Wild Things: A Year of Wild Food & Medicine (Year 2)

The Wild Things Courses are eight month explorations of wild food and medicine growing in a variety of habitats in and around Edinburgh through the seasons.

Wild Things (Year Two) is a continuation of the first year’s course, aimed at deepening our exploration of the wonderful wild herbs growing all around us. It builds on existing knowledge of botany, ecology, foraging and sensory herbalism.  Like Year One the classroom sessions are made up of a mixture of theoretical and practical activities, and we will visit seven new habitats on our herb walks.

Course Outcomes:

  • Build onto knowledge of plant, algae and fungi species and wider botanical families
  • Improve botanical identification skills
  • Visit a range of habitats in and around Edinburgh to deepen an understanding of the plant communities and ecological niches across various localities
  • Reflect on ecological harvesting techniques and connect personal practice to wider social and environmental issues
  • Try out recipes and build confidence in remedy making towards a home medicine chest
  • Continue to develop and deepen a sensory approach to herbal medicine
  • Gain insight into the edible & medicinal properties of common British plants, with a deeper focus on the properties of chosen favourites
  • Deepen your understanding of herbal actions & therapeutics through exemplary case studies for home ailments

Course Prerequisites

This is an intermediate level course which relies on some prior knowledge. Participants will have either attended Wild Things: A Year of Wild Food & Medicine (Year One), or have a foundation knowledge in the following:

  • beginner’s botany, taxonomy & principles of ecology
  • the basic methods of remedy making such as infusions, decoctions, herbal syrups, ointments, aromatic waters, folk method tinctures and infused vinegars
  • edible and medicinal properties of some of our common British plants and their main biochemical constituents
  • familiarity with herbal actions
  • sustainable harvesting methods, drying & processing herbs
  • using a sensory approach to learning about herbs & their actions in the body (or an interest in finding out more about this approach)



£350-£500 sliding scale

£550 solidarity price  (£50 of the solidarity price will go directly to supporting our low income community herbalism work)

For more information about this course, or to register your interest, please contact us