At WytchWood, my practice in South Lanarkshire, there are two gardens - the WytchWood Potager which is an organic medicine garden and healing space and the Garden Of The Goddess. This garden is dedicated to the Green Goddess and the Fae and has been specifically designed and created by myself with woodland in mind.
Created in Winter 2020, it is a very new garden but it is already dealing well with the rather difficult conditions its location demands. There had been a lawn for over 50 years and this was covered over and dug up to make way for the garden. While lawns are popular, they offer very little in the way of supporting biodiversity and lively ecosystems, especially if they are cut regularly. The soil is incredibly heavy clay, the site receives very little sunshine and it has a tendency to become waterlogged. But there are platns for every place
In its first summer, WytchWood was filled with over 55 types of medicinal herbs (and counting!), and it is an organic garden that welcomes and embraces wildlife. It is also a sensory garden as well as a meditative space.
Organic Apothecary and Dispensary
WytchWood is my main horticultural focus in creating decoctions, elixirs, tinctures and remedies from the harvest of the garden to use in my practice, in the products I create for clients, for the WytchWood Apothecary and is the source of botanics for SuburbanShamanka. My respect for both the medicinal properties and spiritual teachings of plants allows me to work deeper with them - in harmony with them - and this is also integral to my work as a Shamanka and spiritual mediator.
Sessions at WytchWood
I've received requests as to whether one to one sessions are possible in the WytchWood garden, especially during the times of lockdown. It is a lovely space to share but as it stands, it is a private space dedicated to growing medicine and my own personal ceremonial spiritual works. In future there may be the possibility of introducing very limited access to include aspects of holistic counsel, therapy, meditative practice and gardening with the intention of encouraging re-connection with the self through the therapeutic medicine of the plant world, and the energy of the dedicated meditative space. This may include practical gardening aspects of seed sowing, watering, feeding and harvesting, dependent on the season and weather. However, currently the WytchWood Potager is not open to the public and is unsuitable for private and confidential session with clients.