Borgo Santo Pietro introduces herbal workshop

Reopening next month in the Tuscan countryside, Borgo Santo Pietro has prepared a series of hands-on activities dedicated to teaching how to use nature and encourage selfcare.

The first on the programme is a herbal workshop run by expert herbalist and Seed to Skin advisory board member Anne McIntyre, who will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to use the extraordinary resources of the medicinal plants growing around the estate throughout the year.

Jeanette Thottrup, owner and founder of Borgo Santo Pietro, says, "Ever since we created Borgo Santo Pietro in 2001, our focus has been on our community and to share our knowledge and self-sustainable way of living. This year, we have decided to elevate this concept further and organise educational courses in our very own Herb House for guests to reconnect with nature while supporting their sense of wellness.”

Anne has been working as a medical herbalist and Ayurvedic practitioner for over 40 years. As a writer of over 20 books on herbal medicine and Ayurveda, and a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, a Member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy, and a Member of the Ayurvedic Professionals Association, Anne is one of the most influential herbalists and author of publications in the sector.

Jeanette adds: “When Anne and I met a few years ago at the estate with then Neals Yard’s Romy Fraser, we knew we had to join forces. She is undoubtedly an expert in this field and her breadth of knowledge and experience will provide a unique experience for our guests, which is in line with our philosophy.”

At the end of the course, attendees will be able to identify and forage wild herbs, understand their medicinal properties and uses, and practice skills to create and take home a range of herbal remedies benefiting their health and wellbeing.

The workshop will take place at the recently announced Herb House. It’s here that Borgo Santo Pietro transforms the locally grown herbs into oils before they are transferred to the Seed to Skin lab and used in their natural skincare line.

Guests will learn about the healing properties of plants and wild herbs to return to a more natural way of living. Other workshops include tincture, soap and cream making.