When? 10.30-12pm or 3-4.30 on Wednesday 13th & Saturday 16th October
Where? Near Frieze, Regents Park (meeting point on booking).
What to expect?
Tamara and Hermione will introduce us to some of the basics of animal tracking and its history, before working with some exercises developed by trackers around the world to trick and beguile the animals they seek. Using our bodies, things easily found lying around us in the 'wild' of Regents park, Tamara and Hermione will teach us how to shed our human skins, as we behave like animals and start a conversation with the creatures in the park. As we start to look once more as children or young animals the pair will gently introduce us into the magical world of plants, using our senses to identify wild edible plants and flowers that provide us with both food and medicine.
Meet your hosts!
Hermione Spriggs is an artist and researcher exploring ways to access and empathise with other species worlds. She makes objects and experiences that broaden our perception and understanding of what it means to be human. Hermione is currently doing practice-based PhD research with a focus on rural pest control in North Yorkshire, asking how hunters communicate with animals and exploring the relevance of a 'hunting attitude' to ecological art practice. She hosts the collaborative project the Anthropology of Other Animals (“AoOA”), which attempts to elicit extraordinary effects from unpromising materials and explores the hidden links between “craft” and “being crafty.”
Tamara Colchester is a wild food teacher and writer who guides people in the old ways of foraging as a route to a simpler, more connected way of life. Trained by renowned wild food teacher and author Ffyona Campbell, she now travels the UK reintroducing people to our wild heritage. Incorporating her interest in psychotherapy and healing (she trained at Tavistock & Portman), she specialises in using foraging and tracking techniques as a means of helping those suffering from PTSD, Depression and Anxiety, as well as those who are simply interested in deepening their relationship with their environment and the food we eat.