The old ways are new again for the many now seeking to (re)learn the skills, practices and mindsets of our ancestors – everything from food to footwear.
It’s a movement that’s become known as ‘rewilding’; a return to a wilder or more natural way of being; a process of undoing, un-domestication and connecting with nature.
Suddenly, everyone seems to be doing it – following ‘Paleo’ and ‘5 by 2′ diets, donning barefoot shoes, getting handy with a bow and arrow. Facebook groups dedicated to traditional skills, foraging, natural movement, wild edibles, nature connection and bushcraft are thriving.
One Huffington Post pundit predicts rewilding to be the next big human movement, a kind of post-environmentalism. In contrast to the ‘back to the land’ movement of the 70’s, rewilding is as much urban as it is rural – wildness rather than wilderness – and philosophical as much as practical.
In a historical tipping point, now more than half the world’s population live in urban areas, Is it really possible to rewild while living in the city? If so, how?
Join Claire Dunn: Barefoot explorer, rewilding pioneer and author of bestselling memoir My Year Without Matches: Escaping the City in Search of the Wild for a discussion on the ways and means of finding the wild in the city.