Wild Blessings 2019 Schedule



August- November



Teaching Tuesdays

This class is for those who love to learn about nature in a relaxed, outdoor setting surrounded by friends old and new. Each class we meet on the porch of the cozy Todd Mercantile to befriend one another and to befriend plants. The things we have learned about each other have been inspiring and sometimes surprising. With the same sense of inquiry you would employ in getting to know a new friend, I introduce each featured plant and help you discover the mysteries of what God has made.  My teaching rhythm includes exploring its nicknames, lore & history, observing its characteristics using all of the senses, and expounding on its many gifts: Edible, Medicinal, Useful, Beautiful and Spiritual and even Questionable 😉.  I often bring a tea made from the plant we are befriending and a snack to share. Our group also loves to share in the enjoyment of poetry, especially about nature. Join us and you will learn how to compose your own poem based on the plant we study that day. This class is free but donations are appreciated.  “Receive what you need, give what you can.” (Frank Cook)

Teaching Tuesday’s Schedule CHANGES

After four years of teaching every Tuesday I am now teaching this class only once a month.  Please check the calendar and note which days this will be.

When: First Tuesday of every month  11-12pm
Where: The porch of the famous Todd Mercantile, Todd, NC.
What to bring: pen and 3-ring notebook to file handouts
Cost: FREE, donations appreciated

Teaching Tuesday Dates 

August 6          September 3             October 1           November 5

Foraging Fridays

…we follow the energy from roots to fruits: learning together, shopping in a variety of wild grocery stores, sitting still and quiet in various settings just to listen to nature’s hum, garbling our catch, making a glorious mess as we cook wild recipes in my kitchen, crafting with nature’s scraps, and sharing our wild repass around the table together. Relationships with the plants are deepened and relationships with one another are forged.

Bring a wild or not so wild food dish to share so we have plenty of food for lunch.  We will prepare only a few wild edible dishes together on Foraging Fridays.

This class used to be weekly and now it will be only once a month.

RSPV soon to reserve your spot.


•  August 23

• September 13

• October 11

When: Friday’s monthly 9-1pm
Where: The porch of the famous Todd Mercantile
What to bring: Boots, gloves (labeled), hat, layered clothing, food to share for lunch
Cost: $30
RSVP is required  Call 828 406 8241 to reserve your spot


Special Dates –

• April 27  – Boone in Blossom festival I will be giving a workshop similar to Teaching Tuesday Befriending Plants.

• May 4th – Restorative Power of Nature,  Holly will be speaking at the WCII conference at the Watauga High School

• July 31 – Marc Williams annual Plant Walk and Fabulous Wild Food Feast –  This is NOT to be missed and there are limited seats available!  

If you wish to book a Wild Blessings experience for your group, from a plant walk or talk to a Forage to Feast contact me to schedule.  Prices vary.

Wild Blessings Final Fling

November 5, 11-2pm at Holly’s House – Bring a wild food dish to share for our potluck, a plant offering from your heart, and bone up for our final exam.  Prizes for winners.  This is an event only for regular Wild Blessings students.  Cost is $10 per person.

Here is a description of last year’s Final Fling, you can read about the whole event here.

“Everything culminates at the Final Fling held early in November. Our big event begins with an Organoleptic exam (sight, touch, smell, taste, hear), a wild potluck, and then a time of sharing green offerings from the heart. The gifts from the heart included dance, theatrics, songs, crafts, prayers, poems, prose, preaching and pictures of our year together.

I was and still am in awe….remarkable talent and such passion in every single offering. I am humbled for the privilege of leading such a diverse and passionate group of nature lovers in the appreciation of Wild Blessings.

My offering to my wild students for Plantasia was to compile many of the photos of our year surfing nature’s wave together. So many adventures, so many plants, so much FOOD, great times together with those I love. It was hard to cut it short enough to make it more viewer friendly but I kept thinking…’Oh gotta have that one and remember the SNAKE!?’ A rich year of learning and loving together. Thankful.  The slideshow I compiled of our 2018 Wild Blessings adventures is here. “

You can read about and enjoy pictures of our Wild Blessings 2018 Final Fling on my blog.

Our Organoleptics test was wildly crazy!

Laura Weant’s plant offering was in song.

I really look forward to this season!  all around and  and you can reclaim your wild heritage for you and your family.  Join me!

Support Wild Blessings

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“Oh Lord, how many and varied are Your works.  In wisdom You have made them all.  The whole earth is full of Your riches.”  Psalms 104:24