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.
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 tastebuds. Winners are chosen by popular vote in the following categories:
- Wild/ Herbal Food (Savoury)
Bite-sized samples of wild food or herbal infused pestos, bread, spreads or other crispy delicious items.
- Wild Food (Sweet)
Samples of bite-sized herbal and wild infused tasty treats!
- Herbal Elixir
Single servings of herbal infused syrups, cordials, shrubs or other liquid-based herbal infused drink mixes. (No tinctures please).
- 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!
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 fun dance 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, dance to the band, or relax outside by the campfire with friends. Music and evening activities will end by 11:00 pm to respect quiet hours.
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.