Medicinal Plant Forays, Workshops, Classes,
and Mavens' Haven's Events

About Me


Individual or Group Forays and Classes

Inquire about group and individual forays, classes, workshops, and weekends available in McCall's From The Forest Studio and Mavens' Haven, Lucile, Idaho

Upcoming From the Forest and Mavens' Haven's Events for 2019


St. Paddy's Couples Retreat   March 15 - 17

Medicines from the Forest ~ A Week-long Herbal Intensive April 13 - 20

Writing Retreat, Cultivating Clarity and Purpose April 26 - 29

May Yoga and Meditation Retreat, details TBA

Mother Daughter Retreat May 10 - 12

Green Walnut Weekend – Nocino, Pickles, Preserves and Ketchup June 15 - 16

Medicines from the Forest ~ a Week-long Intensive in McCall July 22 - 28

August Garden to Table Dinner August 30 & 31

Putting Food By September 14 - 15

Autumn Equinox Gathering  September 20 - 22nd

Fall Yoga and Meditation Retreat A Lantern in the Dark October 11 - 13

More information? Call 208-634-8701 

or email


My Vitae


October 24- 26, 2018 BSU Osher Lifelong Learning three-day seminar hands-on introduction to Boise’s native and invasive medicinal plant species. 

July 7 - 8, Sawtooth Botanical Gardens Wind River Medicinal Plants field trip and workshop.

July 17 – 19, 2015 Alberta Herb Gathering at Pigeon Lake, Edmonton, Canada.

Presentation included Emergency First Aid Treatments with Forest Plants, a three-hour onsite, hands-on program. 

July 11 – 14, 2014 Kootenay Herb Conference; Creston, B.C. Presented Understanding and Using Plant Phytochemicals in Formulating Salves. Also presented a day long Intensive workshop, Wild Food from the Forest. Fifteen students learned about and gathered roots, berries and mushrooms from the surrounding area. Using the foods gathered and staples available from the conference kitchen, the group prepared a wild harvested feast for fifty attendees at the close of the conference.

November 8 – 10, 2013 Presented a three-day workshop on Cancer ~ Natural Alternatives at Mavens’ Haven, Lucile, Idaho. Darcy’s presentations included cooking classes and sauna therapy, plus identifying and harvesting tumor inhibiting polypore. 

May 24 – 26, 2013 Wild Food Fest with Darcy Williamson (Three days of Harvesting, Preparing and Savoring Wild Foods) It’s springtime, the beginning of wild culinary abundance. Seasonal treats lay at our feet, our appetites are whetted ~ let’s turn this wild food harvest into gourmet meals. Sell out event, Salmon River region central Idaho.

July 2012 Montana Herb Gathering presented Natural Menopause: Mind, Body and Spirit, A Basketful of Wellness, Plant Walk. 

August 2011 Northwest Herb Gathering presented Natural Menopause: Mind, Body and Spirit. Plant Walk.

September 16-18, 2011 ILLA (Idaho Lifetime Learning Association) Conference Exploring Gems of Lifelong Learning: Reviving the Spirit of Chautauqua Pre-Conference Herbal Soap Making Workshop 

March 2010 Keynote speaker, City of Baker Oregon, Community Herbal Wellness Program

July 2010 Feature article, Foraging for Health, in WAC Magazine (Washington Athletic Club, Seattle, WA) 

May 2010 Wilderness Wellness Retreat, four-day seminar at Shepp Ranch on Idaho's Salmon River

May 2009 Two-day presentation at Little Priest Tribal College of the Winnebago Tribe in Nebraska. “Identifying and Using Medicinal Plants on Tribal Land” included field trips and classroom workshops. (The Winnebago sent their top student, Marcella Gilbert, to the From the Forest Studio, McCall, Idaho for continued training 2010) 

May 2008 Wilderness Wellness Retreat, four-day seminar at Shepp Ranch on Idaho's Salmon River 

May 2008 Two-day presentation at Little Priest Tribal College of the Winnebago Tribe in Nebraska. “Identifying and Using Medicinal Plants on Tribal Land” included field trips and classroom workshops. 

February 2008 presentation Sun City Senior Wellness Program, Hilton Head, South Carolina. 

May 2007 Urban Wellness utilizing Regional Plants, presentation included a plant identification field trip. St. Charles Education and Therapeutic Center, Long Island, New York. 

June 2006 Two-day presentation at the Women’s Wellness Conference and St. Lukes Hospital Employee Wellness Program at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. “Natural Menopause, Mind, Body and Spirit” Included cooking demonstrations on healthful eating. 

September 2005 Hanford Nuclear Site, Washington, Employee Wellness Program “Herbal Support for Thyroid and other Organs Affected by Radiation Contamination”. 

May 2005 Idaho County Employee Wellness Training Program “Herbal Medicine, its Use and Application in the 21st Century” 

April 8 & 9th. 2005 Presentations at the Idaho Association of Naturopathic Convention, including “The Importance of Constituents and Their Proper Applications in Herbal Formulations” Pocatello, Idaho 

September 2003 Presentation to the faculty at Smith College, Northampton, MA. Medicinal Plants of Northampton.

