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Herb Workshops 2018 held at Springfield Sanctuary


Recognising, exploring, growing and harvesting Herbs


Growing herbs will include the seasonal activities of growing herbs – preparing the ground, sowing seeds, taking root cuttings, moving and dividing plants, potting seedlings, weeding and harvesting what’s appropriate.

Exploring herbs means making teas, oils, vinegars and tinctures from whatever is in season. Talking about the herb’s properties and how it is helpful to the body, mind and spirit.

Precise descriptions of events during a workshop aren't given. On each day we will make herbal teas from available herbs, identify growing plants and make infused oils, tinctures, flower essences, vinegars and elixirs depending on what is growing and the clemency of the weather. Workshops are practical. Everyone who attends will get their hands dirty from practical tasks. Instructions and support will be given for anything unfamiliar. We will also talk about herbs, how they grow, what they do and discuss whatever comes up.

The workshops are funded by voluntary donations. Each workshop costs around 40 to deliver and most people donate between 5 and 30 per session. If you want to take a herbal preparation away with you, you need to bring vodka, cider vinegar and/or honey to each workshop. Donations of clean jam jars are always welcome, as well as extra brandy, cider vinegar and vodka. Extra time spent weeding and generally tidying up is also very much appreciated!

We offer a pickup from Kingham Station on workshop days at about 10am. There is an hourly train service from Birmingham to Kingham via Worcester. Please add something to your donation to cover this cost.

2018 - All are on a Saturday 11am to 3pm


March 10th - Celebrating weeds

April 7th - Working with Spring Herbs

May 12th - Working with blossoms

June 9th - Herbs of Summer

July 7th - Harvesting summer herbs


August 4th - Preserving summer herbs

September 7th-9th (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) -
Celebrating Herbs Festival

Talks, herb walks, workshops, kites and music, all set in the beautiful Cotswolds! Please book the weekend for the Celebrating Herbs Festival 08 -10 September and tell your friends. There will be talks and demonstrations on all aspects of herbs from medicinal, culinary to craft and arts. If you would like to exhibit something herbal or crafty, please let me know to book a table in the craft tent. If you feel able to sponsor a toilet or shower block, please let Chris know at


Oct 6th - Underground harvest


Winter and some Thursday Workshops are held in Solihull - Please click heree


We also need help to keep the Sanctuary in good condition.  Below are dates when anyone can come and help. Donations are not expected for these days but bring food to share.

Springfield Sanctuary Work Dates 2018

No dates are set yet, but if you wish to help us by doing some work at the Sanctuary - anytime! - please get in touch and we will be happy provide you with a list of jobs that need doing! Some people are already planning to do work there during midweek days, so don't feel it only has to be at a weekend!



All workshops will last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held at:-

Springfield Sanctuary, Wynyards Farm, Upper Slaughter, Cheltenham, Glos, GL 54 2JR  (by kind permission of Pryce Watkins).


You will need to bring your own food for lunch. You will also need warm clothes, waterproof wear, sensible footwear, and cider vinegar and/or vodka (depending what you want to make!). The sanctuary is reached by walking through two fields and is on a sloped site without disabled facilities. Care needs to be taken if you have mobility problems.


Most of the workshop time is spent outside. Please come prepared for inclement weather (it happens!) with suitable footwear and warm and waterproof clothing. For further details please contact:-


Sarah Head, Tel 0121 707 8269 or email



Sarah Head B Soc Sci, Dip SFT, MNFSH is a member of the Herb Society and has been studying the medicinal uses of herbs for the past thirteen years, growing over eighty different varieties of herbs in her two herb gardens. She is a solution focused therapist and trainer, helping to support distressed individuals on a local and national basis through her work with a leading personal injury law firm. Sarah is also a spiritual healer, providing healing to the public with Solihull Healing Group and helping others to develop their healing capacity through Solihull Healer Development Group. Sarah is a published writer on health service and complementary therapy issues and regularly contributes articles for the Herb Society website.


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