French Alps Foray Oct 2 - 5, 2023

French Alps Foray Oct 2 - 5, 2023

Regular price $1,350 Unit price  per 



Lay the foundations of mushroom knowledge: how to identify them, pick them, and cook them...

This course is aimed at forest enthusiasts who want to understand the role of fungi, professionals in the catering trades who wish to develop new culinary experiences, and in general to all nature lovers who want to feast their taste buds and fill their eyes!

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.

This initiation is a nature workshop accessible without prior skill, and recommended to all those who wish to experience a first approach to practical mycology before embarking on an autodidact in the field, to gain self-confidence and their ability to pick and cook. safely.

This price includes: Accommodation in a alps style chalet, Food for the time of the Course and the in depth course with expert guide Hamilton Pevec. 

DOES NOT INCLUDE: transportation or alcohol. 

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  • Nights in shared accommodation at the lodge (Sunday to Wednesday evenings)
  • Twelve meals (from Sunday to Wednesday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Collective equipment (educational material, first aid kit, etc.)
  • Your expert guide in mycology
  • Your Wilderness First Aid Expert
  • Activity insurance

Not included:

  • Personal transportation to and from the training site
  • Personal equipment (a list will be sent upon registration)
  • Personal insurance

Additional information:

  • Group of 4 to 8 participants (plus two guides)
  • Open to both French and English speakers
  • Participants must be over 18 years old and in good physical and mental health.

Tentative schedule: In any adventure, the itinerary and schedule may be adjusted based on the terrain, weather conditions, and participant motivations. This schedule is subject to change.

Day 0: Possible arrival on site on Saturday evening, individual meal to be planned.

Day 1 (Sunday):

  • Introduction to the team and program, meeting with other participants over  breakfast.

  • Short hike to forage (2.5 to 3 hours depending on the terrain), moderate elevation gain, accessible to all.

  • Introduction workshops in mycology:

    • Approaching the kingdom of fungi: habitat, substrates, anatomy...
    • Rules for foraging and preventing risks
    • Observation and identification of major groups of mushrooms
  • Evening activities and viewing of a documentary on fungi.

  • Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 2 (Monday):

  • Hike (3 to 4 hours depending on the terrain), moderate elevation gain, accessible to all.

  • Introduction workshops in mycology:

    • Identification keys (using D. Arora and G. Eyssartier & P. Roux's books)
    • Biology of mushrooms (groups, substrates, mycelial network, and trophic relationship...)
    • Study of toxic mushrooms and how to avoid possible confusion
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 3 (Tuesday):

  • Long hike (4 to 7 hours depending on the terrain), significant elevation gain.

  • Wildlife workshops:

    • Orientation and navigation in forests and mountains
    • Approach to the alpine ecosystem, edible and medicinal plants
  • Depending on the weather, overnight stay in a shelter or night walk and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 4 (Wednesday):

  • Observation walk (2 to 4 hours depending on the terrain), low elevation gain, accessible to all.

  • Introduction workshops in mycology:

    • Preparation, cooking, and preservation of mushrooms
    • Approach to medicinal virtues and pharmacopoeia theory
    • Bibliography, study methodology, and scientific data research
  • End of the session around 5:00 PM.

Possible overnight stay at the lodge for those who want to leave the next day.

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

  • Identify and consume at least six different delicious mushrooms
  • Use a book and its identification keys
  • Study the traditional medicinal uses of mushrooms
  • Understand the integration of mushrooms in their environment (saprophytism, parasitism, symbiosis...)
  • Differentiate between types of mushrooms (humicolous, lignicolous, corticolous...)
  • Safely prepare and cook your harvest
  • Study alpine mycology as a self-taught learner