|Arts & Crafts
To refer to arts and crafts as “technology” feels sacrilegious to us. When we think of technology we think of modern tools: iPads, smartphones, robots. Even if we tack “ancestral” to the front, it does the actual objects no service. Crafting, working with the hands, silences the mind. Silencing the mind is meditative, therapeutic.
Knowing wild foods unlocks a world of possibility through self-reliance and nutrition. Understanding how to harvest and prepare edible wild plants is just the beginning. In order to rewild, we must learn to tend the wild foods we eat through regenerative harvests. Our wild foods class covers identification, harvest, preparation, and how to keep plants growing to ensure future harvests.
Some people refer to cultural skills as the “soft” or “invisible” skills. These are the skills needed 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 relationships, and more. These skills are the most difficult to acquire and the most frequently ignored. Yet they are the foundation of human culture and without them any other skills mean nothing.