I have taught herbal medicine for many years and at many different levels. I am passionate about helping  people develop the knowledge and confidence to use plants as foods and medicines. 

I often teach at Dilston Physic Garden which is a beautiful and unique herb garden near Hexham. I run a 10 day in depth herbal medicine course in association with this garden and two other herbalists (Jill Schnabel and Sarah Hughes) and Nicolette Perry , called the  foundation in plant medicine.

For many years I have been interested in a more intuitive and spirtiual approach to plant medicine and teach a workshop entitiled Plant Spirit Medicine with my wife. 

Details of courses for the coming year are given below.


Dates: 29th and 30th May, 10 am  - 4.30pm 

Venue: Dilston Physic Garden (between Hexham and Corbridge)


Tutors:  Ross Menzies  and Katrina Padmore (Interfaith minister and horticultural therapist)


Working with plants as living, evolved, complex beings and coming to them from a place of reverence, allows access to a deeper medicine. In this way plants can act as our allies and be profoundly helpful, not only for physical ailments, but also on our personal spiritual journey.

This is an opportunity to develop your capacity to access sacred experience. During the weekend you’ll find your own plant ally to work with at this stage in your life’s journey and prepare an essence from your plant to take home and use. Using a range of intuitive practices, including meditation, dowsing and shamanic journeying, we’ll explore a deeper connection with a number of our wonderful native medicinal plants and trees.

Please bring a packed lunch; hot drinks will be supplied. You may wish to bring a camera or sketch pad to help identification of plants after the course. Please bring waterproofs or an umbrella if it is wet, as the course will still run.

Cost: £110 for 2 day course (deposit £50 on booking).

Wild Medicine, Wild Food

Friday 14th May 10am - 4.30pm

Venue: Dilston Physic Garden (between Hexham and Corbridge)

A walk in the countryside will never be the same again!! Discover how to identify, harvest and use many wild plants for medicine and food.

Recognising plants when out in nature, and working with them to make medicines and foods can be a wonderful journey of deepening your connection to the natural world.

Becoming more aware of the meaning of symptoms and understanding which herbs can be used to help restore balance is a life affirming adventure.

This day will provide the skills, knowledge and confidence to start treating many minor ailments with plants and to begin using them to help stay healthy and vital.

We will learn how to identify medicinal plants, which time of year to harvest them, which parts of each plant to use and and how to process them in order to make a range of medicines.

You will make an ointment and a tincture to take home as well as several other preparations and we will also explore some of the delicious and nutritious foods to be found in the wild.

Ross has been a practicing herbalist for 20 years, he currently has a clinic in Hexham and at his home in Hexhamshire. He is an experienced teacher and is passionate about sharing his enthusiasm and experience with others.

Booking – The course costs £55 - and a  £25  deposit is required to secure a place, the full balance being paid on the day. 


Steel Farm Cottage, 

Steel , Hexham

NE47 0LG

Ross Menzies
Medical Herbalist and 
Nutritional Advisor



07762 244381

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