Living Wild Team
All of the experiences here at Living Wild are made possible by our fantastic group of interns, guest teachers and past students. We try to build a community that will continue to interact as the years go on. Here are some of the clan, to give an idea of the learning environment we create.
Living Wild draws specialists in many prehistoric living skills, who will often come and collaborate with Lynx to teach a class within their specialty.
Founder & Instructor
Lynx Vilden has traveled, explored, and researched the nature and traditional cultures of arctic, mountain, and desert regions from Hudson Bay to the Kalahari Desert. She emerged from her first sweat lodge ceremony in 1989 with the realization of the calling back to the Earth, learning, sharing, and teaching the old ways. She has been practicing and teaching primitive living skills with passion both in the US and in Europe since 1991. Instructor at Boulder Outdoor Survival School in Utah for several years she has taught workshops at primitive skills gatherings, including Rabbitstick and Winter Count. She's contributed regularly to the American publication Bulletin of Primitive Technology. She's lived in a Sami village in Scandinavia and has lived and studied in the desert Southwest of Arizona and New Mexico, the Rocky Mountains of Montana, and the North Cascades of Washington.
In 2001 she started the Four Seasons Prehistoric Projects program dedicated to sharing the ancient skills of primitive living.
Lynx teaches all Living Wild classes with the assistance of many fine instructors and past students.
Guest Instructor: 2020 Immersion
Kiliii Yuyan is a Nanai (Siberian Native) and Chinese-American photographer whose award-winning work chronicles Indigenous communities and conservation issues.
Kiliii’s mission is presenting long-form narratives of the relationship between humans and the natural world. Kiliii’s photography presents an alternative vision of humanity’s greatest wealth—community, culture and the land.
Wilderness expeditionary experience has been critical for Kiliii’s projects across the Arctic and other extreme environments. On assignment, he has fled collapsing sea ice, weathered botulism from fermented whale blood, and found kinship at the edges of the world.
Kiliii contributes features to National Geographic Magazine, Outside, Pacific Standard, and Sierra. His photographs have exhibited in galleries worldwide, and have won awards from PDN, Communication Arts, and Px3. Kiliii also speaks publicly about indigenous and conservation issues, and has given talks at National Geographic and the George Eastman Museum. He is based out of Seattle.
Learn more about Kiliii and Seawolf Kayak
Coordinator & Media Agent
"Having grown up watching my mother (Lynx) teach and use these skills, I am happy to see her creating Living Wild as the ultimate example of a lifestyle both sustainable, and with a powerful respect to the ancestral skills. I am happy to be able to help with the technical side of things so that Lynx can carry on doing what she does best: teaching skills and living as an example."
How do you utilize the skills that are taught here in your everyday life?
"I try to live a sustainable life even in the mainstream world, and because of my experiences with Immersion Projects and Living Wild I feel as though I am able to transition between modernity and living close to the land with an ease that is becoming uncommon in our modern world."