Wild Things: A Year of Wild Food & Medicine (Year One) 2022

The Wild Things Course is an eight month exploration of British wild food and medicine plants growing in a variety of habitats through the seasons. 

It provides opportunities to gain confidence in low impact foraging, beginners botany and ecology and to develop a sensory approach to using wild plants both as food and medicine. There will be a combination of theoretical sessions, practical remedy making tutorials and introductions to many different plant species which you are encouraged to go out and meet in person yourselves.

Increasingly today our food and medicine is flown to us from far regions of the globe. Health food shops are stocked with ‘superfoods’ from rare and diminishing habitats, and we are commonly offered endangered species like Arnica & Echinacea. We have lost our connection to our local bioregions, and with it, all of the history and traditions that our landscape and the plants that grow there can offer us. 

This course is about re-connection & about building sustainable, healthful practices through a deepening relationship with our local ecosystem.

The plants that are covered on this course are those that are common and abundant in the British Isles. While the theoretical elements and practical remedy making sessions will be applicable wherever you are, we suggest this course will fit best for people living in the British Isles or in a similar climate. 

About Grass Roots Remedies Co-operative

We are an Edinburgh & Glasgow based workers' cooperative whose central philosophy is that herbal medicine is the medicine of the people and should be accessible to everyone. We offer a series of practical courses and workshops, run the low cost Wester Hailes Community Herbal Medicine Clinic, the North Edinburgh Community Herbal Clinic, and produce simple resources to enable folks to practice herbalism at home. We also run Plant Medicine School Scotland, in collaboration with The Plant Medicine School over in Ireland.

For information on the above & more check out our website here:

You can read about our co-op members who are also the Wild Things course facilitators here:

Course Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the ethics and practice of ecological harvesting and gain confidence in ​low impact foraging
  • Try out recipes and ​ learn practical remedy making​ skills for home use
  • Learn about the edible and ​ medicinal properties of 40 of of our common British plants​ and when to harvest them
  • Develop a ​sensory approach to herbal medicine
  • Beginners botany and ecology​ and the ability to confidently identify common species
  • Gain an understanding of how to live more harmoniously with the seasons

Course Format

This course consists of 15 fortnightly sessions spanning from March to October to cover a range of seasons. Roughly each fortnight (with a break at midsummer) we will release a new session which alternate between 'indoor' theoretical content mixed with practical remedy making skills & sensory herbal tea tastings, and 'outdoor' virtual plant walks exploring the common and abundant plants of that season. In total there are 8 'indoor' sessions and 7 'outdoor' sessions.

Each session comes with a guided sensory tea tasting - we will post 15 'mystery herbs' out to you at the start of the course to explore with us over the 8 months. The course handbook covers 40 commonly found plant species.

To create some opportunities to share with other students and receive support from the tutors, we also offer a private Wild Things Facebook group, and two Zoom socials (subject to demand) - one at the start and one at the end of the course.

What The Course Includes: 

  • Handbook '40 Herbs By Season of Harvesting, Herbal Action, Body System & Suitable Preparations'
  • 15 in depth herb monographs covering Plant ID, Parts Used, Edibility & Nutrition, Constituents, Medicinal actions & Therapeutics, Uses, History & Folklore, Preparations & Growing and Harvesting
  • 7 virtual herb walks following the seasons presented through videos
  • Classroom sessions on these topics: Botany Basics, Introduction to Traditional Western Herbalism, Introduction to Sensory Herbalism, Ecology Basics, Plant Communities, Sustainable Foraging, Foraging & The Law (UK), Spring Tonics, Herbal Actions, Sensory Approach to Plant Chemistry, Introduction to Seed Saving & Invasive Species, Preserving the Bountiful Autumn, Foraging in the Dark Months, Home Medicine Chest Creation
  • Practical Tutorials on: Exploring the Tastes of Herbs, Spring Tonics, Identifying Edible Weeds in Your Garden, Harvesting Drying & Storing Herbs, Infusions & Decoctions, Tincture Making, Infused Oils, Herbal Ointments, Herbal Salts, Raw & Cooked Herbal Syrups & Herbal Infused Vinegars 
  • 15 'Mystery' herbs posted out to you for sensory herb tastings 
  • Private Facebook group page & A Start of Course & End of Course Zoom Social

    Dates for Content Release for the 2022 Course 

    *Please note although these dates will almost certainly be final, we have to change odd sessions with notice given to students in the event of unforeseeable circumstances*

    Content will be released roughly fortnightly starting in March 2022 until October 2022 (with a few weeks break around Midsummer).

