HerbFeast 2022 Programme

Boghill Eco Center, Co.Clare

Friday, 20th May

7.30pm – 8.15pm  Registration

8.30pm  Opening Circle, greetings

9pm onwards – Music, songs, chats & socialising at the fire


Saturday, 21st May

7.30am – 8.15am Yoga with Lara Oberlin

7.30am- 9.00am   Breakfast for those who are staying at the Boghill

9.15am – 10.15am Talk – Dr Fran Giaquinto – ‘Medicinal herbs in a time of climate change’ – herbs from the perspective of their ecology, the changing environments in which they live, and the relationships they form with other organisms

10.15am – 11.15am Talk –   Dr Dilis Clare – Insights from many years from a dual allopathic and herbal medical practice –  Herb-drugs interactions and more

TEA BREAK  11.15am – 11.45am

11.45am – 12.45pm  Breakout Session: WORKSHOPS x2

  • Giulia Canevari – Drawing herbs – a practical session “Botanical art-1 – introduction to observing plants and flowers” 
  • Helen McCormack – a workshop – “Make your own healing creams & salves for general use”

LUNCH  12.45pm – 2.15pm

2.15pm -3.15pm Talk – Simon Mills – A herbal journey into the gut … – The key insights into herbs and their impact on the digestive tract and gut microbiome

3.15pm -4.15pm Workshop – Joerg Mueller – Sensory Tea Journey – A fusion of Asian Tea Ceremony elements with a Western Style sensory experience

TEA BREAK  4.15pm- 4.45pm

4.45pm – 5.45pm Jo Goodyear/Luke Heron – Herb Walks (two coinciding)

DINNER  6.00pm  –  7:30pm 

7:45pm onwards  Music, songs, chats & socialising at the fire


Sunday, 22nd May

7.30am- 8.15am Yoga with Lara Oberlin

7.30am- 9.00am   Breakfast for those who are staying at the Boghill

9.15am – 10.15am Simon Mills – Talk – … and on into autoimmunity…- Continuity of the first presentation to explore how we can use our gut leverage positively to influence our immunity and reduce autoimmune damage

10.15am – 11.15am – Helen McCormack – Talk- A look at herbal and other natural solutions for insomnia

TEA BREAK  11.15am – 11.45pm

11.45pm – 12.45pm  Breakout Session: WORKSHOP x HERB WALKS

  • Giulia Canevari – continuing Drawing herbs – a practical session “Botanical art-2 – introduction to observing plants and flowers” 
  • Herb Walks (two coinciding) – Jo Goodyear/Luke Heron

LUNCH  12.45pm – 2.15pm

2.15pm -3.15pm Talk – Joerg Mueller–  Living Chemistry – an exploration of plant constituents from an Anthroposophical & Alchemical perspective

3.15pm -4.15pm Talk – Dr Dilis Clare – Reclaiming herbal medicine – exploring Why is the practice of herbal medicine a marginal private therapy in the expanding industrialised world?

4.30pm  Closing Circle

Celebrating Community Everywhere

Dr Dílis Clare, BSc, MB, BCh, DRCOG, BSc(Herbal Medicine)

Trained in medicine at University College Medical School Dublin (ROI), and in Herbal Medicine at Middlesex University UK.

She is a leading authority on Herbal Medicine in Europe and has worked in Collaborative Medical Care since 1999, integrating the best of both pharmaceutical and herbal medicine. She is Honorary Clinical Fellow at the University College Medical School, Galway.

She has published a herbal clinical case history and an article on biphasic.

She is currently a member of the National Institute of Herbal Medicine (NIMH, UK) accreditation board.

Teaching integrated clinical skills for Heartwood Professional Herbal Medicine course is a strong element of her current practice. The course is accredited by NIMH.

Teaching herbal medicine students from a wide of herbal medicine schools and independent learning takes place at her clinic in Galway and online where necessary.

She has a herbal clinic and apothecary selling herbal medicines in Galway and has developed a range of herbal food supplements and cosmetic creams to high specifications.

Dr Fran Giaquinto

Fran is a botanist and mycologist who has studied the interactions between organisms, particularly the relationships between fungi and plants, and plants and insects, for the last 40 years. In 2005/6, she studied with Rosemary Gladstar, Stephen Buhner, and Matthew Wood in the US and then moved to Clare where she restored 3 acres of cutover bog. It became a haven for wildlife, home to over 80 species of native medicinal herbs with all their associated wildlife and the perfect place to explore more deeply the healing relationship between plants and people within the context of a changing climate.

Helen McCormack

Helen graduated from the College of Phytotherapy in 1994, and has practised at her herbal clinic in Marino, Dublin 3, since that time.  She has also worked with traditional herbalist Seān Boylan at his clinic in Dunboyne, Co. Meath.

 With a strong background in mental health promotion, Helen likes to moderate small group sessions with a focus on positive mental health and wellbeing, giving advice on managing stress and anxiety through the appropriate use of herbs and other beneficial practices.

In addition to her clinical practice, Helen grows and makes many of her own herbal medicines in Carron, Co. Clare, located in the heart of the beautiful Burren.

She enjoys leading plant walks and running workshops over the summer months.  She has recently been involved in designing online courses aimed at people with an interest in supporting their health and wellbeing.

Simon Y. Mills MA FCPP FNIMH

Simon Mills is a University of Cambridge medical sciences graduate, author, teacher, and herbal practitioner in Exeter since 1977. In 1987 he co-founded the first University Complementary Health centre at Exeter, in the 1990’s led a major EU project on herbal medicine, was Special Adviser to the House of Lords, and from 2008-11 coordinated a Department of Health project which pioneered many of the elements of ‘social prescription’. He is Herbal Strategist at Pukka Herbs, Self Care Lead at the College of Medicine, Chief Herbal Officer on herbalreality.com, and with co-author Kerry Bone has set up the Mills and Bone Academy.

Joerg Mueller

Jörg stems from a family with a love for nature. His mother is a traditional herbalist from the Czech Republic. His love for wild, edible, and medicinal plants has persisted ever since. 

Sharing the smells, the adventure and sense of discovery of the native plants that thrive in the forests and meadows surrounding him through herb walks, classes and foraging events has been a passion alongside Permaculture & Spagyrics. 

 His interest in medicinal and edible plants led him to pursue a degree in Herbal Medicine BSc (Hons) more than 20 years ago and he practiced as a medical herbalist for many years. 

In 2002 he co-founded Solaris Botanicals Ltd whose authentic organic herbal tea blends are exported worldwide. 

His expert nose has been likened to that of a perfumer and he has a true talent for exciting new flavor sensations.

His passion lies in exploring how the energetic and chemical components of herbs benefit the human body.  He loves sharing how we can find ‘a moment of pause’ when we connect more deeply to the sensory aspect of the plant world to create a sense of calm and grounding in our daily lives.

Joerg has been seen on TG4, Nationwide and most recently on the native wildflower and sustainability series on RTE 1 ‘Faoi Blaith’.

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