Drimlabarra Herb Farm Kildonan, Isle of Arran, KA27 8SE

Celtic Herbal Medicine Intensive

June 12th till June 26th 2020

celtic-logoBuilding  on the success of our previous Intensives over the years we are very happy to offer another 14 day intensive on Celtic Herbal Medicine; this is included as part of the Apprenticeship programme. The intensive includes 4 days of guided herb walks to Arran’s special and sacred sites interspersed between the teaching days. This intensive has its zenith on the 20th with a Celtic Fire Ceremony for the Summer Solstice. New for this year…Includes full access and accommodation for the 26th Arran Folk Festival in Brodick – see more below. Please get in touch if you want to join us next year in Scotland. Special guest teachers for 2020 are  Irish herbalist and scholar Danny O’Rawe MSc. M.IRH and Welsh herbalist Nicola Dee Kelly M.NIMH.


Cost including all materials etc is £1,200  plus accommodation and meals..
Full Board – our accomplished team use Vegan Organic Local  produce –  Camping own tent etc £38  per day. Individual packages available. Local accommodation is also available and meals can be supplied here if required.

From the beginning of human her/history we have lived in an elemental world.

Herbal Intensive Photographs

Without the soil and rain and wind and sun and space we could not have stood here in anything like our present form. After many years of study and research into the elements of Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether and their inter-relationships with health and healing plants, traditional herbalist and renowned teacher Keith Robertson MSc FNIMH is ready to bring his own systematic approach on seeing how these elements move through plants and humans. Keith was born on the Island of Arran into a family with strong healing and Celtic roots and this new initiative of the Celtic Herbal Medicine Intensive, and the wider apprenticeship programme for 2020, springs from an ardent desire to reconnect with an authentic spirit of Celtic healing, using primarily the living medium of our native plants. As humans we find ourselves mobile in space but constrained by linear time. Plants are mainly constrained in space but more mobile in time, as they reincarnate as seeds or clone themselves by shoots, runners etc. This makes them such important teachers as they so different and yet so closely entwined with the human being.

This Intensive will use the progression of the Elements as a structure to view plants and the human body, working through each element in sequence and fully exploring all their many aspects. A contemplative and experiential approach has been built up over the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine’s long career and this is our key into unlocking the book of nature and allowing us to glimpse the meanings emblazoned on creation.

The Celtic Mysteries, so important to seers such as Rudolf Steiner, have been mainly lost in a sea of Celtic Bling. This initiative is an honest expedition back to the heart of the plants and the land here (set up as a veganic sanctuary for the purpose of facilitating this work) and to the heart of what it means to be a Celtic Healer in today’s world. If you would like to be part of this exciting journey then please get in touch.

Places are limited so advance booking is essential. For an application form please use my personal e-mail is keith at (please help us avoid spam by the supplying the @ yourself) and we are also on Facebook at Drimlabarra Herb Farm and as Keith Robertson.

On site camping , off site B&B, and other meals are available at an additional cost.

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New for 2019!

Due to the popularity of our annual Celtic Medicine Intensive we have added another course for the summer of 2019. This new course will run from the evening of Friday 2nd till Sunday 11th August and in the same way that we celebrate the Summer Solstice in June we will be celebrating the ancient festival of Lammas in August. As this course is an experiential one the curriculum and the teachers remain the same as the June Intensive; which has proved so popular with participants returning each year to experience the warm educational environment of a group experience that can be truly life changing. We would ask participants who have joined us before to preferably book on to this new Lammas course as we would like to prioritise the June Intensive for first time participants. (Please contact us if you have been before and the June date is the only one that works, and we can discuss your attendance as we have limited places left for returning participants on the June course.)

Our prices have been held since 2015 but will have to increase next summer. This means that the price for both courses is the same at £950 for the tuition. The advantage of the new August course is that we have much more cabin accommodation available on site for this one and this will be allocated on a first come basis. The Lammas course is slightly shorter but is augmented by group meetings and optional massage classes in the evenings.

You will find some Airbnb’s around the island. We recommend in particular Steve and Adrienne who serve an excellent double room at 
Contact them and quote Keith Robertson if you want to negotiate a single room if they have any availability.
There is a great campsite on the beach about 15 mins walk by the Hotel. £8 / person / night. They also have Camping Pods at £35 for 1-2 people / night  see Both tent and especially Pod will need booked in advance.
If you crave comfort The Kildonan Hotel right next to the camp site is really nice at £99 for a double and £79 for a single
The nearest B&B is in the next village and we can recommend Malcolm and Julie at £30 – £40 per night.
We are within 10 -15 mins walk of a reliable bus service round the island and if you have your own transport you might consider our friend Pippa’s luxury yurts at   which is 5 miles south or the on-suite cabins at from £35 per night in the next village north again Lamlash.
Lots of other hotel and guest house options at
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