The Plant Medicine School Hollyfort

Apprenticeship in Community Herbalism


Nikki Darrell (the course originator), her husband Alex Duffy and the mentors

are delighted to welcome you to our new venue.

Grá Nádúr, Hollyfort, Grovemill, Gorey, Co Wexford, Y25 C6N1 Location link



Courses offered at this location:

  1. At Home with Herbs - Intro 1 day - €120 and for the new 6 month foundation version - €500
  2. Traditional Herbal Apprenticeship - 2 years - €3600
  3. Herbal Medicine Practitioner Training - 3 years - €3800
  4. Supervised Practitioner Clinics 500Hrs - €2250

Just so you know, Number 1 is not available as a stand-alone until later this year but is included in 2, and numbers 2, 3, and 4 are combined to achieve the Practitioner level.





From the 1st of February, we are now taking applications for October 2024





Nikki with Tiranan in the Sanctuary Field


The programme has a maximum of 18 students per class. It is made up of a combination face to face intensive immersion workshops, online studies, films and texts; one to one mentoring and live zoom classes. This allows people to undertake some of the studies online at times that suit them whilst keeping pace with their studies. It is a carefully structured course to ensure that the student develops their own knowledge and skills. All details are in the Prospectus linked here.

This prospectus linked below is now revised for 2024

Prospectus Link


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An Irish School of Herbal Medicine - Courses ~ Traditional Herbal and Botanical Medicine Apprenticeship, Clinical Herbal Practitioner Training, Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Training, Continuing Herbal Professional Development for Herbalists in Ireland (Ire), Face to Face Learning, Blended Learning, Courses in Herbalism training, Herbal Medicine Training and Herbalist Training, online and face to face located in Grá Nádúr, Hollyfort, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Y25 C6N1. Ireland, in the United Kingdom (UK) and in Europe (EU).




Learners ...


are supported by a mentor who gives a minimum of 10 hours of mentoring per year (with the option of gaining extra hours if needed) to help them complete assignments and engage with the studies.

The in-person immersions gives all the benefits of face to face learning and, along with the personal mentoring, this fulfils the apprenticeship model requirements for one to one practical engagement.

The materials presented online are a comprehensive selection of filmed face to face lectures, presentations and talks; specifically designed films for the online community; and text files in word, pdf and epub formats. There are also online discussion forums included as part of the course work along with live zoom class meetups.
Students can opt to undertake just the first year or both years of the apprenticeship and it is acceptable to take a gap between the first and second years. The circle discussions that accompany the lectures offer a sharing of experiments and the consequential discoveries are very enriching to all.


Our mentors ...

have undertaken the apprenticeship and have plenty of experience at this level of herbal practice.






Fern River Bann
Fern River Bann


The gardens ...


are home to many different plant species and facilitate experiencing the plants energetically and directly. This enables the gathering of material for food and medicine.


Honesty Magourney Gardens
Honesty Magourney Gardens


The programme ...


the next programme commences in October 2022. Applications will open from 1st February 2022. Please contact the Hollyfort team by email to get the application form link.

The beautiful face of the Lily in Magourney Gardens
The beautiful face of the Lily in Magourney Gardens