Forage and Fibres Weekend

Immerse yourself in the ancient art of foraging for food & medicine, and learn how to prepare wild fibres and weave containers from the land.

Myrtle & Emma warmly invite you to join them for a weekend of foraging for wild food and materials to weave your own unique small vessels, and preparing and sharing wild food.

Early summer brings a tapestry of woodland and hedgerow species, with an abundance of wild food, medicine and foraged fibres perfect for gathering.

Our home for the weekend is in the heart of West Town Farm in Ide, with covered outdoor spaces, and handmade wild refreshments provided.

We’ll spend part of the weekend out exploring & gathering, returning to our camp with everything needed to process and weave a unique gathering pouch with wild fibres, and dive deeper into connecting with wild food.

What to Expect On This Course

Explore sensory ways to find and meet plants which can be used for weaving and creating vessels.

Experience the vibrant and empowering traditional skills of working with foraged fibres, preparing, processing and weaving a gathering pouch with seasonally available plant materials such as dandelion, nettle, willow, willowherb & iris.

Meet wild edible plants at home in hedgerows and woodlands, hear about the tales they have to tell and how our culture is tightly interwoven with the story of plants.

Learn how to prepare simple wild food recipes, shared together.

About the Course

No fibres or foraging experience is required.

This course suitable for those aged 18+, or 14+ with an accompanying adult.

A reasonable degree of fitness and mobility is needed. We’ll cover some slightly uneven ground and walk up to two miles at a gentle pace with frequent stops.

Please bring your lunch on both days to supplement the wild refreshments.

Kind Words

"Emma & Myrtle were excellent tutors, Explaining the idea and process of both practices superbly. It was a great course & wouldn't hesitate to go on another!"
"Each day was full of delights and new learning - the tutors were amazing and sooo knowledgeable - and wonderfully generous with their knowledge"
"I think these types of courses are better than therapy in many ways. I'm looking forward to the next adventure"

Date, Price and Location

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Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June
Time: 10 am-4.30 pm
Cost: £175 (includes handmade wild refreshments)
Location: West Town Farm, Ide, Near Exeter, Devon
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About Myrtle Cooper

As a young child I was enchanted by the worlds of Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree, Tolkien’s Ent’s and the Hungry Caterpiller’s food led journey to metamorphosis.

Climbing to the top of trees in search of hidden worlds, I imagined what stories they had to share. I loved the freedom and untapped possibility I felt being in the wild.

Back in 2011, I rediscovered this hunger for stories and began searching to find that enchantment again. Learning the language of plants, the old lore and how our human story is intimately woven amongst plants.

Studies and work across permaculture, horticulture and regenerative food systems led to a lengthy immersion writing an MSc thesis, which brought together a deepening interest in eco-therapy, plant intelligence and my passion for wild plants.

Sitting with trees, an invisible veil began to drop from my eyes, and the palate of greens took on new meanings; wisdom, food and medicine from the hedgerows.

My practice of plant connection was born. A practice that supports my mental and physical wellbeing more than any other.

Foraging and wild food became a gateway into exploring the world with new eyes, and heightened senses.

About Emma Capper

Emma is an ANFT Certified Nature and forest therapy guide, artist, basket maker and workshop facilitator with over 25 yrs of experience delivering workshops in the expressive arts.

“I love to wander in the woods, gathering flexible stems and branches to create little vessels, baskets and simple pieces of woven art. My senses come alive as I feel into the flow of life in the fibres, honouring their life and mine.”

In 2013 she founded Creative Journeys in nature, weaving her love of art and nature together to curate workshops and forest therapy walks for folk from all walks of life.

She sees her work in this field as a form of eco-activism. Holding a playful yet sacred space in nature for connection, healing and inspiration.