    1. Start of course Zoom - Friday 18th March 1-3pm
    2. Indoor Session 1 - Friday 11th March
    3. Herb Walk 1 - Friday 25th March
    4. Indoor Session 2 - Friday 8th April
    5. Herb Walk 2 - Friday 22nd April
    6. Indoor Session 3 - Friday 6th May
    7. Herb Walk 3 - Friday 20th May 
    8. Indoor Session 4 - Friday 1st July
    9. Herb Walk 4 - Friday 15th July
    10. Indoor Session 5 - Friday 29th July
    11. Herb Walk 5 - Friday 12th August
    12. Indoor Session 6 - Friday 26th August
    13. Herb Walk 6 - Friday 9th September 
    14. Indoor Session 7 - Friday 23rd September
    15. Herb Walk 7 - Friday 7th October
    16. Indoor Session 8 - Friday 21st October
    17. End of course Zoom - Friday 28th October 1-3pm

      Blended Course Option

      For folks living in or close to Edinburgh & Glasgow we offer a 'blended' option for study.

      - full access to the Online Course, plus attendance at 7 in person herb walks. The walks will be held in & around Edinburgh, & in & around Glasgow, for an extra £100 on top of Online course fees. Please note you will sign up to either the Edinburgh group or the Glasgow group for these walks & not be able to switch groups half way through.

      This creates the opportunity for those close by the Scottish Central Belt to have a blended option - study at home at your own pace and come and meet the plants and other students in person on COVID-aware outdoor herb walks.

      Please note that the herb walk times listed below may change in the event of high student numbers resulting in two groups being run over an afternoon. If this is the case we will let all students know as soon as possible.

      Dates of Edinburgh Walks 2022 - 1.30-3.30pm

      1. Friday March 25th - Blackford Glen (east side)
      2. Friday April 22nd - River Almond Walkway
      3. Friday May 20th - Blackford Glen (east side)
      4. Friday July 22nd - Blackford Glen (west side)
      5. Friday August 12th - Roslin Glen
      6. Friday September 9th - Blackford Glen (east side)
      7. Friday October 7th - Gullane Beach

      Dates of Glasgow Walks 2022 - 1-3pm

      1. Friday April 1st - Queen's Park 
      2. Friday April 29th - Lennoxtown
      3. Friday May 27th - Queen's Park 
      4. Friday July 22nd - Lochwinnoch
      5. Friday August 19th - Lochwinnoch
      6. Friday September 16th - Queen's Park
      7. Friday October 14th - Troon

      To book this, look out for the 'add ons' while enrolling at the bottom of the page. We will ask you for your phone number in case of any last minute changes to herb walks.

      What have past students said about the course?

      • The course definitely achieved all it set out to offer and more. I felt it fully immersed me in the world of plant medicine and offered much food for thought. It re-awakened my interest in the power of our native plants and enabled me to connect more deeply with them. Thank you for empowering me to harvest sustainably the foods around me and look after my family's health within each season. Many thanks.

        — Participant of Wild Things Year One 2021 (Online)
      • In the year of 'lockdown' and disease this course has been liberating and life-giving. Knowledges from my grandmothers rekindled in herb walks and warm, gentle talks, in practical teaching and the unfolding of an ever deepening knowledge of plants around me. Everything presented clearly and with a bubble of soft laughter. I've long loved plants, and have been an allotment holder for over 20 years but this course - with its deep commitment to social and environmental ethics - has brought fabulous new dimensions alive. My work is often trying. Engaging with refugee justice and struggling against the hostile environment. Here were women and a community of herbalists making a healing environment. An antidote to ills of many kinds, an opening up of new worlds in the micro, local strips of forgotten land. My home is now full of lotions, potions, tinctures, vinegars, teas and elixirs, my hands soft with oils and balms and salves. Just months and months of joy. Thank you

        — Participant of Wild Things Year One 2020 (Online)
      • The online Wild Things course gave a thorough and fascinating introduction to folk medicine. I loved the emphasis on getting to know local plants throughout the seasons, learning how to recognise our own personal response to each plant, and always respecting the role each plant plays within the ecosystem. Each lesson gave an inspiring introduction to a topic and then suggestions of how to delve deeper to follow individual interests.

        — Participant of Wild Things Year One 2020 (Online)
      • I thoroughly enjoyed 'Wild Things' and would recommend the course to anyone interested in nature. I have become someone who excitedly calls out the names of plants I recognise when on a walk. As well as plant identification there are sessions on sustainable foraging, preparing and using herbs. The course is a lovely remedy to the stress of living during a pandemic.

