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Foraging and wild Medicines with Anna Richardson,

Lucinda Warner and Alice Bettany.

 

Welcome to the foraging and wild medicine workshops at Wowo

We offer a selection of full day workshops which include a foraging walk in the morning and then practical food and medicine making in the afternoon around the campfire to shorter 3hr wild plant walks.  

We also offer foraging, botany and wild medicine educational sessions for home-ed groups, school groups, team building days or other private hire sessions and events.  

Our specialist herbalists and foragers can be hired to come to a location of your choice or your group can come to Wowo campsite with potential to camp over or hire some glamping options to extend the adventure. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire further

 

Join us for a journey through the growing seasons, gathering and processing plants for food and medicine. Run by expert forager Anna Richardson and herbalists Alice Bettany and Lucinda Warner this series of seasonal workshops is designed to introduce you to a wide variety of plants that have been used by our ancestors for healing, nourishment and enjoyment. We begin the cycle of the year looking at the first green plants of spring and then see the blossoms and flowers of summer give way to berries, seeds, mushrooms and roots in the Autumn. We finish the year with a day dedicated to the mighty oak and its acorns which we will learn to process. The days will focus around gaining an understanding of the qualities of each season whilst using all our senses to help experience the properties of the plants we are working with. Each full days workshop will involve making a variety of foods and medicines together around the campfire in the afternoon.

These workshops and course of seasonal dates are open to anyone interested in building A relationship to the plants and will offer herbal practitioners or those interested in wild nutrition to gain confidence and understanding on how to identify plants in their different habitat, to gather respectfully and sustainably and to participate directly in the different processing methods of the plants in their seasons to turn them into food and medicine.  

 

Book 4 full day foraging and wild medicine days to receive a 10% discount

We encourage people to attend a workshop each season to experience the plants in all their guises and to help this learning journey we are offering a 10% discount if you book all 4 full day foraging and wild medicine dates (April, June, September, October).  

To grab this discount, click on Saturday 21st April on the calendar below and choose the bulk booking discount option that comes up after following the booking instructions below. The investment into this seasonal plant exploration with the 10% discount will be £270

 

2018 brings forth an exciting new programme with new additional specialist workshops to include a plant dying day with Deborah Barker and an exploration of the world of Medicinal mushrooms with Jesper Launder

Saturday 24th March

10am-1pm

Spring is Stirring - Wild Plant Walk

Saturday 21st April

10.30am-4.30pm

Wild Spring Greens for Food and Medicine

Sunday 13th May

10.30am-4.30pm

Natural Plant dying with Deborah Barker

Wednesday 30th May

10am-1pm

Late spring foraging & Wild Medicine Walk

Sunday 1st July

10.30am-4.30pm

A celebration of Summer Wildflowers

Sunday 8th July

10am-1pm

Summer flowers Wild Plant Walk

Wednesday 11th July

10am-1pm

Medicinal Herb garden tour

Saturday 22nd September

10.30am-4.30pm

Autumn Forage - Berries and Seeds

Wednesday 3rd October

10am-1pm

Autumn Wild Medicine walk

Sunday 21th October

Meet at Ashdown Forest centre

9.30am-4.30pm

Medicinal mushroom day with Jesper Launder

Saturday 27th October

10.30am-4.30pm

Root day

Saturday 10th November

10.30am-4pm

Acorn day with Anna Richardson

 

Prices:

Full day workshops cost £75 per person

Foraging walk 3hrs cost £30 per person

Seasonal plant exploration, Set of 4 full days with 10% discount

(April, June, Sept & Oct) cost £270

Please bring a pack lunch which can be ideally shared with others, this brings such a treat to the day when food is shared.  We can top up our lunch with some foraged goods too and will be nibbling away all afternoon on the foraged delights we’ve made.  A selection of tea’s and hot water will be provided and of-course we will make some fresh herb brews along the way.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to meet & greet.  Please bring suitable footwear for walking on farmland, warm clothes (even if it is sunny) and wet weather gear just in case.  Please bring a notepad and pen, maybe a camera to help you remember the plants, and a baskets for foraged goods.

No previous experience needed for any of these workshops.

Maximum of 16 participants on each day.

Under 18yrs welcome if interested but need to be accompanied by a participating adult, charged at

20% off full price, contact Workshop manager to book this on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No dogs allowed please

 

Home Education groups

2018’s Home-ed group (8-15yrs) is set over 4 days following the seasons on a Friday, 10am-3pm.

Dates: 9th March, 11th May, 8th June, 28th September, 19th October

If you are unable to make all of the dates, you can pick and choose and come to one, some or all. Cost is £30 per child, £15 for sibling. Parents are welcome to accompany

Herbal Kids club

2018 is the start of an after school Kids herbal club running one Thursday a month for 5-7yrs.

