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A little girl inspects an indoor greenhouse at Chelsea Physic Garden. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Physic Garden.
Growing organically indoors is not as hard as you think. Stay tuned for more details of events at Chelsea Physic Garden, Heckfield Place, Waltham Place, and more! Photo courtesy of Chelsea Physic Garden.

Your Go-To Oasis for All the Hottest Organic Events of the Season

Calling lovers of all things organic, biodynamic, local and authentic. We’ve scoured the globe to find the hottest organic, biodynamic and artisan events for you this winter and Christmas season. From learning to make compost and Christmas wreaths to a hot anticipated ethical perfume launch, we’ve rounded up an organic hotlist to marvel over and start planning your escape! Prepare to discover the best-kept secret organic places to visit, experience, or champion from fashion revolutionaries to wizard botanical and biodynamic gardens and magical country estates with cozy Downton Abbey cinema nights to bring you the pick of must-do organic things to wallow in this winter and Christmas season. Have a fabulous organic winter and take us with you! – Alison Jane and Gwynnie.

What’s On During November and December?

It’s time to prepare for your most glamorous next couple of months at the hottest organic events of the season!

November's Hotlist Calendar. Designed by Gwynnie Duesbery, 2019.
November’s Hotlist Calendar. Designed by Gwynnie Duesbery, 2019.
December's Hotlist Calendar. Designed by Gwynnie Duesbery, 2019.
December’s Hotlist Calendar. Designed by Gwynnie Duesbery, 2019.

The Organic Hotlist

Two hands hold a pile of dirt. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Physic Garden.
For a world of rich compost, this course at the Chelsea Physic Garden’s will teach you how to make the ultimate ‘black gold.’ Photo courtesy of Chelsea Physic Garden.

Compost Clinic at Chelsea Physic Garden – London

Friday 1st November from 10:00am-1:00pm GMT


What’s On

Whether you have a heap, bin or wormery, we lift the lid on the world of compost and teach you how to make the ultimate ‘black gold’. Produce great compost and reduce what you throw away.

Learn how to improve the quality of your soil through simple processes to enable your plants to flourish. Discover the wonderful creatures lurking in a typical compost heap and how they are beneficial to the composting process.

This course is taught by Michael Holland, Chelsea Physic Garden’s Head of Education. He has worked for the Garden’s Education Department for 23 years and developed the innovative Chelsea Flower Show award-winning Shelf Life project. Michael previously taught at Kew and is a keen ecologist, photographer and wildlife gardener. He has been running compost clinics at the Garden for over 13 years.

The Organic Girl Reporter Says…

Yes, it’s time to get your hands in some good, clean soil and discover what it can do for your plants.

A shovel scooping up dirt. Photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels.
Make rich and healthy soil yourself. Photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels.

Why It’s In Our Organic Hotlist

Soil matters, good, clean dirt is good for you and your immune system. The Chelsea Physic Garden is an absolute magical treasure of a place to visit, with a Narnia-like garden and fabulous cafe. It’s one of London’s best-kept secret places to visit and be inspired by the power of nature and plants to do just about anything.

Where To Go

Chelsea Physic Garden 66 Royal Hospital Road London SW3 4HS United Kingdom

Price

The £33 workshop fee includes Garden entry, tea or coffee on arrival, all handouts and a 10% discount in our Shop and Café on the day. For more information, visit the event page.


A selection of cut herbs on a white background. Photo courtesy of Pixabay from Pexels.
Learn how simple, organic herbs can benefit your health. Photo courtesy of Pixabay from Pexels.

Growing + Using Organic Medicinal Plants – London

Wednesday, 6 November 2019 at 8:00pm to 9:30pm GMT

What’s On

Join North London Organic Gardeners for ‘Growing and using Medicinal plants’ – an illustrated talk by Karen Lawton.

Karen lives in Northaw and is part of the Northaw Community Orchard Team. Karen has written a book – The Sensory Herbal Handbook and will be joining North London Organic Gardners to talk about her work growing and creating herbal remedies from local, easy to grow medicinal herbs.

The Sensory Herbal Handbook's cover. Written by Fiona Heckels, Karen Lawton and Belle Benfield with a foreword by Bruce Parry. Photo courtesy of Penguin Random House.
The Sensory Herbal Handbook, written by Fiona Heckels, Karen Lawton and Belle Benfield with a foreword by Bruce Parry. Photo courtesy of Penguin Random House.

There will also be a raffle on the evening. One ticket per person, 50p per ticket – prizes for all!

The Organic Girl Reporter Says…

An evening concocting our own plant remedies – what’s not to love? It’s our perfect organic hotlist activity when the nights draw in.

