Post by wombat on Feb 24, 2015 13:42:01 GMT -5
For me, rewilding can take many forms. In recent times, the rising fad of Rewilding™ can confuse what this means.
While I'm not perfect, I feel that opening a primitive skills school may hurt more than help. It turns rewilding into a recreational hobby pursuit. It can be or already is another thing where you can complete courses, win a certificate and just go back to normal relations, with the added bonus of knowing a few extra things.
On the flip side, John Zerzan's practice of rewilding IIRC is to expose domestication, agriculture, technology, industrialism, mass society, etc. while knowledge expanding, leaves one with a want to rebel in some other way, but without necessitating a primitive living, primitive skills and/or wilderness knowledge approach be tied to it.
For me, I practice by expanding my critique of civilization while co-learning skills and knowledges by leaving the city a couple times a month for a night or two with friends and associates that are also interested in learning these things, but not necessarily for the same reasons I have. Since I don't have anyone in my life that I regularly interact with that knows these things more than I, I've taken to exploring Internet videos and reading online material to get ideas on what I'd like to try out.
I am also saving up to try a semi-nomadic living approach, living in a trailer, hopping around to national and state parks and forests among other locations, occasionally picking up work to take care of expenses that can't be handled by my gear or the wilderness. Maybe eventually getting a piece of land after some time traveling to know what is out there. But this is all in the future stuff.
So what is your way to rewild? Any thoughts on commercialized rewilding and/or rewilding as a critique and analysis of civilization?