The Benefits of Foraging

Foraging is a tremendously fun and fulfilling way to spend a day or a few hours and can provide lasting benefits for you and your team.

It is hard to overstate the value of nature. Skills developed, knowledge gained and fun had in the wild will prove immensely valuable in every aspect of your life and work. Time spent with us will change your perspectives and enhance your sense of wellbeing.

As humans, our senses were developed first to assist us in hunting and gathering. Our perception of colour helped us pick the ripest fruit and tell the poisonous from the tastiest berries. The powerful link between smell and memory helped us remember those plants we had eaten safely before, and those we had been taught to fear. Your body hasn’t forgotten this: wild plants still provide a vivid and delicious feast for the senses.

Our experience and passion speaks for itself, and so will yours if you join us, but there is also much scientific research being undertaken to confirm what we know instinctively about the forest – that wellbeing, health, happiness at work and home, memory and teamwork all improve as a result of immersing oneself in the wild.

It has been shown that being close to nature can improve people’s mood, productivity and wellbeing. In Japan, the art of Shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing” is widely practiced and recognised as a therapeutic activity, and western science is just catching on to this knowledge. Studies such as these assert the measurable improvements that access to green space can have on mental health.

As well as the general benefits of nature to wellbeing and morale, research is also being carried out into the creative benefits. This study demonstrates that a measurable cognitive advantage is achieved by spending time in and actively engaging with natural environments. As an exercise in concentration and mindfulness, away from digital and artificial distraction, time spent in the forest improves creative reasoning, problem solving, attention and memory skills.

These scientific examples only scratch the surface of the many self-evident benefits of spending time in the wild. The life-changing effect foraging can have on your senses, memory and perception are only now being explored in depth by science, but can be experienced every day on our courses.