Cape Herbal Medicine Workshops

A series of workshops presenting the healing herbs of the Cape.

Cultivate an indigenous herb garden. Create your own remedies, tonics, beverages, functional-foods and cosmetics. Support local biodiversity conservation … and much more. An integrative, holistic approach with insights from Cape herbal traditions and a variety of scientific perspectives. Facilitated by a Cape bush doctor, a phytotherapy practitioner, a neuropsychologist, and a veterinarian. Join us as we explore ways to create with Cape herbs to nurture wellbeing.


These are introductory workshops for the general public. No previous experience of herbs or herbal medicine is required.

  • greater awareness of Nature, the qualities of Cape herbs, and their role in nurturing wellbeing.
  • a deeper valuing of traditional perspectives on Cape herbs and their usefulness.
  • a better understanding of the primary chemical constituents of Cape herbs and their actions on the body and mind.
  • a critical appreciation of the potential harms and benefits associated with the use of herbs, their cultivation, and commodification.
  • clarity on the current status herbalists and herbal medicine, and the implications for personal use and trade and industry.
  • the knowledge and skills required to grow and harvest Cape herbs ethically and sustainably.
  • the knowledge, skills and recipes to create simple herbal first-aid remedies, beverages and foodstuffs for yourself, your family, and pets.
  • a growing interest in creating with Cape herbs to nurture wellbeing.
  • Workshop 1 – Wound Healing
  • Workshop 2 – Digestion & Nutrition
  • Workshop 3 – Respiration & Breath
  • Workshop 4 – Mobility & Lifestyle
  • Workshop 5 – Skin & Environment
  • Workshop 6 – Mind, CNS & Behaviour
Workshop 1 – Wound Healing
  • Explore the nature of wounds, wounding and woundedness, and the indigenous Cape herbs that can help wounds heal.
  • Meet the most important wound-healing herbs, and use your senses to discover their qualities and usefulness.
  • Discuss a variety of common, minor wounds and how herbs can be used safely and effectively as first aid remedies. 
  • Learn how to grow herbs, and how to harvest, store and prepare them so as to optimise their beneficial qualities.
  • Create your own herbal first-aid remedies for common, minor wounds, and take home three herbs for your indigenous herb garden. 


Dr Kora Brian Damonse
Kora is a Traditional Herbalist, Cape Bush Doctor and Rastafarian. He is a member of the Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council of South Africa, and the Chairperson of the subcommittee on Registration, Accreditation and Education of Traditional Healer Practitioners of South Africa. He serves as Secretary for the Western Cape People and Parks Steering Committee. He is a founding member of the Cape Bush Doctor NPO and serves currently as co-director and chairperson of the organisation. He is currently involved with the University of Stellenbosch Botanical Garden, giving guided tours and consultant on the propagation and management of indigenous medicinal plants in the garden.

Dr Craig Wright
Craig completed a Master’s Degree in Homeopathy at Technikon Natal in 1999, where he lectured and practised before moving to the UK in that year. He practiced in Central London and in Essex, and lectured a variety of homeopathic and medical subjects at homeopathic colleges. He furthered his studies by obtaining a postgraduate diploma from the Dynamis School for Advanced Homeopathic Studies and completed a PG Dip and MSc in Herbal Medicine at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine and University of Wales, where he coordinated and taught on the Master’s programme. Craig returned to South Africa in 2009 and is now practicing homeopathy and phytotherapy in Claremont, Cape Town.  Craig is particularly interested in learning about and developing a personal relationship with South African medicinal plants and incorporating them into clinical practice.

Cara Harris
Cara qualified as a neuropsychologist at the University of Cape Town – where she also lectured and tutored Health Psychology. In 2006 she moved to the UK to work and study at the Natural Animal Centre, a specialist animal education centre which combined her interest in Psychology with her passion for animals. Cara undertook training as an animal behavioural scientist, and lectured the equine and canine behaviour qualifications. At the end of 2008 she returned to South Africa with a dream of making the science of animal behaviour and welfare accessible to all. Cara’s approach is to empower animal owners by explaining the science of animal behaviour and offering practical solutions to positively influence the lives of animal and owner. Her compassionate, holistic and scientific approach to solving behavioural problems helps ensure the physical and emotional wellbeing of companion animals.

Dr Jimmy Symmonds
Jimmy graduated with a BSc in Zoology from the University of Cape Town, and then qualified in veterinary medicine at Onderstepoort, University of Pretoria. He undertook further training in veterinary herbal medicine, initially Chinese and then Western European herbal medicine while in the UK. While in the UK, Jimmy founded a company providing herbal medicine training for vets, and then co-founded the British Association of Veterinary Herbalists (BAVH) – representing vets in the UK trained in the use of herbal medicines. He returned to Cape Town where he was born, and in 2010 co-founded Happiness Is with Cara Harris. Since then Jimmy has focused on learning about the indigenous South African herbs, in particular those of the Cape. Jimmy also serves as the independent veterinarian for UCT’s senate animal ethics committee. He encourages a natural, common-sense approach to health and wellbeing – a synthesis of modern science and ancient wisdom, grounded in an awareness of our true nature.


Each workshop follows the same schedule:

8:00 – Register
9:00 – Session 1
11:00 – Tea Break
11:30 – Session 2
13:00 – Lunch Break
14:00 – Session 3
16:00 – Ends


HAPPY SPACE, a wellbeing collaboratory in the Mother City, Cape Town, South Africa.


R850 – Plants, seedlings, seeds, compots, and soil, hand-made herbal products, learning materials, manual, online access, and a vegan lunch and teas are included. See Dates & Tickets below to book your place.

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