Little Alchemists' Club
Welcome to the Little Alchemists Club - foraging, wild food and herbal medicine making
Do you want to learn to identify some of the wild plant allies living on your doorstep?
Do you want to learn about their edible and medicinal uses?
Do you want to build your home apothecary stocked with healing remedies?
Are you an adult looking for a sensory-based fun way to learn about plants?
Do you want to get your children out into nature and encourage them to learn alongside you?
Are you a home schooling family looking for some more activities?
The Little Alchemists Club online course will help you to get out there and meet some easy to recognise plants to start you off on your foraging journey and the foraging walks will introduce you to many edible plants.
"Now wood sorrel gets seen at 100m! Correighs loving finding all the common sorrel in the garden, we've been eating nettles in some form every day and anytime someone gets hurt they want to rub our bruise buster balm on or if we're out they search for plantain. I most definitely did not have this knowledge at 3 or 4 years old."
The people taking the course vary from primary school age families to adults with no kids.
"My favourite parts of the foraging walk this weekend was the little boy who ran up to me looking for yarrow leaf to rub onto his sisters cut after she had fallen down; the other little boy who didn't like leafy greens but fell in love with the taste of sorrel and looked out his new treasure throughout the walk; and the little girls who suprised their parents by loving and drinking all the herbal tea they had blended. Kids often love the chance to interact with nature, learn quickly, enjoy making their own things, getting their hands dirty and suprising you by tasting new strong tastes."
Rib Wort needs help he is inviting you to join him on his adventures by becoming a little Alchemist apprentice and knowledge keeper of the old ways. He needs people just like you who will take the time to learn to speak with the plants so that you can hear and share their stories, benefits and medicines.
To learn to listen to the plants and hear what they are telling you is to enter into the web of life, to become in tune with the seasons and the magic of life that is all around us.
"I really love the Little Alchemists' Club it is what I was hoping there would be somewhere,
as I've looked for a while!"
The plants we will meet are:
"As you get a different plant each month its perfect as I feel I can take my time to get to
know it properly and use different recipes and methods of making."
Learning about the plants on your doorstep is an amazing way to get adults and children to interact and engage in the natural environment. It empowers both adults and children to learn about looking after themselves through herbal preparations and encourages them to try new foods by experiencing wild foods. This course is an experiential hands-on course where we encourage you as a family or individual to get out walking in your garden, park, fields, hedgerows or woodland and experience the plants through all of your senses. By focusing on plants using all of our senses we aim to make competent, safe foragers and medicine makers who care about and are thus willing to act as stewards of the natural land where they live.
The course is based around a downloadable booklet that you can take with you into the woods to learn about and meet the plants, this is supplemented with online videos.
There are 6 'modules' each one contains the following:
A downloadable, printable, booklet that you can take with you into the woods to learn about and meet the plants (Each booklet is around 50 pages)
Child-friendly plants for the herbal family
A short story introducing you to each plant and their characteristics - stories are not just for children, they are the way we have always learned gathered around a campfire, sparking our imagination.
An audio recording of the story
Photos of each plant
Videos of each plant
The medicinal uses of the each plant
Simple bite-sized botany: teaching about leaves, flowers, seeds, roots.
Craft activities linked to the botany topic of that module eg. natural dying, sun prints etc
Ecology of the plants - what insects and birds also live with and use the plant.
Learning directly from the plant through your senses - questions will invite you to look at the plant describing what you see, smell, touch, hear and taste.
You are encouraged to create your own herbarium and to draw each plant to really get to know it.
Mindfulness and meditation activities
Colouring in pages
Medicine making recipes to develop your apothecary
Wild food recipes
A different downloadable game for each module eg. board game, spot the difference, word search
Downloadable labels for your apothecary
A private facebook group where you can ask all your questions and share your journey
All future updates and additions to the course will be automatically added to your course
Unlimited course access
Bonus: Foraging videos looking at other plants that you might meet
Bonus: Kitchen Medicine videos for the cold and flu season -
Herbs (1 hour 34mins), Spice (1 hour 20 mins),
Kitchen Medicine for kids live online event in October, course participants can attend for free and the recording will be added to the programme.
Bonus: Developing your first aid kit
You can join the course at any time as the plants will be there waiting for you throughout the seasons and years.
Daisy, Chamomile, & Pineappleweed
Bramble & Elderberry
Nettles & Hazelnuts
Wild Rose & Dandelion
"The little Alchemists' Club online programme has definitely lit a fire for my girls knowledge of plants."
"This course is just so good, I'm so glad I found it and it wasn't easy to find, so share
it with everyone! Thank you very much!"
£7 per 'module' - £42.95
What does the course look like inside?
Sneaky peak at the menu page: