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Herbal Fun at Trill Farm

For many years now I have really enjoyed teaching a seasonal course in herbal medicine which takes place over four weekends at the beautiful Trill Farm near Axminster, Devon. This year we didn’t know until the very last minute whether or not the course was going to go ahead and we had to squeeze four weekends over two lots of four days, which all happened in August and September. It really was a crash course in learning how to look after yourself using the amazing herbal resources growing around us!

Each day we started by going out and foraging for herbs, gathering them from the herb gardens as well as the 300 acres of the most beautiful woodland, meadows and orchards that make up Trill Farm. We then explored how the different tastes that occur in herbs can provide us with very good clues as to their biochemical constituents (ingredients) and how they act therapeutically in the body.

Tasting herbs is not always as pleasant an experience as you might expect! We encountered some incredibly bitter herbs, particularly burdock (shown in the photo on the left) and chicory leaves. The course is largely experiential; learning about herbs from books is one thing, but spending time with herbs, looking at them, touching them, smelling them and tasting them leads to a deeper knowledge and understanding that can only be gained through first hand experience.

Through the course we have explored many different ways that we can prepare herbs so that they interact with us physiologically and exert their healing benefits. The most obvious, of course, is eating them and then making them into teas – which we did over first two days. After that, in the second workshop, we collected lots of herbs to make into tinctures and glycerites.

In the third workshop we had fun pressing and tasting the tinctures and glycerites that we’d made the month before, and then we collected herbs to make into healing salves for the skin.

In the last workshop each student made their own ‘elixir of life’ with strengthening, nourishing and rejuvenating herbs to keep them going through the winter. We particularly enjoyed making herbal energy balls from incredible adaptogenic herbs – such as licorice, ashwagandha and Siberian ginseng – which are great to boost our energy and increase our immunity and longevity.

I love teaching these workshops each year and I am very grateful to Romy Fraser for hosting the seasonal herb courses for so many years at Trill Farm. Keep an eye on my website for further seasonal workshops in 2021!

all the best

Anne x

RESCHEDULED: Herbal Medicine Course at Trill Farm

I am delighted to say that the Seasonal Herbal Medicine course at Trill Farm has been rescheduled to run in person at Trill Farm in August and September this year! It will be fantastic to move out from behind a laptop and to teach in person – even if at a distance! A lot of thought and planning has gone into the rescheduling of these workshops to ensure that everyone will be safe. We will be following the latest PPE and social distancing guidelines, whilst also making sure that students are still receiving excellent teaching.

This course usually sells out very quickly so if you would like to take advantage of this unusual situation then please book with Trill Farm as soon as possible.

This course consists of four workshops (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. I will take you 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 is open to anyone with an interest in knowing more about herbs and health.

  • This includes those who have just started, 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.

By the end of four workshops 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, cardio-vascular, 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 seasonal course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to use the extraordinary resources of the medicinal plants growing around you. Each seasonal workshop focuses on 10 different herbs growing abundantly in that season, and discusses their different methods of preparation, building to a complete set of skills that will last a lifetime! To gain the most benefit from this course we recommend attending all four seasons.

The four workshops:

Spring:Explore how the tastes of herbs can provide pointers to their medicinal benefits and learn how to prepare them as infusions and decoctions.

Summer:Learn how to use the herbs we forage to make tinctures and glycerites.

Autumn: Learn how to press tinctures and glycerites and prepare a salve from the herbs you collect.

Winter:Learn how herbs can be stored for the winter and prepare elixirs and oxymels.

Please note that due to COVID-19 disruption, the Spring and Summer weekends will be combined into a four day course 8th – 11th August 2020, and Autumn and Winter will run together 3rd – 6th September 2020.
Trill Farm are still taking bookings for single season or full courses. Get in touch for more details.

Single Season
Non-residential: £295
Residential: £395

Four Seasons – Save 20%
Non-residential: £944
Residential: £1,264

To book please visit the Trill Farm website.

Course times for non-residential students:
Saturday: 10am – 5pm.
Sunday: 9am – 4pm.
Includes a delicious herb-inspired organic lunch each day.

Course times for residential students:
Start with supper at 7pm on Friday and finish 5pm on Sunday.
Includes all meals.

Accommodation for residential participants will be in single rooms in the Trill Farm guest house.

