French Alps Foray: Mushroom Foodies

French Alps Foray: Mushroom Foodies

Regular price $840 Unit price  per 

Dates: October 5th to 8th, 2023

Thanks to this discovery of field mycology, you will be introduced to the knowledge of edible mushrooms: how to identify them, pick them, prepare them... It is aimed at nature lovers, those who have always wanted to learn but have not had the chance to have a mentor, and gourmets of all kinds! The alpine forests are full of delicious wild mushrooms, you just have to learn how to find them, recognize them and prepare them to enjoy them. This training is a nature workshop accessible without prior skills, and recommended to all those who wish to lay the foundations for picking edible mushrooms before embarking on their own in the field, gain self-confidence and their ability to pick and cook safely.

Hamilton Pevec will be your mushroom guide and Robin Boclet-Weller will be your trekking guide and first aid expert: learn more about all this HERE


This excursion is open to everyone without any specific prerequisites. It is particularly appreciated by adventurers who have already experienced forest bathing. It also forms an interesting complementary with the workshop "Discovering Plants".


  • Learn to identify edible mushrooms

Audience: Open to everyone Location: French Alps (Champsaur) Dates: October 5th to 8th, 2023 Duration: Three days and four nights


  • Accommodation in a guesthouse (from Thursday to Sunday evenings)
  • Ten meals (from Friday morning to Monday morning)
  • Collective equipment (teaching material, first aid kit...)
  • Guesthouse facilities (jacuzzi, petanque court, foosball, terrace, barbecue...)
  • Your expert mycology guide
  • Your wilderness first aid expert
  • Activity insurance

Not included:

  • Your personal travel to and from the workshop site
  • Your personal equipment (list sent upon registration)
  • Your personal insurance

Additional information:

  • Group of 4 to 8 participants (plus two guides)
  • Participants must be of legal age

Mushroom Picking Training Program:

Day 0 (Thursday, October 5th): Possible arrival on site on Thursday evening, individual meal to be planned.

Day 1 (Friday, October 6th):

  • Presentation of the team and program

  • Short hike (2.5 to 3 hours depending on terrain), medium elevation, accessible to everyone

  • Lunch from collected and preserved mushrooms

  • Introduction to mycology workshops:

    Approaching the realm of mycetes: habitat, substrates, anatomy... Observation and identification of major groups of fungi

  • Optional documentary screening on mushrooms in the evening

  • Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse

Day 2 (Saturday, October 7th):

  • Hike (3 to 6 hours depending on terrain), medium elevation, accessible to everyone

  • Introduction to mycology workshops:

    Picking rules and risk prevention Determination keys (using D. Arora's and G. Eyssartier & P. Roux's books)

  • Night walk and observation of mushroom fluorescence

  • Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse

Day 3 (Sunday, October 8th):

  • Morning walk and collection

  • Introduction to mycology workshop:

    Preparation, cooking, and preservation of mushrooms

  • Tasting and exchange evening, dinner and overnight at the guesthouse

Day 4 (Monday, October 9th): Possible departure at any time on Monday, breakfast included.

Educational summary of mycology training: Over the course of these three days, you will have learned to:

  • Identify and consume at least five different delicious mushrooms
  • Use a book and its determination keys
  • Differentiate types of mushrooms (humicole, lignicole, corticole...)
  • Study alpine mycology as a self-taught individual

Some mushrooms that we might observe:

  • Honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea)
  • Red-stemmed bolete (Neoboletus erythropus)
  • Porcini (Boletus edulis)
  • Shaggy ink cap (Coprinus comatus)
  • Parasol mushroom (Macrolepiota procera)
  • Golden chanterelle (Cantharelus cibarius)
  • Saffron milk cap (Lactarius deliciosus)
  • Morel (Morchella esculenta)
  • Oyster mushroom (Plurotus ostreatus)
  • Meadow mushroom (Agaricus campestris)
  • Horn of plenty (Craterellus cornucopioides)
  • Common puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum)