Betonica home herbalist course – 2018-2019

If you’d rather be a home herbalist than a medical herbalist, we’ll be running our home herbalist course again this year (2018-2019).

The course will cover: over 20 herbs, basic botany and plant ID, how to gather and harvest plants safely, learn how to make decoctions, ointments, creams, tinctures and teas (and many more!), learn how and when to treat children (and when not to), culinary herbs and spices as medicines, herb growing at home and much more.


There will be 6 workshop days (all Saturdays) from 10am until 4pm, and a light vegetarian lunch will be provided.


The course will take place at Tracebridge Sourdough and Elder Farm (further details will be given on joining the course).


There are 8 places available and these will be given on a first come, first served basis.


  • 22nd Sept 18 – Introduction to herbs (Elder Farm)

  • 27th Oct 18 – Winter remedies  (Tracebridge)

  • 24th Nov 18 – Herbal gift making  (Tracebridge)

  • 16th Mar 19 – Cream making  (Tracebridge)

  • 27th Apr 19 – Summer remedies  (Elder Farm)

  • 18th May 19 – Herb growing and harvesting at Elder Farm


The rest of the course will be distance learning, with a short quiz at the end of each month.

For this course a sliding scale of fees is available on request.


The course costs £450 and covers all materials and a vegetarian/vegan lunch.


To book your place, complete the following Home herbalist course application form 2018  and send a non refundable deposit of £50.


Please note: The course will not cover any anatomy and physiology, and is not a prerequisite for the medical herbalist training programme.