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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

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    Our 1 year foundation course can stand alone or can lead onto further years of practitioner training.

    You will compile your own Herbal Materia Medica of the plants covered on the course. This involves detailed observations through drawings, photos, pressing parts and making notes to create your beautiful book.

Sensory Solutions

Apprenticeship

Do you want the hedgerow to open up to you?

To see Nature through new eyes?

Learn to prepare and use your own herbal remedies created directly from nature on our innovative herbal medicine course. Know which plants to turn to when you or your family are ill. Deepen your connection to the land and get to know the herbs that grow around you on the Sensory Herb Apprenticeship

You’ll no longer need to be baffled by off-the-shelf herbal remedies or confused about alternatives to pharmaceutical medicines. We’ll open a window to the hedgerow with you – introducing you to a new world of medicinal plants and a community of like-minded earth-lovers.

Whether you live in the countryside, or your only contact with plants is in a flowerpot, we will take you step by step into the world of herbs. Our residential apprenticeship in the beautiful Dorset countryside gives you the opportunity to work hands-on with over 50 medicinal plants which grow on site.

Herbal medicine has transformed our lives. It has given us the tools to support our health and to move through life connected to the seasons, the weather, plants and the land around us.

Plant medicine gave us the confidence to deal with our families’ health care needs. It also led us to deliver each other’s babies in herbally supported births. We now delight in sharing our combined skills and knowledge in the Sensory Herb Apprenticeship.

 

The Sensory Herb Apprenticeship

Our Sensory Herb Apprenticeship is a year-long foundation course with 100 hours of contact time.  Established in 2009, the Apprenticeship is designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to incorporate herbal medicine into your daily life.  Your senses, heart and intellect will be opened to the ancient, magical and practical art that is herbal medicine.

Half your time on the course will be spent working hands-on with plants and the other half will give you the technical and medical grounding to apply herbs to healing.  We underpin all your study with the rhythms and structures provided to us by nature: the cycle of the seasons, the lunar cycle, the growth and decline cycle of plants. You will graduate with practical tools to creatively blend ritual, art and medicine to develop your own healing practice that you can share with others.

Throughout the year, you will compile your own Materia Medica, your personal herb reference book full of pressed plants, drawings and all the information you learn.

We’ll train you to use our unique set of Sensory Herb Tools which connect you with the energetics of plants.  Working in this way facilitates meaningful, memorable relationships with plants.

Sensory Herbalism is a craft. Creativity and art infuses all our work and teachings.  Alongside knowledge in botany, medicine making and the human body systems, the course guides you to develop your own creative plant folklore.  Don’t worry if you haven’t picked up a pencil since school or if you judge your own art harshly, we ease you through the process step by step. Exploring your own creative soul while being part of a supportive community of like-minded students and alumni is all part of the journey.  You will be amazed what plants can help you discover about yourself.

The foundation year can be taken as a stand-alone course, but also serves as the gateway to our further two-year, Sensory Herb Practitioner training

 

What you can expect:

  • Gain knowledge of the principles of holistic medicine
  • Understand the root causes of disease
  • Support your own health-care and that of your family and friends
  • Recognition of at least 45 medicinal plants in the wild and knowledge of practical use of them
  • Gems of wisdom and bucket fulls of passion from the Seed SistAs’ 40 years of collective experience treating patients with herbs
  • Become part of an incredible network of Sensory Herbalists
  • Security and autonomy in healthcare as the NHS continues to be disbanded
  • Feel connected to the yearly cycle through plant harvesting and ritual
  • The possibility to train further and be certified as a professional Sensory Herbalist

 

What our apprentices have to say:

 

Katie Shellard

I’m a massage therapist and always eager to expand my knowledge of natural healing to share with clients.  I love Karen and Fiona’s teaching style, in that they offer a complete sensory experience - not simply learning about the medicinal properties of plants, which you could find in books. They take you to meet the herbs in their natural habitats, teach how to observe them, how to communicate, understand their individual characters, hear their stories, know when to harvest, how to prepare them, taste them and work with them to make remedies. Fiona and Karen create an open, welcoming and fun learning environment, that fosters community and lasting friendships. 

If I had to summaries in one word what I gained from the apprenticeship, it would be 'connection'. In short, it has changed the way I view the world around me, now I know that I have plant allies everywhere! The apprenticeship showed me how to identify tens of medicinal plants and how to use them in remedies for myself and for treating friends and family. I was used to taking client consultations as a massage therapist, but through the apprenticeship I have gained additional tools to assess health and wellness, as well as a variety of techniques to compliment the healing actions of the herbs. It has also given me confidence to listen to and trust my intuition.   Since taking the course, I am able to treat myself and others naturally for common conditions - colds, flu, nausea, skin conditions, anxiety, insomnia, period pain and digestive issues (and more!). I love making remedies for friends and family, and taking them on herb walks. I find people are receptive and enthusiastic about plant medicine. This is an ancient knowledge, that we start to remember when we connect with the plants. Since moving to a different country, herbs have been my friends and a way of making new human friends. I would recommend this course in a heartbeat.

 

Dee Dade

I came across Fi and Karen’s website while just browsing one day, but as soon as I saw the herbal apprenticeship they were offering I knew that there wasn’t any choice but to sign up. I have always had a connection with nature, even as a little girl I knew that nature was far beyond scientific explanation. Herbal training hadn’t really crossed my mind and a conventional training system certainly didn't appeal but training with Fi and Karen made it accessible, they teach in a manner that enables a connection far deeper than any intellectual/theoretical training could possibly offer. Initially, I thought my training was for “me”, to use solely in my own life but people became very interested in what I was up to. My passion grew and herbs filled every part of my life and every cupboard, literally. I now teach people Herb Craft workshops, connecting others to this ancient knowledge, connecting them to the wild herbs, the earth, the seasons and themselves.  If you are considering Fi and Karen’s Sensory herbal apprenticeship, do it! They are passionate, inspiring and offer an apprenticeship that gives you deep roots into the amazing world of herbs.

 

Belle Benfield

Before Belle did the apprenticeship, she could count the medicinal plants that she knew on her hand and had struggled for years with abdominal pain.  She committed to the apprenticeship and at the end of year one, she could recognize 45 medicinal herbs in the wild, had her own medicine cabinet full of tinctures and salves she had made herself and a beautiful reference book full of all her drawings, notes and discoveries that she could refer to whenever she needed.  The medical study on the course had taught her what she needed to know about the cause of her abdominal pain and the herbs she needed to keep herself pain free.  Inspired, she had the opportunity to complete the practitioner training and through Karen and Fiona’s generous teaching and expertise, case studies and working with patients and many more hours growing, harvesting and making medicine with plants, Belle graduated with the confidence and skills she needed to dedicate her life to medicinal herbalism.

 

Essential Information

Dates

1.1 Sept 2017 29th-1st  

1.2 Nov 2017 3rd 5th    

1.3 March 2018 16th -18th  

1.4 May 2018 18th-20th

Each weekend runs from 5pm Friday – 4.30pm Sunday

 

Price

£1850 non-refundable investment

 

Venue

Gaunts House is a stately manor set in 1900 acres of beautiful grounds packed full of diverse plant and bird-life for you to explore.  There is a lake, ancient woodland and a herb garden with over 50 species of medicinal plants on site. 

Gaunts House, Wimborne,  Dorset, BH21 4JQ

 

 

FAQs

How does this compare to other courses?

There are many courses of Herbal medicine available, some are 100% online, others are day workshops, or non-residential courses. Some are short, others like Nathanial in Stroud are a 7 year long course, there is even a University degree in Herbalism.

Herbal medicine is a broad church and herbal medicine courses differ greatly.

With any course you need to feel connected to the ethos of the course and the teachers. 

We offer:

  • Experienced teachers with over 40 years of combined herbal practice experience
  • Residential weekends, full board
  • Access to a network of like-minded people
  • A focus on creativity and art
  • A political ethos

 

What are the additional costs?

  • Travel to and from the venue
  • The materials for your own herbal preparations such as
  • Alcohol, approx one bottle of vodka and one of brandy
  • Honey 1 jar
  • Almond oil 1 litre
  • Empty jam jars. 
  • A packet of organic apricots
  • A bottle of red wine
  • A bottle of vinegar
  • Notebook and pens
  • An art book and any art materials such as coloured pens or pencils
  • Books on the reading list

 

What is required of me to participate in this course?

The course is designed so that no previous knowledge is needed, just an interest in plants.  You will need to do approximately 25 hours work (in the foundation year) in between each residential session.  If you have no experience in Anatomy and Physiology, you may need a little more time on this.

