New Book and Tasmania visit



A Women’s Health and Wellbeing Kete

I am excited to launch this new book with Mary Allan as both Editor and Designer/Photographer. Mary has aded beauty and grace to the writing, it has been a pleasure to work with her 

This book is for
– The gardeners, plant lovers and plant medicine makers
– Those who offer plant focused teachings and workshops and those who attend them
– For those who wish to enhance their own health and that of their families
– For Women at all ages and stages
A knowledge basket is by its nature an offering for all
Publication date:
We should have it before Christmas, it is currently with the Printers.
Available from me at
Cost approx. $25.00 plus P&P
Also available from my website

Also announcing a ‘Plant Immersion, Incubation and Inspiration’ Workshop in

Tasmania in February 22nd and 23rd. 2020

Held at Pindari Farm, Longford, Tasmania!

This two-day plant directed workshop is about relationship

the relationships the plants that grow around us have with us and we have with them. It is also about both our relationship with the planet. We set the scene so we can be a participant in those relationships and not just an observer.

Whether you are a gardener, plant lover, grower, herbal medicine practitioner or student. If you are interested in how to live in a wholistic relationship with the world around you. All say they are inspired and experience something they have not previously experienced?

It is Practical, Participatory, Transformational and Experiential!!

Cost #345.00 (includes onsite accommodation)

For further information or enquiries, contact Jayne on 0455379595 or

email: or via Community Apothecary FB page


Viriditas Blogs  can now be found on this site and what better time to begin something new than Matariki, the New Year in the Maori yearly cycle. I like this celebration , it coincides with the longest night, that time when the sun reaches its most Northern shores and begins to move southwards. This is a human centric  perspective of course.

A_Rosemary_StalkAlthough June has been very cold here in Central Otago, NZ, the Rosemary is still thriving and about to flower under the grape arbor. The Marjoram and Thyme are fine and the the Sage out in the open, is just OK . I gather these this week to dry and make the anti-oxidant powder that goes into just about every dish or soup I make.  I have just discovered a log covered in these Turkey Tail fungi – their medicine will be a topic for another post….


I am also gathering together a ‘knowledge basket’ for Women.  A practical DIY guide for Health and Wellbeing.  Mary Allan, a past Editor of ‘Avena’ (The Journal of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists) is applying her creative expertise on the design and layout. More on that as it evolves.

A further new development is to establish here at ‘Viriditas’ a New Zealand Centre for Phenomenological Plant Research  (NZPPR), the approach ahead will be designed when Roland Playle visits to offer a further two workshops in March.

I have listed all the Course offerings for 2019 and 2020 under ‘Viriditas Courses’ found on the website. Stay warm.

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