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 of us were taught to prioritize individual achievement over community support, it’s hard to understand the magic of living in a deeply regenerative culture until we have an embodied experience of cultural repair. When we come together to share inspiration, activation, grief, and connection, we begin to build the sort of supportive container that we need in order to regenerate ourselves, our communities, and the world. Practicing primitive skills and engaging in meaningful rituals and practices with one another teaches us so much more than just how to identify bird calls and follow trails through the forest– so much more than how to carve wood and tend fires. So much more than how to sleep outside and harvest wild foods.
It teaches us about how to identify the subtle calls of our own intuition, how to follow the trails of curiosity in our children that lead them to vision-driven life; it teaches us how to carve out an empowering identity as women, and how to tend our own inner fires. And most of all, it teaches us how to awaken to the reciprocal relationship with the Earth that humans have always felt, how to let the abundance of our world nurture us as we learn to give and receive in an ever-widening spiral of transformation.
Let’s begin with reflection in our own hearts, move towards practicing connection and cultural repair in the small women’s circle of The Wildwood Path, take our lessons to our families and communities, and finally support one another to build a new world in which the rivers run clear and we all can walk in safety, gratitude, and abundance.
If you want to explore this concept more, I suggest spending some time outside lying on your back under an oak tree, reading the book “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, or checking out an Art of Mentoring workshop through the international 8 Shields community!