At Wilderland, we live in relationship with the land which nourishes us. Minimising our ecological footprint allows the biological system to remain diverse and productive. This is an integral expression of care and kaitiakitanga (guardianship) over both our inner and outer environment.
We embrace the principles of Earth care, People care and Fair share.
All religions, ages, races, creeds are welcomed.
Wilderland’s organic farm uses no synthetic fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides.
Our long-term vision enables Syntropic practises, including Food-Forestry and Permaculture Principles.
Growing our own organic food and promoting methods of organic farming is one of our priorities. We grow almost all our own fruits and vegetables and strive to grow more.
We are blessed to have wild areas where we can deepen our connection to nature and allow our healing to take place.
Living with people can be challenging! Here at Wilderland we embrace that challenge, we encourage open communication, being brave in the face of confrontation and an ability to go through the process of maintaining and repairing connection. We have tools for doing this and one of the requirements to being at Wilderland is a commitment to use these tools. This is our commitment to personal growth.
Residential houses for long-term volunteers are powered by solar power – one of the most accessible and practical forms of renewable energy. Our communal kitchen runs on renewable firewood sourced from the land. We have grid power available to us and source it from renewable suppliers.
As Earth moves into an era of climate crisis, Wilderland is working to support our land and community within these challenges. In January 2017, devastating bush-fires caused vast damage to the land and several buildings. Nearly 4,000 new trees were planted to kick-start the re-vegetation of native bush. Summer 2019 saw widespread drought across Coromandel and other nearby regions. Wilderland is utilizing these challenges as an opportunity for adaptation and transformation, such as building more water-tanks, planting different crops and facilitating community development to enable us to navigate these challenges effectively. We’re looking for brave, skilled and motivated individuals to help us achieve our vision of re-building something great, together in alignment with Wilderland’s vision and purpose.
One of the most unique and challenging aspects of Wilderland is its collaborative management system. Everyone participating in the community has the opportunity to propose and facilitate changes to the project, as long as they align with the purposes and intent of the Trust Deed.
“It is in the humility of the student who knows nothing but yearns to learn a discipline or skill, who listens to the teacher and copies movements and processes based on experience and research…. it is only then can a student become a teacher”
“A desire to share that is so unbearable we must expand. Teaching comes with ease a lot of the times, other times we are nervous and we prepare a lot, we practise and we practise…the more we do it the more natural it becomes and the joy of service fills us with more joy, gratitude and energy.”
Established in 1964 as one of Aotearoa’s first organic farms, Wilderland was founded when Dan & Edith Hansen purchased 64ha of abandoned farmland in Kaimarama on the Coromandel Peninsula. Dan & Edith were people of vision and integrity. Under their guidance, and with the support of the many people who joined the project, a self-reliant community began to evolve.
The name “Wilderland” was suggested by a resident volunteer, a reference to a place in Tolkein’s ‘Lord of The Rings’.
Wilderland has continuously evolved for more than half a century, an example of an alternative approach to living. Thousands of people have spent time at Wilderland over the years, and many have been touched with invaluable experiences that enhance their ongoing life journey.
From the beginning, Wilderland was built with little reliance on financial capital, focusing instead on the internal support of its strong community and building relationships with friends and well-wishers [including through our Wildershop].
In 1992, Dan & Edith gifted Wilderland as an educational trust to “enable the work which has commenced here to be carried on and broadened”. When Dan passed away in 2006, some momentum was lost; however by 2009 a small and passionate group committed to driving Wilderland’s continuing development.
Wilderland’s land, building and equipment is within the care of The Wilderland Trust, facilitated by the Board of Trustees. The current Resident Group makes decisions regarding the day to day operation of the farm and community, whilst the Trust provides long-term oversight to ensure that the project is working within the objectives of the Trust Deed.