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Fungi Foray &
Camp Cookery Course

3 Days of Wild Mushroom Foraging, Wilderness Cookery & Bushcraft 





2024 DATES

3 - 6 Oct



 What Is This Fungi Course About?

This exciting collaboration sees the Wilderness Folk School team up with wild food educator Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods for an immersive 3 days of fungi forays, wilderness cookery and bushcraft.  From our secluded riverside camp in the heart of Perthshire, known for its fantastic wild mushroom habitats and mycological diversity, we'll explore some fabulous fungi habitats from ancient oak woods to granny pine forests.  


Mark is known for his infectious enthusiasm for fungi and with over 30 years' experience teaching wild mushroom identification and educating people about wild foods, Mark is the perfect guide as we explore a range of exciting habitats searching for and learning about all the fantastic fungi we find.

Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods teaches wild mushroom identification

The focus will be on learning how to identify all the wild fungi we find, paying particular attention to the edible (and poisonous!) species so that you leave with a greater understanding and confidence in your own abilities to identify fungi.  Mark will also be doing some mushroomy presentations as well as diving into fungi crafts and medicinal uses for fungi.  

As well as packed fungi forays and immersive fungi study, Steven Hanton of the Wilderness Folk School will be teaching and showcasing some exciting wilderness cookery techniques and together with Mark they will be creating some gastronomic magic from the edible fungi we have collected!  And because bushcraft is in our blood, expect bonus lessons on primitive firelighting and fire management, underground ovens (Hangi), making amadou and hot-smoking to name a few.  This really promises to be a an action-packed 3 days!  

Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods teaching fungi identification.  Mark has an infectious enthusiasm and is a patient teacher. 

Dutch oven cooking in embers of fire on wilderness cookery course

What Will You Learn On This Course?

Fungi Study

  • The importance of fungi

  • Identifying important families and species of fungi

  • How to make and use spore prints to help identify fungi

  • Multiple fungi habitats; ancient oak, beech, conifers, birch, pasture

  • Tree identificationand identifying mushrooms

  • How to home in on the most rewarding edible species

  • Responsible harvesting

  • Important poisonous species

  • Medicinal and utilitarian uses of fungi

  • Psychedelic fungi

  • Preservation and cooking techniques

  • Key resources for taking your personal learning forward

  • Using fungi in wild cocktails

  • Fungi lore, tales and stories – by the campfire!

Camp Cookery & Bushcraft

  • Fire lighting, management and specific fire lays for cooking

  • Wood choice for cooking fires, hot-smoking and poisonous woods to avoid

  • Underground (hāngī) cookery

  • Wilderness cookery techniques – planking, broiling and campfire breads

  • Making amadou and other utilitarian uses for fungi

Forest school site

Fungi Course Details





2024 DATES

3 - 6 Oct



All bookings for this course are made through Galloway Wild Foods website.  PLEASE CLICK ABOVE 

This course is run from a spectacular ancient oak wood nestled by the banks of the River Tay close to Aberfeldy in Highland Perthshire, Scotland.  The site is quiet and secluded with great camping spots and opportunities to swim in the river.  The wood is full of wildlife and we are truly privileged to be able to run our courses from this special site.  

Full joining instructions will be sent out in advance of the course.


This site is easily accessible from the A9 and we are only 1.5hrs from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.  We are well served by train too, with a station at Dunkeld.  We offer a complimentary train pick up service from Dunkeld station for up to 4 clients per course on a first come-first serve basis. There is also a bus service from Dunkeld train station which stops right at the meeting point in Grandtully village.

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