Category Archives: Workshops

Early Spring Apprenticeship Workshop

Monday 18th February 2019

10.00 – 13.30

Amsterdam

This workshop is open to my apprentices (from my online/blended course and past apprenticeship groups).

Early spring is a great time to forage, craft and plan new growth for the year ahead. This workshop is a chance to share time together, explore urban nature, talk over issues and build Herbology crafting skills.

Cost €50

We’ll meet at my home (in Amsterdam Watergraafsmeer, near Park Frankendael) and then work inside and out. Light lunch, infusions and teas provided.

Please email me as soon as possible to book your place.

If you would like to join the workshop, you must be a past or present student of my apprenticeship course (either on the full course or studying module by module).

Details on how to join the course.

Herbology Club for Children

Lynn’s Herbology Club is for children aged 4 – 6 years.
Maximum 6 children in the group.

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Each session is practical and fun. They build self-confidence and provide a wealth of sensory experiences in a green, social setting. Herbology Club allows children to play in a thoughtful and creative way with nature. No experience is needed, just a willingness to be outdoors in a beautiful green space. Parents are welcome to stay for all or part of the sessions. They are encouraged to share some food and learn from their children’s green experiences. Lynn is English. Sessions are in English and/or Dutch (depending upon the children).

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Session Format
We start each session with a simple yoga or mindfulness activity. Then we explore what has changed in the four herb gardens and work together on practical tasks and nature games. Often we make simple food and share this at the end of the session. All activities reflect the seasons and include:

  • Creating barefoot paths
  • Wildlife shelters
  • Kokedame – hanging herbs
  • Willow weaving
  • Growing and using herbs
  • Fairy gardens
  • Making simple, safe wild food

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Lynn Shore (Herbology Club Leader)
Is an experienced school teacher (science and special needs – UK and British School of Amsterdam), horticultural therapist and home tutor. Children of all backgrounds and abilities are welcome to join this club. If your child has particular needs then you should contact Lynn before enrolling, to check that enough support can be offered during the sessions. Lynn has a current VOG (police check for working with children). She is the founder of River of Herbs, and has lived in Amsterdam for 13 years.

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Location
River of Herbs Orchards (behind Huize Frankendael, Middenweg 72)
Park Frankendael,
Oost Watergraafsmeer.

Each session is outdoors (with WC and shelter available).

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Dates and Cost
A series of Wednesdays, 13.00 – 14.00
Starting late June / early July 2017 

Exact dates to be set ASAP

Drop-in session: €15 per session (if space available)

Booking full series will create a discount.

Herbology Club Amsterdam

Contact
To book a place or find out more information, please email or call Lynn (06 275 969 30).

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Samhain Herbology Workshop

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Join my special Samhain workshop to create magical herbal gifts, lotions and potions and to explore the herbology of autumn.

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We will spend over 4 hours in and around my Schellingwoude volkstuin (a wild ecological garden with wooden house, log fire etc). It is in a beautiful nature oriented setting, within the A10, along bus route 37 and far from the business of the city.


This small group workshop is open to anyone who is interested in deepening their connection with nature. It is also a perfect opportunity for those who are contemplating my apprenticeship,  to come and meet me as we immerse ourselves in seasonal herbal work.  All levels of experience are welcome!

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We will:

  • Walk and forage through wooded lanes, identifying edible, medicinal and poisonous leaves, roots and fruits.
  • Craft lotions, potions and natural gifts from herbs, which will see you through until spring.
  • Celebrate Samhain in nature!
  • Enjoy plenty of herb tea, homemade vegetarian soup, herb bread and snacks will be provided.

Rosehips and hawthorn

Date: Monday 31st October 2016

Time: 09.30 – 14.00

Cost (incl. Btw): €60 per person (€30 deposit is due when booking and the remaining €30 to be received before or at the workshop).

Maximum 6 participants.

Please email urban.herbology.lynn@gmail.com to subscribe for this workshop or for more information.


Bread of the dead

Full of bounty, shifting colours and scents, autumn’s creeping darkness brings a welcome depth of mystery to our lives. It is the perfect time to create tasty, crafty and intriguing preparations which you can share with friends throughout winter. Samhain is an extra special time in autumn where the veil between worlds is said to be at its most thin. During the workshop,  those who are interested will also explore what that means.


 

 

 

Apprentices Gathering – Mabon

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What a pleasure it is to work with enthusiastic people on the topics I love. On Saturday, I welcomed a small group of apprentices into my home and foraging grounds, to work on a variety of preparations and experience more of the world of Urban Herbology. The apprentices are studying my online course at their own pace at home, we meet 4 times a year with additional meetings and communication when needed. The next such meeting will be in December and is open to all my apprentices, online and from the original Amsterdam groups. Further details, at the end of this post.

