Fergus the Forager
What we'll do
Join myself and co-host Arthur Dyer on a journey of food, fire and folktales: 4 seasonal weekends of foraging, fire by friction, cooking food and conjuring tales. You are welcome to join us at any point in the year. As a story is woven from key moments, the craft of foraging arises from the sustainable gathering of roots, fruits, seeds, and leaves. In both these spheres, we need to cultivate an awareness of our place in the physical and imaginative landscape. Preparing for and marking the transitional moments that connect each story scene, or the seasonal shifts in a plants developmental journey is essential. In both storytelling and foraging, we learn that an appreciation of transitions or threshold moments brings exciting new possibilities. (Note, hosted at Emerson College which reopens in September. Copy and paste this link for a detail of Covid 19 safeguards put in place: http://www.emerson.org.uk/covid-19-student-information) COURSE REVIEWS Dear Arthur and Fergus, Thank ...
About your Mentor
About your Mentor
Fergus Foraging is a life-long learning process, and Fergus has been at it for 30 years. Not only does he have great depths of knowledge in all the key aspects of identification, processing, use and best sustainable practice, but he combines it with a fun and engaging manner that brings the craft to life and makes it accessible to all. He has been described by his foraging instructor peers as "the Starship Enterprise of foraging". Forager Mark Williams enthused: "We need gastronauts like Star Fleet Commander Drennan to chart new worlds..." His favourite was when he was described as "Heston Blumenthal, Rene Redzepi, and Pascal Bauder, rolled into one.” Having run wild food courses since 2003, Fergus has naturally told many stories during that process. During 2013 he developed that skill further through completing The Art and Craft of The Storyteller, The International School of Storytelling's flag ship 3 month full-time storytelling course. Arthur Having completed the full time...
A Weekend for each season
Weekend by Weekend: what to expect 1st (this is somewhat arbitrary. If joining for a year, your first weekend could be spring, summer, autumn or winter) Weekend- AUTUMN This is the season of fungi, the arch-communicators and storytellers: The world wood web mycelially whispering beneath our feet. Foraging Fungi, roots, and seeds: These are the key botanicals of autumn. Using some excellent fungi identification keys, we will learn how to distinguish the edible and medicinal from the inedible and poisonous species, all the while taking creative inspiration from the incredibly diverse, ephemeral, and beautiful forms of the fungi themselves, as well as their often hidden nature. Key botanical characters of the season: Hairy Nuts Disco, Slippery Jack, Destroying Angel, Devil's Fingers, King Alfred's Cakes, The Flirt, Dead Moll's Fingers, Plums and Custard. Storytelling An Introduction to the Art of Storytelling. During this weekend, you will become more aware of your innate storyte...
Although the focus of the course will be on exploring the arts of foraging and of storytelling, how they connect, cross-pollinate and enrich one another, there will also be other rabbit holes to peer down. Each weekend will involve some fireside sharing and we will gather and bring necessary tinder, while exploring different fire lighting methods, including the bow drill method of fire by friction. The fire is a source of inspiration and warmth with transformative potential for both our wild food and our emerging stories. Songs and nature games will weave their way into the tapestry of our time together, so come along with an open heart and let us make this a delicious journey through the seasons and a story worth the telling. This course is suitable for both beginner foragers and storytellers as well as those with considerable experience.
Strengths to develop
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If you commit to 4 consecutive weekends you can request a Bespoke Invoice for a year-long programme which is £900 (equivalent to £225 per weekend). This must be booked in a block of 4 weekends. We run this course every year and you may join at any point in the year. A year's invoice can be supplie...
• No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.
• If you need to cancel up to three weeks prior to the start of the course, we'll be sad to lose you, but can offer a full refund. There after the full fee is forfeited. If paying up front for the whole year and cancel up to three weeks before the course commences, again, a full refund will be provided. If cancelling less than three weeks before the start, payment will be taken for the first of the four sessions, but the fee for the remaining four will be refunded.