A day out for a private mushroom forage with Joe Keane in Tipp – a mushroom wonderland- I have never seen so many fungi!

I was fortunate to take Joe up on an offer to visit his woodland. Joe lives on a farm in Tipperary and his family planted up some of the fields with forestry in March 2000 as part of a long term plan to reinstate the native woodland habitat.

When Joe, Eimear and Selina were telling me that there was a huge abundance of fungi there, to be honest I thought, yes, there are so many fungi in so many places – yet I was not prepared for what we came across!

In my naiveté I totally underestimated the drive to Tipperary from Wicklow, in my mind it was an hour at most. However it was well worth it, not only for the fungi, but to spend a surprisingly lovely day with really special people! Joss, Anna, Manini, Jamie, Joanne, Anna, Selina, Eimear, Joe and myself.

It was a wet and soggy 25 October when I arrived after a 2.5 hour drive there. I was greeted by Joe’s warm smile and a sputtering campfire that Joe had gone to much effort to light along with a gazebo and tables to meet everyone around.

We laid out some of my favourite mushroom books, some dried mushrooms samples and medicinal mushroom tinctures to discuss and introduced ourselves to each other. We then headed out to explore the undergrowth of the Norway Spruce plantation. It was like entering an enchanted fairy glen and we were immediately greeted by literally hundreds of thousands of mushroom fruiting bodies.

mushrooms in huge abundance amongst a norway spruce plantation in Tipperary

Mushrooms in crazy abundance amongst a Norway spruce plantation in Tipperary- have you ever seen anything like it? I haven’t! This was in every direction!

Thank you to Anna and Selina for some of these images!

Fly Agaric mushroom – Amanita muscaria tincture – an incredible remedy

Fly Agaric mushroom photo by Annie Holland, Wicklow Ireland

I have been learning and teaching and talking and sharing and exclaiming about this remedy ever since I learned of it.

This mushroom as an alcohol extract has incredible properties for relieving pain – applied externally to the site of pain, particularly sciatica.

I first tried this medicinal mushroom remedy on myself after I developed a very painful bout of sciatica after a bicycle accident. As little as 3-4 drops applied externally near the pain (I applied this nearest the spine near my pain which was in my right buttock) and within minutes the pain was gone, and not just for hours, for weeks! and later for months. I no longer suffer the pain of sciatica. And yes, I am talking about only a few applications of 3-4 drops.

I have now taught and shared this old Finnish recipe with many and after the Welcome to Mushroom Hour podcast I have received many hundreds of messages from people all around the world who have shared this and many other ways in which this incredible mushroom has changed their life. Often eliminating long time pain and suffering after accidents or other types of chronic pain and often when nothing else would work!

Here is a link to purchase this remedy from my online shop. I make this remedy from wild, fresh fruiting bodies that I personally forage for from the stunning Wicklow mountains in Co Wicklow, Ireland.

Should you like to learn more in-depth information about this mushroom, medicinal mushrooms in general or how to make this yourself- you can book into my upcoming events here.

Here below is a link to purchase this mushroom tincture from my shop.

Here is a link to purchase this mushroom tincture from my shop.

Eatweeds Podcast with Robin Harford, myself and Fergus Drennan about the Fantastical Fly Agaric as Food and Medicine

Was very honoured to take part in this conversation. Sorry that I had serious trouble with my sound quality which I lament really detracts from the listening experience. Here we discuss Fergus Drennan and my famed Fly Agaric event, we talk about the food and medicine of the Fly Agaric mushroom and in particular many people contact me about having listened to the segment where we discuss using the alcoholic extract as an external remedy for pain relief and in particular against sciatica pain.

Welcome to Mushroom Hour podcast with Courtney Tyler

“Hello, Welcome to Mushroom Hour”

A podcast in: Peace, positivity and the pursuit of Fungal Abundance.

If you don’t know of this podcast already, and especially Darren’s endearing intro- do yourself a favour and check it out!

Darren and his magnificent man-bun- how could you not love him?

I was honoured and totally freaked out to be invited onto the Welcome To Mushroom Hour Podcast. I’m so pleased I did it, as so many of you from all around the world have reached out to me. It’s wonderful hearing your stories and feedback. I am blown away to have so many of you connecting with me each day- and all of the interesting experiences and thoughts you’ve shared with me.

Take a listen here:

https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-98-hips-haws-wildcrafts-irelands-wild-mushrooms-herbal-medicines-explorations-of-amanita-muscaria-feat-courtney-tyler

I was gathering my thoughts on the morning of the interview and scribbled up this mind map to consider some of the things that Darren suggested he might like to discuss with me.

