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GingerRoot Wild Food Rendezvous

June 22 - June 25


This 17th Annual GingerRoot Rendezvous is an intensive on the role and use of edible wild plants in everyday life, recreational foraging, re-connecting with nature, self-reliance, and survival.

Silverton, Oregon.

$360, See details for discounts.
A multi-day, hands-on wild food adventure and teach-in using the wisdom of the ancients in the context of current realities. We have access to forest wilderness, woodlands, swamps, grasslands, farmland, fallow fields, rivers, lakes, and more. We travel to a variety of habitats learning about and gathering plants. Gain a realistic vision and practical experience on the roles that wild foods play in diet, recreational foraging, self-reliance, and survival. We’ll cover how wild foods can be incorporated into the everyday diet of those looking for a more simple, sustainable way of living and expanding their nutritive options. We’ll cover how the First Peoples made a living off the land as well as the roles wild foods can play in modern life. Technical details are below. See a short video explaining the overall plan and what we are trying to accomplish here. Discounts for early registration below!

Participants studying and foraging
Gathered wild foods

Food gathered by Jeff Lawton.

Event Goals
John Kallas teaching about elderbow

John teaching about elderbow by Starr Wilson.

To help participants understand the roles that wild foods can play in recreation, adding foods to the everyday diet, self-reliance and survival; to provide hands on experience with some of the most important plants and processes that could be used in those situations; to provide the opportunity for participants to share and learn from each other regarding their cumulative experiences with wild foods; to promote a sustainable harvest mentality with a strong support of protecting and respecting green and wild places; to directly address the great mass of misinformation found in the popular literature and the internet; and to have fun, make friends, and connect with people who are interested in the same kinds of things.

The Mood We’d Like to Set

We want this to be a fun and educational outdoor experience and adventure. We expect everyone to be friendly, respectful, encouraging of others, and open minded. Leave bad attitudes at home. You are welcome to be a lone wolf or be as social as you feel comfortable – as long as you are respectful to others and do your part to make the event successful. We will be together a lot of the time so take the opportunity to get to know people and make friends.


Everyone attending will share their knowledge, ideas, methods, and wisdom based on their own experiences. Participant skill levels will range from beginner to advanced. All input will be respected as personal experience to be learned from. The main instructor and moderator is Dr. John Kallas, Director of Wild Food Adventures. Dr. Kallas has a Ph.D. in nutrition and a Masters in education. He is a trained botanist, nature photographer, writer, researcher, and teacher. John has researched edible wild plants since 1970 and taught in colleges, universities, primitive technology conferences, and to the general public since 1978. He has taught and trained thousands of people in wild foods from all over North America, and given hundreds of wild food presentations to a variety of groups. Dr. Kallas founded the Wild Food Adventures outdoor school in 1993, edited the Wild Food Adventurer newsletter from 1996 to 2006, and published Volume 1 of the Wild Food Adventures Book Series; Edible Wild Plants, Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate in 2010. Go here to learn more about John.

Accommodations and Food

Our base camp is located in picturesque Silverton Oregon. The area is in the foothills of the Cascade mountain range and part of the fertile Willamette valley. Characterized by rolling hills, fertile soils and a diversity of habitats, this area is ideal for the GingerRoot. About an hours drive from both Portland and Corvallis, our location is very accessible, but tucked away from the outside world. We have access to forest wilderness, woodlands, swamps, grasslands, farmland, fallow fields, rivers, lakes, and more. We travel to a variety of habitats learning about and gathering plants. Participants stay in their own tents. At the core of our basecamp is the Silverton Grange which offers us a large professional kitchen, indoor meeting space, and modern bathroom facilities. Parking is separate but close to our encampment. There are no hook-ups for RVs or trailers. Wherever practical / sustainable, wild foods will be the basis of our common meals. Participants have the option of staying in a local bed and breakfast or hotel but you must provide your own transportation to and from GingerRoot. Silverton, our quaint historic host city comes complete with the normal amenities; a hospital, supermarkets, food purveyers, and tourist attractions. The downtown, is only a 10 minutes drive away. Salem is a 30 minute drive. See map below.

