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Ethnobotany Overnight ~ Spring

Ethnobotany Overnight ~ Spring


29/04/2023 - 30/04/2023    
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Bookings closed

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Coming out of the Winter and discovering Spring tonics and young edible leaves

Ethnobotany is not just the study of trees and plants, but it is also how we interact with them, have connected with them and utilised them from the beginning of time.

So, whether you are interested in learning about tree & plant identification or the vast amount of different ways that we can utilise them in everyday life, then this is the course for you.

All meals will be enjoyed around the campfire, with a woodland community feel. Optional Tai Chi stretches on Sunday morning and wildlife encounters from sitting out in the evening to watch the barn owls emerge to listening to bats on a bat detector.

From 2023 we will be running 3 Ethnobotany Overnight weekends through the seasons! On each weekend we will be discovering new crafts from nature and exploring trees and plants through the seasons from Spring to Summer to Autumn. We will be looking at the different growth stages through the year, so by the end of the year you will be able to identify the plants at all growth stages.

***Book onto one, or all 3 for a discounted price***

During the Spring Ethnobotany Overnight course, the main focus will be spring tonics and young edible plants. We will also be making small bark containers, wooden hooks, and natural art. We will discover and make lots of yummy Spring treats: drinks, cordial, pesto, salads, kimchi and more!

What we plan to cover:
  • Plant Identification
  • Tree Identification
  • Ecology
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Foraging for Food
  • Tool use
  • Fire Lighting & Cooking
  • Making Ointments & Tinctures
  • Woodland crafts

We will also be exploring natural art through the seasons: leaf bashing, artist charcoal, natural inks, paints and more!

On these two day and one night courses we will explore everything on a deeper level and have the chance to cover more species, as well as look at more ways of utilising and reconnecting with the natural environment. We will look at ecology, herbal medicine, foraging for food, uses of different woods, natural materials for fire lighting, making cordage, herbal teas and much more! Please note that some plants will be covered on every weekend, so that you are able to identify them throughout the year.

Camping is included in the price, whether you would like to spend the night in the woods in a hammock or in a tent in the camping field.

If you prefer not to camp then we can offer a range of options for indoor accommodation (please see below for more details)


As a group we will be cooking dinner on the first day, breakfast the following morning and then lunch. Learn what woods are best for different types of cooking. We will be adding foraged ingredients to each meal. Please bring a packed lunch for the first day. The food for the meals will depend on people’s allergies and diet, etc.

Equipment you need for this course:

Bowl, plate and cutlery, mug, torch, spare set of practical clothing, sleeping equipment (sleeping bag, hammock/bivy bag & tarp or tent). Please bring lunch for the first day

Tutor: Ryan Knight Fox
Ryan is an experienced tutor, having been running his own woodland business ‘Knight-Fox Wild About Learning’ since 2017. He is an Ecologist, Ethnobotanist, Bushcraft Instructor, Social Forester, Forest School Leader and Coastal School Leader. As well as running adult courses, children’s events and after school groups from his site at The New Quay Honey Farm Woods, he has worked with various organisations, such as: Coed Lleol/ Actif Woods, Ray Ceredigion, Ieuenctid Tysul Youth, various schools and nurseries, DASH, Flying Start and of course Denmark Farm.
Fee: £160 per person (includes dinner on Sat, breakfast & lunch on Sun, campfire snacks and drinks)
Book all three Ethnobotany Overnight courses (Spring 29/30 April, Summer 15/16 July, Autumn 07/08 Oct tbc): £390 
Alternative accommodation options:
  • A bed in the Shared Dormitory (also sharing with resident Barn Owls!) ~ £25 per person / per night
  • A Private ensuite bedroom in the Eco Lodge (min stay 2 nights) ~ £50 per person / per night
  • A Private Eco Lodge apartment for a long weekend (Fri night to Mon 10am) ~ £350 (sleeps two people)

Please do get in touch to check availability and to discuss your accommodation requirements

For terms and conditions of bookings please click here

Ryan is also teaching a one day Ethnobotany course and Bushcraft courses, as well as a kid friendly Re-Wild your Dad event in 2023.

You may also be interested in other courses and workshops at Denmark Farm. Please see our events calendar for our full list.

Mae’r holl enillion o’n digwyddiadau a gwyliau’n cael eu hailfuddsoddi’n uniongyrchol i reoli ein gwarchodfa natur 40 erw. Diolch i chi am eich cefnogaeth a chofiwch ddod i ymweld â ni’n fuan.

All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.



Bookings are closed for this event.

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