Brown Ash: The Courtship

Note: This blog post is one in a series about the baskets that I’m making for my final project as an apprentice in the Wildwood Path. Brown Ash: my holy grail of basket-making materials. Not that it is or isn’t the best material (as if I’m qualified to opine on that point), but it certainly seemed the most daunting. In compiling … Read More

The Tiniest Pack Basket

Note: This blog post is one in a series about the baskets that I’m making for my final project as an apprentice in the Wildwood Path. I’ve been stubbornly resistant to making a pack basket. I have all of the brown ash splints, I’m weaving baskets, I have the intention of spending lots of time outside and often want to carry things with … Read More

Ramps Done Right

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Ramps, Ramps, Ramps! The elegant two-leafed Wild Leek, or “Ramp” (Allium tricoccum), is a beloved Spring wild edible across this country, and the growing popularity of this delicious plant is a happy sign of the regeneration of our connections to the wild as a society at large. But is this Rampage good for the Ramps? Some say “yes”, some say … Read More

When Ash Moves in and Takes Over

Note: This blog post is one in a series about the baskets that I’m making for my final project as an apprentice in the Wildwood Path. Ash splints fill my bathtub and stain it yellow, shreds of ash are felted into all of my wool socks, my cat rolls in piles of scraps and then walks off to some other part of … Read More

Trout Lily Day!

There is a massive springtime display happening in the woods behind my house, and going into my fourth spring on this land, it hasn’t gotten any less exciting. Patience! The massive springtime display photo comes at the end of the post. This is the foreshadowing. It starts in mid-April with tiny red spears poking up underneath the leaf litter. This is … Read More

Land as Collaborator

“My land.” Oh dear, this is going to be a problem. This land doesn’t belong to me in any truly meaningful sense. I’ve tried calling it “the land that I live on,” and variations thereof, but the phrasing is cumbersome and feels detached. So I’m going back to calling this “my land,” in the relationship-indicating sense that I would say … Read More

Saturday Morning Hide Tanning

I knew that hide tanning was one of the things we’d be learning this year as apprentices, but I didn’t really know what I was getting into. This was my cryptic to do list for Saturday morning (which I unfortunately left in the lunch room at the office on Friday, for the speculation of my colleagues). A day of decadent … Read More

Creating Ceremony, Reclaiming Traditions

Since joining the Wildwood Path as an apprentice, I look forward to each month’s emailed overview as much as I looked forward to opening my Christmas stocking as a child. This month’s invitation beckons: Join us as we build our relationships with the mysterious worlds: the ancestors, the fire, our own grief, and our capacity for transformation. The lengthening nights … Read More

Tracking for the Joy of it

From the perspective of an apprentice: I know basically nothing about tracking. I don’t have any guidebooks, I usually forget to bring a ruler along with me, and my smartphone doesn’t work (except as a camera) in the woods. So I’m not gaining knowledge very quickly. But I LOVE going out after a snow and following all of the paths as … Read More

One Match Challenge

Saturday was gray, damp, and cool. It had rained the day before, and the leaves mulching the forest floor still held water in their cupped bodies. I was on an aimless walk in the woods, walking one way to check on the level of water in the stream, cutting back to look for oyster mushrooms on an old maple. As … Read More

Why The Wildwood Path?

In a world where rivers run orange with toxic waste and many of us walk the streets under threat of violence, why spend time and money learning how to light fires and walk silently in the forest? Why devote nine weekends to stepping outside of time and delving deeply into nature? Why The Wildwood Path? In a world where most … Read More

Make a Gnome

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Do you love gnomes? Do you love nature? Come make your own needle-felted gnome with a circle of women in the wild! We’ll harvest some wild materials as well as working with natural wool to craft a miniature felt creation that expresses your unique vision. If you’ve been curious about how we build community and learn skills through The Wildwood … Read More

Medicinal Plants for Women’s Health

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A hands-on evening workshop for women and a chance to learn more about The Wildwood Path! If you’re curious about what wild edible and medicinal plants are available in August to support women’s health, and if you’re curious about The Wildwood Path, join us on Thursday, August 13th from 5:30 – 8:30pm at Paridae Grove! We’ll gather in circle and identify and … Read More