A Rewilding Project
For the last 8 years I have been working with a 65-acre block of land near Melbourne, Australia. I purchased this block in 2008 with two dear friends who shared a dream of people, land, and exploration. In 2017, after 9 wonderful years, my partner Emily and I purchased the block in its entirety.
This beautiful piece of land was cleared in the 19th century for cattle farming. By simply resting the land from cattle farming for the last 8 years we have seen an explosion of flora and fauna. The block now supports abundant birdlife including cockatoos, owls, eagles and kookaburras, along with new wild life including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, platypuses, snakes, frogs, and many more. Seeing the land regenerate itself has been very encouraging and inspiring.
At its heart Wild Mind is based on the belief that a deep personal experience of relationship with the natural world is the key to healing and wholeness for both individuals and the earth. We are working to create a place that encapsulates the values of the Wild Mind - a place where we enter into a deeply reciprocal relationship with the land - tending to it, and learning from it.
Funds for this dream have been raised through the two Wild Mind Gatherings, and this year (2017) we also received a local landcare grant of $11,000 to continue the revegetation process. Our efforts to revegetate the majority of the block with indigenous flora will take many years, and we are learning as we go. If you have an idea, or a suggestion, or simply wish to say hi, please get in touch.