'Wild Roots, Feral Futures' Rewilding Gathering in Southwest Colorado

May 24 2009 4:19 pm
Jun 7 2009 4:21 pm

feral [a. existing in a wild or untamed state. b. having escaped from domestication and returned, partly or wholly, to a wild state]

futures [a. all that is to be. b. the indefinite and infinite times yet to come]

Calling All Wild Earthlings!

'Feral Futures' is a free (suggested $5 - $50 sliding-scale donation, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds), informal, and loosely structured rewilding, anarcho-primitivist, anti-civ/post-civ, eco-defense gathering taking place in Southwest Colorado from the New Moon at the end of May (around the 24th) to the Full Moon at the beginning of June (around the 6th or 7th). Dates are approximate. Folks are free to come and go as they please.* The site is at a sacred hot springs along a wild river in National Forest bordered by Wilderness Area.

*Note on dates: If you are only able to join us for a little while, the best time to come will be during the middle of the gathering, from around the 27th of May till the 3rd of June. The half moon cycle time frame includes time to set up at the beginning and clean up at the end.

UPDATE! We are extremely excited to announce that the Earth First! Roadshow will be joining us from around the 27th to the 29th of May. More on the EF! Roadshow at earthfirstroadshow.wordpress.com.

'Feral Futures' is not a gathering of anti-civ/primitivist purists. We believe in red, black, and green anarchist solidarity and unity, and in that spirit of revolt, we would like to provide space at 'Feral Futures,' closer to the parking, for a direct action camp encompassing things that are not necessarily within the traditional framework of "primitivism" and/or "rewilding," but can nonetheless be utilized in an anti-civ praxis of active resistance.

We are seeking folks who would like to facilitate workshops and skills shares in rewilding, survival skills, and earth skills, as well as folks who can facilitate direct action trainings, civil disobedience workshops, know your rights trainings, anti-oppression trainings, etc. We are also seeking folks to form a conflict mediation/resolution team, as well as medics, healers, storytellers, wisdom keepers, artists, musicians, performers, and anyone else who has something to offer.

Because Feral Futures is a public, free, and informal gathering of equals, rather than a private, for-profit event with an entrance fee and "experts" who provide one-way transmission of knowledge, what "we" have to offer is much more about what you are able to provide and offer. We cannot do this without you.

We invite all indigenous activists and elders to join us at Feral Futures to provide guidance in cultural sensitivity and appropriate means of solidarity with indigenous struggles without co-optation or the imposition of unwanted external struggles. We recognize that our minds and spirits have been colonized and mined, and that the struggle to free ourselves is not an easy one. We seek guidance and friends who are also on the path of decolonization.

We envision various villages, camps, and spaces at Feral Futures, including (but certainly not limited to) at least one communal kitchen, a free stuff exchange, a trading circle, a reading library & lounge, a direct action camp, a first aid/medic/healer’s village, and a sacred space at the hot springs themselves.

If you are interested, and for site directions, contact feralfutures@riseup.net

Directions have now been released openly online, and are posted below.

Please also post ride share listings to craigslist.org and other ride boards to help others get to the gathering!

See you in the woods!

Stay Wild & Free...

http://www.myspace.com/feralfutures
http://feralfutures.blogspot.com

Workshops & activities will include:

• wild food identification, sustainable harvesting, and preparation workshops courtesy of Durango’s own Turtle tribe: http://www.turtlelakerefuge.org/ (Tentatively taking place during the afternoon of the 27th and morning of the 28th, but we are always seeking more plant people!)

• tree climbing: how to safely ascend a rope and mid-line rappel down, traversing or ziplining if we can set it up.

• tree life: advanced skills such as how to weave dreamcatchers, anchor ropes, double-line rappel, tree tarpology and tie in trees, getting in with a p-cord shot or maybe a bow and then tying traverses. This one would take place in the canopy so we'd need several harnesses.

(It would be awesome if people could bring harnesses or other climbing gear. If anyone is into tree climbing already, you can check out the climbing guides at http://efclimbers.net for details on how we climb and the gear that's needed. If there's an extra 300+ ft static rope laying around anywhere, then we could really have some fun!)

