campus of the University of Lincoln. The conference is open for everyone with an interest in or involved with professional herbal medicine practice and education.

Water lilies are an important religious symbol in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. They symbolize resurrection in both spiritual arenas because many of the lilies close their flowers at night and reopen in the morning at first sunlight. Buddhists regard the water lily as a symbol of enlightenment because of the beautiful bloom that emerges from the mud. They also consider the water lily a symbol of purity, spontaneous generation and divine birth.

Herbal medicine in the West has traditionally been eclectic, drawing upon the traditions and remedies of different cultural practices. The age of globalisation has accelerated this process of influence. Our pharmacies in recent years have seen considerable changes in the origin of our remedies, with the appearance of Ayurvedic, Chinese, Middle Eastern and South American herbs in particular. How does our use of these herbs reflect upon our practice? What can we learn from these other disciplines?

Many practitioners regard spirituality and healing as being important aspects of their work but how does this accord to herbal medicine theory and practice? How does the use of subtle influences in herbal medicine practice relate to our understanding of therapeutics in biomedical terms? What if anything is the relationship between the use of flower essences, vibrational healing and herbal tinctures?
What do we mean by constitutional treatment? How does this relate to functional medicine or endobiogenie? Can we benefit from advances in orthodox medicine, for example in the area of mental health?

Goethean plant science
Ayurvedic Medicine
Chinese Medicine
Vibrational Medicine
Mental health

Key Participators Confirmed to Date
Julian Barker
Ellie Devereux
Christopher Hedley
Anne McIntyre
Donald Purves
Maureen Robertson
Andrew Stableford

The 25th Anniversary Celebration of the New England Women’s Herbal Conference

August 24th-26th 2012
Camp Wicosuta on Newfound Lake, New Hampshire, USA

Registration information

Join us at ‘our’ new camp, Camp Wicosuta On Newfound Lake, New Hampshire. Lovely, lakeside Camp Wicosuta has been a girl’s camp for 90 years & warmly welcomes the New England Women’s Herbal Conference. Located on Newfound Lake in the Lake District of New Hampshire, the camp is easily accessible from several main routes and interstates, and provides a large well maintained facility with a warm welcoming staff.

A practicing herbalists for over 30 years, Anne runs a busy private practice in her home in the Cotwolds. She was the director of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in England for four years, has taught throughout the world, and is the author of 10 (at last count!) very popular books on herbalism including The Complete Women’s Herbal and The Herbal for Mother and Child. Anne is beloved in the herbal community for her warmth, wisdom and delightful British humor.

Anne’s Workshops:

  • Sattvic Living; the Key to Radiant Health (Intensive)
  • Treating Children from a Constitutional Perspective
  • Ayurvedic Treatment for Cancer

 Friday 24th August. Ayurvedic Help for Cancer

Ayurvedic cancer treatment includes recommendations for lifestyle and use of specific foods and herbs which are not only helpful in preventing the progression of the disease but also make the patients feel better and more comfortable in mind and body. This includes among other things improving digestion (agni), clearing toxins (ama), reducing inflammation, and balancing the doshas followed by Rasayana therapy, as well as supporting the patient on an emotional and spiritual level.

Saturday 25th August. 4 Hour Intensive.
Sattvic Living: The Key to Radiant Health

In this workshop we will look at the concept of Sattva, (the Ayurvedic term for the higher things we aspire to including wisdom, harmony, peace, serenity and love), and how it is central to our health. We will discuss how we can increase Sattva through our daily lives and the use of foods and herbs to enhance radiant wellbeing.

Sunday August 24th
Treating Children from a Constitutional Perspective

With the help of the Ayurvedic system of constitutions, this workshop will give guidance for assessing the constitution of your children and advise the best foods and herbs to keep them well and heal them when they are sick.

Healing the Mind with Flowers and Meditation With Herbalist Anne McIntyre & Gina Mastroluca

Wednesday 29th August 2012 at Avena Botanicals, Rockland, Maine

“To really see a flower takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”
Georgia O’Keefe

Flowers represent the full potential of a plant and help us to nurture our own potential for health and happiness. Join us for an experiential retreat day of exploring the sensory beauty and healing energy of some of the most important healing flowers for our mind and hearts. Anne and Gina will weave together meditation practice to cultivate pure awareness, Ayurvedic teachings on the mind and emotions, and the therapeutic brilliance of flowers. This class is appropriate for those new to herbs, meditation and Ayurveda or those wanting to deepen their knowledge and experience.

Experience the healing power of flowers through all our senses
Mindfulness meditation to cultivate presence and awareness
The use of flowers in prayer, meditation and cultivating Sattva
Flowers and the mind body connection
The role of flowers and meditation in Ayurveda

Our dear friend, Deb Soule, will host the Calm Mind, Joyful Heart class at her beautiful healing garden at Avena Botanicals in Rockport, Maine. If you have not yet been to Avena Botanicals, it’s a hidden treasure of Maine! It is the most beautiful and inspiring herbal garden I know and Avena’s herbal products are local, biodynamic, organic and vibrant.

