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 reimbursing trainers,
speakers, teachers, performers, medics, and others who are traveling long
distances to provide us with their services, knowledge, skills, and
Donation records & 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 accountability.
Every dollar helps. Thank you in advance!
Below is the initial call-out & event info:
"The whole earth is in jail and we're plotting this incredible jailbreak."
5th Annual Direct Action, Eco-Defense, & Rewilding Encampment in the Wild
Rockies of Southwest Colorado, June 15-23, 2013
(exact location to be determined)
Greetings from the occupied Nuchu (Ute) territories of Turtle Island,
colonially known as the "American Southwest"!
We are very happy to announce that, for the 5th 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, 2013. 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 encourage total
self-sufficiency (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 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).
Regarding 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.
Daily camp life, along with workshops, skill shares, great food, friends,
and music, will also include the volunteer labor necessary to camp
maintenance. In past years we've experiences a bit of resistance to
requests for basic work volunteers, so we are making a point of it now to
ask you to come prepared to pitch in and contribute to the work load. 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 (though we encourage and intend to
foster the spread of this event beyond the region that initially spawned
it, Southwest Colorado has once again been isolated as the event location
region simply because no other communities stepped up with a solid and
dedicated proposal to organize and host the event in their own area). 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.
WRFF 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
or via our mailing list & discussion
group at http://groups.google.com/groups/wild-roots-feral-futures
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
For The Wild,
~The Wild Roots Feral Futures organizers' collective
Message Boards: http://feralfutures.proboards.com/
Mailing List/Discussion Group:
For 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, conflict resolution and management, direct action and medic
trainings, wild food walks, 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:
• Kitchen! (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)
• CRAM team (conflict resolution and management: 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
• Child care! (We will have a kids space and support parents in
participating in communal child care)
*There is a need for both womyn (cis and trans), queers, and trans folk on
both the CRAM 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), queers, and
trans folk to do the support work, but seek to create and maintain a safe
and welcoming space that allows for plenty of room for it.
We 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.
We 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.
Womyn (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).
We 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) space for all, including families and children,
the sober, and those who identify as GLBTQ.
Please do not make assumptions about an individual’s gender, and if you
feel unsure, do not be afraid to ask what someone’s preferred 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 preferred 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
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
Violence, 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 conflict de-escalation/resolution
workshop(s) or inquire with event organizers.
In 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.
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.
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!
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!
Stay 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 the woods!
May the forest bewitch you,
—the Wild Roots Feral Futures organizers collective
Ⓐ Ⓔ ✌ ☮ ☠
What to bring (suggestions):
Vital items we are seeking:
☆someone with a pickup truck with one of those giant water tanks!
• sleeping bag
• food & water
• water filter (suggested)
• toilet paper
• adequate clothing for hot days, cold nights, rain, etc.
• your own bowl, cup, utensils, etc.
• flashlight/headlamp & extra batteries
• sunscreen and bug repellent if you use it
• swimsuit & towel (there are swimming holes & hot springs! who wants to
• fishing gear & license (world-class fly fishing!)
• musical instruments
• your knowledge, wisdom, and skills
• your friends!
Communal items (to share or donate):
• tools (like shovels for digging shitters and hatchets/axes/saws for
cutting up fire wood)
• food and water (a communal kitchen will form)
• kitchen gear (large pots, pans, water containers, etc.)
• extra tents, easy-ups, etc. (the larger the better)
• tarps and rope
• hammocks, hacky-sacks, frisbees, etc.
• climbing gear (harnesses, ropes, etc.) for tree climbing/sitting trainings
• First Aid gear!
• random primitive skills supplies (you know better than we do!)
• arts and crafts supplies (think of the children!)
• radical environmental, primitive, and rewilding literature
• local plant and animal identification guides, etc.
• local topographical maps
• your knowledge, wisdom, and skills
• your friends!
Things NOT to bring:
• firearms and other weapons (there's a difference between a TOOL and a
• parasitic or predatory human beings
• a bad attitude (including racism, sexism, classism, heteronormativity,
homophobia, speciesism, ageism, ableism, etc.)
• law enforcement, police, and/or feddies
• a wire (we will be holding mandatory naked security culture workshops.
No just kidding, only with your consent!)