Foraging Tour: Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants

With herbalist, forager and slow-food educator Cornelia Holten
Date: Saturday, 11th April 2020

Time: 10am - 12pm

Location: Pigeon Bay waterfront, Banks Peninsula

Spaces are limited, so booking is essential.

This workshop is part of an Art Exhibition and workshop series at the Pigeon Bay hall over Easter Weekend.


  • Brand: KoruKai Natural Herbal Products

$ 50.00


Banks Peninsula has an abundance of wild edibles and to find over 100 species in a day is quite common. Learning which ones are edible, tasting them and preparing them for a meal brings us back to our roots as hunters and gatherers.

We not only feed our bodies with highly nutritious food that has not been tempered with through breeding techniques to increase shelf life and transportability, but we also feed our soul, reduce stress and reconnect to our primal inner being. For millions of years humans ate what they gathered on a daily basis. That we are removed from growing and foraging our food and are now buying it from a supermarket is only a blink in the timeline of human evolution. Connecting to our roots can have a significant effect on us.

During this foraging tour you will learn about many edible greens that are widespread throughout New Zealand and that can be found in many backyards. Cornelia will explain their nutritional and medicinal value and easy ways to prepare them.

Booking required.
For questions please contact Cornelia:

More about Cornelia Holten

MEd (Integrative Learning), Certificate in Organic Horticulture and Herbal Medicine
Cornelia is an herbalist and slow food educator with a passion for simple living, DIY, herbs and self-sufficiency. A certificate in Organic Horticulture, the Soil Food Web, an Apprenticeship in Herbal Medicine and living on a farm in Pigeon Bay equip her with a lot of knowledge and experience with growing food and living a healthy life. She is teaching workshops on sustainable food systems, whole foods, fermentation, primal diets and organic gardening. A thirst for knowledge and a passion for new scientific studies keep her well informed on those topics.

Terms and Conditions

  • A spot is reserved as soon as the full payment is received.
  • There are maximum numbers for each workshop and you will be placed on a waiting list once the workshop is full. You will be updated via email if a space becomes available. Full refund is given for amount paid if no space is granted.
  • The workshop will start on time. Please make sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the workshop. You are welcome to come up to 30 minutes before the workshop and have a wander around our garden and property.
  • Please calculate enough time to get to our property. We are a scenic 1.5 hour drive from Christchurch in Pigeon Bay (details per email). If you arrive late please respect the running of the workshop.
  • Cancellation policy:
    • full refund is given if cancellation is made within 2 weeks of the workshop
    • 50% refund is given if cancellation is made 13-3 days before the workshop
    • no refund is given if cancellation is made within 2 days of the workshop
    • full refund is given if KoruKai is cancelling the workshop due to unforeseen circumstances
    • minimum number of attendees for the workshop to go ahead is 10. If the minimum number is not reached two days before the workshop, the workshop is cancelled per email notification and any payment made will be refunded
    • full refund is given if attendee cannot make the postponement date in case of rain on the actual workshop day (just applies to workshops with postponement date stated)


Every reason to attend

And no reason not to!
Location perfect, information rich. This short course gives you a thirst for more. Who would of thought the weeds growing on the side of the road, or in our backyards, could be so useful to our nutrition and health. The course has inspired us to make a herbal tea and spring detox cleanse, all from foraging!


    Interesting morning foraging!

    Loved learning more about edible wild greens and seaweed, would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to understand what's out there!


      Great tour!

      Thank you so much for your very informative and interesting Foraging Tour.
      We really enjoyed learning about what we can do with 'weeds' and especially how to tell if they are inedible.


        Wonderful time at the Edible Weeds Workshop & Coastal Foraging T

        Cornelia and her family take great care to provide high quality herbal products and share their knowledge with the community. The views were spectacular from the farm, the food was delicious, and the tour was very educational.



          Great day. Arriving cold along snow-fringed roads and leaving warm in body and mind; beautiful day.
          Thanks Cornelia for organising, and welcoming folks to your family home. Credit also to Kai, quietly pottering in the background, tending the animals, children, plants and the cooking :-) I wish only that I'd had more time to savour the fantastic lunch.


            Amazing day!

            Thank you Cornelia for organizing this amazing day, I enjoyed every minute of it and learned a lot.


              Fun day

              This workshop was relaxed and interesting. I have come away with new energy to look at food, weeds and my garden in a new light. Lovely food, lovely garden, what a view! Thanks loads for this, we need more workshops like this one out there.


                I learned loads and was hugely impressed with all you have done!

                Thanks so much for an excellent morning with your garden tour. I learned loads and was hugely impressed with all you have done; In particular the degree of planning and organisation and how you have turned a very steep site to your advantage .
                It made me want to reassess my own garden and introduce more permaculture ...roll on a wormery!

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