The RBGE Certificate in Herbology is a great way to learn about medicinal plants – how to find, recognise and use them. The focused content of this ten day programme takes you on a journey through some of the more intriguing moments to be found within the history of western herbal medicine, and these are used as inspiration for further study and research, combined with a complementary physic garden visit, wild herb gathering and the exploration of a myriad of different herbal habitats.
This is the perfect way to begin to develop your materia medica (knowledge of healing botanicals), botanising and green pharmacy (herbal remedy making) skills, and will provide the perfect stepping stone for those wishing to progress on to the RBGE Diploma in Herbology or simply further existing knowledge after completing one or more of our introductory herbal programmes.
This course will introduce you to many of the key RGBE Diploma in Herbology subjects of study, and will give you the 'herbal' confidence required to make the most of your further studies in this field. If you wish to progress onto the diploma, further details may be found by clicking here.
Course Structure and Content
The RBGE Certificate in Herbology runs for 10 full days and may be studied either as a weekly course every Monday throughout the spring/summer term, or, at designated weekends from January – May 2016.
As with all the herbology programmes being delivered here at RBGE, the Certificate in Herbology affords a wonderful opportunity to study herbs in one of the in most holistic environments – the Garden itself. The practical content of the course is intended to be uniquely therapeutic, from the mixing and making of herbal remedies, to herb gathering walks, and especially our woodland and sea shore explorations. The course presents students with a selection of research-based and practical projects that will take in many of the Garden’s ‘wild’ herb and arboreal collections and provides Library and Herbarium access as required.
Most mornings will take the form of illustrated talks and or demonstrations while the afternoon sessions will be focused on practical activities, self-directed study, visits or field trips. The history of Western Herbal Medicine will be covered throughout the course with especial reference to the unique contributions of such defining figures as Galen, Culpepper and Dr Edward Bach.
How to Apply
You download the Applicant's Handbook from the 'Downloads' box on the right. This contains further information and an application form. Candidates will be selected on a first come first served basis.