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 the morning activities that were offered at the 2019 Heartwood Gathering. If you are interested in offering a morning activity at Heartwood 2020 please reach out at


Saturday morning:

  • Herb Walk: Botanical Identification and Medicinal Actions with Remy and Taylor
  • Plant Yoga with Lindseed
  • Morning Sound Meditation with Megan Marie Gates 

Free Time Saturday

  • Walking the land through the restored Ganaraska Forest with John Bacher & Paul Overly
  • Wild Arts Hour with Lianna Vargas
  • Does Your Garden Cause, or Reverse Climate Change and Inflammatory Disease with Jackie McMillan 

Sunday Morning:

  • Herb Walk with Lee and Rebecca of the Wild Foragers Society
  • Plant Yoga with Lindseed
  • Morning Sound Meditation with Megan Marie Gates

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 and 2019. 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.