February 2020

2/29: Healing with Medicinal Plants Workshop & Wild Food Lunch

In this full day workshop, Dr. Jim Adams will teach about native medicinal plants on a local trail in the morning, followed by a workshop in the afternoon to learn how to make medicine from these important plants. Jess Starwood will offer a gourmet tasting of local wild foods and beverages.

February 29th, 2020
Thousand Oaks, CA (Exact address will be provided after registration)
No refunds after 7 days prior to event due to food preparations.
$100, includes lunch and beverages

More Details and Registration

March 2020

3/7-3/9: Desert WILD: ForagING Arizona

Explore the abundance of the Sonoran Desert in spring after the winter rains have quenched the desert’s thirst. Our journey will start with the entire foraging process, from desert to table on Saturday, then on Sunday we will dive deeply into the medicine of the desert—making our own medicines, but also exploring the spiritual side of what the desert offers. We will explore the surrounding foothills to identify the local wild edible and medicinal plants, learn sustainable and ethical harvesting practices, preparation, preservation, cooking and plating techniques. All meals included.

3/28 & 3/29: Spring Wild Plants & Fungi, Walk + Tasting

Join local herbalist, forager and chef Jess Starwood on a walk through the wild to explore, identify and taste the local abundance of spring in Southern California.

In this class, we will explore what edible and medicinal herbs, flowers, fruits, and mushrooms are found in the wild this time of year and what you can do with them for your health and vitality. We will discuss basic identification skills, foraging ethics and best practices, plus common and obscure uses for plants and fungi that we find.

March 28th, 2020 — 3:00pm-6:00pm
March 29th, 2020 — 11:00am-2:00pm

Thousand Oaks, CA (Exact address will be provided after registration)
No refunds after 7 days prior to event due to food preparations.


November 2020

Foraging Baja

Dates TBD. Explore Southern Baja Mexico with plant expert Dennis Sharmahd and herbalist, forager, chef Jess Starwood for a 7 day adventure of food, nature, and fun. More details to be announced soon. For photos and details of last year’s trip, check out the trip report here. To be placed on our interest list, please email me at This event will sell out quickly.


If you are interested in a private class, workshop, interpretive plant walk or hike, wild food and drink tasting or private dinner, please contact me directly for details: