The Wild Path

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An Immersive Wild Food Program…

Explore the wild with Jess Starwood, forager and author, in this six month immersive program (course I in the spring and course II in the fall), held both in-person and virtually. In the spring we discover the abundance of the “ephemeral edibles”, wild mushrooms, fruits and berries. In the fall, the advanced course takes a deeper dive into food as medicine, health, and integrating the wild into a functional and renewable cuisine and establishing personal vitality.

Available Programs

The Wild Path

SPRING: Introduction to 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 introductory botany and mycology, plus techniques and recipes for harvesting, preparing, and preserving your harvest with ethical and sustainable practices.

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FALL: Advanced Wild Foods

The advanced course takes a deeper dive into food as medicine, health, and integrating the wild into a functional and renewable cuisine and establishing personal vitality.

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TWP Student Discount

New this year!
All 2022 students receive a 10% discount to all other workshops, multi-day foraging adventures, wild food dinners and offerings from Jess Starwood (see the calendar at Some exclusions apply.

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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


Wild foods consultant and forager for well-known Michelin-starred restaurants and chefs in Los Angeles.

Learn the Art of Wildcrafting

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

  • Full-day Field Trips
  • Online LIVE & Interactive Lectures
  • Beautifully designed PDF recipe books
  • A supportive class community
  • Message Board
  • Class recordings for those who cannot attend live, or to review content.

What Students Are Saying…

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.”