Very special & completely silent
WILD FOOD WALKS
...the hunter-gatherer way
I believe in pushing the limits to get to the next level.
The knowledge of how to gather wild food all year round
is the ultimate in human freedom.
Gathering wild food means you can walk away from the rubbish that's
in the shops and dine on the finest foods in the country.
You don't have to dig or prepare the soil, you don't have to sow or weed
or water or watch slugs eat all our produce.
You just have to watch Nature do all the work for you and then, when it's
perfect, all you have to do is to gather it.
But, the journey to learn these plants is fraught with poisonous
look-a-likes that can burn,
blister, asphyxiate, induce a coma, or kill.
I've taught over 1,000 wild food walks in the last 13 years and in that time
I have discovered how we are naturally equipped to learn the subtle
differences between the edible and the poisonous.
If you want to learn right, first time, learn as you're designed to learn, in
silence, in the hunter-gatherer way.
These WILD FOOD WALKS are unlike any other.
They are taught as I was taught, without words.
On these walks you don't speak and I don't speak. But we communicate
easily in a way that there are no misunderstandings.
Just as our ancestors did.
This silent language takes you out of your head with all it's limiting
beliefs and constant questioning, and into the realm of the present
moment where all your senses are immediately engaged.
Silence heightens your observational skills so that being taught in this
hunter-gatherer way makes it so much easier to spot the
differences between the delicious and the deadly,
and to remember them for good.
HALF-DAY WILD FOOD IDENTIFICATION WALKS
On south Dartmoor and the south Devon coast
- 20 wild foods & poisonous look-a-likes each season
- How to easily add these into your everyday cooking
- Free colour illustrated booklet of everything we find
- Discount for repeat walks
THE FOUR DIFFERENT WALKS
SPRING: Leaves, Flowers, Roots & Poisons
SUMMER: Seaweeds & Seashore Plants
AUTUMN: Beginners Wild Mushrooms
AUTUMN/WINTER: Berries, Nuts, Roots, Lichens & Fungi
COST of EACH WALK
Each walk costs £35 per adult and £20 per child over 11 years. These walks are not suitable for younger children.
There is a discount of £3.50 if you have one of my Wild Food Identification booklets for that season (see below).
walks are available from February to November, usually every Wednesday
and every Sunday from 9.30am to 1pm.
For all the dates please go to the WALK DATES tab at the top of this page.
WILD FOOD IDENTIFICATION
So that you don't have to take notes or photographs as well as listen, each walk comes with a free colour illustrated booklet of all that we find.
Example page from the Spring Wild Food Idenfitication Booklet
These booklets can be purchased in advance for £12 for the set of 3 seasons plus p&p (see the BOOKS tab at the top of the page).
Each booklet can be used as many times as you like to get the £3.50 discount. They are NOT transferable.
Buying them in advance means that you can start to familiarise yourself with the plants you'll be learning.
HOW TO BOOK A PLACE
Just email me via the CONTACT FORM at the top of this page or on firstname.lastname@example.org, with the date you'd like, the number of people and whether or not they have a booklet for that season.
I will email you back with the availabilty and ask for a £20 deposit per person via Paypal to secure your place. You can also pay by cheque.
The balance is payable on the day. If you need to cancel or re-arrange please give at least 24 hours notice or else the deposit will be lost.
Gift vouchers are a great way of giving the gift of a wild food walk, allowing the recipient to choose any walk in 2015, send a request on the CONTACT FORM found at the top of this page. They're £35 each or £31.50 if the recipient has one of my booklets for that season which they must bring with them along with the voucher.
MY WAY OF TEACHING
Over the last 13 years of teaching, I've noticed that when people constantly ask questions they actually block the information from sinking in (for themselves and others around them), so, taking guidance from the Aboriginal way, we do the walks in silence.
feedback has been that people find it much easier to concentrate, they
are amazed at how much they can remember afterwards and they become far more aware of
everything around them.
Having taught over 1,000 wild food walks now, I know that this method is absolutely the safest and easiest way to learn.
While I was walking around the world, I saw that the hunter-gatherers seemed to have a lot more fun than Western people. So after the walk I went to live with the Australian Aborigines to see if my hunch was right. It was. I realised too that I had found what the West is always looking for but can never find: satisfaction. So, I returned to Britain and began to apply hunter-gatherer logic to the landscape here to see if it would work.
After doing this for many years, I realised I'd discovered our long lost annual migration route which fits us perfectly into the eco-system and enables us to easily find an abundance of wild food at any time of the year. It also leads us to a life that makes sense on so many levels as it satisfies where nothing else can.
Nobody else has worked out this route, possibly because it took a bit of female logic to put it all together (rather than taking it all apart) in order to understand it.
As I worked it out, I realised that hunting and gathering isn't about survival at all: it's about absolute freedom. It's the only way of life that enables all of us, not just the very weathly, to eat the best foods in our country and as we do so, we play our part so that even more wild food grows back. It means that if we were all gathering wild food there would be twice as much.
It's not only rewarding on a physical level, providing our bodies with exactly the right nutrients it needs for each season, but hunting for and gathering wild food also requires us to use parts of our brain that have been blocked by 4,000
years of separation from Nature. It's no wonder then that when people begin gathering wild food, they report feelings of deep satisfaction and purpose they never experience in modern life.
I think of this hunter-gatherer knowledge as our birthright and our future and so I keep my prices affordable to all. My aim is to teach as many people as I can so that this knowledge will spread out as far as it will go.
THE HUNTER-GATHERER WAY
I've written a book about my discoveries, The Hunter-Gatherer Way, and reading it before coming on a walk will greatly enhance and deepen your experience.
The Hunter-Gatherer Way has reached 17 countries so far and is receiving amazing reviews, I've put some of these reviews on the BOOKS tab where you can also order a copy.
There is a Facebook page where I share my observations and adventures throughout the year, it's called The Hunter-Gatherer Way by Ffyona Campbell.
I hope you can come on a Wild Food Walk with me soon and step into the world that Nature has waiting for you.
FACEBOOK: The Hunter-Gatherer Way by Ffyona Campbell