In-person Wild Blessings classes will start Saturday, May 27 and are scheduled each weekend through October 28. Check below for the type of classes that are offered each week and click on a link provided to sign up. RSVP and payment is required at least 3 days prior to each event. Patreon members are offered a discount.
• Teaching Tuesdays
• Plant Walks
• Befriending Plants
• Forage to Feast
• Special Events
About Class Pricing
The prices for my classes are based on individual participation or Patreon membership. Patreon members get a discount that is described on my event pages (Facebook). View this page regularly for all of the classes offered. The prices are different depending on the content and nature of the class.
Reduced pricing for families is not offered because I treat each participant as a learning adult and provide the benefit you would get from a private tutor. As a Patreon member you would pay a reduced rate for each class and your children will learn more than they could ever get sitting in a room listening to a lecture because they will be taught in a living environment with hands on experience. We also keep the groups small to allow for plenty of questions and interaction. If a family were to request bringing small children, I ask that they contact me in advance to work our special arrangements because I want all students to feel that they are being trained without unnecessary distractions.
Become a Patreon Member
Patreon members get reduced prices on all teaching events. Become a Patreon member by going to Patreon.com and search for Wild Blessings or Holly Drake and then sign up. Enter the amount you want to give and it will be automatically drafted each month. I offer a lot of teaching online for free (in addition to my in-person classes) and your support through Patreon helps me continue. As little as $10/month will go a long way and is a great investment for your family. Patreon members also receive exclusive content such as recipes and handouts with teaching content. Becoming a member will open up a lot of material that your family can learn from.
A free video class provided each week online following nature’s wave. At 8pm EST Holly presents a class often focusing on one in-season plant and an update on what is available in God’s grocery stores this week.
When: Every Tuesday, free online, 8 PM (EST)
Where: Facebook: Wild Blessings w/ Holly Drake (a private group, request to join) or Wild Blessings YouTube channel.
Classes May & June
May 23 – Knowing Poison Ivy
May 30 – Lambsquarter
June 6 – Elder
June 13 – Befriending Plants
June 20 – Poisonous Flowers
June 27 – Poisonous Plant Ponderings
$55 per person (general admission)
$25 for Wild Blessings Patreon members (to learn how to join as a Patreon member, read description above and follow instructions)
Please pay in advance with PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Venmo (pay to Jdrake55).
If you need to cancel your class let me know in advance so another person can take that spot. Please respond via this Event page so I know who is coming..
Bring water to drink and wear closed toe shoes and a hat.
I want to empower you in building YOUR confidence in foraging skills and in God’s provision.
Sign up now to reserve your spot.
Befriending Plants Intensive
Plant Intensives are held on the first Saturday morning of each month from 9-Noon.
Where: At Holly’s house – 279 Deer Crossing, Todd, NC 28684
What: This is an in-person gathering where we celebrate one plant (some of my green allies) to get to know it utilizing all of our senses. Experiencing each plant through observation, learning, writing, drawing, story telling, poetry writing and then herbing around with it to make a fitting herbal preparation and a few wild recipes featuring our star plant.
We will spend the first hour foraging for our featured plant, the next hour herbing around with it and the 3rd hour learning about it’s multifaceted gifts.
Who: People who really want to make the green world their grocery store and medicine chest. This is an investment to take your herbal learning to a whole new depth.
Cost: $45 general admission $25 Patreon members (please pay via PayPal, Venmo in advance, at email@example.com)
Handouts with recipes and preparations for the featured plant will be provided. By the end of a season of this in person herbal intensive you will have learned the basic herbal preparations, lots of wild cooking tips and started to build your own herbal monographs, and personal apothecary.
On the Calendar
Where: Check the specific event page for the date you want to participate. Click on the date above to learn more.
With food prices soaring, it is time to Forage! Ever wonder what wild riches lie all around you waiting to be discovered and valued as they have been for centuries past? I can help you! Join me for a plant walk to discover what is in God’s grocery stores. Knowing plants in all their life cycles, learning which parts to gather and how to prepare them for food and medicine is a skill that you can cultivate. Learn to SEE what is waiting to be a wild blessing to you!
I will be featuring many wild edible plants that likely grow near you or in your yard. You will learn to recognize them by careful observation, and fun introduction methods to help you remember each plant and learn how to harvest and use each of them for food and healing. We will enjoy a wild tea and snack together.
Wild Blessings Plant Walks will be held twice a month on Thursday evenings throughout the Summer at various locations.
Classes fill quickly. Sign up now to reserve your spot. Reservations are required and class sizes are limited. Pay in advance through PayPal, Venmo, or direct arrangement by contacting Holly Drake at 828-406-8241.
Foraging and Feasting
I am a wild foods chef and have offered many wild food feasts where the guests come to learn, forage for wild edibles, and cook a meal together. The cuisine is sometimes Asian, Greek, Italian, Mexican and Indian or just seasonal. All non-wild ingredients are organic, farm fresh and increasingly gluten free. Meats are grass finished, happy animals from local farms or local game. Here is a blog showing what Wild Blessings Forage to Feasts have looked like over the many years of hosting them.
Cost: $85/person – $125/person (depending on location) – $50 for Wild Blessings Patreon members
Who: Class size is limited to 10 people. A waiting list will be kept to fill any cancellations.
What: A forage to dining experience. Foraging, Cooking and Eating together
Sign up now to reserve your spot minimum of 3 days before event. Reservations are required and class sizes are limited. Pay in advance through PayPal, Venmo, or direct arrangement by contacting Holly Drake at 828-406-8241.
On the Calendar
What: Forage to Fiesta Feast
When: June 24, 2023 Saturday evening 4-8:30PM
Where: 279 Deer Crossing, Todd, NC 28684
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