The Wild Path

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Immersive Wild Food & Herbalism Courses

Explore the wild with Jess Starwood in this six month immersive program, held both in-person and virtually. In the spring we discover the abundance of wild foods and in the fall we will explore the holistic healing power of natural herbs.

Available Programs

The Wild Path

SPRING: Wild Foods

From plants to fungi, we learn about the wild foods from many different regions—your own backyard, urban areas, mountains, coastal and desert. Learn basic botany and mycology, plus techniques and recipes for harvesting, preparing, and preserving your harvest with ethical and sustainable practices.

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FALL: Wildcrafted Herbalism

Learn about natural and holistic healing through plants. You will also learn how to make herbal remedies in our immersive in-person workshops and field trips, from tinctures and extracts, salves and healing topical ointments. Find out how to start your own apothecary for your home or community.

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Can’t join us in person? Discounted options for distance learning is available for both the Spring and Fall courses. You’ll still receive all the great virtual content and support throughout the course. Most of the content is applicable throughout the world.

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Your Instructor

Jess Starwood

Jess Starwood is a forager, plant-based chef, and herbalist with a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine (American College of Healthcare Sciences). She teaches wild food and herbalism classes in the greater Los Angeles area for adults as well as children in public school and homeschool groups. She hosts monthly wild food tasting events featuring her latest culinary creations. She has worked with several Michelin starred restaurants in Los Angeles.

Jess’ first book, Mushroom Wanderland: A Forager’s Guide to Finding, Identifying, and Using 25 Wild Fungi, will be available in 2021 from all major booksellers.

In December 2019, Jess was recognized as one of the most creative chefs in Ventura County by Edible Ojai & Ventura County Magazine.


Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine, founder of SunRaven Apothecary


Award-winning creative and innovative plant-based chef


In 2019, foraged for several Los Angeles based Michelin starred chefs and restaurants

Learn Wildcrafting

This immersive program offers unique learning opportunities with small groups throughout 3 month sessions.

  • Field Trips
  • Online LIVE & Interactive Lectures
  • Beautifully designed PDF recipe books
  • Community Building
  • Message Board
  • Class recordings for those who cannot attend live, or to review content.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“This has been an incredible experience. Jess Starwood curated not only a visually beautiful course (as expected), but an incredibly supportive, educational, fun, and delicious experience for all of us.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“This course would be appropriate for the complete novice or the experienced botanist, forager, chef, or herbalist. I’m so grateful for not only the knowledge I gained, but the friends I made, and the incredible inspiration to love, appreciate, & engage ethically with plants and the earth.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“I highly recommend this course as a wonderful investment in yourself, your family, and also the natural world.”

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