Instructor for Women’s Carpentry
Ella took a carpentry class with Wild Abundance in 2017. After that, she bought an acre of land in Barnardsville, NC, and began building a house. For over a year, she worked with Barron Brown, learning everything she could about carpentry and construction. Ella is always eager to learn more, and is constantly honing her carpentry skills. She’s also a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2015 she settled in Asheville to build her practice, and to pursue a dream of homesteading. Ella spends the majority of her free time with her dogs, rock climbing, backpacking and paddle boarding.
Instructor for Women’s Rewilding
Alexandra Tait is a professional archery instructor, level 2 with USA Archery (the national association). She has been passionate about archery since she was a girl, and her mother gave her her first bow at age 12. She specializes in teaching women and children’s empowerment. Alexandra teaches archery to connect with nature on a deeper level by opening our hearts, learning to focus and igniting our instinctual ferocity.
Alexandra is the archery instructor at The Firefly Gathering. She has taught at UUWoman Spirit Gathering, Michigan Women’s Music festivals, Avalonian Ninefold Gathering, S.E. Women’s Herbal Conference and the Glastonbury Goddess Conference in the UK. A lover of myth and Goddess lore, she has counted 7 Goddesses internationally that use the bow and arrow as their power object.
She is an Interfaith Minister, Fire keeper and “Anam Cara,” or soul friend, in the Celtic tradition and has been practicing healing arts for over 25 years. As a Light Warrior and healer, she helps people track the roots of issues in trance and hunts for missing pieces of their souls to be re-embodied in love. She is known for facilitating past life soul exploration and remembering one’s life purpose.
Instructor for Wildcrafting and Medicine Making
In relationship with Earth and Earth allies, Graham integrates conversations with plant medicine, stone medicine, and embodied awareness. She offers experiences that widen perspectives and invite deep connection, while sustaining grounded support. Graham is passionate about listening to the medicine within us and around us. Her work with people helps strengthen our relationships with the world we live in, creating opportunities for healing that are welcoming, open-minded, heart-centered, and clear.
With a community of potent mediators of medicine, Graham founded Dwelling. The Asheville based Earth-medicine school provides guidance in connected and embodied medicine, from fundamentals to clinical practice. You can learn more about Graham’s practice, workshops, and writings at Root Deep
Blog and Newsletter Writer, Instructor for Nutrition, Gardening, and Wildcrafting
Chloe writes for Wild Abundance’s blog, newsletter, and website. In addition, she cooks for some classes, teaches a few others, and jumps in to help out with management and strategy. These roles give her a welcome outlet for the knowledge and excitement she perpetually cultivates around land-based living and a positive future for the planet. Along with working at Wild Abundance, Chloe magically juggles co-managing a 23 acre homestead and small-scale dairy, parenting, lifelong learning, and maintaining meaningful relationships. She majored in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz. There, she deepened her inborn passion for real food and social justice. For 10 years before landing at her own homestead in Western North Carolina, she explored many manifestations of “sustainable community” all over the world. In addition to growing and preparing food, she loves cultivating, foraging and utilizing medicinal plants and mushrooms.
Administrative and Website Assistant
Annie is a native of Western North Carolina. Working with Wild Abundance, she takes great joy in rediscovering a sustainable and loving interconnection to the land her great-grandparents worked. At the same time, she’s excited to find new ways to make those skills relevant to a modern, changing society. Annie enjoys answering questions about Wild Abundance from curious students all over the world. She’s also charged with keeping the website running smoothly. Earthskills are relatively new to Annie, and she loves how Wild Abundance strives to make them accessible for everyone, not just off-grid homesteaders. You may even meet Annie in a class, learning new skills to enrich her own life! In her spare time she enjoys backpacking with her family, charting backwoods trails less traveled, and learning new plants to eat in her suburban yard.