order for us to become productive members of society, i.e, well oiled
and functioning cogs in the wheels of the capitalist empire, we must
undergo a compulsory process of alienation and domestication to make us
docile and compliant to the demands of our future supervisors and
bosses. This process begins in early childhood and continues more or
less throughout our entire civilized lives. It is in part a process of
forgetting, of learning to disregard our dreams and intuition and
genetic memories of a time before mankind ascended the throne to lord
over the rest of creation.
The myth of human centrism, that all of the world is here for our
pleasure and our benefit, can only be called into question outside of
the sprawling metropolises and suburbs where such ideas are constantly
reinforced, often by the very landscape itself. The sanitized and
domesticated landscapes created by modern industry stand in stark
contrast to the wilderness, to the glorious chaos of life. The
wilderness is where we find the idea of the all powerful human master
called into question; it is a place we must periodically embed ourselves
in to reconnect with authentic, non-synthetic reality outside of the
scope of human constructs. It is a place we must visit once in a while
for the perspective denied to us by human-centric, industrial society.
As someone who lives in a big city, Wild Roots Feral Futures
(WRFF) has become a necessary yearly tradition, a way to retain a
connection to (relatively) unspoiled wilderness and the deep human bonds
such an environment fosters. WRFF is a loosely organized and
decentralized gathering that takes place in the San Juan Mountains of
southwest Colorado (Ute territory). Working on less than a shoe string
budget and with much of the supplies and food donated, a wonderful
intentional community springs up for an all too brief period of time.
Most people bring their own camping supplies and gear, but there are
always extra sleeping bags and such things in case anyone needs them.
Camp responsibilities are handled on a volunteer basis; everyone who
wants to contribute can, and if you’re not in the mood to wash dishes,
gather firewood or cook meals, there’s no pressure to.
One of the main reasons I keep coming back to WRFF is the people, the
amazingly good-hearted and beautiful people. Sure, in past years
there’s been some drama but it’s never really distracted me from the
overall experience. The warmth, wisdom and sincerity I experience there
nourishes me on a spiritual level; this gives me the strength and
clarity I need to avoid falling into despair and nihilism concerning the
nature of the human race. WRFF attracts a variety of people: college
students, older hippies, drifters, radical faeries, liberals,
anarchists, socialists, families with small children, musicians, train
hoppers, activists, conservationists, farmers, and those who refuse to
be categorized. The ethnic diversity is not quite what it could be, but
the reasons for this are complex. I find it unfortunate that many POC
have been seemingly irrevocably yoked to the city, pigeonholed into the
category of permanent urban dwellers. Again, the reasons for this are
complex and largely beyond our control, though hopefully this will begin
to change in the near future. In any case, no matter what our
backgrounds, we gather together at WRFF with our differences eclipsed by
one common theme: a love for the land and a love of life.
This year was by far my favorite WRFF for several reasons. The hike
in and out was so much easier than previous years; the vibe was
incredibly relaxed and friendly with absolutely zero drama (at least
none that I was aware of) and the location itself was just beyond
magical. Mountain tops covered in pine, aspen stands and fields of
dandelions, wild iris and a myriad of other wild flowers made each day
like a waking dream. As always, the group discussions were thought
provoking to the max, especially one we had on mental health in the
context of living within a society that systematically destroys mental
health. There were also primitive skills workshops, plant walks, an
interesting discussion on natural child birthing, a solstice
celebration, and clear guidelines for community practices and sober
spaces for those who desired them. Outside of the planned activities
there were plenty of opportunities to go hiking, splash around in the
stream, or just lay on the soft grass underneath the sun listening to
As I reflect on my third year of attending this gathering, I realize
how valuable the experience has been to both my personal and political
development. Fireside chats under the stars with hardcore primitivists
and nuclear power supporters alike have helped me broaden, sharpen and
mold my own critiques of industrial society. Though we may not all agree
on every single thing, simply being around like minded people with
similar viewpoints is a welcome reprieve from constantly having to
defend my position or either keep silent about it. Over the past few
years at WRFF I have learned of struggles that I may not have come into
contact with otherwise. In fact, I credit my first real introduction to
indigenous solidarity to my first WRFF in 2012. It would not be an
understatement to say that WRFF has been an important part of my life.
