The long cold sleep of winter has finally given way to the hope of a new year. The rebirth of spring, and the coming of longer warmer days. This is a very exciting time of year, for rewilders as well as everyone else. For many it means: beaches, picnics, parks, and campng with friends. It can be all of those things for us too, just because we are erwilding doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun. However, for us it also means: Foraging, Gardening, Fishing, Being barefoot, Reacquainting ourselves with the land. It gives us a whole new set of reasons to get up and go in the morning. We need to recondition our feet, and get ou tto renew our intimate knowledge of the shape of the land. Where are the fiddel heads? Where are the Ramps. Do you know how to eat a baby Urtica Dioica without getting stung?

All of these things breed a sense of excitment. it feels very new and fresh even after the long winter. Here in the north we have felt cooped up for too long. Even getting out as much as possible in the winter feels like a jail cell of seperation from nature. We go ice fishing, and tracking, and snow shoeing. We do go out in the winter, but it simply isn’t enough. we crave spring. This isn’t to say that we should wish the winter away. Life is precious and we should drink in every moment of it. The spring Just feels a little bit more precious.

I am excited. Are you? I am ready for barefoot strolls in the woods, and wild foods right off oo f the ground.

See You out there.

Rewilding is everything:

June 23 2018


As I am sure that many of you know, The more that I study Rewilding the more I realize that Rewilding is literally everything. Every decision you make, every movement that you perform, every dollar that you spend.

Kirstin and I have been rearranging and reworking our home in order to encourage more movement and a healthier lifestyle that happens organically rather than by force. We have made many small changes and are working toward more. Just a few of the ideas that we have put to use: Dishes on the bottom shelf. This way you have to squat or bend down every time you need a glass or a plate. Put your pans on the top shelf. This way every time you need a pan you have to reach up over your head to get it. we bought a dynamic work space mat to put in front of our kitchen sink. It has several different inclines to adjust your foot position and angle, and it has 2 balance points to work on your balance while you wash plates, and a static foot massager. We put yoga mats in our family room, this way we can sit on the floor while we watch TV. I have actually read that simply by sitting on the floor rather than in a chair or couch, that you can burn an extra 700 calories a day. This is just a small sampling of the changes that we are making in our lives. There are so many things and we will just keep talking about them until I run out of things to say, which may be a while. I mean: sleep, diet, movement, Spirituality, sex, community, communication, leisure time, all of these things are rewilding. Engaging with your child in an outdoor activity rather than watching a movie, choosing to have open and honest discourse with your significant other rather than guarded small talk. All of it. We have been done a grave injustice by our culture. We have been told that easy and comfortable is better than hard and real, this is not true. We are meant to live to feel ,to experience, and to sweat.

When I was in college my ethics professor asked the class: Would you rather live the perfect life, but have it be fake. You are lying on a table plugged into a computer, but as far as you know life is perfect. Perfect job, Perfect spouse, Perfect house, etc….. but it is all fake. Or, Live your actual life, with all of its’ pain, and all of its’ flaws. Every single person in the class chose real life. I feel like this point is being lost. Let’s get it back.

Unseasonal Spring

Fish Lake Sunset

Well, It looks like we may actually get a spring. After an April full of snow and record breaking cold, the sun is shining and it is warm. It is glorious. We are in our new home now, and I am ready to get out and learn the land. I have new plants to learn, new routes, and find where the animals live. we are looknig forward to planning new classes and camps where you will be able to actually join us at Northwinds campus. we are also working on a monthly skills meet. This would entail coming on friday night and Cooking dinner around the fire. we will all camp out together and on saturday we will spend 6 -8 hours working on something. Maybe it is coal burned bowl and spoon making, or maybe we would harvest cattails or acorns. Each month would be a different topic, and it would be set up like a subscription service. Sign up monthly or sign up yearly.

These are only a few ideas that have been floating around in the North Winds arena. Mostly, we are just excited to learn our new home. We have already had trumpeter swans, a black bear, and a barred owl on our property. We have Red oak, Maple, Birch, White pine, and red pine on our property. We have found Stinging nettles, Sun chokes, Cattails, and so many more plants. We are also adjacent to 7,700 acres of Wildlife Management area. Here we can forage, and hunt, We track, and explore. This will be the home of North winds Wilderness School and my family for the foreseeable future. There is also the lake. We have 400′ of Shore line on Fish lake. Fish Lake is an 83 acre lake with no public access. There are a few homes on the lake, but only a few. This will give us access to fishing, canoeing, Aquatic plant ID, swimming, and more.

We are so thankful that spring is finally here, and we are very excited at the prospect of having you all to see the land. We have already scheduled a bow making class, and a tracking evaluation.

See you Soon.


New Year, New Opportunities

snow manThe Gregorian calendar, much like our 24 hour clock are pretty arbitrary designations. In the grand scheme of what is actual real and natural they really don’t mean anything. Nature doesn’t know what November means and the sun is highest in the sky when it gets there, not when the clock says noon. You cannot say I am going to make maple syrup on March 25, and you can’t plan your wild ricing schedule a year in advance. These things are ready when weather patterns dictate that they are ready.

