Foraging, rediscovering a lost art

Updated: Aug 13, 2021


We have been pondering these last few months what to offer in terms of events on the land and online programs to support the times we are in. So the first offering is The Art of Foraging workshop with Laura Williams on the 3rd October at Quinta Das Abelhas.


A one-day workshop to begin to learn the art and science of foraging in the beautiful valley of the Serra da Estrela. Wild food is abundant in Portugal. It is not only many times more nutritious than most of the food we buy but the act of foraging also connects us more deeply with the magic of our abundant earth. Wild food is a priceless gift from Nature we can all enjoy. From the workshop you will:

  • Start to uncover and/or deepen the connection between yourself and the natural world

  • Discover the benefits of bringing wild plants into your garden and kitchen

  • Become skilled at identifying some common edible wild plants you can find in your area

  • Learn the growing habits and timings of these useful weeds

  • Discover how to eat these common wild plants raw and cooked

  • Learn some medicinal properties of familiar weeds

  • Discover teas you can make from common plants

  • Take home full colour handouts of the most common plants

  • Enjoy a simple, delicious vegetarian lunch with some of the plants we will harvest ourselves.

The workshop will be in English.


Laura is an ecologist and nature lover. She has worked on wildlife projects all over the world and her current ecological passion is the restoration of the beautiful but denuded valleys of Central Portugal where she is a member of the Awakened Life Project and the founder of the Awakened Forest Project. She understands that foraging is not simply about gathering nutritious food but a life-long journey that deepens our relationship with plants and helps us to realise we are not separate from Nature.


Cost: €40 for the day which includes a simple and delicious vegetarian lunch and handouts. 10am to 5pm.

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