learn and create

Our workshops are a view of each season with an observation of medicinal plants using your senses. Each workshop starts with a garden walk to explore the variety of plants growing at Phytofarm and a sensory and visual sensation in the drying room. They contain discussions to excite your mind, tastes to stimulate your palate with a variety of edible plants from the garden and the Phytofarm pantry. Homemade crackers, medicinal hummus, nut cheeses, meadow plant pestos, fermented condiments, local goat cheese, plant-based chutneys, mini muffins, inulin rich beverage and seasonal tisanes. Food provided at the workshops will accommodate any special dietary requirements – vegan, vegetarian or gluten intolerant.

The workshops will inspire you to create your own medicinal plant garden, – on a farm, in a suburban garden or a courtyard garden using containers or vertical displays. Discover how to engage with plants to keep you well as we move around the sun. These workshops are a holistic view of “prevention is better than cure” and an observation of accessible local plants, the ones that very likely grow around you, but you just have not introduced yourself.

the workshops

winter warmer workshop ‘indulge’

The focus of the winter workshop is caring for ourselves during the cooler months with the benefits of Hydrotherapy: foot baths, hot and cold treatments, cold and flu remedies and skin health with nourishing body butters. 


Workshop Programme: Indulge

  • Winter garden walk: although most plants are dormant at this time of the year, the winter garden can be sculptural and highlights those plants with vigour to survive or even grow in the cold.
  • Drying room experience with tisanes we need for winter.
  • Discussion on nurturing ourselves, being proactive about health and not focusing on disease.
  • Make and take home products with recipes:
    Blend a warming tisane
    A warming foot balm
    A foot or bath soak blend
    A body butter

DATE: Sunday 25th August

10am – 2pm

Book here


Save the date!

Perfumery workshop:  28-29 September with Jill Mulvaney from Alembics

To book or for further info please email:  info@thealembicslab.com


Workshops that are booked can be cancelled three days prior to receive a full refund. After this time no refunds will be given but an alternative date can be booked for a 50% discount.

Other times for workshops and garden tours can be negotiated. Please contact Valmai to discuss. Group Specials: Please contact us to discuss any special requests or topics of interest. If you live outside the Canterbury area workshop days can be blocked together to limit travel costs.

Decorating cocktail glass
Infusing a tisane tea