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Wildcrafting for Wellbeing Weekend

 

Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October

Dartington Estate

10am till 4pm each day. £150

On this immersive and relaxing weekend you'll be introduced to the sensory arts of foraging and forest therapy, and experience the restorative power of connecting back with nature through wild food and an embodied connection to the land.

 

Held in the heart of the beautiful Dartington Estate, we'll meet and gather plant based wild edible food, prepare wild recipes and share food together around the fire. You will be guided through relaxing and gently playful ways to become fully present in your surroundings, tuning into the plant and animal world with the senses our ancestors used to thrive and survive.

 

This is a deep dive into seasonal foraging for wellbeing interwoven with forest therapy invitations to help you develop a "wildful" relationship with the land and your own inner nature.

On this immersive and relaxing weekend you'll be introduced to the sensory arts of foraging and forest therapy, and experience the restorative power of connecting back with nature through wild food and an embodied connection to the land.

 

Held in the heart of the beautiful Dartington Estate, we'll meet and gather plant based wild edible food, prepare wild recipes and share food together around the fire. You will be guided through relaxing and gently playful ways to become fully present in your surroundings, tuning into the plant and animal world with the senses our ancestors used to thrive and survive.

 

This is a deep dive into seasonal foraging for wellbeing interwoven with forest therapy invitations to help you develop a "wildful" relationship with the land and your own inner nature.

Foraging Basket spring summer doc size

What to bring

  • Packed lunch for Saturday (refreshments are provided all weekend, and lunch is provided on Sunday).

  • Sturdy, waterproof boots or wellies

  • Full waterproofs

  • We will be outside all weekend so please bring enough layers to keep you warm sitting or standing outside.

  • A drink of water

  • Any snacks you may need

  • Any medication you may need

  • Please bring a chair or stool to sit on if you would find a low bench or the ground inaccessible. We will provide sit mats (there is some shelter in the woods and we will have a fire).

  • A notepad and pen (optional)

  • A basket or bag for foraging

Booking coming soon

Cancellation

Wild food courses go ahead whatever the weather. We are not able to offer refunds but in exceptional circumstances may be able to transfer your booking to another date.

 

Risk

No liability accepted for accidents or incidents. It is  generally recommended not to try new new foods during pregnancy and this applies to wild food. On a wild food course the risks of foraging including contamination, pollution, poisons and contraindications are explained.

Basket fire Foraged haul

What is forest therapy?

Forest therapy has its roots the Japanese practice of "Shinrin-Yoku" which literally means "taking in the atmosphere of the forest".  This is done by tuning into all our senses - breathing, listening and noticing the beauty of nature that surrounds us.  

 

Forest therapy with an ANFT guide has a research-based way of supporting well-being, health and happiness. It incorporates sensory, creative and playful nature connection invitations alongside time to share your experience to promote deeper relationship with yourself, others and all beings of the natural world.  It is becoming well-known as a effective tool to reduce stress and a great digital detox. It also benefits the cardiovascular and immune systems and improves mood and cognition.

About the Tutors

Myrtle Cooper & Emma Capper

 

Myrtle is a forager, wild food and ecological sustainability educator and facilitator. Myrtle founded Wild & Curious Foraging and has been leading wild food courses since completing an MSc in Ecological Food Systems, where she developed sensory and intuitive ways to reconnect people with plants, the land and ourselves, experiences that build our capacity and improve wellbeing.

 

Myrtle specialises in teaching about wild edible plants, and delights in sharing immersive techniques for learning the art of foraging. You are invited to enter into the life world of plants, and to take the time to develop your own unique relationship with them.

 

Emma Capper is founder of Creative journeys in Nature. She is a certified Nature and Forest therapy guide with a wealth of experience as an expressive artist and creative facilitator.

She offers regular "Wanders for Wellbeing" on the Dartington Hall Estate and Bakers Park, Newton Abbot. Emma offers simple invitations to help you become fully present in your senses experiencing the forest from an authentic place of heart with the curiosity of a child. 

This course is for you if:

  • You are completely new to foraging or if you wish to build on your existing knowledge and confidence

  • You wish to deepen connection your to the natural world

  • You would benefit from learning nature based techniques for relaxation and wellbeing