Herbfeast Ireland

Ireland’s Annual Herbalist Festival

17th to 19th of May 2024

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Annual Herbfeast

MAY 17th to 19th

About Herbfeast 2024

Time to plan spending a weekend with our herbal community again and re-connecting with our friends and colleagues!

We are delighted to announce the sale of tickets for the 12th annual HerbFeast 2024. This is a celebration of the Herbal Medicine tradition, herbalists, and, of course, herbs.  Our annual event is open for professional herbalists and students of all traditions, and will take place on the 17-19th of May, 2024.

As always, the days will be filled with talks on herbal medicine and clinical practice, workshops, discussions and herb walks. We are thrilled to have some renowned and experienced speakers, including Dr Philip Deakin, Christine Herbert, Dr Ellen McKenna, Marie Reily and others yet to be confirmed. We’ll have yoga classes in the mornings with our favorite herbal yogi Lara Oberlin. There will be ever so popular herb walks and rambles every day! And singing and music, of course!


Car-pooling and lifts

If anybody has a space for their fellow attendees in the car and would like to have company and share some petrol costs, please let us know.  Lifts will be needed  from Gorey town especially, as some people will be getting public transport from all over the place, including Dublin airport, to Gorey town, Co.Wexford. It’s only about a 15min drive to the venue and about 20min to the Upton Court Hotel & Cottages form Gorey.
Generally, if you travel from North/North East – Gorey would suit better, and Wexford or New Ross, if getting public transport from the South/South East.


We’ll have a bunch of renowned herbal practitioners:

Deirdre Courtney, Phil Deakin, Christine Herbert, Doug Hyde, Dr Ellen McKenna, Kevin Orbell-McSean and Marie Reilly.

Deirdre Courtney – workshop “Facial Diagnosis”
Phil Deakin – “WHAT’S GOING ON? An exploration of how herbalists can use some Differential Diagnosis Techniques to improve patient outcomes”
Christine Herbert – “Food Intolerances and their Diagnosis” and “A deep dive into Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease”
Doug Hyde (co- founder of Satmya, an Ayurvedic centre in West Ireland) – workshop (topic tbc)
Dr Ellen McKenna – “Cyp1B1, Cancer and Nature’s Answer”
Kevin Orbell-McSean – “Heart matters- a look at Cardiovascular and Heart Health with Herbal Medicine”
Marie Reilly – “Herbal Medicine and Nutrition for Endometriosis”

We will definitely enjoy herb walks, Yoga with Lara Oberlin in the mornings, delicious food (and maybe a glass of something herbal in the evenings), catching up with friends, music and singing (and possibly dancing), getting some new herbs (grown at the IRH Physic Garden) for our nicely expanding herbal raised beds (talking about myself here:)), exchanging preloved herbal books or simply chilling at the wonderful Wells House.


This year our festival-retreat-conference is staying in the same place as the last year-  the beautiful location of Wells House & Gardens in County Wexford (https://wellshouse.ie).

The venue has onsite accommodation in newly restored cottages for the first 60 who wish to stay on site at the Well’s House. Accommodation is shared. There are 2-3 rooms in each cottage and sleeping 2 people in each room.

We have pre-booked some rooms in the hotel in Gorey as well, which is situated about 5 min drive from our venue.

The all-inclusive residential ticket will cover the talks and workshops plus your accommodation on Friday and Saturday night, breakfast, tea/coffee and scones mid-morning, lunch and tea break in the afternoon and evening meal Saturday, with lunch on Sunday.

All meals will be served at Well’s House where the catering staff will provide meals for a variety of tastes and dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free, but also will include fish dishes for those who would prefer it.

No on site camping is available, but 5min drive away there is ample camping and glamping available in Kilmuckridgeholiday village.

The time table will be announced soon.

HerbFeast Ireland

HerbFeast is an annual non-for-profit herbal festival, run for Herbalists by volunteer Herbalists from the Community of Irish Herbalists (CIH).

It is the largest annual Herbalist festival in Ireland featuring local and world renowned herbalists and speakers sharing knowledge from their passion and experiences. 

Over the weekend, herbalists nationwide, and beyond, gather, network and share their experience in connection with nature and the many modalities and specialities nested within the community. It is an opportunity to connect with other people sharing the same vision.

The festival is packed with talks and activities such as seminars, workshops, herb walks and much more. The location changes almost every year to reach all counties of Ireland, North and South, West and East. Either way, all herbalists are welcome!

HerbFeast is ran by the Community of Irish Herbalists (CIH).

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Herbfeast 2024 will be held in Wells House & Gardens in County Wexford

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