Foraging Courses, Walks, Events

Forage for edible wild foods in the abundant natural habitat around you. Join me on a course to increase your knowledge of local plants, experiment with wild food and medicines. Some dates are listed below and more will be added as the year goes on. Please check back regularly for more dates or add your name to my mailing list for updates.

Private tuition, a party or a venue that suits you? I’m happy to come to you, if you have a group of people interested whether to take you for a foraging walk, or combine it with wild cooking or a workshop (wild cooking, infusions and booze, preserving foods, home medicines, lotion & potions, soap-making). Have wok, will travel!

Gift Vouchers

The perfect Christmas or birthday present for a nature-loving friend. Buy them a voucher to use on any of my half day walks, valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Let them choose whether to forage for seaweeds, hedgerow plants or edible fungi. Attractive voucher to download print and wrap. Click here to buy.

2018 Foraging Courses

Friday 13 April to Monday 16 April Lambay Island Retreat. Book here 
I am excited and delighted to be able to host this intimate residential weekend in May on the small private island of Lambay. This is a full immersion in nature to restore the soul, while staying in the exquisite Lutyens-designed White House. Lambay is just a 20 minute boat ride from Malahide Marina, Dublin, Ireland. You’re collected from the marina at lunchtime on Friday, by the time you return on Monday morning. Click here for more information.

Saturday 21 April Wild Dining in the Sand Dunes – with Mad March Hare
I will be giving a talk about foraging and a mini seashore forage at a fantastic evening of outdoor dining in East Lothian hosted by Mad March Hare. The evening is available for booking now
through this link to Mad March Hare.

Saturday  5 May 2018 13:00 – 17:00 West Lothian Book here – Fully booked
Delicious wild vegetables, spring salads, wild juices. Learn to identify some staple wild foods, discover their health benefits and unusual tastes.  Covers identification, harvesting, preserving, cooking, medicinal use and folklore.

Sunday 6 May 10:30 – 15:00 Vogrie Country Park Book here
Celebrate Spring with a Circadio® Spring Walk: a holistic nature experience which combines forest bathing, wild food foraging and wild medicine.
First your Forest Therapy Guide will take you on a slow and mindful forest bathing walk to relax you, awaken your different senses, and inspire your connection with nature.
Then you will learn to identify plants that are used as food or medicine, discover their health benefits and delicious tastes on a foraging walk with wild food expert and research herbalist, Monica Wilde.

Saturday 19 May 2018 10:00 – 16:00 East Lothian Coast with John Wright Fully booked
If you’ve ever been intrigued by seaweeds, shellfish and coastal plants, this is the course for you. Join one the UK’s most experienced foragers, John Wright (seen on River Cottage) and wild food expert Monica Wilde, on this fascinating day out examining and discussing around 80 plants as we make our way to the shore. We’ll discuss their edibility and how to prepare them, their medicinal use, other uses and their unique stories.

Sunday 21 May 2018 Falkirk
I will be leading a morning foraging walk with some outdoor pizza cooking in Falkirk. You can read more information and book through Under the Trees here. 

Saturday 26 May 2018 10:00 – 14:00 Pollock Park Glasgow Book here Fully booked
Delicious wild vegetables, spring salads, wild juices. Learn to identify some staple wild foods, discover their health benefits and unusual tastes. A foraging walk with wild food expert, Monica Wilde in Glasgow’s Pollock Park. Small group with expert tuition and samples of prepared foods to taste. We cover identification, harvesting, preserving, cooking, medicinal use and folklore.

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July West Lothian – Fully Booked
Two-day weekend workshop making nettle yarns and fibres with our guest tutor the textile expert, Birte Ford.  80 year-old Birte is coming out of retirement to share her knowledge with us over two days.Includes all tuition, lunches and goody bag.

Sunday 15 July 2018 10:00 – 16:00 West Lothian Book here
Spend a full day learning about the fascinating ways that plants and herbs are used medicinally and learn through hands on making remedies.

