Rewilding and Survival Skills

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A part of all of us knows how to feel at home in the world. However, in this modern life, it can be easy to feel disconnected or even at-odds. For this reason, we embrace the process of rewilding to remember the wild, intuitive aspects of who we are. In addition, when we learn survival skills, the wilderness can transform into a welcoming and abundant place. Indeed, learning to feel comfortable and integrated with the natural world can help us feel at home within ourselves. 

Rewilding and survival skills programs teach you how to connect with the undomesticated parts of yourself. 

In-person Classes

Black woman using a palm sander to sand the bookshelf she made in a basic carpentry class

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.

Choose a 2024 session:

  • Apr 4-7 (filled),
  • Apr 25-28 (filled),
  • May 2-5 (filled),
  • May 8-12 (filled),
  • Jun 6-9 (filled),
  • Jun 27-30 (filled),
  • Jul 4-7 (filled),
  • Jul 24-28 (filled) or
  • Aug 8-11 (filled)
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team of people building a tiny house

Tiny House Building Workshop

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, plus get lifetime access to extensive online video library

Choose a 2024 session:

  • May 24 to Jun 1 (filled),
  • Jun 14-22 (filled) or
  • Aug 16-24 (filled)
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processing wildcrafted greens for medicine making

Foraging and Medicinal Herbs Course

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.

  • May 30 to Jun 2 (filled)
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rewilding woman making a whisk broom

Women’s Rewilding Retreat

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.

*What is Standby?
  • Jun 6-9 (standby only*)
  • Monthly or one time payment options available
  • Secure checkout
  • Full refunds available for up to 2 weeks after purchase
  • Sliding scale pricing based on income
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Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

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.

  • Jun 16-29 (filled)
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A male student practicing making cuts in boards on a mitre saw at an all genders basic carpentry class at Wild Abundance

All Genders Basic Carpentry

Get deep satisfaction from learning carpentry In a culture that’s zooming toward virtual reality and digitizing the day-to-day, not everyone grows up learning ... how to use tools and work with their hands. Our woodworking class for beginners and folks who have used tools, but don’t feel totally comfortable with them is here to change that. No matter your lifestyle, you surely interact with physical objects like shelves, chairs, tables. Learning carpentry can be rewarding and satisfying whether you want to build for yourself, feel confident fixing things around the house, or interacting with folks you hire in a confident way

  • Sep 26-29, 2024
  • Monthly or one time payment options available
  • Secure checkout
  • Flexible refund policy
  • Sliding scale pricing based on income
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4-Month Carpentry Program

4-Month Carpentry Program

Get confident building for yourself and others. Our hands-on carpentry program is non-residential and takes place at Wild Abundance, located near Asheville, NC. It’s ... appropriate for beginning to intermediate level builders; no experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn by doing. If you do have experience, there will be plenty of depth and advanced skills to dive into.

Choose a 2024 session:

  • Mar 19 to Jul 10 (filled) or
  • Jul 30 to Nov 20 (filled)
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gardening and permaculture apprentices in the garden

Gardening and Permaculture Apprenticeship

Learn to grow vegetables and tend food forests in this one-day-per-week program that spans an entire growing ... season. Non-residential permaculture apprenticeship.

  • Mar 19 to Nov 19
  • Monthly or one time payment options available
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  • Flexible refund policy
  • Sliding scale pricing based on income
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closeup of building instructor using chisel

Timber Framing Class

Learn how to lay out, measure, cut, fit, assemble, and raise a 16' by 20' timber-framed building through demos and hands-on practice. This class is appropriate ... whether you are an experienced carpenter, backyard deck builder, or excited beginner who just has a knack for craft.

  • Sep 1-7
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woman teaching brain tanning

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.

We’ve experienced first-hand how powerful it can be to come back to nature.  Particularly in this fast-paced world of multitasking and digital communication, it’s easy to feel a little lost and alone.  But when we take the time to slow down and move at the pace of the wilds, a part of ourselves wakes up and comes alive.  That part knows the world is interwoven in intricate and beautiful ways.  For this purpose, our rewilding and survival skills programs teach ancestral skills and nature connection: as a way to remember who we are beneath the surface.  