Why It’s In Our Organic Hotlist

If you long to become your own herbalist and power your own health, this looks fun and too good to miss.

Where To Go

North London Organic Gardeners, Small Hall Winchmore Hill Baptist Church, Compton Road London N21 3PA United Kingdom

Price

This event is free to both members and non-members of Garden Organic. However, membership is greatly encouraged to help continue fund events of this nature! Visit Garden Organic to join. For more information about the talk, head over to the event page.


Naturally dyed fabric hangs as a curtain in front of a brightly lit window. Photo courtesy of Thompson Street Studio.
Much like stained-glass, Motnyk’s naturally dyed fabrics command a beautiful glow in the sunlight. Photo courtesy of Thompson Street Studio.

Natural + Organic Dyeing Techniques Workshop – New York City

Wednesday, November 13, 6:00pm – 9:00pm EST

What’s On

Join Kiva Motnyk, founder of Thompson Street Studio, for an experimental natural dye workshop.

Kiva will teach participants in this workshop how to make plant-dyed palettes using materials foraged from local seasonal fall plants, flowers, and vegetables. You will learn to make vibrant colors using natural dye recipes from scratch. The goal of the workshop is to explore readily available materials in your kitchen or found in your local seasonal garden, giving you the basic skills to create natural colors and the confidence to experiment in making your own hues.

Kiva Motnyk works with her naturally dyed fabrics and threads. Photo courtesy of Thompson Street Studio.
Join Kiva Motnyk, founder of Thompson Street Studio, for an experimental natural dye workshop. Photo courtesy of Thompson Street Studio.

Linens, silks, and cotton will be provided as well as materials foraged from Kiva’s garden and home in NY. No dyeing experience is required, the workshop runs three hours. All levels are welcome.

The Organic Girl Reporter Says…

Our editor says – I’ve always longed to do this ever since I watched vibrant natural dyes being made on the island of Harris in the Outer Hebrides from local plants, flowers, and herbs. The colours were so different from their synthetic counterparts.

Why It’s In Our Organic Hotlist

Move over tie-dye – now it all about making your own authentic fashion colours directly from nature.

Organically dyed fabrics. Photo courtesy of dieFirma NYC.
A selection of the beautiful hues and colours that can be organically dyed to spruce up old clothes or be used in stunning new projects. Photo courtesy of dieFirma NYC.

Where To Go

dieFirma NYC, Greenwich Village
32 Cooper Square
At Lafayette St
New York, New York 10003

Price

Seats are limited to 10 people per class, at $200 per person.

To book, visit dieFirma’s CourseHorse events.


A ripe red tomato hangs from the vine inside a greenhouse at Chelsea Physic Garden. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Physic Garden.
House plants giving you trouble? Get a green thumb with this introductory class from Jess Snowball. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Physic Garden.

Indoor Gardening Workshop at Chelsea Physic Garden – London

Thursday, 14th November from 11:30am – 1:00pm GMT

What’s On

House plants giving you trouble? Join Chelsea Physic Garden Glasshouse Manager Jess Snowball for expert advice on how to pot, water and read your plants. Jess trained at Chester Zoo and Kew before taking up her current role and writes a monthly column on the wonderful world of houseplants for Gardens Illustrated.

The Organic Girl Reporter Says…

Hands up, who needs this workshop as much as we do? Having a green thumb is much harder than it looks so why not learn how to keep your favourite indoor friends alive, straight from the experts?

A greenhouse window. Photo courtesy of Annie Spratt from Unsplash.
Want a green thumb? Photo courtesy of Annie Spratt from Unsplash.

Why It’s In Our Organic Hotlist

Well, Prince Charles talks to his plants and he’s been proved right on saving the planet and nature. Plus, plants are very good at soaking up pollution in the home and making us feel happier.

Where To Go

Chelsea Physic Garden 66 Royal Hospital Road London SW3 4HS United Kingdom

Price

The £30 workshop fee includes Garden entry, tea or coffee on arrival, all handouts and a 10% discount in our Shop and Café on the day. For more information, visit the event page.


An upclose look at a head of black cabbage. Photo courtesy of Waltham Place.
One of the many varieties of organic veggies grown at Waltham Place. Photo courtesy of Waltham Place.

Working with Nature: An Introduction to Biodynamic  + Organic Gardening at Waltham Place – Berkshire

Six Friday courses from 10:00am – 5:00pm GMT, Starting 15th November 2019 to June 2020 (more dates below)

What’s On

Turn your garden into a haven for nature and produce healthy food for your family and friends with our step-by-step workshops to guide you through the gardening year. Join the Biodynamic Gardening team in the delightful gardens of Waltham Place to learn the key biodynamic and organic practices that allow you to grow fruit and vegetables without the need for artificial input or chemical pesticides. From the first steps of planning a vegetable garden, to the final harvest of the year, they’ll offer you their expert advice and guidance.

