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The Herbal Path 2019


Herbal Medicine Course


Sat 4th to Sun 12th May 2019


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

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Melilotus Herb Farm
Lagos, Algarve

The Herbal Path Course 2019
Hands on Practical Experiential Learning In The Way of Healing Herbs


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.

Guest Teachers:

  • Anthar Kharana (Colombia) Sacred Tobacco Ceremony Holder and Medicine Song

  • Maureen Robertson (UK & Portugal) Contemplative Plant Communication

  • Musician

  • Fernanda Botelho (Portugal) Local plant expert

  • Jill Swyers (UK & Portugal) Live Food & Hippocrates Health Ambassador

  • Jerome (France & Portugal) Ceremonial Coastal Walk Leader

  • Jose Melo (Portugal) Musician & Plant Lover

Course Structure

The course runs over 9 days with a free day in between on Weds 8th May and is divided into 2 x 4 day blocks (Sat 4th - Tues 7th May and Thurs 9th - Sun 12th May).

The 2 x weekends (Sat 4th - Sun 5th May and Sat 11th - Sun 12th May can be taken separately as well as each of the 4 day blocks.

  • Arrivals Fri 3rd May Introductory Get Together at 7pm and settling in.

  • Public Concert by Anthar Kharana

  • Day 1 Sat 4th May Traditional Tabaco Ceremony and its relation to the Medicine Wheel as well as learning Songs, Stories and the Ancient Use of the Sacred Fire with Anthar Kharana.

  • Day 2 Sun 5th May Sacred Sound Tradition: Leaning how to Heal Yourself with the Use of Your Own Voice and the Help of the Plant Medicines as well as a Sound Ceremony working with the Power Animals with Anthar Kharana.

  • Day 3 Mon 6th May Herb walk with Fernanda Botelho and Practical Herbal Medicine making with Maureen Robertson.

  • Day 4 Tues 7th May Plant Chakra Meditation, Making a Healing Landscape, Altar and Energetic Template to ground your intentions with Maureen & Jose.

  • Day 5 Weds 8th May Free day to go to the beach or visit nearby Lagos.

  • Day 6 Thurs 9th May  Plant Communication Study with Guest Herb! including Medicine Making and the Music of the Plants with Maureen and Jose Melo.

  • Day 7 Fri 11th May Field Trip and cliff walk to meet unique West Algarve flora with Jerome.

  • Day 8 Sat 11th May Living Foods for Health, recipes to taste for your constitution with Jill Swyers, Hippocrates Health Consultant.

  • Day 9 Sun 12th May Healing Music, Sacred Singing & Use of Resins in Ceremony with Jose & Maureen.and Special Guests

Cost/Value Exchange

*10% Further Discount for previous Herbal Path participants*

Whole 9 day course (including free day Weds 8th May) in cabin accommodation including all food and Concert with Anthar:

Cost is 695 euros or 575 euros if you camp and bring your own tent or campervan (limited space for vehicles).

**We have limited volunteer spots at discounted course costs, please contact us early as these places go fast and numbers are limited!**

Pay online in £'s (£695 to offset currency exchange and paypal fees)

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.

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1 x 4 day block in cabin accommodation and all food costs 350 euros or camping/campervan costs 300 euros 

Block 1 (includes Anthar's Concert from Fri 3rd and finishes 5pm Tues 7th May) 

lBlock 2 (includes Jill Swyers Living Food Day Sat 11th May)

Jill Swyers Living Food Day Sat 11th May costs 65 euros to include all food tasting and lunch.

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Anthar's Teaching Weekend Only Fri 3rd 7pm - Sun 5h with Anthar) cabin accommodation and all food costs 225 euros or if camping costs 185 euros.

Pay online in £'s (£225 to offset currency exchange and paypal fees)

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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 more than 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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