Herbal Courses

Rowan McOnegal has taught courses alongside her herbal practice for the last 14 years. She offers a range of courses for complete beginners and those with some experience, as well as complimentary practitioners who want to extend their knowledge of herbal medicine and their skills in identifying, understanding and using plants in healing.
Some come purely for fun, to learn about herbs in the home, and go on to train as professional herbalists!
The aims of Rowan's courses are to provide enjoyable, informative, high quality courses in herbal medicine, which stimulate interest and promote understanding of all aspects of the living tradition of herbal medicine and to impart knowledge of, and confidence in, the safe use of herbs.
Courses range from practical herbal medicine making, growing herbs, identifying herbs in the wild, to using herbs for self help and minor ailments, as well as more in-depth study.
Rowan is happy to run courses by arrangement for a minimum of 4 people, for example, one day courses, weekday courses, or courses on more specialised themes, such as "Herbs for women", "Childrens ailments", "The edible garden" and others. She is also planning an advanced course for people who have done one weekend and would like to study herbs in more depth. If you are interested in these please contact her.
Courses are held at Castle Orchard, near Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2RH. They begin at 10.00am and end at 4pm. Numbers are kept to a maximum of 8 people per course.

Herbal Delights 2018

A weekend residential herbal course with Rowan McOnegal at Hellens Manor
June 22nd to 24th 2018
  • A unique midsummer residential weekend retreat at the beautiful Hellens Manor in south Herefordshire.
  • Experience harvesting, making and sampling aromatic tisanes and cordials, pot herbs and salads, and medicinal and cosmetic remedies.
  • Practical herbal medicine making and natural perfumery, whilst staying in the restored Georgian Stables in the heart of the gardens.
  • Cost : £450, which includes all course materials and equipment, fully catered accommodation for Friday and Saturday. All the food will be organic and home cooked - please advise me of any special dietary requirements. A tour of Hellens Manor is also include and will be offered on Friday evening.
  • For further information:
    email Rowan or telephone 01531 670075

    Comments from previous course participants:

    Quite simply fantastic! Highly informative and very inspiring!...a truly excellent cousre. It was huge fun to create preparations from just-picked herbs.
    Very useful and inspiring.
    I particularly liked the practical work as it gave me the confidence to actually make up remedies.
    Very useful in that one learns about valuable alternatives to conventional medicine.
    The whole package was wonderful - he observations and hands on experience, the tasting, the walk in the grounds.
    Very relaxed and enjoyable.
    I was very fired up and enthusiastic after the course and I definitely look at plants differently. It is as if my eyes have been opened to what is below my feet!
    Really interesting and practical. It really opened doors to a lot of options.
    The elecampane has grown well in the garden and the syrup we made was voted the UK's best cough medicine by my family.

    for Rowan McOnegal
    Ghosting through rainmist
    rising from damp Herefordshire earth
    like a tall tree is a wooden house.
    Around it, dew-necklaced winter shrubs.
    Within, women melting beeswax,
    shredding bay leaves, rosemary,
    sieving rose hips through muslin,
    sipping tinctures,
    exchanging old knowledge.
    Breathe this epiphany of frankincense and myrrh,
    turmericís bright dust,
    this spiced warming chrism.
    In Decemberís darkness, in the leaden days,
    hope for a glint of gold
    that has travelled the spice road.
    Mair De-Gare Pitt

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