Join us for a weekend of wild food foraging – the Spring Forager course is a wild food rewilding adventure, where you will learn how to tell the difference between the deadly poisonous and the delectably delicious, the rare from the abundant, and how to cook like a pro in the outdoors!
Foraging a wild food salad from the hedgerow or making a nutrient dense nettle soup is a very rewarding experience on many levels; from the sense of independence gained from gathering food for free, to the knowledge that you are absorbing potent nutrient-dense organic wild food, to the simple pleasure of getting some gentle exercise outside and connecting with nature.
The focuses of this foraging weekend is on seasonal leafy greens, organic seaweeds, sustainably sourced fish and shellfish, foods which would have provided our ancestors with much of their key nourishment. You will learn how to safely identify, harvest and prepare hedgerow ingredients, about the medicinal benefits of herbal infusions, the traditional folklore of plants and then how to cook directly on flames or make freshly baked bread in an improvised oven.
This wild foods cookery course is about connecting with nature and thriving in the outdoors, enjoying a sense of community in a supportive learning environment. Learning new skills and having fun. After the course we will email you wild food menus and a list of the best foraging books available, so grab your foraging basket and book a place on this wild food adventure today!
- Days: Fri PM – Sun PM (2 Nights)
- Location: Oak Howe, Lake District, England
- Food & Accommodation: Fully catered and includes camping fees
- Activity: Seasonal Foraging and Wild Foods
- Group Size: 6-14 (Av.10)
- Physical Rating: Easy
- Dates: 28-30 April 2023
- Safe identification of plant & tree species
- The nutritional values of plants
- Crustaceans, shellfish & seaweeds
- Preparing fresh water, sea fish & flat fish
- Expedition cookery and expedient skills
- Identification of toxic plants and dangerous compounds
- Traditional folklore of plants and trees
- Seasonal hedgerow edibles
- Hedgerow salads & soups
- Wild beverages
- Improvised ovens
- This course is fully catered throughout – we do our best to source food that is wild, local, organic, seasonal and nutritious.
- This negates the need to buy food and bring stoves, fuel and cooking gear – maximising your learning time.
- The free loan of specialist bushcraft camping equipment – laplander saws, fire-steels, billy cans, etc.
- Camping fees are included for two nights. This is a two day-long course with a start time of 19:30 on the Friday evening. This is to give folks time to get to us afterwork and to avoids you having to pay for a B&B, so that we can start teaching straight away on Saturday morning. The course concludes at about 16:00 on the Sunday afternoon.
- We offer a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from and to the nearest railway station at set times.
Just returned from the spring forager weekend with Wild Human. What a great experience. Not my first course with them ( now up to 7 courses). Every time I’m impressed with the quality of instruction and organisation. Thoroughly professional from start to finish. Definitely one of the best bushcraft providers in the uk. Many thanks to Joe and Ross and of course “the great Mcnutt”. Hopefully I’ll be back soon for another course.
andrew.buckenham (verified owner) –
Once you’ve stuffed yourself with brown crab and tempura nettle tops there’s just enough room for a slurp or two of last seasons gin(s). I’ll never look at a springtime hedgerow in the same way again.
jocmason (verified owner) –
This was the first WildHuman Bushcraft course I have been on, and I went with my 22 year old daughter, also her first. It was a wonderful experience! Debs and Ben are immensely knowledgeable and wonderfully generous in sharing that knowledge. Learning about the wealth of plants and creatures that are edible or in other ways useful and whose lore that country folk have known for generations but we are losing, was absolutely fascinating. Indeed, I will never look at a hedgerow in the same way again, as a previous reviewer aptly noted. The food was delicious and we learnt some very useful techniques. I think my favourite was Easter Ledge Pudding, made largely from leaves foraged that morning! Delicious! The course was very well organized all round, and it’s also a very practical set-up for camping, (with very nice new field latrine facilities) and some splendid views. My daughter and I had a wonderful time together. Both she and I are determined to go on another course again soon.