Fall Feasts: Foraging & Folklore With Felicity Roberts and Ryley Bucek - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Fall Feasts: Foraging & Folklore With Felicity Roberts and Ryley Bucek

$75 per person Online Experience
4 sessions
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$75 per person
$75 per person
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What We’ll Do

In this four-part lecture series, explore food, festivals, and folklore associated with harvest season across the globe.

Course Description

Join herbalist and forager Felicity Roberts alongside farmer and culinarian Ryley Bucek for a global celebration of the harvest season through space and time. Together, we’ll learn about foraging in the urban wild and preparing your harvest through the lens of mythology and festivals both ancient and contemporary. While learning the basic skills needed to forage safely and sustainably in our own neighborhoods, we’ll embark on a journey that’s part food history, part cooking show, part practical botany, and part armchair world travel—knitted together with the magic of common plants and the seasonal sacred foods they’ve been a part of for millennia. 

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Syllabus At A Glance

There are four total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for 1.5 hours on four consecutive Thursdays beginning August 19.

Session 1 (Thursday, August 19, 6–7:30 PM ET): Full Moon Magic: Lunar festivals around the world

Session 2 (Thursday, August 26, 6–7:30 PM ET): Bonfires and Bastet: Deities and ancient sacred foods

Session 3 (Thursday, September 2, 6–7:30 PM ET): Shifting Season: Between Lammas and Mabon

Session 4 (Thursday, September 9, 6–7:30 PM ET): Sacred Waters, Tricksters Fairs: Wild goats and revelry

Between Sessions

Students will be provided with additional readings and an optional final assignment to complete outside of class.

Pricing Options

We currently offer tiered ticket pricing in an effort to increase accessibility for all students, regardless of economic situation. Our lecture series are available at three ticket prices, with a limited number of no-pay spots available for students who could not otherwise participate. This model is intended to support a wider range of students as well as our instructors. To learn more about our tiered sliding scale pricing model, please visit our FAQ page.

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Where We’ll Be

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that will provide access to the class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access your course via Zoom on each scheduled date and time.

About Your Instructor
Felicity Roberts & Ryley Bucek
Felicity Roberts & Ryley Bucek

Felicity Roberts is an herbalist, urban farmer, food and cocktail writer, textile artist, and passionate home cook who gets excited about discovering simple, low-tech, and environmentally friendly ways to grow, gather, and prepare food. Her knowledge of Newfoundland's landscape and foods is matched by an eclectic knowledge base acquired from a decade spent hitchhiking, farming, and cooking around North America with notable stops in British Columbia, Texas, and Maine. She has been featured on NPR and is an Atlas Obscura trip guide.

Ryley Bucek is an avid forager, chef, and naturalist who is currently working on an organic farm in the maritimes after working in kitchens across Canada. They enjoy experimenting with creative ways to cook and preserve wild foods, including fermentation, smoking, and drying. They are endlessly fascinated by the ways people use plants across different cultures and bioregions. Their approach to foraging is informed by folklore and reciprocity with local ecosystems.

What Else You Should Know

This lecture series is designed so students can participate live or watch a recording after each session airs. Sessions will take place live over Zoom, with dedicated Q&A segments for students to ask questions via video or chat. Within 72 hours after each session airs, we will email all enrolled students a recording of the session, which they can watch using a temporary password for up to ten weeks after the course concludes.

In most cases, instructors will use Google Classroom to communicate with students outside of class. While students aren’t required to use Classroom, instructors will be using this platform to post resources, discussion questions, and assignments, when applicable.

We provide closed captioning for all of our courses, as well as transcripts upon request. Please reach out to us at experiences@atlasobscura.com if you have any questions, requests, or access needs.

Dates and Availability
  • Thu, Aug 19, 2021
    6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
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