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URHP Summer Gathering 2024
JULY 5TH - 7TH 2024
Beechwood Court CEHC, Mountain Road, Conwy, North Wales LL32 8PY

"Moving Forward Together"

A Conference for Qualified Herbalists & Herbal Students

We are excited to be able to welcome you all, in person, to this year's URHP conference. This will be an amazing and exuberant weekend blending a whole diversity of expertise. This is an opportunity to share and learn from the wealth of wisdom, knowledge and experience in our herbal community. Along with the set programme, there will be 'open space' for spontaneous discussion and skill sharing. The conference begins Friday afternoon and finishes after lunch on Sunday.

Speakers include:

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Note: Speakers may be subject to change at short notice.

The URHP can aid any member who requires financial support. Please add this to the booking form.

Places are limited at Beechwood Court, please book before the end of April.

Book your place with Liz Lyden

There is a £50 deposit payable by 30 April, whether you are a day delegate or staying for one night or the whole weekend. Full payment due by 15th May 2024. Conference fee £230 with Ensuite and £200 Standard with shared bathroom. Day Delegate places available. The venue is alcohol free and wheelchair accessible. See booking form for further options including dietary requirements.

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Medieval Music & Medieval Herbalism

While, nowadays working with herbs is quite the niche subject, for most of our past it was very much a way of life. In this talk we'll explore some of those ways and look at some of the plants traditionally used in Britain.

Cassie Sheriff

Cassie Sheriff Cassie is a Medical Herbalist and Medieval Living History demonstrator based in North Wales.

Cassie grew up with a love of history, which developed into demonstrating aspects of Medieval life to the general public. This pastime combined with a rural home inspired interest in the plants around us, leading her to qualify as a Medical Herbalist in 2016 and blending the subject into her Medieval displays. To find out more about Cassie, please visit her website.

Creating a Medicinal Forest Garden

Anne Stobart, medical herbalist, will talk about the inspiration behind her project in growing and harvesting medicinal trees and shrubs in Devon.

She will discuss the benefits of permaculture design and give examples of healing trees and shrubs that can be sustainably cultivated in the UK.

Anne Stobart

Anne Stobart As a co-founder of Holt Wood Herbs, Anne has sought to develop sustainable ways of growing medicinal trees and shrubs. She is an experienced herbal practitioner, based in Devon. Previously she taught herbal medicine at Middlesex University in London. She is also permaculture-trained and enjoys growing herbs alongside fruit and vegetables on the allotment. Anne has excellent knowledge of the herbal medicine world from clinical practice to worldwide sourcing of herbal remedies.

Anne has much practical experience of growing, harvesting and creating a range of herbal preparations. Having a particular interest in medicinal trees and shrubs, she has published The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook. (Permanent Publications 2020).

Her newsletter The Medicinal Tree Woman is full of practical information on all these aspects and more. It is available from Medicinal Forest Garden Trust.

A walk on the wild side & Case Presentation

"Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination take a look and you'll see..." A brief seasonal introduction in the joy of nature and hear how Barbara connects plants and people. We will explore the magnificent grounds of Beechwood Court, immerse ourselves in the delights of early July, the season of summer. Our journey will be of connection and learning together as we go. Light, camera action and we are away ...

Barbara Wilkinson

Barbara Wilkinson She qualified as a Consultant Medical Herbalist in 2012, becoming a member of the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners, and the College of Medicine and Integrated Health.

As well as running her own practice, Barbara has been a Trustee for The Herb Society since 2014 and has appeared as a guest speaker at numerous events and conferences. She has had an allotment for over 28 years, where she grows both food and medicine. Barbara's expertise was recognised by Horticulturist Alys Fowler, who approached Barbara for support during the production of her book A Modern Herbal (2019).

Herb walks, workshops and events are a passion Barbara shares with many. She can often be founded teaching foraging and the joy of herbs throughout the seasons, in Physic gardens, private gardens, and community spaces across the North West.

Having been a member and supporter of the Society for many years, Barbara is a champion of all it strives to achieve and feels a strong affinity to its founder Hilda Leyel, whose values and beliefs align with Barbara’s own.

Being passionate about the education of traditional medicine for all life on earth, Barbara spreads the word about the importance of herbs, and believes they are our past, present and future.

Women's Health - Perimenopause

Your Perimenopause Friends and Foes: What is going on in there and how you can help yourself By Rachel Boon, Women's Health Specialist Naturopath & Herbalist

  • In your 40's and feel like you're on a hormonal roller coaster?
  • Wish you knew how to recognise signs of high or low sex hormones?
  • Still have regular periods but feel like someone else is driving your car?
  • Wondering why your old weight loss tricks from your 30's no longer work?
  • On hormonal birth control so have no idea where you're actually at?
  • Libido missing in action, can't focus and want to kill your partner for noisy breathing?

Then this talk is for you.

You'll gain:

  • Clarity on what may be going on for you hormones-wise.
  • An awareness of what might be hindering your menopause transition.
  • Helpful herbal, naturopathic and lifestyle tools to take away.

Rachel Boon BSc (Hons), Naturopath and Herbalist

Rachel Boon Rachel is a Naturopath, Herbalist and Women's Health specialist with over 19 years in private practice. An experienced clinical supervisor, Rachel was also the lead clinician on a popular juice, yoga and detox retreat, enjoys public speaking and more recently, podcasting. She is passionate about helping women at all stages of their lives, especially during times of hormonal transition such as puberty and perimenopause. In her various clinical, teaching and public speaking roles, Rachel's core aim is to educate and empower women to become warriors for their own health. Rachel is Chair of the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners and graduated from the CNM in 2005.For more information on Rachel, please visit her website.