|Arts & Crafts
To refer to arts and crafts as “technology” feels sacrilege to us. Technology is seen more as a term for modern technology; iPads, Smart Phones, and robots. Even if we tack the word “ancestral” to the front it does the actual objects no service. Crafting, working with the hands, silences the mind. Silencing the mind is meditate, therapeutic.
Knowing wild foods unlocks a world of possibility through self-reliance and nutrition. Knowing how to harvest and prepare edible wild plants is just the beginning. In order to rewild, one must learn to tend the wild foods that they eat through regenerative harvests. At our wild foods class, we teach every aspect of wild foods: identification, harvest, preparation, and how to keep the plants growing to ensure future harvests.
Some people refer to these as the “soft” or “invisible” skills. These are the skills that it takes to live in a community; how to mentor a child, how to resolve an interpersonal conflict, how to relieve stress, how to stay focused, how to deepen our relationships, and more. These skills are the most difficult and the most ignored. Yet, they are the foundation of human culture and without them the other skills mean nothing.