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Weeds for Wellbeing (Hawarden Estate)

June 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

weeds for wellbeing at hawarden estate with woodland classroom

An introduction to foraging for wild plants in spring that can be used in the treatment of common ailments. 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 spring tonic and hedgerow syrups. We will also make our own fresh, herbal teas and everyone can 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 ourselves with new skills to heal, nurture and enhance our 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 in the grounds of the Harwarden Estate against the backdrop of the woodlands, orchards and fields.

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 Life 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

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is an award-winning purveyor of local produce surrounded by 25 acres of its own fields, orchards and woodlands. Much of their meat, fruit and veg is reared and grown on the estate and is not only for sale in the excellent Farm Shop but also served up in their tasty cafe. The estate also plays host to the Good Life Experience annual festival and hosts an exicting programme of events throughtout the year. “Provenance is key to us because we not only believe in food that tastes great but that is also local, sustainable and is good for our community, the environment and our customer’s health.”

The Woodland Classroom basecamp is set within the estate’s beautiful woods where in spring you can find snowdrops and bluebells, in summer count the bird species and in autumn identify the bugs rooting around under the leaf litter.

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is easily accessible from the A55 North Wales Expressway. Chester City Centre is only 15 minutes drive away. Central Wrexham is just 20 mins drive away. The venue postcode is CH5 3FB.

workshops at hawarden estate farm shop

Venue Facilities

After your session with us you or your family might want to take advantage of the many things Hawarden Estate Farm Shop has to offer…

♦ Weekend Makers & Producers Market Place
♦ Cafe with a fantastic seasonal menu
♦ Kids adventure play ground
♦ Farm Shop including; butchery, fresh & local fruit n’ veg, a superb selection of local cheeses
♦ The best coffee in the area (fact)
♦ Nature trail
♦ Hawarden Old Castle (open to the public select dates in the year)
♦ An ever growing list of events throughout the year for all ages & more

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.

We are hosting other events focused on reconnecting with nature, including Mindfulness in the Woods, our two day course on Nature Connection for Health & Wellbeing and our flagship Woodland Mindfulness & Bushcraft Weekend. See our Events page to find out more.


Get in touch if you have any questions. Phone Lea, 07876 794098 or email us. Advance booking is essential. Tickets are available just below on this page.



June 2, 2019
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


Hawarden Estate Farm Shop
Chester Road, Hawarden, Flintshire Flintshire CH53FB United Kingdom + Google Map
01244 533 442


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