This category is a work in progress inspired by a great FB conversation. Starting the thread to create a space for discussion, resource sharing, encouragement, and getting to know one another. Please jump right in!
I didn’t read the original discussion on fb, but it is a topic worth talking about.
The impression I get is that around Portland anyway, there is no shortage of women interested in rewilding skills. But I think there may be fewer women then men interested in things marketed as survival skills. Perhaps because the survival skill community has a lot of crossover with prepper-culture, which seems to be predominantly male?
Yes, I see plenty of women interested in rewilding skills. In my experience the percentage of women drops when topics emerge that focus on “things” rather than nature or hunter/gatherer-skills. Somehow “things” (knives, hammocks, gear, tools) seem to attract men like crazy and seem a never ending source of discussion.
It would not surprise me that if one put a knives stand up at a conference on any topic it would attract lots of men and divert the focus from the topic at hand.
Women are a large army for sure. My permaculture instructor is extraordinary wild and holds classes on milling wood, hide clothing, fermenting, you name it. https://www.google.com/search?q=natalie.bogwalker&oq=natalie.bogwalker&aqs=chrome..69i57j0.3262j0j4&client=ms-android-hms-tmobile-us&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8
Want to share a resource that may be of interest to those in the WA region. This group is more “mainstream” and not so much “rewilding” focused, but I see value in it - there are a lot of different offerings to choose from in various workshops, and it is women mentoring women and girls. http://www.washingtonoutdoorwomen.org/index.htm
Anyone else have resources to share?