• ground missions: how to be stealthy in the woods, know human, animal and vehicle tracks, practice blocking roads, concealment etc.

• primitive skills (bring supplies!)

• decolonizing/rewilding work

• self-defense

• group process skills

• consensus process

• conflict resolution, de-escalation, and processes of accountability

• political prisoner letter writing (bring stationary!)

• "magical activism"

* whatever you are willing and able to provide!

What to bring (suggestions):

Personal items:

• tent
• sleeping bag
• food & water
• water filter (suggested)
• toilet paper
• adequate clothing for hot days, cold nights, rain, etc.
• hiking boots, sandals, etc.
• your own bowl, cup, utensils, etc.
• flashlight/headlamp & extra batteries
• sunscreen and bug repellent if you use it (high altitude means you burn easier!)
• swimsuit & towel (there are swimming holes & hot springs! who wants to skinny dip?)
• fishing gear & license (world-class fly fishing!)
• tubes/rafts/kayaks for the river
• hammocks
• musical instruments!!!
• your knowledge, wisdom, and skills
• your friends, family, & lovers!

Communal items (to share or donate):

• tools (like gloves, shovels for digging shitters, hatchets/axes/saws for cutting up fire wood, etc.)
• bulk food and water, salt/spices/herbs, tea/coffee/sugar/honey/creamer, etc. (a communal kitchen will form)
• kitchen gear (large pots, pans, water containers, etc.)
• dish station gear (5-gal buckets, natural dish soap, etc.)
• tarps and rope
• large heavy-duty garbage bags
• two-way radios/walkie-talkies
• hammocks, hacky-sacks, frisbees, etc.
• climbing gear (harnesses, ropes, etc.) for tree climbing/sitting trainings
• First Aid gear!
• random primitive skills supplies (hides to tan, flint/obsidian for knapping, etc. You know better than we do!)
• radical environmental, primitive, and rewilding literature
• local plant and animal identification guides, etc.
• local topographical maps
• extra tents, sleeping bags, etc. for the free stuff exchange
• stuff to barter in trade circle
• your knowledge, wisdom, and skills
• your friends!

Things NOT to bring:

• firearms and other weapons (there's a difference between a TOOL and a WEAPON)
• parasitic or predatory human beings
• a bad attitude (including racism, sexism, classism, heteronormativity, homophobia, speciesism, ageism, ableism, etc.)
• the pigs and/or feddies
• a wire (we will be holding mandatory naked security culture workshops in the hot springs. No just kidding, only with your consent!)

Weekly supply runs will take place on Sunday mornings in conjunction with Durango Food Not Bombs. Surplus donated supplies from Durango FNB will be sent to the Feral Futures communal kitchen. Monetary donations for supplies will be collected at the Feral Futures communal kitchen. The Dirty Hands Collective will be providing Durango logistics and minimal services including laundry (bring your own soap!) and wireless internet access (also on Sundays in conjunction with FNB & supply runs for Feral Futures).

Camp guidelines (in progress):

We seek to create safe(r) space for all, including families and children, the sober, and those who identify as GLBTQ.

Due to natural circumstances and the lay of the land (rocky trails on steep hills, etc.), ableism and "disability" may hinder access for some to the inner reaches of the gathering, including the hot springs. This is a reality of the natural world that is beyond our ability or desire to alter or control.

We expect everyone to observe good security culture. If you are unfamiliar with security culture, check out http://aia.mahost.org/sec_basics.html

Basically, don’t talk about your or someone else’s involvement in illegal activity, and don’t make jokes, because even jokes can be used in court as evidence against you. Keep in mind that ANYONE could be an infiltrator or informant. While we must act accordingly, it is also important to not let this reality sow seeds of distrust and suspicion within our communities that leads to self-repressive restrictions on our ability to form and build relationships with one another as human beings and creatures of this Earth. Following good security culture allows us to interact and build relationships without placing ourselves in unnecessary and risky situations because of potential surveillance.

