grassrootsremedies - Educator Profile


Grass Roots Remdies Co-op is a herbal workers co-operative operating across Central Scotland. Our 4 Directors all have a keen interest in plant medicine and come from a range of backgrounds:

Soraya Bishop:
After reading Ecology & Conservation at The University of Edinburgh, Soraya spent 4 years as a community gardener in Wester Hailes & Craigmillar, Edinburgh growing food & foraging with folk. Now part of Grass Roots Remedies Co-op Soraya works with community groups in & around Edinburgh running courses & workshops. With a love of growing food & foraging for it’s ability to ground & connect us she has also studied her Diploma in Herbology, Permaculture Design Certificate, & has a love for birds, the hills, cooking & creating.
Rhona Donaldson:
Rhona has worked as a community gardener with The Health Agency in Wester Hailes since 2014. Working both in the therapeutic field and food growing, a natural next step was to pursue her interest in rediscovering the many medicinal uses of our native plants. With a degree in Ecology and the RHS certificate in Horticulture, Rhona will be involved in running workshops for community groups and developing new areas of the co-op. Rhona has a particular interest in emotional and mental health having witnessed the transformational effect of connection with our natural environment. This has led to work with disengaged children and those suffering from anxiety and depression. Outside of all this Rhona is a social justice activist with a love of pedalling the back roads of Scotland, climbing mountains, ceilidh dancing and wild swimming.
Catriona Gibson:
Catriona is a Medical Herbalist (BSc MNIMH) and foraging tutor (AoF), offering consultations, seasonal walks and workshops across Glasgow. Catriona is interested in herbal medicine as it brings together her experiences working with people with chronic health problems and her interest in nature connection. She sees working with people to make their own medicines, with locally available plants as a means of enhancing environmental sustainability.
Ally Hurcikova:
Ally is a Medical Herbalist (BSc Hons 2015), and Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild (AHG). She runs the Wester Hailes Community Herbal Clinic, and the North Edinburgh Community Herbal Clinic. where she loves supporting people’s psycho-emotional health with plant medicine. Ally is a trained first responder and is interested in where plant medicine and emergency medicine can meet. She is a keen permaculturalist, social justice activist & urban homesteader who loves being still in wild places, and talking to her wee son about plants.

Qualifications and skills

Soraya Bishop: Permaculture Design Certificate; Ecology & Conservation BSc; Certificate in Herbology
Rhona Donaldson: Ecology BSc; RHS Certificate in Horticulture
Catriona Gibson:  Herbal Medicine BSc; Introduction to Permaculture; Level 3 Education and Training (EAT)
Ally Hurcikova: Herbal Medicine BSc

Skills, technical expertise and areas of interest: 

The co-op has a specific interest in herbal medicine, foraging and growing plants for medicinal benefits and food. We also have a strong focus on community work and work in partnership with a range of local health and wellbeing groups.

Teaching Information
Offering teaching in the following geographical areas
Edinburgh & Lothians; Glasgow & West of Scotland

Please contact me for details.

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