Teaching practical skills for living closer to the earth

Eco-Homesteading • Self Sufficiency • Organic Gardening • Wild Food and Medicine • Natural Building Permaculture • Living Off-Grid • Survival Adventures • Primitive Skills • and much more..

We believe that it is possible for humans to live in balance with the web of life.  Our goal is to provide people with the education, inspiration, and information necessary to do so.  The breadth of skill that our instructors and consultants bring forth is vast; we exist both in the wild and domesticated worlds, marrying innovations from the present day, historical times, and humanity's deep past in order to present a toolkit for living now as functional human beings. We enhance peoples' everyday lives by teaching and consulting on skills that we see as intensly relevent as well as deeply fullfilling and enjoyable.

Practical Natural Building Intensive

August 8 - 14.  This week-long workshop is a crash-course in practical, natural, place-based building.  We will engage in a healthy balance of theory (class time), application (hands on building experience on a variety of techniques and projects), and exploration (checking out natural buildings and homesteads in the area and talking to their builders so that you can develop your own aesthetics and opinions about the way that you want to build).


Trees, Plants and Fungi of the Southern Mountains

Six Saturdays in the fall. August 23, September 6 & 20, October 4 & 18, November 1st.  9am - 4:30pm. Join Luke Cannon to explore the unique and beautiful plants and fungi of our amazing mountains, and the forest ecosystems within which they dwell.  Class will take place at a different site around Ashveille each week and will cover botanical identification, uses for homesteading and survival, edible & medicinal uses, harvesting ethics, and ecological connections.


Southeastern-focused Permaculture Design Course

September 13 - 20.  Wild Abundance is excited to be teaming up with Laura Ruby to offer a Permaculture Design Course this fall!  The course will cover the myriad aspects of Permaculture as an ecological design system through the lense of our rich and beautiful southeastern bioregion.


Essentials Program

1 weekend/month, March-November.  The Essentials Program is our premier course, a distillation of what we deem "Essential" to living in an earth-based way, or "off the land". We will delve into everything Wild Abundance is about. The program meets for , and includes a couple of longer adventerous field trips.

Land Assessment and Self-Sufficiency Consultations


  • Eco-homestead design and planning
  • Natural Building consultation and design
  • Wild Foods Plant inventory of your land and/or surroundings
  • Edible landscape and permaculture design