Interested in learning to delve into the daunting world of foraging for wild mushrooms? There is a fantastic array of wild fungi in County Wicklow. I invite you for a day spent in the wild Wicklow hills and woodlands and hedgerows to forage for mushrooms and wild food with me. We will learn how to identify and look out for toxic mushroom species and also discuss the medicinal qualities of mushrooms. I am so excited to share what I have learned with you.
About me: I am Courtney Tyler. I live in the stunning County Wicklow, Ireland and now also spend much of my time also in Kent, UK. I am happiest surrounded by trees and observing the changing seasons. I am a keen forager and spend much time wandering the hedgerows and forests for wild local food to preserve as food or medicine or to add to my fermented food and drinks.
I am a proud member of the Association of Foragers. I do not consider myself a mushroom expert nor a mycologist as I believe this is a lifetime vocation. However I have safely foraged for and consumed about 100 wild mushrooms as food or medicine. I can identify many edible, medicinal, toxic or deadly fungi and show you what to be careful of. I have processed wild or cultivated mushrooms into herbal tinctures, teas and salves.
I am passionate about the learning process and am able to clearly communicate what i know and the passion I feel for the hard won knowledge and experience that I have acquired. I tend to dive head-long into the things that interest me and I am largely self-taught, however I also have had many teachers and many who inspire me greatly. It is not unusual for me to fall asleep each night with a mushroom book in hand.
There are a few formats to my mushroom foraging events:
One is aimed at absolute beginners and runs for 2 hours. We will discuss the main ID features that we need to observe when we look at a new mushroom. Our aim for the day will be to find an edible, a medicinal and a toxic mushroom and we will discuss the features of the mushrooms we come across. We will discuss some of the safest edible mushrooms to start foraging for. A short forest bathing/ mindfulness activity could take place in the forest too, to help us connect in to what’s around us and to help slow down and observe. Full notes are emailed after the event with a generous selection of book recommendations, websites, films, videos, recipes and useful links.
Another format is a longer event and some run for 4-6 hours. It is also aimed at beginners and also those with some foraging experience. We meet in a Wicklow or Dublin forest and spend some time discussing the key ID features of mushrooms, discuss helpful books, spend a couple of hours wandering the forest, foraging for wild fungi, enjoy our packed lunches in the wild, and finish with a few tasters. For some events we will wildcraft our finds into a preserved food or medicine to bring home. Early booking is advised as most of my events book out in advance due to the early bird price offerings.
You must dress appropriately for a day spent outdoors, hiking boots are helpful. Sorry for these event no children or dogs. You must be physically fit for a day spent wandering the wilderness with hills and uneven ground. Please bring a packed lunch and snacks. And a foraging basket (if you have one).
You can book into my events at this link: https://hipsandhawswildcrafts.clr.events/
You can hear my recent interview on RTÉ1 with Suzanne Campbell for Countrywide here: https://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/share/radio1/21844941