The Wild Practice is a monthly rewilding group that will incorporate the wild into your everyday life and help you regain your natural human fitness through regular participation in hunter-gatherer activities.
A foraging life is deeply satisfying. Each month brings another plant, fish or animal into focus and there is a comfort and deep sense of belonging when that time of year comes around again, palpable excitement at the prospect of each new harvest. The Wild Practice is based around foraging for the abundant, nutrient dense foods in each month.
But life as a forager is not just about food, it’s also about moving in the landscape as we go about the harvesting and processing of nature’s gifts. Nourishment happens on many levels. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors were toned and fit, shaped by their adaptation to the environment and the tasks they engaged in on a regular basis to procure food. Walking, carrying, climbing, stalking, squatting, ground-sitting, moving constantly, in tune with the earth, at ease in body and mind.
Our monthly Wild Practice will open a doorway to wild health.
* Learn to move and eat the way nature intended.
* Safely forage, ID, process, store and cook wild food
* Learn to fish and hunt small game
* Improve your movement and posture through hunter-gatherer activities
* Experience deep connection with the landscape through meaningful engagement
* Learn the art of fire-making and outdoor cooking
* Use wild plants for medicine
* Learn to recognise track and sign
* Explore the role of humans as a keystone species in reciprocal relationship with nature
* Receive ongoing mentoring and peer support in wild food, natural movement and wild living
* Build a local rewilding culture with a community of likeminded folk
* Rewild yourself for optimal health and wellbeing
The 'strong foods' named in the calendar below will guide us to the location for each meetup but the content of each of the days is definitely not limited to that food species only, there will be many abundances to explore within each month and the day will set you up to forage in your own locality over the following weeks. There will be a plant food element every month. Food availablity is reliant on seasonal weather conditions so these Moons are only a guide as to what will actually happen at each meetup.
We are offering two independent groups, one meeting on Saturdays, the other on Sundays.
The Wild Practice calendars
Wild Green Moon - April 22nd / 23rd
Pine Pollen Moon - May 13th / 14th
Spider Crab Moon - June 17th / 18th
Bilberry Moon - July 22nd / 23rd
Mackerel Moon - Sept 2nd / 3rd
Mushroom Moon - Sept 30th / Oct 1st
Chestnut Moon - October 21st / 22nd
Acorn Moon - November 18th / 19th
Squirrel Moon - December 16th / 17th
Venison Moon - January 13th / 14th
Seabeet Moon - February 10th / 11th
Birch Sap Moon - March 9th / 10th
Timing and locations
Most days will begin at 10.30am and end around 4pm. Sometimes, depending on tides or season or the nature of our harvest, we may start later and go on into the evening around a campfire.
Foraging peoples have always roamed far to procure their food and we'll be following in their footsteps, visiting a variety of wild locations. We will usually gather on Dartmoor, somewhere between Chagford and Ashburton and sometimes we will meet in the South Hams or South Devon Coast. Most locations won't be accessible by public transport so you will need to arrange your own transport; we highly recommend lift-sharing as parking will often be limited. There will be a WhatsApp group to co-ordinate this and we'll give exact locations and parking details in the week prior to each event.
Full membership (includes peer mentoring and the option to bring a guest to one meetup per year)
12 months up front = £780
Pay by monthly standing order (cancel any time*) = £70
Drop in (if there’s space) = £85
This equates to £15-20 per week - you could save this amount on your weekly food bill (not to mention the gym!)
Who is this for?
The Wild Practice is for anyone who wants to be part of a Devon-based wild human community, whether you're new to foraging and wild living or you've been doing it for a while but would like to rewild with a group of likeminded people on a regular basis.
It offers an alternative pathway for people whose work schedule or family commitments prevent them from joining the residential Old Way Immersion. The Wild Practice complements the 4 part Immersion programme and provides an opportunity for previous Old Way participants to continue to deepen their practice.
While foraging we will sometimes be walking for several hours over uneven terrain, climbing, balancing and ground sitting so an adequate level of fitness is required.
What to Bring
Lunch and snacks, 2 litres of water, mug
Waterproof jacket and trousers, warm layers
Wear clothing and shoes you can move well in
Foraging bag, knife, sit mat
Notebook and pen
Swim wear and towel
Please leave your dog at home.
Emily is a forager, tracker, outdoorswoman and musician with 20 years experience in nature connection mentoring. She has a masters degree in Experimental Archaeology which led to her co-founding The Old Way in 2017 to help people catch a glimpse of our ancient past through practical engagement in hunter-gatherer lifeways. She believes the key to health and happiness lies in remembering and emulating these ancient wild human practices as closely as is possible in the modern world.
Charlie’s life and teaching explores how we can move closer to our evolutionary norm in order to support greater well-being and health in the modern world. He draws on over 25 years in parallel careers as both an outdoor guide/bushcraft instructor and an Alexander Technique/natural movement teacher to help you get back in touch with your natural coordination, primal vitality and sense of belonging within the wild. He has also been inexplicably obsessed by fish and fishing since boyhood.
"Charlie and Emily held us with such humanity, humility, kindness and professionalism, teaching exactly what it says on the tin in the most accessible of ways. They inspired me with their passion and expertise whilst respecting and meeting each participant exactly where they were at. I've walked away with a ton of skills and understanding that give me a primal kind of satisfaction, and new friends to practise them with. What's more they have rekindled the hope within me that my dreams are not just idealistic nonsense but truly within my grasp. I can't wait for the next adventure!” WCF Participant 2020
If the booking is cancelled by the client (for any reason) the following cancellation charge will arise:
a) Cancellation more than 4 weeks before the 12 month membership period starts will incur 20% of the membership fee.
b) Cancellation less than 4 weeks before the 12 month membership period begins, 100% of the fee is payable.
c) Cancellation of rolling monthly membership subscription requires 6 weeks' notice. Rejoining the club at a later date having cancelled is subject to a space becoming available.
d) Cancellation more than 2 weeks before the drop-in day will incur a £15 admin fee.
e) Cancellation less than 2 weeks before the drop-in day 100% of the fee is payable.
The client acknowledges that it is reasonable for such penalties to arise given the need for us to make preparations for the course days substantially in advance of the date of the event.