Stephen has a natural memory for all things herbal. His approach to herbs recognises the subject embedded within a wide framework of holism, through nutrition, spirituality, and lifestyle. He follows the traditional belief that a true herbalist through their practice not only dispenses the right herbs but also has the ability to transfer the spirit of that herb, which allows the medicine(s) of the herb(s) to work at a deeper level, rather than just through the active constituents.
He was drawn into the subject as a teenager through having to heal his own physical ailments, of which herbs played a key part. This quite naturally lead on to working with others, taking people on wild food and medicine walks for hundreds of people over the years. His skills became recognized and acknowledged by acclaimed herbalists, despite having had no formalized training in herbal medicine. His background draws upon his 5 year aprentiship training with the late Richard Clare, renowned organic food teacher and grower. This training followed into a 3 year formalized shamanic practitioner training with the Sacred Trust. The shamanic training although not drawing specifically on herbs or herbalism, helped deepen Stephen’s intuitive approach to medicine. Stephen has been a Coed resident for the past 7 years, assisting primarily the development and overseeing of the gardens through his background in organic horticulture, permaculture, biodynamics, forest gardening and market gardening.
In 2016 Stephen spent 6 months in Zimbabwe, spending time learning the traditional medicines of the Shona people. Stephen intends to go back to Zimbabwe to continue learning the traditional medical practice of the Shona.