However, we live in a time and in a place that are highly dictated to by these ideological constructs. If we must live in a world where fake rules are imposed upon us, we might as well use them tour advantage. I have a 4-year-old daughter, I also have a wife, in-laws, a mother, a father, a brother, and a sister. All of us have different ideas about what is real and what is important. We hold family gatherings and various celebrations on various scheduled days throughout the year. ie. Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years day, etc…On these days I hold tight to my own beliefs, while doing my best to hold a positive and heartfelt space for my relatives. I tell my daughter the truth about the origins of these celebrations. (or, as close to the truth as I am able given her age, and my actual knowledge.) I also do my best to explain a multi cultural approach to each given day. Christians believe this, Muslims believe this, and pagans believe this, etc. you get my point.

This particular holiday, the end of the Gregorian calendar. It really doesn’t mean anything that I can find. I would put the end of the year at the solstice, but that’s just me. So I hold no reverence to this day, and after many years of working in bars and restaurants, I have actually come to loathe the day a bit. However, Why not put a positive spin on it, I will try at every step to put a positive spin on things and to try to pull others up, instead of pushing or holding them down.

I look at New years day as an opportunity to put the past behind me and move forward with a clean slate. I have forgiven myself for each misstep, and each transgression. I will learn from my mistakes and move froward in a positive and hopeful light. I left Future Necessities in October after nearly 10 years in business. Now North Winds Wilderness School will become everything that I have ever hoped for. I will be a role model for the world, and I will help bring people back to nature, and back to human nature. We are not reverting to caves, and mud huts. We are moving forward. Forward form a place of hate and destruction, to a place of love and cooperation. Humans do not own the earth, we belong to it. We are part of nature, and we are part of the food chain. In order to overcome the din of mental illness, and exploitation that is holding us right now, we need to come together as communities. Work toward nature, and toward wildness. We are born to live, to love, to learn, and to play.

So, let’s do that……..

Free Wildcrafted Tea Tasting and Rewilding Discussion

Free Wildcrafted Tea Tasting and Rewilding Discussion

36894278904_1abb814a32_z Join us for free Wild crafted tea tasting and Rewilding discussion. What is rewilding? How does it apply to my life? Can you do it from the city? We will discuss the Theory of rewilding and how we can encourage each other to evolve back toward nature. Our Natural life way has been neglected. We have strayed from the path that 7,000,000 years of evolution has laid out for us. We can get back on the right path, and we don’t have to give up our lives to do it. While we talk you will be offered the chance to sample several herbal teas that were harvested in the wilds of Minnesota. We will bring Stinging Nettle, White pine needle, Rose hip and more. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday February 15 6pm-8pm.

Location TBD

To Show our Appreciation

To show our appreciation over the holiday season we would like to extend a special offer to all of our clients, friends, follower, supporters, and family. We are offering, until Christmas only, Discounted gift cards. We will have a 100.00 for 75.00 option and a 50.00 for 40.00 option. When you order please write a note in pay pal Include: Who the gift card is for, Who the gift card is from, and Where you would like us to send it. Gift cards will be mailed out on the next business day, please allow for shipping time if you would like to receive it before Christmas. All of you and the support that you have continued to show us are the reason that we exist. You Give us the strength and courage to continue moving forward, to keep learning, and to keep trying new things. We have a lot of new and exciting things coming down the pipeline over the next year or so. Thank you.

100.00 Gift Certificate

From now until Christmas as a way of showing our appreciation, you can get a 100.00 gift certificate good toward any of our classes, workshops, or programs, or toward a custom program. *Gift certificates not valid if you are the only registered student for any given class**


50.00 Gift Certificate

From now until Christmas as a way of showing our appreciation, you can get a 50.00 gift certificate good toward any of our classes, workshops, or programs, or toward a custom program. *Gift certificates not valid if you are the only registered student for any given class***


Why North Winds Wilderness School

People are very busy these days, and slowing down or stopping in our tracks all together  sounds like a bad joke to many of us. However, People want to reconnect to nature, they want to possess a meaningful connection to the earth. We have developed a way for people to have both.

Many rewilding or primitive skills schools require long-term commitments or long travel times. We run our programs close to the Twin cities to give everyone equal access, and we run our programs either on weekends or evenings, so that you can fit these very personalized experiences into your time budget.

Our idea is very simple. People need to be reconnected to the earth. They want that sense of place and of belonging. 21st century America does not leave much room for ideas like that. Building your awareness and mindfulness will immediately offer you a different perspective. You will see that we are all connected and that we are all a part of the food chain.

A Sit spot can mean all the difference in the early stages of rewilding. it puts you in the world of the birds, and the deer, as an observer, unnoticed in the background. It teaches patience and lets you see first hand how nature works. Practicing meditation in any form can help you increase your mindfulness, and your presence in the present. This will increase your sense of awareness without having to do anything else. Tracking is an ancient art form that puts all of your senses and awareness to the test all at once, and forces you to live in the moment. Having basic survival skills will give you a sense of peace and confidence unknown to most modern people. Finally connecting to the skills and lifeways of our ancestors brings to the forefront of our attention how connected everything is meant to be, and what humans went through to get us to where we are now.

Rewilding does not have to be an all-encompassing life style. For some like me, it is a passion and a life style. Everyone must pick their own sense of wildness. If you have given up the modern world in light of a hunter gatherer life style you are a rewilder. If you work in down town 9-5 and live in a high-rise, but you want to reconnect to the Earth, so you spend your weekends camping and studying nature, then you too are a rewilder. This is not a club, and there are not rules. You just need a calling, or a sense of need to be a part of nature.

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