Back to All Events

Wild Mushroom Weekend


Mushroom lovers and Wild foragers! This weekend is for you. 

Enjoy the beautiful New England fall weather as you learn all about our favorite fungi. We'll have a great combination of lecture, hands-on foraging, and cooking demonstrations. Learn how to safely find and collect wild mushrooms and the health benefits of those shrooms around us. There are hundreds of edible species of mushrooms in our region and countless ways to prepare them. 

This is your chance to immerse yourself in mushroom learning, with two passionate local experts, Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt. Our presenters are the founders of Southern New England Mushroom Hunting and publishers of the book and annual calendar, Gourmet Mushrooms of the Northeast. Books will be available for purchase at the weekend retreat. 

Ryan and Emily will provide an in-depth presentation on local mushrooms and foraging. We’ll go out into the woods and gather easily identifiable wild edibles for review. Ryan and Emily will demonstrate how to cook what we’ve found. 

About the presenters: Together, Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt created the Mushroom Hunting Foundation, to educate people about safely hunting for wild mushrooms. It is a nonprofit organization that aims to make mushroom hunting better understood and well-known as part of our culture.

Ryan Bouchard is the author and photographer of Gourmet Mushrooms of RI, the first book about mushroom hunting in the Ocean State and the 2019 edition, Gourmet Mushrooms of the Northeast. Ryan was introduced to wild mushrooms through the Audubon Society of RI, and in the years since then, he has eaten over 90 different species of mushrooms, all right here in southern New England. For many of these, he has created recipes that highlight their unique flavors. Ryan teaches both beginner and advanced mushroom hunting classes, as well as wild mushroom cooking. He emphasizes safety, conservation, and using digital photography to study and appreciate mushroom biodiversity. 

Emily Schmidt studies the health and nutritional values of our local mushrooms, the many incredible ways they can be cooked, their craft uses in different cultures, and even the new technological uses of fungi, which include decontaminating polluted soil. Emily’s passion for ecological awareness and creative cooking has reached over a thousand students in only a short period of time. We look forward to hosting Ryan and Emily at this special weekend event. 

The leaf-peeping will be amazing at Still Waters during this great weekend in October. 

Your participation and support help us to sustain Still Waters Retreat Center for future groups. Thank you.

Earlier Event: October 12
Women in Recovery Weekend