Thursday, 17 May 2012
Foraging Courses - Wild-Medicine
Here is the information on the up and coming course lead by herbalist Simon Mills and forager Robin Harford: http://www.foragingcourses.com/wild-medicine
Come on an amazing 3 hour plant walk and discover how you can use the plants growing around you to enliven a healthy diet and provide simple home remedies.
Many common wayside plants were stock home remedies for centuries. We only stopped using them when modern medicines became more effective and accessible. However plants have some very useful properties that are worth rediscovering. These are also very easy to learn and even in a short walk you can pick up some useful tips to safely help with common everyday health problems.
This walk will include a handout for you to take notes and tick off the plants that we find on our way.
Wild edible plants are the ultimate in ‘local’ and ‘seasonal’ food. Historically wild plants have always been a source of nourishment for country people. Foraging re-awakens your senses so you gain a greater appreciation of land, and your place in the natural cycles and rhythms of the seasons.
During this part of the walk you will be shown how to identify wild edible plants, as well as learn the different plant stories, their nutritional values, folklore, mystery and history. A minimum of 20 edible wild plants are usually covered.
Simon is Cambridge graduate in medical sciences who has been a herbal practitioner in Exeter since 1977. In that time he has led the main professional and trade organisations for herbal medicine in the UK and served on Government and House of Lords committees. He has also written the standard textbooks used by people training to be herbal practitioners around the world. He co-founded the first University centre for complementary health studies in Exeter in 1987, the first integrated health course at a UK medical school at the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter and the first masters degree programme in herbal medicine in the USA.
Simon is currently Managing Director of SustainCare Community Interest Company, a non-profit social enterprise that is setting up a new evidence-base and educational programme for the use of plant remedies, and is integrating this with other community approaches to self care.
Robin forages everyday, and is creator of the UK’s leading wild food site eatweeds.co.uk. His foraging courses have been recommended in the BBC Good Food Magazine, Guardian, Green Parent, Ecologist, GQ etc. He has taught at Eden Project, been featured on BBC2 Edwardian Farm and consults with TV companies and celebrity chefs.
Saturday, 23rd June 2012