Women’s Health through Herbal Wisdom: Whole Course Package


Discovering Women’s Health through Herbal Wisdom

Forage Botanicals x The Modern Herbal at Chelsea Physic Garden 2024

Explore the relationship between women’s health and holistic plant medicine with our exclusive lecture series at Chelsea Physic Gardens.

Join herbologist Maya Jayaweera Thomas and award-winning medical herbalist Natasha Richardson, founder of Forage Botanicals, as they delve deep into the intersection of herbal medicine, history, and female reproductive health.

Each month this series will examine a different area of the body and its connection to the female reproductive system. Natasha and Maya will highlight the most indispensable herbs for treating women’s health, whilst examining how time-tested remedies can complement modern healthcare approaches. Each session will culminate with a practical demonstration on how to craft medicinal preparations from potent plants, helping you to build your skills in the art of herbal healing.

Historical context, prejudice, and the persistent mysteries shape our perceptions of women’s health. This course aims to reexamine how we view traditional and modern healthcare for women, and how to work towards a holistic foundation of functional healthcare for women.

This lecture series is curated for a cross-section of people, from individuals deeply passionate about women’s health to experts. While the content has an academic slant, it is also accessible to people enthusiastic about health, herbs and general wellbeing.

Ticket Information:

Book the whole course for a 10% discount. (£126 instead of £140)


Includes tickets for:


Discovering Women’s Health through Herbal Wisdom: The Cardiovascular System – Chelsea Physic Garden — Tuesday 16 April


Discovering Women’s Health through Herbal Wisdom: The Nervous System – Chelsea Physic Garden— Tuesday 30 April


Discovering Women’s Health through Herbal Wisdom: The Digestion System – Chelsea Physic Garden — Wednesday 29 May


Discovering Women’s Health through Herbal Wisdom: The Urinary System – Chelsea Physic Garden — Thursday 6 June


The Course Facilitators:

Maya Jayaweera Thomas

photo credit: Camilla Greenwell

Maya Jayaweera Thomas is a herbologist, writer, workshop facilitator and creative consultant specialising in plant medicine, food and growing.

Maya’s background is in documentary filmmaking for Channel 4; ITV and the BBC, and script editing. Having left London a decade ago to pursue a life more closely connected to the land, she went on to gain a distinction from The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in Herbology. Maya then worked with growers, plant medicine practitioners and chefs across the UK. On returning to London Maya’s work has centred on finding innovative ways to connect people with their environments through the stories of plants.

Maya regularly collaborates with Chelsea Physic Garden and Toast, and has worked with the Garden Museum; Soho Farmhouse; Charleston Plant Festival; Rough Trade Books and Bloom Magazine.

Natasha Richardson 

Natasha Richardson has a BSc (Hons) in herbal medicine from Lincoln University and a master’s in the history of women’s medicine from the University of Oxford. Having struggled with period pain, followed by an unsuccessful search for treatment, Natasha applied her scientific knowledge to create herbal remedies that finally resolved the problem.

Today, Forage Botanicals offers natural products expertly made by her, personalised 1:1 treatment plans, and online courses for empowering menstrual education, menopause, and more. She ran a successful clinic for over 10 years helping with menstrual complaints from menarche to menopause before writing her book ‘Your Period Handbook’. Now she has a team that takes patients while she focuses on product development and community relationships.


Date And Time

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 @ 06:30 PM to
Thursday, June 6, 2024 @ 09:00 PM

Registration End Date

Thursday, June 6, 2024


Chelsea Physic Garden

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