Morning Activities

There will be a number of early morning workshops outside of the official workshop schedule. These activities may include yoga or other movement activities, plant walks, song circles or other wonderful ways to start the day. Below are some of the morning activities from 2018. Once finalized, the morning activities for 2019 will be updated here:

Earth Inspired Yoga Flow with Tracy Young
Join me for an early morning Earth inspired yoga flow. This practice is designed to uplift and wake the body and mind, while energizing your connection to the Earth. Begin the day feeling rooted in your center while cultivating spaciousness within.

Love Me Dew – Morning Meditations with Jenna Street
Ease into your days at the Heartwood Gathering with gentle, plant inspired meditations. Our morning rituals will help you channel the innate wisdom of plants, and spark curiosity and creativity within your relationship to the natural world. Connect with your senses, attune yourself to the surroundings and prime yourself for the days ahead!

Plant Walk with Lianna Vargas (Saturday morning)

Free Time Activities

Below are the Free Time activities offered at Heartwood in 2018. Once finalized, the Free Time activities for 2019 will be updated here.

Crafts Corner & Collective Nature-Art with Lianna Vargas
Get your hands busy, connecting with plants through the arts and crafting. This is open time to come be creative and crafty. Bring any projects you’re working on, or just your enthusiasm, and come to paint or draw with plant pigments, or help build a Nature-Art tapestry, weaving together stalks, fiber and (other bits) into a large-scale, 3-dimensional, collective work of art.

Connecting to Plant Spirit Through Song with Kate Sutherland
Practice grounding into the earth and deep listening to the world of Plant life that surrounds you. Let what you hear and feel emerge through your voice. You will also take home a few new nature-inspired songs for your repertoire as we experience song as a group to greet the day. No experience necessary.

Wild Rice Processing with James Whetung
Join James Whetung for a condensed participatory workshop on the traditional processing of Manomin. James will guide the group through roasting, dancing, winnowing, and cooking Manomin. James will provide teachings on the place of Manomin in Anishinabe culture, the decline of Manomin following colonization, and the current efforts to rehabilitate Manomin beds in the Kawartha Lakes Region. Black Duck Wild Rice will be available for sale.

Friday Night Fair

Our first night together at Heartwood Gathering is celebrated through our festive Friday Night Fair. Outside under a beautifully lit pavilion, we will gather to hear live music, connect with old and new friends, check out some neat plant demos, partake in Wild Food Competition and enjoy the campfire. It’s a fun and laid back way to kick off a weekend of learning.


Wild Foods & Herbal Elixirs Tasting Contest

This will be a highlight of our evening Friday Night Fair as participants and instructors compete for terrific prizes in a friendly competition to tickle the most taste-buds. Winners are chosen by popular vote in the following categories:

  1. Wild/ Herbal Food (Savoury)

Bite-sized samples of wild food or herbal infused pestos, bread, spreads or other crispy delicious items.

  1. Wild Food (Sweet)

Samples of bite-sized herbal and wild infused tasty treats!

  1. Herbal Elixir

Single servings of herbal infused syrups, cordials, shrubs or other liquid-based herbal infused drink mixes. (No tinctures please).


Contest rules:

  • All entries must have a wild plant or herbal component
  • All entries must be accompanied by an ingredients list
  • All food entries must come ready to serve in bite-sized portions,
  • Drink entries must come pre-mixed in a ready to pour bottle
  • Although all plants are medicine we are asking that this contest be food/ nutritive grade and not high potency medicinal grade.
  • Please bring any serving ware such as small cups or toothpicks if possible

No need to pre-register your entry. Just bring your entry to the gathering!

Live Music

There will be live music by local musicians on Friday and Saturday night. During the Friday Night Fair, a number of musicians will provide the soundtrack for our fun evening of activities and socializing. Saturday night after the Keynote presentation we will have a band playing inviting tunes for those who want to move their bodies. We invite everyone to gather in celebration, enjoy some Kava Chai tea in the tea salon, and dance or relax outside by the campfire with friends. Music and evening activities will end by 11:00 pm to respect quiet hours. We were happy to have the Band Dub Trinity at Heartwood in 2018. Stay tuned for news of who our band will be this year.





When you come to Heartwood you will see the halls of our main building filled with wonderful booths. These educational and sales booths are hosted by our sponsors, teachers and some participants. You could find anything from information about schools and associations, herbal products, jewelry, wild foods, photography, indigenous arts, and all types of wellness products. Please come with cash for your purchases. See the Vendors page if you are interested in a booth space.