My mind map before the Welcome to Mushroom Hour Podcast

Highly recommend that you check out his other episodes- he has interviewed some colleagues and absolute heroes of mine:

https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/

Monica Wilde and her year of only wild foods (and more): https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-104-wild-food-year-mushrooms-herbalism-plant-wisdom-the-inner-universe-feat-monica-wilde

Christopher Hobbs: https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-94-medicinal-mushrooms-boost-immunity-improve-memory-fight-cancer-stop-infection-expand-your-consciousness-feat-dr-christopher-hobbs

Amanita Dreamer: https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-88-amanita-dreamer-piercing-the-veil-on-entheogenic-uses-of-amanita-muscaria-feat-amanita-dreamer

Robin Harford of Eat Weeds: https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-83-eat-weeds-wild-plant-contemplations-healing-with-foraging-perspectives-in-ethnobotany-feat-robin-harford

Suzanne Simard Author of Finding the Mother Tree: https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-80-finding-the-mother-tree-discovering-the-wisdom-of-the-forest-feat-prof-suzanne-simard

Tradd Cotter: https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-69-mushroom-mountain-change-the-world-with-fungi-think-like-a-mushroom-feat-tradd-cotter

Ep. 61: Fly Agaric – A Compendium of History, Pharmacology, Mythology, & Exploration (feat. Kevin Feeney PhD): https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-61-fly-agaric-a-compendium-of-history-pharmacology-mythology-exploration-feat-kevin-feeney-phd

Ep. 50: Return to Nature – Herbalism, Rewilding & Overgrowing the System (feat. Dan De Lion): https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-50-return-to-nature-herbalism-rewilding-overgrowing-the-system-feat-dan-de-lion

Ep. 44: Medicinal Mushrooms – The Human Clinical Trials (feat. Robert Rogers): https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-44-medicinal-mushrooms-the-human-clinical-trials-feat-robert-rogers

Ep. 42: Red Glasses – England’s Godfather of Mushrooms and Worldwide Forager (feat. Roger Phillips): https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-42-red-glasses-englands-godfather-of-mushrooms-and-worldwide-forager-feat-roger-phillips

Ep. 26: Entangled Life – How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures (feat. Merlin Sheldrake): https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-26-entangled-life-how-fungi-make-our-worlds-change-our-minds-shape-our-futures-feat-merlin-sheldrake

One of my favourite artists and do yourself a favour and follow her magical posts on Instagram: Ep. 25: Sweden’s Legends, Myths, Magicks and Mushrooms (feat. Saga Mariah Sandberg): https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-25-swedens-legends-myths-magicks-and-mushrooms-feat-saga-mariah-sandberg

Ep. 16: Scotland’s Wild Food Stories – Pioneering Research on the Culture of Foraging (feat. Leanne Townsend): https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-16-scotlands-wild-food-stories-pioneering-research-on-the-culture-of-foraging-feat-leanne-townsend

Ep. 5: Wild Food Foraging & English Folklore with a Freudian Twist (feat. Fern Freud): https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-5-wild-food-foraging-english-folklore-with-a-freudian-twist-feat-fern-freud

Ep. 41: Edulis Wild Foods – Foraging Mushrooms and Restoring Vital Connection in the UK Isles (feat. Lisa Cutcliffe): https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-41-edulis-wild-foods-foraging-mushrooms-and-restoring-vital-connection-in-the-uk-isles-feat-lisa-cutcliffe

Fly Agaric and Friends: Explorations in medicine, food, and magic with Fergus the Forager and Courtney of Hips & Haws Wildcrafts, and guest mushrooms (Kent, UK)

A foray coming up in Kent, UK with, interestingly, an emphasis on Amanita muscaria. “So you think you’re changed, do you?” said the Caterpillar.“I’m afraid I am, sir,” said Alice; “I can’t remember things as I used—and I don’t keep the same size for ten minutes together!” 

What: Fly Agaric and Friends: Explorations in medicine, food, and magic with Fergus the Forager and Courtney of Hips & Haws Wildcrafts, and guest mushrooms

Where: Kent UK and a local native woodland with diverse flora, fauna and fungi 

When: Saturday 29 October 2022 10am until 9pm (11 hour day) 

There is a fantastic array of wild food and fungi in October, prime mushroom season! We will enjoy a long ramble in a beautiful woodland in Kent interspersed with wild local seasonal food to drink and eat and a forage for wild mushrooms including Fly Agaric.

We will learn about the allure of the iconic Fly Agaric mushroom and how to safely use it as medicine and as food. There will be demonstrations including lacto-fermentation of mushrooms.  We will also learn about any other wild fungi that we come across. 

We will provide lunch and an elaborate three course wild food dinner with some exciting ingredients for the meal, as of course Fergus is incredible talented and experienced as a wild food experimentalist. He has over 30 years experience as a wild food forager, so your more advanced questions can be answered too.  