Because this year felt extra special, I must give thanks to all the
wonderful people who shared time, space and food with me; thanks for all
the chats, all the laughs, for all the memories. And a special thanks
to those who let me practice my tarot reading skills on you – I hope it
was helpful. So much love to the folks in Durango who do the hard work
of scouting out locations and cleaning up after the gathering is done;
thanks for all you do and for creating a space where so much magic
happens. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Brister, an organizer with WildEarth Guardians, will share information
and volunteer opportunities about two major campaigns he works on:
Free New Mexico: a coalition of wildlife conservation and animal
protection groups are working to pass legislation in New Mexico to ban
the poisoning and trapping of animals on public lands. Learn how you can
be part of ridding New Mexico of animal traps.
Campaign: WildEarth Guardians is organizing local wolf advocacy groups
we call "Wolf Packs" to carry out pro-wolf educational and advocacy
projects in their communities. Learn how you can be an "alpha wolf" and
start a wolf pack in your area.
culture: it's killing the planet. Amongst other things. Alas, few will
find other viable, less ecocidal options for accelerated, long-distance
travel. We of course encourage anyone who's able to walk, ride a
bicycle, etc., but in acknowledging the inevitability of motorized
travel to Wild Roots Feral Futures, we have a ride share board on our community forum site. Please use it! (Note post dates, as some may have yet to be cleaned out from years past.)
Until we're "driving through the wilderness across over grown freeways on our species' last tank of gas"...
Wild Roots Feral Futures
is an informal, completely free and non-commercial, and loosely
organized event operating on (less than a) shoe-string budget, formed
entirely off of donated, scavenged, or liberated supplies and sustained
through 100% volunteer effort.
This year, we are once again
reaching out to the greater community in an appeal for funding donations. All proceeds go directly to acquiring essential collective
supplies and food, as well as providing travel stipends for for
low-income members of frontline communities fighting against ecological
destruction, trainers, speakers, teachers, performers, medics, and
others who are traveling long distances to provide us with their
services, knowledge, skills, and expertise.
& expense reports will be openly reviewed on the ground at Wild
Roots Feral Futures by the organizers' collective and any other
attendees/participants interested in such transparency and
Wild Roots Feral Futures
takes place on occupied/stolen indigenous territory, primarily of the Nuutsiu (occasionally spelled Nuciu or Nuchu, aka "Ute") people. In recognition of
this truth and as a first step in addressing it, we
seek to establish proactive working relationships with those whose stolen land we gather
upon, and return the space we temporarily liberate to the centering and
amplification of indigenous voices and struggles. Our understanding is
that any community of resistance that
doesn't center the voices of indigenous people and put their leadership
in the forefront is a movement that is part of the problem.
HOWEVER, *how* to return such space and amplify such voices without
engaging in tokenizing behavior remains problematic, as does (neo)colonial
dynamics of further extracting yet more use value from indigenous
communities by expecting and requesting their participation in such
We recognize that protocol varies from community to community and Nation
to Nation, and we feel that a good first step on our part is to simply
reach out and establish contact, as we are doing now.
Please feel free to call us out, send us feedback, reach out
to us, offer your participation, etc., at firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings from the occupied Nuchu (Ute) territories of Turtle Island, colonially known as the "American Southwest"!
are very happy to announce that, for the 6th year running, the Wild
Roots Feral Futures (WRFF) eco-defense, direct action, and rewilding
encampment will take place in the forests of Southwest Colorado this
coming June 14-22, 2014. WRFF is an informal, completely free and
non-commercial, and loosely organized camp-out operating on (less than
a) shoe-string budget, formed entirely off of donated, scavenged, or
liberated supplies and sustained through 100% volunteer effort. Though we foster a collective communality and pool resources, we also
encourage general self-sufficiency, which lightens the burden on
communal supplies, and which we find to be the very source and
foundation of true mutual sharing and abundance.
