Tag: Foraging

Valldemossa

PLANTS, HEALTH AND NATURE IN VALLDEMOSSA, MAJORCA

5th-9th November 2015

I am thrilled to be teaming up with my good friend Ana Azcárate to offer a small number of people the chance to join us on our new Plants, Health and Nature sojourn in Valldemossa, Majorca. We would like invite you to spend four days exploring the magnificent mountain areas of the Tramuntana, identifying the medical herbs growing there and learning how to prepare and use them for their amazing health benefits.  It is a really good time of year for plants as November is Majorca’s second spring – the autumn rains will have restored green to the parched island with a fresh burst of growth and life to the local plant world.

Ana Azcárate knows the area well and will be teaching the course alongside me.  Ana has studied herbs, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, massage, nutrition, Ayurveda and biodynamic agriculture and is currently studying naturopathy at the Instituto de Estudios Naturales (IEN) in Madrid. She is the editor of a health and ecology imprint in Spain and one of the founders of Unabotánica, a natural cosmetic company in Caracas, Venezuela.

A place to relax mind and body in the tranquillity of nature.

A gift of time to learn about the natural resources around us, enhance our health and wellbeing, and help us live more sustainably.

We are privileged to be able to host you at the stylish Valldemossa Homes – a great base for exploring the stunning countryside of the Tramuntana mountains.    This is where you will learn the skills to make preparations such as infusions, decoctions, ointments, tinctures, creams and hydrosols so that you can apply your new knowledge once you get back home.

Over our long weekend we will visit the beautiful local farms of Son Moragues, Es Roquissar and Sa Torre where we can explore their organic vegetable and medicinal herb gardens.  Ana and I will teach you how to identify wild and cultivated herbs and together we will explore their medicinal properties and uses.

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The landscape here is quite different to my home in the Cotswolds – it is dominated by magnificent centenary Empeltre olive trees and we will use their soft olive oil in some of our preparations.

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For bookings before 1st September the Early Bird price, which includes transfers from the airport, full board and all workshops and herb walks, is £650 (€910) for single occupancy, or £600 (€840) for double occupancy.

After 1st September the full price is £695 (€970) for single occupancy, or £645 (€900) for double occupancy. (Please note that most rooms have double beds, not two single beds).  A limited number of places are available for day students, the Early Bird price for these is £225 (€320) for the three course days and £240 (€340) from 1st September onwards.

To book please call 01451 810096, or email artemishouse53@gmail.com (and don’t forget the Early Bird offer!).

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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!

Foraging course

Wild foraging and herb garden walks:

The sun is shining, the blossoms are blooming and summer seems to just be around the corner, so here at Artemis House we have decided to get out our baskets and start foraging! While we have an abundance of wild garlic and nettle coming into our kitchen, we would love to invite you to join us in identifying and collecting herbs to make your own culinary delights and herbal remedies. Come to our Wild Medicines Foraging Day or let Anne guide you through the inspiring world of her herbal garden in one of her July Garden Walks.

Come away feeling healed and happy, rich with the ancient knowledge of how the earth can provide us with all the vitality we need!

Wild Medicines Foraging Day

Put on your walking boots and join us for an inspirational day foraging for wild herbal medicines in the beautiful Cotswolds. Learn to safely identify the medicinal and edible plants growing in your garden and hedgerows nearby, then discover how easy it is to make your own medicines and nutritious foods, all collected from the wild. With lots of recipes to try at home and plenty of hands on experience, this day will give you the confidence you need to collect your own herbs and make your own medicines.

Date: Saturday 13th June, 10am-4pm
Cost: £75 per person, including an organic and wild crafted lunch!

Artemis House Garden Walks

As we embrace the warm July evenings, do not miss out on the chance to have a tour of Anne’s exquisite herb garden, representing the cycle of a Woman’s life expressed through herbs and flowers. Anne will impart her insight into Western and Ayurvedic medicine, explaining the traditional and current uses of the herbs you will meet. So join us for a cup of herbal tea, while we take a walk around Anne’s garden in the long shadows of the setting sun!

Dates: Thursday 9th July, 7pm-9pm &  Thursday 23rd July, 7pm-9pm

Cost: £18 per person