We are deeply aware of the structural injustice in our world and in our social systems, and approach our work with profound gratitude for all the teachers of traditional skills who have fought to keep cultural wisdom alive despite massive oppression over many centuries. As the recipients of this hard-fought knowledge from diverse cultures and lineages around the world, we know that we will never be able to repay the debt we owe to those who have held and preserved these ancient skills at great cost to themselves and their communities. In our attempts to regenerate a vibrant culture of strength, resilience, and adaptability, we are striving to continually welcome more difference and diversity into our own growing community. A diverse and thriving social system mimics a healthy ecosystem, where species of many varieties, ages, and types all live and work together in a balance that enables the ecosystem as a whole to respond to any challenges with multiple tactics.
At The Wildwood Path, we welcome these enriching differences and the challenges that inclusion presents—and we are aware of the need for proactive steps to create a more equitable landscape of opportunity within the context of our unjust world. In addition to supporting the deep personal work of facing our oppressive patterns in community, The Wildwood Path also sets aside a small Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award Fund. These funds will be awarded to individuals who apply to participate in the Wildwood Path (or are recommended to teach in our programs), and who offer significant diversifying and strengthening elements to our community.
Please inquire if you or someone you know might be a good fit, or if you would like to donate to this fund. Thank you for your support for justice and strength in our changing world.