Join renowned herbalist Anne McIntyre on a journey of discovery as she guides 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.

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 weekends 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.

Running for four weekends throughout the year, this seasonal course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to use the extraordinary resources of the medicinal plants growing around you. Each weekend 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 weekends:

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.



Course Leader - Anne McIntyre

Anne 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.


Please note that due to COVID-19 disruption, we are now planning to combine the Spring and Summer weekends into a four day course 8th - 11th August 2020, and run Autumn and Winter together 3rd - 6th September 2020.
We 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 all four seasons simply chose this option from drop-down menu then select first date only. Your booking will be applied to all four weekends.

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 our guest house.