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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:

FIRE SCHOOL with The Modern Survivalist

December 12 | 10 am to 6 pm

Wildkind Academy Presents Guest Instructor Ray Livingston, The Modern Survivalist

Course | $198

Millersylvania State Park, Olympia Washington

One Day Fire School Training with Ray Livingston from Season 6 ALONE (The History Channel)

Join Jess with Wildkind Academy as we meet by the fire at the beautiful Millersylvania State Park for a full day of skill building and storytelling with an outrageous friend, The Urban Survivalist.

Campfire Dinner will be served with plenty of good times around the fire after sunset

From the dawn of time, humanity’s survival has been closely linked with the ability to control fire.

Fire cooks our food, warms our bodies and allows us to smelt and forge metals and glass, an ability that truly brought mankind to the top of that animal kingdom.

In this workshop, you will learn how to identify, collect and process natural materials found in our area so that you can get a fire going in any weather condition. At the end of this workshop you will be more confident in your skills and abilities when you venture out into our wild places.

Collection of Materials

What materials in our forests will give you the highest chances of getting a fire going?

Where do you find and how do you collect those materials?

Processing of materials  

What do you do with the materials you’ve collected to get them to burn?

How do you construct your fire before trying to ignite it?

How do you prepare our initial ignition mechanisms?

 Ignition

What are the different types of ignition sources and how do they differ?

Once ignited, how do you grow and sustain your new fire?

The Next Fire mindset

How can your first fire make starting your next fire easier?

How can you save / sustain your fire without burning excessive materials?

 

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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Make a Birch Basket + The Gifts of Birch

January 9  | 9 am to 4 pm 

$185 | Course

Join Jess with Wildkind Academy and guest instructor Karen Sherwood at the beautiful Millersylvania Park in Olympia Washington for a Birch basketry course + The Gifts of Birch presentation! We will weave in community with friends at the historic kitchen shelter that sits in a lush forest overlooking the lake. The shelter is enclosed with three walls and has a fireplace to keep us warm.

Birch is a remarkable tree found in the boreal regions around the world. The bark has long been utilized by indigenous peoples from Scandinavia through Russia, Alaska, Canada and New England.  Birch bark was traditionally woven or sewn to create everything from cooking, foraging and storage baskets to clothing and canoes. It is an amazing and versatile bark with a vast history of functionality merging with creative innovation.

Karen had the to opportunity to travel to Alaska to teach basketry classes during the tail end of gathering season. Trees removed from a power easement offered an unexpected treasure in many sheets of striking bark.  Logs were peeled and bark pressed flat to later become beautiful and useful vessels. Through photos taken on this extraordinary adventure Karen will share insights into ethical gathering and how to process and store bark.  A slide show and video presentation will help clarify the process. Additionally, examples of traditional baskets or containers from around the world will be presented to show the versatility of this bark. Birch takes us on an inspired journey bridging cultures around the world and past to present. 

This presentation is offered as a unique pairing with a hands- on class to make a birch bark serving basket of your own. A traditional birch bowl will be formed by shaping and then securely stitching with natural materials. A willow rim will be lashed to create strength and beauty to complete this beautiful and useful vessel.  Correctly place your lashings in an important piece of this project so instruction on well place stitches will be highlighted so you can create a basket to last a lifetime. We hope you will join us to learn these traditions of old so they can be sustained .

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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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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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.