We will be starting and ending the day in a location later to be announced to ticket holders. You must dress appropriately for a day spent outdoors, hiking boots and rain gear could be helpful. Sorry for this event no young children or dogs. You must be physically fit for a day spent wandering the wilderness with hills and uneven ground. Please bring snacks and or food to share if you would like. And a foraging basket or knife (if you have one). 

How Much: €220 (Euro) £190 GBP (but payment is taken in euro) Early Bird/ €220 (Euro) £195 GBP Full Price/  Elaborate Wild food Lunch and 3 course dinner are included.  

To Book this event please click here: https://hipsandhawswildcrafts.clr.events/event/131802:-uk-fly-agaric-and-friends-explorations-in-medicine-food-and-magic-with-fergus-the-forager-and-courtney-of-hips-haws-wildcrafts-and-guest-mushrooms-saturday-29-october-2022-kent-uk

We will be in touch with you before the event takes place to share further relevant details with those that have booked their place. 

Here is a link to a podcast with Robin Harford after our last event: 

https://www.eatweeds.co.uk/ep32?fbclid=IwAR2g9N17GLqp0fPCwCBYxxPIK0KCU9SRbodS9E0rWFQghS6JThabLp8i5o0 

Here’s another podcast with me speaking about this incredible mushroom with Manchan Magan on RTÉ

https://podcast.rasset.ie/podcasts/audio/2020/0909/20200909_rteradio1-almanacireland-toadstool_c21832393_21833271_232_.mp3 

And a longer interview with Courtney on Welcome to Mushroom Hour: https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-98-hips-haws-wildcrafts-irelands-wild-mushrooms-herbal-medicines-explorations-of-amanita-muscaria-feat-courtney-tyler

Here are some reviews after last years event:  

“Wow, wow, wow!!! Hips & Haws Wildcraft events are a special opportunity to connect with beautiful people in an amazing space. I was fortunate enough to have the privilege to attend a Fly Agaric event hosted by Courtney and Fergus the Forager. From the moment I arrived I felt an instant inspiration and warm welcome. We foraged in the near by woods in fun filled explorations, while learning and connecting with the many species of fungi available. The preparation and dishes we were treated to after our journey in the woods was a unique blend of heart warming tastes and enjoyable community spirit set outdoors. For a revitalising experience amongst a vibrant loving group a Hips and Haws event is the place to be.”-Riain O’Táth 

“I was lucky enough to join Hips and Haws Wildcrafts on the amanita forage day yesterday. It exceeded all expectations I ever had. Right from the beginning the communication before the event was so helpful and made the whole day run smoothly as it ran like clockwork. I arrived and was warmly greeted and welcomed to the space along with the group. We spent the day covering so much foraging information but it felt so relaxed fun and full of adventure. I’ve attended a good few similar themed foraging events in Ireland at this point and this was possibly my favourite due to the amount of work and effort Courtney and Fergus put into the packed schedule. It was more than just an ID and forage day… it was so much more! We not only learned about identification/ foraging but then info how to cook/preserve in many different kinds of ways like: lacto-fermentation, sweet dishes, ice cream, rice balls, savoury dishes, dumplings, pasta sauce, soup and more.After learning all that we had a big feast in all the mushroom themed foods.I cannot wait for the next course it was truly out of this world! Thank you for the most incredible day. -Ashleigh Connors  

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FAQ’s /Terms and Conditions:

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All ticket sales are final, we do not offer refunds or rescheduling. 

This is in order to care for our energy in organising and running events as well as due to the fact that otherwise this place could have been offered to someone else.
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**COVID precautions in relation to ticket sales: all ticket sales are final according to the policy above. However if you are exposed to Covid or in quarantine, you may choose to gift your ticket to someone else in your place. 
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If we have to change the date of an event due to severe weather warnings or government guidelines, or for any other reason- we will issue you with a voucher which can be used on a future workshop.

Fly Agaric and Friends: Explorations in medicine, food, and magic with Fergus the Forager and Courtney of Hips & Haws Wildcrafts, and guest mushrooms (IRELAND)

A foray coming up in the Wicklow mountains with, interestingly, an emphasis on Amanita muscaria.“So you think you’re changed, do you?” said the Caterpillar.“I’m afraid I am, sir,” said Alice; “I can’t remember things as I used—and I don’t keep the same size for ten minutes together!”