When it comes to physical intimacy and sexual contact, ASK FIRST! No Compromise In Defense of Consent!

For more on consent, check out http://www.earthfirstjournal.org/article.php?id=352 and http://www.earthfirstjournal.org/article.php?id=247

Violence, physical assault, emotional assault, and/or sexual assault will NOT be tolerated under any circumstances and anyone who engages in such assault will be asked to leave. In instances of assault we will trust and believe the survivor and respect any processes of accountability they initiate.

For more information on how our communities deal with assault and accountability, check out earthfirstroadshow.wordpress.com/about/assault-accountability.

In attempting to manifest the world we desire, we will pursue non-coercive means of conflict resolution and non-coercive processes of accountability. Decisions affecting the group will be made horizontally through the utilization of consensus process. (If you are unfamiliar with consensus process, check out http://aia.mahost.org/dec_consensus.html)

We seek to create a temporary autonomous zone that functions as an egalitarian community. In this spirit of cooperation and mutual aid, we request that people attending the gathering sign up for work shifts such as cooking meals, cleaning the kitchen and washing dishes after meals, digging shitters, supply/water runs, security/welcoming, etc.

We ask that people establish communal fires in the various neighborhoods within the gathering and refrain from making personal fires. Communal latrines will also be constructed in the various villages and we ask that people refrain from digging personal cat holes. This will minimize our overall impact on the land.

Drugs and alcohol are discouraged, but a rowdy zone will be established at the parking area, where we request the partying be restricted (NO illegal drugs, please). All other space, including celebratory and ceremonial space, should be considered sober space. Your personal space is, of course, your personal space, and you may do what you wish within it. Please respect others. For safety reasons, we request total sobriety when attending workshops and trainings. Unlike many similar gatherings, a space IS being designated for partying. This is more than you will find at most gatherings of this sort. So let's have some fun!

Dogs increase our impact on the land and local wildlife, and are thus discouraged, though we understand and accept the fact many human beings and their canine companions are inseparable, and they will undoubtedly remain a part of our rewilded and feral futures upon this planet. We request that if you bring your dog, you keep it on a leash. If your dog attacks wildlife, other dogs, or human beings, you will be asked to leave the gathering. Please bury your dog shit!

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Site directions/location:

Drive East from Durango, CO on US Hwy 160 for approximately 35 miles (West from Pagosa Springs). Turn left (if headed East from Durango) on FS622, the dirt road on the East side of the Piedra river, NOT the one on the West side of the river. drive for about 5 to 5 1/2 miles until you see the turn-out & parking area on your left, which is pretty obvious. there should be a sign that says Sheep Creek trailhead, and a trail going down the hill. if you come to a bridge that the road crosses, you've gone way too far. That's the definite turn-around point.

At the turn off of HWY 160 onto FS622 is a sign that says 'Piedra Resort,' and the first road sign you see DOES have a 622 sign, a little forest service colored one, but the bigger road sign says Archuleta County 166.

The first half-mile or so of the road has washboards right now, but the rest is okay. You cross two cattle guards on the way in and right at the site there's a yellow T-in-the-road sign.

Most of the space is up top, but the trail goes down the hill to another meadow or two and then down to the river where there's another spacious meadow, and then upriver to the hot springs. The river is still high (but peaked and dropping) but as of yesterday at least one hot spring is uncovered and good for soaking. The trail pretty much ends at the springs, and sorta restarts on the other side of the river, so you know you've reached the springs if the trail ends. they're little pools down along-side the edge of the river, with camping spots above the bank a little ways.

This is the FS map, but it doesn't show the exact FS road (it's right at the bottom tip of where it says "Piedra Area," right on the edge of the wilderness): http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan/maps/sjnf-map.htm (Search "Devil Mountain, Colorado," or "Piedra, Colorado" on Google Earth and/or other map websites.)

It's a good site, because we have two towns to hit up for town runs, Pagosa and Durango, and then also little Bayfield in between. It's close to both NM and the San Luis Valley (just over Wolf Creek Pass from Pagosa). Please be kind to the locals!

