Weeds For Wellbeing

An introduction to foraging for wild plants in that can be used in the treatment of common ailments. Autumn is an abundant time in our hedgerows and so many plants that are considered “weeds” can actually be harvested to create effective home remedies. You’ll learn to identify a range of plants and come away with your own honey elixir and immune boosting tonic and hedgerow syrup. You will also make your own fresh, herbal teas and you’ll take away foraged plants to dry at home.

This course will also include some Mindfulness in the Woods activities, as we give you a range of practical techniques to help you bring Mindfulness in to your life using the power of nature. Through identifying, gathering and using these special plants we will be exploring our deeper connection with nature whilst empowering you with new skills to heal, nurture and enhance your own wellbeing, mind, body, spirit.

This course is aimed at beginners to plant-based medicine and Mindfulness in nature. No prior knowledge or experience required. All this will take place against the backdrop of the beautiful National Trust’s Chirk Castle estate with ancient woodland, deer parkland and footpath network.

This session is suitable for anyone over the age of 18. The class runs for 5 hours, from 10am until 3pm and costs £55 per person. This price includes all materials for making your natural medicines including; alcohol (vodka), honey, coloured elixir jars and coloured tincture jars. Refreshments are also provided but do bring your own packed lunch or heat something up on our campfire.


“Gathering herbs for free is the beginning of a valuable and theraputic relationship with the wild” Julie Bruton-Seal & Matthew Seal, authors of Hedgerow Medicine.

Take a look at Lea’s recent video above where she explores making natural remedies from everyday “weeds”.

About the Tutor

lea kendall - counsellor and life coach

Lea Kendall is a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Wellbeing Coach. Lea is also a qualified Mindfulness in the Woods practitioner. As an Integrative Counsellor Lea takes the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. She takes a holistic view of each individual, taking into account their emotional and mental well-being as well as their physical health.

“I am a firm believer in the power of nature to be therapeutic for everyone. My training as an Counsellor worked toward my long-term goal to incorporate nature therapy into my services. I am passionate about finding ways to increase the self-esteem of people and encouraging motivation through positive experience, shared enthusiasm and a nurturing environment.”

Lea is also the Co-Founder of Woodland Classroom, which reconnects people with nature through positive activity and creative play. She regularly practises bushcraft skills with her husband and enjoys foraging for wild plants whether it’s food for free or making her own natural remedies.

About the Venue

Chirk Castle has over 480 acres of estate parkland for you to explore, with wild ponies, sheep, veteran trees, and a beautifully preserved section of Offa’s Dyke. The estate is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has also been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as an important habitat for rare invertebrates, bats, fungi, and wild flowers.

Chirk Castle is 7 miles south of Wrexham, easily accessible off the A5, close to the tourist destination of Llangollen.

The award-winning gardens at Chirk cover 5.5 acres of manicured lawns, clipped yews, herbaceous borders, beautiful rose, shrub and rock gardens, and the wooded pleasure ground – perfect for a stroll, with stunning views over the Cheshire and Salop plains.

outdoor activities at chirk castle

Venue Facilities

After this session you might want to take advantage of the many things Chirk Castle has to offer…

♦ Over 700 years of history, including the imposing medieval castle

♦ The Courtyard tea-room serves a seasonal menu, cream teas, homemade cakes, hot and cold drinks and snacks

♦ The gift shop has a variety of food, garden and locally-sourced gift ideas

♦ Dogs welcome on the estate on a lead, assistance dogs only please in the formal gardens

Seperate charges apply to non-members for entry to the castle and gardens. You can find out more about everything the venue has to offer by visiting their website.

“We, like the Earth, have a huge capacity to self-heal, regenerate and grow. By encouraging our wild edges to flourish we engage our whole selves in the process of change and healing.” Glennie Kindred, author of Letting in the Wild Edges.


Get in touch if you have any questions. Phone Lea, 07920 408 849 or email her. Advance booking is essential. Tickets are available via THIS LINK which will take you to the Events page on our Woodland Classroom website. Here you can find out upcoming dates for this course.