We would like
to invite groups and individuals engaged in struggles against the
destruction of the Earth (and indeed all interconnected forms of
oppression) to join us and share your stories, lessons, skills, and
whatever else you may have to offer. In this spirit we would like to
reach out to frontline community members, local environmental groups,
coalitions, and alliances everywhere, as well as more readily
recognizable groups like Earth First!, Rising Tide North America, and
others to come collaborate on the future of radical environmentalism and
eco-defense in our bio-regions and beyond.
We would also like to
reach out to groups like EF!, RTNA, and the Ruckus Society (as well as
other groups and individuals) in search of trainers and workshop
facilitators who are willing to dedicate themselves to attending Wild
Roots Feral Futures and sharing their skills and knowledge (in a setting
that lacks the financial infrastructure to compensate them as they may
have come to expect from other, more well-funded groups and events). We
are specifically seeking direct action, blockade, tri-pod, and tree
climbing/sitting trainers (as well as gear/supplies).
the rewilding and ancestral earth skills component of WRFF, we would
like to extend a similar invitation to folks with skills, knowledge,
talent, or specialization in these areas to join us in the facilitation
of workshops and skill shares such as fire making, shelter building,
edible and medicinal plants, stalking awareness, tool & implement
making, etc. We are also seeking folks with less "ancestral" outdoor
survival skills such as orienteering and navigation, etc.
camp life, along with workshops, skill shares, great food, friends, and
music, will also include the volunteer labor necessary to camp
maintenance. Please come prepared to pitch in and contribute to the
workload, according to your abilities. We encourage folks who would like
to plug in further to show up a few days before the official start of
the event to begin set-up and stay a few days after the official end to
help clean up.
Site scouting will continue until mid-May, at
which point scouts and other organizers will rendezvous, report-back
their scouting recon, and come to a consensus regarding a site location.
We are also planning on choosing a secondary, back-up site location as a
contingency plan for various potential scenarios. Email us for more
info on getting involved with scouting and site selection processes.
is timed to take place before the Earth First! Round River Rendezvous,
allowing eco-defenders to travel from one to the other. Thus we
encourage the formation of a caravan from WRFF to the EF! RRR (caravans
and ride shares can be coordinated through our message board at http://feralfutures.proboards.com/.
We are currently accepting donations in the form of supplies and/or monetary contributions. Please email us for details.
Please forward this call widely, spread the word, and stay tuned for more updates!
the sake of comprehensiveness, we are including below our original
call-out as used in years past, which is a living document, changing and
evolving as we ourselves learn and grow:
We are looking for
folks of all sorts to join us and help facilitate workshops, talks, discussions, skill shares, direct action and medic trainings, wild food
walks, conflict transformation, and much more! We will be focusing on many things, including but
by no means limited to anarchist theory and praxis, unpacking privilege,
decolonization, rewilding, ancestral skills, indigenous solidarity,
direct action, forest defense, earth liberation, animal liberation,
security culture, civil disobedience, hand to hand combat, survival
skills, evasion tactics, green anarchism, anti-civ, post-civ, star
watching and navigation, maps and orienteering, shelter building,
permaculture, and whatever YOU care to bring and provide. But we need
everyone's help to make this as safe, positive, and productive a space
as it can be. Our own knowledge, skills, and capacities are limited. We
need YOUR help!
