River Haven, Wisconsin
Four Days of Foraging - A Retreat with Ecopolitan Founder Dr. T:
Health Education, Nutrition, & Fun in Nature
Arrive: Wednesday, August 1 (between 7:00-9:00 PM) or Thursday, August 2 (between 6:00-8:00 AM)
Depart: Sunday, August 5 (afternoon)
Near Menomonie, Wisconsin - just one hour drive from the Twin Cities!
August 1-5, 2018
Lectures and Activities Provided by Dr. T:
1. Introduction to Foraging and the "Rules of Engagement"
2. Nutrient Density of Foods - Realities and Myths, and Benefits of Foraging and Growing Your Own Food
3. Benefits of Residing and Eating Within Nature and Interacting with Earth and Soil
4. Health Lessons from Nepal
5. The Molecules of Nature
6. What Did Our Ancestors Eat? The Great Calorie Chase...
7. The Miracle Salt
8. Nutrients Almost All Westerners are Deficient In...and what to do about it!
9. The Diet Myth - the pros and cons of several popular diets, including fasting
10. What if we have a health condition - will an optimal diet "cure" it?
11. Keep your skin young and healthy, and diagnose your skin's degenerative status objectively and scientifically in order to improve it while increasing your anti-aging potential!
12. Introduction to EMF Pollution and Remediation.
13. Eliminating the Fear of The Two Most Common Cancers - Now Conquered!
Activities provided by Dr. T:
1. 2-4 Group Foraging Experiences Conducted by Dr. T
2. 2-3 Vegetable Garden "Foraging" Experiences Explained by Dr. T
3. Slide show on Nepal - Earthquake Destruction and Rehabilitation, and Important Lessons Learned for Westerners
4. Slide Show on Skin Health and Skin Abnormalities Present in 99% of people.
5. Tubing in the Hay River - LOTS Of FUN!
6. Visiting the Green Bakery - with explanations about the special qualities of its bread
7. Walking and hiking on the land (325 acres of rolling hills, forests, ponds, and river)
8. Short ATV drives on some of River Haven's many miles of trails
9. Introduction to River Haven - its past, present, and exciting future (using maps and visuals)
10. Foraging 4 Vitamin D and More Under the Sun...
Each participant will have her / his skin tested electronically for skin health parameters
1. Foraged food from Nature - the entire retreat
2. If the above isn't enough for you: Enjoy freshly-picked nutrient-dense vegetables from our River Haven garden (guided by Dr. T).
3. Still hungry? We'll get additional veggies and fruits from Ecopolitan.
4. Want greater variety? We'll bring a few condiments from Ecopolitan.
5. Want more? You'll be able to sample the amazing product of River Haven's Green Bakery - America's First & Only 100% Dedicated Gluten-Free, Soy-free, Corn-Free, Egg-Free, Junk-Free, Hypoallergenic Line of Delicious, satisfying Breads.
Price Includes ALL THE ABOVE:
- First Adult in a Family Unit: $445
- Second Adult in a Family Unit: $395
- Children 16 and under: $295
- Bring a friend and get a $40 discount
Participants experiencing financial difficulties may receive a discount.
What is Eco-Foraging? We define eco-foraging as the process of searching for edible plants growing wild in Nature (not planted by humans) and then eating them! This process involves living and wandering in natural surroundings for 4 days, forming friendships and communal awareness, re-discovering our intimate contact with our natural resources, and learning to trust that nature will always provide; everything we really need is already here surrounding us!
Can Foraging Provide Sufficient Food and Water? We can never guarantee the caloric intake of each individual forager. Since our foraging camps are short (4 days), there is never any risk of starvation. We will always find sufficient edible leaves, flowers, seeds, roots, bulbs, bark, or fruit to sustain us even on restricted calories. Furthermore, the food is so nutritious (the highest density of nutrients per calorie ingested) that we can do extremely well on smaller quantities if necessary. River Haven will provide unlimited purified (reverse osmosis) drinking water, which Dr. T will re-mineralize with ConcenTrace® Trace Mineral Drops from Ecopolitan.
What Are the Benefits of Eco-Foraging? Besides the satisfying challenge; the deeper understanding of the human condition; the camaraderie with and introduction to like-minded people; the learning of new skills; and the gaining of "survival" knowledge while experiencing plentiful Nature, we also benefit from the complete avoidance of toxic foods and from the extremely high nutrient density and variety (unheard of in agriculture) of health-enhancing plant foods. And, of course, let's not forget about the pleasure of a whole new world of numerous fresh flavors derived from plants previously disregarded as mere "weeds."
What Else is on the Premises of River Haven? River Haven's intentional community grows its own organic CSA garden supported by the Ecopolitan Restaurant, has a very long (1.5 miles) riverfront acreage perfect for tubing (1.5 hours within the property), 15 miles of State Park-like scenic trails, and a sandbar perfect for sunbathing. The community owns a large 3-story monolithic, geodesic dome with infrared sauna, meeting/living areas, and shower/toilet facilities that are available to foraging participants. Dr. T's treehouse serves as a meeting area as well. The nearby university town of Menomonie is only 8 miles away, with an organic co-op, theaters, and other entertainment.
How do I join?
1. Register by clicking here. You will then receive an email response confirming your participation. Group size is limited to 25 participants. Payment can be made using a credit card (add 2.65% credit card fee), PayPal, or bank check/money order.
Directions - River Haven, N9562 County Rd G, Colfax, WI 54730 (from Hwy 94, go 8 miles north of Menomonee on Hwy 25, turn right onto County Rd G, then after 0.6 mile turn left onto the first dirt road).
All proceeds from this foraging retreat support the rehabilitation of earthquake-devastated Nepal (additional donations to our 501(c)(3 ) welcome).
Included Amenities: Amenities include campgrounds (for tents or RVs), purified RO water, an infrared sauna, kitchen access, showers/toilets, and other dome facilities. Please bring a tent; at the very least bring a sleeping bag and/or sheets. Also included are campfire activities, river tubing (weather-permitting), foraging activities, nature trail walks, as well as health, nutrition, & sustainability discussions with Dr. T and the activity and supplemental food listed above.
What Should We Bring? Basic camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, sheets/blankets, flashlight), appropriate clothing, shoes suitable for getting wet, bathing suit (for tubing in the river), musical instruments, a refillable water container (preferably glass or non-leaching metal), and small reusable bags (for those who like to "hoard" foraged food), and a good explorative attitude!