Dates are: 12th April, 24th May, 7th June, 12th July, 2nd August, 6th September. £15 per child, £7.50 for sibling

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How to Book workshops at Wowo

Click directly on the date of the workshop/ extra you want to attend, followed by clicking on 'NEXT STEP'. Then select how many people to attend each Workshop (take note of dates) and click on 'NEXT STEP'. You will then be directed to fill in your payment details
 

Spring is Stirring - Wild Plant Walk

Saturday 24th March

10am-1pm

This half day walk will introduce you to a variety of early spring edible and medicinal plants and allow you to taste, smell and observe the plants in order to assist you in understanding their properties and feeling confident with identification. We will look at traditional and modern uses, folklore and botany and above all enjoy the opportunity to meet and connect with plants that are common and abundant in our local environment. It will be an easy stroll, taking in our surroundings and enjoying the enlivening energies of spring

This day will be run by Anna Richardson and Alice Bettany

 

Wild Spring Greens for Food and Medicine

Saturday 21st April

10.30am-4.30pm

Spring is a time of awakening in nature and in our bodies as the days grow longer and warmer. Whilst buds open and leaves unfurl our blood and lymph flow more freely and the liver and kidneys step up their work to clear out our systems after the more stagnant months of winter. To help with this process we have some wonderful plant allies which can be made into delicious foods and medicines and assist us in cleansing and toning our systems ready for the new growth of the year ahead. Wild spring greens have been part of the diet of our ancestors for thousands of years and we will learn some of their traditional and modern uses as well as how we can gain benefit from incorporating them into our lives. On this day we will walk the land and gather some of the spring plants we find for making tea, food and medicine around the fire in the afternoon. You might take home a herbal vinegar or a healing ointment, feast on wild pesto and salad and pick up some fire by friction tips

This day will be run by Anna Richardson, Lucinda Warner and Alice Bettany

 

Natural dyeing - Found and Foraged Plants with Deborah Barker

 Sunday 13th May

10.30am-4.30pm

Join Deborah for this one-day introduction to natural dyeing and learn how you can work with plants and trees found in our Sussex fields and hedgerows to create a range of beautiful, subtle colours on wool.

This is an opportunity to slow down and experience a gentler rhythm as we walk the land together to forage for plants to bring to back to our dye pots in the wood. A time to sit and experience the emerging spring as we tend the dye pot while the wool is transformed before your eyes…

We will be working with wool, which has a natural affinity with dye plants. Each workshop participant will be provided with 50 grams of locally sourced organic Plawhatch wool to dye. You can also bring small amounts of your own fabric or yarn or purchase additional wool for putting in the dye pot at the end of the day.

In this workshop you will be introduced to dyestuffs to create a range of colour and the basic principles of natural dyeing including:

• Preparing the wool for dyeing

• Creating colour in the dye pot

• Creating shades and shifting the colour with natural modifiers

You will go home with enough dyed wool to make a cowl or fingerless gloves and if you are inspired there will be plenty of ideas on how to continue your dyeing experiments at home

 

Late Spring Foraging & Wild Medicine walk

Wednesday 30th May

10am-1pm

An informative short walk to teach you some basic botany and plant ID and to introduce you to all the wild medicine and food that is in abundance at this time of year

This walk will be lead by Alice Bettany

 

Summer Flowers

Saturday 30th June

10.30am-4.30pm

Summer is such a vibrant time, full of beautiful flowers which help to open, cool and refresh our bodies and minds. Flowers can be used in medicines, foods and delicious herbal teas at this time of year and we will gather together to learn about some of their traditional uses for healing body and mind. In the morning we will forage a variety of healing flowers and in the afternoon we will be making some lovely preparations around the campfire.  You might take home a Flower essence and a herbal infused oil or another medicine made on the day as well as picking up some fire by friction tips

This day will be run by Anna Richardson, Lucinda Warner and Alice Bettany

 

Summer flowers wild plant walk

Sunday 8th July

10am-1pm

Join Alice Bettany on a mornings forage to learn about which plants are in their prime for food and medicine at this bountiful time of year.  We will end the walk by tasting some wild teas we have made en-route and sampling some simple products that can be made with flowers at this time of year

This walk will be lead by Alice Bettany

 

Medicinal Herb garden tour

Wednesday 11th July

10am-1pm

Join Alice Bettany for a tour of her small yet productive medicinal herb garden.  You will meet a large selection of herbs that are used regularly in her dispensary such as elecampane, marshmallow, echinacea, wormwood, ashwaganda and vervain. Alice will talk about their main herbal actions and how they are most commonly prepared, which part of the plant is used and whens the best time to harvest

