The Art of Foraging - An Introduction to Wild Food - One Day Workshop

Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita - Sunday December 1st 10.30 - 4pm

Another opportunity to begin to learn the art and science of foraging in our beautiful valley in the Serra do Açor.

Wild food is abundant in Portugal that not only costs nothing but is many times more nutritious than most of the food we buy and not covered in toxic biocides. Wild food is a priceless gift from Nature we can all enjoy.

The day will be experiential and we will take time to meet the plants and rediscover our connection to Nature through our relationship with wild edible plants.

The day will also be practical with a lot of time given to identifying, collecting and tasting the different plants. We will also discuss the many benefits of foraging and of the nutritional content of the individual plants.

From the workshop you will:

  • Start to uncover a deep 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
  • Experience a day at the wild and beautiful Quinta da Floresta in the Serra do Açor.
  • Enjoy a simple, delicious vegetarian lunch with some of the plants we will harvest ourselves.

The workshop will be in English and Portuguese

The cost for the day is €40 which includes a simple and delicious vegetarian lunch and handouts. Children are welcome if they do not disturb the workshop for the other participants - 14 -18 years old pay €20 and under 14s can come free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For more information or to inscribe please email me, Laura Williams,  or call  961480954

If this price is an obstacle to you coming and you would really like to attend the workshop please get in touch.

Places are strictly limited so apply early!



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Quinta da Floresta, Benfeita - Sunday December 1st 10.30 - 4pm

Another opportunity to begin to learn the art and science of foraging in our beautiful valley in the Serra do Açor.

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It has been a long time since I have written a blog post because so much has been ongoingly changing in the last year. I wanted to wait until the dust and ash had settled and I knew where I would be before I wrote.

Many of the plants and trees the bees and other insects thrive on have burnt in the October fires and will not be flowering this year and some not next year either if they recover at all. Here are my suggestions on how to help the pollinators through these lean times.

God these are heartbreaking times. Rain that was so longed for in the summer is now pouring off these hills taking soil and stone and track with it onto the terraces and into rivers.


Many people have asked us how they can help in the wake of the fires and all we have lost. We are very touched and grateful for these offers of support. Here are some ways you can help:

We have started building the second floor of the workshop!! This will be our last major build here and will provide a dormitory and meditation/workshop room which will increase our capacities for events and hosting people, especially outside of the summer months.