Raven Gray is an ancestral skills practitioner, a writer, educator, and activist. Her life and work are informed by her passion to protect and restore the wild places of the world, including the wild of our own souls.
She holds a BA in “Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community” from New College of California, her thesis focused on changing culture through environmental art. She received 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 for more than 20 years, 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 12 years, Raven has immersed herself in the ancestral health and primitive skills movements. Along with attending numerous skills gatherings, in 2016 Raven participated in the month-long Stone Age winter immersion program with Lynx Vilden known as Living Wild.
In 2013, Raven graduated from a 2-year residential wilderness skills program taught by Jon Young and Penny Livingston-Stark, now called Weaving Earth that focused on how to reweave 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.