Classes, Courses and Workshops

Outdoor skills and earth-centered classes that connect you with nature and the outside world. Learn new knowledge! Gain new skills! Explore with confidence!

February 11, 2023 8am-5pm Back to Basics. Boundary Waters 101

Join Melissa and other small businesses focused on sustainability practices and land stewardship at the Back to Basics vendor fair and event in Pine River, MN. Melissa will be presenting Boundary Waters 101 as one of the featured workshops. Click below to register.

April 30, 2023 2-5pm Backcountry Cooking with Melissa at Balsam Moon Preserve, Pine River, MN

Learn the art of backcountry cooking over a campfire and with various types of camping stoves. Enjoy an outdoor cooking experience at Balsam Moon Preserve in Pine River, MN complete with a meal. Melissa will share proven camp recipes and the know-how so you can be the confident chef at your next camp cookout. This is a donation-based class but registration is required so we have a headcount for food. In case of inclement weather, an alternate date may be chosen. Email Melissa with any questions. guidingspiritjourneys@gmail.com

Melissa has been foraging for morels in the Minnesota north woods since 2004. She is a mushroom enthusiast who has learned these skills from friends and other enthusiasts.

May 13, 2023 1-5pm Morel Hunting Workshop and Foray at Balsam Moon Preserve, Pine River, MN

Join Melissa at Balsam Moon Preserve in Pine River, MN as we learn about edible mushrooms with a focus on the Morel. We’ll start with an introduction to edible fungi, identification and preservation techniques; then foray into the Foothills State Forest in search of this elusive choice edible. This class will take place in sunshine and light rain. In case of steady rain, an alternate date may be chosen. Be prepared to walk a few miles over uneven terrain. We suggest you bring a basket or mesh bag for collecting, a compass, water bottle and snack. The workshop will end with an optional meal of mushroom pizza. Melissa is not an expert mycologist and participants are asked to take responsibility for and use their own best judgement when consuming wild edibles. This is a donation-based class and registration is required. Email Melissa with any questions. guidingspiritjourneys@gmail.com