Kent Foraging Courses, Workshops & Walks

Come on a journey of discovery in Kent with master forager Miles Irving, as you explore wild spaces and encounter the edible wild plants which inhabit them.

During your time together you will learn to touch your own innate capacity for wildness — for being part of these wild spaces.

Although we all live in an industrial society where direct contact with the land and other species is limited, we evolved to relate to wild landscapes through our senses.

Through our appetites. Through the shared meaningful activities with other people — ‘culture’ in other words.

Walking together through the Kent countryside looking for edible wild plants, will engage you in a re-creation of the culture of foraging.

The location is a rare gem, the wild harvest delicious and Miles a wealth of knowledge when it comes to medicinal and culinary uses of wild plants. Infinitely recommended. – Teemu Arina, organizer of Europe’s top optimal health & performance conference, Biohacker Summit

When & Where Are The Kent Foraging Courses?

  • Saturday, 16th November 2019
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Location: Chartham, Kent (location revealed after booking)
  • Cost: £60
  • SOLD OUT (click here to be put on the Kent waiting list)
  • Saturday, 23rd November 2019 
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Location: Chartham, Kent (location revealed after booking)
  • Cost: £60
  • SOLD OUT (click here to be put on the Kent waiting list)

Miles is a true expert who shares with deep insight the uses of wild ingredients in the old world and on the modern table. His passion and knowledge are as boundless as the landscape and edible opportunities that surround him. He is quite literally outstanding in his field. – Valentine Warner, chef, writer and occasional broadcaster.

The foraging walk with Miles opened my eyes to the extraordinary variety of delicious plants growing in the countryside, in parks, in cracks in the pavement – foraging really is for everyone. – Xanthe Clay, food writer for the Sunday Telegraph

What You Can Expect on This Kent Foraging Course

Stopping and paying attention to the edible plants, you begin a journey back into the landscape, back to active participation in the cycles of life.

Meeting a plant is like a friendly handshake; you reach out and great the plant by touching it, then take a small piece to examine more closely.

You will explore how it smells and lastly how it tastes (and maybe even how it sounds as we break a piece off…) so you meet the plant with the curiosity of all your senses.

This kind of sensory encounter re-opens channels between your body and your surroundings — channels which used to be open all the time.

To once again become familiar with the nourishing living things in our surroundings is to get back to normal, to get back in step with how every other non-human organism lives.

Every other species gets what it needs from the place where it lives. Every other creature gets all its food from a place called HERE. And ‘here’ is the wild ecology of the landscape.

Spending a few hours like this will begin to dissolve the barrier which is in place, keeping you separate from the flow of organic life which surrounds you.

Instead of the walls we usually encounter. In buildings. In cars. In packets. Walls which separate us from land like the silence between estranged people, we begin working with the semi-permeable membranes which characterise life.

Things outside you will become part of you as a result of living contact.

It starts with attention. Develops with smells, tastes, tactile surfaces, light and sound making contact with the soft, alert surfaces of your ears, eyes, nose, mouth and skin.

It culminates in the act of eating. Plant molecules of wild landscapes become part of your own body as you digest and metabolise them.

Through this whole process of engagement, you will re-enter a space of participation with your surroundings which is basic to being alive, and essential to restoring vital connection to wild nature.

Miles has an encyclopedic knowledge of the edible plants and trees that most us walk past without a second glance. His foraging walks turn the landscape into a feast and help participants to understand the rich diversity of plant foods and medicines that we could easily reintroduce into our cooking. Once you start you won’t be able to stop. – Rowan Philimore of the Gaia Foundation

About Your Kent Foraging Courses Guide

Kent Foraging Courses with Miles Irving

Miles Irving is an internationally renowned wild foods expert, author and public speaker.

He has worked with some of the world’s best chefs and has been a pioneer in Europe’s Wild Food Renaissance.

In 2003, he founded Forager Ltd. Based in Kent, UK, he now acts as its CEO. The widely-respected enterprise has become the country’s best known wild food purveyor holding fast to its founding values of harvesting the highest quality wild produce always sustainably harvested with deep environmental consciousness.

He has since worked with many of the world’s top chefs such as Rene Redzepi, Alex Atala, Heston Blumenthal and Magnus Nilsson in what the industry calls the Wild Food Renaissance.

Through reconnecting to the land by gathering, preparing and cooking with wild food we can once again feel at home in our landscapes, communities and our own bodies.

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