Phytofarm

Phone: 0064 3 3251314
Email: valmai@phytofarm.co.nz
Website: www.phytofarm.co.nz

Relax & Rejunvenate 5 Day Retreat

With Valmai Becker Naturopath/Herbalist and Phillipa Rutherford Naturopath

A chance to dedicate five days to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual rejuvenation through the integration of fasting, yoga, and the full use of facilities at the Kimi Ora Spa Resort. You will experience the curative and cleansing benefits of fasting that stimulates the body to heal damaged cells and rejuvenate itself. Fresh vegetable and fruit juices, herbal teas, and vegetable broths are provided to nourish and support the body without taxing the digestive system. Yoga and fasting are ancient complementary healing systems and are excellent to facilitate moment-to-moment awareness. The best approach to the fasting process is in a supportive environment, with like minded people. Both beginner and experienced fasters who seek to improve their general well-being are welcome to attend the retreat.

This retreat includes accommodation, juices/teas/broths, full use of the facilities at Kimi Ora, daily yoga classes, a massage, a detox foot bath and health related talks.

Herb Garden Tour - One hour

Tours of the garden and drying room are available from October – July. The garden is most productive, lush and is at its best from November through to February. Each season provides a special treat of flowers, seed heads and ripening plants. The garden tour includes a tea blending demonstration in the drying room. A range of dried herbs used for the manufacture of the various Phytofarm products are stored in the drying room and visitors are always delighted with the variety of aromas.

Garden Tour & Make a Herbal Product

The one hour garden and drying room tour can be extended with the selection of a “Plant of the Season” to make an individual product. This can be the blending a specific tea, making a healing ointment, salve or cream. a skin scrub, skin healing gel, hydrosol skin toner or bottle a beautiful infused plant oil or tonic vinegar.

Spring Workshop

New growth in the garden provides a variety of wild and cultivated herbs.

This season will inspire you to discover the benefits of plants that emerge after the colder winter months. These plants can stimulate your digestion, be tonics to your liver and provide important vitamins and minerals to your daily nutrition. Herb gardens are regaining popularity and can be designed for balconies, terraces, as aromatic kitchen gardens, with firm symmetry and purpose or as wild collectable patches of healing and nutritional plants.

The spring workshop will profile culinary plants, delightful edibles, enhancing food improving nutrition and growing a few essentials.
This workshop provides you with a range of take home products to use and enjoy -

a garden plan for culinary plants, microgreens and cooking demonstration of “Healing Plants for Life”
a bottle of culinary herbal vinegar
a bottle of infused herbal dressing oil
a container of herbal cooking combo
a herbal pesto made from delicious weeds and flowers
a spring herbal beverage

You will also receive a workshop booklet with recipes and plant profiles for the season.

When you attend a full day workshop Valmai will also treat you to a tasty, delicious lunch and herbal beverages from the Phytofarm kitchen.

Full Day 10am – 4pm
Half Day Option 10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm

What to bring and wear:
Casual shoes and clothing for wet, cool or warm weather conditions. Protection from the summer sun.

Contact Valmai to discuss any special requests or topics of interest. If you live outside the Canterbury area workshop days can be blocked together to limit travel costs.

Summer Workshop

Summer is the time to enjoy the beautiful textures & colour of the herb garden.

This season will help you to learn to identify the variety of healing plants that are abundant during the summer months. Sumptuous bunches of Lavender and Yarrow and the colourful flower heads of Red Clover and St John’s Wort plants.
Herb gardens are at their best during the summer months – full of colour, texture and ripening seed pods. It is a pleasure to smell the aromas and see the potential of the summer garden in full glory.

The summer workshop will profile plants used for topical applications and how to make wonderful healing creams, ointments, medicated oils for wounds, burns and inflammation.

This workshop provides you with a range of take home products to use and enjoy:

a jar of burn gel for first aid
a jar of antiseptic ointment
a jar of analgesic cream
a jar of medicinal salve
a bottle of healing medicated infused oil
a summer herbal beverage

You will also receive a workshop booklet with recipes and plant profiles for the season.

When you attend a full day workshop Valmai will also treat you to a tasty, delicious lunch and herbal beverages from the Phytofarm kitchen.

Full Day 10am – 4pm
Half Day Option 10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm

What to bring and wear:
Casual shoes and clothing for wet, cool or warm weather conditions. Protection from the summer sun.

Autumn Workshop

Autumn brings a change of mood in the garden.

This season encourages you to explore the garden and hedge rows for ripening seeds and colourful berries. The roots, bark and berries from the autumn garden help prepare us for the colder months and provide protection to the mucus membranes in preparation for a change of season to cooler temperatures.

This time of year is the last chance to harvest plants to process in the drying room and preserve the medicinal qualities of plants for winter use.

