Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be “hard core” to take a class with Wild Abundance?
Absolutely not! Wild Abundance exists to make skills for living with the Earth accessible to everyone, no matter your background.
Will I be cooking over a fire while I am there?
We do have a lovely outdoor kitchen equipped with running water (tasty well water) and a propane stove, a rocket stove (fire powered), and a nearby camp fire, so the choice is yours!
Do you have a refrigerator I can store my food in while I am there?
We do not have any refrigeration on site, however, we have a place to store coolers, and there is a gas station ½ mile down the road that sells ice.
How old (or young) are the other students going to be?
Wild Abundance prides itself on welcoming students from many different ages and backgrounds. Our students’ ages have ranged from 16 years to 73 years, and have included many ages in between. We deeply enjoy the intergenerational flavor of our classes, and find that it adds to students’ learning to have such diversity of experiences within the student body.
I really want to take your classes but am not sure if I can afford it. What options do you have?
We feel passionately about offering earthskills education to everyone. We try to accommodate those who are financially challenged by offering payment plans, sliding scale, worktrade, and occasionally scholarships. Contact our bookkeeper for more information: Bookkeeper.WildAbundance@gmail.com.
I am coming from out of town. What are my options are far as lodging?
While many locals prefer to commute to Wild Abundance from Asheville, students from the area and out of town are welcome to camp in our very rustic and quaint open-air buildings or to pitch a tent in one of our flat camping spots in the woods or in a field located on our seven-acre property. During the cooler months, we strongly suggest bringing a very warm sleeping bag and bedding. We have a fully functioning outdoor kitchen and outdoor shower.
If you prefer something a little more conducive to creature comforts, we suggest browsing Airbnb or checking out some of the local motels and B&Bs within a 10-15 minute drive to Wild Abundance.
Below are a few local accommodations you might find to your liking:
Comfort Inn in Mars Hill, NC
Where exactly are your classes held?
Most of our classes are held onsite at Wild Abundance in Barnardsville, NC, unless otherwise specified. For some of our classes, we will take field trips to other sites in the area. We are located about 25 minutes north of downtown Asheville, off of the Barnardsville/Jupiter exit off of I-26 (Exit 16). You will receive detailed directions to our location after you register for a class.
Can I bring my dog with me?
We live in a small community with a few other like-minded neighbors and have covenants that restrict dogs on the land. We do not allow dogs on the property unless they are service dogs that you need in order for you to get around.
Can my child attend class with me?
Students 16 years and up are welcome to register for adult classes with parent consent. With parent accompaniment, we are open to the conversation of of younger teenagers registering for classes if they have deep interest in the subject and a high level of intellectual and social maturity.
Depending on the class, you may be able to bring your younger child with you. We like to encourage children to be a part of this lifestyle and do have some children in the neighborhood who might be around for your kid to play with. Check in with yourself about whether your child could be engaged in the class or is self-directed enough to find something to do while you are engaged. (If your child is in arms, it shouldn’t be an issue at all, unless you are doing a class like hide-tanning!) Parents are responsible for taking their child aside if they are distracting the class.
Please check in ahead of time with one of our directors about whether it is appropriate to bring your child to a specific class. Some classes have additional charges for children. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.