Rowan Mconegal

Contact name: Rowan Mconegal
Total bookings
over 9 years
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

I have always been drawn to plants, from rescuing those discarded on waste ground, even as a child! After doing a fine art degree, working as a photographer, I then qualified as a medical herbalist in 1990, after a 6 year course which involved in depth study of many different aspects ( ancient and modern) of plant lore and working with inspiring and experienced herbalists including as Christopher Hedley, Stephen and Carol Church, and Carol Guyett. I work with people who want to learn how to use herbs sustainably in their own lives to enhance health and well being, teaching them how to identify, cultivate, harvest and make remedies, learning and respecting the power of herbs. I continue to combine arts and science, teaching Japanese woodblock printmaking (Mokuhanga) using water based pigments alongside my herbal practice.

Courses, kits & gifts

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Growing sustainable medicine
Next date: 1st Apr 2023
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Introduction to herbal medicine - weekend courses
Next date: 17th Jun 2023
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Japanese woodblock printmaking - two day course
Next date: 8th Jul 2023
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The art of natural perfumery - weekend course
Next date: 15th Apr 2023
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The natural health chest: assemble your own herbal medicine chest for health and wellbeing
Next date: 8th Apr 2023
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The spice of life: a practical exploration of the medicinal use of spices
Next date: 2nd Dec 2023

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
7 Mar 23'

Steph Jackson reviewed: Introduction to herbal medicine - weekend courses

"My sister and I recently attended this course and had such a wonderful weekend. We learnt so much about the power of herbs and how to use them to enrich our lives. Rowan is a fantastic teacher, her informal workshop allowed us to learn so much in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We really enjoyed the practical aspect of how to make our ointments, creams and teas. Something we would definitely continue to do at home too. She has a beautiful garden where we were able to walk around and identify the plants we were talking about too. Looking forward to attending another course of Rowan's in the near future! "

Rowan Mconegal responded:

" Thanks for your lovely review Steph, your feedback is much appreciated, and I am so happy that you both enjoyed the weekend and plan to use the knowledge and experience in the future. I look forward to seeing you again, and meanwhile, Happy herbalising! "

20 Feb 23'

Deborah Gossage reviewed: The natural health chest: assemble your own herbal medicine chest for health and wellbeing

"Had a lovely time on the herbal medicine chest course on Saturday. Learnt lots and came home ready to make nettle tea and sage tea to help ease my daughter’s sore throat. Rowan welcomed us all and shared her wealth of knowledge in a practical manner. Will be going to further courses in the future. Thank you for an informative day "

Rowan Mconegal responded:

" Lovely to have you here debbie and so pleased to read your review , & hear that you are already applying the knowledge 😊 looking forward to seeing you again. "

6 Dec 22'

Ewan Bell reviewed: Japanese woodblock printmaking - two day course

"I thoroughly enjoyed this 2 day course, it was an excellent grounding in the basic technique of Japanese Woodblock printing. The course was well structured, in my opinion, with a good balance of mostly practical learning with information and explanation imparted at appropriate times. I would definitely consider doing a further course with Rowan."

Rowan Mconegal responded:

" Thanks Ewan, so glad you enjoyed it - and looking forward to seeing you again! "

2 Aug 22'

Alison reviewed: Introduction to herbal medicine - weekend courses

"I really enjoyed the course! Seeing how to make ointments and infusions etc first hand is a much easier way to learn than reading about it. Rowan also has an amazing herb garden - it has inspired me to get planting! I would not hesitate to recommend the course to others, thanks again."

Rowan Mconegal responded:

" Thanks Alison, very pleased you enjoyed the course and felt inspired ! Rowan "

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