A watering can pouring water over small baby plants. Photo courtesy of Markus Spiske from Unsplash.
Learn how to turn your garden into a haven for nature at Waltham Place. Photo courtesy of Markus Spiske from Unsplash.
  • Module 1: Friday 15th November 2019 – planning an organic / biodynamic vegetable garden
  • Module 2: Friday 24th January 2020 – sowing seeds and plant propagation
  • Module 3: Friday 13th March 2020 – cultivation and fertilisation
  • Module 4: Friday 3rd April 2020 – health & vitality: natural prevention of pests & diseases
  • Module 5: Friday 22nd May 2020 – appreciation and guidance
  • Module 6: Friday 5th June 2020 – harvesting and storage (including seed saving)

The Organic Girl Reporter Says…

The perfect winter course to take up and adopt and help you realise your organic and biodynamic gardening aspirations.

A bunch of fresh broccolini. Photo by Anna Guerrero from Pexels.
A bunch of fresh broccolini is just what the doctor ordered! Photo courtesy of Anna Guerrero from Pexels.

Why It’s In Our Organic Hotlist

The future of gardening, farming, and our planet is biodynamic and organic period.

Where To Go

Meet at The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place Church Hill, White Waltham Berkshire SL6 3JH United Kingdom

Price

£150 with refreshments included.

To book for an event please contact estateoffice@walthamplace.com stating the name of the event and the number of places required, or telephone 01628 825 517. For more information, visit Waltham Place’s events page.


SFLA’s Long Live Action Campaign video.

Venice Beach Cleanup – Los Angeles

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at 10:00am — 1:00pm PDT

What’s On

Live in California or thinking of a visit? Join the Surfrider Foundation, Los Angeles chapter, (SFLA) and our friends at Almond Cow and Patagonia for the November beach cleanup at the Rose Ave storm drain in Venice Beach. The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of all the world’s oceans and beaches for future generations, of humans and animals alike, to come.

Enjoy a warm cup of joe with homemade organic almond milk and help tidy up the beach. They’ll provide everything you need from equipment to sunscreen, plus you’ll be helping to preserve endangered ecosystems from everyday pollution.

The Organic Girl Reporter Says…

A great way to make new friends and make a difference. It’s also fab exercise!

A beach covered in trash. Photo by Lucien Wanda from Pexels.
Each helping hand brings us closer to a cleaner world. Photo courtesy of Lucien Wanda from Pexels.

Why It’s In Our Organic Hotlist

Looking after our oceans, beaches, and wildlife is always hot!

Where To Go

1 Rose Ave Los Angeles, California

Price

Free! Just show up and prepare to lend a helping hand. Refreshments included and donations to SFLA are highly encouraged.

For more information about the event, visit their Patagonia Action Works profile or visit their upcoming events calendar. To book your place, visit SFLA’s check-in page or Facebook event.


A view of the hedges and autumn plants at the Long Border Garden at Waltham Place. Photo courtesy of Waltham Place.
These beautiful hedges sit in Waltham Place’s Long Borders garden. Photo courtesy of Waltham Place.

Hedgelaying Course at Waltham Place – Berkshire

Saturday, 16th November 2019 9:30am – 4:00pm GMT

What’s On

Hedge laying has great conservational value and with the associated benefits to wildlife, it really is important to preserve and share this skill. In this one-day training session, Clive Leeke will cover the fundamentals of hedge laying, teaching all the necessary skills and techniques. This course is designed for absolute beginners wanting to learn, through to the more experienced hedge layer wanting to practice and improve. By the end of the day you will have laid your own section of hedge, which will become a wildlife haven for years to come. Please dress warmly. All tools provided.

The Organic Girl Reporter Says…

This could be a great course for an interesting date with someone special.

An up-close image of a hedge. Photo by Min An from Pexels.
Learn the art of hedgelaying with the masters! Photo by Min An from Pexels.

Why It’s In Our Organic Hotlist

Hedges are like worlds teeming with birds, insects, and plants – they contain entire ecosystems, so the idea that we could build one is very exciting indeed!

Where To Go

Meet at The Ormandy Centre, Waltham Place Church Hill, White Waltham Berkshire SL6 3JH United Kingdom

Price

  • £75 to include a warming lunch and delicious refreshments
  • £50 for the student rate, quote STU50

To book for an event please contact estateoffice@walthamplace.com stating the name of the event and the number of places required, or telephone 01628 825 517. For more information, visit Waltham Place’s events page.


