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

Celtic Herbal Medicine Lammas Course

Dates for 2021  17th – 31st August.

celtic-logoDue to the popularity of our annual Celtic Medicine Intensive we added another course for the summer of 2021. 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. 

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

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.

We have a maximum of 12 places so advance booking is essential. Depending on the world situation you may be asked to self isolate while visiting the farm. This works quite well as classes etc. can be outside or in the marquee. The course is also highly practical and we cover all the major pharmacy preparations from infusions right up to distilling aromatic waters as we explore the intricate world of plants.

For an application form please download below or use my personal e-mail which 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 cabins and camping  and vegan organic meals are available at an additional cost.

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Sharing £20      £25 – £35

The price for this course is £1,400 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. 

You will find some Airbnb’s around the island and a number in Kildonan. A budget option is our friend Zabdi’s caravan. 
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.
In Lamlash there is the excellent vegan B&B Stonewater House on  run by our friends Jules and Carol.
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