My name is Itiyopiya. I am a lover of family, language, arts and culture. I am mother to the wonderful duo, Tatek and Trelawney. I identify as Black, woman, cis-gendered, hetero. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, I grew up on the edges of where academia met with street life, where Rastafari met with the traditional Black Baptist church and where incessant pain was met with unrelenting hope. I hold a love and curiosity about people and their personal stories. I have deep roots in radical alternative living blended with customs considered traditional and normative.
Natalie is the visionary behind Wild Abundance, as well as the founder, director, and a primary instructor for many classes. She also dreams up new classes, is a big part of curriculum development, manages the campus, designs buildings, and takes beautiful photos for the website. Natalie is passionate about teaching and sharing skills to help all kinds of people live in an empowered and Earth-centered way. This includes her staff, and the skills of running a cooperative and sustainable values-based business.
Wild Abundance is fortunate to have worked with many talented and lovely professional photographers over the years. We’re listing them here, in order to honor their work and credit their incredible contribution to our school. Jeff Wales Merideth Garrigan – A Spot in Time Photography Jenny Tenny Go and Flow Photos Alivia Ruiz – Dulce […]
Natalie is the visionary behind Wild Abundance, as well as a primary instructor for women’s carpentry classes and the Natural Building and Tiny House Workshop, among other classes. She’s passionate about teaching and sharing practical skills to help all kinds of people feel more confident, empowered, and capable. In particular, Natalie gets excited about: natural, green and tiny building design; vernacular architecture (buildings built for a specific time, place and culture, often by the people who will be using them, with local and natural materials); cooking ashcakes on coals next to an open fire with her daughter, Hazel; ethical business development; creative and sexy wooden trim; and cooperative models for mutual aid.
With a journey that began as a little girl mixing herbs, clays, & muds on her grandparents’ farm, Lucretia VanDyke has been in the industry for over 20 years. A Holistic Educator, Speaker, Herbalist, Sacred Sexologist, Ceremonialist, Spiritual Light Coach, Intuitive Energetic & Reiki Practitioner, Diviner, & world traveler with over 3000 hours of training. She has been a holistic esthetician & practitioner for over a decade focusing on integrating indigenous healing rituals, plant spirit medicine, and meditation into your modern day practices.