Highlights from the Food Matters Live Summit last year in London (2018).

Food Matters Live 2019 Summit – London

Monday and Tuesday, November 19-20, 2019 at 10:00am-5:00pm GMT daily

What’s On

Food Matters Live returns to ExCeL, London this November. Bringing together a curated exhibition with hundreds of exhibitors and speakers, and thousands of visitors from across the global food and drink industry. It is a unique event dedicated to creating cross-sector connections focused on the future of food, drink, and sustainable nutrition.

With UK food consumers among the most adventurous in the world, the demand for international products is huge. The Food Matters Live 2019 international pavilions showcase flavours from across the world, with a wide range of innovative ingredients and nutritious food and drink to discover.

Discover hundreds of healthy, natural, clean-label, free-from and better-for-you food and drink products. There is nowhere better to get a taste of the most on-trend, sustainable and nutritious products.

Assorted vegetables on display in a teal colander, including heirloom carrots, cauliflower, zucchinis, beetroots, and lettuce. Photo by Solare Flares from Pexels.
A variety of organic vegetables. Photo courtesy of Solare Flares from Pexels.

The Organic Girl Reporter Says…

The place to discover what to eat now. There’s almost nowhere else that has such a large collection of the food world’s innovators all in one place. Take advantage!

Why It’s In Our Organic Hotlist

If you are an Ethical Hedonist Foodie, then discover the hottest trends in organic, healthy and super nutritious ingredients before they appear in your favourite healthfood store.

Where To Go

Food Matters Live Summit 2019
Food Matters Live Summit 2019

ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks London E16 1XL United Kingdom

Price

Individuals can purchase single- (£300 + VAT) or two-day (£575 + VAT) passes to the summit. For more information about the summit and the future of organic food and drink, drop by the event page. Visit Food Matters Summit 2019 to register.


A women tastes red wine in class. Photo courtesy of WineEd.
A little taste of what goes on in a WineEd’s training course. Photo courtesy of WineEd.

Organic, Biodynamic, Natural and Vegan (NOVOB) Wines Workshop – London

Monday, 25th November 2019 at 10:30am – 12:00pm GMT

What’s On

This NOVOB workshop by WineEd is designed for people working in the hospitality industry or wine lovers who don’t have much time to train or to learn new wine trends. In 90 minutes, you will learn the differences among the five important wine categories (Natural, Organic, Biodynamic, and Vegan) that you need to know and will taste 5 wines so you don’t just learn it in theory but also have an idea of the difference in the flavour profiles.

The Organic Girl Reporter Says…

The perfect festive outing with friends or loved ones.

A woman sips red wine. Photo by Helena Lopes from Pexels.
Sip your way into being a sommelier! Photo courtesy of Helena Lopes from Pexels.

Why It’s In Our Organic Hotlist

Discover the wines that match your ideals and your palate gain confidence in choosing wine – it’s a fantastic and enjoyable skill to acquire.

Where To Go

WineEd HQ 260 Old Oak Common Lane  London NW10 6DX  United Kingdom

Price

Buy your ticket for £30 per person on their Eventbrite.


Various coloured macrame plant hangers sit next to a white wall. Photo courtesy of Zero-Living.
Potential design ideas for your next plant hanger! Photo courtesy of Kali Sellars.

‘Meet The Makers’ Sustainable Macrame Workshop with Founder of Kalicrame – London

Sunday, 1st December 2019 at 11:00am – 1:00pm GMT

What’s On

Part of a series of workshops called ‘Meet The Makers’, hosted by the sustainable shop, Zero-Living. This workshop will be lead by the talented founder of Kalicrame, Kali Sellars.

Two of Kalicrame's natural fibre plant hangers. Photo courtesy of Kalicrame.
Two of Kalicrame’s natural fibre plant hangers. Photo courtesy of Kalicrame.

Come and lose yourself in the world of knots at this mindfulness macramé workshop in a beautiful creative space in South East London. Try your hand at creating intricate plant hangers in a serene relaxing atmosphere. In this class you will learn all the basics of macramé, including what materials to use, how to make basic macramé knots, and how to create beautiful Bohemian-inspired macramé plant hangers. Add more plants to your home by using these beautiful hangers to make better use of your space!

Macramé is an environmentally friendly art form – you will be using recycled cotton rope, recycled polyester rope and a wooden ring with an optional neon colour to add an extra edge to your design. It’s easy, fun and absolutely no previous experience is required! All materials will be provided and you will get to go home with a wonderful macramé plant hanger ready to display. Plus, a selection of organic snacks and drinks will be provided.

