“And don’t think the garden loses it ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous” -Rumi
We are within the great season of winter’s “deep-rest” and during this period we are supposed to slow down, and conserve energy for spring. We can keep cosy and warm by drinking spicy wild root herbal teas/chai’s and eating rich comforting root vegetable stews.
Wild plants such as Thistles and Dandelions have sent their energy down into their roots, storing a great magical essence which is both nutritious and healing for humans, wild animals and the land.
It is also during this period of rest, that we can start to create our own magic as we turn inwards, reclaim balance, and reflect on the past year and make plans for the new.
Programme for the day
9.30-10.00am: Meet at Corn Helyg for a coffee/tea/wild chai and a lovely hedgerow inspired snack.
10.15am: Workshop introduction and informal chat regarding workshop activities, housekeeping etc. Then we will take a wild wander around Corn Helyg to identify some of the wild edible and medicinal plants which are available during winter. We will be digging up roots for the PM activity and looking at other wild plants and their important role within the ecosystem.
1-2pm: Break for lunch. I will be providing the basis of a 2 course vegetarian lunch with tasters using wild winter plants and food from our autumnal stores. Please also bring some vegan/vegetarian food to share.
2pm: wild root activity with thistles and dandelions-we will be making wild spicy chai, nourishing medicinal infusions and other wild root inspired potions!
3.30pm: Workshop ends
The workshops are an informal space for those who wish to learn more about mother nature’s wild gifts. Please feel free to bring note books and cameras for ongoing learning.
Coffee/tea/herbal teas will be available throughout the day.
Recipe leaflets and course materials are included within the price.
What to bring: Warm waterproof clothes and wellingtons/strong boots as our land is very diverse in its terrain, we like it that way!
Slippers for the cottage, this is very important!