        — Participant of Wild Things Year One 2020 (Online)
      • Grass Roots Remedies encouraged us and ignited interest and passion for the wonderful world of plants, herbs and the magical properties that they contain. Now, I am often exhausted by travelling through nature as (even more so than previously) I want to stop and examine every growing thing and wonder what family it belongs to, what properties it has, the medicine it can provide for us and the connection it provides us to our ancestors of the past.

        — Participant of Wild Things 2018 (In Person) Course
      • I loved learning about herbs throughout the year, and particularly enjoyed noticing seasonal change during the course. Each session was delivered with an enjoyable mixture of botanical science, folklore and practical activities. There was a good balance of the local and the global, and each session left me wanting to explore more. The facilitators shared their knowledge and experience expertly – making it accessible and understandable, but always able to answer more in-depth questions. I would highly recommend this course

        — Participant of Wild Things 2019 (In Person) Course

      How Much Does It Cost?

      The Course has four options for pricing, offered on a sliding scale i.e. you pay a price in keeping with your ability to pay. They range from £350 to £550. We also have a limited number of subsidised places on offer.

      Option 1 - £350 (low cost price)

      Option 2 - £450 (medium cost price)

      Option 3 - £550 (solidarity price)

      We have a limited number of subsidised places available at £220 as well.

      Add on - £100 extra for attending the 7 herb walks in person

      Why do we use a sliding scale?

      Our core aim in Grass Roots Remedies Co-operative is to try and make herbal knowledge, skills & consultations accessible to everyone. As well as running herb walks, courses & workshops we also provide an award winning community clinic in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh which runs by donation to local people (the only one of its kind in Scotland).

      We use a sliding scale in our workshops and courses: a sliding scale is a mechanism where people pay different fees according to their income, so that services can be made accessible to as many people as possible, and folk are less financially excluded. A sliding scale means that everyone pays a similar proportion of their income for the same service. This increases access for people who are systemically excluded from participating in community activities such as people of colour, people with disabilities or health conditions, immigrants, women-led groups, LGBTQ* & working class communities.

      By paying the solidarity price on the scale if you can afford it, you are enabling us to carry out our core work of providing free and low cost education & herbal consultations in areas of deprivation. We really appreciate your continuing support.

      How much should I pay?

      We acknowledge that the average annual full-time salary in Scotland is roughly £20,000 but there are many other factors which determine how much expendable income and financial security folks have. Below are some guidelines to inform which course fee is most appropriate for your situation. We appreciate that everyone’s situation is different and this is a guideline only. We won’t ask for any proof of your personal circumstances and trust each person to judge for themselves which price feels right for you.

      For example, if some of the statements below describe your situation you may choose to buy a low cost place for £350 or a subsidised place for £220:

      • have access to benefits or are employed but have very limited expendable income 
      • have limited savings and/or limited access to any financial support from others 
      • be a carer and/or have dependants 
      • have no recourse to public funds
      • have chronic health issues which impact your financial security

      For example, if some of the statements below describe your situation you may choose to buy a medium cost place for £450 or a solidarity place for £550:

      • be able to comfortably meet your basic needs, have savings and an expendable income
      • any debt that you have doesn’t impact your daily life 
      • comfortably rent a property or own your own
      • own a car and can comfortably afford fuel 
      • be able to afford to go on holidays

      Join Us Here

      Enrolment is open until 6th May 2022

      Payment in Full £550 - Solidarity Price

      £550 once

      Payment in Full £450 - Medium Cost Price

      £450 once

      Payment in Full £350 - Low Cost Price

      £350 once

      Pay in Instalments £550 - Solidarity Price

      3 payments of £183.33/month

      Pay in Instalments £450 - Medium Cost Price

      3 payments of £150/month

      Pay In Instalments £350 - Low Cost Price

      3 payments of £116.66/month

      Payment in Full £220 - Subsidised price (limited places available)

      £220 once

      Pay in Installments £220 - Subsidised price (limited places available)

      3 payments of £73.33/month

      Frequently Asked Questions

      When do enrolments open?

      We open enrollments for the course usually around November of the year before the course starts in March. If you'd like to be notified of when enrollment is available, sign up below or email us at

      What is your refund policy?

      If you have booked onto the course but have changed your mind we can fully refund minus a 5% transaction fee up until 28th February 2022. No refunds can be given after this date.

      How long do I have access to the course?

      You will continue to have access to the course after the course ends. Once the course finishes we will no longer be answering your queries in the comments section, but you will have all the course material at your fingertips for years to come, so you can revisit our lessons again and again. We have done this as we feel that you will get the most out of the course material this way & trust that you will respect this & not share our Wild Things resources with others (even your bestest of friends). The educational arm of our co-op allows our community herbal medicine clinics to exist & we are trusting everyone to respect this model to sustain them & provide this health service to folks in the future. Thank you for playing your part in sustainable community herbalism!