Ayurvedic Apprenticeship 2021


Join Anne in 2021 for her hugely popular ayurvedic apprenticeship course held at her home in the Cotswolds

Anne is offering a unique opportunity of studying with her for a series of 4 two day workshops during 2021 devised for herb lovers, students and practitioners alike. She will introduce you to the basic and yet inspiring concepts of Ayurveda and relate these to an understanding of yourselves and others as well as to the use of herbs.

The apprenticeship runs over four sets of weekdays between April and September 2021. The course will consist of written material as well as 4 practical workshops during which we will cover in some detail the incredible body of wisdom that Ayurveda offers, with its complete path of healing that can enhance our lives in profound and lasting ways. It also includes a delicious vegetarian lunch and refreshments on both days.

We will be looking both at the herbs which surround us, as well as those used traditionally within the Ayurvedic tradition. We will discuss their pranic qualities and how they may be used from both Western and Eastern perspectives for a range of different health issues. You will be given detailed monographs of a variety of these herbs. Year 2 will follow on from year 1 and is suitable for those that have already completed Anne’s first year apprenticeship, and those who have studied Anne’s online course.

The course will be held at Anne’s home in the Cotswolds, where she has a beautiful herb garden with over 150 medicinal plants, laid out in a spiral that represents a journey through a woman’s life expressed through herbs.

2021 Apprenticeship Dates

Year 1 – Tuesdays and Wednesdays
May 4th & 5th
June 15th & 16th
July 13th & 14th
September 14th & 15th

Year 2 – Tuesdays and Wednesdays
April 27th & 28th
June 8th & 9th
July 6th & 7th
September 7th & 8th

Afternoon Herb Walk and Tea


Come and spend an afternoon with Anne on May 26th and June 16th in her unique herb garden at Artemis House in the Cotswolds where she will share her knowledge of herbal remedies that are useful at different stages throughout 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.

You will be given a guided tour of the garden by Anne along with a handout with information about the herbs and their uses for your own reference. The tour will be followed by herbal teas (made by ourselves using herbs from the garden) and cake and the opportunity to purchase herbs grown here at Artemis House, and Anne’s books and herbal remedies from her dispensary.

The afternoon will run from 2.30pm until 5pm.

Price £40 per person.

The Healing Power of Medicinal Herbs from the Garden


You are invited to join Anne on 21st May 2020 at home in the Cotswolds where we will be spending the day in her beautiful spiral herb garden looking at the healing power of herbs that you may already have growing in your own garden.

The day will include a full tour of Anne’s herb garden which is laid out in a spiral which represents a woman’s life from birth to paradise expressed through herbs. We will be discussing how you can use your own home grown herbs to treat everyday ailments and how you can make them into simple preparations. A delicious herbal / vegetarian lunch and teas will be included.

Times – 10am – 4pm

Price – £95

Ayurvedic Apprenticeship 2020 – UPDATE SOLD OUT


Anne is offering a unique opportunity of studying with her for a series of 4 two day workshops during 2020 devised for herb lovers, students and practitioners alike. She will introduce you to the basic and yet inspiring concepts of Ayurveda and relate these to an understanding of yourselves and others as well as to the use of herbs.

The apprenticeship runs over four sets of weekday between April and September 2020. The course will consist of written material as well as 4 practical workshops during which we will cover in some detail the incredible body of wisdom that Ayurveda offers, with its complete path of healing that can enhance our lives in profound and lasting ways. It also includes a delicious vegetarian lunch and refreshments on both days.
We will be looking both at the herbs which surround us, as well as those used traditionally within the Ayurvedic tradition. We will discuss their pranic qualities and how they may be used from both Western and Eastern perspectives for a range of different health issues. You will be given detailed monographs of a variety of these herbs. Year 2 will follow on from year 1 and is suitable for those that have already completed Anne’s first year apprenticeship, and those who have studied Anne’s online course. 

The course will be held at Anne’s home in the Cotswolds, where she has a beautiful herb garden with over 150 medicinal plants, laid out in a spiral that represents a journey through a woman’s life expressed through herbs.

2020 Apprenticeship Dates *SOLD OUT*
Year 1 – Tuesdays and Wednesdays 
April 28th & 29th
June 9th & 10th
July 14th & 15th
September 8th & 9th

Year 2 – Tuesdays and Wednesdays *SOLD OUT*
May 5th & 6th
June 2nd & 3rd
July 7th & 8th
September 15th & 16th

*SOLD OUT* For all four workshops: £695 early-bird offer if booked before 30th November 2019, usually £750. Includes lunch each day.

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.

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!