Free Skills Series


The Rewilding Free Skills Series is a family friendly class & networking event that happens monthly, that usually occurs (but not always) on the last Saturday of the month. It is a place for social networking where people make new friends and hang out with old friends learning skills to connect us with humanity’s ancestral past and more local and sustainable future. We ask for a $5 – $10 suggested donation with no one turned away. Each month has a different theme. We often change the themes from year to year to introduce new skills for long time community members, but often keep some themes (like acorn processing) every year. We announce the themes for the new year in December. Each season we have three over-arching themes: Food, Craft, and Culture. We are proud to be sponsored by Portland Parks and Recreation Environmental Education division.

Safe Space:
This is an all-inclusive space for people of all types of abilities and backgrounds to learn and share with each other. We are queer friendly, straight friendly, race friendly, gender friendly, age friendly… just plain old friendly! Please be aware of oppressive language (this includes body language) and make nice with people. If anyone makes you feel uncomfortable please see one of our volunteer staff members.

Respect for Nature:
Rewilding differs from other skills and crafts in that we respect the natural world. All of the skills practiced here come with a set of ethical principles for environmental sustainability through reverence and regeneration.

Where: Parks and community centers around the Portland area.

When: Once a month, on a Saturday or Sunday.

General Things To Bring:
• $5 – $10 donation (no one turned away)
• Healthy, “paleo” snacks to share
• Water bottle
• Dress for variations in the weather (cold and rainy!)
• A chair or something to sit on
• The park does not allow harvesting of any material and we want to make nice with the park people if they are there. Please bring any materials you need for your project.

We do not charge a fee for Rewild Skillshare, but it is made possible through suggested donation from $5 up to whatever you feel like giving. We also accept online donations which allow us to keep teaching for “free”. Please give us a donation.

All themes, dates, times, and locations are subject to change. It is unlikely, but an RSVP on our facebook can keep you up to date on any changes made. Thank you.

2015 Themes

jan_knifesharpening Ax & Knife Sharpening
Saturday, January 24th 2015, 3pm-5pm
@ Charles Jordan Community Center, Portland OR
For full details see our FB event page.

bonetools2 Stinging Nettles: Food & Medicine
Saturday, February 28th 2015, 3pm – 5pm.
@ Kelley Point Park, Portland OR
For full details see our FB event page.

Wilderness Navigation
Saturday, March 28th 2015, 3pm – 5pm.
@ Powell Butte, Portland OR

Natural Glues and Pigments

Sandals – With Laughing Crowe
Saturday, May 30th 2015, 3pm – 5pm.
@ Hoyt Arboretum, Steven’s Pavilion, Portland OR

Nature-Based Therapy
@ Whitaker Ponds, Portland OR

English Ivy Baskets
Saturday, July 25th 2015, 3pm – 5pm.
@ Washington Park, Elephant House

  Entomaphagy with Portland Entomaphagy
Saturday, August 29th 2015, 3pm – 5pm.
@ TBA, Portland OR

Acorn Processing & Oak Savanna Restoration
Saturday, September 26th 2015, 3pm – 5pm.
@ Irving Park, Portland OR

 Fungus_in_a_Wood Mycoremediation
Saturday, October 24th 2015, 3pm – 5pm.
@ TBA, Portland OR

Friction Fire
Saturday, November 28th 2015, 3pm – 5pm.
@ Colonel Summers Park, Portland OR

 morningmeeting Conflict Resolution
Saturday, December 19th 2015, 3pm – 5pm.
@ TBA, Portland OR