Frequently Asked Questions
What is Rewilding?
Rewilding is the process of creating autonomous, place-based, regenerative subsistence cultures. It is rooted in social and environmental justice: in order to shift our culture to a regenerative subsistence model, we must dismantle the social systems in place that prevent people from doing so. At its core, rewilding is about restoring the health and vitality of our minds, bodies, relationships, communities, and ecosystems.
A note on the word wild: Though it carries many connotations, wild comes from the word willed. The “wild” things were and are the willed things: things that exist outside of civilization’s domination. This is why the myths of civilization simultaneously demonize and romanticize the “wild”; civilization hates and fears what is out of its control, yet also desires and fetishizes them (think: wild stallion). It is this attempt to control that which cannot be controlled that leads to destruction of ecosystems, health, and human relationships. Rewilding is, therefore, an attempt to return to lifeways that work with the flows, the wills, and cycles of nature rather than waging an all-out war to control them.
I’m new to rewilding. Is this the right place for me?
Yes. This conference is a cross section of people into rewilding, from those just learning about it to those who have been doing it for years. Come down and make new friends. It’ll speed up your process!
You seem to be using the word “rewilding” in a way that I am unfamiliar with. What gives?
The term rewilding has been in popular use among many subcultures to mean various things for decades. It may be that the way we define “rewilding” differs from the way you do. That’s okay! Part of the conference is to bring various definitions of rewilding together and see where these subcultures overlap. One huge difference in terms of “conservation rewilding” and the way we use it, is that we do not believe humans are separate from nature and do not wish to exclude humans from the wild. Rather, our focus is on learning and practicing the myriad of ways that place-based humans have lived in accord with their environments since time immemorial.
Do you offer child care?
Yes. We offer childcare for children ages five to eleven. For younger children, parents need to keep them by their side. There is no admission or fee for children 4 and under. Ages 12 and up can attend the conference as adults but minors are not allowed to attend the conference without a parent or guardian attending with them.
Do you provide meals?
No. We provide coffee, tea, and some snacks. Our location is in walking distance to many of the shops in the heart of the St. Johns neighborhood. Our lunch break provides you with ample time to venture out, find a place to eat, and wander back.
I can’t afford the ticket price. Is there another way to participate in the conference?
If you are experiencing financial hardships and cannot afford the $150 minimum, please reach out to us. We are willing to work with you to find a way. From volunteer positions to scholarships, we want everyone who feels super passionate about attending to be able to attend the conference. We prioritize our scholarships for people who are members of communities that are not currently well represented within the rewilding movement. Fill out our work/trade application [here] and our scholarship application [here].
Where does the money from this event go?
This event is hosted by Rewild Portland, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are on a break-even budget. We do not have investors who make money from this event. Any money earned above our expenses is rare, and when it happens it goes back into our mission to create cultural and environmental resilience through the education of earth-based arts, traditions, and technologies. Click here to read more about our organization and our values.