10 week-ends taken over 1 or 2 years in a group,
The Year Long Wild Food course is for those who feel the call of the wild, and want to learn the 'Ring of the Wild Food Year', the route of everlasting wild food I wrote about in my book, The Hunter-Gatherer Way.
It took me 15 years of work to piece it all together, so that the wild food never runs out. Knowledge of it means you can re-wild yourself, and your landscape, anywhere in Britain.
The course takes a group of up to 13 people, on the journey with bunkhouse/camping accommodation. Or, for those who would rather learn individually or as a family, I can offer it as a day's private tuition, once a month without accommodation, for the same price.
You'll be taught over 150 edible and poisonous plants, seaweeds and fungi, as well as the logic to help you find them in your own landscape.
You'll learn how to prepare these foods, like how to turn wild grass seeds into unleven bread, how to turn acorns into lentils, berries into a marinade that tastes like red wine, and seaweeds into a highly effective healing gel for all manner of skin conditions from exzema to psoriasis to athletes foot.
You'll learn how to read the land where you live using an O.S. map in order to find the right places to look for the wild foods when you get home. This knowledge will enable you to piece together the migration route that lies waiting to be discovered in your area, all you need is a river.
You'll learn how to gather in the right way so that the plants grow back twice as thickly in your wake. Which means if we were all gathering wild food there would be twice as much.Wild food is the only kind of food which does this, making it the most sustainable food resource on Earth.
This isn't a macho survival course. Wild food is not about survival, it's about absolute freedom. You'll be taught in a positive and encouraging atmosphere of comfort and plenty of good food at the end of each day because I believe people learn best when they are warm and well fed, not cold and hungry.
It is a rigorous course though, and only suitable for those who are healthy and well.
In a mixed group of 13 people you'll stay in bunkhouses on our week-ends in March, and October and November, and make camp in April, May, June, July, August and September, using your own tents and a beautiful bell tent with a woodburning stove which is the school. We'll go out gathering from there on walks that are not more than 2 miles long.
I find that many people who are drawn to wild foods often enjoy long periods in Nature on their own and have some reservations about what it'll be like to be with so many people each week-end. One of the aspects former students have remarked on most is the unexpected camaraderie of being with a group of like-minded people, perhaps for the first time.
Your confidence will build, month by month, to reveal what is, in essence, the Holy Grail of Nature. This migration route leads to a continuous and unbroken line of everlasting wild food, and therefore everlasting life for people. Because it is the most powerful route in the land, it is also a deeply enlightening and naturally spiritual experience, and much personal growth and healing naturally takes place within all of us.
The course is £2,800 for 10 week-ends. This needs to be paid upfront in full. Due to previous students failing to pay their installments, I cannot offer this again.
You can spread your 10 week-ends over 2 years if you wish.
No other wild food course can teach this route, because I was the one who found it.
Come travel the trail of our hunter-gatherer ancestors for yourself and discover how to tap into your own natural common sense to find it's secrets. You'll be astonished by the long forgotten pleasures you'll experience and no matter where you are, no matter what time of year it is, once you have the knowledge you will always know how to find an abundance of delicious wild food and so become an Aborigine yourself.
And as an Aborigine of these islands you'll experience an intensity of magical connections with Nature that don't exist anywhere else and, in the words of one former student, you will never be the same again.
For more information and an application form please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
from people who came on this course in 2017
“A completely life-changing experience. Learning with Ffyona takes you on a wonder-filled journey back to our rightful, wild home. Thank you for everything, it means more than I can ever put into words.” Tamara Colechester
“Ffyona’s course has had an enormous impact on me. Ffyona has awakened my senses to the spectacular beauty and abundance. I feel truly privileged to have shared this experience with such a wonderful group of people over ten weekends of this year. I will never forget my 50th year now!” Bernadette Thomas
“A magical journey through the seasons and Mother Nature’s generous bounty, each season holding a myriad of tasty and nutritious delights. A way of connection and finding our true place in nature. Through Ffyona's teaching style I feel confident in my identification of them and where to look, not only that but I have gained a hunter-gatherer tribe with whom I shared the journey. A truly wonderful year.” Olivia Goodman
“Ffyona's year long course is a joy. Every month I looked forward to reconnecting with some amazing and interesting people, discovering a new place in Devon to fall in love with, and building on a magical connection with nature that will stay with me forever.” Amanda Holden
“Following Ffyona through the Ring of the Wild Food Year was a transformational experience. My relationship with the food on my plate and to the wild plants and the land they grow in will never be the same. I see both their world and mine very differently now. Thank you so much.” Jenny Chapman
“Thank you for re-introducing me to the wonders of the natural world. This has been a life changing course that has started my own journey to self-discovery. This course enabled me to tap into inner strengths I never knew existed. I can feel the wildness re-awaken my soul.” Lowrian Williams
“Ffyona Campbell's Year Long Wild Food course has changed and enriched my life in ways I cannot describe. She is a powerful mentor teaching the old ways of our ancestors , The course is full of surprises and is paved with endless magic all the way through, which, after 7 years of learning bushcraft, is the one subject that now tantalises me most!” Johnny Tidd
“Every time I see a waxing moon I think of the many happy hours spent with Ffyona and my fellow 'hunter-gatherers in training'. Ffyona's course is an extremely enriching experience. A rare opportunity to deeply immerse yourself in the gifts of nature through the changing seasons. You will come away with a knowledge and understanding of how to gather and prepare wild greens, roots, nuts, berries, fruits, seaweeds and mushrooms. And you will never be the same again.....” Ben West