WILD FOOD WALKS
Half-day Wild Food Walks on Dartmoor and the south Devon coast carefully teaching you 20 wild foods of each season, how to distinguish them from their poisonous lookalikes, and how to add these ingredients into your every-day cooking.
Starting as early as you can in each season gives you the whole of that season to see how the plants changes.
FOUR DIFFERENT WALKS
SPRING: Leaves, Flowers & Roots
SUMMER: Seaweeds & Seashore Plants
AUTUMN: Beginners Wild Mushrooms
AUTUMN/WINTER: Berries, Nuts, Roots, Lichens & Fungi
COST of EACH WALK
WILD FOOD IDENTIFICATION Booklets for that season (see below).
walks are available from February to November, every Wednesday
and every Saturday from 9.30am to 1pm.
For the exact dates please go to the WALK DATES tab at the top of this page.
WILD FOOD IDENTIFICATION
So that you don't have to try and take notes as well, each walk includes a colour illustrated booklet of all that we find leaving you free to concentrate.
Example of a page from the Spring Wild Food Idenfitication Booklet
There are 3 booklets (Spring, Summer,
Autumn/Winter) and these can be purchased in advance for £10 for the set plus p&p (see the BOOKS tab at the top of the page).
Each booklet gives you £3.50 off the price of the walk for that season and can be used as many times as you like to get that discount.
Buying them in advance means that you can start to familiarise yourself with the plants you'll be learning.
It seems to work best that parents come and learn this knowledge first, without distractions, and then teach it to their children at another time.
HOW TO BOOK A PLACE
Just email me via the CONTACT FORM at the top of this page or on firstname.lastname@example.org, with the date you'd like, the number of people and whether or not they have a booklet for that season. I will email you back with the availabilty and ask for a £10 deposit per person via Paypal. You can also pay by cheque.
The balance is payable on the day. If you need to cancel or re-arrange please give at least 24 hours notice or else the deposit will be lost.
Gift vouchers are a great way of giving the gift of a wild food walk, allowing the recipient to choose any walk in 2015, just send a request on the CONTACT FORM found at the top of this page. They're £20 each or £16.50 if the recipient has one of my booklets for that season which they must bring with them along with the voucher.
MY WAY OF TEACHING
the last 12 years of teaching, I've noticed that the people who
constantly ask questions actually block the information from sinking
in (for themselves and others around them), so, taking guidance from the Aboriginal way, we do the walks in
The feedback has been that people find it much easier to concentrate, they are amazed at how much they can remember afterwards and they become far more aware of everything around them which enables them to see the bigger picture because, learning the difference between what's edible and what's poisonous, is only the tip of the iceberg.
While I was walking around the world, I learned from Australian Aborigines, African Bushmen, Pygmies and North American Indians. When I got back to Britain, I applied their logic to the landscape here to see if it would work.
After doing this for many years, I realised I'd discovered our very own annual migration route which fits us perfectly into the eco-system and enables us to easily find an abundance of wild food at any time of year.
Nobody else has worked out this route, possibly because it took a bit of female logic to put it all together (rather than take it all apart) and so make all the connections!
As I worked it out, I realised that hunting and gathering isn't about survival at all: it's about absolute freedom. It's the only way of life that enables all of us, not just the weathly, to eat the very best foods in our country and as we do so, we play our part so that even more wild food grows back. It means that if we were all gathering wild food there would be twice as much.
It's not only rewarding on a physical level, providing our bodies with exactly the right nutrients it needs for each season, but hunting for and gathering wild food also requires us to use parts of our brain that have been blocked by 4,000
years of separation from Nature. It's no wonder then that when people begin gathering wild food, they report feelings of deep satisfaction and purpose they never experience in modern life.
I think of this hunter-gatherer knowledge as our birthright and our future and so I keep my prices affordable to all. My aim is to teach as many people as I can so that this knowledge will spread out as far as it will go.
THE HUNTER-GATHERER WAY
I've written a book about my discoveries, The Hunter-Gatherer Way, and reading it before coming on a walk will greatly enhance and deepen your experience.
The Hunter-Gatherer Way has reached 17 countries so far and is receiving amazing reviews, I've put some of these reviews on the BOOKS tab where you can also order a copy.
There is a Facebook page where I share my observations and adventures throughout the year, it's called The Hunter-Gatherer Way by Ffyona Campbell.
I hope you can come on a Wild Food Walk with me soon and step into the role that Nature has waiting for you.
FACEBOOK: The Hunter-Gatherer Way by Ffyona Campbell