We harvest in the central Idaho mountains and prepare the harvests in the From The Forest Studio in McCall, Idaho.
Inquire about scheduling group and individual forays, classes, workshops, and weekends. Meeting locations are available in McCall at the From the Forest Studio and at Mavens' Haven, Lucile, Idaho
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. (One of the Winnebago top students, Marcella Gilbert, traveled 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.
"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.
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)
33 Books Including:
How to Prepare Common Wild Foods
Basque Cooking and Lore
Mountain Men of Idaho
McCall’s Historic Shore Lodge (with Marle Wilcomb)
River Tales of Idaho
10 Minute Meals, 5 Minute Workouts (with Robert Sweetgall and Pat Zak)
School at Home, An Alternative to the Public School System
The All Natural Vegetarian Entrée
The All Natural Seed and Grain Cookbook
The All Natural Cookie Cookbook
The All Natural Brown Bag Cookbook
The All Natural Soup Cookbook
The All Natural Vegetarian Cookbook
Pita Breads and Pocket Fillings
The Old Fashioned Confectioner's 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
Rocky Mountain 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
Volume 2 Medicinal Plants of the Northwest another 130 Monographs
Fabulous Wild Fungi ~ Wildly Creative Cuisine (also ebook available on Kindle, Ipad, Nook)
Medicinal Camino ~ Plant First Aid Along "The Way"
Plant FIrst Aid Along the Salmon River (Main and Middle Fork)
The Medicinal Mushroom Beverage Book (with Brent Davy and Kevin Ryan)
Sisters of a Different Dawn (Novel)
The Care and Feeding of James (Novel)
1981-82 Gem State Writer’s Guild Author of the Year
1997 Honorable Mention National Outdoor Book Award