Health in Relationship with the Wild

Please join us for either or both parts of this all day immersion workshop in which we’ll explore and deepen our health in relationship to the wild. This is an all genders event which is geared towards adults or older children. July 20th at Paridae Grove: 573 Waning Road in Unity, Maine! 9-12 Holistic Health Self-Assessment Skills 12-1 Community Potluck … Read More

Wild Wooly Workshop!

Join the Wildwood Path and wool maven Nikos Kavanya for a weekend of campfires, fresh air, and using our hands and wild materials to take wool from fresh-off-the-sheep to naturally felted, spun, and dyed! We love learning skills from start to finish in the old ways of our ancestors, so we’re looking forward to gathering on a special piece of … Read More

Brown Ash: The Courtship

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 my list of plants that I would try to learn about through basket-making, I included ash with the mental caveat that it was okay if … Read More

The Tiniest Pack Basket

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 me, so why not a pack basket? I think exploring that question could very easily become a long essay stretching back into my early teens … Read More

When Ash Moves in and Takes Over

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 the house, leaving a trail behind him. Ash falls out of my hair, I find it in my tea, in my bed. My life is … Read More

For Love of Weaving: a Basket of Wild Grape and Red Osier Dogwood

It took two seasons of living on this land before I realized that these thick, plentiful vines are wild grapes. Many of them stretch high into the trees, where I can’t even see their leaves, let alone sample their fruits. These are for the birds. But each year I find enough grapes within arm’s reach to keep me happy. Do … Read More

First Basket: Red Osier, Lilac, Virginia Creeper, Basswood, Wool

On a sunny and well-frozen day in early February, we learn to harvest red osier dogwood. Its color is stunning against the snow, and makes for a beautiful basket. Ray leads us to promising harvest spots, talking about the dogwood’s preferred habitat (open and sunny and wet). We fan out in search of long, straight, slender whips; a single year’s … 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