The course takes place at a variety of locations and if the first choice of location is not available we may use alternatives but you will be informed of these in advance unless in exceptional circumstances.
Some of the programme will be taught outside, with an emphasis on plant ID and hands on growing, harvesting and medicine making. There will also be a chance to visit herb gardens and herbal suppliers to find out more about how herbal medicines are made.
Elder Farm, Greenham, Wellington, Devon, TA21 0JY
“Elder Farm is a five and a half acre organic farm in Devon which is part of the Ecological Land Co-operative’s first site in the UK. Elder Farm is run by Helen and Stuart Kearney, who have a background in permaculture, cooperatives, organic growing and outdoor education. Helen is a medical herbalist with practices in two nearby towns. They use their plot to grow herbs to make into medicines, soap and other herbal products, and edible and cut flowers.
Elder Farm is a small off grid medicinal herb farm, which is being established using permaculture principles. We offer a range of learning opportunities for visitors from the UK and abroad. Our goal is to reconnect people to sustainable growing methods, and to the amazing healing power of plants.”
Tracebridge Sourdough, Rose Cottage, Tracebridge, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 0HG
Tracebridge Sourdough have a beautiful workshop space called the paradise room which is self-contained with its own kitchen and wood burner, nestled in a beautiful native woodland.
For some of our larger seminar sessions (years 2 – 4), we teach at the WHERE Active Living Centre, Wellington, Somerset.
Our community clinic takes place at The Old Heathcoat School Community Centre, Tiverton, Devon.
At Elder Farm camping may be available when we are running a teaching weekend at that location (and there are local campsites we can recommend), but we can provide you with a list of local hotels and B and Bs if camping is not for you.
Getting to us
By train we’re:
12 min from Exeter
50 min from Totnes
45 min from Bristol
1 hour and 10 min from Plymouth
1 hour and 30 min from Bath
Less than 2 hours from London
Just over 2 hours from Cardiff
Just under 3 hours from Stroud