Herbal field schools are occasional weekend events held mainly in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. The field school concept was originated by Andrew Pengelly and Rob Santich in the mid-1990s, with the objective of providing an alternative, hands-on teaching approach to students and practitioners of herbal medicine. This is grass-roots herbalism, where we focus on medicine making, distillation of native species, field botany, awareness of medicines from Australian plants and selected introduced weed species. Activities are conducted out of doors, and attendees are encouraged to tune in to the natural surroundings and develop an awareness of the local ecosystems. Most events are campouts which keeps attendance costs in check. Check The Field School Events tab for details of the next event.