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July West Lothian Book Here
Another two-day weekend workshop making nettle yarns and fibres with our guest tutor the textile expert, Birte Ford.  80 year-old Birte is coming out of retirement to share her knowledge with us over two days. The first weekend booked up so quickly Birte is kindly running another one. Includes all tuition, lunches and goody bag.

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 July 2018 10:00 – 16:00 West Lothian Book here
Two day intensive course in all aspects of mushroom cultivation and growing with Matthew Rooney, an ecologist and one of the UK’s most experienced fungi cultivation experts. Matthew will be up from his biodynamic mushroom farm in Colchester just for this event. Limited to 15 places only. Venue: West Lothian. Price includes lunch, refreshments and your own inoculated log/kit to take home after.

Sunday 19 August 2018 10:00 – 16:00 West Lothian Book here
Spend a full day learning about the fascinating ways that mushrooms are used medicinally and get busy with hands on making mushroom medicines.

Saturday 1 September 2018 10:00 – 15:00 Near Aberfeldy Book here
An introduction to the fascinating world of fungi. Learn how to identify both edible fungi and their poisonous cousins. Discover how fungi connect the world, their habits, habitat and how we use them.A four hour walk followed by identification of samples and discussion and a tasting session.Takes place in mixed pine/broadleaf woods near Aberfeldy. Exact location will be sent after booking a month before the event.

Sunday 2 September 2018 10:00 – 15:00 Near Callander Book here
An introduction to the fascinating world of fungi. Learn how to identify both edible fungi and their poisonous cousins. Discover how fungi connect the world, their habits, habitat and how we use them.A four hour walk followed by identification of samples and discussion and a tasting session.Takes place in mixed pine/broadleaf woods near Callander. Exact location will be sent after booking a month before the event.

Saturday 8 September 2018 10:00 – 14:00 West Lothian Book here
An introduction to the fascinating world of fungi. Learn how to identify both edible fungi and their poisonous cousins. Discover how fungi connect the world, their habits, habitat and how we use them. A three hour walk followed by identification of samples and discussion. Takes place in mixed pine/broadleaf woods in West Lothian. Exact location will be sent after booking a month before the event.

Sunday 9 Sept 2018 10:00 – 14:00 Central Belt Book here
An introduction to the fascinating world of fungi. Learn how to identify both edible fungi and their poisonous cousins. Discover how fungi connect the world, their habits, habitat and how we use them. A three hour walk followed by identification of samples and discussion. Takes place in mixed pine/broadleaf woods in the central belt. Exact location will be sent after booking a month before the event.

Saturday 15 Sept 2018 10:00 – 14:00 South Argyll Book here
Sunday 16 Sept 2018 10:00 – 14:00 North Argyll Book here
An introduction to the fascinating world of fungi. Learn how to identify both edible fungi and their poisonous cousins. Discover how fungi connect the world, their habits, habitat and how we use them. Takes place in mixed pine/broadleaf woods in Argyll and Bute. Exact locations will be sent after booking a month before the event.

Friday 28 Sept 2018 10.30 – 16:00 Near Inverness Book here
Saturday 29 Sept 2018 10:30 – 16:00 Near Aberfeldy Book here
Sunday 30 Sept 2018 10:30 – 16:00 Near Perth Book here
Join John Wright, fungi expert and author of the River Cottage handbook: Mushrooms for a fascinating look into the world of fungi. Learn how to identify some of the common edible mushrooms and importantly, how to avoid the poisonous ones! Also learn about their medicinal benefits with research herbalist and forager Monica Wilde. A full day course.

Saturday 27 October Dining in the Wilderness with Mad March Hare
I will be giving a talk about foraging at a fantastic evening of outdoor dining in East Lothian hosted by Mad March Hare. The evening will be available for booking soon through this link to Mad March Hare.

Look out for more foraging course dates coming soon. Please join my mailing list to be kept updated.

