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STOP PRESS! Goodall and Band will be appearing to headline the Saturday evening music session!


Our 8th annual 'Celebrating Herbs' Festival will be held at Springfield Sanctuary from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September 2017 and we now have a full programme of talks and activities lined up!


To see what we have planned the programme of talks and activities for 2017 is available.


The festival provides talks, walks, demonstrations and workshops, as well as lots of opportunity for personal explorations of herbs. There will also be other activities going on throughout the weekend, possibly including lunchtime musical interludes, and will include evening impromptu musical concerts.


If you follow the link to the Festival page you should find more photos of past Festivals!



Also, once again some members of  Sky Symphony Kite Display Team will be on site to provide some rather different entertainment! There may also be a kite making workshop for the young and young at heart!


The 2016 HERB FESTIVAL was held during the weekend 9th to 11th September. Just click this link to see what we now have planned for 2017!


Latest Updates

Minor updates to programme


Goodall and Band will be headlining the Saturday evening music session at the Festival!


Festival 2017 Programme now complete - CLICK HERE to view


Summer and Winter Workshop Dates updated for 2017

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'The Summerhouse herbal blues'

Amusement for those who attended the Festival - and those who didn't!

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Tales of a Kitchen Herb Wife

The day to day life of a Kitchen Herb Wife as she goes about work, social activities, and making many oils, tinctures and infusions. Also many interesting and useful recipes are presented with comments about their making and use.

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Workshops - Sanctuary

Herb Workshops 2017


Recognising, experiencing, growing and harvesting Herbs

March 11 Recognising Emerging Herbs

April 8 Working with Spring Herbs
May 13 Herbs of Late Spring
June 17 Herbs of Summer
July 1 Herbs of Summer

July 15 Herbs of Summer

August 5 Harvesting Herbs

September 8-10 Celebrating Herbs Festival
Oct 14 Roots and Wood

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Workshops - Solihull

A series of winter herb workshops will be held in Solihull before the Spring and Summer ones are held at the Sanctuary, and then late on after autumn brings the year's cycle round full circle.


All dates are for a Saturday unless otherwise indicated:

January 14 Winter Herbal Tonics

February 11 Dealing with post viral niggles

March 23 (Thursday) Recognising Emerging Herbs

May 18 (Thursday) Oils and Salves
November 11 Making Herbal Gifts
December 9 Working with Bark


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Sanctuary Calendars

We hope once again to produce our Sanctuary Calendars for 2018, but we will need an idea of how many would be required, to ensure it will be worth having them made. Please place a request with us before the Festival and we can then let you know if we have enough interest.


There are likely to be at least two different calendars available. You will be able to purchase them through PayPal.

Work Dates 2017

Springfield Sanctuary Work Dates 2017

February 18 (Saturday) - Pond cleanup
April 29 (Saturday) - Digging and weeding
September 4-7
(Monday - Thursday) Festival preparations
December 2 (Saturday) Sanctuary clear up

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Sanctuary Apprenticeships

A twelve month herbal apprenticeship started in January 2017. You are offered the opportunity to learn more about growing, harvesting and working with herbs to improve personal and family health and wellbeing.


Sign up before the end of December to join other new Apprentices for 2018.


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About the Sanctuary

A quiet haven overlooking the Rissington hills, Springfield Sanctuary offers an opportunity for rest and recuperation from life’s frantic pace.


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Follow the story of the Sanctuary over its early years. More recent activities can be found on Sarah's 'Tales of a Kitchen Herb Wife' blog (see menu to the left of this page)


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