Herbs/Wild Flowers Course

Wild Thyme Eco-Retreat Bulgaria

Friday 29th May – Sunday 31st May

Have you ever wondered what all the beautiful flowers are that you pass on walks in the countryside?  Or thought how nice it would be to treat yourself or family with a herbal remedy for a winter cold, rather than go to the doctor?  Or wondered how you could put to good use the herbs you grow in your garden?

If so, then you will be amazed at how much you can learn in one short weekend on this wonderful course run by UK based herb grower, practitioner and teacher Frances Wright.  Frances’ passion for the subject shines through as she takes students on wonderful wild flower walks, passing on her vast knowledge as she goes.  While in the classroom, students learn how to communicate with the plants and how to turn all these wonderful herbs into medicines – tinctures, ointments, cough mixtures and infused oils.

Herbal course Bulgaria

The setting of Wild Thyme Eco-Retreat provides an ideal environment for meeting the plants themselves. The gardens include a range of herbs and are surrounded by wonderful and prolific wild flower meadows, often difficult to find in the rest of Europe.  A range of organic herbs, vegetables, fruits and dairy products from the farm at Wild Thyme are incorporated into the menu for the course.

The farm includes chickens, goats and a pig and a park opposite where village sheep graze while cows pass outside the window on their way to pasture every morning and evening.

The course is suitable for all levels.  No previous experience or knowledge of herbs or gardening is required.  While the course is based in Bulgaria, most of the herbs studied are found all over Europe.


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Herbal course Bulgaria


  • At least 6 hours of tuition per day
  • Course handouts
  • Dried herbs & bottles of cough mixture, tincture & ointments to take home
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Herbal teas served throughout the day
  • 2 nights accommodation based on twin share (or double for couples)

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to the healing power of plants and nature
  • Introduction to the holistic context seeing ourselves as a part of nature, and a product of our environment and lifestyle
  • Introduction to treating people, not conditions/diseases
  • Herb identification of most common herbs found in Britain and the rest of Europe
  • Introduction to the cultivation of herbs
  • Gathering herbs/wild flowers in sustainable ways
  • Best practice for drying herbs
  • Preparation of herbal medicines – tinctures, ointments, oils

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Herbal course BulgariaFrances Wright is a herbalist from the UK with over 20 years experience.  She is a member of the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners and runs her own dispensary and consulting practice, Green Lane Herbs, from Althea Herbal Healing Garden which she established near Totness, England.  Not only is she a successful herbalist but she also coordinates and runs a practitioner level herbal medicine course.


Following completion of a Biology degree, Frances spent a number of years as a conservation volunteer learning about countryside management and then worked as a botanical surveyer.  While living in a wattle and daub roundhouse, built by herself, she began to make and sell herbal medicines, which she has been doing for 20 years.  She trained formally with IRCH over a four year period and has been a practicing herbalist for almost 15 years.  She is probably the only herbalist in the UK who grows or locally collects over 50% of the herbs she uses in her practice.  She has an active teaching programme in place at Althea and runs a Practitioner level herbal medicine course which is registered with the Complementary Medical Association (CMA).

Please note that this course can be counted towards the Althea Herbal Healing School Practitioner Course.  For full details, see the Althea Healing Garden website or contact Frances.


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Herb course Bulgaria

Friday 29th May

13.45 pm  Gather for course at the Wild Thyme Barn

14.00 – 18.00 Workshop 1:

Welcome & Introductory talk

Wild Flower Walk & Gathering Herbs

Drying herbs & Preparing medicine

Learning to communicate with herbs

18.00 Finish

19.30 Dinner & Music at local bar

Saturday 30th May

8.30 am Breakfast

10.00 Workshop 2:

Making Decoctions & Tinctures

Wild Flower Meadow Walk – herb identification & learning to communicate with herbs

13.15 Lunch

14.00 Workshop 3:

Making Cough Mixture

First Aid with Herbs – treating cuts, coughs, colds, herbal antiseptics & antibiotics

Meditation 3: learning to communicate with herbs

17.00 Finish – Students welcome to stay and continue reading books, drawing etc

19.30 Dinner

Sunday 31st May 

8.30 am Breakfast for residential participants

10.00 Workshop 4:

Herbal meditation 4

Make an ointment

Final Recap

14.00 pm Finish & Lunch


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  • The Wildflowers of Britain & Ireland by Fitter, Fitter & Blamey
  • Old comfortable clothing
  • camera
  • clipboard
  • coloured pencils or watercolours
  • notebook
  • walking shoes
  • sun hat, sun cream & sunglasses
  • water bottle
  • rain gear

We advise you take out travel insurance.

Not included:

  • Beverages
  • Flights
  • Transport from airport. We can arrange this.

Getting here: Click here for information.


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350 lev per person residential including course fee & full board for 2 nights


Weekend rate: 100 lev per person (80 lev early bird pay by 29 Feb 2015)

Day rate: 25 lev per person Friday/Sunday; 50 lev per person Saturday

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It is possible to book for bed and breakfast at Wild Thyme prior to and after the course.


The exchange rate is 1.96 lev to 1 euro.

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