rivers & roots apprenticeship

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Dates:  Septembre 9-11, Octobre 14-16, November 18-20, 2022, February TBD, March 17-19, April 14-16, May 12-14, June 16-18, 2023

Location: Wakefield, QC

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Join us on over the course of 8 weekends, beginning this fall,  where each season we learn to identify, sustainably harvest and process a variety of wild edible, medicinal, and otherwise interesting, useful, and helpful plants and mushrooms.

Imagine 8 full weekends of deeply exploring our age old relationship with plants and mushrooms, in a small community of passionate inspired learners and teachers!  Our unique program includes participation in an outdoor wildfood inspired gourmet dinner at our homestead that is open to the wider community and the building of a beautiful birch bark canoe that we will take on a paddling adventure on our last month together in June!

 

The general schedule will be as follows:

Friday evening:  After some time to set up camp (for those that are camping), our outdoor kitchen will be available for preparing potluck meals, leading to a night of fire, introductions, sharing of passions and stories and inspirations, context weaving and gratitude, as well as an introduction to some simple plant based craft such as a basket, that some may wish to continue working on throughout the weekend and beyond.

Saturday:  Our Saturday concentrates mainly on wild edible foods and their preparations.  After our morning meeting, we will be wandering and foraging from various environments.  Our afternoon will be about preparation of the harvest.  Our afternoon session 2 will be spent helping to prepare wildfood inspired dishes and drinks for the evening's feast and/or "Terroir Wildharvest Dinner" which is open to the public in October & May.  The evening will include song and stories around the fire, and the opportunity if desired, to continue work on a plant based craft.

Sunday: Our Sunday sessions will centre more around foraging plants and mushrooms for health and medicine, as well as special areas of interest such as plant dyes, fibres, and other traditional uses.  Closing circle will be at 2:30, although you are welcome to stay longer for project completion, rest, wander, etc!

Added Value: 

All materials will be supplied, (such as oils, jars, labels, medicinal alcohol)

- handouts, including a colour coded calendar of local foraging options

- Opportunities to take cuttings and transplants from our wild areas and "wild" gardens

- many options and resources for continued learning 

- lifelong access to our members page, with tons of recipes, resources, and anecdotes

- 30% fee reduction on any additional workshops for the 2022-2023 season.

Payment:

Cost: $2000+HST

Deposit of $300 due upon registration to hold your spot.

Worktrade and payment plans available

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Accomodation:

2 Tiny Houses/Cabins may be available for an additional rental fee for those interested. Otherwise, participants camp out of on our property  and have access to our:

Outdoor Kitchen

Outhouse

Outdoor Shower

If you do not have access to camping gear, please let us know and we will do our best to find you some for the duration of the program.

Details:

Please note that you will be taking home both processed  and unprocessed foods and medicines.  Some of our “special plant studies” will include projects that will have to be finished at  home.   You will also be given many resources for continued study, for the keen learners.

The following is the general structure of the class, and a tentative month by month curriculum.  Please note that the classes will very much be responsive to the interests and the energy of the participants, what’s happening in nature, and sudden bursts of passion from the instructor, so the exact curriculum will vary. 

 

Here's a potential overview of each class, though depending on participant interest and sudden inspirations, there may be some variation:

September 16-18: Soak in the sun and put on some fat!   Food:  acorns, black walnut, butternut, stinging nettle, wild grape, wild apples, roots, harvest feast,   Medicine:  i: rosehips, ii) herbal first aid and herbal first aid kit,   Processing:   black walnuts for food, medicine and dye.   Special Studies:  dyes, fibres, the amazing cattail doll.  

October 14-16: Bring in the harvest! Community celebration! As the warm days and food foraging season draws to a close, and the last of the calorie dense wildfoods are dried, canned, frozen and otherwise transformed, we are called to feast and celebrate.  Our Saturday will include a Wildharvest meal open to the public, and a musical celebration for the Earth's gifts and the relationships that will sustain us through the winter.  There will be an emphasis on fermentation of all kinds, including delicious wild apple cider.  

November 18-20:  As the land turns to melancholy shades, our turns to the coming months.  Medicines are made to stay healthy, and more in case we or our loved ones do get sick.  We also look to the coming month of December and get ready for gatherings with family and friends with wildfood recipes and nature based gifts such as homemade moisturizing creams and cattail angels.

February TBA: 

 

March 17-19:  


April 29-May 1st: The Earth Awakens! Foods: root vegetables such as burdock, cattail rhizomes, spring ephemerals such as leeks, spring beauty, trout lily roots, Marsh marigold,  Medicines:  Coltsfoot honey and tinctures, tree bark medicines, Balsam poplar salve (Balm of Gilead), Chaga,  Special Studies:  preparing for wild "gardening", plant and mushroom propagation, simple plant communication practice,

May 27-29: Spring Fever!  Foods: dandelion, fiddleheads, basswood leaves, wild leeks, wood nettles, pine, sprucetips,   Medicines:  plantain, yarrow,   Processing:   gathered foods, medicinal honeys, oils and salves,  Special Studies:   i)  conservation, caretaking and propagating your own “wild” plants, ii) wild beers, vinegars, ciders, and other fun, healthy ferments! iii) if there is time and interest, dandelion wine.

June 24-26: Climax and the Solstice!    Foods: wild strawberries, burdock stalk, carrot stalk, rose petals, cattails, milkweed, daisies, Medicines: pine pollen, comfrey, red clover,   Processing: tinctures, cattail stalks,  Special Studies:  i) bark: baskets, fibres, food. ii) spirit of plants: a short discussion European and First Nations perspectives on plant spirit, consciousness, as well as folklore and magic! (in honour of the coming summer solstice)

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