WHAT IS REWILDING?
Rewild, v; to return to a more wild or self-willed state; the process of undoing domestication. Synonyms: undomesticate, uncivilize.
The simplest definition I can come up with this:
ReWilding is a lifestyle shift that looks to bring humanity back in to balance with the natural world and all that it has to offer.
Of course there is a lot that fits in to this modality of thinking.
IS REWILDING BIOHACKING?
It is our belief that rewilding is the ultimate form of biohacking!
While we love biohacking and all the new research and technology that is coming out all the time, I think that many people are putting WAY too much emphasis on this and not enough on simple techniques and “hacks” that have been available to us since the beginning of time.
HOW TO START REWILDING?
To truly ReWild yourself and your surroundings is a lifelong process, but here are some first steps to start you on this path. We’ll delve in to each of these and many more in much greater detail, but these are four great first steps.
Get Outside and Move
One of the most important biohacks you can do for yourself TODAY is to get outside. Getting out in to nature away from the concrete jungles many of us live in is even better, but at least just get outside.
Sunlight is the key here.
Expose your body and eyes to as much sunlight as possible.
Kick your shoes off and walk in the grass.
Take a walk in the forest
Play like you’re a kid again (run, jump, roll in the grass)
Make us of your local playground equipment
Get Your Food and Water From The Purest Sources Possible
With all the cheap, process CRAP out there today, it can be hard to know what we should be eating. The guidelines I use are pretty simple: food in it’s rawest form possible, local and in season when possible, and the best are things that I have grown or foraged myself.
When it comes to water, the same guidelines ring true. Whenever possible water from a local spring is best. If that isn’t possible, finding pure spring water that comes in glass bottles will do.
When out at restaurants I try to order a bottle of San Peligrino whenever possible. We also always try to keep a few bottles of this at home. The kids seem to like this much better than normal spring water.
If you must drink tap water, YOU MUST filter it. Reverse osmosis is good as well as carbon filters that have a second stage for filtering fluoride and chlorine.
Learn Useful Skills
Most of these are skills that our ancestors would have needed in their day to day life. Skills that a large majority of today’s population have forgotten or have taken for granted.
What I’m talking about here are useful skills that can help us not only in our daily lives but also in times of crisis.
Here is a list of skills that I am currently working on learning more about but of course there are many more.
- Plant Identification
- Herbal Medicine
- Wilderness Survival Skills
- Hunting & Fishing
- Making products from wool, leather, steel and natural fibers
I’d like to challenge all of you to make the commitment to learn at least one new skill in the next year. Who knows, this may open up a whole new aspect to your life like it has mine.
Humanity as a whole has lost our connection with nature and our ancestors. We have forgotten what it is like to truly be free. We have forgotten most of the skills and lessons that our ancestors had mastered not only to survive, but to thrive. Because of this we are neglecting the only home we have…This planet.
It warms my heart to see the increase in curiosity in what has been dubbed the ReWilding movement. I believe that this can only bring good things to us and our planet.
Please let me know what aspects of ReWilding are important to you and what goals you have to help you live in harmony with these. What skills are you committing to learn? What would you like to see included in this ReWilding series?
For those of you wanting to learn more, here are some of my favorite sources of information on ReWilding:
Return to Nature