Anne and Gina have been collaborating on the Calm Mind, Joyful Heart series of experiential workshops for the last many years and love to be in Avena’s healing garden! Gina Mastroluca is a Polarity Therapist, the founding director of Moksha Center for Ayurveda, Yoga and Polarity Therapy and a long-time student of meditation and Tibetan Buddhism.

Health, Happiness & Longevity: An Introduction to the Healing Wisdom and Herbal Medicine of Ayurveda.

Saturday September 1st 2012. Portland, Maine. 10am-5pm $100

How can the healing wisdom of India help us to live a healthy and balanced way of life? Anne McIntyre will teach this daylong introduction to the philosophy and principles of this 5,000 year old system of health and longevity. With the tools and teachings of Ayurveda, we‘re inspired to take care of mind, body and spirit and live a vital and healthy life. Anne has been a popular presenter at Moksha Center over the last 10 years and we are happy to have her return. She teaches in a clear and easy to grasp style with humor and joy. This course is ideal for those new to Ayurveda, yoga students and teachers, body workers and health care providers.

What you will learn:

  • The mind-body philosophy and principles of Ayurveda
  • The 5 elements and the 3 doshas
  • How to determine your unique constitution
  • The tools to balance your constitution
  • The most important herbal allies for your constitution

Anne McIntyre is a Medical Herbalist, Ayurvedic Practitioner and the author of 18 books on herbalism and Ayurveda.  Her latest book, The Ayurvedic Bible is an excellent introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine

For details and bookings, please contact Gina Mastroluca

My recently published introduction to Ayurveda,
The Ayurveda Bible will be on sale.

A Cotswold Journey • July 2013

Rosemary Gladstar, Donna Bryant-Winston and I will be leading a 7 day tour for herbalists and plant lovers around the Cotswolds in July 2013. We will be staying in a beautiful stone farm house in a 90 acre woodland estate and will give classes, tours of beautiful sites and gardens as well as delicious food!

HerbFest 2012

27th – 29th July 2012
A Celebration of Healing Plants for people with
a passion for herbs at Croydon Hall in Somerset.

Join us for a herbal house party for people with a passion for herbs. Come and enjoy this unique opportunity to celebrate your connections to the wider herbal community and deepen your knowledge and healing skills.

Herbfest is a herbal gathering combining informative lectures, practical workshops and plant walks with time to relax and enjoy the company. There will be a choice of activities through the day, and entertainment in the evenings.

Our speakers this year include 7Song, Nikki Darrell, Saskia Marjoram, Davina Wynne-Jones, Andrew Flower, Mike Brook, Glennie Kindred, Sue Clarke, Patrice de Bonneval, Catherine Skipper, Karin Uphoff and Andrew Johnson

New for HerbFest 2012 – we are adding an optional extra afternoon of intensive workshops – on Sunday  29th in the afternoon, 2.30 – 5.30. Our lecturers will be 7Song (Herbal First Aid) and Glennie Kindred (Letting in the Wild Edges).  When you book you will need to make your choice between these two. So if you feel HerbFest ends too soon you can extend it by an afternoon, and enjoy being here for a bit longer.

Herb Fest 2011

A Celebration for Herbalists
22nd – 24th July 2011

Come and enjoy this unique opportunity to celebrate your connections to a wider herbal community and deepen your knowledge and healing skills. Hosted in a beautiful retreat centre in Somerset close to the sea called Croydon Hall.

Our speakers include Rosemary Gladstar, Peter Conway, Edward Thompson, Amanda Rayment, Melanie Cardwell & Andrew Johnson.

Teaching in America 2011

Calm Mind Joyful Heart: Healing Depression and Anxiety through the Wisdom of Ayurveda
with Anne McIntyre & Gina Mastroluca

Saturday June 4th, 2011 10 AM to 5 PM class fee $100

The intention of this workshop is to present the view and principles of Ayurveda, the ancient medical system of India, in the context of the causes and treatment of depression and anxiety. Ayurveda is a comprehensive, mind-body model of health and offers much practical and inspired wisdom. This has great relevance for the modern health practitioner-counselors, yoga teachers, bodyworkers, herbalists and allopathic practitioners.

We will review a Western understanding and treatment of depression and explore how the Ayurvedic treatment of mind and emotions could be integrated. We will discuss prevention of depression and anxiety and how to cultivate a calm and stable mind. Nutrition, mindfulness meditation and pranayama are three main healing practices that restore the flow of mental and emotional health. This workshop will have a retreat atmosphere with both presentation and experiential exercises.

Author and Ayurvedic Practitioner, Anne McIntyre and Polarity Therapist, Gina Mastroluca have been collaborating and presenting workshops together for the past many years in the Calm Mind, Joyful Heart series. They are grateful for the inspiration and vast wisdom of the Ayurvedic teachings and are happy to be able to share them with others.

The Ayurvedic Treatment of Children

Saturday June 11th, 2011
Venue – Avena Botanicals, Rockland, Maine

In this one day seminar Anne will be sharing her extensive experience in the treatment of common childhood ailments and methods of administration of herbs to babies and children. Anne has been treating children for thirty years in clinical practice and has three children of her own. She combines the use of Western herbs and diet with her knowledge and experience of Ayurveda and has written extensively on the subject.