Wilderdom is a
place or space in which one experiences natural living. To be in Wilderdom is to live simply in nature.
Anyone can choose to live in this way.
"You must live in your
school. Your house and land you live on must be the school. You are
always the teacher and always the student. You must do everything
possible to educate yourself about life, the world, yourself, and most
importantly, the connections between everything. You must have many
people visit the school, and much solitude and silence to reflect on
things. You must start this school now. It must be your life."
- James Neill, 30 June, 2001
We all face unique hardships and opportunities.
All that is needed is to
find the beat of your
own drum and a way to resonate with people and the earth. We draw inspiration
from the example of Buckminster Fuller:
In 1927, at the age of 32, Buckminster Fuller stood
on the shores of Lake Michigan, prepared to throw himself into the
freezing waters. His first child had died. He was bankrupt, discredited
and jobless, and he had a wife and new-born daughter. On the verge of
suicide, it suddenly struck him that his life belonged, not to himself,
but to the universe. He chose at that moment to embark on what he called
“an experiment to discover what the little, penniless, unknown individual
might be able to do effectively on behalf of all humanity.” Over the next
fifty-four years, he proved, time and again, that his most controversial
ideas were practical and workable. (from
Who is Buckminster Fuller?)
Fuller dedicated his life to projects of
high potential value to global humanity.
Fuller did not bother about letting social norms guide his decision (e.g., earning
money) but rather figured that if he was making genuine contributions to
humanity then there would be natural rewards sufficient to sustain his
life. For more, read
In a theoretical and practical sense, Wilderdom
seeks to brings
together principles associated with:
Here are some specific principles we've found
Study the principles of nature and work with them, not against them.
Eat simply, preparing your own food to the extent possible.
Opportunistic planning. Almost all
projects benefit from thorough planning, yet randomness and crisis deliver
Use indigenous technology and indigenous know-how extensively in all aspects
of modern life in order to avoid the loss of craft and skill which
Kurt Hahn identified as one of the
six declines in modern society.
Physical fitness. Develop and continue developing physical fitness and physical skill through
practice and challenge. Loss of physicalness in modern life was one of
six declines in modern society.
"Be where the
force is". Ride and anticipate the waves. Keep pace with the waves of modern change in
the world - notice the movement of the cultural and environmental seas and paddle out to engage momentum and get a ride.
This requires skill and gall, since both the reward and the danger from riding a wave
are a function of its size and speed.
Sustainable living. Each person
and community is responsible for creating maximally productive biospheres around
themselves and interconnecting to other people. Through interconnected
permaculture cocoons we can bring alive corridors of nature and foster healthy
local human-nature biospheres.
Disseminate. It is not enough to work on a project of interest without optimally
the project to the system. It is imperative to combine one's humanitarian
life experiment with effective dissemination and portable education to help apply
findings of interest.
Mentality. To have an abundance mentality is to believe that there is enough for
everyone and that by sharing information and encouraging the success of others,
we are all more likely to be succeed. See:
principles - Abundance Mentality