Take a stroll through the woods and you may find berries for your smoothie, mushrooms for your stir fry, syrup for your pancakes, and bark for a medicinal tea—all in your own backyard.
Walking the aisles of nature’s supermarket isn’t as easy as going to the grocery store, but you can learn how to harvest and grow a range of trees, plants, and mushrooms right outside your door to supplement your diet and support your health.
Guided by Steve Gabriel, coauthor of Farming the Woods, we learn to observe the forest to find natural patterns to replicate in our own farms, gardens, or yards. We explore the trees, plants, and mushrooms that support human health and the health of the woods. We learn proper planting techniques and how to inoculate logs with shiitake mushrooms.
As we connect more deeply with the place we call home, we regenerate the forest ecosystem of which we’re all a part.
Scholarships are available; see Sustainable Living Workshops application at eomega.org/scholarships.
You will take home an inoculated shiitake log, mushrooms ready to be planted in a garden, and a potted elderberry shrub.
Steve Gabriel is also part of the Ecological Literacy Immersion Program.
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m.||Welcome & Orientation|
|8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.||Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|Noon–1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Meet the Teachers
Steve Gabriel is an ecologist, educator, author, and forest farmer who stewards ...
Tuition & Fees
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Gifts From the Forest
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