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Our 6th annual 'Celebrating Herbs' Festival will be held at Springfield Sanctuary from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September 2016 and we now have a full programme of talks and activities lined up!


To see what we have planned the programme of talks and activities for 2016 is available.


The festival provided talks, walks, demonstrations and workshops, as well as lots of opportunity for personal explorations of herbs. There were also other activities going on throughout the weekend, including lunchtime musical interludes and evening impromptu musical concerts.







Also, once again members of  Sky Symphony Kite Display Team will be on site to provide some rather different entertainment!


The 2015 HERB FESTIVAL was held during the weekend 11th to 13th September. Just click this link to see what we now have planned for 2016!


Latest Updates

LATEST VERSION of Festival 2016 Programme now complete - CLICK HERE to view


Summer and Winter Workshop Dates now update for 2016

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'The Summerhouse herbal blues'

Amusement for those who attended the Festival - and those who didn't!

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Tales of a Kitchen Herb Wife

The day to day life of a Kitchen Herb Wife as she goes about work, social activities, and making many oils, tinctures and infusions. Also many interesting and useful recipes are presented with comments about their making and use.

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Herb Workshops 2016


Recognising, experiencing, growing and harvesting Herbs

March 12 Recognising Herbs

March 17 Recognising and Propagating Herbs
April 9 Herbs of Spring

April 21 Herbs of Spring
May 14 Experiencing Herbs

May 26 Experiencing Herbs
June 11 Experiencing Herbs

June 23 Experiencing Herbs
July 9 Herbs of Summer

July 21 Herbs of Summer

August 6 Herbs of Summer
Oct 8 Roots and Tree Energies

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Winter Workshops

A series of winter herb workshops will be held in Solihull before the Spring and Summer ones are held at the Sanctuary, and then late on after autumn brings the year's cycle round full circle.


October 13 (Thursday) Root Medicine - Solihull

November 12 (Saturday) Herbal Salves and Creams - Solihull

December 10 (Saturday) Herbal Vinegars - Solihull

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Sanctuary Calendars

We hope once again to produce our Sanctuary Calendars for 2017, but we will need an idea of how many would be required, to ensure it will be worth having them made. Please place a request with us before the Festival and we can then let you know if we have enough interest.


There are likely to be at least two different calendars available. You will be able to purchase them through PayPal.

Work Dates 2016

Springfield Sanctuary Work Dates 2016

November 26 - Autumn clear up

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Sanctuary Apprenticeships

A twelve month herbal apprenticeship started in January 2016. You are offered the opportunity to learn more about growing, harvesting and working with herbs to improve personal and family health and wellbeing.


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About the Sanctuary

A quiet haven overlooking the Rissington hills, Springfield Sanctuary offers an opportunity for rest and recuperation from life’s frantic pace.


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Follow the story of the Sanctuary over its early years. More recent activities can be found on Sarah's 'Tales of a Kitchen Herb Wife' blog (see menu to the left of this page)


See photos of volunteers hard at work tidying the Sanctuary.

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