I’m dropping a quick blog here to share about an event I’m hosting this July! Since 2019 I’ve been offering private foraging tours at White Sky Woods Homestead. I even had the opportunity to be highlighted on the show 906 Outdoors! I have met great people along the way and seen the spark that lights up in their eyes when they learn about and are able to identify local plants that we explore during the tours. I’ve added an element – sketching – to create a new workshop called Foraging Adventure for Beginners.
As a teacher and leaning heavily on visual learning myself, I have learned that reading about plants is one way to expand my knowledge, but when I read, seek out the plant, and then draw my observations, the sketching acts as a seal to my knowledge! Am I a drawing artist? Nope. Do I have any special experience sketching? Nah. Is sketching creative, fun, and helpful to the learning process? YES!
I absolutely love foraging so I’ve designed, written and published “Foraging Adventures Journal and Guide” for beginners who want to learn about foraging (with a focus on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). All participants will receive this book and start using it during the workshop. Leave your worries behind because absolutely NO artisic experience is needed to participate or create your own plant sketches – we’ll talk about tips for sketching and practice while out in the field.
During this workshop experience participants will:
- learn about foraging ethics and safety
- learn how to accurately recognize 15 (or more) of the most common plants to forage around the Keweenaw and Upper Peninsula and what their uses are
- use the art of sketching to get to know the plants they forage
- forage their own plants to take home to make their own herbal tea
- receive “Foraging Adventures – Journal and Guide” booklet
The tour will end with herbal tea time, light snacks and group discussion.
Pre-registration is required and a limited number spots will be available. This limited number allows us to have a small group for maximized individual experience. The cost is $65 per participant. The workshop is being offered one time this year – July 15, 2023.
P.S. If you live out of the local area, I have two nights (7/15 & 7/16) available to rent at our vacation rental cabin, which is right here at White Sky Woods. I’ve blocked off the dates (they will look to be unavailable on our booking calendar), so contact me directly for assitance in making the booking through the platform.