Let us know if there's anything confusing about these directions, or anything else I can do.

More site information:

The Feral Futures rewilding gathering is taking place along the Piedra River in the San Juan National Forest of Southwest Colorado. Nearby is the Weminuche Wilderness Area, Colorado’s largest Wilderness Area. This is high elevation so those coming from lower elevations should be aware that time is often needed to adjust.

The Piedra Area and its adjacent roadless areas may be the largest expanse of contiguous, undeveloped forest remaining in Colorado. Only the nearby Hermosa Roadless Area may compare. The greater Piedra Roadless Area includes the mid-elevation stretches of the Piedra River and a half-dozen major tributaries. Piedra contains a large amount of the remaining old-growth ponderosa pine in the San Juans along the Piedra River and the lower reaches of its tributaries. River otters were successfully reintroduced into the river in the 1980s. The River and its tributaries provide excellent habitat for native Colorado River cutthroat trout, and Piedra also harbors some of the San Juan's best habitat for the northern goshawk.

The 1993 Colorado Wilderness Act designated a 60,000-acre portion of the 114,000-acre Piedra roadless area as a special management area equivalent to wilderness in all respects other than reservation of wilderness water rights. Approximately 12,000 acres of the RARE II roadless area have been modified by timber harvest and road construction in the last twenty years. This leaves 40,000 acres of remaining roadless lands contiguous to the existing Piedra Area.

(Info from the San Juan Citizens Alliance website)

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“In all my travels, the only time I ever slept deeply was when I was with wolves… The days with my wolf family multiplied. I have no idea how many months I spent with them but I wanted it to last forever - it was far better than returning to the world of my own kind. Today, though most memories of my long journey are etched in tones of grey, the time spent with the wolves… is drenched in colour. Those were the most beautiful days I had ever experienced.”

Quote from Misha Defonseca, a Jewish orphan who, from the ages of seven to 11, wandered through occupied Europe in World War II, living on wild berries, raw meat and food stolen from farmhouses, and occasionally teaming up with wolves.

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The process of returning from

The process of returning from the wilderness to civilization—of “re-entry”—is never a pleasant or easy one. As we leave the free and Wild Earth behind us and return to the shackles of an omnicidal system, we reflect upon the lessons learned and the face-to-face relationships built in the process, as well as our role as insurgents within the heart of the empire. Our hearts look forward to returning to the freedom of the forest. First, we would like to thank all the organizers, affinity group members, teachers, trainers, musicians, storytellers, wisdom keepers, and other attendees that made this event possible and successful. We couldn’t have done it without you! For our part as “organizers” (a label we use with reservations) and participants, Feral Futures was an experiment in temporary autonomy conducted with minimal experience, from which great lesson have been drawn. As organizers we feel that we have learned a lot about networking and organizing such events, and despite our shortcomings and outright failures, we know we can only improve from here. Primarily, we seek to expend our collective to ease the burden on individual collective members. Please contact feralfutures@riseup.net if you would like to help organize future gatherings data recovery. Workshops included self-defense, rabbit stick, the art of fire-making (bow drill, etc.), stalking, camouflage, wild edible/medicinal identification, sustainable harvesting, and preparation, cordage and slings, shelter, stone tools, star & moon gazing, humanure (human composting), and more. We are also very grateful to have had the Earth First! Roadshow stop by, who conducted trainings and workshops in areas varying from direct action to facilitation and consensus, from tree climbing to anti-oppression and security culture. Discussions around issues such as the revolutionary redistribution of resources (FNB, etc.), local struggles such as the Village at Wolf Creek, Desert Rock, Black Mesa, the San Francisco Peaks, indigenous resistance and solidarity, climate, wilderness, biodiversity, justice, and sustainability also took place, as well as political prisoner letter writing sessions.

2 ?s : > weather? ... connectivity?

to rebel~insurgent

1) how's weather ? are people huddling around fires or are workshops happening. ... I'd like to think that the area forecasts are a bunch of hype. > ?

