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Discovering Wild Medicinal Plants

  • La Maison Normande St Leger sous la Bussière France (map)

Hands-on workshop with Kerrith Mc Kenzie and Eva-Maria Martin in Burgundy, France.

Kerrith McKenzie

Kerrith McKenzie

Born in Bombay and trained as a sculptor, after many years as a teacher, Kerrith has spent much of the last 12 years learning about medicinal plants. In his herb garden, a stone’s throw from the Cluniac Abbey of Romainmôtier and set on the site of a long-disappeared chapel dedicated to Saint Anne, he grows 30-odd healing herbs (Burdock and Marshmallow, Willow Herb and Milk Thistle, for example, but also Tulsi and Teasel, Saint John’s Wort and Solomon’s Seal) which he uses to prepare herbal Teas and Tinctures, Soaps and Salves. 

« A rose is a rose is a rose», claimed Gertrude Stein in her famous poem of 1913. As every gardener knows, however, the garden it grows in is not just a garden. It is also a prayer, a place of learning and a bridge to the wonders of the natural world. Becoming familiar with the plants that surround us is, in fact, an ideal antidote for the disenchanted materialism Stein was celebrating. In this course, given in tandem with Eva-Maria Martin, Kerrith hopes to share some of the lessons he has learnt from working with the inspiring plants in his garden.

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For more than 20 years Eva-Maria has been roaming the mountain meadows and forests in Switzerland and in her native Austria , collecting wild flowers, berries , roots and mushrooms and learning through numerous seminars and courses how these natural elements can support us in achieving our best health. 

Early on she developed her own green drink to detox and re-mineralize, long before these drinks and smoothies became fashionable. She studied iridology in order to gain knowledge about the human body as a whole system, and aroma therapy to learn about the chemical constituents and compounds of plants and how they can be applied in remedies and cosmetics as well as in the household. Courses with herbal experts in the US, in Austria and in Switzerland were another piece in the mosaic about how we can use food and the plants that grow in our backyard and in nature to nourish and heal us. 

She prepares her own essential oil mixtures and tinctures which are appreciated by her family and friends as are her home-made cosmetics which only use organic raw materials and natural preservatives. 

She now feels confident to share her knowledge and practical experience and so to shed some light on this marvelous treasure that nature provides for us. Her ideal is to help people to begin to reclaim control of -and responsibility for - their own health.


Saturday, October 19

10h                 Arrival at La Maison Normande and Introductory talk

10h30             Herb walk: discovering local medicinal plants

12h30             Lunch at La Maison Normande

14h00             Preparation of a Tincture: A Herbal Aid for restful sleep

Preparation of a Body Butter

15h30            Tea

16h00             Infusing dried plants for salve making

Preparation of a lip balm

19h00             Supper at a nearby Restaurant (included in course fee; drinks to be paid by

each participant)

21h00             Presentation/Discussion: Exploring medicinal plants      


Sunday, October 20

9h00               Herb walk: discovering local medicinal plants

10h30            Preparation of a warming Chest Rub salve 

Preparation of a Herbal Salt               

12h30             Lunch at La Maison Normande

14h00             Preparation of Herbal Tea to lift the Spirit

Preparation of Lemonbalm Sirup

16h00             Farewell exchange, tea

Cost: EUR 190

Included in the course fees are the meals (*) and break time refreshments as well as all course material used (creams and oils, alcohol, dried plants, pots, jars, etc). Every participant will receive samples of the preparations we produce during the course. The course fees are due when you receive the confirmation of your reservation.

(*) except for drinks at the dinner in the restaurant which will have to be paid by each participant to the restaurant


Accommodation is not included in the course fee. If you consider attending the seminar we highly recommend booking your accommodation as soon as possible as it is a busy season in Burgundy.

We have pre-reserved rooms at the following properties:

La Grange Fleurie

The room rates are EUR 75 for single occupancy of the room, EUR 90 for two people in the room and EUR 110 if three people occupy the room. Rates include breakfast.

Manoir de Montdidier

The room rates are between EUR 175 and 185 per room with single occupancy and EUR 185 to EUR 195 for double occupancy. Rates include breakfast.

If you book at these properties please mention that you are part of this course so that they will release the rooms to you.

For our cancelation policy please refer to the “Terms and Conditions” on the bottom of every page on this site.