About the Book
In 2008 I self-published a book called Rewild or Die. It was a collection of essays and blogs written by my muse and alter-ego, “Urban Scout”. In this book I explored the philosophy of the emerging rewilding renaissance, in which civilized humans are thought to be “domesticated” through thousands of years of sedentary, agrarian life. This way of life is believed to be the root of all environmental destruction and social injustice. Rewilding is the process of un-doing this domestication, and restoring healthy, biologically diverse communities. Using thoughtful, humorously cynical and at times angry prose, Urban Scout explored how the ideology of civilization clashes with the wild and wild peoples, and how thinking, feeling and most importantly living wild is the only way to reach true sustainability. In the summer of 2011 I went on a West Coast book tour. I decided to discontinue Rewild or Die after feeling that its tone was too harsh and because of that, caused too much hostility.
Rewilding 101 is a massive re-write of Rewild or Die. I'm updating it with more current ideas, taking out Urban Scout’s characteristic harsh tone, and am organizing the pieces from random blog entries into a more cohesive book. I decided to put it up on here as I work on it because it's mostly a re-write and I want to have some of the ideas available. Especially for those who send me e-mails and facebook messages asking if they can get a copy of the Rewild or Die still. No you can't, but now you can read the re-write in progress! Thanks to all the people who have encouraged me along the way. I think you will be very pleased with Rewilding 101. I am so far.
About the Author
Peter Michael Bauer (formerly writing under the moniker “Urban Scout”) is a multi-disciplinary artist and environmental educator. A fourth generation Portlander, his first merit badge in the Boy Scouts was basketry. From there he went on to receive his Eagle Scout rank. It was during his years camping with the scouts that he began to yearn for a deeper connection to place. At sixteen he traveled across the United States to attend Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School. After that he went to Wilderness Awareness School in Washington state, where he attended several Art of Mentoring workshops. He began blogging about rewilding under the moniker “Urban Scout” in 2004. During his time as urban scout he received local press in the The Oregonian, Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, national press in ReadyMade Magazine and international press in Positive Living Magazine (UK) and Chain Reaction (AU) for his efforts to create and promote the culture of rewilding. He loves basketry, playing the banjo, and is a fluent speaker of Chinuk Wawa (Chinook Jargon), the Native trade language of the Pacific Northwest. During the summer of 2012 he attended Lynx Vilden’s Stone Age immersion program. Bauer has been an environmental educator for over a decade, working with local organizations like Cascadia Wild, Friends of Tryon Creek, Audubon Society, Portland Waldorf, Shining Star Waldorf, Cleveland High School, and is the executive director at Rewild Portland, a non-profit that he founded. Aside from running Rewild Portland, he currently works at Shining Star Waldorf School in Portland as an instructor for their Nature Immersion Program.