Seasonal foraging walks are a tool to connect with the plants and the land around us. Our classes are immersive, and invite inspiring reflections, as well as provide practical tips and general information.

SPRING

Foraging Walk

“Buds, as long as they are dormant, can, like hibernating insects, survive winter’s lowest subzero temperatures. Once they awaken and begin to draw water into their tissues, however, they are at risk. But trees are seldom fooled by a false start, such as a mid-winter thaw. How do they know when to start their metabolic engines and break bud?”

– Bernd Heinrich, Winter World.
An afternoon exploration of the boreal forest and her spring bounty of buds and sap. As we walk and discover trees and plants in relation to their habitat, we will engage with them in ways involving all our senses, heart and memory.

In order to identify plants at different times of their cycles, the foraging walk series captures seasonal changes in the same location throughout the year.

Try some of our apothecary creations… and learn where they come from!

This 3-hour beginner class is designed for those who are called to know their natural environment better and in need of a little nudge to start exploring the medicine and food of the boreal forest. It proposes an introduction to the most commonly used wild plants and tips to identify them and work with them. For the curious souls yearning to discover new ways to connect with nature when they’re on the trail!

  • common plant identification
  • harvesting practices
  • nature meditation
  • tools + books recommendations
  • sampling
  • handouts + recipes

SUMMER

Foraging Walk

“The best time to gather the aerial parts of the plant is in the morning, after the plants have rested and before the heat of the day evaporates their volatile oils. The midday sun temporarily wilts the plant’s energy, yet it also draws oils and resins into aerial parts. Because of this, some herbalists suggest evening harvesting. As you become familiar with plants and spend time observing them, you will better understand the best time to gather them.”

– Beverley Gray, The Boreal Herbal.
An afternoon exploration of the boreal forest and her summer bounty of leaves and flowers. As we walk and discover trees and plants in relation to their habitat, we will engage with them in ways involving all our senses, heart and memory.

In order to identify plants at different times of their cycles, the foraging walk series captures seasonal changes in the same location throughout the year.

Try some of our apothecary creations… and learn where they come from!

This 3-hour beginner class is designed for those who are called to know their natural environment better and in need of a little nudge to start exploring the medicine and food of the boreal forest. It proposes an introduction to the most commonly used wild plants and tips to identify them and work with them. For the curious souls yearning to discover new ways to connect with nature when they’re on the trail!

  • common plant identification
  • harvesting practices
  • nature meditation
  • tools + books recommendations
  • sampling
  • handouts + recipes

FALL

Foraging Walk

“When the berry season was done, the plants would send out slender red runners to make new plants. Because I was fascinated by the way they would travel over the ground looking for good places to take root, I would weed out little patches of bare ground where the runners touched down. Sure enough, tiny little roots would emerge from the runner and by the end of the season there were even more plants, ready to bloo, under the next Strawberry Moon. No person taught us this – the strawberries showed us. Because they had given us a gift, an ongoing relationship opened between us.”

– Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass.
An afternoon exploration of the boreal forest and her fall bounty of roots, bark and berries. As we walk and discover trees and plants in relation to their habitat, we will engage with them in ways involving all our senses, heart and memory.

In order to identify plants at different times of their cycles, the foraging walk series captures seasonal changes in the same location throughout the year.

Try some of our apothecary creations… and learn where they come from!

This 3-hour beginner class is designed for those who are called to know their natural environment better and in need of a little nudge to start exploring the medicine and food of the boreal forest. It proposes an introduction to the most commonly used wild plants and tips to identify them and work with them. For the curious souls yearning to discover new ways to connect with nature when they’re on the trail!

  • common plant identification
  • harvesting practices
  • nature meditation
  • tools + books recommendations
  • sampling
  • handouts + recipes

WINTER

Foraging Walk

“In the winter woods, much is buried and hidden, but more is revealed. Two feet of fresh powder had already fallen on solidly frozen ground layered with fallen leaves. Recently those leaves had obscured the views through an otherwise opaque forest of green. Now, I could see through the forest.”

– Bernd Heinrich, Winter World.
An afternoon exploration of the boreal forest and her winter bounty of needles and resin. As we walk and discover trees and plants in relation to their habitat, we will engage with them in ways involving all our senses, heart and memory.

In order to identify plants at different times of their cycles, the foraging walk series captures seasonal changes in the same location throughout the year.

Try some of our apothecary creations… and learn where they come from!

This 3-hour beginner class is designed for those who are called to know their natural environment better and in need of a little nudge to start exploring the medicine and food of the boreal forest. It proposes an introduction to the most commonly used wild plants and tips to identify them and work with them. For the curious souls yearning to discover new ways to connect with nature when they’re on the trail!

  • common plant identification
  • harvesting practices
  • nature meditation
  • tools + books recommendations
  • sampling
  • handouts + recipes

Looking for something specific?

We can organize a foraging walk for your group or family and are happy to tailor it to your own forested area. We look forward to hear what interests you!

“The Honorable Harvest, a practice both ancient and urgent, applies to every exchange between people and the Earth.

Its protocol is not written down, but if it were, it would look something like this: Ask permission of the ones whose lives you seek. Abide by the answer. Never take the first. Never take the last. Harvest in a way that minimizes harm. Take only what you need and leave some for others. Use everything that you take. Take only that which is given to you. Share it, as the Earth has shared with you. Be grateful. Reciprocate the gift. Sustain the ones who sustain you, and the Earth will last forever.”

– Robin Wall Kimmerer

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