Have you ever wondered which of the berries that appear in autumn are edible, or what our ancestors might have eaten to see them through a winter in northern England? Could you really collect enough wild food in local woodlands for a whole meal…and would a chocolate-covered mushroom taste as weird as it sounds?!
Our foraging courses near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire are a journey through the season and the senses. We focus on getting to know the land and its wild food in a deep, immersive way that makes it easy to continue learning, gathering and cooking at home.
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2024 Foraging Course Gift Vouchers
Our Foraging Course Gift Vouchers are a popular choice for Christmas and Birthday gifts. Once you’ve purchased a voucher, you can either print a copy or have it emailed to your recipient. They can then book themselves onto any Foraging Course of the same value in 2024. Courses take place regularly throughout the year with plenty of options to choose from. Click on the voucher image to make your purchase.
2024 Foraging Course Dates & Booking
About the Courses
We invite you to leave the busy day-to-day behind and connect back to the peace of the natural world at our secluded woodland site near Hebden Bridge. Wander amidst bluebells and birch, oak and moss to discover a wide range of plants and fungi that can be used to make tasty and nutritious foods as well as potent medicines.
A big part of what excites us about foraging is tapping back into ancestral wisdom; knowledge that goes back thousands of years and connects us to the people of the past. At our rustic basecamp we will settle in for lunch and show you how to light a fire using only a spark and foraged materials including a mushroom. We will then cook up some of our wild finds over the fire.
These in-depth courses cover identification, methods of preparation and cooking, folklore & history, and the nutritional & medicinal benefits of the plants and fungi we find. You will be offered tasty wild samples along the way, from traditional preparations such as cordials, vinegars, fruit leathers & tonics to our more modern creations such as forager’s chocolate and hedgerow ketchup. The day also includes some time for personal reflection and observation in nature. You will receive info sheets and recipes that make it easy to continue gathering, learning and experimenting at home.
The cost for the course is £65. This includes expert tuition, a selection of wild food and drink samples, cooking demos over the campfire (dietary requirements includiing vegan and gluten-free can be catered for), identification guides and recipe sheets.
Live Wild’s Leonie Morris – Leonie is one of Live Wild’s founders and directors, and works with people of all ages to encourage confidence, competence and a sense of belonging in the outdoors. She is a qualified Bushcraft Instructor & Wild Food Teacher, with many years of experience teaching a range of programmes, including regular seasonal foraging courses in locations across the north of England. Leonie is known amongst her foraging colleagues for her particular skills in creating fire whatever the weather using traditional methods, her sharp and seemingly extra-sensory ‘mushroom vision’, and her ability to help people see the world in a completely new way through sharing her extensive knowledge and nature-based wisdom.
Live Wild’s Sophie Wren – Sophie is an experienced Foraging Teacher and a proud member of the Association of Foragers. She has a particular passion for fungi, and has dedicated much of her adult life to learning everything she can about these fascinating beings. Sophie teachers regular seasonal foraging courses across the north of England alongside Leonie, and is also part of a team helping to regeneratively manage an important area of ancient woodland. Sophie has a particular interest in ethnobotany and folklore, and likes to share stories of how plants and fungi were used and revered by our ancestors.
Terms & Conditions
By booking onto a Live Wild Foraging Course or Foraging Course With Wild Feast you accept the Terms and Conditions outlined here
- Courses are suitable for people aged 14+. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
- Due to the sensitive nature of the site and the presence of food and fire, dogs are not permitted on courses