It's unlikely many would dispute the observation that we all feel better and calmer after time in nature. In fact, the global pandemic lockdowns have led to a spike in numbers worldwide of people visiting parks and beaches, camping, gardening, learning crafts and adopting more sustainable living practices. A spiritual re-awakening is occurring to interrupt the cultural narrative we have grown up with, and exchanging screen time for green time off-grid is central to this rewilding movement.
For much of humanity's recorded time on this planet, we evolved in intergenerational communities, with a close bond to the land and sea, to the plants and animals around us and with deep knowledge of the changing seasons. We understood the natural world order and that everything is interconnected.
A devastating side-effect of globalisation, for society as a whole is we have lost our connection with nature, local community and our ancestors ways of being. We have forgotten what it is like to be truly free and lack many of the common skills and knowledge our ancestors mastered not only to survive, but to thrive. Because of this we are not only neglecting our own health, but also the wellbeing of the only home we have… Planet Earth.
Rewilding is a term used in the field of environmental conservancy, when describing the process of allowing land to return to its natural state to restore and rebalance ecosystems. More recently the term 'rewilding' has been borrowed to apply to humans too in reference to us becoming more in sync with our human biology and reverting back to a natural or untamed state of being. It is the process of undoing unhealthy modern conditioning and recreating cultures and lifestyles beyond domestication as we define it today. It is the process of rekindling our connection to nature and unearthing a truer, wilder, more holistic way of life that centers around nature and simple living.
Rewilding can be easily incorporated into everyday modern life, and here are a handful of ways we can revisit our origins and reactivate the knowing and primal instincts that reside dormant with in us. As all indigenous peoples teach, the answer is all around you. It's recognising that we ourselves are not separate from nature, but a part of it.
Some Simple Ways to Rewild
1. Spending time in the great outdoors. The more often you spend time in the wild away from paved roads, built up areas, artificial lights and sounds, the more you'll connect with yourself and align with the Earths frequency. You'll become better attuned to your innate inner knowing and intuitively discern and filter out aspects of cultural programing and media noise that are trivial nonsense not worth your energy.
- Disconnect from the digital world and social media as often as you can
- Spend time sleeping under the stars
- Gather wood and build a camp fire
- Hike rouged terrain, move freely and often, get your blood pumping
- Swim (Ice cold is good) and drink from natural water sources
- Shower in waterfalls
- Climb mountains
- Get dirt on your hands and grass under your bare feet
- Breath in the fresh air
- Expose yourself to sunlight
- Practice sunrise and/or sunset appreciation
- Listen for bird songs, crickets at night, or perhaps the sound of silence
- Experience the harshness and gentleness of nature's seasons
- Awe in the beauty of natural landscapes
- Observe creatures being and doing what they were born to do
- Bring awareness to your surroundings and contemplate the circle of life
2. Bring nature indoors. Bringing the outside inside will ground the energy in your home and help you stay connected to the wild within.
- Decorate your home with purposeful furnishings made from sustainable and responsibly sourced materials like wood, clay, stone (crystals) and organic fabrics.
- Care for house plants. In addition to improving the air quality, adding indoor plants will have a calming effect on any environment.
- Note: Plants weren't meant to be domesticated any more than humans. Browse our range of Munash Organics indoor plant care products, which replicate mother nature and help your plants Rewild too.
3. Grow your own food. Not only is nourishing yourself with the food you cultivate an incredibly empowering process, but it also fosters a strong understanding of how healthy ecosystems work in nature and how to be better custodians of the land.
Gardening to be self-sustaining also helps us become less reliant on unsustainable food systems, addresses food mileage and wastage and speaks to our innate survival instincts of how to create abundant personal food security.
- Visit our Home Grown collection where we offer grow kits and gardening aids suitable for everyone, no matter your experience or where you live.
4. Forage and wildcraft with botanicals and mushrooms. Similar to gardening, foraging is a wonderful way to nourish your body with nature. When you learn how to identify, then use wild edible and medicinal plants, your perception of nature changes. Suddenly, abundance abounds around every corner and you can go about your day nibbling on a leaf here, a berry there, and snipping blossoms from a plant you previously would have ignored. Learning the ancient practice of foraging places you directly in the role of being an active participant of your local ecosystem.
5. Eat seasonally. Eating locally grown fruits and vegetables that are in season is a delightful way to indulge in nature’s seasonal bounties. Each season provides a variety of different crops to feast upon. Seasonal eating helps us learn the life cycles of edible plants and gives us an opportunity to revel in the deliciousness of each unique crop. Not only does this offer nourishment, but sourcing our food this way also helps us reduce our carbon footprint because crops don't have to travel great distances to reach our plates. Simply pick them up at your local farmers market or grow them at home, or a community garden.
6. Learn crafts.
Woodworking, blacksmithing, coppice crafts, ceramics and textiles are some examples of crafts our ancestors practiced globally in their communities as a cornerstone to their daily living. The knowledge and skills associated were traditionally passed down from generation to generation. The great news is the art of using our hands to create practical items and artwork has not been lost. And in fact, just as there has been a revived surge of people beginning to spend increasingly more time in the outdoors. So too has there been a rise in the demand for handmade products, and DIY courses for the influx of people wanting to learn these traditional crafts. Our four pillars (we call wisdom seeds), at Eden Tree Eco, are Purpose, Prescence, Passion & Prosperity. And handcrafts tick all these boxes. The concept of mindfully and passionately creating something useful from sustainable natural resources that can serve others is a beautiful thing. We have plans to showcase unique handcrafted items by local artisans in our store soon (Watch this space)
This list of suggested ways you can participate in rewilding in this era is far from exhaustive and I'm sure you can think of many more practices to help you activate the 'rewild child' that exists within you. Make an action plan to begin integrating some into your daily rituals. If you have a daily activity that can be done outside, perhaps start with that. We'd love for you to let us know in the comments, ways you currently practice rewilding, or ways you plan to include rewilding in your regime going forward.
Now, more than ever before in our lifetimes we need to remember who we are and revisit our natural ways of being. Taking small simple steps, such as the few examples I have listed and mindfully connecting with nature or “rewilding” is not only an important practice for the wellbeing each of us individually, but may inspire and ripple out to create a shift for your family and community to do the same. This is how we as individuals can help bring "human's being" back in to balance with the natural world and all that it has to offer. The more we understand and care about anything, the more actions we will take to protect that which we care for.