Ivywood is set on 40 acres of magical woodland in Co. Clare, Ireland. Herbalists Marina and Ross relocated their young family of three kids and their herbal plants to this very special piece of land in 2018. It had always been a dream of theirs to have a home on their own woodland with mature trees. After finding Ivywood they knew it was the perfect place to create a healing space for their clinical practice, their teaching, and their herb nursery.
Over the first months and year on the land to their amazement they discovered ancient parts of the woodlands along hidden pathways. To this day there is a 6 acre section of woods they have never ventured into! They took their time settling into and connecting with the space before embarking on a natural roundhouse build from materials on the land. For Marina and Ross building a space with their own hands from their own hand felled timber was an extremely important part of their vision. You can find out more about this here.
The land is shared with many beautiful creatures including foxes, badgers, deer, hares, pine martens, red squirrels, bats, birds of prey and a resident heron on the small lake. The woodland consists of many ancient Oaks, an ancient Hazel tree grove and beautiful old Beech trees along the river walk. Other trees on the land include Holly, Hawthorn, Ash, Sycamore, Viburnum, Larch, Birch, Alder, Elder, Willow, Blackthorn and Pine. Over time at Ivywood an abundance of wild medicinal plants have been discovered like Bugle, Viola’s, Honeysuckle, Purple Loosestrife and Rosebay Willowherb to name a few!
Marina and Ross moved a huge amount of their older plants to Ivywood from their herb garden and farm in Co. Sligo. They have all settled into their new home wonderfully. A new teaching garden and source garden is currently being created in the areas around the roundhouse building. Many rare and endangered woodland medicinal plants have been settled into the Ivywood woods. In time, Ross and Marina hope to make more of these healing plants available to the public through their herb nursery.
Walking pathways through some areas of the woodland and by the river are being established so that patients to their clinic and attendees at the events can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Ivywood. Ross and Marina have many more plans for Ivywood with the wish to welcome others here to experience the magic of the space and to share with them their knowledge of herbal medicine and health. To learn more about herbal medicine from Ross and Marina visit our videos page and articles page or see the courses they offer on the events shop page.