Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Foraging in The Lifta

Some people dislike the cold and rain. Me? I love it. New wild edible plants starting to pop up everywhere! Come join on a fun foraging walk/hike in the Lifta in Jerusalem on Thursday November 16 at 10 am.

Conveniently located right near the String Bridge/The Tachana Merkazit, the Lifta is the home of an abandoned Arab village with a spring and beautiful scenery and lots of wild edible plants. We'll find and learn about a multitude of edible wild plants, learn how to use them in the kitchen and as medicine, while having a great workout.
This class is a little bit more strenuous than most- please wear hiking friendly shoes and clothing, and strollers are not able to be used on this hike.

We meet at the entrance of the Paz gas station between the string bridge and knisa la'ir.
Cost: 50 shekel, 45 shekel if you bring a friend, and 40 if you've attended a previous foraging class.
Space is limited.
For more information, call 050-710-1791, or email rmpeskin@gmail.com

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Make Soap With Foraged Ingredients

Foraging for food is wonderful, but did you know that you can also make homemade hypo-allergenic and healing soaps using foraged ingredients?  Join this class to learn how.




Do you regularly buy all natural soaps from the health food store, and looking for a cheaper alternative? Do you have sensitive skin, or any skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis, etc...? Do you like learning traditional skills that have mostly been forgotten these days? Or do you just like learning fun, new crafts?

Whatever the reason, come join Ronit Peskin of PennilessParenting.com and SabRonit Soaps for a fun and educational artisinal soap making workshop this Monday, February 6, 2017, where we'll learn how to combine easily obtainable all natural ingredients to make hypoallergenic healing soaps easily at home. We will be making both plain soaps, and soaps with additional extra healing additives such as foraged cactus paddles and plantain, Dead Sea mud, turmeric, lavender, or activated charcoal, to target specific skin issues.

You'll leave the class with this very useful (and money saving) knowledge, as well as two ready to use bars of soap.

Now for a limited time only at an introductory price of 100 shekel, 75 shekel if you bring a friend.

Because of safety concerns, this class is only open to adults. Unfortunately, that means babies or toddlers in strollers or baby carriers are not able to come.

Location: 38 Tchernichovsky, Apt 10, top floor. Bumental on the door. Rasco.

Space is limited. To reserve your spot, or for more information, 050-710-1791 or rmpeskin@gmail.com.

Here is the Facebook page for the event.

Tu Bishvat Foraging Class

I'm sorry I haven't updated this blog with the past few classes I've done. To make sure not to miss any of my classes, follow my Facebook page to get every update.





Tu Bishvat is nearly here, and it isn't just the shkediya (almond tree) that is blossoming. Jerusalem and Israel as a whole is covered with so much new greenery and much of it is, in fact, edible! Learn to see the land of Israel through a whole new lens, which of these weeds make tasty dishes and which have medicinal properties. This knowledge is not only fun and fascinating, but can also lower your grocery bills!

Come join us on Sunday, February 5, at 10 am, in Gan Sacher, meeting point at the entrance to Kraft Football Field, near the intersection of Ha-Aluf David She'alti'el Street and Sderot Ben Tzvi.

35 shekel per adult, 30 if you bring a friend. Discounts available to those who have attended previous classes.

Open to everyone regardless of gender or religion. Accommodations may be made for people with disabilities, upon request.

To register and ensure your spot, email rmpeskin@gmail.com or call 050-710-1791.

Here is the Facebook page for the event.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Netanya Foraging Class

After long last, and upon request, I will finally be teaching a foraging class in Netanya. Learn all about the various wild edible plants that grow all around you, from edible seeds and spices to vegetables, fruit, and condiments, as well as which plants can be used for medicinal purposes. Nature will never look the same to you again, as weeds become "purslane" and "mustard" and "capers" and "lettuce" and you learn how to use each of them.

I have been teaching foraging classes for years already, blogs about frugal living at PennilessParenting.com and am currently writing two foraging books- one instructional about plant identification, and one with foraged recips.

This class will be on Friday, July 15th, at 8:30-10:30 am, at Seargent's grove in Netanya, and costs 40 shekel per person, 35 shekel if you bring a friend or if you prepay via paypal. Please arrive 15 minutes early, so that we can take care of payments and other official aspects beforehand, and then start the class on time.

For more information, contact ronit at RMPeskin@gmail.com or call 050-710-1791. Prepay via paypal using the drop down menu at the side of this page (PC only).

Notes: Make sure to bring a hat and lots of water and dress weather appropriately, as it will be hot, despite starting early to try to beat the heat.
This class is open to adults only, not to children.

