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Healing a Troubled Gut

from £245.00

Sourcing and cooking to soothe an inflamed gut and reduce food sensitivity.

This is the course for anyone who regularly experiences tummy pain or bloating and would like to know how to heal their gut. Get sensible advice from an experienced nutritionist and recipes that are consistently successful gut soothers. You don’t need a diagnosis to benefit from the course, but you will be in the supportive company of others who share similar concerns. Naomi will explain easy steps to first eliminate foods that are problematic, before expanding your diet as your gut health improves by including gentle ferments and soothing medicine foods along the way.


• When your gut is reactive, it needs TLC. We will look at the most common triggers for discomfort and how to go about calming things down.

• You will learn about the medicine foods that Naomi has found most useful in practice and how to include those in your diet. From broth to kefir and healing fats to soothing treats.

• We will look at the low FODMAP diet and whether this would be useful for you. How to eat deliciously on the diet and when and how to reintroduce problematic foods.

• Studies show that probiotic foods can be one of the best treatments for a sensitive gut or IBS. However, many of them contain all sorts of things like garlic that can aggravate delicate digestion. You will learn about the many fermented foods that are suitable for you and how to make them at home.

Your day

10:00 - 17:00

  • Session One

    What is the low FODMAP diet and why can it be so useful in helping to treat those with delicate digestion? You will find out and make some low FODMAP dishes ready to enjoy at lunch time.

  • Session Two

    Broth is the cornerstone of a soothing diet, whether a bone broth or gut healing vegan broth, the ingredients they contain will help to repair damaged guts and soothe troubled digestion. We will make a brothy soup and talk about strategies for giving tender guts a break, both through food and stress management.

  • Make yourself at home

    You will meet your host, Naomi Devlin, and start the day with tea, coffee and treats fresh from the kitchen.

  • Lunch

    Take a moment to relax and tuck into the items you'll have made in the morning.

  • Session Three

    Treats make everything better don’t they? They can also deliver some medicine foods all wrapped up in a delicious package. Depending on the season, we might make gut soothing marshmallow and fruit jellies or anti-inflammatory truffles packed with polyphenols.

  • Session Four

    Fermented food and probiotics can help gut health enormously but knowing which ones to eat and drink can be confusing. You will taste some probiotic drinks that deliver those microbes straight into your gut and we’ll also make a low FODMAP pickle that will supercharge your digestion without causing any discomfort.

  • Q&A

    There will be time to taste your treats, chat to your fellow scholars and ask Naomi any burning questions you may have.

  • Departure

    Head up to the car park for 5pm with your jars of broth, vegetable dip, fermented pickle and treats to enjoy at 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.

We can cater all dietary requirements however we will need specific details. For example if you are dairy free, please let us know if this is because you are lactose intolerant, vegan, casein intolerant, and/or can you tolerate only cow, goat or sheep milk. If you are gluten free then please let us know if you can tolerate oats and buckwheat.

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