Learn to prepare and use your own herbal remedies created directly from nature on our innovative herbal health training course.
The Sensory Herb Apprenticeship course will introduce you to plants to use when you or your family are ill, and deepen your connection to the land by getting to know the herbs that grow around you.
Whether you live in the countryside, or your only contact with plants is in a flowerpot, we will take you step by step into the world of herbs.
Our residential apprenticeship in the beautiful Dorset countryside gives you the opportunity to work hands-on with over 50 medicinal plants which grow on site. Understand off-the-shelf herbal remedies and alternatives to pharmaceutical medicines. Learn about herbs of the hedgerow, meet a new world of medicinal plants and a community of like-minded earth-lovers!
Sensory Herbalism course overview
This is a year-long seasonal journey with 100 hours of contact time.
Established in 2009, the apprenticeship is designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to incorporate herbal medicine into your daily life. Your senses, heart and intellect will be opened to the ancient, magical and practical art that is herbal medicine.
Half your time on the course will be spent working hands-on with plants and the other half will give you the technical and medical grounding to apply herbs to healing.
We underpin all your study with the rhythms and structures provided to us by nature — the cycle of the seasons, the lunar cycle, the growth and decline cycle of plants. You will graduate with practical tools to creatively blend ritual, art and medicine to develop your own healing practice that you can share with others.
Throughout the year, you will compile your own Materia Medica, your personal herb reference book full of pressed plants, drawings and all the information you learn. We’ll train you to use our unique set of Sensory Herb tools which connect you with the energetics of plants. Working in this way facilitates meaningful, memorable relationships with plants.
Sensory Herb Practice is a craft. Creativity and art infuses all our work and teachings. Alongside knowledge in botany, medicine making and the human body systems, the course guides you to develop your own creative plant folklore. Don’t worry if you haven’t picked up a pencil since school or if you judge your own art harshly. We ease you through the process step by step. Exploring your own creative soul while being part of a supportive community of like-minded students and alumni is all part of the journey. You will be amazed what plants can help you discover about yourself.
The seasonal journey is a stand-alone course, but also serves as the gateway to our further Herbalism Trainings.
What to expect:
- Gain knowledge of the principles of holistic medicine
- Understand the root causes of disease
- Support your own health-care and that of your family and friends
- Recognition of over 45 medicinal plants in the wild and knowledge of practical use of them
- Gems of wisdom and buckets of passion from the Seed SistAs’ 40 years of collective experience treating patients with herbs
- Become part of an incredible network of Sensory Herb Practitioners
- Security and autonomy in healthcare as the NHS continues to be disbanded
- Feel connected to the yearly cycle through plant harvesting and ritual
- The possibility to train further with Heartwood
The September 2023 course includes the following 4 weekends:
- 1. 29th September – 1st October 2023
- 2. 17th – 19th November 2023
- 3. 28th – 30th March 2024
- 4. 4 – 6th July 2024
£2600 non-refundable investment.
Monkton Wyld Court is a beautiful country house and grounds in the idyllic location in Dorset. It’s an education centre for sustainable living, with eleven acres of gardens and meadows. The accommodation is beautiful and comfortable shared dormitories.
Monkton Wyld Court
Need to Know More?
The Sensory Herbal Apprenticeship serves as a foundation to Heartwoods professional course training.
This is an in-depth education in Herbal Medicine accredited by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and consisting of approximately 3,600 hours of taught and directed study over 3 years, divided into 12 modules. It is rooted in the understanding that an authentic herbal medicine course must transcend the biomedical model, and support the growing body of knowledge of the healing power of plants.