Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Summer 2018 Foraging Classes Around the Country

Learn to forage edible wild plants with Ronit Peskin this summer, with many different affordable foraging classes for families around the country!

Modiin: Wednesday July 25 at 4:30 pm at Givat Titorah.

Beit Shemesh: Friday July 27 at 10 am between Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef and Bet

Netanya: Wednesday August 1 at 4:00 pm. Location TBD.

Beitar: Tuesday August 7 at 4:00 pm, in the Wadi between A and B

Jerusalem, Gan Sacher Foraging and Cooking Class: Wednesday August 8 at 4:00 pm

Jerusalem, Neve Yaakov: Thursday August 9 at 4:00 pm

For more information, see the links below for each event, or call 050-710-1791 or email rmpeskin@gmail.com

Modiin info:
https://www.facebook.com/events/686857341706731/

Beit Shemesh info:
https://www.facebook.com/events/645370352489069/

Netanya info:
https://www.facebook.com/events/853977944801950/

Beitar info:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2132886336980371/

Gan Sacher Foraging and Cooking info:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1608452199264446/

Neve Yaakov info:
https://www.facebook.com/events/242436559693323/

Monday, April 2, 2018

Some Recent Foraging Classes and Reviews

I want to apologize for not updating the class schedule here. We've had a very packed chol hamoed; I taught a group class in Efrat on Sunday, April 1, starting behind the matnasit and going over the bridge and then into Park Hashibolim.

Today, April 2 I taught a private foraging and cooking class for a family get together, where we made cheese and then used it in our kosher lipesach and kitniyot free Indian curry, palak paneer, which we ate over potatoes, and a delicious salad, using a variety of wild veggies, from dock to wood sorrel to garland chrysanthemum to salsify to milk thistle.



After that, I taught a group foraging class also in the Ramot forest.

Tomorrow, April 3, I will be teaching a class in Beitar starting near the Iriya, and going down into the Wadi between Giva A and B.

I wanted to share a few reviews that I got recently.

I've taken tours from Ronit, she is energetic, knowledgeable, kid-friendly, and FUN. Really enhanced my knowledge and appreciation of the flora (plants) of the Holy Land. -Rachel H.

We went on a foraging tour of the Ramot forest with Ronit today. We had a great time, learnt so much from the plants around us. My son (aged 8) was particularly inspired by the tour and has started foraging in our garden?! Ronit is a naturally confident tour guide who really knows her foraging stuff inside out, she answered any question thrown at her. You can tell she lives, breathes, eats foraging (literally). It’s a healthy reminder to take a look at what’s around, for free, and help get back to basics. Recommend for children 5 plus, make sure the weather isn’t too hot as the forest is less dense than you might imagine. Recommend going in smaller groups- 3 to 4 families but Ronit is flexible with helping get groups together. Really recommend and we plan on doing the cooking foraging class in the future. Thanks so much for a great, inspiring afternoon. -Rachel C.

My 6-year-old son and I went on Ronit's foraging tour today, and we both had a great time. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves the land of Israel and wants to know what it produces, or who is looking for a fun family activity, even if they don't plan to start foraging in practice (and all the more so if they do). Ronit provided an impressive amount of information in a clear and interesting manner. If participating with small children, bring snacks in addition to water and hats: the tour, while not physically demanding, is quite long (2 hours). -Raanan E.

מדהים ונעים להכיר את צמחי מאכל שיש לנו בטבע, ממש בכל פינה.
הסדנא של רונית מעשירה וטעימה
מומלץ !
-Iris G.


My friends and I enjoyed a great morning out with Ronit! She taught us so much about foraging and the meal we made afterwards was very very tasty! Highly recommended!
-Julie Z.

And here are a few more classes from some recent private foraging and cooking classes in the Ben Shemen forest.







If you'd like to inquire about booking a private foraging or foraging and cooking class, email rmpeskin@gmail.com or call 050-710-1791.

Classes are available both in Hebrew and in English.

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/1966589990223087/

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