 

Will completing this course qualify me to be a herbalist?

Our Foundation year can stand alone or lead to the practitioner training.  When you complete our practitioner training, you will receive certification as a Sensory Herbalist which will allow you to get insurance to cover your Sensory Herb Practice.

Herbalism is not a government registered profession. As such there is no specific legal qualification that is required to practice as a herbalist.

As core members of the herbal medicine community, we are committed to training people to be able to gain the skills and knowledge they need to work with herbs safely and effectively. We are self-certified and manage the certification ourselves because we found that getting accredited by an outside body like City and Guilds for example compromised the way that we work with plants and the essence of our teaching too much. We have carefully structured the course toward diploma level - the foundation year is 100 hours contact time and 100 hours home study and the practitioner training is 200 hours contact time and 300 hours of home study.

After year 1, you will be able to confidently identify herbs and make a wide range of remedies and be familiar with their medicinal qualities so that you can use them on yourself and your family.

We train from the ground up. You will first build an intimate relationship with the plants and this relationship will form the strong foundation on which, if you chose to continue your studies, your healing practice would be based. In year one, you will study plants through close observation, using your intuition and then grounding all this in research and practical application of the herbs.

If you would like to treat a wider circle of patients with herbs and set up a professional practice, the practitioner training qualifies you as a Sensory Herbalist which means you can get insurance to practice within our modality and charge patients for your services.

What is our modality?

We guide you in learning to make remedies according to our tried and tested recipes that have successfully treated thousands of people over the last 20 years.

Sensory Herbalism uses drop doses, teas and tonics to address root cause of disease. We do not (like medical herbalists) treat disorders, although you are expected to know about these for the course. Instead we focus on the picture of the patient as a whole and look behind the disorder toward what might be its root cause.

As you attend 16 weekends (over the full 3 year course) you are expected to do a lot of your own work and we expect you to be very familiar with the herbs that are in the blends we teach you about. This is treating on an energetic basis. We have developed our own system of healing which is being practiced by Sensory Herbalists. You become part of a network of herbal activists striving to create change through growing projects and supporting people’s journeys back to health.

Sensory Herbalism is a holistic practice – so we also train you to use a toolkit with your patients that engages with diet, movement, meditation and ritual – all incredibly powerful healing tools.

The benefits of studying in this way are that you will leave with a set framework within which to establish your healing practice. We teach you the way that we practice and in a way that we would have liked to be taught ourselves. We train you to use diagnostic tools so that you can identify the needs of your patients. We also give you tools to work with your clients using herbs, diet, meditation, movement and ritual so that they can achieve holistic transformations in their health by addressing the root causes of their dis-ease.

Herbalism is a broad church. There are many avenues to study. If you wanted to study clinical medicine you would need to seek further training.

The Seed SistAs teach in a way that embraces creativity, magic and ritual as healing tools to super charge the plant-medicine which would form the foundation of your practice and your studies.

 

What if I don’t like it?

Once you have paid for the course you are making a pact with yourself to dedicate time and energy to the process that will unfold.  If for any reason you wish to leave the course we cannot offer refunds.

 

What if I can’t make one of the weekends?

We run the course twice a year so check carefully with your diary and pick a course that fits with your schedule.

 

Is my fee refundable if I decide not to do the course?

Fees are non-refundable once paid.

 

Will the food be able to cater for my dietary needs?

The residential weekends are fully catered with vegetarian food. Dietary requirements can be catered for as gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan.

 

Are payment plans available?

We offer a payment plan if you sign up to the Apprenticeship early.

  • If your course starts in September, a payment plan is available during the previous March:

 

Before March 31st:  £650 deposit to secure your place on the course

                 June 1st:  £600

                Aug 31st: £600

 

  • If your course starts in March, a payment plan available during the previous September:

 Before September 30th: £650 deposit to secure your place on the course

                 Dec 31st:  £600

                 Feb 28th: £600

 

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Sensory Solutions

email: seedsistas@sensorysolutions.co.uk

Fiona Heckels (BSc Hons, IYN, PESS)
Telephone: 07830 195 745

Karen Lawton (BSc Hons P.E.S.S. & I.Y.N.)
Telephone: 07865 081927

Belle Benfield (P.E.S.S., M.A.)
Telephone: 07818 430241

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