 

Autumn Forage - Berries and Seeds

Saturday 22nd September

10.30am-4.30pm

Autumn is the time for deep nourishing, building up our stores of nutrients and supporting our immune systems ready for the cold months ahead. Nature provides us with a wonderful array of colourful berries and fruits along with delicious nuts and seeds which are full of the fats and energy we need to keep us warm through the winter months. Along with the last few wild greens we have such an abundant variety of healing foods and medicines at this time of year. Join us for a foraging walk in the morning which will focus on gathering from nature's bounty to make a selection of delicious wild foods and supportive medicines around the fireside in the afternoon.  You might take home a hedgerow oxymel, a delicious medicinal stock base or enjoy some wild hedgerow syrup as well as picking up some fire by friction tips

This day will be run by Anna Richardson and Lucinda Warner

 

Autumn Wild Food and Medicine walk

Wednesday 3rd October

10am-1pm

Autumn is a busy time in the foragers and herbalist’s schedules, such an abundant time of year. Come along for this gentle walk to get a flavour of this celebration of natures harvests

This walk will be lead by Alice Bettany

 

Medicinal mushroom day with Jesper Launder

Sunday 21st October

Meet outside Ashdown Forest centre, Colemans Hatch Rd, Forest Row, RH18 5JP

09.30am-4.30pm

This is an immersive day event exploring the fascinating world of native medicinal fungi with herbalist and all-round wild mushroom nut Jesper Launder. The morning session sees us exploring local woodland for interesting fungi species, learning how to identify the common and important medicinal species, where to find them, and the basics of how to use them as medicines. The afternoon offers the chance to extend our learning beyond the species found in the morning, including species-specific practical methods of preparing your own high grade medicinal mushroom extracts. There will be a chance for the group as a whole to partake in some of the processes involved and there will be scope for extensive Q & A to help cement the days learning.

 

Root day

Saturday 27th October

10.30am-4.30pm

Later in the autumn, as we start to draw inwards ready for winter, nature is also letting go as the leaves fall and plants store their energy in their roots ready for the colder months. On this day we will be looking at a variety of wild and cultivated roots for food and medicine. We will look at how roots can nourish us at this time of year and their healing properties for a wide variety of issues, from skin complaints to coughs and colds. We will spend the morning walking the land, digging and learning about the botany, folklore and sustainability of foraging roots as well as meeting some of the medicinal roots grown in the herb garden. Then in the afternoon we will make some delicious foods and healing medicines from our harvest around the campfire. Things we might make on the day include a healing stock, a cough syrup or a balm

This day will be lead by Lucinda Warner and Alice Bettany

 

Oak day

Saturday 10th November

10.30am-4.30pm

A fun and nurturing workshop with which to end the year, this day is dedicated to the wonders of the great oak tree. Our time will focus primarily on the acorns, learning about gathering, processing and enjoying the nourishment provided by this ancient food that has been a staple for many peoples around the world. We will also touch on the medicinal properties, folklore, botany and ecology of this iconic tree and spend some time finding our own connection with it. Finish the day with acorn bread and acorn truffles around the fire

This day will be lead by Anna Richardson


 

  

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About Lucinda Warner:

Lucinda Warner is a herbalist and naturopath living and working in East Sussex. She works primarily with local and wildcrafted herbs and can often be found nosing around the hedgerows or blending, brewing and bottling potions in her kitchen. She is a firm believer in herbal medicine as the medicine of the people and loves to share her experience of the healing powers of nature which involve everything from herbal preparations to simply sitting by a tree. She writes a blog at http://whisperingearth.co.uk in which she shares seasonal photos, recipes and musings from the wild.

 

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About Alice Bettany:
Alice is the eldest daughter of the Cragg family, the owners of Wowo campsite. She set up and still runs all Workshops at Wowo. Realising the potential to help inner city kids and families experience nature connection and bushcraft as part of their camping experience. This then expanded to the general public in the surrounding area to also offer full day workshops in foraging and wild basketry plus more.  The master forager Anna Richardson became and remains a dear friend and mentor to Alice, for which she is eternally grateful.  Alice went on to deepen her own bushcraft skills by attending the year long survival course called Trackways which culminated in a 4 day survival quest in the Pyrenees. 
 
