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A Healing Herb Garden – an interview on Healthy Soul website:

A while ago I was interviewed by Frances Ive for an article for the WI and I have found a link to the interview on Frances’ website –  I hope you enjoy it!

Anne x

Healing Herb Garden


Ashwagandha Annie!

Ashwagandha Annie on You Tube:

This is a video recorded in June 2013 with the ever lovely Deb from Avena Botanicals where we talk about possibly my favourite herb of all time – Ashwagandha.


The Living Wisdom Workshops

The Living Wisdom Workshops

Open the Doors to a Vital and Healthy Life with the Ancient Principles of Ayurveda

Anne will be running four deeply insightful courses on the fundamentals of Ayurveda, the traditional healing system of India. Ayurveda offers a truly inspiring and practical approach to enhancing health, happiness and longevity. During the weekends we will explore the archetypal elements that create our different constitutions, allowing us to create a better understanding of our own nature and helping us to choose the right diet, lifestyle and herbs to keep us well and return us to balance when unwell.

The course will run over four weekends at Anne’s home and garden in the beautiful Cotswolds. Each workshop will  incorporate experiential learning with herb identification,  foraging, medicine making, herb tastings, meditations, recipes and much more!

The course is open to anyone, especially those interested in healthy living, yoga, meditation, Vedic traditions and other health practices. No prior knowledge is needed and we recommend that you do all four weekends, but you can just do one. We are sure once you start you will want to continue!

Each weekend costs £150 which includes lunch and refreshments for both days. The cost for all four weekends is £550.

These workshops are running in conjunction with Living Wisdom: The Foundations of Ayurveda Online Course, to help those studying gain a more practical and experiential approach to Ayurveda, plus there will be lots of time for questions!  You can learn more about the online course at

Weekend One: Introduction to Ayurveda
Saturday 6th June – Sunday 7th June 2015; 10am-5pm

  • Understanding Ayurvedic philosophy and cosmology
  • Exploring the five elements that compose everything in the universe including ourselves
  • Discovering our unique constitution through an understanding of the three doshas: vata, pitta and kapha
  • Looking at some incredible herbs to keep our constitutions in balance

Weekend Two: The 6 Tastes and the Healing Power of Food
Saturday 18th July – Sunday 19th July; 10am-5pm

  • Exploring the six tastes of Ayurveda that compose our foods and herbs
  • Discussing how taste relates to the three constitutions, vata, pitta and kapha
  • Discovering agni-the vital role of the digestive fire
  • Learning about foods and herbs to help balance your constitution

Weekend Three: Ayurveda and the Heart and Mind
Saturday 12th September – Sunday 13th September; 10am-5pm

  • Exploring the three basic energies of the universe: sattva, rajas and tamas
  • Discussing the the subtle anatomy of the heart and  mind according to Ayurveda
  • Understanding our own mental and emotional constitution
  • Learning about foods, herbs and lifestyle practices to balance heart and mind

Weekend Four: Detoxification and Rejuvenation
Saturday 10th October – Sunday 11th October; 10am-5pm

  • Understanding the Ayurvedic view of detoxification
  • Exploring the 7 dhatus/tissues and the 6 stages of disease
  • Learning about herbs and dietary regimes for detoxification
  • Discussing rasayana–the Ayurvedic path to rejuvenation

Dispensing with Tradition

Dispensing with Tradition:

Way back in 2009 I agreed to compile a quick reference guide to herbs used in the Western tradition from an Ayurvedic perspective, little realising how much work this would entail!  My co-author, Michelle Boudin, and I (along with other invaluable colleagues) researched and cross referenced and tasted and pondered and indexed and checked and then re-checked and double checked (just in case…) and the end result is ‘Dispensing with Tradition: A Practitioner’s Guide to using Indian and Western Herbs the Ayurvedic Way’.


According to Ayurvedic philosophy all matter is derived from pure consciousness.  The amazing natural world gives us herbs, incredible healing plants, which are manifestations of the conscious intelligence of the universe.  Prana is the life force, the dynamic manifestation of consciousness and each herb has its own subtle intelligence or unique wisdom and pranic energy or attributes which give it ‘energetic’ effects as well as pharmacological constituents, and its potential ability to heal.  Herbs from all over the globe can impart their wisdom or intelligence to us and help balance pranic disturbances that create imbalances and health problems in mind and body, and reconnect or align us with consciousness, and this is the ultimate aim of Ayurveda.  They are an extraordinary gift.  Whether we are trained in the Western or Eastern tradition we can benefit from the healing ability of the herbs around us and use them to care for ourselves and others.

The purpose of the book is to enable an understanding of the Ayurvedic classification and use of herbs for practitioners employing herbs within the framework of an Ayurvedic approach to treatment.  It presumes a prior knowledge of Ayurveda and its terms (although there are glossaries at the back).  It consists mainly of a Materia Medica divided loosely in Western and Ayurvedic herbs and indexes of actions and therapeutic uses.

Each herb has its own unique blend of many different attributes.  It has myriad chemical constituents and physiological actions; it has its qualities and properties, being for example hot/cold, dry/moist, heavy/light, and with time and experience it is possible to become acquainted with each individual herb almost like a different personality.  Taking all this into consideration we can consider a herb as a whole and not assess its healing potential based solely on its ‘active’ constituents or even their quality or qualities (guna).  Each short monograph classifies the herbs according to basic traditional Ayurvedic specifications (including their tastes, post digestive effect, energy, guna, which doshas, dhatus and srotas they mainly affect) and according to the Western medical model, their latin name, botanical family, pharmacological constituents, actions and indications.

The Herbal Path Course in Portugal

The Herbal Path Course in Portugal

Come and join me and experience the world of herbal medicine in this amazing 10 day course in the beautiful Monte Mariposa Retreat Centre, Portugal. This hands on course will take a practical and experiential approach to learning about healing herbs. With foraging, plant identification, harvesting, medicine making, Ayurvedic medicine, wild food, aromatherapy, massage, mindfulness and yoga, you will be able to incorporate the holistic approaches of herbal medicine into all aspects of your daily life. Do not miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn from the very lovely and experienced practitioners and guest speakers. Plus enjoy the extra time to explore the relaxing beaches and nearby towns and picturesque villages of Portugal.

Visit or contact Monte Mariposa on 07964839416 to book onto the course. 


10 DAY INTENSIVE (can be taken as individual days) @ Monte Mariposa Retreat Centre, Nr Tavira Algarve. Weds 15th to Sun 26th April 2015 10am-5pm


PART 1 – Wed 15th – Sun 19th April (can be taken as individual days or weekend only)

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

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!