Seasonal Herbal Medicine Making Workshops

​Come and play. Get your hands dirty.
Bring your friends for a relaxing session of herbal medicine making.
Make medicines, skin care products, bath products, & nutritional goodies.
Blend your own herbal tea. Ask questions of a qualified medical herbalist.
Chat, laugh, create. Wander the garden & native bush.
You will leave refreshed and relaxed with a bag full of your own herbal creations.

Want to have your own workshop? It can be arranged.
A minimum number of four people is required. Eight people maximum.
For safety reasons, no children please. There are hot plates, boiling things, & a babbling brook.
Keep reading, call, text, or email for more information. 

Go on, you know you want to.

The days are longer, the sun is out, and so are you.
In this workshop you get to make four of the following:

  • a spring cleansing tonic,
  • an insect repellent,
  • a nourishing hand scrub,
  • a foot soak,
  • a medicinal salve,
  • a healing poultice,
  • & a herbal tea blend of your choice.

Valued at over $100.
You get to take your creations home

Plan for 2.5 hours.
Wear sturdy shoes to wander native bush.
Light refreshments provided.

Available date:
To be announced
10 am to 1:30 pm
At Manaaki mai in Purau
99 Port Levy Road
Drive over or take the 9:50 am ferry from Lyttelton to Diamond Harbour.
We will pick you up (Please let us know!)

Corporate bookings are available during the week.
A great team building morning or afternoon
or book a Christmas workshop.

The workshop are run either at Manaaki mai or from your workplace (but there will be no native bush nor garden!)
Please contact Sandra for more information. or 027-861-1499.

Who is running this workshop?
The lovely Andee offers her hospitality on Manaaki mai
with acres and acres of native bush and her large garden.
Sandra of Herb Nerd NZ will guide you as you concoct.

For your own booking of 4 or more people, get in touch.
Let's find a day and a time that works for all of us. 

To register:

  • Purchase from the store, up to 8 people.
  • Email: Sandra on
  • Text or call on 027 861 1499
  • Book online on our clinic page. Click on the green Book button and select Medicine Making.
    You will not be charged when you book this way. It reserves a spot for you.

Price: $90.00

Class size is limited to 8 people. 
For safety reasons, no children please.
All containers provided. Just bring yourself. And a friend or two.

Session will only go forth if there are four people registered.
You will be notified when there are enough people for the session.
If there are insufficient numbers you will be fully refunded.

Banking details:
ASB  12-3483-0017096-00
Reference your last name and session date.


Starting End of April, Beginning of May 2020

​Winter. A time of hibernation. Regeneration. Time to pamper yourself. In this session you will make four of the following: a body butter, a shower scrub, scented bath salts or a foot soak, cold and flu brew, cough medicine, an antiviral tonic, and a herbal tea blend of your choice. You get to take your creations home

Herbal Tea Blending

Learn about and discover herbal teas.
Choose from fifteen or more herbs to make a blend that's just for you.
The herbs to choose from are seasonal so the choices would vary accordingly.

Ever wondered what the difference is between brand name teabags and professional grade herbs?
What herbs help with sleep, anxiety, energy, or low thyroid?
What should you avoid? Ask the medical herbalist.

Blend your own herbal teas.
Take home two 20 gram bags of herbal tea designed just for you.
Know that you can use the herbs up to three times and still get a therapeutic dose of their goodness.
A twenty gram bag gives you 60 to 70 cups of top quality herbal medicine.

Everything is brought to your business or home or can be at Manaaki mai.
We need room for a large trestle table and access to running water.
This workshop works well with up to ten people.
$45.00 per person.

For more information and to find a date that works for you,
contact Sandra on 027-861-1499 or email