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REWILDING IS THE NEW SELF-CARE

 

Wildkind Academy offers both online and live workshops, and retreats. Subscribe below to get the latest updates on new course offerings as they become available!

Scroll through the list of our current course offerings below:

REWILDING IS THE NEW SELF-CARE

 

Wildkind Academy offers both online and live workshops, and retreats. Subscribe below to get the latest updates on new course offerings as they become available!

Scroll through the list of our current course offerings below:

 INTRO TO FISH TANNING

January 27 + February 3 (2-part course) | 6-8:30 PM | $125

Wildkind Academy welcomes guest instructor Janey Chang as we make fish skin leather live on Zoom!

Learn the process of transforming raw fish skins into a beautiful, durable textile that can be used to make clothing, pouches, wallets, footwear, art and anything you would use leather for.   

In this two part class, we will explore tanning with tannins using supplies you will find around your home. You will learn everything you need to know to have your own Home Tannery and enjoy a new connection to an old ancestral skill. Work alongside instructor Janey Chang (FB + IG @janeychangart), an artist and educator with a passion for reviving the almost forgotten skill of making fish leather. All are welcome - no experience required! 

NOTE: This class is two sessions and will be held virtually on Zoom. You will receive email updates from instructor Janey with a supplies list and the Zoom link after registering.

Janey is highly regarded as an educator and will share the history of fish tanning from around the world. Participants will hear stories about the human relationship and connection with salmon as well as complete the tanning process from beginning to end.

Class is limited to 20 participants. If you have any questions feel free to email [email protected]

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The Forager's Series: The Winter Forest + Cottonwood Salve

 February 12 | 10 am to 3 pm

Course | $125 (includes $45 materials fee) | Tenino Washington

Wildkind Academy Welcomes Guest Instructor Karen Sherwood with Earthwalk Northwest.

A walk through the winter forest can offer many blessings. There is an abundance of edible and medicinal plants that can be found at this time of year in the pacific northwest. As foragers, we will explore the various gifts that nature has to offer throughout the seasons. Join local ethnobotanist, Karen Sherwood, to learn plant and tree identification and how to use these beneficial offerings.

During an easy interpretive walk on a local trail, students will have the opportunity to gather cottonwood buds. We will return to the classroom and prepare an amazing salve from previously infused buds. Class participants will be involved at each step of the process and will return home with freshly made salves. You will have all of the resources/handouts and knowledge to repeat the process year after year.

About our Guest Instructor:

Karen Sherwood co-founded Earthwalk Northwest in 1996, a private school teaching earth-centered skills. Karen was hired by Tom Brown Jr. to develop and expand the wild foods curriculum for this well-known tracker school and received a strong understanding of traditional uses of wild plants while teaching there. She continues to teach ethnobotany programs through Earthwalk Northwest and other organizations such as the Dept. of Ecology, Washington Outdoor Women, King Co. Parks and the Earth Mentoring Institute. In addition to her botany background, Karen also spent many years in search and rescue, fine tuning her wilderness survival skills. To balance her expertise, she also teaches utilitarian uses of plants, including cordage and natural plant dyes. Her current Passion is teaching about the vast and wondrous uses of seaweed, as well as traditional Northwest basketry.

Class is limited to 12 participants. Course details will be emailed upon payment. If you have any questions, use the contact page or email [email protected]

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Cedar Honoring Basket ~ A Necklace for Small Treasures

Included in this course is the traditions, techniques and ethics of cedar bark collecting

February 13  | 9 am to 4 pm  | $115

Tenino Washington

 

Wildkind Academy welcomes guest instructor Karen Sherwood from Earthwalk Northwest.

Cedar bark is an incredible gift with many offerings. Small cedar strips are used to weave a beautiful honoring basket that can be worn as a necklace. Western red cedar along with yellow cedar, birch bark or richly colored maple bark is used for the creation of this small beauty. After finishing the weaving, a leather flap will be added as well as glass beads or small charms. This basket is sure to draw comments wherever you wear it! The techniques used in this course are foundational weaving techniques that can be used in larger projects. The finished basket measures about 1.5 in by 2.5 in. 

During our lunch break, Karen will offer a slide presentation of the traditions, techniques and ethics of cedar bark collecting.

About our Guest Instructor:

Karen Sherwood co-founded Earthwalk Northwest in 1996, a private school teaching earth-centered skills. Karen was hired by Tom Brown Jr. to develop and expand the wild foods curriculum for this well-known tracker school and received a strong understanding of traditional uses of wild plants while teaching there. She continues to teach ethnobotany programs through Earthwalk Northwest and other organizations such as the Dept. of Ecology, Washington Outdoor Women, King Co. Parks and the Earth Mentoring Institute. In addition to her botany background, Karen also spent many years in search and rescue, fine tuning her wilderness survival skills. To balance her expertise, she also teaches utilitarian uses of plants, including cordage and natural plant dyes. Her current Passion is teaching about the vast and wondrous uses of seaweed, as well as traditional Northwest basketry.

Class is limited to 12 participants and will fill up very quickly. Specific class details will be emailed prior to class. If you have any questions, use the contact page or email [email protected]

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Shellfish Forage and a Feast

LEARN TO DIG CLAMS & SHUCK OYSTERS + GOURMET MEAL ON THE BEACH

HOOD CANAL, WASHINGTON

ALL AGES WELCOME

Friday April 8 | 2pm - 7pm | $195

Wildkind Academy welcomes guest instructor Bruce McGlenn with Human Nature Hunting as we head to the tide flats of Hood Canal for an intimate experience foraging and eating wild shellfish in this half-day course. Learn where, when and how to identify and dig manila clams and gather oysters, how to prepare your catch (shuck oysters), and enjoy a gourmet meal from your own freshly foraged shellfish prepared by a professional chef. Take home fresh clams and oysters for your family and friends. Leave with the knowledge and confidence to forage and prepare shellfish on your next outing, and a greater awareness of our connection to the land.

Included With Course

  • Group shellfishing license for the day (you do not need to purchase a license for this course but you will need one to forage in the future)

  • Personal instruction on how and where to find and identify manila clams and oysters, and other clams

  • Oyster shucking lessons

  • All necessary tools for use during the course: rake, oyster knife, net, bucket, and clam gauge

  • Overview of the rules and regulations

  • Health and safety considerations

  • Gourmet meal on-site prepared by a chef: steamed clams, raw & pan-fried oysters, seasonal/foraged greens, etc.

  • Wine

Class is limited to 16 participants. If you have any questions feel free to email [email protected]

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WE PARTNER WITH SOME OF THE BEST EDUCATORS AND PROFESSIONALS IN THE FIELD

 

"I have enjoyed working with Jess and Wildkind Academy. Jess’ energy and enthusiasm behind her mission are uplifting and contagious. Our first partnership was our shellfish Foraging course. She took great care to make sure all the participants were in good hands. I appreciate her drive, attention to detail, and follow-through and look forward to working together on more of our hunting and gathering courses."

~ Bruce McGlenn | Human Nature Hunting

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Includes field notes from Jess, seasonal health & nourishment tips and nature-based inspirations.

Join the Wildkind Community

Receive the monthly REWILD newsletter and get the latest updates on live adventure field trips and retreats, rewilding classes and online course offerings through Wildkind Academy. 

Includes field notes from Jess, seasonal health & nourishment tips and nature-based inspirations.