2) can you get cell reception there on the mountain? where do you connect to internet.

I want to join

b!

weather at FF, etc.

it's been scattered thunder storms all week but the last two days maybe only five minutes of rain though it looked rainy all day. our meteorologist is predicting the weather will be getting better from here on out.

that said the weather hasn't stopped us from doing anything in any sense. it makes some parts of the hill more of a pain in the ass to climb up but that's about it. plenty of space under tarps for workshops. EF! roadshow left this morning but more workshops are still happening and will continue to happen.

i don't use cell phones but i don't think you can get reception unless you drive the six or so miles to the highway or maybe climb a mountain. i've been in the woods since last Sunday and came out for FNB and to collect supplies, and am headed back in this afternoon. we'll be out there until the 7th. we use the internet at the Dirty Hands Collective house, but i'll be in the woods so you'll have to come talk to me in person if you want to know where the house is and get permission to go there and use the facilities.

c'mon out! we hope to see you in the woods.

Feral Futures Camp Guide

Text of printed zine-style guide that will be in the woods at the gathering:

wild [a. occurring, growing, or living in a natural state; not domesticated, cultivated, or tamed]

roots [a. the usually underground portion of a plant. b. a primary source; an origin. c. an essential part or element; the basic core]

feral [a. existing in a wild or untamed state. b. having escaped from domestication and returned, partly or wholly, to a wild state]

futures [a. all that is to be. b. the indefinite and infinite times yet to come]

Rewilding and reconnecting with the earth is a life project. It is not limited to intellectual comprehension or the practice of primitive skills, but instead, it is a deep understanding of the pervasive ways in which we are domesticated, fractured, and dislocated from our selves, each other, and the world, and the enormous and daily undertaking to be whole again.

Rewilding has a physical component which involves reclaiming skills and developing methods for a sustainable co-existence, including how to feed, shelter, and heal ourselves with the plants, animals, and materials occurring naturally in our bioregion. It also includes the dismantling of the physical manifestations, apparatus, and infrastructure of civilization.

Rewilding has an emotional component, which involves healing ourselves and each other from the 10,000 year-old wounds which run deep, learning how to live together in non-hierarchical and non-oppressive communities, and deconstructing the domesticating mindset in our social patterns.

Rewilding involves prioritizing direct experience and passion over mediation and alienation, re-thinking every dynamic and aspect of our reality, connecting with our feral fury to defend our lives and to fight for a liberated existence, developing more trust in our intuition and being more connected to our instincts, and regaining the balance that has been virtually destroyed after thousands of years of patriarchal control and domestication. Rewilding is the process of becoming uncivilized.

(Text liberated from greenanarchy.info/rewild.php)

Camp guidelines:

We seek to create safe(r) space for all, including families and children, the sober, and those who identify as GLBTQ.

Please do not make assumptions about an individual’s gender, and if you feel unsure, do not be afraid to ask what someone’s preferred gender pronoun is. If you use the incorrect gender pronoun, you will be corrected, but it is not something to be ashamed of. We have all been raised within a gender binary culture and breaking free of these false binaries is a process of learning and growing for all. It is also appropriate to introduce your preferred gender pronoun when first introducing yourself to new people, if you feel the desire.

Due to natural circumstances and the lay of the land (rocky trails on steep hills, etc.), ableism and "disability" may hinder accessibility for some to the inner reaches of the gathering, including the hot springs. This is a reality of the natural world that is beyond our ability or desire to alter or control.

We expect everyone to observe good security culture. If you are unfamiliar with security culture, check out our security culture workshop(s), check the zine library for security culture literature, or just ask an event organizer for a basic overview. Basically, don’t talk about your or someone else’s involvement in illegal activity, and don’t make jokes, because even jokes can be used in court as evidence against you. Keep in mind that ANYONE could be an infiltrator or informant. While we must act accordingly, it is also important to not let this reality sow seeds of distrust and suspicion within our communities that leads to self-repressive restrictions on our ability to form and build relationships with one another as human beings and creatures of this Earth. Following good security culture allows us to interact and build relationships without placing ourselves in unnecessary and risky situations because of potential surveillance.

