UPDATE: We are extremely excited to announce that Katrina is coming to teach the class on August 15-16. We hope to see you then!
When: August 15-16, 2020, 10 am until 5 pm both days
Join us for a weekend exploration of local wild and not-so-wild plants with renown wild-foods advocate, community activist, gardener, and chef Katrina Blair. The weekend will include a plant and mushroom walk to identify our teachers and allies. We will delve into delicious nourishing whole food preparations as well as natural body care products. Learn how to prepare handy survival foods, have fun responsibly managing prolific “weeds” while regenerating yours and the environment’s overall health, create gourmet culinary sensations with simple, quality ingredients while building a relationship with the non human world.
We are planning on having the entire workshop outdoors, on the outskirts of the pristine West Elk Wilderness Area near Crawford, Colorado.
Saturday, August 15th 10 am – 5 pm
On the first day, we will connect with nature on an easy to moderate hike in the morning and make natural body care products in the afternoon. On the nature hike, Katrina will cover plant and mushroom identification, honorable wild foods and medicine harvesting, as well as nourishing and medicinal properties of our plant and fungi friends. Please come prepared for hiking in all kinds of weather. We will harvest and make our wild foods lunch.
Optional vegan and gluten free dinner will be offered on Saturday for a $10 donation per meal.
Sunday, August 16th 10 am – 5 pm
On the second day, we’ll have a hands on experience with simple to gourmet nourishing wild food recipes. We will be sampling the foods we prepare throughout the day.
Tent camping is available on the land for a suggested donation of $10 per night. Also free camping is available on the National Forest land just a few miles down the road.
Cost – suggested donations:
both days for locals: $200
both days for general public: $250
one day for locals: $100
one day for general public: $125
lunch included on both days
optional camping: $10 per day
optional Saturday dinner: $10 per meal
About Katrina Blair
When Katrina Blair was eleven she had a life-changing experience where wild plants spoke to her, beckoning her to become a champion of their cause. Since then she has spent months on end taking walkabouts in the wild, eating nothing but what she forages, and has become a wild-foods advocate, community activist, gardener, and chef, teaching and presenting internationally about foraging and the healthful lifestyle it promotes. She wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College, where she graduated with a biology degree. In 1997, she completed an MA from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA, in holistic health education. She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the connections between personal health and wild lands. She is also the author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival (2014) and a self-published cookbook, Local Wild Life: Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep (2009).