I am a 21-year-old who was raised in small towns and cities my entire life. Although I have learned a lot about conservation practice through independent reading, and I have some wilderness skills, my knowledge is quite limited, not at all good enough to survive independently of civilization for any lengthy amount of time. In other words, my starting point is one of the worst a rewilder can have. The only notable advantage I have are the urban foraging skills I learned while I was homeless. Uncivilization is an attempt to change that as quickly as possible.
In March 2017 I dropped out of university and kept only the possessions I could fit into a backpack. I started hitchhiking around, and I am now spending my days learning how to identify plants, how to build tools, how to navigate difficult terrains… It is a self-imposed, indefinite, intensive course in primitive skills. Also, in the meantime, I will be helping with any land conservation projects that I can. My tentative long-term goal is to be able to live well in some wilderness areas for the spring and summer seasons, then an entire year. I have ideas, but am not entirely sure, what I will do next. All I know is that whatever I choose to do, these are the first steps, as they are for most people today.
I wrote a book about why I have decided to do this entitled Repent to the Primitive (forthcoming). In it I explain my values, my philosophy, my understanding of the world around me. Check it out!