Here's the facebook page for the event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/306277346377131/

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Chol Hamoed Foraging Classes for Families- In Efrat, Maaleh Adumim, and Jerusalem


Looking for something fun to do with your family on Chol Hamoed, maybe something different and/or naturey, and not too expensive?

If you're in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, or Maaleh Adumim, or the general area- come to Ronit Peskin's foraging class for families, where we'll explore the nature around and learn which plants can be used for food, which have first aid and medicinal properties, and which ones are poisonous. Special family pricing- 35/40 shekel per adult, 30/35 if you bring a friend, 5 shekel per kid ages 5-9, 10 shekel per kid 10 and up, with a maximum price of 85/90 shekel per family (parents and their kids only, no extras), 75/80 if you bring another family. (When two prices are listed, the first price listed is the Jerusalem price and the second price for classes outside Jerusalem.) If you've attended a previous foraging class, you get a 10 shekel discount for this class.
Individuals are welcome to attend- this is not exclusively for families.


Foraging is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy, from toddlers to senior citizens. The trips will be stroller friendly (over rougher terrain, but still a stroller can be pushed).

Added bonus- no need to worry because your kid ate something that might be poisonous- your kid will know what is poisonous and what they can eat, and you will know too!

(Rabbinical guidance will be followed, so as to not be over issurim of chol hamoed.)
Prepay via paypal and receive a free recipe booklet with over 20 recipes made with foraged foods!

Specific locations of starting points and times:
Gush Etzion- Efrat. Monday, April 25, at 10:30 AM and 5 pm. Behind the library, near the yad shniya- near David Hamelech/Smadar intersection. See here for more information.

Jerusalem- Ramot Forest. Tuesday April 26, at 10:00 AM. Intersection of Derech Hachoresh and Maale Haoranim Streets.  See here for more information.

Maaleh Adumim- The Wadi. Wednesday, April 27, at 10:30 AM. Exact location to be determined. See here for more information.

To sign up and reserve your space, email rmpeskin@gmail.com or call 050-710-1791

Monday, March 7, 2016

Upcoming Scheduled Classes Around The Country!

There are lots of classes coming up- all over the country!

Here are the following dates and locations for the upcoming classes:


  • Wednesday, March 9th at 10 am- Class in the Ramot Forest, in Jerusalem. We meet outside Gan HaShablul, at the corner of Yigal Alon and Aliyat Hanoar streets. Costs 35 shekel, 30 if you bring a friend. 5 shekel discount per person for prepay via paypal. Vegan foraged mehadrin gluten free and healthy bento boxes available for 35 shekel each. For more information, see the Facebook page for the class.
  • For those in Netanya or the general area- Friday, March 18, at 10 am- a class in Netanya! Exact location to be determined. Costs 40 shekel, 35 if you bring a friend. 5 shekel discount per person for prepay via paypal.  For more information, see the Facebook page for the class.
  • For those who requested a Friday date in the Jerusalem area- Friday, April 1st, at 10 am, there will be a foraging class in Jerusalem, in Gan Sacher- meeting point is outside Kraft soccer field. Costs 35 shekel, 30 if you bring a friend. 5 shekel discount per person for prepay via paypal. For more information, see the Facebook page for the class.
  • A Modiin class in the evening has been scheduled for April 6, at 5 pm at Givat Titora, after the last successful class there had people who are unable to come because of commitments during the work day. Hopefully this timing will work for those who couldn't do the last class at 11 am.  Costs 40 shekel, 35 if you bring a friend. 5 shekel discount per person for prepay via paypal.  For more information, see the Facebook page for the class.



Upcoming classes also planned but no date/time set yet:

  • A hiking/foraging class in the Lifta in Jerusalem, to learn about plants that you won't find on most of my other classes, as the Lifta class is combined with a water hike. Limited space and for experienced/fit hikers only. Will be in the morning, around 9:30 am, and within walking distance of Tachana Merkazit in Jerusalem.
  • A foraging class in the Wadi in Maaleh Adumim.
  • A foraging class in the Gush Etzion region.
  • A foraging class in the Karnei Shomron area.
  • A foraging class in Beit El.

To find out more about upcoming classes, or to request a class in your location, call 050-710-1791 or email rmpeskin@gmail.com

Monday, February 29, 2016

Foraging In Modiin

Yesterday there was an awesome turnout to the foraging class in Modiin, and I've been requested to come back and teach there again, but at a time that works for people that are busy during the day.
A new class has been scheduled- April 6th at 5 pm at Givat Titora- starting at the parking lot near the water tower. Here is the Facebook page for the event.

To sign up, email RMPeskin@gmail.com or call 050-710-1791. You can prepay for the class to get a 5 shekel discount at the right of this page via Paypal.

And here, some pictures of yesterday's foraging class: