The feralculture community is a gathering place for those interested in experiencing and expressing the richness of life as a human animal. We’re inspired by the wild, permaculture, hunter-gatherer and horticulture traditions, earth-based skills, land-based lives, and those working to regenerate damaged ecosystems and build real-world communities.
The feralculture project is an online community associated with a real-world intentional community. It’s not necessary to be part of our face-to-face community to participate in the online community, and we hope to help others build community as well. Our vision is to liberate land from the far-reaching implications of monoculture. We share the belief that monocultures in fields, and monocultures in social relationships and society, place artificial limits on the richness of all life–including our lives as individuals.
Our conception of feralculture can roughly be summarized as: permaculture, tending toward the wild. We encourage the use of feralculture in conversation to describe activities relating to human activities moving things toward wildness, and away from domestication, whether through nudges or radical disruption.
Who is the feralculture community for?
- Humans interested in fun, adventure, and the sometimes sublime richness of life–even if your life isn’t currently as fun or adventurous or rich as you’d like it to be.
- Foragers, hunters, fishers, gatherers and gardeners.
- Instigators, orchestrators, thinkers, doers, and apsirers.
- Land lovers (and lubbers), seafarers, nomads, explorers, and all sorts with dirt under their fingernails.
- Those with curiosity and a sense of humor.
- Food lovers
What can you find here?
- We’re interested in sharing and learning skills and ideas.
- Curated list of videos and discourse quite a few notches higher than YouTube comments.
- How to improve our lives through diet, movement, and social relationships as human animals.
- Updates, happenings, and expansion process for our networked intentional community and land liberation project.
Where can I read more?
- Our main public presence is feralculture.com. And we have a forum for entertaining FAQs.
- Much of the inspiration for our community is summarized in “Play as a Foundation for Hunter-Gatherer Social Existence” by Peter Gray, Ph.D. If you read one academic paper, or one thing and never come back to this site, read this: [PDF official, free, legal]
- Yale anthropologist James C. Scott, Ph.D. provides historical examples and a theoretical framework for creating new cultures outside of the many modes of agricultural domination (feudalism, chattel slavery, wage slavery). We regularly hear the trope, “you can’t go back”. The Art of Not Being Governed illuminates a path forward.
- Anthropologist James Woodburn, Ph.D. of the London School of Economics articulated a key difference in the social lives of humans in connection to cultural subsistence patterns in the classic paper, “Egalitarian Societies” [PDF]. The nerdier discussions on this site often refer to immediate-return (non-sedentary, highly egalitarian, and the kind of culture we’re working toward) peoples. Woodburn highlights and contrasts the differences between IR and delayed-return (hierarchical, class-based, sedentary) cultures.
What are you working toward?
How real is this community?
In July 2014, we have purchased our first property on a salmon river in Alaska at the epicenter of moose, black bear, caribou, beaver, goose (among others) hunting grounds. In Fall 2015, we paid off our first property. We continue to evaluate and negotiate for additional properties in Alaska and elsewhere for nodes 2+ of the group.
Establish a network of group owned properties to be used as base camps in order to model hunter-gatherer lifestyles within the context of mixed private and public property (land) nation states. Extricate ourselves from industrial-agricultural food system
To purchase multiple small, affordable pieces of private land for on-site permaculture with maximum access to public land for hunting, fishing, foraging. Counter to typical intentional community approaches, we seek to minimize owned land while maximizing access to land in order to leverage financial outlay. In permaculture terms, this could be conceptualized as owning zones 0-3, and accessing zones 4-5. *Important - The concept, purpose, vision, or whatever is not limited to Alaska. Even if we start a node on an island in Alaska, the idea is to link together properties in different ecosystems, states, nations, continents, et cetera. We have no plans to expand to other planets at this time.
Our lanad is held in land conservation trust, which the community manages.