Springfield Sanctuary Dates For Your Diary

"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 their own 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 2017

14 January (Saturday) Solihull 10am-2pm
Winter Herbal Tonics
Surviving the depths of winter using a range of herbal tonics and adaptogens. Discover what you can do to stop any winter blues or SAD.

11 February (Saturday) Solihull 10am-2pm 
Dealing with post-viral niggles

We shall be looking at different kinds of coughs and which herbs can help. We shall also be making honey tablets.

11 March (Saturday) Springfield Sanctuary Upper Slaughter, Glos 11am-3pm
Recognising emerging herbs
Join us at Springfield Sanctuary to discover which herbs are emerging from their winter sleep. Learn how to make herbal teas and bramble root vinegar from plants you source yourself.

23 March (Thursday) Solihull 10am-2pm
Recognising emerging herbs Solihull
Join us in Solihull to discover which herbs are emerging from their winter sleep. Learn how to make herbal teas and bramble root vinegar from plants you source yourself.

8 April (Saturday) Sanctuary 11am-3pm
Working with spring herbs
Ever wondered what to do with an abundance of fresh nettles? Learn how to make a nettle vinegar, a mineral rich tea and other herbal infusions. Join us in a herb walk around the Sanctuary and notice which herbs are in season in the fields and hedgrerows.

13 May (Saturday) Sanctuary 11am-3pm
Herbs of Late Spring 
Join us to collect seasonal blossoms, make teas, tinctures, flower essences and a herbal oil. There may be seedlings to plant out, a herb walk around the Sanctuary and herbal tales to tell.

18 May (Thursday) Solihull 10am-2pm 
Oils and Salves  

Learn how to make your own herbal oils from foraged material and how to turn the oils into salves. 

17 June (Saturday) Sanctuary 11am-3pm 
Herbs of Summer
Join us to learn about the cooling and uplifting herbs of summer. Make a rose elixir, gather elderflowers and make your own tea. We shall experiment with different herbal infusions and flower essences and enjoy the abundance around us.

1 July   (Saturday) Sanctuary 11am-3pm
 Herbs of Summer
Join us to learn more about anti-inflammatory and anti-viral herbs. Pick a basket of fresh herbs, make a double infused oil or a flower essence, learn more about your herbal ally and generally enjoy the plants around you.

15 July   (Saturday) Sanctuary 11am-3pm
Herbs of Summer
Ever wondered why herbal preparations are a different colour from the herb themselves? Make your own single infused St John's wort oil and a double infused hot oil and discover why the two methods are useful for different plants. Make a flower essence or a herbal infusion. Discover which herbs are flowering now and when you should harvest for maximum benefit.

5 August (Saturday) Sanctuary 11am-3pm
Harvesting herbs
Join us to pick and process your favourite herbs. Discover the wealth of herbal beauty growing around the Sanctuary. Learn how best to preserve your herbs and which part to harvest for maximum effect.

8-10 September Sanctuary (Friday - Sunday) 
Celebrating Herbs Festival
The focus of this year's festival is Forgotten Herbs, with an intensive on Friday afternoon with Ali English and talks and workshops throughout the weekend on single herbs. Open mics each evening, kite displays and children's activities.

14 October  (Saturday) Sanctuary 11am-3pm
Roots and Wood
Autumn is the time for root harvesting. Join us to dig various roots and learn how to process and preserve. There will also be the opportunity to make something from wood available in the Sanctuary

11 November (Saturday) Solihull 10am-2pm
Making Herbal Gifts
Make your own salves, creams and spice mixes as well as sleep pillows and other goodies.

9 December  (Saturday) Solihull 10am-2pm
Working with bark
Join us to learn how to strip your own bark and process for drying, decocting, tincturing or to make a double infused oil. We will use freshly gathered horse chestnut, willow, crampbark and elder. 

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 jamjars 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 your own food for lunch.

We offer a pickup from Solihull Station and Kingham Station on workshop days if possible. Please add something to your donation to cover this cost and let us know in plenty of time.

Springfield Sanctuary Work Dates2017
We need help to keep the Sanctuary in good condition. Below are dates when anyone can come and help. Donations are not expected for these days but bring food to share.

18 February (Saturday) - Pond cleanup 
29 April (Saturday) - Digging and weeding
4-7 September (Monday - Thursday) Festival preparations
2 December (Saturday) Sanctuary clear up