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APOLOGIES! It has been FAR TOO LONG since any update was done here! However, we have finally got round to adding THIS YEAR'S Workshop dates to the relevant pages.


Anyway, our 8th annual 'Celebrating Herbs' Festival was once again successfully held at Springfield Sanctuary from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th September 2017 and everyone that came seemed to have a great time! As well as the live band we also held a couple of very successful drumming Workshops! So it's not all 'just about herbs'!


To see the programme of activities we held in 2017 the programme of talks and activities for 2017 is still available. This should give you a flavour of what we do and the sort of thing you will likely see at our 2018 Festival! This is still in the early stages so we will publish more information about likely events probably some time after Easter or in May.


The annual festival provides talks, walks, demonstrations and workshops, as well as lots of opportunity for personal explorations of herbs. There are also other activities that go on throughout the weekend, possibly including lunchtime musical interludes, and usually includes evening impromptu musical concerts. In 2017 we even had a concert from Goodall and Band!


If you follow the link to the Festival page you should find more photos of past Festivals!


Over the years further entertainment has usually been provided by some members of  Sky Symphony Kite Display Team, and if we are lucky they may be on site once again to provide something rather different!


There could even be a kite making workshop for the young and young at heart if there is enough interest!


The 2017 HERB FESTIVAL was held during the weekend 8th to 10th September. Just click this link to see what we did in 2017! (2018 plans now in the early stages)


Latest Updates


Summer and Winter Workshop Dates updated for 2018


Festival 2017 Programme still available just for reference (to see what we do and the sort of things we will probably have for 2018) - CLICK HERE to view


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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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Workshops - Sanctuary

Herb Workshops 2017


Recognising, experiencing, growing and harvesting Herbs

March 11 Recognising Emerging Herbs

April 8 Working with Spring Herbs
May 13 Herbs of Late Spring
June 17 Herbs of Summer
July 1 Herbs of Summer

July 15 Herbs of Summer

August 5 Harvesting Herbs

September 8-10 Celebrating Herbs Festival
Oct 14 Roots and Wood

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Workshops 2018 - Solihull

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.


All dates are for a Saturday 10am - 2pm unless otherwise indicated:

January 13 Herbs in hot water

February 10 Preparing for spring with herbs

November 10 Creating Anti-viral vinegars
December 8 Preparing a winter pharmacy


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Sanctuary Calendars

We hope once again to produce our Sanctuary Calendars for 2018, 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 2018

Springfield Sanctuary Work Dates 2018

No dates set yet, but if you wish to help us by doing some work at the Sanctuary - anytime! - please get in touch and we will be happy provide you with a list of jobs that need doing! Some people are already planning to do some work there on midweek days, so don't feel it only has to be at a weekend!

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Sanctuary Apprenticeships

A twelve month herbal apprenticeship started in January 2018. You are offered the opportunity to learn more about growing, harvesting and working with herbs to improve personal and family health and wellbeing.


Sign up before the end of December to join other new Apprentices for 2019.


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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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Original work and recipes associated with the Sanctuary.


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