School of Wyld Roots

“Initiated men and women don’t chase what they desire, they marry what they follow and they raise up what they love

Martin Prechtel

School of Wyld Roots

The School of Wyld Roots is a year-long immersion into the life of farming, nature-based dialogue, land stewardship, and self discovery. Follow the seasonal cycle of this hands-on learning journey, where we are co-creating the foundational future of a Holistic Learning Cooperative here at Twisted Roots Farm.


The initial start date for the School of Wyld Roots had been initially slated to start on March 21, 2021.  With the unfolding events of COVID, we had extended the intake date to June of 2021 in the hopes that a clearer understanding of COVID would materialize and create more certainty for students looking to make such a commitment for a year-long immersion program.  With the increased travel restrictions and other possible requirements needed for those traveling from outside of Nova Scotia there is still a great deal of uncertainty as to how those looking to apply and travel to the farm will arrive here without significant cost and logistics.  It is also still unknown how new variants will impact policy regarding COVID and how vaccine inoculation will reduce virus spread.  

We have therefore had to come to the difficult decision to postpone the program until the spring of 2022.  Much of our planning and production is reliant on having the school in full operation with student help and input, and we are therefore having to scale our operation back for the 2021 season.  It is crucial for us to start our season now with what we know for certain in order to meet the needs of our valued customers who support the farm.  

We still of course require help and are currently accepting volunteers.  In addition, we will be offering an apprenticeship program again this year with a start date of May 2, 2021 and a second cohort starting August 8, 2021.  There are opportunities for a three month or six month apprenticeship this season at the farm.  Please visit our apprenticeship page for more information.

We want to thank all those who have applied and expressed an interest in this very unique program.  We truly believe that this program will be a core offering here at Twisted Roots Farm in the future.  We recognize the commitment and willingness to say yes to something new and intensive.  The gift in this is that it allows those interested in participating to take more time to fully absorb this offering, and there are opportunities to “get your feet wet” by applying for an apprenticeship or volunteering this season at the farm.  

We are still accepting applications for the School of Wyld Roots with the new start date for the spring of 2022.  

We look forward to continuing the conversation.

Wild Blessings

Terry and Will

Students will delve into:

  • Permaculture Design and Methodology
  • Regenerative Agriculture
  • Off-grid Living
  • Outdoor Education / Bushcraft Skills
  • Food Security
  • Forestry / Bandsaw Mill Operation
  • Economic Development
  • Leadership
  • Community Living
  • Natural and Conventional Construction
  • Communication Skills

Through skill building, experiential education, and certification courses, students learn about self-reliance, farming, artisan craft building, and being in relationship with the more-than-human world.

Certification courses are offered by outside resources and agencies, connecting students to facilitators and specialists in their fields.

  • Permaculture Design Certification Course
  • Sociocracy for All, Empowered Learning Circle
  • Chainsaw Training and Certification
  • Standard First Aid Certification
  • WHMIS Certification
  • Ladder Safety and Fall Protection Certification
  • Food Safety Certification

Our mission is to create a cooperative of guides and mentors who will continue this work in a time where our culture needs to remember many of these forgotten skills and make them relevant to the times.

During the first six months of the program, students are engaged in this hands on learning process. In the second half of the program, participants will transition from a place of theory and practice to more direct involvement in the farm as a business through a profit sharing model based on the success of the farm from the previous months work, dedication, and initiatives.

This is a tuition based program for the initial six month period where students are gaining skills and experience. Tuition is $4000 CAD and includes all training, mentoring, theory, skill building, certification courses, food and accommodations.

Scholarships may be available to those students who demonstrate a financial need. Please see our information package for more details.

The School of Wyld Roots is putting a call out to students who feel a longing to be in relationship with the wild, with their food, with the sacred art of life and death, and the land that sustains us.

What the school is offering is an opportunity to delve into the mysteries of your own soul and discover the golden threads that are woven deep within you.

If you hear this call, we invite you to read through our detailed information package to find out more about the School of Wyld Roots.

Applicants must be 19 years of age or older to apply.

Learn More About The School of Wyld Roots

“The most valuable part of this experience was undoubtedly my ‘tuning out of the city and my ‘tuning in’ to nature. Without electronic distractions, internet, or even consistent cell reception, I was forced to slow down and reestablish my relationship with the living world around me.”

Murray, Farm Apprentice, August to November 2020 – excerpt from Twisted Roots Farm Blog

By the end of my time here, I managed to fast in the woods with no more than a bug net, a tarp, a sleeping bag, and some water for 42 hours straight. My range of comfort is definitely wider and now I know I have the strength to endure so much more than I ever thought I could.

Emma, Farm Apprentice, April to August 2020 – excerpt from Twisted Roots Farm Blog

“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”

Albert Einstein
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