2019 Speakers

Speakers for 2019

Christine Herbert

Christine Herbert qualified as a herbalist in 1997 and has been practising ever since. She added iridology, flower essence therapy and allergy therapy in the next few years and uses all those elements in her practice alongside a large proportion of nutritional advice. She specialises in digestive disorders and allergy/intolerance health issues. She served on the council of the Association of Master Herbalists for several years and is still a member of that professional association. She was also one of the organisers of Herbfest UK for seven years. Previous to this she was a senior biomedical scientist for 20 years working for the NHS in haematology and blood transfusion. She lives on a self sufficient small-holding in Norfolk UK with her partner Mark and quite a few animals and plants. http://www.christineherbert.co.uk/

Christine will do a case study on – Allergies and intolerances: from the simple to the complex.

and also a talk on – Natural solutions to irritable bowel syndrome – fixing the cause, not just the symptoms.

Nearly all our patients come to us with some element of digestive problems, mostly described (and it is just a descriptive term) as irritable bowel syndrome. It is the most important, and usually the easiest, health problem to put right, and once that is done other health issues are much easier to fix. Put the gut right and the rest will follow. We will look at what IBS is, how to work with diet, and how to choose the best herbs for the individual.


Joe Nasr  

Joe Nasr D Phyt. DO, MNIMH  is a well- known medical herbalist, osteopath, and senior lecturer in herbal medicine. His lecturing skills, enthusiasm, and dedicated work on herbal medicine-training development was part of the revival of the profession in the UK, which started in the early 1980’s.

Joe has a passion for medicinal aromatic plants, which he takes pleasure in nurturing on his herb farm set deep in beautiful west Wales. In this “piece of heaven” as he calls it, he grows old scented roses, lavender, rosemary, lemon balm, thyme, hyssop, and chamomile amongst other interesting medicinal plants.

Joe is also a dedicated and experienced plant distiller. Over the years, he has developed innovative techniques for the production of high quality aromatic waters, tinctures, herbal syrups and more, through his company Avicenna. These products are designed for, and used by, many professional complementary therapists in the UK and abroad.


Joe will give a talk on – Aromatic Waters – Distillation, Chemistry and Applications. 

He will also be running a practical workshop each day on distillation.


Dr. Rocio Alcaron G.

PhD in Ethno-Pharmacology UCL (UK)
IAMOE Center Amazonia-Ecuador
An Ethnopharmacologist, Ethno-botanist, shamanic practitioner and extraordinary
teacher and healer, Rocίo has spent over 30 years working with ethnic groups in the tropical rain forest and Andes Mountains of Ecuador and in the Basque Country, Spain. She has contributed to various Amazonian and Andes indigenous communities and has collaborated with international organizations including the Wildlife Conservation Society, Care and The Nature Conservancy establishing economic opportunities for local people with products from the forest. It has been said that she ‘may know more about indigenous people than anyone else in Ecuador. Rocίo is renowned and beloved. She practices, teaches about shamanic healing ceremonies, knowledge coming from her mother and grandmother lineage,
from the Andes Mountains in Ecuador. Her interests are the practices with Master plants and the techniques of healing ceremonies in Ecuador. In depth understanding of plants that are food and medicine and the recovery of local traditions about, closing bones, Limpia ceremonies, etc. She offers courses and workshops in Ecuador in her center called IAMOE.


Keith Robertson

Keith Robertson MSc (Herbal Medicine) FNIMH joined the UK National Institute of Medical Herbalists in 1990 and served as a Council Member and on their Accreditation board for many years. He co-founded Scottish School of Herbal Medicine in 1992 and has been teaching his particular energetic approach since then. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute for his services to Herbal education. The School established a world first with its MSc and the associated and highly regarded 4-year BSc Hons degree before stepping back out of academia in 2010 and moving back home to the Isle of Arran to offer experiential learning through an Apprenticeship in listening to plants each year in Scotland; with an associated intensive course on Celtic Herbal Medicine and an international Correspondence Course at access level.

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Keith will be holding a workshop on Harmonising Herbs and Herbalists

Our voices can be powerful forces in the world for calm or conflict. This workshop will allow us to explore our voices as a means to harmonise and express our togetherness with Nature and to also celebrate the gifts that make us fellow herbalists. We will explore our voices in a number of ways (e.g. through the Elements) and so this is not just for singers but for anyone with some sensitivity, a voice and enough courage to use it. Having got you singing in harmony (promise!) we will then go on to explore expressing some of our favourite plants in sound.