When it comes to physical intimacy and sexual contact, ASK FIRST! No Compromise In Defense of Consent! For more on consent, attend our consent workshop(s) or inquire with event organizers.

Violence, physical assault, emotional assault, and/or sexual assault will NOT be tolerated under any circumstances and anyone who engages in such assault will be asked to leave. In instances of assault we will trust and believe the survivor and respect any processes of accountability they initiate.

For more information on how our communities deal with assault and accountability, check out our conflict de-escalation/resolution workshop(s) or inquire with event organizers.

In attempting to manifest the world we desire, we will pursue non-coercive means of conflict resolution and non-coercive processes of accountability. Decisions affecting the group will be made horizontally through the utilization of consensus process. If you are unfamiliar with consensus process, check out consensus workshops(s).

We seek to create a temporary autonomous zone which functions as an egalitarian community. In this spirit of cooperation and mutual aid, we request that people attending the gathering sign up for work shifts such as cooking meals, cleaning the kitchen and washing dishes after meals, digging latrines, doing supply/water runs, security & welcoming, etc. A shift sign-up sheet will circulate at communal meals. Monetary donations for food and other supplies will be collected at the communal kitchen(s) and during communal meals.

We ask that people establish communal fires in the various neighborhoods within the gathering and refrain from making personal fires. Please utilize the established fire rings rather than creating new ones. If you create a camp with a new fire ring where one does not already exist, please line the entire bottom with stone, because tree roots can catch fire like and slowly burn underground, popping up into forest fires days or even weeks later. We also request every burning fire be equipped with a shovel and five-gallon bucket of water at all times. If you must make a fire ring, please remove it completely, and when you leave, please leave no trace.

Communal latrines will also be constructed near the various villages and we ask that people refrain from digging personal cat holes. This will minimize our overall impact on the land. Please cover your scat with a layer dirt or preferably (cooled off!) ash from campfires when using the latrine. This helps keep away the flies, which are also attracted to your food.

Drugs and alcohol are discouraged, but a rowdy zone will be established at the parking area, where we request the partying be restricted (NO illegal drugs, please). All other space, including celebratory and ceremonial space, should be considered sober space. Your personal space is, of course, your personal space, and you may do what you wish within it. Please respect others. For safety reasons, we request total sobriety when attending workshops and trainings. Unlike many similar gatherings, a space IS being designated for partying. This is more than you will find at most gatherings of this sort. So let's have some fun!

Dogs increase our impact on the land and local wildlife, and are thus discouraged, though we understand and accept the fact many human beings and their canine companions are inseparable, and they will undoubtedly remain a part of our rewilded and feral futures upon this planet. We request that if you bring your dog, you keep it on a leash. If your dog attacks wildlife, other dogs, or human beings, you will be asked to leave the gathering. Please bury your dog shit!

Site information:

The Feral Futures rewilding gathering is taking place along the Piedra River in the San Juan National Forest of Southwest Colorado. Nearby is the Weminuche Wilderness Area, Colorado’s largest Wilderness Area. This is high elevation so those coming from lower elevations should be aware that time is often needed to adjust.

The Piedra Area and its adjacent roadless areas may be the largest expanse of contiguous, undeveloped forest remaining in Colorado. Only the nearby Hermosa Roadless Area may compare. The greater Piedra Roadless Area includes the mid-elevation stretches of the Piedra River and a half-dozen major tributaries. Piedra contains a large amount of the remaining old-growth ponderosa pine in the San Juans along the Piedra River and the lower reaches of its tributaries. River otters were successfully reintroduced into the river in the 1980s. The River and its tributaries provide excellent habitat for native Colorado River cutthroat trout, and Piedra also harbors some of the San Juan's best habitat for the northern goshawk.

The 1993 Colorado Wilderness Act designated a 60,000-acre portion of the 114,000-acre Piedra roadless area as a special management area equivalent to wilderness in all respects other than reservation of wilderness water rights. Approximately 12,000 acres of the RARE II roadless area have been modified by timber harvest and road construction in the last twenty years. This leaves 40,000 acres of remaining roadless lands contiguous to the existing Piedra Area.

