WILD FOOD WALKS
...the hunter-gatherer way
I believe that knowing how to find and gather wild food all year
round is the key to setting us free from all that is harmful.
Gathering wild food enables us to walk away from the
shops and dine instead on the finest foods in the country, for free.
We don't have to dig or prepare the soil, we don't have to sow or weed
or watch slugs eat all our produce.
We just have to watch Nature do all the work for us and then, when it's
ready, all we have to do is to gather it.
If we know the right way to do it, our gatherings will increase the
volume of growth so that the more we gather the more will grow
back, making sure there is twice as much wild food for tomorrow.
But, the journey to learn these plants is fraught with poisonous
look-a-likes that can burn, permanently scar,
asphyxiate, destroy organs, induce coma, or kill.
HALF-DAY WILD FOOD IDENTIFICATION WALKS
On south Dartmoor and the south Devon coast
over a distance of approximately 1.5 miles includes:
- Teaching you 20 wild foods & their poisonous look-a-likes
- Free colour illustrated booklet of everything we find
- Information on adding these plants into everyday cooking
For more information on each walks content, please click on the
WALK DATES tab at the top of this page.
THE FOUR DIFFERENT WALKS
SPRING: Leaves, Flowers, Roots & Poisons, Feb - May
SUMMER: Seaweeds & Seashore Plants, June - Sept
AUTUMN: Beginners Wild Mushrooms, Sept & Oct
AUTUMN/WINTER: Berries, Nuts, Roots, Lichens, Sept - Nov
For more information on each walk, please click the WALK DATES tab
at the top of the page.
COST of EACH WALK
Each walk costs £35 per adult.
There is a discount of £3.50 for repeat walks or if you have already
purchased the set of 3 Wild Food Identification booklets for that season (see below).
£20 per child 11-18yrs.
For groups of younger children I can arrange a walk at a rate to be
The walks are available from February to November, usually every
Wednesday and every Sunday from 9.30am to 1pm.
For more details, please click on the WALK DATES tab at the top.
WILD FOOD IDENTIFICATION
So that you don't have to take notes or photographs as well as listen, each
walk comes with a free colour illustrated booklet of all that we find.
Example page from the Spring Wild Food Identification Booklet
HOW TO BOOK A PLACE
Use the CONTACT FORM at the top of this page and email me 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 availability and ask for a £20 deposit per
person via Paypal to secure your place. You can also pay by cheque.
Gift vouchers are a great way of giving the gift of a wild food walk,
allowing the recipient to choose any walk in 2015. Send a request on the
CONTACT tab at the top of the page. They're £35 each or £31.50 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
Over the last 13 years I have taught more than 1,000 wild food walks
and I have seen how people struggle to see the subtle differences
between the edible and the poisonous and to remember them.
In that time I have experimented with many different ways of
teaching and I have finally discovered there is a secret to tapping
into our natural abilities to do this....
Most people are stuck in their heads
and are not in the present moment at all.
What gets us out of our head and away from all it's chatter and
limiting beliefs and into the present moment, is silence.
Silence then heightens our observational skills because ALL of our
senses become engaged and they begin to make observations for us.
These WILD FOOD WALKS are like no other.
In silence you can quickly notice: the structural differences of each plant,
the textural differences and the differences in scent. These are your
natural tools for identification but they only work when
we're not speaking.
Learn right, first time.
Learn as you're designed to learn,
in silence, in the hunter-gatherer way.
"I felt and appreciated the deep sensitivity, respect and dignity with which you drew us into the mystery and truth of this most beautiful 'way'.
I found our walk together nourishing and life-affirming, a continuing homeward bound journey." Tim Macartney, founder of Embercombe outdoor education centre.
"The walk was a feast for all the senses. Simply life as it should be..." Nikki de Gruchy
"The seaweed walk was such a divine experience which we have been putting to great practice often, with all kinds of exciting results!
Thank you so much for teaching us this wonderful knowledge in such a delightful and memorable way." Barbara
"I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful courses. You are quite the inspiration and I feel truly invigorated to continue with my journey on the path of the hunter-gatherer." Adam
For more walk reviews, please click on the REVIEWS tab at the top of this page.
While I was walking around the world, I saw that the hunter-gatherers I met seemed to have a lot more fun than Western people. So, after the world walk had finished, I went to live with the Australian Aborigines to see if my hunch was right. It definitely was. I realised too that I had found what the West is always looking for but can never find.
I returned to Britain and began to apply the hunter-gatherer logic I'd learned to the landscape here to see if it would work. After doing this for many years, I realised I'd discovered our long lost annual migration route which fits us perfectly into the eco-system and which enables us to easily find an abundance of wild food all year round. It also leads us to a life that makes sense on so many levels as it satisfies where nothing else can.
Nobody else has discovered this ancient route, possibly because it took a bit of female logic to put it all together (rather than take it all apart) in order to understand it.
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 very wealthy, to eat the 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 the body with exactly what 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 I started taking people out with me and teaching them what I had discovered, they reported 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 try to keep my prices affordable to all whilst also being able to make ends meet. My aim is to teach as many people as I can so that this knoweldge can spread out as far as it will go.
"THE HUNTER-GATHERER WAY Putting Back the Apple"
I've written a book about my discoveries and reading it before coming on a walk will greatly enhance and deepen your experience on the day.
It has reached over 17 countries so far with amazing reviews, some of which I have posted on the REVIEW tab found at the top of this page. You can order a copy under the BOOKS tab.
There is a Facebook page where I share some of my observations and adventures through the year, it's called The Hunter-Gatherer Way by Ffyona Campbell.
Come on a WILD FOOD WALK with me soon and step into the world that has been waiting for you.
FACEBOOK: The Hunter-Gatherer Way by Ffyona Campbell