Courtney Tyler

“Wild Foraged Herbs, Fungi & Fermentation”

Courtney will discuss and demonstrate her favourite pastime which combines wild herbs, fungi and fermentation. There will be lots of examples to see and taste and recipes to share.

Courtney Tyler found herself with a growing discontent with the disconnect most of us face in relation to our food supply.This coupled with an interest in learning to use the wild herbs and plants that grow in abundance around us all drove Courtney to make some changes from her previous city-centric life in Dublin as a craftworker and shop-keeper- she is now based in the wilds of Wicklow. 

She has always had an interest in herbal medicine and is largely self-taught through an ever-expanding book addiction and a slightly OCD nature which encourages her to try to make everything under the sun from scratch and to learn by doing. An apprenticeship with Judith Hoad in Donegal only strengthened this desire to learning to live sustainably and to put permaculture principles to work in her environment.

She has a keen interest in preparedness, sustainable living, homesteading, goat-keeping, growing organic food, food preservation and fermentation and the Weston A. Price Foundation diet of natural whole foods prepared well with traditional methods. Learning to take control of our own health through herbs, an unprocessed diet and lifestyle, she feels, are paramount.

She makes her own yogurt, cheese and kefir from her own raw goats’ milk and grows some vegetables and herbs in her garden, many of which she ferments into sauerkraut and kimchi and pickles. Sourdough breads, naturally fermented ginger sodas and kombucha teas are staples in her home. A feisty cockerel named ‘Paco’ and some happy hens provide the house with eggs. She makes herbal products such as syrups, vinegars,tinctures, oxymels and herbal honeys. She makes her own natural and chemical free soap and beauty products.


David Winston

David Winston RH (AHG) is an Herbalist and Ethnobotanist with 50 years of training in Chinese,  Western/Eclectic and Southeastern herbal traditions.  He has been in clinical practice for over 40 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians, herbalists and researchers throughout the USA, Europe and Canada.  David is the founder/director of the Herbal Therapeutics Research Library and the dean of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, a two-year training program in clinical herbal medicine. He is an internationally known lecturer and frequently teaches at medical schools, professional symposia and herb conferences.  He is the president of Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc. a manufacturer that produces herbal products that blend the art and science of the world’s great herbal traditions.

        In addition, David is a founding/professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, and he is on the American Botanical Council and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Advisory Boards.  He was a contributing author to American Herbalism, published in 1992 by Crossings Press, and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) , 2000-2018, the author of Saw Palmetto for Men & Women, Storey, 1999 and Herbal Therapeutics, Specific Indications For Herbs & Herbal Formulas, HTRL, 2014 (10th edition) and the co-author of Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief, Healing Arts Press, 2007 (the new edition will be published September 2019), and Winston and Kuhn’s Herbal Therapy and Supplements; A Scientific and Traditional Approach, Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, 2008. David has also published hundreds of articles in medical and botanical medicine journals and conference proceedings.  He is also a member of the AHPA Expert Advisory Council that created the second edition of the Botanical Safety Handbook, CRC Press, published in 2013 (3rd edition in press). 

     In 2011 David was a recipient of the  AHPA Herbal Insights award. In 2013 he received the Natural Products Association Clinicians award and was awarded a fellowship by the Irish Register of Herbalists. In 2018 he was the Mitchell visiting scholar at Bastyr University.

David will be giving a talk and also leading two herb walks over the weekend.

Seán O’ Gaoithín

Seán grew up in Dublin. Studied art and became an organic gardener. Studied at National Botanic Gardens Glasvevin, Chelsea Physic Garden and Kew. Head Gardener at Glenveagh Castle since 1995. He had his first herb garden in 1976 and is mad about weeds. 

Seán will be holding our opening and closing ceremony. He will be leading two herb walks over the weekend and also doing a practical workshop on botanical drawing.


Rosari Kingston


More info on Rosari to follow…

Rosari’s talk is:
Do We Need to Take Heed of Culture in Clinical Practice, Especially our Own?
This talk will examine the influence of the European worldview on how we practice.  It will explore how this worldview may be causing us to concentrate too much on herbs rather than nutrition and cultural support systems. Finally, it will address how we may integrate  a more holistic approach to therapeutics.
Rosari will also do a case study session on: An unusual cause of depression.