based: Suffolk, UK
Assington Mill, set in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, offers over 55 different short 1-3 day courses at very reasonable prices. Courses are mainly on rural skills and crafts and include a very diverse range: from bee keeping to mosaic, ballroom dancing to storytelling and from scything to felt making.
| upholstery | cider tours/making | herbalism | dog training | falconry | felt making | ballroom/sequence dancing | storytelling | fungi/mushroom foraging | mosaic | painting/drawing | UK |
Drimlabarra Herb Farm
based: Isle of Arran, Scotland, UK
Offering a range of practical herbal medicine courses, individual herbal wellbeing consultations, and sustainable living workshops, with world recognised Traditional Medical Herbalists, based at a herb farm on the Isle of Arran, in Scotland.
| herb | Scotland |
Bootlace Walking Holidays
based: Granada, Spain
Spectacular mountain walks with experienced guides following ancient waterways and caminos, once silk routes of the Moors and drovers' paths. Vegetarian/vegan friendly, all-inclusive, bespoke plus self-guided holidays. Also accompanied treks with local guides in Morocco and special activity holidays such as herbalism, photography, yoga and walking.
| walk/trek/hike | unguided walking | vegetarian/vegan | yoga | herb | photographic | Spain |
based: Reykjavik, Iceland
Botanical tours in Iceland giving guests a taste of the very best that Icelandic nature has to offer, including diverse flora and fauna and scenic landscapes. While the summer is the prime time for flowering plants, they also offer a seasonal woodland tours to explore plant life in winter.
| botanical | herb | Iceland |
Dilston Physic Garden
based: Northumberland, UK
A variety of herbalism and herb related courses for all levels.
| herb | UK |
Dr Low Dog
based: New Mexico, USA
Courses in herbal medicine designed for medical professionals and herbal enthusiasts, with Dr Low Dog, who is an internationally recognized herbal expert.
| herb | USA |
based: Washington, USA
Programs focusing on primitive living and earth awareness including such skills as bow, and arrow making, cheese making, fire by friction, herbal soap making, animal tracking, traditional tanning and wilderness survival techniques.
| country crafts | herb | survival courses | soap making | USA |
Midwest Native Skills Institute
based: Ohio, USA
A wilderness/outdoor school offering a variety of courses in wilderness survival.
| survival courses | country crafts | herbalism | reiki | USA |
Garden Station (The)
based: Northumberland, UK
Wide range of short courses covering many garden and craft areas.
| country crafts | herb | gardening | UK |
Wild Food School
based: Cornwall, UK
Weekend and day courses offering hands-on experience in identifying and cooking with many of Britain's edible wild plants.
| botanical | herb | cookery | England |
ENGLAND: Herbs and their history
A short course for anyone interested in the changes in the use of herbs through history. It explores herbal use in medicine in Europe from the C1st, looking at magical uses, changes in use, early European botanical gardens, manuscripts, plus the influence of C16th and C17th century herbalists. The course will also look at the plants used in pharmaceutical and herbal medicine, aromatherapy and homoeopathy. Participants will walk the herb garden at Denman and visit the Oxford Botanic Gardens to see the herb borders – practical plant identification will be included.
This recreational herb course has been created at Denman College in Marcham, Oxfordshire, for WI (Women's Institute) members, but is also available to non-members for an additional fee.
SCOTLAND: Improving energy, stamina & immunity with herbs
A weekend course to lean to improve energy levels, stamina and immune health using herbs and herbal medicine. Also building your own herbal first aid kit. On this course guests learn to treat common ailments and make simple preparations for their own use. Includes details on the use of essential oils for infections. Based at a herb farm on the beautiful Isle of Arran in Northern Scotland, on site camping and caravan accommodation or off site B&B available.
The Travel-Quest herbal holidays section covers courses and tours with a very broad definition. This is not the place to find professional herbalism, herbology or herbal medicine courses leading to qualifications as as herbalist, but we do list short recreational courses and holidays aimed at people with a general interest in the subject, perhaps providing an introduction to herbs and their many and varied uses in medicine, beauty products and cosmetics, cooking with herbs and beyond. We also list holidays and courses covering herb gardening and the long history of the herb garden.
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