We’d love to know more about your story, the journey that lead to hosting wild foraging courses, what was your inspiration and how did you learn your skills and gain knowledge?
Nature has always been my friend. From catching ladybugs and singing under the catkin tree as a child to playing on boats and windsurfers as a teenager. I suppose most interests start in childhood and my dad’s self-confessed addiction to sailing strongly influenced mine. As children we clambered over barnacled boulders while dad sailed. We dove into clear waters amongst seaweed and jellyfish and played bat and ball in the lapping waves. I felt very at home around and in the ocean.
As a young adult I wanted to learn about nutrition and remember buying grey-looking kelp powder to sprinkle on my food. It tasted disgusting, but I wanted to boost my energy through natural B vitamins! In my early twenties my natural inquisitiveness into nature, food and well-being accidently collided with bushcraft and foraging. Suddenly my world turned upside down and I saw nature and plants in a whole new way. It was another 10 years before I started sharing what I knew, teaching and facilitating being another big passion of mine.
I learnt through books, through friends, boyfriends, colleagues and teachers such as Thomas Schorr-kon and the author Roger Phillips. The practice of eating nature enlivened me.