“It was dawn on the vernal equinox. The sun rose to warm the backs of the silver birch. We lightly tapped the bark and drank the sweet, pure sap as it rose to push out the first flush of foliage. The touch and taste captured the essence of spring and nature in a way that only experience and no word could ever convey. It was sublime. We were full of awe in our silence as the world awoke”
At Aquafolium, utilising our sense of taste and smell are key tools in reconnecting with nature and also our sense of self. On one level it helps make whole our view of nature – adding more richness, context and meaning than sight and sound alone. Seeing past the green blur gives it a greater value in our lives.
Wild plant foraging or browsing is a very primal activity that echoes our very early existence when we were hunter gatherers. Slow and deliberate foraging places you wholly in the present, in nature, combining active focus, memory and sensory stimulation. With practice you get better at it too. The more you put in, the more it gives back – it is a simple and compelling equation. We have recognised and recorded real benefit in participants too.
Of course foraging, beyond picking blackberries, requires a reasonable level of knowledge and good judgement. There are also many edible, medicinal and cultural facets to these plants that tell a good story through the changing seasons and habitats. This is why we hold the space in order for participants to undertake this activity safely so they can immerse themselves in this wonderous journey.
We are currently offering free sessions to registered Devon Carers during National Carers Week (11-17 June). Please visit this website to book onto a session.