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Classes & Foraging Walks

2017 Foraging Hikes

 Every year Laura offers several foraging hikes to share the wonders of the wild plants with the community. These walks begin with a talk on safe and sustainable wildcrafting and then commence with a walk where she shows a variety of plants and some mushrooms that can be used for food, medicine and have interesting utilitarian uses. The September walk will also feature a second teacher who is an expert in mushroom harvesting. No two walks are the same, and as we travel to different parts of Muskoka there is sure to be new things learned in every walk. Please come equipped with sturdy shoes, a notebook and water bottle and know that the outings are more of a slow walk than a big hike.

Muskoka Region Foraging Hike Dates:

Sundays 1:00 - 4:00pm

May 14th:Eventbrite - May Foraging Hike

June 18th:Eventbrite - June Foraging Hike

July 16th:Eventbrite - July Foraging Hike

September 3rd (1:00-5:00):Eventbrite - September Foraging Hike


Foraging Hike & Expedition - What's Cooking Bracebridge

September 30th @9:30am & 1:00pm

Wild Medicine

Introductory Course on Foraging & Herbal Medicine

You are invited to be a part of this 6 part hands-on class where you will learn the basics of working with wild harvested plants, mushrooms and cultivated and common herbs. Students will meet for one Saturday a month from the beginning of May until the end of September in order to follow the plants through the entire growing season. Over the course of the program we will make and finish a variety of creative wild food products and herbal medicine products to start your own home apothecary. Program covers all the supplies the needed for products made in class.

We will cover how to learn the skills to safely identify wild plants and mushrooms, ethical harvesting and timing, preservation methods, and how to grow a herb garden. Students will learn to make infused oils, vinegar, tinctures, salves, and turn these into a variety of first aid and healthful herbal tonics. Laura will also introduce students to understanding how to use their senses to interpret the healing actions of herbs and how this can be used as a foundation for building herbal medicine knowledge.

The program consists of six full-day classroom sessions on Saturdays and students need to attend at least one of four Sunday foraging hikes. There will also be self-study options and the opportunity to choose a focal species to continue inspiration between classes. A small class size limited to 10 students willprovide lots of one-on-one mentoring opportunities. Classes will mostly take place at Laura's home Wild Spirit Permaculture Homestead in Lake of Bays, Ontario. Rustic camping is available for out of town students.

Class Days: 9am-5pm, Lake of Bays, Ontario

Saturdays - May 13, June 17, July 15, Aug 19, Sept 2, Sept 30

Foraging Hikes:

students must attend one to complete program, welcome to attend all (there will be some repetition, but lots new every time)

Sundays - May 14, June 18, July 16, Sep 3

*Option to rustic camp onsite if traveling from a distance


See below for Work Trade Opportunities.

Online Work Trade Application

July 21st-23rd, 2017
Ganaraska Forest Center, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada
We are once again proud to sponsor and teach at this incredible gathering of herbalists, medicine makers, holistic practitioners, crafters and plant lovers of all kinds. Please stay tuned for more conference details and registration opening.

Laura has over 10 years of experience teaching workshops and classes on a number of topics related to working with wild plants and the natural world including home herbalism, wild foods identification and preparation, basket making, ect. If you would like a custom workshop for your group please contact us.