Upcoming Events

Aug 27 2018
Sep 02 2018

Afro-botany Conference

Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica

i am excited to be one of the keynote speakers at this upcoming 2nd annual conference. The main organizer Rachel Thomas is a dear friend and collaborator and the line-up of other presenters is stellar!

From the website...

Come to the beautiful Caribbean village of Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica to learn about plants in our magical garden. In a traditional style, we will celebrate Africana botanical traditions with a gathering of elders, teachers, students, plant lovers and community members, sharing wisdom as well as food, music, dance, ceremony.

Afro-Botany:  The interdisciplinary study and forthcoming implementation of traditional botanical strategies used by Africans and their descendants throughout the African Diaspora. Afro-botany includes ethnomedicine, history, environmental science, spirituality, trauma recovery, educational repatriation and health policy decolonization.

Mission:  To provide a safe, academic yet traditional community space to explore, experience and document the botanical and wellness knowledge of the African Diaspora, and to create relationships which empower us to contribute to the survival of Afro-botany and Traditional African Medicine.

More info at the link below


Fee: Variable Pricing

Sep 14 2018
Sep 16 2018

20th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival

Albany, OH

So excited to be part of this legendary festival with a presentation entitled the Pawpaw and its Tropical Relatives

Description from the website

2018 Ohio Pawpaw Festival

The 20th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival will be September 14-16, 2018. We hope you can  join the crowds of happy folks at scenic Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio, for 3 days of pawpaw music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living workshops, activities for the kids and lots more!

Friday: 4 p.m. - midnight
Saturday: 10 a.m. - midnight
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 pm

General Admission
$15/one-day pass; $30/weekend pass; children 12 & under free

Seniors/Military Admission
$10/one-day pass; $20/weekend pass

No Refunds; All Sales Final

NO DOGS allowed on festival grounds.  No weapons, outside alcohol, or illegal substances permitted.


Ohio Pawpaw Festival is located at 5900 US 50 West, Albany, OH.

More info at the link below


Fee: Variable Pricing

Sep 28 2018
Sep 30 2018

Sharing Nature's Abundance

Sunnybank Inn at Hot Springs, NC

Come join Marc Williams and others at the historical Sunny Bank Inn located in Hot Springs, NC. This will be a learning opportunity in the tradition of Frank Cook who taught thousands of people how to enjoy the abundance of nature all around us. Our experience will begin with a dinner, greet, meet and orientation on Friday night. Saturday we will hike to a number of choice spots for foraging around the area while preparing and eating what we find through the day. After dinner Saturday we will head for a nice hot soak at the famous hot springs. Sunday we will do a review of what we have learned as well as a discussion of how to cement the knowledge and pursue further study. This is a great way to immerse oneself in the art of foraging while also enjoying a marvelous locale and the fellowship of good people.

Cost is $250 all inclusive of 2 nights at Sunnybank, 6 meals and a soak in the springs

Arrangements are available for day students and camping potentially as well…


Fee: $250

Oct 12 2018
Oct 14 2018

Ethnobiology Playshop

Hostel in the Forest outside of Brunswick, GA

Ethnobiology Playshop Extravaganza

This educational opportunity brings great knowledge and excitement to the Hostel in the Forest. Marc and Mycol return to one of their favorite classrooms with practical ecological identification of plants and mushrooms, as well as permaculture and fermentation techniques. We will share in the fresh local bounty, eating and drinking deliciously all the while elevating our collective wisdom around the wonder of biology!

Presentations will include:

Botany/Mycology 101 presentation, Wild Foods/Medicines walk, Super Food preparation presentation, Botanical beach/estuary Walk, Fermentation Overview with Honey Mead Making and a Permaculture Ecological restoration talk. Botanical slide shows of various parts of the world including Latin America, Africa and Europe are also possible given interest.

WHEN: Please prepare to arrive Friday afternoon. Teachings will begin Friday evening and end Sunday afternoon.

Mycol Stevens has a Master’s Degree in Aquatic Ecology and worked as a restoration ecologist/botanist for the Florida Fish and Game across the state of FL from 2004-2014. He has traveled much of Central and South America and Africa, and has learned from some of the best teachers including Frank Cook and Robert Hunsucker. Mycol has been teaching ethnobotany and edible mushrooms since 2005. He also lives off-the-grid on an “ecocentric” permaculture homestead where he eats from the wild almost daily and propagates and cultivates his own organic foods. Mycol’s philosophy is to ween off the “system” and to eat your food as medicine. Mycol has been inspired by the Hostel since the mid 90’s and much of its philosophy is reflected in his way of life. Knowing the living world around you, connects you to the living world. Mycol hosts (Willing Workers On Organic Farms, (WWOOFers) at his Finca. Contact him if you are interested in visiting. He also is the host of the annual mushroom teaching in July on the Finca. https://www.facebook.com/FincaMycol

Marc Williams is an ethnobotanist. He has studied plants intensively while learning to use them for food, medicine, biological conservation, and beauty. His training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies concentrating in Sustainable Agriculture from Warren Wilson College and a Master’s degree in Appalachian Studies concentrating in Sustainable Development with a minor in Geography and Planning from Appalachian State University. He has taught hundreds of people about the marvelous lives of plants and their respective uses. He is the Executive Director of Plants and Healers International and on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies. Marc first came to the Hostel in the Forest in March of 1998 and was immediately transformed through a first time sweat lodge experience with Tom Dennard the hostel founder. Like Mycol many of the principles that make the Hostel in the Forest such a special place have informed his expression of life in this world ever since. Further info can be found at www.botanyeveryday.com where an online botany class in the tradition of Frank Cook is conducted by donation.


COST:  $200 per person which includes accommodations at the Hostel for Friday and Saturday night as well as a basic breakfast porridge, potluck lunches and beautiful vegetarian dinner on both nights. Please bring a food item or two you would like to share. Worktrade may be available for interested participants with limited funds. Write to marc@botanyeveryday.com with stated need and proposal.


BRING: Your notebook, any relevant books you have, a camera, a loupe (portable magnifying glass) if you have one, water bottle, rain coat etc. Handouts will be provided. 

To register contact by phone or the following website Phone: 912-264-9738 http://www.foresthostel.com/

Fee: $200