"It behoves anyone who desires to be a skillful herbalist, to be present when the plants first shoot out of the earth, when they are fully grown and when they begin to fade."
Springfield Sanctuary is a small oasis of tranquillity hidden in a small Cotswold farm two miles from Stow on the Wold in Gloucestershire. From March to October workshops are held mostly outside from 11am to 3 pm and participants bring something to share with everyone for lunch. They aim to develop the practical skills a herbwife needs. The winter workshops held in Solihull take place inside from 10am- 2pm and end with a shared lunch. Whatever the time of year or the subject matter we always have fun, drink tea, play with our new herbal friends and share experiences. The workshops are very informal and suit everyone from beginners to more advanced practitioners.
Springfield Sanctuary Workshops
DATE ACTIVITY LOCATION TIME
Workday & Wassail Sanctuary 10am/4pm
13 January Workshop Solihull 10am-2pm
10 February Workshop Solihull 10am-2pm
9 March Workshop Sanctuary 11am-3pm
13 April Workshop Sanctuary 11am-3pm
4 May Workshop Sanctuary 11am-3pm
8 June Workshop Sanctuary 11am-3pm
13 July Workshop Sanctuary 11am-3pm
3 August Workshop Sanctuary 11am-3pm
September Festival Setup Sanctuary
Celebrating Herbs Festival
12 October Workshop Sanctuary 11am-3pm
9 November Workshop Solihull 10am-2pm
7 December Workshop Solihull 10am-2pm
The workshops are funded by donations. Each workshop costs around £40 to deliver and most people donate between £10 and £40 per session. If you want to take a herbal preparation away with you, you need to bring vodka/brandy, cider vinegar and/or honey to each workshop. Clean jam jars are always welcome.
The workshops held in Solihull last from 10am- 2pm, Bring something with you to share for lunch.
The workshops held at Springfield Sanctuary are from 11am-3pm. You will need to bring warm clothes, waterproofs, sensible footwear, cider vinegar, vodka, brandy, honey and something to share for lunch.