The term ReWilding has been used for a long time in a scientific or conservation context. In a nutshell it means to return a place back to the natural state it existed in before humans interfered with the ecosystem. Examples include reforesting areas that have been cleared and reintroducing species that have been made extinct in an area, particularly larger animals such as wolves. The focus is very much on the Wild.
More recently, especially in the USA, the word has been used in the context of returning people to a more natural state. This is often referred to as Human ReWilding and is a growing trend, with a corresponding growth in teachers, notably Daniel Vitalis. The movement claims that humans have been domesticated, much in the same way as dogs or cats, and that it has led us so far away from our origins that we need to go through a process of 'undomestication' in order to be truly healthy and happy.
While I agree that there are many aspects of modern life that are not good for us, either as individuals or a society, (diet, excessive consumption of alcohol/ tobacco/ drugs, lack of exercise, too much screentime, reliance on technology, overcrowding, urbanisation, decreased access to nature etc.) I'm not sure that returning to a way of life from before the agricultural revolution is the best way of solving these problems for most people. I do believe we need to become more connected to the natural world, both as individuals and as a species. We are a part of nature, we are not separate from it, no matter what the tech industry would have you believe!
While the initial advocates of Human ReWilding focused on integrating ancestral behaviours and diets into modern life, which I totally support, there seems to be an increasing move towards wilderness survival as the primary motive of many choosing the ReWilding path. This makes me slightly uncomfortable as there is an emphasis on taming or controlling nature, a throwback to our caveman days when this was often necessary to survival. This is no longer necessary to our survival, in fact I believe it is detrimental to it, and to the survival of our whole planet. The movement also has a large overlap with the hunting community, including sport and trophy hunting, which I find abhorrent. Overall I feel the movement now has a very masculine energy, and it doesn't really fit with my own definition of ReWilding, which is to reconnect to the cycles and seasons of nature in order to live in harmony with the natural world, rather than bend it to our will.
Feminine ReWilding therefore is a softer, more intuitive approach to restoring our connection to the natural world. It is the process of looking within to find the divine spark that connects us to all other beings and to the spirit of the universe. It is about honouring our natural cycles, and the rhythms of nature. It is about learning how to take what we need to nourish us from the Earth, while at the same time giving back what we can to protect her.
I believe we are in the middle of a global awakening, as more and more people come to realise that our current way of existence is not sustainable. There is a long road ahead and I'm truly excited to be starting out on this journey and to see where it leads.
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