Programme Now Available for Seeds of Justice in Edinburgh

Workshop Descriptions

Welcome Session

Come and learn more about the Scottish Radical Herbal Network, why we have organised Seeds of Justice: A Community Health Gathering and find out how to get involved.

Wester Hailes Approach To Health Inequalities

This panel discussion will explore the unique approach to health inequality which is being implemented in Wester Hailesj, South West Edinburgh. We’ll have speakers from The Health Agency, the Wester Hailes Medical Practice, the Willow Gardening Group, Westerhaven Cancer Support and Grass Roots Remedies Co-op talking about how they work together to support folks in the area.
Kids’ Workshops

Shona McInally will be running a selection of activities for children alongside the workshop programme. Shona is a Natural Play Worker from South West Edinburgh with a passion for connecting children to nature and the outdoors.
Men’s Health and Responses to Patriarchy

Dave Shand will facilitate this men only (trans inclusive) space to discuss what it means to be male and explore the experience of being men in our society. It will be grounded in a feminist discussion of male power and privilege (patriarchy). It will be a non-judgmental space to explore how patriarchy affects our health in its widest sense: our relationships with women and other men in our lives, our sense of our self and how we might move towards a healthier society for everyone.
Help Prepare Dinner!

Join Hazel from Bridgend Farmhouse Cafe in South Ediburgh to prepare delicious, healthy food for everyone at the gathering! Bridgend Farmhouse Cafe is part of Bridgend Inspiring Growth – a community owned and run charitable organisation in south Edinburgh, whose mission is to renovate Bridgend Farmhouse to create a centre for Learning, Eating and Exercise.

Film: Juliette of the Herbs

Filmmaker Tish Streeten profiles Juliette de Bairacli Levy, a herbalist who travelled in search of herbal wisdom and became a pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine.
Dignity in Community Food Provision

More information coming soon
Herb Walk with Grass Roots Remedies Co-op

Join Grass Roots Remedies Co-op on these family friendly herb walks around North Edinburgh Arts Centre’s beautiful garden. We’ll learn to identify some wild plants and find out how we can use them for food & medicine.

Grass Roots Remedies Co-op is an Edinburgh based herbal medicine workers’ co-op working to rekindle our rich traditions of community based herbal healthcare and promote ecologically responsible herbalism. We run the low cost Wester Hailes Community Herbal Clinic, teach a range of courses and workshops, and provide resources for folks to be able to practice at home. We believe that herbalism is the medicine of the people, and should be accessible to everyone.


Folk Tunes with Michael and Darragh

Enjoy some delightful tunes from Edinburgh-based folk musicians Michael Starkey and Darragh Quinn over dinner!


Film: Mad Dance Trilogy

Created by Ken Paul Rosenthal, Mad Dance is a trilogy of provocative and beautiful short films that re-envision the way we think, speak and feel about mental distress and wellness in today’s chaotic world. These transformative films offer new maps for navigating madness with insight, healing and hope.


Fermented Foods and Digestive Health

Discover how your digestive system works, why common problems such as food intolerances, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome occur, and how they can be fixed. Learn what fermented foods, prebiotics and probiotics are, and why they are good for you, and find out about the bacteria that live in your gut that are so crucial for your wellbeing. Discover which other seemingly unrelated health problems can be traced back to the gut, and how you can prevent them. Taught by Tim Robinson Medical Herbalist


The Mysteries Of Mugwort

Simone Melanie from wonderful organic herb producer Solar Ripe will facilitate this workshop and discussion space and will introduce one of our local plants, Mugwort. We will taste, eat, draw, and discuss the uses of this wonderful plant. Mugwort has been used for many years to open our ‘doorways of perception’ and is used in dream work. We will try the herb in different forms and discuss its uses both current and historically. Everyone will also get the chance to make a smudgestick they can take home with them to dream/smudge with.
Film: Symphony of the Soil

Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.
Trauma in the Body

Anne Cheshire of the Edinburgh Trauma Recovery Clinic will be delivering a session about how to recognise & understand the processes of trauma in the body & sharing some practical exercises for recovery with us.


Veterinary Herbal Medicine

Reagan is a holistic veterinarian practising in Glasgow. Since graduating from the University of Glasgow faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 she has since gained post graduate qualifications in western veterinary herbal medicine and traditional Chinese acupuncture. Reagan is a wellness vet with pro-active approach to health. She is passionate about improving animal welfare through natural and integrative medicine.

A discussion about holistic dog care covering all aspects from diet to preventative treatments, with a focus on avoiding over exposure to pharmaceuticals. An overview of some common conditions seen in our canine companions and how to treat them with herbs.

Closing Session

A final opportunity to come together, share your highlights of the weekend and offer feedback about the gathering.


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