The University of the Wild is an advanced experiential-based educational curriculum of self-directed mentorship that combines the Path of Personal Transformation with the Path of Regenerative Ecological Living. University of the Wild helps others transform land into regenerative living demonstration sites like Earthlands in Petersham, MA and others for students and communities.
What is Earthlands?
For nearly 50 yrs Earthlands has served for wildlife protection, earth education, ritual and ceremony of the first nations people. Earthlands is a haven for humans and species alike and has been home to many University of the Wild programs, staff and students since the early 90’s, but now are branching out.
What’s next for University of the Wild?
The goal within the next year is to renew our “Semester on Earth” program, where students live and learn in local eco-communities like Earthlands and other partnerships in locations around the world starting in HI, TX and NY areas. Some of the highlighted programs will be for regenerative ecology while living in eco-community, lowering our collective carbon footprint and green building from Massachusetts to Hawaii and later beyond…
Some of these programs will be accredited through local colleges and universities local to these communities but available to all. The plan is to make both online and offline courses available to everyone in need while focusing on apprenticeship for students or post-grad in higher outdoor education programs. Our first program outside of the state of MA in many years is being prepared now in Hawaii (by UofWild staff) that will teach how to build with air-crete, bamboo and hempcrete that will also include best practices for permaculture and eco-community. Applications will be open to accredited students, skilled professionals, professors and a few DIY enthusiasts who want to build with their community in mind. For more information or to be a teacher or student participant for green building courses in Hawaii please contact Marty Cendroski at Marty@uofwild.org or 2012321536 for more information.
What do we teach?
Our curriculum on Personal Transformation focuses on personal growth work that acknowledges the gift and contribution of the individual to the whole. Programs are supported by findings in quantum physics and infused with ecology practice, Ancient Indigenous Wisdom, listening strategies, and creativity. We aim to intimately connect the learner with Community, Nature, Spirit and Self and our experiential program includes:
* Personal Practice and Well Being
* Original Indigenous Teachings
* Conscious Communication
* Honoring our Ancestral Roots
* Activism in Support of the Earth
* Shamanic and Spiritual Studies
* Personal Growth and Self-Empowerment
* Community Building through Joint Projects
Our curriculum on Regenerative Ecological Living focuses on innovative, visionary practices and activities grounded in Earth-based sciences like ecology, biology, and bio-mimicry combined with “hands-on” technical skill-building. We aim to create connectedness and “well-being” through a regenerative environment and our experiential program includes:
*Green Building (soon to have courses on tiny homes, indigenous building methods, straw bale, hempcrete)
*Living in Eco-Community
* Permaculture and Organic Gardening
* Carbon-Neutral and Regenerative Building
* Alternative Green Energy
* Feng Shui and Sacred Geometry
* Cultural and Natural History
* Biological and Ecological Studies
* Radical Simplicity and Ecological Footprinting
* Ancient Wilderness Living Skills