Grow Your Own Medicine - Herbalism Workshop

Sat Mar 14, 09:30 - Sat Mar 14, 14:30
Guerilla House

Drug: from Old French 'drogue', meaning medicine; cure. Also from Old Dutch 'droog', meaning dried herbs.

Herbs are powerful and sacred allies. Much of modern medicine is derived from the ingenious ability of nature to synthesize chemicals which profoundly benefit the human condition. One wonders why plants, micro-organisms and fungi evolved to produce such benefits for humankind. It seems we have been disconnected from a long history of co-evolution with these incredible creatures. For as long as humanity has existed, nature has helped us. And in return, while we have damaged it immensely, we have helped nature.

Join us as we re-engage this co-evolution and explore:

  • Planting up a herbal garden
  • Herbalism basics
  • Teas and tissanes
  • Oil infusions
  • Ointments and salves
  • Tinctures
  • Cough syrups
  • Herbal breath fresheners, and
  • Herbal safety

This is a shared learning and participatory workshop where participants will make and take home samples of the above.

Cost per person is R470.

In the spirit of transparency, please see this link for a breakdown of our estimated costs.

This workshop will only go ahead if there are 14 confirmed paying participants, so please share with those you feel may benefit. This is to ensure we cover our costs, keep the workshop fee low and make this education accessible. Should we not reach the 14 humans target, your ticket will be fully refunded. Tickets are non-refundable otherwise.

Confirmation that we've reached this target and this workshop will go ahead will be announced on Monday 09 March 2020.

There are reduced cost ticket options for pensioners and low and no income earners. Send us a motivational message to apply. Only a limited number of these tickets available per workshop, so applicants will be vetted.

5% of the total ticket price will be added to the Workshop Fund. Allowing participants who can't afford a ticket, a chance to attend.

What to bring:

  • Snacks and a dish to share for a communal lunch. In the spirit of compassionate sharing, please ensure what you bring to share is kosher / halaal / vegetarian, and no stress if you're unable to bring anything, there should be plenty to go round.
  • Your own dishware and utensils
  • Sun hat
  • An open mind and your inner genius


The address is 17 Riverside Terrace. This is the new Guerilla House site in Hout Bay.


As soon as you turn into Riverside Terrace Road, turn right by the boom gates and follow the road to 17 Riverside Terrace. You will see the sign for parking.

See you then :).

Guerilla House staff are not trained medical professionals and no information shared at this workshop should be construed as medical advice. We advise seeking professional medical advice before using homemade medicines.

Participants attend this workshop at their own risk. Guerilla House will not be held responsible for any theft, injury, loss or damage which may arise. However, in such an unlikely event we will assist you as best we can.

For the avoidance of doubt, no illegal substances are engaged in during the course of this workshop.

This event is subject to postponement/cancellation at the discretion of Guerilla House in the event of inclement weather.

Check out ethnobotanist James Wong for inspiration on Growing Your Own Drugs.
See link to our albums on Facebook for snaps of our previous workshops.

Additional information

Refund policy No refunds


Grow Your Own Medicine - Herbalism Workshop
Guerilla House
3 Riverside Terrace, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806
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