Devon Foraging Day Retreat

This course is an invitation to take a pause from busy lives, to come back into connection with yourself, held and supported by wild plants and trees and the ancient practice of foraging.

You will be guided through relaxing ways to become fully present in your surroundings, tuning into the plant world with the senses our ancestors used to thrive and survive.

We’ll explore woodland & hedgerows teeming with life, gathering plants and learning about their gifts of food and medicine, and diving into a deeper connection with the plant realm through solo and group plant work.

‘Beautifully facilitated and held by Myrtle. A fairytale-esque experience packed full of wonderful techniques and new introductions to plant friends. A magical course and a joy to spend time with others.’

You will learn:

  • How to identify seasonal wild edible, medicinal and poisonous plants
  • How to prepare simple wild food recipes and introduce plants in your life in simple ways
  • About plant folklore and historical uses
  • How to work with the senses to understand the properties of plants
  • About plant intelligence and communication
  • How foraging practice contributes to wellness

This course is for you if:

  • You would benefit from spending a gentle day immersed in the woods
  • You wish to learn how to forage safely and sustainably
  • You are completely new to foraging, or…
  • You wish to deepen your knowledge of wild plants and foraging
  • You wish to deepen your connection to the natural world

‘I felt at ease with Myrtle straightaway, as she introduced us to the forest. It was a wonderful day. I haven’t experienced that level of quiet and peace in a long time. Thank you.’

When & Where?

Saturday, 17th September 2022
Time: 10am-4.30pm.
Cost: £85 inclusive of handmade wild refreshments. Please bring your own lunch to supplement these.
Location: Dartington Estate, Devon.
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Saturday, 24th September 2022
Time: 10am-4.30pm.
Cost: £85 inclusive of handmade wild refreshments. Please bring your own lunch to supplement these.
Location: Dartington Estate, Devon.
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Saturday, 15th October 2022
Time: 10am-4.30pm.
Cost: £85 inclusive of handmade wild refreshments. Please bring your own lunch to supplement these.
Location: Dartington Estate, 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.

Kind Words From The Plant Community

“All words of the title were significant, and I felt ‘retreat’ offered a rare opportunity to shift from doing and getting to being and looking, touching and tasting, reflecting and relating. I left with gentle joy, new knowledge, understanding and continuing curiosity.”

“Myrtle’s unique sensory approach to foraging is perfect for anyone interested in slow food, simple living, nature connection and wild wellbeing. She is a rare and special gem among foraging teachers.”

‘Myrtle brings light, joy and mischevious delight to her passion for plants. Her breadth of knowledge is impressive and I love her gentle delivery’ – Holly

‘This work you are holding is so important more now than ever. You are telling the ancient stories of our ancestors of our land of our natural world that we have long forgotten. That need to be gently retold in the way you are introducing us back to our wild woodland friends that wait patiently, ever ready to meet us again. Thank you. I will tell these stories to my children. You have inspired me to return to what I love what sustains me. You have given me a path back. So thank you. I am grateful and excited and open to the wonders of the wood.’ – Katy

‘Thank you so much for today. Both me and my mum had a wonderful day and found it both inspiring and calming to be out in nature listening to your incredible knowledge.’ – Jo

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