“Myself and a group of my valued clients joined The Foragers on an unforgettable Scottish Island Adventure. Catching the ferry to the island was like entering another world. After a stressful year of work, the peace and space to breathe and think this trip gave us was invaluable. I never thought I could be so fascinated and inspired by looking at seaweed on a rock!”
James Glynn, MD, www.cwfm.co.uk
“For our Summer parties we always look for something fun and a little quirky – we were definitely not disappointed! George and Richard at The Foragers hosted our team for an afternoon and evening of action packed and incredibly insightful foraging followed by a banquet of mouth-watering food made with finest ingredients. We all learnt a lot about what there is to fetch on your doorstep in nature’s garden and at the same time had a real laugh and a lot of fun. I would highly recommend The Foragers for a one of a kind experience!”
Aisling Crapnell, SOANE Britain
“We spent a great two day team getaway with The Foragers. After a wonderful evening indulging on wild food and foraged cocktails, we were up bright and early, heading to the woods for a whistle-stop tour of the many useful plants to be found in the British countryside, as well as some scary deadly ones! During the session, the guys also planned us some interesting team exercises based around applying a hunter-gatherer’s ethos of resourcefulness to the running of a business.”
Katie Waldeck, Customer Experience Director, www.SOH.co.uk
The Benefits of Foraging
Foraging is a tremendously fun and fulfilling way to spend a day or a few hours and can provide lasting benefits for you and your team.
It is hard to overstate the value of nature. Skills developed, knowledge gained and fun had in the wild will prove immensely valuable in every aspect of your life and work. Time spent with us will change your perspectives and enhance your sense of wellbeing.
Our experience and passion speaks for itself, and so will yours if you join us, but there is also much scientific research being undertaken to confirm what we know instinctively about the forest – that wellbeing, health, happiness at work and home, memory and teamwork all improve as a result of immersing oneself in the wild.
It has been shown that being close to nature can improve people’s mood, productivity and wellbeing. In Japan, the art of Shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing” is widely practiced and recognised as a therapeutic activity, and western science is just catching on to this knowledge. Studies such as these assert the measurable improvements that access to green space can have on mental health.
As well as the general benefits of nature to wellbeing and morale, research is also being carried out into the creative benefits. This study demonstrates that a measurable cognitive advantage is achieved by spending time in and actively engaging with natural environments. As an exercise in concentration and mindfulness, away from digital and artificial distraction, time spent in the forest improves creative reasoning, problem solving, attention and memory skills.
These scientific examples only scratch the surface of the many self-evident benefits of spending time in the wild. The life-changing effect foraging can have on your senses, memory and perception are only now being explored in depth by science, but can be experienced every day on our courses.