Come celebrate the wonder of wild food, and herbal medicine making at an idyllic, and beautiful Physic Garden set deep in the heart of the Sussex South Downs.
During this weekend, Robin Harford and Lisa-marie Davies will share their wealth of knowledge about wild edible plants and herbal medicine making.
The very act of foraging and wild crafting is deeply healing and transformative, and the benefits to your health and wellbeing go far beyond simply putting food on the table.
There is nothing more fulfilling than wandering around picking a bit here, a bit there. Crushing, smelling, nibbling, to then return and prepare scrumptious food for loved ones.
Foraging & Feasting
Foraging is an art, an ancient way to feed and sustain ourselves in a slow, graceful way.
Together we will explore the abundance of wild edible plants in and around Lisa-marie’s beautiful Physic garden project.
You’ll be shown simple practices to help deepen your connection to plants, place, self and soil.
Practices Robin has developed over the last 14 years that will enable you to…
…confidently learn how to identify wild plants,
…without the need for a botany degree!
He’ll reveal his unique ‘sensory method of plant identification’.
As well as how to cook, prepare and preserve the plants you find….
… and you’ll be immersed in their mystery, history and folklore.
Sustainable foraging, gathering protocols, safety guidelines, and the law will also covered.
The Practical Art of Herbal Medicine Making
In this session, clinical herbalist Lisa-marie will take you on a guided tour of her beautiful Physic Garden where you will pick and taste various medicinal plants.
You’ll learn about their healing qualities and discover how they are used for common ailments.
This session will focus on empowering you to make simple remedies in your own home.
You will learn how to incorporate medicinal plants into everyday cookery.
Plants that help reduce stress, soothe anxiety and can help keep common ailments at bay.
You will pick, blend and sample a variety of plants from the garden to make delectable herbal infusions.
Then discover how to make your own herbal remedies and tonics that you will be able to make at home.
Why Small Is Beautiful
This will be a small gathering of no more than 20 guests.
You will be split into 2 groups of 10. One group will be taught foraging, and the other will make herbal remedies.
Half way through the event, the groups will swap around.
So you will receive personal, individual attention whether you are foraging or medicine making.
This will deepen your learning.
We deliberately keep the group size small, so you can leave with skills you can immediately use when you get back home.
This is a practical, hands-on, and experiential event.
All meals will be vegan and gluten free, and include what we gather together. Whether that be the wild edible plants or the organic vegetables straight from Lisa-marie’s garden.
Free camping is provided, however feel free to book a bed and breakfast near-by if camping isn’t your thing.
In the evening there will be an open fire, and you are more than welcome to bring along poems, stories etc.
When, Where & How Much
Saturday, 26th & Sunday 27th May 2018
- Time: 9am (Saturday) to 5pm (Sunday)
- Location: Physic Garden Project, Stanmer Park, Brighton
- Meals: Lunch & Dinner (Saturday) – Breakfast & Lunch (Sunday)
- Accommodation: Free camping
- Early-bird price: £225 (until 1st February 2018), then £250
- FULLY BOOKED
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About Your Guides
ROBIN HARFORD is an ethnobotanist and creator of eatweeds.co.uk. A specialist in wild edible plants, he has been teaching people about their local edible landscape throughout the UK and beyond since 2008.
He is also a co-director of Plants and Healers International, a non-profit that connects people, plants and healers around the world.
Robin travels extensively documenting and recording the traditional and local use of wild food plants in indigenous cultures, and more recently his work has taken him to Africa, India, SE Asia and Europe.
LISA-MARIE DAVIES is a clinical herbalist and naturopath, occasional lecturer at the 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 a director of Stanmer Organics, which has 17 acres of soil association certified organic land, where the Physic Garden Project has its home. She grows and prepares organic herbal medicines for her patients, providing them with carefully crafted highly nutritious medicine at her busy home herbal clinic in Hove.
NICK TAIT learnt to cook in his Grandmother’s kitchen, stirring the gravy as it bubbled away on the hob.
Whilst not a chef by trade, he is a keen and well practiced cook and baker who has cooked for courses run by EJ Osborne of Hatchet & Bear, Will St. Clair of Brook House Woods, and Robin Harford’s Green Path Gathering.
He understands that the best meals are those cooked with simple ingredients and lots of love. Oh, and a campfire helps too.