One wonderful way to reconnect with nature and ourselves is through learning about plants. All of our programs showcase wild plants and their roles as medicine, food, building materials, fuel, and more. From our survival skills class, to our season-long apprenticeship program, wild plants are important “guest instructors” in every one of our rewilding and survival programs. 

The healing power of plants is something we all know deep in our bones.  So, when we learn to identify, harvest, cultivate, and utilize medicinal plants, it is deeply satisfying and empowering.  Our ancestors all knew how to keep themselves healthy with herbs. Therefore we, too, can remember this wisdom through rewilding programs. In our wildcrafting class, we teach all you need to know to be able to wildcraft medicinal herbs, grow them in your garden, and make herbal preparations.  You’ll learn to make tinctures, salves, cough syrups, flower essences, and more.  

making elderberry medicine


Sisters rewild together during a weekend of women’s primitive skills. 

There’s something special about coming together with other women to connect with our deepest selves.  For this reason, we offer a weekend of Rewilding for women.  It’s an opportunity to remember the roles that our female ancestors have held throughout time.  Furthermore, this workshop is about being real with our lives as they are now.  Together we find the threads that weave the two into our day to day realities.  In this long weekend rewilding program, we gather together to work with our hearts and hands. We explore skills like basketry, felt making, firewood splitting, and more.  Afterward, each evening, we gather together around a fire to share songs and stories, just as women have done for millennia.

Permaculture courses that explore living off-grid in North Carolina.  

apprentice with permaculture plantsWe offer two ways to earn your Permaculture Design Certificate.  Both of them are infused with the essence of rewilding and have curricula that include off-grid living and survival and ancestral skills.  Our Earthskills and Permaculture Immersion is a long-term (one 3-day weekend per month for 8 months) rewilding program.  In it we bring together primitive skills with modern sustainable living, all through the lens of permaculture.  In fact, it’s our most comprehensive program, and we’re pretty excited about it. Our 10-day Permaculture Design Course is a more traditional PDC format.  Yet, we can’t help but bring our students out into the wild places that we love during this one, too.  

apprentices processing elder flowersBoth of these rewilding programs use the language of permaculture to teach about the patterns in nature.  When we learn to notice and listen to these patterns, we can live in harmony with them.

Every year, we also welcome a few motivated individuals to become permaculture apprentices and live with us for a season.  This is truly the most panoramic rewilding program that we offer.  These folks experience living off-grid and get to participate in all of our classes and programs.  Plus, we give small-group guidance to our apprentices and bring them out to our favorite wild places to observe, learn, forage and frolic.  If you’re serious about rewilding and survival skills, this could be the program for you.

Learn to tan a hide and make buckskin, as our ancestors have done for millennia.

hide tanning students with buckskinTanning a hide is a deeply rewarding and satisfying process. The resulting soft, supple buckskin can be made into clothing or bags, or used for lashing on baskets and other handmade crafts.  Turning a raw deer hide into this timeless, useful material with the brain tanning process is hard work. It’s work that our ancestors did to survive and stay warm. There’s something in the doing of it that speaks to an ancient wild part of each of us.  We teach how to tan a hide as part of our rewilding program so you can remember this connection with your own ancestors and their work and life.  

Make use of nature’s bounty and feel at home in the woods with our Survival Class

Humans have always depended on the natural world for survival. Nowadays, the pathway between the wilderness and our day-to-day sustenance can be quite long and convoluted. Nonetheless, reconnecting with the basic skills that bridge that gap is empowering and transformative. We offer a survival skills class that weaves modern and primitive skills together, with an overarching focus on rewilding and the deeper meanings of “survival.” In it, you’ll learn to make fire by friction (and with just one match), gather wild foods and medicines, build a basic shelter, make rope in the wild, and more.