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Ethnobotanical Pilgrimage to Azores Islands 2018


Herbal Medicine Course


Sat 6th to Sun 14th Oct 2018


with Medical Herbalist Maureen Robertson MNIMH and Jose Melo Musician and Song Writer and Guest International Teachers


Plant Lover's Pilgrimage to Meet the Unique Flora of the Azores Archipelago 2018


Visit the Azores Islands of Sao Miguel, Flores & Terceira

The Herbal Path Course 2017

with Medical Herbalist Maureen Robertson MNIMH and Jose Melo Musician and Song Writer


Sat 25th March to
Sun 2nd April 2017


Come and join us on the next part of our Journey together as Pilgrims on the Herbal Path on our new land near Lagos, Algarve.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Bendle (Herbalist UK) Herbs to support Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Stella Hogberg (Herbalist Sweden) Herbs and Massage for Lymphatic Cleansing

  • Cat Guarani Kaiowá (Practical Herbal Medicine, Portugal)

  • Fernanda Botelho (Portugal) tbc

  • International Sound Healing Therapist and Medicine Musician tbc.

Come and join us on the next part of our Journey together as Pilgrims on the Herbal Path to the Magical Plant Kingdom on the Azores islands

Guest Teachers:

  • Rocio Alarcon (Ecuador) PhD Ethnobotanist and one of the best loved Herbal Healers with her own centre in Amazonian Ecuador, Rocio has decades of experience working with Plants, People and Planet! 

  • Fernanda Botelho (Portugal) Portuguese Plant Expert & Azores Plants Workshop Leader 

  • Anne McIntyre (UK) Ayurvedic Herbalist and Fun Travelling Companion! 

  • Maureen Robertson (UK & Portugal) Contemplative Plant Communication

  • Jose Melo (Portugal) Musician & Plant Lover just back from Shamanic Training in Ecuador!

Rocio Alarcon                     Fernanda Botelho /Maureen & Jose                 Anne McIntyre


Journey Structure

The Pilgrimage runs over 9 days with opportunities for free time to go to the beach etc.

  • Arrivals Day 1 Sat 6th Oct Settling in at our main base, the Award Winning Marina Lounge Hostel in Ponta Delgada on the main island of Sao Miguel just 15 mins from the airport, 200ms from the Marina and 900m from the city centre.

  • Day 2 Sun 7th Oct Flying to Flores and Terceira Islands and Herb Walk with Fernanda Bothelo and Anne McIntyre. Overnight at Flores. Visit to Eco award winning Quinta do Bom Despacho and Opening Concert with Maureen and Jose.

  • Day 4 Tues 9th Oct 

  • Day 5 Weds 10th Oct Visit to Furnas and its thermal springs.

  • Day 6 Thurs 11th Oct Visit to Permaculture Gardens near Villa do Franco with the afternoon at the beach and Villa do Franco island.

  • Day 7 Fri 12th Oct Visit to the volcanic crater lakes to the north of the island.

  • Day 8 Sat 13th Oct Visit to the Tabaco Factory & thermal springs in the sea!

  • Departures Day 9 Sun 13th Oct Flight home or to Lisbon for onward connecting flights. 

Cost/Value Exchange

Whole 9 day Journey £1875 

  • includes flight from Lisbon to Ponta Delgrada, Sao Miguel Island 

  • includes flight to Flores Island and boat trip to nearby islands

  • Transport to and from Ponta Delgrada airport

  • Private transport around Sao Miguel Island

  • Shared accommodation in award winning hostel

  • All meals and snacks

  • Ethnobotanical Workshops & Shamanic Ceremonies in Nature

  • Medicine Music Concert with Maureen and Jose

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1 x 4 day block in cabin accommodation and all food costs 400 euros or camping/campervan costs 320 euros 

Block 1 (includes Farida) Fri 4th 7pm -Tues 8th 5pm or Block 2 (includes Anthar) Thurs 10th - Sun 13th 4pm).

Farida's Teaching Only 

Fri 4th 7pm  till Tues 8th May breakfast  - The tuition, accommodation and food total is

€325 euros in a shared cabin or €285 if camping with you own tent/campervan. To pay online with your credit or debit card in £ sterling (£325) to include currency exchange, click on button below.

**Does not include Local Plants Herb Walk and Medicine Making with Fernanda Botelho on Mon 7th or Plant Communication with Mugwort with Maureen on Tues 8th - for that you need the Whole 4 day Block 1 which includes everything and costs 400 euros or 320 with camping/campervan.


Quinta Melilotus is set in 6.6ha of almond, fig and olive groves and the new herb and vegetable gardens where you will be learning and eating from. We are near a river bed set in the campo yet within walking distance of two nearby villages and just minutes drive from multiple sandy beaches, secret coves, fascinating rock formations and caves and stunning cliff walks as well as the bustling town of Lagos with all its modern amenities set within the backdrop of its ancient town walls, marina and winding cobblestone streets.

This will be a rustic down to earth experience where you will have your own wooden cabin or caravan on site near a shared shower block and compost toilet with access to the internet in the communal kitchen/living area and quiet time in the meditation area/sacred space of the geodesic dome. Bicycles are available for exploring the local surrounds and you will have access to a working herbal dispensary where you will have the opportunity to undertake pharmacy activities and dispensing of herbal medicines.


MAUREEN has nearly 25 years of experience working with herbs and sharing the Green knowledge. She co-founded the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine in 1992 offering courses from introductory to professional training at BSc and MSc degree level.

At the same time she encountered Goethe's way of studying "the Holy Open Book of Nature" as shared by Rudolf Steiner and discovered an approach of wholeness to studying plants, landscape and natural phenomena. She developed a clinical application of Goethe's method which shaped her herbal practice and the way she supports the healing process for the people she works with.

In 2012 she established the Herbal Apprenticeship at Drimlabarra Herb Farm, Isle of Arran, Scotland which she ran for 4 years before relocating to Portugal.

Her travels in Peru and Ecuador meeting shamans and teacher plants helped create a deepening into the interior world of self healing and the shamanic practices which aid these processes are now an integral part of her approach to purification and rejuvenation.

JOSE has been involved in music since his first successful punk rock band as a teenager in Sintra which had a strong following for many years and made a number of recordings. He quickly moved into working with the uplifting, feel-good beat of ambient electronic music which he composed and produced as a professional musician for several record labels and  performed as an internationally acclaimed musical artist DJ for over a decade.

Performing to a live crowd gave him the knowledge of how music influences emotions, the sense of well being and connection to the whole.

His musical expression is continually evolving as he is continuously looking for new ways of communicating through music to now embrace the deep healing resonance phenomena of medicine songs and the healing frequencies of plant spirit vibrational medicine, especially to the essential oils and the aromatic herbs whose high frequency vibration has a commonality to harmonious musical resonance.

His warm, easy going and caring approach allows people working with him to relax into their own healing through close encounters with teacher plants and allies.


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