Raven Gray is a primitive skills practitioner, an ecologist, and a mother. Her life is informed by her passion to restore the world’s wild places, including the wilderness of the human soul.
She holds a BA in “Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community” from New College of California, and an MSc (Distinction) from Schumacher College in the UK, where her postgraduate thesis “Ecological Education: Restoring the Ground of Learning” involved the research, design and development of a center for regenerative education.
A Permaculture designer and educator since the 1990s, Raven was a pioneer of the Transition Towns movement in the UK, and in 2007 she founded the national hub Transition US to inspire the emergence of resilient communities that can reimagine and rebuild our world. Previously she taught sustainable living skills for an international ecovillage education program; ran an organic dairy farm in West Cornwall; and managed the Cornish Ancient Sites Protection Network.
For the last two decades Raven has immersed herself in the primitive skills movement. Along with participating in numerous courses with world-class instructors, she regularly attends skills gatherings such as Rabbitstick and Winter Count.
As part of her ancestral skills journey, Raven took a month-long Stone Age winter immersion program with Lynx Vilden known as Living Wild, and a 2-year residential wilderness skills program taught by Jon Young and Penny Livingston-Stark (now called Weaving Earth) that focused on reweaving a new, wild and resilient culture.
Raven is a graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Training, and the California Naturalist Training program, and is a long-standing member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. She currently lives with her son on occupied Coast Miwok lands, in the Point Reyes National Seashore, Northern California but she dreams of returning home to her ancestral lands in Cornwall one day.