To browse all current available courses click here.

Walks and Workshops for Groups

If you have a group and would like to do something special, or run an event at your own venue, just contact me to see what I can arrange.

The Small Print

Venue changes
Please note that the venues are not alway exact until nearer the time as it depends on the plants, the fungi and the seasons, and what is growing where.

Getting there
I try to make as many walks as possible accessible by public transport as the best foraging is outside of the cities. If you let me know in advance I can often arrange a car share with others on a walk.

Cancellations
If you need to cancel, a full refund will be given if you cancel 14 days prior to the event less any PayPal or credit card charges. Shorter notice will result in a discretionary refund if I can rebook your place in time with someone else.

Your children
I love having children on my courses. They are quick learners and a love of nature inspired in them now, will be with them for life. I don’t charge for children except for events with food. If you would like to bring a child with you, please let me know. Please note however, that foraging courses are not for all children. They are at a slow place, with a lot, of talking and information to absorb and sometimes it is cold and wet. You know your child. If you think he or she would be bored or find terrain/climate/pace difficult, please don’t force them to come.

Your pets
Please don’t bring your pets – out of kindness to them and as a courtesy to the other members of the group. Sadly even the best behaved dogs get bored on a lead as the walk is at a slow pace and when many people bring their dogs it quickly becomes chaos. I have found that, whilst your dog is an excellent companion when out on your own, sadly dogs and foraging courses do not mix well so I’m afraid they are not allowed on the courses.

Your safety
Whilst I take every care in organising the events that I run with your safety and comfort in mind, any walk or course in wild terrain carries some risks. Tripping up or falling over can occur, occasional food allergies, rough terrain, falling branches… To date, no unhappy events have ever happened but by booking your ticket you accept liability and responsibility for yourself and your party in the event of accident or injury. I am a trained first aider and insured foraging teacher and a Member of the Association of Foragers. If you have any mobility challenges or limitations please let me know prior to a walk. Some specific walks for people with limited sight or mobility are organised during the year.

24 Comments

  1. peter baird

    Totally loved the fabulous fungi walk . Brilliant day spent in fields looking ,identifying and picking so many species .
    Cant wait for the next one .

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  3. Janie thomson.

    Monica. Can u let me know if any places become available for the west Lothian walks? Seems I am too late!!

  4. Buchanan Smith

    What a superb day I had yesterday foraging for mushrooms with Monica and 14 other hardy souls. Thanks to my missus for the gift – I know what I will be asking for Christmas this year.

    All the best , Monica

  5. peter baird

    Another great day foraging for edible plants on 3/5 .Monica is so knowledgeable on so many things,
    If your thinking of foraging then look no further, honestly its a fabulous day out in the country .

    Thanks Monica

  6. alisoncross

    nooooooooooo!!! The one at Loch Fyne would be perfect for me but I’m already booked for that date and can’t cancel! I’m just on Bute and it would have been ideal for me! 🙁

  7. Julie Sarab

    Any plans for a foraging/fungi course in Morayshire – Elgin area? Want to know more. I have a bumper crop of some kind of fungi on my lawn and I’d love to know what they are 🙂

    • I didn’t make to Morayshire this year but if you think there would be a group of people interested and you know a likely wood I could come up this year.

  8. Chris Blake

    I am gutted I have just found this information out. I will definitely be doing this next year if it is available.

  9. Hi, do you know what walks/days you’ll be offering in 2016? Would a gift voucher bought (for Christmas) be good for mushroom walks next autumn?

    • Hi Alison, Vouchers bought at Christmas are valid for the whole of 2016 so yes will cover fungi dates. Trying to get some dates up before Christmas Day. Best. Mo

    • I’m afraid the courses are not suitable for dogs. No matter how lovely they are, they get bored and distract other participants who may not be used to dogs.

  10. Hi,

    I was wdon’t seeing if you had any cancellations for the seaweed foraging course on the weekend of 3/4 February 2018? Thanks!

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