Our Permaculture and Homestead School

Nestled in the Southern Appalachians on a breath-taking eco-homestead, Wild Abundance offers classes near Asheville, teaching skills in off-grid living and homesteading and empowering people to live sustainably.

Digging in Wild Abundance permaculture garden

Our classes fall under our themes of homesteading, tiny houses and natural building, primitive skills, wild foods and medicine, and permaculture classes. Explore how to build tiny houses, learn about natural building, practice wilderness survival skills, grow your own food, and learn hide tanning. You’ll gain experience in plant identification, foraging, food preservation and organic gardening and eventually become able to implement a more holistic work-life balance.

Our aim is to empower people to live with profound knowledge, respect, and appreciation for nature’s wild abundance by offering classes that teach sustainable

We invite our students to learn on our land because it serves as a living example that this lifestyle is not only possible, but that it will undoubtedly feed your soul.


As animals who have evolved for thousands of years alongside nature, it’s time to come home to our heritage.
It’s how we are meant to live.

Upcoming Classes
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Our Apprenticeship Programs equip participants with the skills they need to live with the web of life: natural building & tiny house construction, foraging & wildcrafting; hide tanning & basket-making; permaculture design & organic gardening; herbalism & nature connection; functional communication & community living; storytelling; deep ecology; and much, much more!

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How To Live Off The Land 8 Month Apprenticeship

Through the Seasons Apprenticeship Learn How to Live with the Land Learn how to build your own tiny house, design with passive solar, work with solar panels and other alternative energies, catch water, and build with wood, mud and more conventional techniques.     Gain the skills you need to live off the land Apprentices […]

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Gardening Apprenticeship

Do you love plants? Our spring Gardening Apprenticeship is focused on growing, caring for, harvesting and utilizing a plethora of wild and cultivated plants. You will go into depth with garden planning, soil science, seed starting, companion planting, crop rotation, harvesting techniques, and more.  Springtime apprentices will gain a solid foundation in annual vegetable gardening, […]

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Women's Basic Carpentry

This class is intended to get ladies up-to-speed on basic building skills, working with wood, and using hand tools as well as power tools. Focus is placed on creating a safe, comfortable, relaxed and fun learning environment in which students with beginning to intermediate skill levels can thrive. Trans welcome.

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Wild Foods Hike

Spend three days foraging and eating wild foods in the forest near Asheville, NC. Rewild yourself with local plant experts in the biodiverse mountains. Meet wild edibles, medicinals, mushrooms, and amazing people.

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Earthskills and Permaculture Immersion

This is our Flagship program. Go way deeper than other Permaculture Design Courses. Learn building, wild foods, forest gardening and primitive skills, as well as standard PDC course content near Asheville, NC. We meet for one 3-day weekend-a-month for 8 months, which allows the knowledge sink in.

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Wildcrafting and Medicine Making Intensive

Identify and wild forage medicinal plants in the Appalachian mountains. Learn to make medicine and cultivate herbs in your garden. Make and take home herbal salves, tinctures, flower essences, decoctions, cough syrups, herbal liqueurs, oxymels and vinegars.

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Firefly Gathering

Firefly Gathering

Near Asheville, NC A one-of-a-kind, highly dynamic and intimate community-based skill sharing festival, the Firefly Gathering welcomes children and adults interested in Earth-based knowledge and primitive skills to transform for your life. Co-founded by Kaleb Wallace and our own Natalie Bogwalker in 2007, Firefly gathers a bevy of inspiring community members and skilled teachers, highlighting […]

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Women’s Rewilding Weekend

Gather with other women for a long weekend of connection, learning, and rewilding. Basketry, medicine making, cheese and soap making, wild foods cookery, friction fire, and more In the mountains near Asheville, NC.

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Fall Tiny House & Natural Building Apprenticeship

Fall Wild Abundance Apprenticeship The fall natural building apprenticeship starts at the height of summer and builds into the abundance of autumn. From carpentry to a wide range of natural and sustainable building techniques, apprentices will gain well-rounded and hands-on skill sets. They will be part of a complete tiny house build and will gain […]

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Advanced Women's Carpentry

So, you know how to use a drill and a skillsaw and you can build a basic shelf, but you want to get proficient with building bigger things. Do you have buildings in your sights? This class will give you the skills you need for designing and constructing small buildings and sheds and will set you on the road toward more complex structures.

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Tiny Homes and Natural Building

Gain the skills you need to build your own tiny house from local, natural, or conventional materials. Tour beautifully crafted tiny houses and natural buildings, learn about each stage of building from expert lectures, experience hands-on learning as we build a tiny house from scratch, and practice natural plaster and paint. This is the most practical Natural Building Course out there.

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Permaculture Design Certificate

This permaculture class empowers students to become effective ecological designers and planners. You will come out of this class with deep knowledge about creating forest gardens, ecology, permaculture principles, plant species and variety choices, holistic forestry, and more.

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Hide Tanning Class

Learn from expert brain-tanners the process of transforming deer hide into soft, supple, beautiful buckskin, suitable for fabulously comfortable clothing and accessories. Leave the class with your very own finished hide tanned in the traditional and completely natural way.

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Past Classes
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Online Hide Tanning Class

Learn from expert brain-tanners the process of transforming deer hide into soft, supple, beautiful buckskin, suitable for fabulously comfortable clothing and accessories. Leave the class with your very own finished hide tanned in the traditional and completely natural way.

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Our school is located just 20 minutes North of Asheville, NC.