Come with ASAM-certified leader Sylvain on a hiking tour of the Swiss vegetation in the Combe Grede Reserve and learn about the benefits of edible plant life.
Open to everyone
The connection between plant life and your health is closer than you can imagine. By cultivating your relationship with nature and the surrounding plant life, you will reap the benefits that are right in front of you EVERYDAY when you walk out your front door!
I am a naturopath-herbalist with an expertise in botany, and I have a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of ornithology and conservation of natural areas. I can guide you on the perfect ways in which plants and the environment are irrevocably linked to humankind, and pass on the extensive knowledge of my experience.
Our day will begin with the instruction of edible plants as we make our way into the walk. You will become savvy in the ways that the local plants can enhance your palate and increase your health. We will provide you with numerous different recipes well within reach!
Our next step as we cross the reserve will be to acknowledge and appreciate the health aspects of the plants. I will explain the various ways in which our environment can truly help us, and you will explore the chemistry behind this connection and how it functions.
And of course, we will enjoy the physical benefits of the trek in the walk itself! It will include stops along the way to take in the beauty and view the flora and fauna of this beautiful region. The Combe Grede is a captivating area that will charm you throughout the walk.
This naturalistic adventure is for everyone, especially those interested in plant life and its role in our daily lives. It is a three- to four-hour nature hike, and covers roughly seven kilometers with 820 uphill meters.
Book this delightful nature hike now and spend a day studying all of the benefits of our wild vegetation!
I can also take you on a four-day hiking tour in the Jura Massif!
- Guiding fee
Price includes the guiding fee.
The price does NOT include travel expenses, personal gear / equipment, personal food and drink(s).
Minimum two people.
Please be prepared with personal items that include but are not limited to: hiking shoes, light backpack, weather-appropriate clothing, sun protection, personal food and drink(s), pen and notebook, and a container suitable for collecting plant samples.
We will meet at the train station at the Combe Grede. Gare 2613 Villeret, Switzerland.
Passionate about botany and ornithology, trained in ecology, I have long worked in environmental protection, rural development and adaptation to climate change in the Sahel.
Coming from a family of (small) farmers in the West of France, my initial training focused on the management and protection of nature. My associative activities have also allowed me to develop a solid naturalistic culture.
My professional career began with a regional development project in the Alpes de Haute-Provence. Afterwards, I was an ornithological animator in the Eastern Pyrenees. At 25, I went to Niger and worked there for 7 years, first as an international volunteer (France volunteers) then as a technical advisor for the German cooperation services (DED/GIZ). After a brief return to France and a visit to Canada to perfect my English, I went back to West Africa - this time to Senegal where I coordinated a climate change adaptation project for a French NGO.
Tired of the contradictions of the associative and institutional milieu, I finally chose to fly on my own while keeping a privileged link with nature. While my stays in so-called "developing" countries have led me to grasp the fragility of life, it is quite naturally that I wanted to take a closer interest in health.
I then trained in naturopathy with the Herbothèque (Quebec) and the Mandorle School (Switzerland), and specialized in scientific aromatherapy with Dominique Baudoux. I also returned to my first loves: botany and the study of plants. Settled in Switzerland since September 2015, I also trained as a mountain leader at the Saint Jean d'Anniviers school in Valais. I opened my naturopathic practice in Neuchâtel in the summer of 2016 and am a member of the Syndicat des professionnels de la naturopathie (SPN) and the central committee of the Association suisse des accompagnateurs en montagne (ASAM).
Two caps - naturopath and herbalist and hiking guide - for the same passion: nature. My vocation today is to share and transmit it in many ways.
I propose "nature and health" or "nature and culture" stays, cooking-nutrition courses, herbal walks, botanical walks. It's about walking, discovering a region, its nature, learning about wild plants, who they are, what they do. A complete naturopathic check-up can be integrated into the program. This allows individuals to have a complete view of their health status and to obtain an individualized health optimization program.
The proposed destinations are regions to which I am strongly attached and/or that I know well for having lived there: the Mediterranean basin, West Africa, South-West and West France, Switzerland :
France: the Languedoc Roussillon Mediterranean and its causses, the eastern Pyrenees, the Grenoble region with the Chartreuse and Vercors, the Charente Maritime, Brittany, the Southern Alps.
Southern Italy, Naples region.
Greece: Cyclades and Parnitha Natural Park
Sahelian Africa: Northern Senegal, Niger, Burkina Faso.
Morocco: from Essaouira to the South of the Atlas Mountains
Switzerland: Vaud, Neuchâtel and Bernese Jura, pre-Alpes, Valais.
The stays take place either from a fixed point in a gîte, or while roaming. In both cases, healthy local cuisine will be at the party.
Any reservation of my stays abroad for my Swiss clientele is made through the travel agency "Le goût du voyage". This partnership is based on mutual trust and a shared travel ethic. The organization of the pre-trip is thus delegated to competent and experienced professionals, which allows me to concentrate on my work as a guide and to secure this activity on the legal level.
Other tailor-made offers can also be proposed. Feel free to contact me.
The past and present programming of my health hiking activity can be found on the "Events" page.
A blog also presents articles on hikes or stays proposed to inspire you (choose the "hiking trips" category).
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