PO Box 6582, Portland OR 97228 info@rewildportland.com 503.863.8462

Free Skills Series


Sponsored by:

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 $10 – $20 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.

2016 Themes



Saturday, January 30th 2016, 3pm-5pm
@ MarrowPDX, N Portland, OR 97203
For full details see our FB event page.


Stinging Nettles & Other Spring Greens

Saturday, February 27th 2016, 3pm – 5pm.
@ Kelley Point Park, N Portland OR
For full details see our FB event page.


Dandelions for Food and Medicine

Saturday, March 26th 2016, 3pm – 5pm.
@ Colonel Summers Park, SE Portland OR



Ivy Baskets

Saturday, April 30th 2016, 1pm-4pm
@ Washington Park, Children’s Playground Shelter, SW Portland OR



Basic Wood Carving

@ Mt. Tabor, Picnic Shelter, SE Portland OR



Hide Tanning

Saturday, June 25th 2016, 3pm – 5pm.
@ Whitaker Ponds, NE Portland OR



Natural Movement

Saturday, July 30th 2016, 3pm – 5pm.
The Children’s Arboretum, N Portland OR



Archery & Atlatls

Saturday, August 27th 2016, 3pm – 5pm.
@ Washington Park Archery Range, Portland OR


Acorn Processing & Oak Savanna Restoration

Saturday, September 24th 2016, 3pm – 5pm.
Irving Park, NE Portland OR



Animal Tracking

Saturday, October 29th 2016, 9am – Noon.
@ Kelley Point Park, N Portland OR



Cattails for Food & Craft

Saturday, November 26th 2016, 2pm – 4pm.
@ Whitaker Ponds, NE Portland OR



Processing Grief

Saturday, December 17th 2016
@ TBA Community Center, Portland OR