We will be back teaching our herbal medicine and nutrition courses in Summer 2021!

Currently we are a new teaching space and new teaching gardens at the Ivywood woodland. Please do subscribe below to be notified of when we are back up and running with our popular workshops and courses. Our courses include a healthy, hearty vegetarian lunch, teas, coffees and treats. All our courses are set on 40 acres of magical woodland with a huge variety of medicinal herbs growing in our teaching garden and our herb nursery.

Here’s just some of what will be on offer in 2021…  


·       Making Herbal Remedies

This 2 day course is a practical hands on course for the anyone wishing to learn the specifics of making natural remedies for everyday illnesses. Each participant will be making and cooking up their own herbal medicines for a range of conditions from respiratory issues to digestive complaints. This is an in depth course also covering nutrition and over 25 medicinal plants that can be easily grown or wild harvested. Each person will be



We are running 3 short courses spaced out over the rest of the year with 3 different facilitators with expertise in three aspects of natural building.
The building will be used for our herbal medicine clinical practice and dispensary including a large roundhouse space as a teaching space. The building is placed by our woodland, next to the river and nearby the ancient Hazel grove with views from the treatment room of the trees instilling healing and calm. Our medicinal plant gardens will surround the space.

Stone Foundation Course

This 2 day workshop is lead by Harrison Gardiner. It covers installing dry stone foundations and how to build up to dry stone/ lime mortar walls as a base for any natural building. This is the most natural option for any timber frame or earth building.

In 2020 we are creating a new teaching space at Ivywood. As part of the build we are facilitating a course for those who wish to learn more about natural building. Our courses in herbal medicine, growing medicinal plants and medicine making will begin again in 2021 after we have completed the new teaching space. If you would like to be kept informed about upcoming courses at Ivywood please subscribe to our courses newsletter. 

The best way to really understand the true power and potential of what nature offers is to study and spend time with these amazing plants. Through our courses we aim to empower people to use and grow these plants in the hope of seeing this ancient form of natural healing passed onto another generation.

About Ivywood

Herbalists Ross Hennessy and Marina Kesso have moved their businesses and family to a new piece of land in Co Clare. They are busy creating new spaces on the land to reestablish their clinical practice and medicinal herb nursery. Formerly Bareroot Botanicals and Iona Herbal they have now renamed the woodland and business Ivywood.



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