Over the years she was so inspired by the plants that she also underwent a 3yr full time Herbalism course in London and is now a qualified Herbalist and Naturopath.  Alice's main passion is to empower and inspire kids and families to help themselves stay healthy through the abundance of nature's medicine around us. Alice also helps raise awareness around sustainable growing and wild crafting of herbs, endangered or at risk species and seed sovereignty. She recently completed a Permaculture design course with Peter Cow and is in the process of setting up two community herbal gardens in Firle and Horam. Alice host's wild medicine walks and practical herbal medicine making workshops for all ages in the East Sussex area. She also offers seasonal days of foraging, practical medicine making, basic botany and biology workshops for Home Education groups; one day in spring, summer and autumn. Alice is available for private herbal consultation or to be hired for herbal garden design jobs.  For information about Community herb gardening open days, Community supported herbalism and more see her website: http://www.sacredseeds.org
 

 

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About Anna Richardson:

Anna was has been teaching about Foraging and wild medicine at Wowo since 2008. She is taking a year out to explore the flora and fauna of the UK with her family, as well as making time out to practise her nature crafts. She will return to offer workshops again in 2017.

Anna has extensive knowledge and experience of native wild plants. Self taught research into medicines available in the hedgerow led to a yearlong bushcraft/survival training, as well as an interest in wild foods and other practical uses of plants. Since 2003 she has been mentored by archaeo-botanist Professor Gordon Hillman. Anna currently teaches Forest School and courses for adults at Sussex University; she is also developing her work in Plant Spirit Medicine and nature awareness with teachers such as Eliot Cowen. Anna works as a freelance facilitator for the Circle of Life rediscovery team, which is a community interest company for outdoor learning and environmental education.

Anna’s passion is in providing a space in which participants have the opportunity to connect to the natural world and to explore this relationship through creative activity.  By spending time around a fire in the woods with a smallish group of like-minded people, working with gathered plant materials in various ways, we can find connection to ourselves as well as to the natural world around us.  Taking time out of our normal daily lives in this way allows space for reflection and gives us the possibility of deep nourishment, appreciation and an opportunity to touch into sense of the interconnectedness of life. Anna is inspired by traditional wisdom and knowledge in the ways we work with nature and the natural materials.  We harvest what we need with respect and sensitivity.

 

About Deborah Barker – Field Folk

‘I find the marriage of pigment and fibre, the way in which natural colours reflect the season, the geography, the weather and the alchemy of creating colour with materials from the local landscape, endlessly fascinating.

Deborah grew up in the Sussex countryside and has a degree in the History of Design from University of Brighton where she specialized in textile history.

When her children were young she would collect hedgerow plants to dye the sheep fleece they gathered from the fields around their Sussex cottage. Through these early experiments she discovered a passion for working with living botanical colour.

For thousands of years we have experimented with capturing pigments from the plant and mineral kingdoms and transferred them to the human material world. Deborah is engaged in an ongoing study of the history and craft of natural dyeing and has a deep respect for the knowledge that has been accumulated over generations. This learning, along with a passionate belief in the importance of creativity for wellbeing and a commitment to sustainability, underpin her approach to natural dyeing.

Deborah loves to work outside with foraged and found dyestuffs. Dyeing with plant material gathered mindfully and with care, can help us to slow down and connect with the natural world to create deeply nourishing colours that resonate with the living landscape. Where possible she harvests plants in such a way that it actively improves the biodiversity and ecology of the place from where they were gathered.

She been teaching naturally dyeing since 2013 and has been mentored by internationally renowned natural dyer, Jenny Dean since 2015. As well as her creative practice as a natural dyer she is a freelance arts consultant and arts project manager. She has a particular interest in education and the intersection between craft, architecture, agriculture, and wellbeing. She is currently completing a four year project with the International School of Storytelling.

You can find Deborah on instagram at field_folk

 

About Jesper Launder

Jesper qualified in Herbal Medicine in 2002 from the University of Central Lancashire and has since set up clinics in Didsbury, Bolton, Manchester City centre, and his home town of Hebden Bridge.

Over his time in clinical practice Jesper has developed a particular interest in the treatment of long-standing and stubborn complaints, with special emphasis placed upon stress-related disorders, skin complaints, and problems associated with hormonal disturbances.

Jesper has close ties with the natural medicines company Neal's Yard Remedies, and currently practices from their clinic at their Manchester branch. In conjunction with Neal’s Yard Remedies, Jesper runs a variety of herbal medicine courses and talks.

He is especially passionate about the healing potential of Herbal Medicine in both its gentle nature and effectiveness, and is keen to share this passion with others. Jesper places great emphasis upon education, and as well as teaching many aspects of Herbal Medicine, gains much pleasure from leading informative wild food, mushroom, and herb identification walks through the year.

Jesper is a fully insured member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.

 

Dates and programme for 2018

Scroll down below to the booking calendar and to read the descriptions of each workshop as well as the Bio’s for the tutors.

 


 

 

  


 

 

 

 

 

 

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