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.

Wild Foods Hike May 2-4

Deeply immerse yourself in the plant world of the breathtakingly verdent Southern Appalachian springtime!  This 3-day light backpacking adventure on the Appalachian Trail will be spent getting to know useful plants, pausing by the trail to see them in their habitats, learning about their nutritional and medicinal properties, harvesting them, preparing them over an open fire, and feasting upon them.

Ladies Basic Carpentry July 19-23

This class is intended to get ladies up to speed on basic building skills working with wood, along with hand-tool and power tool use.  Focus is placed on creating a safe, comfortable, relaxed, and fun learning environment in which beginning to beginning- intermediate skill level students can thrive.

Natural/Practical 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).

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

Gain competency in earth-based living:

Essentials Program

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 1 weekend/month, March-November, and includes a couple of longer adventerous field trips.