Roles we REALLY need filled:
(last year's informal kitchen was supported by Durango Food Not Bombs
and upheld communally by event participants, but this year we are once
again reaching out to the likes of Seeds of Peace and Everybody's
Kitchen in hopes they'll provide kitchen support this time around)
• Conflict transformation team (we need people of
diverse gender/sexual orientations who know how to give support to
survivors of sexual assault and to people with PTSD)*
• Medics! (especially WFRs, WEMTs, & EMTs of diverse gender/sexual orientations)
• Child care! (We will have a kids space and support parents in participating in communal child care)
is a need for both womyn (cis and trans), queer, genderqueer, gender-variant, gender-nonconforming and trans folk (etc.) on
both the Conflict Transformation and Medic teams because many people in our communities
aren't going to trust men, cis people, or heteros with their health or
to help with conflicts. We do not expect womyn (cis and trans), queer, genderqueer, gender-variant, gender-nonconforming and trans folk (etc.) to do the support work, but seek to create and maintain a
safe and welcoming space that allows for plenty of room for it.
at the Wild Roots Feral Futures organizers collective feel that white
dominated spaces & racism within our communities are a significant
problem, & feel the need to confront that. Due to the legacy of
racism within our communities of resistance we will be holding workshops
on white privilege, settler privilege, & cultural appropriation.
also feel that cis-hetero, male dominated spaces and hetropatriarchy
within our communities are equally problematic, and will also be holding
workshops on patriarchy and (anti)sexism.
We would like to put
out a request for workshops on white privilege, hetero privilege, cis
privilege, and male privilege. We recognize that it's not the job of
those of us oppressed by white supremacy and heteropatriarchy to
facilitate those workshops. We don't expect oppressed people to attend,
but you are welcome to. While it is not the responsibility or duty of
queers, POC (People of Color), and other oppressed and marginalized
people to assist white, cis-hetero, and privileged people unpack,
deconstruct, and confront their own privilege, these processes will be
open to all.
We intend to create clinic space with some privacy
provided for patient care so that the bodies of trans people (and also
cis womyn) aren't on display during vulnerable moments. We will also be
implementing a safe(r) space policy to keep perpetrators of
sexual/physical assault out of our community and support survivors by
respecting any processes of accountability they initiate.
(cis and trans), queers, and trans folk have full support of the Wild
Roots Feral Futures organizers collective to establish safer spaces for
themselves, including spaces that are only for people who are oppressed
by sexism, people who are queer, and people who are trans. We recognize
the need for those spaces because no matter how much we work on our
privilege, as recovering hetropatriarchists still in the process of
mental and psychological decolonization and recovery, we're still going
to be bringing heteropatriarchy into the space (hopefully unconsciously
and unintentionally, which does little to change its effects).
also intend to create family/child friendly space that includes
multigenerational workshops and activities appropriate (and fun!) for
Camp guidelines (in progress):
We seek to create safe(r), accountable space for all, including families and children, the sober, and those who identify as GLBTQI (etc.).
do not make assumptions about an individual’s gender, and if you feel
unsure, do not be afraid to ask what someone’s 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 gender pronoun when first introducing yourself
to new people, if you feel the desire.
The WRFF organzers'
collective recognizes the dynamics of accessibility and ableism as a
form of societal oppression in our culture, and strive to select sites
with maximum accessibility, considering the context of an event located
in forest and wilderness areas. 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. This is a reality of the natural world that is beyond our
ability or desire to alter or control. We will, however, make very
effort to help folks of differing abilities get their gear into the
woods. Please contact us or ask an event organizers if you or someone in
your group needs assistance hauling gear. Together as a community we're
able to do anything!
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.
Assault & Accountability
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
For more information on how our communities deal with
assault and accountability, check out our Anti-Oppression Policy & conflict
de-escalation/resolution workshop(s) or inquire with event organizers.
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. A Conflict Transformation team will also be formed on the ground and in the woods. To get involved in the Conflict Transformation team, click here.
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.
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.
Substance Use Policy
Drugs and alcohol are discouraged, but a
rowdy fire/area will be established, 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! (See our new and expanded policy [below the Anti-Oppression policy] here.)
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!
tuned for more information as it becomes available. Also see the
information from last year as much of it will remain applicable this
year as well, though there are also many changes in store to make this
year's gathering a much wilder experience than last year's. See you in