Barefoot Self-Reliance

A Book by Di Wood (Hammill)



The Book


Di’s new book ‘Barefoot Self-Reliance’, out next Spring, will describe how do do/make all the crafts taught at Wild Harvest.  It will be a ‘How-To’ book wrapped around her unusual life story. 

Self-Reliance is both a political and personal statement, it is preferred here to self-sufficiency which conjures up images of  veggie growing on a smallholding in a rural idyll.  The journey toward greater Self-reliance can be achieved in an urban setting and in any area of life.

The book is half biography half ‘how-to’

This biog part aims  to awaken you to the possibility of greater personal empowerment and reduced reliance on others through Di’s inspiring backstory of escaping abuse, finding her voice and the realisation that her journey lay in self-healing.  A journey that lead her via parental divorce, death of primary care giver, subsequent well meaning neglect, years of sexual abuse, anorexia and exercise addiction to seeking normality and yearning for connection.  But primarily the story of strength and determination to grow via learning and self-health care.   Her choice to raise her three children alone in a remote dale, living in a green painted off-grid caravan was both a big fuck off to those who shouldve been there as well as a desire to allow her own children to grow up away from harmful influences in a place they could develop their trues selves. Di learned to use what was around them for their household and personal essentials and to live by fire.  For the last 14 years Di has ran Wild Harvest School of Self Reliance empowering other women to do and make more for themselves, naturally.  Now a member of the association of foragers, a qualified teacher, archery instructor,  black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Permaculture Designer and Natural Beekeeper Di’s insistence on keeping the ethics and ethos of her business pure has been rewarded with becoming one of the country’s leading experts in simple, natural lifestyle.  

To provide even in part for your own needs, whether personal, nutritional or household is immensely empowering, by adopting some of the ideas in this book you will feel fitter, more centred and aware of your capabilities and develop a deeper connection to your relationship with your natural environment and how it can support you.

With tips for simple natural lifestyle and off-grid living plus ‘how-to s’ for simple natural lifestyle such as working with willow, foraging for food, making basic wild medicines, how to make light and  toiletries from the natural materials around you plus  building humanure potato towers, making cheese and butter, natural beekeeping, natural navigation and how to line your wellies with road kill rabbit fur I hope you find value in this book and that it you you can journey with it.

To listen to radio interview/you tube video of Di detailing some of her experiences please click HERE


Get ‘Barefoot Self-Reliance’ in 2019!

Love, Di

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