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

Saturday 3 February 2018 8.45 – 12.45 East Lothian. Book here
Edible Seashore Foray to discover how to identify, harvest and prepare nutritious edible seaweeds. Wear warm clothes and suitable waterproof footwear. Maximum group size is 12 and the price includes recipe booklet, seaweed nutrition information and tasters.
Time: 8.45 to 12.45. This is an early start I know, but the low tides at the early spring weekends are very early this year and we will make the most of the new growth seaweed at low tide.
Venue: East Lothian coast.

Sunday 4 March 2018 8.30 – 12.30 East Lothian. Book here
Edible Seashore Foray to discover how to identify, harvest and prepare nutritious edible seaweeds. Wear warm clothes and suitable waterproof footwear. Maximum group size is 12 and the price includes recipe booklet, seaweed nutrition information and tasters. Please bring a snack with a hot drink too.
Time: 8.30 to 12.30. This is an early start I know, but the low tides at the early spring weekends are very early this year and we will make the most of the new growth seaweed at low tide.
Venue: East Lothian coast.
Directions: Will be sent after booking.

Saturday 24 March 2018 9:00 – 13:00 Roslin Glen. Book here
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 Roslyn Glen, not far from Edinburgh. Small group with expert tuition and samples of prepared foods to taste. Covers identification, harvesting, preserving, cooking, medicinal use and folklore. Directions will be sent after booking.

Sunday 25 March 10:00 – 14:30 Dalkeith 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, Caitlin will take you on a slow and mindful forest bathing walk to relax you, awaken your different senses, and inspire your connection with nature. We’ll finish with a special tea ceremony.
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 7 April 2018 9:00 – 13:00 Almondell Country Park. Book here.
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 Almondell Country Park, West Lothian. Small group with expert tuition and samples of prepared foods to taste. Covers identification, harvesting, preserving, cooking, medicinal use and folklore. Directions will be sent after booking.

Saturday 26 May 2018 10:00 – 14:00 Pollock Park Glasgow Book here 
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.

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.

22 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.

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