Some of the meals from Ginger Root

The Goals of the Event

Unless you stay off site, you will be bringing your own tent and camping equipment. Food: We will provide simple breakfasts for Saturday and Sunday. Together, we will make wild food dinners for Saturday and Sunday, as well as Monday breakfast from the foods we gather during the Rendezvous. You will be responsible for providing your own food on Friday, sack lunches for Saturday and Sunday and all the snack food you want to eat for four days. Refrigeration may not be available, so plan accordingly. Bring a cooler if you know you’ll want one. Conventional food supplies will be available in Silverton. We will have access to a modern kitchen for Rendezvous meals as well as basic breakfast and lunch preparation.

If you have a special diet or food restrictions bring the foods you feel you need. Not only for your personal meals, but wild meals we make in common. Part of some of the dishes we make will include conventional flour, sugar, eggs, milk, etc. If you cannot eat these items for health or philosophical reasons, bring alternatives for yourself. You can choose to incorporate the wild foods we gather into your own dishes, in parallel with us, that satisfy a raw lifestyle, veganism, etc.

What to Bring

We will be in the same location for four days with access to modern kitchen and bathroom facilities. Beginning on Saturday, breakfasts and dinners will be provided through Monday morning. You are responsible for 2 sack lunches and snacks. Refrigeration for personal items will not be provided. Bring your favorite coffee mug and a water bottle you can carry with you. Conventional food supplies will be available in town. Wild foods will make up the bulk of our evening meals. During the event we will construct/improvise a potluck from the wild foods we gather. So come prepared thinking about plant-based, plant-rich potluck recipes, and bring (or shop in Silverton for) any specialty ingredients required as you will be preparing it to share family style with the group. Don’t worry, this is easier than you think, and you will receive plenty of guidance.

Outside of your typical camping gear if you are camping you should consider following: Prepare for temperatures usually ranging from 50°F to 90°F. Bring clothing for comfort around camp. For inland forests, bring rugged but layered hiking cloths and hiking boots. In some cases we may be wading through mud or ankle deep water so an old pair of tennis shoes you don’t care about might be useful. A checklist of what to bring can be downloaded here:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleep Pad
  • Flashlight or lamp
  • Backpack
  • Knife – preferably in a knife sheath
  • Scissors – preferably in a knife sheath
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wide brimmed shade hat
  • Hiking boots or walking shoes
  • Warm layered wool clothing – you may get wet or cold
  • Bring 3 changes of cloths
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellent
  • Note pads and pencils
  • Toiletries
  • Roll of toilet paper
  • 2 Towels
  • Personal favorite coffee or tea mugs
  • Portable water bottle with holster
  • A sac lunch
  • Snacks

Bring wild foods that you’ve previously prepared that you would like to share with the rest of us. Wild flours, jams, syrups, canned foods, pickles, nuts, beans, fruit leathers, wild jerkys…

What NOT to Bring

Drugs, alcohol, firearms, fireworks, fighting, or pets. Violators and troublemakers will be asked to leave. Anyone asked to leave has no right to a refund.

Arrival/Departure Times

Arrive anytime after 4:00 p.m. on Friday June 22, 2018 – set up camp/meet other participants. GingerRoot and its first activities officially begin with a program at 7:00 p.m. Friday. The last GingerRoot activity will end by 12:00 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2018.

  • John Kallas’ GingerRoot Rendezvous was a wonderful event in every way. The setting was beautiful, and the information was excellent and taught in a well thought out, well paced, and well organized fashion. We were exposed to a great depth knowledge of wild foods and ethnobotany. And our wild edible meals were great too!Anne Weise
  • GingerRoot exceeded my expectations. I’m looking forward to more of them.Stewart Meyers
  • If you ever wondered about the edibility of wild things at your feet you will want to join John Kallas for the GingerRoot Rendezvous. The plants, people, and dedicated instruction made the Rendezvous an event I look forward to doing again.Linda LaPlante Beatty

Enrollment Limited! – Advanced registration reserves you a place in the class.

