Hi, I’m Chris.
As someone who has been brought up to value health in all it’s forms, this project and the philosophy behind it are both important aspects of what currently drives me forward, in my quest to be the best version of myself, whilst also guiding others to do the same. I truly believe that if we understand our past on this planet, we have a much better chance at achieving something that resembles our profound human nature.
At this point, in my late twenties, I still find it hard to identify with a specific “career”. I am English but not really, French but not really, a twin sister, a traveler, a rock climber, adventurer, anthropologist, filmmaker, and rope access technician. I like to think, write, and express myself creatively in whatever form that may take. And to be compeletely honest, I don’t actually believe in whatever it is a “career” is meant to be (this word, to me, is a product of the beliefs that are held in an industrial and domesticated society).
I like to push myself, learn and grow physically and mentally, and strive to be the best version of myself I can be with the tools that I have. I love to move and stay strong. I don’t take myself too seriously. Or at least I try not to. I love myself, and I love people. I have always been interested in human behaviour whether it be at the level of the individual or on a much bigger scale, culturally.
It’s been almost two years since the “rewilding” seed was planted in my mind, and it has since grown to something much bigger. First, I intended to write about rewilding topics in a fairly simple blog like this, but I soon realised it wouldn’t be enough. Something else was needed: an online platform not just connecting rewilding ideas but also creating a bridge between those who are rewilding themselves, as well as those in search of the tools, knowledge and inspiration the rewilding philosophy can bring.
The vision I have is one of connecting the local and global rewilding dots. I in no way claim that I am a fully rewilded human myself. Far from it. But I strive to be, one barefoot step at a time. And almost more importantly than that, I see the immense potential that this project has in healing us beings and the planet we call our home. And it’s this potential that is driving me forward to do the best I can in getting it off the ground. I know I won’t be able to do it alone, but alone is where I start, because if I don’t, who will?!
This project has also led me to study again, and I am currently doing a Master’s degree in Visual Anthropology in Marseille (France), where I am making an ethnographic documentary on a small alternative community in the South of France (in La Drôme, to be more specific). A community I believe is rewilding in many forms. As a filmmaker and anthropologist, I want to visually represent the real people who are deciding to reconnect with nature, coming back to community living, and finding ways to consciously live on this planet in a more eco-friendly and sustainable way.
So this is me and the way I connect to this project in a nutshell. If you want to know more please get in contact. I’d love to have a chat and get to know you too!