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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.

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!

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!

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!