Registration Fees

Full Registration: $360 (in US dollars) for the full 4 day event.

Early Registration Discounts*
  • April 1, 2018, and pay a reduced rate of only: $290
  • May 1, 2018, and pay a reduced rate of only: $310
  • May 15, 2018, and pay a reduced rate of only: $320
  • June 1, 2018, and pay a reduced rate of only: $330
  • June 16, 2018, and pay a reduced rate of only: $340
  • June 17, 2018 onward, pay full price of $360
Fees for Children**
  • Ages: 0 – 6 attend for free
  • Ages: 7 – 8 pay 10 times their age
  • Ages: 9 – 11 pay 12 times their age
  • Ages: 12 – 14 pay 14 times their age
  • Ages: 15 – 17 pay 16 times their age

*These early registration discounts require that you pay in full (received in our office) by these cut off dates.

**Children through and including the age of 17 must be under the supervision and responsibility of a parent or guardian at all times. No more than 2 children per adult attendee. The GingerRoot Rendezvous, Dr. Kallas, Wild Food Adventures, and anyone associated with them are not, and cannot be responsible for children. There are no child care facilities. That being said, children will find a friendly and inclusive environment.

Further Registration Discounts – ONLY ONE OF THESE CAN APPLY PER PERSON

Previous GingerRoot Attendees get an additional $60 discount off any of the cut-off dates above. These adults (18+) get a $30 discount off any of the cut-off dates above: Full time college students, Native Americans, adult family members that register together and the involuntarily unemployed.

Partial Event Registrations

There are no discounts for partial attendance. One or two day (Saturday + Sunday) attendees pay full price based on registration dates listed above. Due to the progressive/building nature of the planned learning process, it is recommended to attend the full Rendezvous if you possibly can.

Carpooling Contribution

Do not include this with your registration, bring $10.00 this to the event for a carpooling contribution. So in addition to the registration fee, you will be asked to contribute a car pooling fee (unless you are a driver). We will be traveling to a variety of habitats over the four days of the event. Since we do not have buses or vans, some participants who have space in their cars will volunteer their vehical for use in car pooling. The exact fee required will be determined when car pooling is organized.

Off site

Our base camp is located in picturesque Silverton, Oregon Grange and participants will be camping on location. If possible, we’d prefer that everyone be on-site. If staying off site, we recommend arriving by the time our breakfast begins so you will receive any last minute information and announcements prior to heading out for the day. If you arrive late and we have already left camp, you might miss a large portion of the day’s events. There are no discounts for staying off site.

Camping and Other Options

Camping on the grounds or sleeping in your vehicle is included in your registration. If you stay on the grounds you have four options.

  • Camping with a tent
  • Car Camping
  • Staying in an RV (There are no hook ups on site)
  • If you have no other option, sleeping on the floor in the processing area.
Refund Policy

There is no charge if you cancel before we’ve had the time to process your registration. Upon your approval, your check will be destroyed and you will have paid nothing. If your registration has been completed, all except a $20 non-refundable processing fee is returned if a refund is requested on or before May 1, 2018.

  • 80% is returned if a refund is requested on or before May 20, 2018.
  • 60% is returned if a refund is requested on or before June 1, 2018.
  • 40% is returned if a refund is requested on or before June 6, 2018.
  • 20% is returned if a refund is requested on or before June 16, 2018.
  • 0% is returned if a refund is requested on or after June 17, 2018 (includes no-shows).

Download the REGISTRATION/WAIVER Forms. Print and fill out necessary forms and email to John Kallas or bring filled out forms to the event once you have paid for the event. Once each year, covering Jan 1 – Dec 31, you are required to fill out a waiver form prior to attending any workshop. If you’ve already filled out and submitted a waiver form for this year, just fill out the registration form only.

Note: Due to the nature of these workshops in natural habitats that are out of our control, we cannot accommodate certain special needs.


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Dr. John Kallas


Silverton Grange
201 Division Street
Silverton, OR 97381 United States
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