Monthly Archives: October 2012

Workshops: the second set!

We have completed our first course of herbal medicine introductory workshops.

They were great!

A brilliant mix of a group of Waltham Foresters came together and shared, learned, questioned, wondered and got inspired – including us. As a first experience of workshop-making it was a little scary at first, then it became real fun and a useful way of realising and enlivening the last 4 years of learning in my head and bringing it out. It was also a joy to do it with this lot! Seeing this diverse band of plant health seekers getting together to start a journey (or in some cases, continue ones they had already begun) was fabulous and has strengthened my ideas about community being the necessary and pro-active heart of herbs as medicine, where people learn themselves to take intelligent care of their own health, in collaboration with the bountiful green world we prowl about in…

Sadly we were so busy discussing and making ointment and onion syrup that I foolishly failed to take ANY pictures to document these merry moments – REMEMBER next time! Workshop people, put your testimonials here please to prove it was all real!

And so now, in the light of these positive & powerful beginnings, we announce the next set of workshops at The Mill in Walthamstow, east London: starting Friday 9th November, 12 noon-2pm and running for 4 weeks, same time each Friday.

We’ll be covering general introductions to the field of herbal medicine including the following:

  • Sensible plant recognition & gathering
  • The nature and approach of herbalism in health
  • The range of preparations used
  • Exploration of a few herbs in depth
  • What we can find and use respectfully in our local lands
  • Using herbs supportively to make home remedies and treat simple ailments

The course includes a practical session making some medicines, and lots of herb tasting – for it’s always better to experience what a herb does for you before you use it!

Cost is £20 for the whole 4 week course, or you can attend individual sessions if unable to commit to all, for £5 each time.

For more info or to book, call Rasheeqa on 07784 506 494 or email hedgeherbs@gmail.com

Come and join us and play with some herbs!

Urban Herbs

Little patches of herbs around the cities as I walk…

Interesting sometimes the spots they choose to grow in – what’s their role just there and just how polluted are they getting? Perhaps they are synthesising ever new crazy compounds to deal with London fumes. I wouldn’t pick em but they are lovely little green reminders of some other business going on under our feet, quietly and determinedly amongst the rush and concrete and heavy metal.

Workshops folk! Identify these ere erbs and tell us what they are on Saturday if you can, a little challenge…