The Organic Girl Reporter Says…

Crafting is good for the mind and a fantastic way to unwind and make new friends.

Why It’s In Our Organic Hotlist

Crafting and making things is the antidote to mass-produced goods that are not beautiful, authentic or sustainable, make your own and feel the joy!

Where To Go

bo.lee Gallery 222 Rye Lane London SE15 4NL United Kingdom

Price

Buy your ticket for £35 per person on their Eventbrite.


A wooden door with a Christmas wreath hanging from the knocker. Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels.
A welcoming wreath is perfect for the holiday season! Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels.

Kitten Grayson’s Wreath Making Workshop at Heckfield Place – Hampshire

Wednesday, 11th December, 2019 from 10:00am – 1:00pm GMT

What’s On

Using a glorious array of festive foliage, berries, and other natural ingredients, the Kitten Grayson Flowers team will demonstrate how to create a beautiful fresh seasonal wreath.

Each participant will design and make their own decorative wreath from scratch, learning the techniques and tricks of the trade from the KGF team. All the elements will dry to become naturally preserved, meaning the wreaths can be used for Christmas and beyond; they may even be used as a nesting box for birds in Spring. No floristry experience required. All tools and materials will be provided.

A picture of blurred pine boughs.
Traditional wreaths are made using pine boughs. How will you make yours’ unique? Photo by Irina Iriser from Pexels.

Please don’t forget it rains (apparently) in Hampshire occasionally: please bring a rain jacket and comfortable outdoor shoes.

Fitness level: Moderate fit

The Organic Girl Reporter Says…

Time to celebrate what an organic and biodynamioc Christmas is really about – spreading good cheer, making food and homemade presents and slowing down.

A finished Kitten Grayson holiday floral bouquet. Photo courtesy of Heckfield Place.
A finished Kitten Grayson holiday floral bouquet. Photo courtesy of Heckfield Place.

Why It’s in Our Organic Hotlist

Having spent an entire press night making a handsome Christmas wreath, I can tell you that it is fun, highly creative, therapeutic and enormously satisfying.

Where To Go

Heckfield Place Hampshire RG27 0LD  United Kingdom

Price

The £95 workshop fee includes all tools and materials needed. For more information and to book your place, visit the event page.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to high demand for Heckfield’s restaurants, lunch before or dinner after the event usually needs to be reserved in advance. If you would like to book a table, please email restaurants.reservations@heckfieldplace.com


A wooden table with a pitcher and glasses stacked beside it. Photo courtesy of Heckfield Place.
Get a taste of the most delicious and luxurious cocktails – and learn how to make them too! Photo courtesy of Heckfield Place.

Cocktail-Making Master Class at Heckfield Place – Hampshire

Saturday, 21st December 2019 at 3:30pm – 5:30pm GMT

What’s On

Join Heckfield Place’s cocktail-making maestros in learning how to create the best drinks fresh with ingredients often foraged from our 438-acre estate. The skills of balancing botanicals and the perfect shake and stir…

With an introduction to our Home Farm, you’ll be served an aperitif along with the history, the techniques and creation of classic cocktails – from, say, the Classic Martini, Mojito, and Whisky Sour as well as making your own cocktail with foraged ingredients.

For those aged 18 and over only.

The Organic Girl Reporter Says…

Did someone say foraged organic cocktails?

Why It’s In Our Organic Hotlist

This is pretty much our idea of festive organic and biodynamic heaven.

Where To Go

Heckfield Place Hampshire RG27 0LD  United Kingdom

Price

The £65 workshop fee includes all tools and materials needed. For more information and to book your place, visit the event page.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to high demand for Heckfield’s restaurants, lunch before or dinner after the event usually needs to be reserved in advance. If you would like to book a table, please email restaurants.reservations@heckfieldplace.com


A collection of glass jars filled with grains and flour line a wall of wooden shelves against a white tiled wall. Photo by Kokil Sharma from Pexels.
A fully stocked larder is fully prepared to make a home happy. Photo by Kokil Sharma from Pexels.

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All event descriptions provided by their respective hosts.
Edited by Editor-in-Chief and The Organic Girl Reporter, Alison Jane Reid.
Layout, graphics, research, and additional writing by Gwynnie Duesbery. Gwynnie recently completed her joint BA(Hons) in Media + Communications and Sociology at Kingston University London after interning with Ethical Hedonist for the past year. Support Gwynnie as our very first paid editorial assistant by pledging to our @patreon campaign, buying our organic magazine t-shirts, donating to our Paypal or hiring us to put some stellar stardust into your ethical storytelling.
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