Wild Medicine Program

 "Plants are also integral to reweaving the connection between land and people. A place becomes a home when it sustains you, when it feeds you in body as well as spirit. To recreate a home, the plants must also return."

~ Robin Wall Kimmerer

~ 2023 Program Dates to be announced in early 2023 ~

2022 Course Details

Wild Medicine is an in-person, community based learning journey to connect with the natural world and learn about how to incorporate wild plants and mushrooms into our daily lives. Laura's approach to learning and teaching about the natural world is kin-centered. Her hope is to create a learning environment that encourages participants to feel welcome sharing from their own personal and cultural backgrounds and feel safe being who they are regardless of background and identity. This years Wild Medicine Program will take place as a five session course from May through September. During the program we will build skills and knowledge to work with plants and mushrooms in a meaningful and practical way in our daily lives. We will follow the land and its inhabitants through the seasons on a beautiful property on the edge of Algonquin Park and complete several herbal preparations through out the program. Program location will be mostly on the Gilmour Homestead outside of Dwight, ON with some class time taking place at the Wild Muskoka Production Kitchen in Dwight, ON.

Program focuses and skills:
    • Hands-on plant and mushroom identification skills and resources
    • Habitat identification and ecology
    • Sustainable and safe foraging and building reciprocal relationships
    • Making and using safe and effective herbal medicines
    • Building the basics of a home herbal apothecary
    • Permaculture principals in practice and homestead living inspiration
    • Nature connection practices

    Students will learn to make infused vinegars, tinctures, oils, salves, and turn these into a variety of first aid and healthful herbal tonics. We will also prepare and eat a number of wild foods in class and students will be given to the opportunity to harvest from the land and gardens to expand their learning at home.

    There will be two cohorts running in 2022. One group with class days on Thursday and one group on Saturday. Class hours are 10:00am - 4:30pm. The class will be limited to 8-10 students (class will allow for 10 if a few people carpool).

    Thursday Session Dates 2022 ~sold out~ May 12, June 16, July 21, August 18 & September 15

    Saturday Session Dates 2022:  ~sold out~ May 14, June 18, July 23, August 20 & September 17

    Program Location: Gilmour Homestead between Dwight & Dorset, Ontario and Wild Muskoka Production Kitchen in Dwight, Ontario


    Program Cost: $650+HST includes all class materials & handouts


    Work Trade Program

    Work trade program is full for 2022.


    There are a few partial scholarships available for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour) and low-waged Muskoka residents. Email Laura at  wildmuskoka@gmail.com with a self introduction to apply.


      Student Feedback:
    "I am sad to see our six-month journey come to an end, but so thankful for everything that Laura has shared over the last three seasons. Laura, thank you for showing me new ways to connect with the natural world and for sharing your knowledge about how to promote health and wellness through incorporating wild plants and traditional herbal medicines back into our modern lives.
    I am grateful for the "seeds" that you have planted in me to cultivate a deeper relationship with plants and their healing properties. Connecting with nature has taken on a new meaning for me and I truly feel that this is just the beginning of a beautiful journey."
    ~ Monica Gagne, 2018 Wild Medicine Program Student