Wilderdom Principles


Wilderdom is a place or space in which one experiences natural living.  To be in Wilderdom is to live simply in nature.  Anyone can choose to live in this way.

"You must live in your school.  Your house and land you live on must be the school.  You are always the teacher and always the student.  You must do everything possible to educate yourself about life, the world, yourself, and most importantly, the connections between everything.  You must have many people visit the school, and much solitude and silence to reflect on things.  You must start this school now.  It must be your life."
- James Neill, 30 June, 2001

We all face unique hardships and opportunities.  All that is needed is to find the beat of your own drum and a way to resonate with people and the earth.  We draw inspiration from the example of Buckminster Fuller:

In 1927, at the age of 32, Buckminster Fuller stood on the shores of Lake Michigan, prepared to throw himself into the freezing waters. His first child had died. He was bankrupt, discredited and jobless, and he had a wife and new-born daughter. On the verge of suicide, it suddenly struck him that his life belonged, not to himself, but to the universe. He chose at that moment to embark on what he called “an experiment to discover what the little, penniless, unknown individual might be able to do effectively on behalf of all humanity.” Over the next fifty-four years, he proved, time and again, that his most controversial ideas were practical and workable. (from Who is Buckminster Fuller?)

Fuller dedicated his life to projects of high potential value to global humanity.  Fuller did not bother about letting social norms guide his decision (e.g., earning money) but rather figured that if he was making genuine contributions to humanity then there would be natural rewards sufficient to sustain his life. For more, read Bucky's 19 Self-Disciplines

In a theoretical and practical sense, Wilderdom seeks to brings together principles associated with:

Here are some specific principles we've found useful:

  • Study the principles of nature and work with them, not against them.

  • Eat simply, preparing your own food to the extent possible.

  • Opportunistic planning.  Almost all projects benefit from thorough planning, yet randomness and crisis deliver rich opportunities.

  • Use indigenous technology and indigenous know-how extensively in all aspects of modern life in order to avoid the loss of craft and skill which Kurt Hahn identified as one of the six declines in modern society.

  • Physical fitnessDevelop and continue developing physical fitness and physical skill through practice and challenge.  Loss of physicalness in modern life was one of Hahn's six declines in modern society.

  • "Be where the force is".  Ride and anticipate the waves.   Keep pace with the waves of modern change in the world - notice the movement of the cultural and environmental seas and paddle out to engage momentum and get a ride.  This requires skill and gall, since both the reward and the danger from riding a wave are a function of its size and speed.

  • Sustainable living.  Each person and community is responsible for creating maximally productive biospheres around themselves and interconnecting to other people.  Through interconnected permaculture cocoons we can bring alive corridors of nature and foster healthy local human-nature biospheres.

  • Disseminate. It is not enough to work on a project of interest without optimally disseminating about the project to the system.  It is imperative to combine one's humanitarian life experiment with effective dissemination and portable education to help apply findings of interest.

  • Abundance Mentality. To have an abundance mentality is to believe that there is enough for everyone and that by sharing information and encouraging the success of others, we are all more likely to be succeed.  See: 7 principles - Abundance Mentality