- Herbalism – Horticultural therapy – Reflexology
(Schellingwoude, Garden House)
- Walking & Talking consults (Amsterdam Oost / Oud Zuid parks)
- Online Consultations
About the therapist
Lynn is British (born 1972) and has lived in Amsterdam since 2004. She began working as a complementary therapist in 2000, teaching Yoga to groups and running a private natural therapies clinic in her Somerset cottage. Since moving to Amsterdam, Lynn has been helping urban people to connect with nature as a way to enhance their health and well being. She runs popular herbology walks, workshops and courses about ethical herbal foraging, crafting and living in harmony with urban nature. Lynn has a special interest in facilitating mutually beneficial connection between city residents with urban nature. River of Herbs is a local volunteer group which she launched in 2004, to enable city people to learn more about herbs through gardening and foraging. She can be found tending the herbal foraging gardens with that group, some Thursday mornings or at weekends, in Park Frankendael just behind Huize Frankendael.
Lynn holds qualifications in the following:
Herbalism / Kruidengeneeskunde, Netherlands 2020, USA 2012 and UK 2003
Precision Reflexology (working on hands or feet), Association of Reflexologists MAR, UK 2001
Yoga Teacher, British Wheel of Yoga, UK 2002
Holistic Massage (Indian Head Massage, Ayurvedic Massage), India 2004 and ITEC, UK 2003
Social and Therapeutic Horticultural, Coventry University / Thrive, UK 2016
Special Educational Needs (PGdip. SEND, current Learning Support Coordinator (SENCO) at a local international school)
Lynn is fully registered with the Complementary Therapies Association (CMA), Association of Reflexologists (MAR), the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Association of Foragers. These professional bodies provide quality assurance to clients and support to members who uphold rigorous standards. These professional standards include high levels of qualification, Continuing Professional Development, upholding codes of conduct and being suitably insured. Lynn is also a corporate member of the Herb Society and has vast expertise in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). She holds a Master of Public Health degree (MPH), Post Graduate Diploma in SEND and BSc(hons) in Genetics and is a member of the Permaculture Association. As a complementary therapist, Lynn is not allowed to diagnose medical disorders but actively encourages collaboration with each client’s medical team, to help reach their goals more effectively and to ensure safety.
What to expect
The aim of Urban Herbology consultations are to set you on a path to address the root causes of imbalances in the body and mind. Also to address your current issues. Lynn takes a Holistic and Functional approach to health. This involves considering how the body and mind functions as a whole, within the situation that you are currently in, rather than simply offering a quick fix to temporarily calm symptoms.
Intake consultations can be at Lynn’s Gardenhouse (a Dutch volkstuin in woodland at Schellingwoude) or outside, in urban green spaces and last approximately 1.5 hours.
During this time, Lynn gathers a detailed personal history from you and then discusses a natural treatment strategy which will address lifestyle factors, exercise needs, possible herbal and nutritional advice and possible physical therapy. Depending upon your personal needs, you may receive some reflexology and yoga coaching during the consultation and may leave with a yoga-based home exercise plan, a simple home reflex points plan, along with herbal, diet and lifestyle advice. Due to Lynn’s extensive experience with wild local plants and therapeutic horticulture, you may also be directed towards some local “weeds” and nature-based activities, as part of your treatment plan.
Whatever the outcome, you will leave the consultation as an active participant in your path to optimal health and vitality.
If you are currently taking any medications, supplements or herbs, you should bring these along to the consult. If you are receiving treatment for any persistent or serious condition, Lynn will need to know about that, and your conventional medical team will need to be in agreement with your consulting her.
Who can benefit?
This personalized therapeutic approach is suited to individuals who want to improve their health and vitality. It is most suited to individuals with non-life threatening conditions which are not responding as well as hoped to other approaches. Lynn works with both adults and children.
Examples of areas which are most likely to be assisted by this approach:
Anxiety and depression
Arthritis and rheumatism
Digestion and nutrition issues
Back pain and muscle issues
Immune system support
Enhancing overall well-being
Intake consultation: €80 (approximately 1.5 hours)
Follow up consultations:
€40 (**Walk & Talk, Amsterdam Oost/Oud Zuid)
€60 (*Reflexology/Yoga/Herbalism at Garden House, Schellingwoude)
Follow up online or telephone consultations:
approximately 30 minutes
Mini online or telephone consultations are available:
Approximately 10-15 minutes
These are only appropriate for minor issues and symptomatic relief/advice e.g. cold and flu. Please note that full (intake or follow up) consultations are default and mini consultations are only offered after explicit discussion.
*Gardenhouse consults take place at Paterslaan, Schellingwoude, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (10:00 – 15:00) or Saturday mornings.
**Walking & Talking consultations take place in Amsterdam Oost (e.g. Oosterpark, Park Frankendael), Oud Zuid (Beatrixpark) or Schellingwoude.
Prescriptions for herbs
When Lynn is able to fulfill herbal needs, she will send you home with a bag of the appropriate herbs or tinctures, or they can be collected soon after your appointment. Other-times, these will not be in stock so will advise on where to find or purchase the herbal supplies locally.
Note: The consultation cost does not include the price of any herbal preparations that are recommended following a consultation. These are charged separately or are purchased independently by the client.
To book an appointment for your Urban Herbology consultation, with Lynn Shore, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 06 275 969 30.
Urban Herbology is a proud member of Herbalists Without Borders, working together for health justice and holistic health access for all. As such, sliding scale payments for consultations are possible, to enable more people to access treatment. Please ask Lynn if you require details.