Previous Courses

A two hour workshop by grower & Medical Herbalist Ross Hennessy on the opportunities that Irish farmers have in the cultivation of medicinal crops. The workshop will be carried out on the farm where Ross and Marina grow over 160 different species of plants for their own clinic. Ross will talk about the commercial crops that are being presently grown and the processing methods that are on site. Ireland is the only country in the EU that has no herbal processing or cultivation of medicinal plants. Here in Sligo we are at the forefront of this emerging industry.

During the talk Ross will explain

  • how farmers can get involved,
  • how GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) are applied to herbal medicine
  • what we can offer on the farm in terms of processing
  • growing different plants for various soil types
  • root crops and their long term value in sustainable medicine production

Date: TBA

Time: 2-4pm

Location: Bareroot Botanicals, Cliffoney, Co. Sligo


Come join us on the farm to celebrate National Herb Week. We are inviting the public to come to the farm for the day to meet the plants. Ross will be giving some demonstrations on growing unusual herbs. He will also take people around the garden to see some of our Chinese and Ayurvedic plants. Sligo Herbalist Gaby Wieland will be giving a talk on using medicinal plants. Marina will be talking about our European and native Irish wild plants and doing some remedy making demonstrations. This will be a fun day for all the family. If you are staying for the whole day bring along a picnic. Fresh herbal teas and cordials will be provided.


Ross Hennessy on using adaptogen herbs for stress and adrenal exhaustion. Demonstration on how to make a tincture from your herbs.


Gaby Wieland talks about using Hawthorn which is just in flower. Demonstration on making cordial from wild harvested Hawthorn blossoms.


Marina Kesso on using herbs in the garden for respiratory conditions. Demonstration on decocting root herbs to make cough syrups.


Date: Sunday 24th May 2015 12noon - 4pm

Location: Bareroot Botanicals, Cliffoney, Co. Sligo

Marina will be doing a series of workshops for the One World Project. The theme is Medicinal Uses of Irish Wild Plants. She will be discussing identifying, harvesting and making remedies from wild plants of the area. There will be demonstrations and tastings with samples to take home. The focus will be on how to use these herbal remedies from wild plants for common ailments. One of the talks for local community garden groups will be held at our herb garden in Cliffoney, Co. Sligo.

Locations:The Organic Centre, Leitrim, Loughan House Prison, Blacklion, Globe House, Sligo and St. Angela's College, Sligo.


As part of the Carlow Garden Festival Iona Herbal and Bareroot Botanicals have been invited to Kilgraney House in Carlow. We will be giving two workshops free to attendees. The first a workshop on growing your own medicinal plants and the second on making herbal remedies from your homegrown plants and common wild plants. 
We will also have our market stall there with a large variety of plants for sale and teas and remedies. This is a charity event. Admission to the gardens and both talks €10.

Dates: Wednesday 30th July
Location: Kilgraney House, Co. Carlow


As Bareroot Botanicals Marina Kesso and Ross Hennessy will be putting on a medicinal plant display of over 130 varieties of specialist herbs for HerbFeast - a herb festival for Herbalists and herb lovers alike. We will also be bringing a large selection of plants for sale. As part of the event we have been invited to give a talk on Growing Medicinal Plants. There are many Herbalists from all over the Ireland attending and guest speakers from the UK and America giving talks and workshops. Not to be missed!

Date:May 24th - 26th

Location: The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim.
Cost: Please contact The Community of Irish Herbalists



Airfield Farm in Dundrum has reopened to the public and has invited Marina to give a morning workshop a part of their Autumn Series Talks. The talk will focus on respiratory and arthritic conditions with LOTS of tastings and demonstrations. This will be a fun and lively workshop. Recipes for the remedies will be given. Tickets include entry to the whole farm and gardens for the day.

Date: 27th September 2014

Location: Airfield Farm, Dundrum, Dublin



As part of The Rose Festival Marina & Ross will be installing the HerBís dome and plant display. Talks and herb walks will be given to the public throughout the two days. Marina will be giving a talk on Growing and Harvesting Medicinal Plants. Come along with the family for the festival, visit the HerBís Dome for a cup of herbal tea and enjoy some free talks.

Date: 24th & 25th July

Location: Rose Festival, St. Anne's Park, Raheny

Cost: FREE


Ross will be leading a herb walk at the Benwisken Centre during their open day for Heritage Week. He will take the group around the surroundings of the centre introducing you to the medicinal plants and trees. He will explain the medicinal properties of the wild plants and trees,  ailments they treat and about simple home remedies. The Irish folklore and superstitions will be told on this interesting heritage herb walk.


We will be setting up the HerBís dome and plant display again this year at The Body & Soul Festival. Marina will be giving a talk on the Saturday on Medicinal Plants in the dome. On the Sunday morning both Ross & Marina will lead a group through the woodland on a Foraging for Weeds herb walk. This will be a fun walk focusing on wild plants that may be useful for the festival goer.

Talk Time: 2pm Saturday

Walk Time & Location: Beginning at HerBís Dome 10am Sunday



Marina will be giving two talks at this years HerbFeast.
Saturday - "Making Remedies for Clinical Practice"
Sunday - "Making Herbal Remedies from your Medicinal Plants"
Our nursery Bareroot Botanicals will again be selling medicinal plants at this years event.

Please contact The Community of Irish Herbalists for more details on the festival.

Dates: Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August
Saturday is for practitioners only. Sunday is open to the public.
Cost: Saturday - €60 (Practitioners only)
        Sunday - €10 (Open to the public.