Wild Edibles & Medicinal Plants For Wellbeing Weekend
Come and experience a relaxing day of food and medicine foraging. Learn how to make and prepare your own herbal medicines at the beautiful Physic Garden Project, set deep in the heart of the Sussex South Downs.
During the morning Robin Harford will lead a foraging walk, exploring the abundance of wild edible plants in and around the garden.
You’ll learn simple practices to help you to deeply connect to landscape, place, self and soil. Practices that he has developed over the last 13 years that will enable you to confidently learn how to identify wild plants without the need for a botany degree!
You’ll learn how to identify wild edible plants using his unique ‘sensory method of plant identification’. How to cook, prepare and preserve the plants you find, as well as be immersed in their mystery, history and folklore. Sustainable foraging, safety guidelines, and the law are also covered.
Robin sees foraging as an art, an ancient way to feed and sustain ourselves in a slow, graceful way.
The very act of foraging is deeply healing and transformative, and goes beyond simply putting food on the table. It opens you up to the mystery, healing and wonderment of Life.
In the afternoon, medical herbalist Lisa-marie Davies will take you on a guided tour of her beautiful Physic Garden where you will pick and taste various medicine plants. Learn about their healing qualities and discover how they are used for common ailments.
The afternoon will focus on home-grown herbs for mental wellbeing. Plants that can help reduce stress, soothe anxiety and help you get a restful night’s sleep if you suffer from insomnia.
You will pick and blend a variety of plants from the garden to make delectable and relaxing herbal infusions. Then discover how to make your own safe, stress busting herbal remedies that you will be able to to take away.
Wednesday, 9th August 2017
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LISA-MARIE DAVIES is a clinical herbalist and naturopath, occasional lecturer at College of Naturopathic Medicine and founder of The Physic Garden Project, set in the glorious South downs national park, Stanmer Organics, East Sussex.
She is passionate about organics and grows and prepares certified organic herbal medicines at The Physic Garden Project for her patients at her busy Hove home herbal clinic. She loves to share plant knowledge running workshops; herb walks and talks in a relaxed, out door garden setting.
ROBIN HARFORD is a self taught ethnobotanist and creator of www.eatweeds.co.uk, which is considered to be the UK’s leading wild food foraging site. He specialises in wild edible plants and has been teaching people about their local edible landscape throughout the UK since 2008.
He is a co-director of Plants & Healers International, a non-profit that connects people, plants and healers around the world.
He travels extensively documenting and recording the traditional and local uses of wild food plants in indigenous cultures, and more recently his work has taken him to Africa, SE Asia and Europe.
"I must say that your course really opened some new perspectives for me in regard how to look at plants. As a forester engineer I have learned a lot about plants in the past, especially trees, but I have to admit that after your course and your wonderful way of explaining and introducing each plant I have learned how to look at them from a different and more interesting and exciting angle than before. From now on I will never look at nature in the same way.” - Dijana Jez
"I have suffered with depression for many years and five years back I was introduced to Lisa through a friend who thought herbs might help me. Indeed they did! Over time I have seen Lisa for many other things including helping me to give up smoking which i have achieved for 3 1/2 years! Also blocked arteries in my legs and help through the menopause. I find her work remarkable and her positive outlook and energy infectious! I really believe in Lisa and her herbs over any doctor.” - Lucy Bee
"Thank-you so much, I had a fantastic time. Despite having not an awful lot of experience I didn't feel like I was in over my head, folks were friendly and the enthusiasm was infectious. I loved the historical detail that you go into and that it felt more like my creative side was being coaxed out to play than a definitive 'this is this, do this with it' type affair.” - Lesleyann Brumby
"Coming from a medical background and being born with a healthy amount of positive cynicism I have had an "interesting" angle on observing health care treatment. I have found Lisa's knowledge of anatomy and physiology to be excellent. In evaluating issues concerning trauma (both physical and emotional), infections (bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic) and general well being I have felt in safe hands with her.
Her knowledge of herbal medicine as enabled her to successfully treat me in all the above areas both along side and independently from Western orthodox treatments. The fact that she is upbeat and has a caring yet fun outlook on life means that despite the taste of the herbal medicines, appointments are always something to look forward to!” - N Whiteley