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. This is a diploma course and is now recognised as a foundation training for  Heartwood - a professionsal Herbal Medicine course.

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.

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'Nature as companion, healer and teacher'
Mid Summer retreat day: Sunday 19th June 10-4pm

Autumn retreat day: Sunday 9th October 10-4pm
Location: The Peace Garden , Minsteracres,  DH8 9RT

Mystics of all traditions agree that consciously deepening our connection with nature can inspire and inform our spiritual path.


This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a spacious day immersed in the tranquility of the Peace Garden. We will explore how to open ourselves to the full potential of working with nature as a support in facing life challenges, in discerning guidance and in connecting with our divine essence.


Tools to aid our enquiry will include poetry and spiritual texts, meditation, reflective writing, group sharing and simply bringing mindful awareness to being in nature.


Led by Ross and Katrina Menzies of Let's Get Growing, a gardening therapy project at Minsteracres, which helps people find healing and meaning through connecting with nature. Ross is a practising medical herbalist. Both Ross and Katrina are ordained as interfaith ministers


Booking info: Cost for each day is £50, to include seasonal, home-cooked lunch provided by us. Please call Ross on 07762  244381, or e mail,  to book a place. (£30 deposit to be paid at time of booking please).



Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2022 , 10am -4pm

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).

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Wild ,Medicine, Wild Food

Friday 13th May 2022  or Sat 27th August 2022 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  has a clinic in at his home in Hexhamshire (map and directions are on the location page of web site). 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.