A unique opportunity has arisen for 40 IFA members to attend Weleda’s organic herb gardens and training facility at Shipley in Derbyshire DE7 8DR 14th June 2017. The day is entirely free, and also includes all refreshments and a delicious lunch but please note does not include travel.
Weleda’s head office is at Ilkeston just off the M1 and easy to get to. The day starts 9.30am with a meet and greet in the lovely Garden Room at Weleda, with a cup of coffee and an introductory talk at 10am about the fascinating ethos behind the brand which was first founded in Switzerland in 1921.
Guests are then ferried 5 minutes up the road in Weleda’s minibus to the organic herb gardens where they are given a guided tour (a ‘walk and talk’) about organic/biodynamic growing by garden manager Claire Hattersley of the 13 acre certified biodynamic gardens which are cultivated as a ‘near nature’ site. These herbs are used to make Weleda’s range of herbal and homeopathic remedies, plus some bath and body products.
We will then head back to the Garden Room for lunch, where there is a lovely terrace for people to sit and eat in the sunshine. The afternoon follows a modular approach with talks, demos and interactive sessions.
A Weleda pharmacist will give a presentation (with the chance to try the aromatic products) on the theme ‘from plant to product’, with a focus on Weleda’s arnica range. And finally a workshop incorporating a footbath and Weleda foot massage routine (which is part of our signature Weleda massage) – we’d get guests to pair up, to experience this at first hand and hopefully learn something too.
Then a final cup of tea 3.30pm and the chance to take away a gorgeous goody bag of Weleda products, and take advantage of any special offers in the Weleda shop on site.
Visitors will need to wear sensible shoes and bring sun cream/sunhats, because this is like going on a leisurely country walk for an hour or more, with lots of stops to view and listen but not much sitting. It may not be suitable for wheelchair access or those with mobility difficulties. If the weather is rainy that week, wellies are recommended as the long meadow grass can be wet – we have a good supply of Weleda wellies if anyone is unable to bring their own boots. We also have sprays for insect bites – the gardens are teaming with wildlife!
To be in with a chance to attend please email the IFA firstname.lastname@example.org ‘WELEDA’ - names will be drawn from a hat and announced 1st May 2017.