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Herbal Medicine for All course 5 Sundays September 2022 to March 2023

September 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

healing herbs workshop

Join Bel Charlesworth, a medical herbalist over 20 years experience (as well as a meditation teacher), for this fabulous hands-on herbal course which runs on 5 Sundays from September 2022 to March 2023. Cost of £375 is for all 5 Sundays. Max 8 students per course. It’s ideal for those of you wanting more in-depth knowledge of medicinal herbs for mind and body whether to treat yourself, friends and family and/or for health professionals wanting a better understanding of the subject. It starts in September so that we can work with the late summer herbs available around the Centre and then we build your knowledge over the Winter months so that you’re ready the following Spring to harvest and make your own remedies with herbs as they emerge throughout the rest of the year.

The course runs Sundays 10am to 5pm on 11th September, 23rd October, 20th November 2022 and 15th January and 12th March 2023. Each Sunday will cover a different theme and body systems along with seasonal herbs and is a good balance of theory and hands-on practical learning experiences to keep you fully engaged, entertained and eager to learn more. You can also expect herbal tea meditations and other mindful exercises to help you connect most fully with your own body and the plants we’ll be getting to know.

Practical exercises we’ll cover over the 5 Sundays: Making infusions, decoctions, tinctures, syrups, vinegars, poultices and macerated oils. Getting close up and personal to the herbs we explore at each session and practice at making up your own formulas and discussing treatment ideas as we go along. Mini herb walks/field work. Experiential herb tastings and advice on keeping your herb journal. You’ll take away some herb samples every session to work with at home.

Body systems we will cover: Feed me! Digestion, Blood and Energy tonics; Protect me! Respiratory and Immune systems; Balance me! Nervous system and Endocrine system; Understand me! Hormones continued and Herbs specific for male and female health; Cleanse me! Skin, kidneys, joints and lymphatics system

Theory covered: Basic holistic anatomy and physiology for the key body systems (this will be fun honest!). I recommend fellow herbalist and Anatomy and Physiology teacher Pip Waller’s Holistic Anatomy book which is very accessible and ask you to read a couple of chapters before each session. This way we get maximum time to spend on the herbs while ensuring everyone has a good overview. Understanding the key actions of 20-25 herbs and their constituents and how they work synergistically both within the plant and the body. Herbal therapeutics for the key body systems i.e. how to know what herbs to use when and where both safely and effectively. The whole course costs £375 for all 3 weekends. Including materials used on the weekends. Max 8 students per course. Ideally, this is paid in full by the start of the course (bookable now online) but we may also be able to set up a payment plan for you over 6 months. NB Accommodation is not included and we recommend you book your accommodation if needed well in advance. Also please note there will be no refunds available for any missed sessions. Handouts will however be available. While homework projects are suggested, they are not obligatory although some self-study in between weekends will enable you to get the most out of the course especially for useful feedback!

This course has previously been held at various venues pre-lockdown including RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate, where Bel is a Learning Tutor, and Edibles Permaculture Centre in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire. Below are some testimonials from the 2017 course: Testimonials: “The worst thing for me about Bel’s 5 day “Herbal Medicine for All” course is that it had to come to an end. Since we started last September I have  looked forward to meeting every few weeks at Bel’s home on the edge of Otley Chevin to explore holistic health and herbal medicine with Bel and a small group of enthusiastic learners from varied and interesting backgrounds. 

Bel’s approach has been to take one or two themes in human physiology for each session (e.g. Digestion, Respiration, the Immune System), to review the interrelationships between our bodily systems, and to consider various herbal preparations  for maintaining and regaining health. As part of each session we have also ventured on to the Chevin through the changing seasons, identifying plants with health benefits and simply taking in the beauty and wonder of nature.

I’ve been especially inspired by Bel’s understanding and appreciation of the environment where she lives and her focus, wherever possible, on the gifts that the locality offers for our health and well-being. This has greatly increased my confidence in  working with plants that I can find for myself in the wild  or with plant products that are readily available in my kitchen cabinet.  More than that, Bel’s experiential learning approach encourages us not only to use all our senses to really get to know the plants we are working with in their natural habitat but also to try for ourselves the herbal products prepared for and during the sessions; tasting and smelling them, feeling their effects on our minds and bodies. It makes me wonder to what extent conventional medical practitioners have personally familiarised themselves with the effects of the drugs and treatments they prescribe to their patients!

I would recommend Bel’s course to anyone wishing to learn more about natural ways of  healing and the plants that can help strengthen and protect our health.” Rob, Leeds April 2017

“I have enjoyed each of the workshops and found them really interesting, informative and an absolute pleasure of a day.  I think that the format of spending a day per subject worked brilliantly and reading the relevant chapters of the anatomy book before the class really helped.  You have given me a great deal of confidence in using the herbs and blending up my own teas in a thoughtful way for getting a good nights sleep, for being supportive of the specifically female elements in me and one at the ready for the next sign of a sore throat or sniffle.  On a lunchtime walk from work the other day I came across a particularly fresh looking patch of young cleavers which I couldn’t resist, I managed to gather quite a large pot of them which are now steeping happily in a jar of vodka!  Something I would not have been sure of at all if not for your classes.

I would certainly recommend any of the classes (and have done) to anyone expressing an interest in herbal medicine.  Bel has phenomenal knowledge and experience all of which she gives very generously, the classes really brought herbal medicine alive for me and I will be watching the website and newsletters for any new courses on offer.” Lesley, Leeds April 2017


September 11
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Meditation Centre
Dent, Cumbria LA10 5QR United Kingdom
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07775 920079