'Guests are truly interested in delving deeper into foraging, edible plants and natural remedies and how to incorporate them into their lifestyle,' explains Nathaniel Whitmore, Master Herbalist.
Hawley, PA (PRWEB) May 02, 2014
The long-anticipated spring season will bring more than just blooming flowers and cooing birds at The Lodge at Woodloch, a luxury destination spa this year. Master Herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore added a new series of offerings based on the growing number of comments he has heard from guests. “Guests are truly interested in delving deeper into foraging, edible plants and natural remedies and how to incorporate them into their lifestyle.” With viewers loving the survivalist mentality in movies like the Hunger Games and television programming like The Walking Dead, combined with lifestyle trends of going local and eating superfoods, it is no wonder that wild edibles are so popular. This new program combines the excitement of learning survivalist skills along with knowledge about the micro-local nutritional powerhouses found in the backyard with a how-to course on what to do next.
Because Mother Nature truly dictates the availability and timing of edible wild foods, Nathaniel will closely monitor and share his findings with the programming team at The Lodge at Woodloch. Throughout the spring and fall, unique foraging classes will be offered and May will be dedicated with an increased number of offerings of foraging and preparation, edible plant walks and natural remedies because of the probability of new growth and plentiful varieties of plants and mushrooms.
The classes in the Nourish Nosh and Nurse with Nature Program will include:
Nourish and Nosh with Nature Using Wild Edibles: Two Hours
Learn about the preparation of local wild vegetables. We will demonstrate the day’s fresh harvest including seasonal wild edibles such as Dandelion, Burdock, and Pokeweed with special methods of preparation like parboiling and classic methods like stir-frying.
Herbal Remedy Preparation: 50 minutes
Learn about the various forms of preparing medicinal herbs. The class with cover tinctures, infusions, decoctions, syrups, capsules, and other preparations; including a demonstration of preparing two types of herbal “tea” – infusions and decoctions.
Wild Edibles Walk: 50 minutes
Learn about the various wild edible plants that grow at the Lodge at Woodloch. Discussion will include identification, harvest, and preparation of wild edibles.
Guests will go home with a plethora of information including a guide to edible plants and foraged foods available in the Northeast as well as their health and restorative benefits. Foraged foods offer a plethora of benefits such as:
- Being rich in phyto-nutrients, enzymes, fiber, chlorophyll, and many other nutritious benefits
- They often have medicinal values to naturally cure various ailments
- They are often genetically superior in order to survive in the wild (free of genetic modifications)
- They are free and reduce your carbon footprint
Of course, the key is to be 100% positive about the correct identity of the plants, berries, and mushrooms before consuming.
The Nourish Nosh and Nurse with Nature program will extend through fall; however, the program is dependent on the availability and seasonality of the foods with the spring and fall being the most abundant. This program is part of the increasing amount of foodie travel offerings available at The Lodge. Weekend rates in May start from $349 per person, per night and weekday rates start at $229 per person, per night both rates based on double occupancy. To learn more, call 866.953.8500.
About The Lodge at Woodloch:
The Lodge at Woodloch is one of the finest full-service luxury destination spas in the U.S., offering complete spa programs, treatments, outdoor adventure activities, golf, classes and packages in a pristine mountain retreat environment. Located on over 150 wooded acres with a private lake in the Lake Region of Northeast Pennsylvania, The Lodge provides an oasis for personal awakening and renewal just 2 ½ hours outside of New York City. The exclusive property features 58 luxury accommodations and a 40,000-square-foot spa. Additional information and reservations are available toll-free at 1-866-953-8500 or on the Web site at thelodgeatwoodloch.com.