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Valldemossa itinerary

We are so excited with all the interest in our inaugural Valldemossa long weekend (hopefully this will be the first of many!) and are now pleased to be able to share the itinerary with you:

Thursday 5th November:

Arrive at Palma airport, transfer from airport to Valldemossa where you will have a chance to settle in before our welcome meeting, drinks and dinner at the Food Lab.

Friday 6th November:

Each morning students will be collected from Sa Torres before we have breakfast together at the Food Lab.  After this we plan to walk to the ponds at Son Moragues for quiet meditation and to set the intent of the day.  Ana and I will share a brief introduction to herbalism and how herbs mesh with a sustainable life.  We will then all walk to Sa Torres to see the herbal garden, identify and collect plants and discuss their uses.  After a delicious lunch at Sa Torres we will explore herbs and the senses, concentrating on a few herbs and their tastes and constituents.  We will then have a practical session making herb teas and an introduction to making tinctures.

After tea there is the chance to rest and reflect before the evening meal at the Food Lab.

Saturday 7th November:

After breakfast we will take a walk through the kitchen garden at Son Moragues to Sa Torres where we will have a short tea break.  Before lunch we will focus on how to make hydrosols; which plants to use, how the distilling process works and the medicinal properties of the plants being used.  After lunch at Sa Torres the group will walk to El Mirador collecting Mediterranean herbs along the way, the properties of which we can discuss while sitting in the amphitheatre there.

After tea there is once again the chance to rest and reflect before the evening meal at the Food Lab, which will be followed by a film.

Sunday 8th November:

On the last day we will once again have breakfast together before a meditation session.  This will be followed by a final discussion about herbs and our place in nature.  We will have lunch at the Food Lab followed by a final practical workshop making a calendula or ‘heal all salve’ and enjoying herbal facial steams, face masks and hand and foot baths.

Following this there will be a final rest and reflection period before the last dinner and a party at La Residencia in Valldemossa during which people are encouraged to share poems, songs or recitations!

Monday 9th November:

Transfer to airport and fly home to continue our herbal journey.

NB If you have any dietary requests, please could you let us know either on booking or by the final booking date of 1st October 2015.  Thank you.

Trill Farm – in tune with the seasons

At the beginning of September I will be going back to Trill Farm to teach my seasonal foraging and herbal medicine course, this time focussing on Autumnal plants. 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 two more foraging weekends at Trill this year; 5th/6th September and 17th/18th October when we will be looking at which wild herbs are available in the last two seasons of Autumn and Winter.  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 I will help you to understand more about the major systems of the body and how to promote their health by matching the right herbs to ailments of each system.  You will also learn how to prepare the herbs as infusions, decoctions, creams, lotions, ointments, glycerites and tinctures.

The price is £125 for the weekend for non-residents (or £265 for residential students) this includes all teaching plus a delicious organic lunch each day. Bookings can be made by calling Zoe at Trill Farm on 01297 631 113 or by clicking the link on their website.

I hope you can join me!

Magma Earth Ovens – a workshop

Magma Earth Ovens – a one day workshop; 11th July at Puckham Valley, Gloucestershire:

Earth Ovens are authentic, handmade clay ovens crafted in a traditional way that draws upon ancient techniques dating back more than 2000 years.  Now,  they offer a totally natural way of cooking that allows you to reconnect with nature while creating delicious food and flavours.  The Earth Oven Project offers practical workshops to teach people how to sculpt their own earth oven, beginning with weaving the basket that creates the framework and shape of the oven, then on to mixing the clay and ends with the completed earth oven.   Earth ovens are completely individual and their size can range from large, community ovens to small family or individual-use ovens which will easily fit in the corner of a garden – you can even make a portable oven that can be moved around wherever you wish! These well-built ovens are strong, resilient and can last for many years with very little maintenance.

This course is the brainchild of Danny Shmulevitch who for many years worked closely with the indigenous Bedouin people in their homeland, a place of wild beauty and traditional wisdom.  Danny’s unique experiences and his ability to capture the essence and significance of the simple and yet practical activities of the tribes people, ensure that the events he facilitates have a magical and often profound quality with elements both of the theatre and ritual.

I have a personal interest in this workshop as Danny has built me my very own earth oven at the bottom of my garden – it’s between the vegetable beds, my log cabin and the outdoor classroom.  I know from experience that using an earth oven is totally different to conventional food preparation, it’s not a question of nipping into the kitchen to boil a kettle or turn on the stove, this is a much more absorbing and sociable experience. Cooking on an open fire sees a return to age-old techniques and family and friends can enjoy getting involved in the process while the aromatic wood smoke infuses the food with its unique taste; perfect for everything from roast chicken and vegetables to homemade pizza – or maybe even bread.  After the meal is cooked the oven will still generate plenty of heat to keep you warm – we can sit outside for hours even in the cool English summer!

For more information about this and other workshops, please email dannyshmulevitch@gmail.com or phone 07866 625787.

Summer Workshops

Summer Workshop fliers:

I love sharing the knowledge I have gained over the years with others on courses and lectures.  It’s wonderful imaging where a student’s personal path will take them from when I meet them onwards through their herbal life.

But sometimes the business side of organising these courses is a real drag!

Something that has helped recently is that we’ve been looking at some more eye catching promotional material for the summer courses and have come up with the fliers below.  They are making me really happy!

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 www.learnlivingayurveda.com.

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

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 www.theherbalpath.net or contact Monte Mariposa on 07964839416 to book onto the course. 

Itinerary

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

THE HERBAL PATH :

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: www.learnlivingayurveda.com.

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. www.mokshcenter.com 

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 zoe@trillfarm.co.uk or call Zoe on 01297 631113
    http://trillfarm.co.uk/index