Re-discover the ancient art of foraging. Bealtaine is one of those ancient turning points of the calendar. The time we decorate our May Bush, the time that cattle were traditionally driven to higher mountain Booley pastures. It’s also a beautiful time of the year to learn about foraging and how to re-connect with our ancient past. It all sits within the story of Slieve Gullion, Land of Mountain, Myth and Legend.
Join us to learn about edible ‘weeds’ and medicinal wild plants once used by our ancestors at Slieve Gullion’s foot. Spring foraging is one of the highlights of the foraging calendar.
Spring is a lovely time of the year to forage with new growth bursting from the hedgerows and delicate greens popping up for a new season.
A Diverse Foraging Landscape
Join Brian from Mountain Ways Ireland on his farm. He is a wild food enthusiast and will introduce you to this fascinating world. To most people, the hedgerow is one green mass but after this event, you’ll see it very differently.
After a short introduction to the ancient art of ‘gathering’, you set off on foot to meet the plants. This slow-paced guided walk allows you to get back in touch with deep ancestral skills. This is what our forefathers did on a daily basis and rich folklore goes hand in hand.
The species-rich hill farm is set in the spectacular Ring of Gullion landscape. It’s the perfect setting to slow down and tune in with nature. When you meet and gather wild plants here, it’s like stepping back in time. In a small way, you can experience life as your ancestors did for thousands of years.
Taste As You Walk
On this 3-hour workshop/foraging experience, Brian will begin by introducing you to some basic “do’s and dont’s” of foraging. He will outline safety guidelines as well as run through identification and preservation techniques.
Brian will also show you some of the deadly plants meaning you stay safe.
You will learn how to identify a range of common ‘weeds’ and plants. This is the secret world of wild edibles and medicinal plants. Brian will reveal some of that magic for you.
These plants were once revered by our ancestors right here at the foot of Slieve Gullion. You will have the chance to taste from nature’s wild larder.
Better again, taste some of the delicious wild food nibbles that Brian has preserved over the season!
What to expect on this spring foraging walk
- This event is limited to relatively small numbers. This means that people have a chance to get up close with the plants.
- It is an outdoor event so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.
- The walk is gently paced and suitable for anyone with a basic level of fitness and mobility.
- Suitable for older children accompanied by an adult.
- Unfortunately no dogs are permitted (apart from guide dogs).
- This experience is aimed at total beginner to intermediate level forager
If you would like to learn about what foraging means to Brian, you could check out his blog but before you leave the page…
The blog is a 15 minutes read so maybe book those tickets first at the BOOK NOW link above. These events are well attended and tickets sell out fast!