Mission & Vision

The Rusty Anvil is a platform for Black, Indigenous, and People of color to reconnect to nature through mindful wilderness trips and ancestral living skills. We seek to address the complex relationship between BIPOC liberation and wild spaces.

 

Reclaiming a healthy relationship to wild land as Black, Indigenous, and People of color is a means of resistance to destructive concepts of wilderness and forces that seek to exclude us. It is a way to shed ancestral traumas related to the wilderness and feeling a sense of belonging in nature.  We deserve to enjoy wild spaces and learn these skills without worrying about our safety, and truly benefit from the healing that nature has to offer.

Philosophy & Values

  • Finding Ourselves in Nature

  As marginalized individuals we are constantly navigating social constructs that tell us who we are and what we are worth.  In nature there is no one to tell us who and how to be. The natural world provides space for us to simply BE, and to find those answers for ourselves while offering mirrors for reflection along the way. 

  • Supportive Outdoor Community

 Spending time in nature with people that make you feel seen, validated, and safe is one of the most important pieces to our collective liberation. When we work together in the backcountry we weave together relationships that are strengthened by accountability.

  • Showing Up As We Are

 We are all walking the path towards a deeper relationship with the land. As people of color a lot can come up in the process. There can be fear, feelings of shame for not knowing, and so many other complex and often confusing feelings. You are invited to show up as you are comfortable in all of your unknowings, fears, and questions, and we will navigate the terrain together. 

  • Respect for First Nations and All Living Beings

Based out of Mohican and Pocumtuc land, we honor the Indigenous communities who came before us.

 

Building a relationship of intimacy with the natural world is an important part of our work, and it is a foundational way to honor the Indigenous stewards of the land. We encourage an awareness and respect for all living beings in all that we do. We would not be here today if it were not for the Indigenous communities who held these lands in sacred health. 

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