(Info from the San Juan Citizens Alliance website: sanjuancitizens.org)

driving to ff - how absurd

So you have to have a car or ride in a car to get to FF?? Very funny. Absurdist, actually. Why not choose a place closer to major area and thus shove the wild in their faces? How can we "stay wild" if we cannot even get to the wild? Many of us walk or bike all the time. Almost no national parks or forests in the west can be reached by public transportation. This is silly. The poor and non-driving discriminated against again.
And FF has a myspace page! Why not twitter and facebook? These agencies were FOUNDED by corporate shills who work/worked for the NSA and their ilk (check out the facts in a Youtube video). Love wilderness/rewilding/feral proponents who use cyberspace! lol

ha! (ff)

hello mister straw man! i'll bet you set fire and burn easily. let's see...

"So you have to have a car or ride in a car to get to FF??"

unfortunately, no matter where you locate an event, there will always be people unable to get there. that said, our first arrival came all the way from Portland, OR, hitch-hiked to the dirt road, and walked the five miles or so into the site, so if you're determined enough, anything is possible. but i understand what you're saying. unfortunately, you can't satisfy EVERYONE'S needs, EVER.

"Absurdist, actually"

that's okay. hopefully it's a little less absurd than civilization, in which case we're at least on the right track.

"Why not choose a place closer to major area and thus shove the wild in their faces?"

we are simply doing this where we are, and where we have built a relationship with our land base. it is up to folks closer to major areas to do such things closer to major areas. we cannot simply come into other people's neck of the woods and hold such events. we don't know the land or the locals. here we are the locals.

"Many of us walk or bike all the time."

including myself. we've encouraged ride sharing and car pooling, but as far as driving goes, i cannot speak for others, but as a 28 year old i've never owned a car or even had a license or permit. i feel that's a pretty good accomplishment on a personal level. of course we want to drive as little as possible but i think until the elite cut the rest of us off of fuel so they can maintain their systems of control, people will be highly dependent on cars. it's an unfortunate aspect of the culture we've all been raised by and within and programmed by, and breaking free of our dependencies on ecocidal industrial civilization will be no easy task. but i am a firm believer that the master's tools CAN INDEED be utilized by the resistance to destroy the master's house.

"Almost no national parks or forests in the west can be reached by public transportation. This is silly."

wish you could ask Ed Abbey about that one. but just read Desert Solitaire.

"And FF has a myspace page! Why not twitter and facebook?"

there IS a facebook, but i don't use twitter, sorry. just haven't gotten into it yet. apologies.

"These agencies were FOUNDED by corporate shills who work/worked for the NSA and their ilk (check out the facts in a Youtube video)."

agreed. but again, i believe the master's tools CAN destroy the master's house.

"Love wilderness/rewilding/feral proponents who use cyberspace! lol"

a good response to that here.

Feral Futures site directions

have now been posted openly online and added to the above post (just a heads up)

EF! Roadshow at Feral Futures! WHOOP!

We are extremely excited to announce that the Earth First! Roadshow will be joining us from around the 27th to the 29th of May. More on the EF! Roadshow at http://earthfirstroadshow.wordpress.com/

c'mon down!

workshops @ Feral Futures

we're still looking for folks to facilitate trainings and workshops in anything from rewilding and primitive living skills to direct action trainings. we have folks coming in from the West Coast to facilitate several trainings, towards the beginning of the gathering:

tree climbing: how to safely ascend a rope and mid-line rappel down, traversing or ziplining if we can set it up.

tree life: advanced skills such as how to weave dreamcatchers, anchor ropes, double-line rappel, tree tarpology and tie in trees, getting in with a p-cord shot or maybe a bow and then tying traverses. this one would take place in the canopy so we'd need several harnesses.

ground missions: how to be stealthy in the woods, know human, animal and vehicle tracks, practice blocking roads, concealment etc.

it'd be awesome if people could bring harnesses or other climbing gear. if anyone is into tree climbing already, you can check out the climbing guides at efclimbers.net for details on how we climb and the gear that's needed.

more workshops @ Feral Futures!

we're getting more and more excited and more and more folks express interest in facilitating workshops. we're still seeking MEDICS and conflict resolution folks, but we just got another commitment for workshops:

• primitive skills
• decolonizing/rewilding work
• self defense
• magical activism (?)
• group process skills

plant walks & wild food foraging/preparation workshops @ F.F.

