Tending the Wild: An Immersive Wild Food journey on the Wild Atlantic Way
Follow the path of your ancestors and learn how to gather and process wild foods and medicines from coast to forest, river to meadow and all the hedgerows along the edges.
Join ethnobotanist and ancestral skills teacher Lucy O’Hagan on this 5 day journey to explore our inner and outer nature. We will rewild our minds and bodies as we explore a new environment from which to harvest nature’s bounty each day. You will learn how to safely identify and sustainably forage from a range of plants, trees, fungi, seaweed & lichens.
Spring time foraging is a fantastic way to brush off the winter cobwebs and boost our energy levels with the revitalising nourishment of wild plants. Many of the green plants in season at this time of year contain exactly what our bodies need to feel that spring in our step again. This course has been designed around the super low spring tides just after the full moon so expect to meet lots of seasonal, nutritious seaweeds as you dip into the wild Atlantic.
Not only will we forage together as a community, but you will also learn creative and exciting ways to process natures gifts into wild ferments, salves, salts and syrups to take home with you.
We will also explore ancestral methods of cookery without pots or pans, with the sky as the roof and the earth as the floor; this course will finish with a Feasta Fia / Wild Feast with food prepared by you and supplemented with local & organic produce.
This week will be woven together with focus on taking time to relax, unplug and reconnect with our inner and outer nature. You will be invited to take part in nature-based meditations and sensory awareness activities to connect you on a deeper level to the earth and our plant allies.
You will also hear from the wild, indigenous voices of this land and meet with local poets, gardeners, herbalists and folklorists who know this place so intimately.
Each day will begin at 10am as we head out to a local area to identify and gather wild produce. Lucy has been foraging in this area for the past 8 years and knows some ideal spots.
Once we have gathered enough, we will return to The Song House to process nature’s gifts into food or medicine to take home with us or use in our feast.
The days will end at 5pm, giving you time to explore the local area and maybe enjoy a pint of Guinness at a local music session.
What other people have said about this course:
“My mother and I spent an amazing 4 days Tending the Wild with Lucy and a group of inspiring people foraging by river, forest, coast and bog in Donegal. Highly recommend Lucy and this beautiful programme connecting you to the land and your inner landscape…..”
“Lucy is mind blowing in her knowledge of all things that thrive in the wild! After spending 6 amazing days learning to forage in the beautiful Donegal forests, rivers, bogs and shores I feel much more competent in picking berries, grasses, seaweeds, flowers and more! I highly recommend Wild Awake if you are interested in learning to forage and process! Thank you again Lucy!!!!!”
Wholesome and nutritious breakfasts and lunches will be provided, as well as the wild, foraged feast at the end of the course. Dinner on the night of arrival will also be provided.
You will need to buy (or forage!) food to cook for 3 nights and we recommend that people do this in cooking groups. This is a great way to practically use the plants you have foraged that day and to incorporate the wild cuisine into your life. We love creativity!
Nestled in the foothills of Muckish mountain in the wilds of the Donegal Gaeltacht in the north west of Ireland, the Song House is an inspirational retreat centre, a place to reconnect with the essentials in life. Surrounded by elemental nature- the wild Atlantic ocean, expansive sandy beaches, mountains and bogland, it is a place that fosters reconnection to ourselves, rekindling a sense of community, and our place on Mother Earth.
The song house can sleep up to 13 people in shared rooms and there is also space for camping at a reduced fee. There is a huge table around which to share our meals and a large workshop space to process our harvest, overlooking Muckish mountain.
As the name suggests, it’s a song house! So expect to kick start your day with a song to lift your spirit and give thanks to the land.
Accommodation for 5 nights in The Song House
Meals- Breakfast 5 mornings & Lunches 4 days, Dinner on 2 nights
Expert tuition on wild plants and medicine
Materials to make and bring home some wildcrafted medicine & food
A poetry reading and inspiration from poet & writer, Cathal Ó Searcaigh
A workshop with native herbalist Margaret Kitty. Margaret has gleaned all of her herbal knowledge from her female ancestry.
Folklore of the the area with local illustrator, author and folklorist Sean Fitzgerald
What’s not included?
-Transport to and from the Song House. Guests will be expected to make their own way to the house. Full directions and transport options will be given. We will car share to the other venues.
-Any snack food outside of the three meals provided.
Thursday 9th April: Arrival from 5pm, Dinner at 7pm. Induction and brief overview of the week.
Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th: Breakfast from 8am, Leaving at 9.30am for foraging area. Coast/ Forest/ River. Return at 1pm for lunch and to start processing plants.
Monday 13th: Processing plants for Feasta Fia. Exploring prehistoric cooking methods. Wild Feast at 7pm.
Tuesday 14th: Breakfast, final gratitude and farewell.
€500. Special Early bird 10% discount if booked before December 21st €450 (€50 off).