The autumn workshop will profile plants that are used for tonics and as medicines for the colder months.

This workshop provides you with a range of take home products to use and enjoy:

a bottle of liniment
a box of herbal blends for inhalations and gargles
a bottle of cold & flu oxymel
a bottle of nutritious syrup
a bottle of herbal tonic
an autumn of herbal beverage

You will also receive a workshop booklet with recipes and plant profiles for the season.

When you attend a full day workshop Valmai will also treat you to a tasty, delicious lunch and herbal beverages from the Phytofarm kitchen.
Workshop Dates

There are days scheduled for each season providing a combination of weekdays and weekends. The dates for Autumn are: Sunday 19 April; Friday 24 April; Sunday 26 April; Saturday 2nd May; Friday 8 May; Saturday 23 May; Sunday 31 May. Contact Valmai for any special requests.

Full Day 10am – 4pm
Half Day Option 10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm

What to bring and wear:
Casual shoes and clothing for wet, cool or warm weather conditions. Protection from the summer sun.

Winter Workshop

Bring out the body beautiful,nourish the skin and enjoy the friendly environment of Phytofarm.

This is the season to indulge yourself in warming and nourishing winter treats. The stored aromatic plants are ideal for crushing, blending and combining with high quality essential oils.

Although winter is not a time for enjoying the garden, the purpose built workshop sheds provide a cosy atmosphere for making your own natural preservative free skin care products.

The winter workshop will profile natural products and plants that enhance the quality and health of the skin. The colder months of the year encourage relaxing warming baths or foot soaks and the creation of blends that nurture, warm and protect the body from winter chills.

This workshop provides you with a range of take home products to use and enjoy:

a jar of body butter
a jar of skin scrub
a bottle of luscious face & hand cream
a jar of aromatic foot or bath soak
a bottle of skin repair oil
a winter herbal beverage

You will also receive a workshop booklet with recipes and plant profiles for the season.

When you attend a full day workshop Valmai will also treat you to a tasty, delicious lunch from the Phytofarm kitchen.
What to bring and wear

Casual shoes and clothing for wet, cool or warm weather conditions. Protection from the summer sun.

Apprenticeship Programme

The apprenticeship offers a thorough instruction in the growing, harvesting, processing and manufacture of a wide range of herbal products. Students in the programme are encouraged to develop and explore personal areas of special interest and build confidence with medicinal plants that grow easily.
A unique approach to herbal education

Phytofarm has been developed over the last ten years by herbalist and naturopath Valmai Becker as a repository of plants and learning centre. The gardens, manufacturing and drying sheds have been purpose built to provide a practical learning experience in herbal medicine.

The four seasons are celebrated with the students from discovering culinary herbal delights of the spring garden, to exploring the abundance of the summer garden and blending quality products from the drying room during the autumn and winter seasons.
Hands-on learning

The apprenticeship is open to anyone who has an interest and passion for learning about medicinal plants. This is a practical learning experience and will include out door activities in the garden and time managing plant material in the drying room. There will be 168 hours of instruction, 24 days, with 6 days for each season and 80 hours of home study, 20 hours to be completed at the end of each season. On successful completion of the apprenticeship the participants will be awarded a Phytofarm Certificate in Herbal Apprenticeship.
Tutor

Valmai has had many years of experience in graduating students into the healing profession, gardening projects, and has been successful in the management of four businesses that reflect her enthusiasm and love all things natural.

Herbal Products & Gift Packs

Enjoy a regular supply of herbal products and become one of my many clients who order monthly supplies of luscious face and hand cream, fresh, delightful tasting herbal tea blends, infused therapeutic and culinary oils, culinary vinegars, tonics, healing salves and creams.

I can blend to your individual needs therapeutic creams, herbal medicine products, teas, tonics, infused oils, bath soaks and natural preservative free skin care products to your individual needs. Gift packs for a special occasion or person can be made to order – email Valmai@phytofarm.co.nz

Relax & Rejunvenate 5 Day Retreat

  • Twin share NZD$875 per person
  • Own room NZD$935 per person

Herb Garden Tour - One hour

  • NZD$20 per person

Garden Tour & Make a Herbal Product

  • NZD$40 per person

Spring Workshop

  • Half Day Workshop NZD$75
  • Full Day Workshop NZD$150 (includes lunch)

Summer Workshop

  • Half Day Workshop NZD$75
  • Full Day Workshop NZD$150 (includes lunch)

Autumn Workshop

  • Half Day Workshop NZD$75
  • Full Day Workshop NZD$150 (includes lunch)

Winter Workshop

  • Half Day Workshop NZD$75
  • Full Day Workshop NZD$150 (includes lunch)

Apprenticeship Programme

  • NZD$4,500.00