May 2002 Shoshoni/Bannock Medicine Gathering at Lava Hot Springs, four-day field and 

classroom seminar 

June 2002 Gwinett County School Food Service Staff Development Training presentation to 900 food service workers, “Bringing Nutrition Back to the School Cafeterias” Atlanta Georgia 

September 2002 Bannock Memorial Hospital, three-hour seminar for faculty (physicians and nursing staff) plus a one-hour field presentation on The Historic and Future Uses of Regional Plant Medicines

June 2001 Medicinal Plants of the Bitterroots, three-day field seminar Orofino, Idaho 

May 2001 Three presentations at Sun Valley Wellness Festival, Native American Medicine Plants; Natural Menopause, Mind, Body and Spirit; Creative Ways with Organic Produce

May 2000 Organized and conducted a 10-day Botanical Bicycling Tour of South Cannamara, Ireland

June 2000 Nez Perce Medicine Plant Gathering at Winchester, Idaho 2-day camp/field seminar. 

May 1999 Shoshoni Medicine Plant Gathering at City of Rocks four-day camping seminar on Traditional Tribal Medicine Plants.

October 1997 Organized and conducted a 5-day medicinal plant trip to the Peruvian Amazon, The Rocky Mountains Meets the Amazon Jungle, staying at the remote Yakamama Lodge. 

Featured in: 

"Good Morels", a seven page article in Food and Wine Magazine - April 1999 by Tama Janowitz 

“An Innocent in the Amazon” Diversion for Physicians at Leisure - April 1998 by Jen Karetnick 

A full-page article on exploring medicinal plants in Shape Magazine - May 1995 by Carol Jacobs 

Darcy’s cooking was featured in Gourmet Magazine June 1988, in the seventeen-page feature article on “Rafting the Salmon River” by Gourmet Food Editor Kempy Minifee

Radio Interviews:

October 13, 2015 Detoxifying and Strengthening the Immune System with Herbs on the Morning Show with Patrick Timpone, One Radio Network.

September 9, 2014 Medicinal Plants as Immune Support on the Morning Show with Patrick Timpone, One Radio Network.

September 12, 2012 Darcy Williamson Talks about Wild Herbal Medicine Piece of Mind Radio Program

October 29, 2012 A Pharmacy of Medicinal Plants Can Be Found in Our Own Backyards One Radio Network interview with Patrick Timpone.

Televised Media Appearances

Spring 2002 Idaho Public Television: Outdoor Idaho A Taste of Idaho

July 1998, CNN News – On the Menu “Great Food on the Salmon River with Chef Darcy 


June 1997, QVC Local 50/50 Tour – Idaho. The gathering and preparing of regional wild foods. 

November, 1995 The Exchange a talk show, Channel 12, Norwalk, CT – prepared wild foods including Buffalo Steak with Wild Mushroom and Service Berry Sauce, from my newly released book The Rocky Mountain Wild Foods Cookbook

Special Chef Appearances Include: 

Leningrad, Soviet Union November 1985 where Darcy prepared a Traditional Thanksgiving Feast for the Peace Committee of Leningrad. The feast coincided with the presentation of a peace pipe to Gorbachev by a group of Native American’s prior to the Russian President’s peace talks with Ronald Reagan. 

Stanford, CT, November 1995, Kathleen’s Restaurant featured as guest chef and preparing a Rocky Mountain Wild Food Feast 

Featured Chef on Salmon River Outfitter’s Guest Chef Lodge Trip, September 11 – 16, 1997, preparing International Cuisine. 

Cooking Classes Include: 

November 2001 Grand Gourmet, Boise, ID (Vegetarian Thanksgiving

October 2001 Grand Gourmet, Boise, ID (Cooking with Wild Mushrooms & Game

May 2001 River Rock Restaurant, Elkhorn Resort, ID (Creative Ways with Organic Produce) 

March 2001 Kandoor Boise, ID (Ireland’s Exciting New Cuisine) 

May 1998 Kandoor Boise, ID (Cooking with Wild and Exotic Mushrooms

April 1995 Channel Six News Caldwell, ID (Rocky Mountain Wild Morels

November 1985 Woman’s League; New York City, NY sponsored by Gourmet Food Editor 

Kempy Minifee (Cooking with Spirit -- Native American Cuisine

24 Books Including: 

Basque Cooking and Lore 

Mountain Men of Idaho

McCall’s Historic Shorelodge

River Tales of Idaho

10 Minute Meals, 5 Minute Workouts

School at Home, An Alternative to the Public School System

The All Natural Vegetarian Entrée 

The All Natural Seed and Grain Cookbook 

Gourmet Gifts from the Kitchen 

Zakuska: Russia’s Little Bites 

Sack it and Pack it – For People on the Go 

The Rocky Mountain Wild Foods Cookbook 

Wild Wines 

Salmon River Legends and Campfire Cuisine 

Cooking with Spirit, Native American Food and Fact 

Wild Foods of the Desert 

Healing Plants of the Rocky Mountains 

Medicinal Plants of the Northwest: 130 Monographs

Fabulous Wild Fungi ~ Wildly Creative Cuisine (ebook available on Kindle, Ipad, Nook)

Sisters of a Different Dawn (Novel)

The Care and Feeding of James (Novel)

Book Awards 

1981-82 Gem State Writer’s Guild Author of the Year 

1997 Honorable Mention National Outdoor Book Award