Welcome to my website. I live in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina with my husband Jason and my dog Max where I explore the beauty of God’s creation to learn as much as I can about wild foods that are available to us for free.
I have always loved nature. Even as a little girl my pockets, socks and hats were always stuffed with crumbled flowers, acorns, magic pebbles…even minnows (poor things!). Not much has changed in that regard. Now not only my pockets and baskets spill over with green blessings but every hook and cranny in our home has some wild gift hanging to dry. My husband is a patient man.
Jason and I have four sons (one in heaven), one daughter in law, and two beautiful granddaughters, Norah Rose and Olivia Claire Drake.
The most important thing about me is that I am a follower of Jesus Christ. God’s Creation is, in my mind, His way of revealing His character to us. Such power yet delicate artistry, such diversity in colors, shapes, textures and smells…. Nature is my playground of worship. Everything about my Creator has been revealed to me through His world and His word.
“From the rising of the sun to the setting of the sun, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” And so I praise Him and revel in His love and His provision of all things wild to bless and care for us.
What is Wild Blessings?
Wild Blessings is a learning resource that is committed to helping people like you overcome the powerful impact of what I refer to as, “Nature Deficit Disorder” (NDD)….the “condition” caused by our lifestyles that keeps us from enjoying and benefiting from time in the outdoors. Being in-and-around nature is a remedy in and of itself but I want to be your guide to learning more about creation and the One who made it!
Wild Blessings presents 3 ways to help you overcome NDD. I teach classes, hold events, and provide written resources that are (usually) posted on my website. You need to regularly check the emails I send out and my website to stay up to date on ways you can learn.
How can you get involved?
You can get involved with Wild Blessings by first, “friend me” on Facebook and I will include you in my Wild Blessings with Holly Drake group where we learn together and develop community around our common interest in nature. Join me every Tuesday in that group for a Facebook Live class I call “Teaching Tuesdays” at 11:00 AM (EST) YEAR-ROUND. You will hear me talk about what we are seeing in nature’s wave and you will learn how to appreciate it.
You will also hear about upcoming events like the quarterly Forage to Feast days where a small group of us will forage in the local area around where I live (in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina) and then come back to my kitchen where you will learn to cook wild with what you gathered and sit down to a wonderful meal together. Check this section of my site details on upcoming Wild Dinners, Plants Walks, Workshops, Webinars and other learning opportunities. I will teach plant walks, forage to feasts upon request.
You can also search my website for the large treasure of resources I have compiled about plants and food and trees and fruits and seeds and roots and….. you name it. If it has to do with wild edible plants and how to use them, I am studying it. Here you will find information about:
• Essential Oils
• Healing Tips
Other sections of my website
You’ll hear and read about my references to Jesus Christ because I believe He is the Creator of all things and sustains everything we see around us in nature. I love to study nature, but I do not worship the creation, I give honor to the creator. This section of my site is dedicated to providing information that might help you better understand what I believe about Him and how you can have a personal relationship with Him.
“Nature is such a liberating force from the ‘religious fog’ because it is God’s and it speaks volumes about His ‘nature’! It’s beauty is staggering, the diversity…the abundance…such generosity…” from The Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge
I have written many blog posts on a variety of topics that will inspire and educate you in your own foraging adventures. Here you will find: Wild Wisdom, Foraging Tips, How to Preserve the Harvest, How to Befriend Plants, Ideas for Nature Crafts and Games, Wild Scriptures, Quotes and Poems, Videos, Slideshows of Wild Blessing Events, a potpourri of wild goodness. I add to my blog regularly so check back to see what is new!
You can support Wild Blessings
Help me continue to present many resources and classes for free.
PATREON – You can become a regular supporter on Patreon.com. Go to their website, or search for Patreon.com/wildblessings and sign up to be a regular contributor.
PAYPAL – Whether you are paying for an upcoming event or contributing a donation, you can always use PayPal.com. Look there for my account, Holly Drake.
Contact me: HollyDrake56@gmail.com