Here are supplementary links and photos to assist those who were with me on Saturday.

Rumtopf

I make mine from the few fruits that I forage and don’t eat straight from the plants. I use honey in place of refined sugar and I don’t always use rum. My recipe is in the apprenticeship notes but the link here shows a selection of suitable (purpose made) containers and explains the process.

Photo credit - http://www.sauerkrautpots.com/
Photo credit – http://www.sauerkrautpots.com/

Heat infused oils

My usual method. Of course there are other ways to do this but this is my regular way of infusing herbs into oil, with heat.

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Beech nuts

Here’s a nice short video by Wild Edibles, showing how to open beechnuts (although it’s also possible with teeth) and a good mention about their toxicity.

Hawthorn Recipes

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Hawthorn elixir

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Rosehip honey

How to process the rosehips, to make rosehip honey.

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Turkish hazelnuts

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Himalayan balsam

A very invasive plant in this country. The green seeds smell pleasantly of butter and the plant is edible. Flowers can be eaten in salads, stems used as drinking straws and the plant chopped into salads and cooking. The link post shows several plants (including balsam) which I harvested at this time a couple of years ago.

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Tradescantia

Some useful information about how to care for the plants which you took home today.

photo credit - Plantsarethestrangestpeople
photo credit – Plantsarethestrangestpeople

Peperomia family

The plant we tasted at my house was Peperomia maculosa. It tastes of coriander and has many medicinal uses. Here is another link about these wonderful plants which are well known as houseplants, outside of the tropics. The Peperomia species which seems to be the best studied regarding its medicinal properties is Peperomia pellucida. hat wasn’t available at the garden centre when I looked for it, but several other species were. I settled happily for P. maculosa (shown in photo) as I love the fresh, spicy flavour.

Photo credit - EatTheWeeds
Photo credit – EatTheWeeds

Japanese quince

I had a busy day at school recently, pruning the spiky Japonica which encircles the building. Hundreds of fruit were on the prunings so naturally, I harvested them. Here are some tasty ways to use Japanese quinces.

Japanese quince

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Photo credit - wikipedia
Photo credit – wikipedia

Indonesian Jamu

The last two sections of this UH post mentioning Bali, give an example of how Jamu is used. The anti inflammatory orange drink is called Kunjit asam. We will make it (and sugar free alternatives) at the December meeting.

Jamu: Traditional herb system of Indonesia.
Jamu: Traditional herb system of Indonesia.

In December, among other things, we will look at;

  • Indonesian Jamu
  • Herbal wines
  • Immunity boosters
  • Schnapps
  • Midwinter foraging
  • Sacred spaces at home

If you are interested in joining or finding out about my apprenticeship course, please contact me or take a look at this page.

UH Apprenticeship Online!

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In recent years, I have disappointed many people when my apprenticeship course became so quickly full or because they couldn’t make every meeting or because they lived too far away. So, after much thought and planning I am about to launch a blended learning version of my course!  I am very excited about this and hope that it will hit the spot for those people who repeatedly try to join my apprenticeship course but just can’t get in as well as the folk in other places who are inquisitive about Urban Herbology. The course is made up of 8 modules, each linked to a different Celtic festival time. It covers herb crafting, foraging, healing systems, wheel of the year and urban herb gardening.  Apprentices will be able to follow the course at home or in combination with up to 4 optional half day workshops in Amsterdam.

I am using an online platform called Tansy Turnip (which I share with City Plot). You can take a look at the course information here.

The course will be ready to begin at the start of February 2016.

Feeling Witchy?

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I am delighted to offer a series of free-standing half day workshops to develop the magical side of your life.

Each session focuses on different ways to live in deep connection with nature and spirit, whether you are based in the city or countryside.  The workshop series (running through autumn 2015 – spring 2016) includes:

  • Kitchen witchery
  • Apartment magic
  • Enchanted gardens
  • Poisonous treasures
  • Everyday magic and
  • Natural ritual.

Turkish Hazelnut Spiral

Each session will include work with herbs, hedgerows and the seasons. Each will offer practical ideas for protection work, self development and furthering your knowledge of the natural and spiritual world. I am very excited about these workshops and hope that you will join me for one, some or all of them!

The events page on this website will show the details of each upcoming workshop. Please email (lynn.shore@gmail.com) me if you would like to reserve a space.