      I'm pregnant, breastfeeding or have a medical condition. Is this course safe for me?

      One key component of the course is our guided sensory herbal tea tastings - we will post out 15 mystery herbs at the start of the course and provide you with guidance on meeting them with all of your senses. For each herb we will provide any contraindications in advance so you can decide for yourself if it is suitable for you to taste them or not. If you have any questions about this, you'll be able to check in with us, and there's no pressure to taste any of them. You can always sit with the herb and just smell it instead. We will provide full monographs on each herb afterwards anyway.

      I live outside of the British Isles, is this course suitable for me?

      The plants that are covered on this course are those that are common and abundant in the British Isles, with an emphasis on the North. While the theoretical elements and practical remedy making sessions will be applicable wherever you are, we suggest this course will fit best for people living in the British Isles or in a similar climate.
      If you live outside the British Isles we will not be able to post the 15 Mystery Herbs to you. You are welcome to join this course and explore these in your own way.

      Can I buy individual herb walks as I know I won't be able to make some of the dates?

      You can only buy the herb walks as a set. The set of 7 herb walks is offered at a discounted price of £100.

      Can I bring my dog on the herb walks?

      Although many of us in the co-op love dogs & hang out with them in our homes too, we ask you to leave your furry friends at home. There is always so much to talk about on herb walks that we often don't walk very far. This can lead to dogs getting frustrated at us silly humans. We also don't know how other people in the group feel about dogs.

      Can I bring my baby/kids on the herb walks?

      The Wild Things course material and its herb walks are pitched for adults, and can be boring for kids. Depending on how many folks sign up to the blended course option, the herb walks can also become too large with extra folk being brought along. We ask you to leave your loved ones at home wherever possible, and ask us in advance if you don't have another option.

      What if COVID-19 restrictions mean that a herb walk can't go ahead?

      Wherever possible we will look to reschedule herb walks if they are disrupted by national & regional restrictions. We won't be able to reschedule a herb walk for folks that become ill or live in geographical areas under different restrictions.

      Can I attend some herbs walks in Edinburgh & some in Glasgow?

      No. You will sign up to either the Edinburgh group or the Glasgow group for the set of herb walks & will not be able to switch groups half way through unless you contact us with plenty of notice regarding a change of circumstance.

      Can I buy the Wild Things course as a gift for someone else?

      Yes! If you would like to buy the course as a gift, email us at & we will instruct you how to buy a 'pre-paid seat' for your friend. We will ask you for your friend's name, email address (to send their 'pre-paid seat' URL to) & home address (to send their mystery herbs to). Please make sure you have the correct information. We will also ask if you would like a particular message to be included in our GRR co-op gift card that we will send to them in the post too!

      I have heard Course Craft is closing - what will happen to my course access?

      You may have heard that the platform Course Craft is closing in April 2022. We will be switching platforms to deliver our courses and all enrolled students will switch over to our new course provider at no extra cost. If you have any concerns please get in touch.

      I still have a question, how can I contact you?

      We are happy to answer any questions you might have. Send us an email at

      Table of Contents

      Housekeeping - information for your mystery tea delivery!
      Recommended Reading
      Session 1: March
      Introduction to the Course
      Some Basic Principles
      Introduction to Sensory Herbalism
      Mystery Herb Number 1
      Herb Walk 1: March
      Herb Walk 1
      Mystery Herb Number 2
      Session 2: April
      Ecology & Plant Communities
      Sustainable Foraging Practice
      Spring Tonics
      Mystery Herb Number 3
      Herb Walk 2: April
      Herb Walk 2
      Mystery Herb Number 4
      Session 3: May
      Introduction to Herbal Preparations

      Join Us Here
      Enrolment is open until 6th May 2022

      Payment in Full £550 - Solidarity Price

      £550 once

      Payment in Full £450 - Medium Cost Price

      £450 once

      Payment in Full £350 - Low Cost Price

      £350 once

      Pay in Instalments £550 - Solidarity Price

      3 payments of £183.33/month

      Pay in Instalments £450 - Medium Cost Price

      3 payments of £150/month

      Pay In Instalments £350 - Low Cost Price

      3 payments of £116.66/month

      Payment in Full £220 - Subsidised price (limited places available)

      £220 once

      Pay in Installments £220 - Subsidised price (limited places available)

      3 payments of £73.33/month