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Workshop:
The Art of Foraging
This one-day workshop guided by Laura Williams is for anyone who would like to get closer to nature and learn to eat from the everyday plants and weeds that grow around them.
23 April 2022
Location: Quinta da Mizarela Ashram, Portugal
Price: 50 €
Time: 11 am - 5pm

Price includes a simple and delicious vegetarian lunch and digital handouts. Feel free to arrive from 10:30am and enjoy a cup of tea.
Register for the workshop
The Art of Foraging workshop will be in English.

To ensure the best learning environment places are strictly limited and these workshops do sell out so reserve your place early!

To reserve your place please fill in the form below or email Laura at arcticskua@gmail.com
For any questions call or message Laura at +351961480954
The Art of Foraging
23 April 2022

From the workshop you will:

• Become skilled at identifying some common edible wild plants you can find in your area
• Understand the importance of learning the growing habits and timings of these useful 'weeds'
• Discover how to eat these common wild plants raw and cooked
• Uncover the deep connection between yourself and the natural world
• Discover the benefits of bringing wild plants into your garden and kitchen
• Learn some medicinal properties of familiar weeds
• Discover teas you can make from common plants
• Take home full-colour, digital handouts of the most common plants
• Enjoy a simple, delicious vegetarian lunch with some of the plants we will find ourselves.

Gathering your food from the wild is called 'foraging' and the way I forage is with a deep respect and reverence for the natural world. This is not a workshop that will teach you that 'Nature is a supermarket' but rather one that will start you on a lifelong journey into real relationship with the plants, fungi and all of the beings that support them. The day will be experiential and we will take time to meet the plants slow down to 'plant' time so we can really begin to know them. We will use all of our senses as we dive into their green world.

The day will also be practical with a lot of time given to identifying, collecting and tasting the different plants until you are confident to start foraging at home. We will also discuss the many benefits of foraging and of the nutritional content of the individual plants. Wild food is many times more nutritious than most of the food we buy.

Spring is a wonderful time for foraging here in Central Portugal. The rains have brought abundance in diversity and quantity. We will mostly be meeting herbaceous plants identified through their leaves and flowers. But we will also talk about eating and processing other parts of the plants such as chestnuts and acorns. And who knows what else we will find? One of the many delightful things about foraging is it is always a surprise!
Guided by
Laura Williams
"I have enjoyed a loving connection with the natural world since I was a child and always loved to be outdoors and exploring wild places. I have been foraging for over 20 years since I was living in a remote Scottish Island and desperate for fresh vegetables. When someone told me I could eat the nettles growing around me it was a complete revelation and an utter delight! As I continued to find more plants I could eat I realised that foraging is not simply about gathering nutritious food but a life-long journey that has deepened my relationship with plants and my gratitude for all of Nature's generosity."

Laura is a senior resident of the Awakened Life Project Ashram, the founder of Awakened Life Forest Project and Laura Williams Coaching.
What to expect
We will take time to meet the plants, slow down to 'plant' time so we can really begin to know them. We will use all of our senses as we dive into their green world. The day will also be practical with a lot of time given to identifying, collecting and tasting different plants. We will discuss the many benefits of foraging and of the nutritional content of the individual plants.
Where is it
The workshop is held in a beautiful Ashram of Quinta da Mizarela located in the mountains of Central Portugal. You will have the opportunity to visit off-grid community, to experience the wonder of nature, our delightful animals, cascading waterfalls, bathing pools and silence.
How to find us
Quinta da Mizarela
3305-031 Benfeita Portugal
40.216554, -7.937210

+351961480954

When you arrive
Please park just off the road near the sign for the Quinta da Mizarela. Pease do not drive down the dirt track, there is limited space to turn around. Just leave your car and walk for about 15 mins following the track downhill and signs for Upper Quinta.