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Natural Home and Beauty

Learn how to make your own natural items using ingredients from the River Cottage farm and garden.

River Cottage HQ has the pleasure of hosting Australian Rebecca Sullivan, author of The Art of The Natural Home series and founder of The Granny Skills Movement. Rebecca is a fountain of knowledge, having worked in food and sustainability for many years.

Rebecca will teach you how to take natural ingredients and turn them into natural cleaning supplies, health and beauty products and delicious items for your fridge and pantry too!

You will start the day with a morning forage around the famous River Cottage kitchen garden and surrounding hedgerows where you will gather an abundance of goods which will be the base of your products. It will then be back to the classroom to get stuck in before breaking to enjoy a delicious River Cottage lunch made with seasonal ingredients.

Everything you make during the day will showcase how easy it is to have a chemical free home and how you can make things from scratch for every room of your house using edible items. At the end of the day you will be able to take home and enjoy all of the goodies that you have made.

Your day

09.30 - 17.00

  • Arrive at River Cottage

    You’ll be met at the top of the hill at 9.30am and transported to River Cottage HQ by tractor and trailer (approx. a 5 minute journey).

  • Welcome

    Start your morning with tea or coffee and tasty treats fresh from the River Cottage kitchen.

  • Morning session

    To get the day underway, Rebecca will take you on a tour of the River Cottage gardens and local hedgerows, collecting your ingredients as you go. You'll return to the barn and Rebecca will guide you through making a number of natural cleaning products and room fresheners.

  • Lunch

    Food is always the focus at River Cottage, and a two-course lunch of local, seasonal fare will be one of the highlights of your day.

  • Afternoon session

    After lunch you'll learn how to make some lovely health and beauty products, including body scrubs, deodorant, make-up and perfume, all using items foraged from the garden!

  • Departure

    The day will then draw to an end and you’ll be taken back up the hill by our tractor and trailer (at 5pm), along with your lovely handmade products and all your skills to make your very own natural home.

Please note: This is a guide to the activities that will make up your course at River Cottage. This is by no means set in stone and will depend on seasonal availability.

On occasion cookery schools will use equipment that includes induction hobs. It is recommended that people with pace makers should not work on these units. If you are concerned or would like to check whether or not induction hobs will be used on the course you are interested in, please call us on 01297 630302.

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Further information...

This course is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

Stay in our famous Farmhouse, click here. For other local accommodation click here.

We would advise that this course is only really suitable for 12 years of age and upwards. Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.

With many of our courses there are often treats and leftovers to take away with you. In our quest to be more sustainable we are encouraging guests to bring their own containers and bags to transport their produce home. Details of what is required for each course will be included in booking emails.

  • Sustainable Restaurant Association
  • Food and Travel Magazine 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2017
  • Great British Food Awards 2018