Holt Wood course brochure 2019

Holt Wood course brochure 2019

Holt Wood Courses 2019

We are delighted with our new leaflet about medicinal forest garden courses at Holt Wood in 2019, giving dates and brief outlines, available at Holt Wood Courses 2019. Further details are available on all three courses below, and dates are also available on the Holt Wood Herbs website events page.

Designing the Medicinal Forest Garden Course

Harvesting from the Medicinal Forest Garden Course

Medicinal Herbs in Historical Practice Course

and you can also book places in our Holt Wood herbs online shop. If you have any queries about the courses, or would like some leaflets to distribute, then do get in touch at info@holtwoodherbs.com

Learn about medicinal trees and shrubs

Herb walk

If you want to find out about medicinal trees and shrubs then ‘Designing the Medicinal Forest Garden’ day course is for you. We consider identification and sourcing of trees and shrubs, and walk around Holt Wood to see many of these growing, both native and introduced, and discuss their medicinal uses. Based on a small group we talk about design principles from permaculture to assist in structuring a new planting project, small or large, and establishing medicinal trees and shrubs. Ideal if you are a grower or smallholder, or want to grow medicinal trees and shrubs for self-sufficiency.

Distilling with a copper alembic

Distilling with a copper alembic

New day course on herbal history

The new ‘Medicinal Herbs in Historical Practice’ day course is a great opportunity for you to find out about folklore, herbals, historical recipes, past beliefs about health and illness. During this day we will walk around Holt Wood and see examples of native plants that have strong traditions as medicinal herbs, and discuss seventeenth recipes that included both native and introduced plant ingredients. Later in the day we will have a practical opportunity to make a traditional poultice and try out making a distilled water. Again, we have a small group to allow plenty of time for questions. Ideal if you are interested in the history of herbal medicine and wanting to carry out further research.

Making an insect repellent balmMaking herbal preparations

A very popular day course is ‘Harvesting from the Medicinal Forest Garden’, whether you want to make remedies for yourself and the family, or for wider use. The day includes dealing with the harvest in practical ways, such as drying or tincturing. There are practical opportunities to harvest bark, as well as to prepare dried herbs, including formulating capsules by hand. We also discuss the regulations related to herbal cosmetics and remedies. Ideal if you are considering remedies you can make yourself or wanting to develop a herbal business. As with the other courses, handouts full of information are provided to take away.

Accommodation and booking

This year in 2018, we advertised several one day courses in May and June and these courses were fully booked. Some participants came from quite a distance and we are fortunate to have some great B&B hosts in the mid to north Devon area. We can provide an accommodation list for people coming on our courses, though early booking is advised! Some of these course dates have been carefully placed on consecutive days so that participants can do combinations to suit their needs. Booking in advance is essential, and there is an earlybird discount for booking before end of March 2019!

Download our course leaflet Holt Wood Courses 2019 here.