Sensory Herbcraft Apprenticeships
Come and reconnect with your local plants
This initial one-year apprenticeship is designed to introduce you to the ancient, magic and practical art that is herbal medicine.
You will learn to communicate with the plant world and create beautiful remedies, using all of your senses, for the treatment of yourself, your friends and your family.
Come on this journey to be guided through the elements represented in each season and follow the path through the riches of the plant world: roots, leaves, flowers, seeds.
This one-year course is made up of 4 residential, fully-catered for weekend seminars. There will also be the option of additional trips and apprentice days.
You will compile your own Herbal Materia medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.
Length of course
What Will You Learn?
Seminar 1 - Detoxing
21st-23rd March 2014
Detoxification is one of our primary tools to health but it needs to be done in a considered way. You will learn the importance of careful planning of a detox and how we can benefit from this watery weekend.
Plant part: leaf
Leaves: Dandelion, nettle, comfrey, yarrow, burdock
Systems: kidneys and lymphatic
Seminar 2 - Blood n Passion
23rd-25th May 2014
This session looks at the blood as life and a major transport system in the body. What passion means today and ways we can ignite it when it is dampened. The importance of sexual health and self-respect in terms of reproductive organ health.
Plant part: Flowers
Flowers: ladies mantle, dog rose, hawthorn, lime flower, daisy
Systems: reproduction and cardio vascular
Seminar 3 - Breath of life
19th-21st September 2014
This session looks at; The importance of the breath and the lungs in maintaining health. Where lung problems can stem from, including birth, lifestyle, living conditions. Ways to improve lung health.
Plant part: Seeds & berries
Seeds: Fennel, nettle, milk thistle, elderberry, horsechestnut
Systems: respiratory & nervous system
Seminar 4 - The bare bones
14th-16th November 2014
This session looks at the importance of the digestive system in maintaining health and wellbeing. We will also look at how the gut can affect the skin and musculo-skeletal system.
We will also look at the history of the magical use of herbs and bringing this into our practice. The many guises of magic and current public fears due to residue from the inquisition.
Plant part: Roots
Roots: horseradish, comfrey, burdock, marshmallow, valerian
Systems: digestive, musculo-skeletal & skin
A specific reading list shall be supplied and participants shall also compile their own personal Materia medica and become familiar with a wide range of their local flora.
YHA Lee Valley Village
Dates:Seminar 1: 21st-23rd March 2014
Seminar 2: 23rd-25th May 2014
Seminar 3: 19th-21st September 2014
Seminar 4: 14th-16th November 2014
£1300 for the whole course
The cost includes accommodation for Friday and Saturday night, which is in modern, shared dorms and breakfast, lunch and dinner for the 2 days.
A deposit of £350 is payable straightaway, remainder due 2 months before start date, payment plans available