Where: Co Wicklow, Ireland 

When: Thursday 29 September 2022 10am until 9pm (11 hour day) 

Book this date here: https://hipsandhawswildcrafts.clr.events/event/131800:fly-agaric-and-friends-explorations-in-medicine-food-and-magic-with-fergus-the-forager-and-courtney-of-hips-haws-wildcrafts-and-guest-mushrooms-thursday-29-september-2022-wicklow-ireland

AND/ OR Sunday 31 September 2022 10am until 9pm (11 hour day)

Book this date here: https://hipsandhawswildcrafts.clr.events/event/131801:fly-agaric-and-friends-explorations-in-medicine-food-and-magic-with-fergus-the-forager-and-courtney-of-hips-haws-wildcrafts-and-guest-mushrooms-sunday-2nd-october-2022-wicklow-ireland

There is a fantastic array of wild food and fungi in Co Wicklow. We will enjoy a long ramble in a beautiful woodland in the Wicklow Mountains interspersed with wild local seasonal food to drink and eat and a forage for wild mushrooms including Fly Agaric.

We will learn about the allure of the iconic Fly Agaric mushroom and how to safely use it as medicine and as food. There will be demonstrations including lacto-fermentation of mushrooms.  We will also learn about any other wild fungi that we come across. 

We will provide lunch and an elaborate three course wild food dinner with some exciting ingredients for the meal, as of course Fergus is incredible talented and experienced as a wild food experimentalist. He has over 30 years experience as a wild food forager, so your more advanced questions can be answered too.  

We will be starting and ending the day in a location later to be announced to ticket holders but we may be car-pooling or driving to a nearby local woodland for some of the day.  You must dress appropriately for a day spent outdoors, hiking boots and rain gear could be helpful. Sorry for this event no young children or dogs. You must be physically fit for a day spent wandering the wilderness with hills and uneven ground. Please bring snacks and or food to share if you would like. And a foraging basket or knife (if you have one). 

How Much: €220 Early Bird/ €245 Full Price/  Elaborate Wild Food Lunch and 3 course dinner are included.  

Bookings for all of our events will close 6 weeks before the event takes place. In this case, the event will close to all new bookings on the 18 August 2022. We will be in touch with you before the event takes place to share further relevant details with those that have booked their place. 

Here is a link to a podcast with Robin Harford after our last event: 

https://www.eatweeds.co.uk/ep32?fbclid=IwAR2g9N17GLqp0fPCwCBYxxPIK0KCU9SRbodS9E0rWFQghS6JThabLp8i5o0 

Here’s another podcast with me speaking about this incredible mushroom with Manchan Magan on RTÉ

https://podcast.rasset.ie/podcasts/audio/2020/0909/20200909_rteradio1-almanacireland-toadstool_c21832393_21833271_232_.mp3 

And a longer interview with Courtney on Welcome to Mushroom Hour: https://www.welcometomushroomhour.com/blogs/podcasts/ep-98-hips-haws-wildcrafts-irelands-wild-mushrooms-herbal-medicines-explorations-of-amanita-muscaria-feat-courtney-tyler 

Here are some reviews after last years event:  

“Wow, wow, wow!!! Hips & Haws Wildcraft events are a special opportunity to connect with beautiful people in an amazing space. I was fortunate enough to have the privilege to attend a Fly Agaric event hosted by Courtney and Fergus the Forager. From the moment I arrived I felt an instant inspiration and warm welcome. We foraged in the near by woods in fun filled explorations, while learning and connecting with the many species of fungi available. The preparation and dishes we were treated to after our journey in the woods was a unique blend of heart warming tastes and enjoyable community spirit set outdoors. For a revitalising experience amongst a vibrant loving group a Hips and Haws event is the place to be.”-Riain O’Táth 

“I was lucky enough to join Hips and Haws Wildcrafts on the amanita forage day yesterday. It exceeded all expectations I ever had. Right from the beginning the communication before the event was so helpful and made the whole day run smoothly as it ran like clockwork. I arrived and was warmly greeted and welcomed to the space along with the group. We spent the day covering so much foraging information but it felt so relaxed fun and full of adventure. I’ve attended a good few similar themed foraging events in Ireland at this point and this was possibly my favourite due to the amount of work and effort Courtney and Fergus put into the packed schedule. It was more than just an ID and forage day… it was so much more! We not only learned about identification/ foraging but then info how to cook/preserve in many different kinds of ways like: lacto-fermentation, sweet dishes, ice cream, rice balls, savoury dishes, dumplings, pasta sauce, soup and more. After learning all that we had a big feast in all the mushroom themed foods.I cannot wait for the next course it was truly out of this world! Thank you for the most incredible day.” -Ashleigh Connors  

************************************************************
FAQ’s /Terms and Conditions:

************************************************************
All ticket sales are final, we do not offer refunds or rescheduling. 

This is in order to care for our energy in organising and running events as well as due to the fact that otherwise this place could have been offered to someone else.
*******************************************************************
**COVID precautions in relation to ticket sales: all ticket sales are final according to the policy above. However if you are exposed to Covid or in quarantine, you may choose to gift your ticket to someone else in your place. 
*******************************************************************
If we have to change the date of an event due to severe weather warnings or government guidelines, or for any other reason- we will issue you with a voucher which can be used on a future workshop.