Courtesy of the Turtle tribe: http://www.turtlelakerefuge.org/

still seeking herbalists, etc.!

oh yeah and we'd still love to get MORE folks to come do plant stuff!

we also need medics, security (we'll do shifts, so bring radios!), conflict resolution folks, etc.

basically, WE NEED IT ALL!!!

what do YOU envision for Feral Futures?!?

anti-civ direct action camp?

though much of the focus of 'Feral Futures' revolves around primitivism and rewilding, we have been discussing the idea of making a space, where the parking is, for the facilitation of a direct action camp that falls outside the bounds of what is traditionally considered "primitivist," such as direct action, eco-defense, medic training, legal observer training, know your rights trainings, anti-oppression trainings, etc. (pretty much anything you can think of that would fit within a direct action camp).

any takers? we're looking for folks to facilitate workshops in either the primitivist/rewilding aspect of Feral Futures, which will be down the trail and in the woods, OR the direct action camp part, which will take place closer to the cars.

also, Feral Futures is free and non-commercial, which puts up some barriers when you compare our model to that of a primitivist gathering with an entrance fee that goes to paying salaries to the teachers and also for workshop supplies. we don't have the ability to pay people to facilitate workshops, nor can we provide supplies. at least not as of now. we're looking for some assistance with this. we have little to no experience with this sort of thing and are thus reaching out to the greater radical community for advise and assistance.

sounds like fun

but

how will this not be crawling with feds?

security culture!

like all gatherings of this sort, we cannot be sure of that, at all. in fact, we tend to assume infiltration (we know anna the green scare rat, for example, attended a criemthInc. convergence and a few other anarchist gatherings), and observe strict security culture.

i'll say it again: security culture. we will have security culture resources on hand and hopefully find someone capable of facilitating security culture workshops (i can give a brief overview, but there are others who can go into much greater depth. i suck at leading workshops).

our other option is to not talk about these things and just give in to the coercive pressures of repressive state mechanisms. this, to myself as well as many others, is unacceptable. we cannot give in and be ruled by fear. what we can do, however, is utilize basic common sense and security culture and not do and say stupid and incriminating things. these days, even joking comments made in passing are being used against folks, like the RNC8 (whoop for those terrorism enhancements getting dropped! but it ain't over yet!).

anyways, everything we will be doing is perfectly legal. we just got someone from a West Coast EF! chapter (who I will not name at this point in time, just for fun) to commit to come down and facilitate some tree climbing workshops, which is a skill set most of us here in CO lack greatly. i'm hoping folks from the (re)emerging Colorado EF! chapter will make it on down for this. there are some good-sized ponderosas on site that will be good for climbing. we also hope for the EF! Roadshow to stop by. they'll be in the region at that point in time. they have not verified and committed yet, though.

security culture @ ff

here's the para from out camp guide:

We expect everyone to observe good security culture. If you are unfamiliar with security culture, check out our security culture workshop(s), check the zine library for security culture literature, or just ask an event organizer for a basic overview. Basically, don’t talk about your or someone else’s involvement in illegal activity, and don’t make jokes, because even jokes can be used in court as evidence against you. Keep in mind that ANYONE could be an infiltrator or informant. While we must act accordingly, it is also important to not let this reality sow seeds of distrust and suspicion within our communities that leads to self-repressive restrictions on our ability to form and build relationships with one another as human beings and creatures of this Earth. Following good security culture allows us to interact and build relationships without placing ourselves in unnecessary and risky situations because of potential surveillance.