The Sensory Herb Apprenticeship Foundation course


This 1 year foundation course, taught over 4 residential weekends Friday-Sunday, 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 Sensory Herb book.

The Sensory Herb Apprenticeship Foundation course will introduce you to plants to use when you or your family are ill, and deepen your connection to the land by getting to know the herbs that grow around you.  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 and gives you the opportunity to work hands-on with over 40 medicinal plants which grow on site. Understand off-the-shelf herbal remedies and alternatives to pharmaceutical medicines. Learn about herbs of the hedgerow, meet a new world of medicinal plants and a community of like-minded earth-lovers! This 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 Herb Practice 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.

For more information and to book, please visit: