Just when I was about to retire…


It’s true, this was going to be my last year of teaching diploma’s at Cottage Hill Herbs. What with the bridge being out and the physical shop being closed, there’s been a lot of work to be done in other areas and I thought, ‘well maybe the universe is telling me that it’s time to ease up a bit’. However, I then found myself inundated with requests for the next herbal diploma, and I thought to myself, ‘come on universe, make up your mind’. So I did some soul searching and some thinking…and here’s what I decided…


So with that I would like to officially open enrollment for the final ever Herbal Diploma at Cottage Hill Herbs. For those more interested in skincare I will still be running shorter courses and am looking at designing a collection of shorter courses that can be counted towards a certification, so keep your eyes open for that, and in the mean time we’ve got the Body Butters 101 half day course coming up on 29th October and the Bath Bombs and Fizzing Bath Milks on 26th November, and I would love to see lots of you there!

But back to the herbal diploma…all the information and detail about dates, times, course material and access to the downloadable enrollment form can be found on the page below.





Spaces are limited and will fill up fast so get in quick to secure your spot for what will be for all of us an emotional and life-changing year of study and learning. Please get in touch if you have any questions about the course. To finish off, here are some words from a few previous students.


‘My year spent with you is still having a profound effect on our lives – added one more child since…so plenty to pass the knowledge on to.’

Jodie, 2011 Herbal Diploma student


‘The herbal course changed my life. I am continually grateful for the learning, the support and the community that I was gifted in my year at Cottage Hill Herb Farm. It was 10,000 times more valuable than I could have ever imagined.’

Ray, 2012 Herbal Diploma student


‘I think the course has been an amazing resource and something that I will use for the rest of my life. For me it’s become a passion and an obsession’.

Angie, Natural Skincare student 2015, Herbal Diploma student 2016


  1. Hi Donna
    Wishing you all the very best for your final Herbal Diploma course. I know you and your vast knowledge have touched so many lives through Cottage Hill Herbs.
    ‘What good is knowledge unless it is passed on’ congratulations on all your achievements.

  2. Hi Donna,
    I have not seen you for a long time.
    How are you? Hope you are well.
    I would like to enroll into Herbal Diploma course, but I see it is full.
    Any chance of enrolling into or to put my name on a waiting list, please?
    Thank you very much.
    Kind regards

  3. Hi Olga, thanks for your message. If you want to go onto the waiting list then you can go ahead and download the enrollment form from the website (located at the bottom of the herbal diploma 2017 page). Fill that out then e-mail it over to donna@cottagehillherbs.co.nz Whilst there won’t be another diploma, there will be a few short workshops this year so keep an eye on the website for those as they will be going up soon! Thanks again!

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