Founder of Wildkind Outdoors
Advanced Woodsman Certification | 50 day training in Colorado (The Survival University)
Certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
Home Preparedness Trainer
Certified Health Coach (IIN)
Intuition, breath & Leadership Trainer



Resident Instructor The Survival University
Editorial Journalist for Thurston Talk and Grays Harbor Talk
Outdoor Educator
Wilderness Survival Instructor
Bow Hunter | Archer
Forager with Ethnobotony Training


Intuition Practitioner
Self-Reliance Advocate
Food Sovereignty
Although Washington has been my home for the last 25 years, I spent my youth as a "free-range" kid living in Central Oregon where riding horses, building fires and venturing out on a trail surrounded by juniper and sage was a natural part of growing up. As an adult, I have had to be more intentional about immersing myself in wild places.

I have discovered that getting "offline" and immersed in the wonders of nature have been crucial for navigating modern stressors with more resiliency. As a parent of two teenage boys, I am well-versed in the many challenges that we all are facing as we consider the next generation and how our modern lifestyles can be detrimental to our mind, body, spirit and planet. In this unique and challenging time of uncertainty, there is freedom and expansiveness through both the inward journey of self-discovery and our personal engagement with the elements and natural world. These can be subtle explorations using the senses as well as hard skills that are available to anyone who has an interest. 

"To Rewild your life is to unplug from the modern lifestyle of disconnect and convenient consumption and immerse mind, body and spirit into nature's intelligent design to renew the health and well-being of all things wild and free. This includes the health of our communities and our planet and leads to greater resiliency and self-sufficieny with a huge spike in joy." ~ Wildkind Jess


Outdoor-based education and learning the basic hard skills that our Ancestors passed down throughout generations, help shift us into a greater integration with the natural world. Rewilding ourselves is at the very core of our primal nature. With a 10-year immersion into living off-grid and as an astute "prepper", I flipped the script on fear-centric living through areas of study that included over 500 hours of yoga & meditation training, nutritional therapy school as well as a deep-dive into exploring the human experience more closely by becoming a Death Doula and educator for holistic and meaningful end-of-life practices including traditional home funerals and ecological death care that supports conservation and renewal of life. 

Check out my Field Notes Blog to learn more about hunting, clamming, archery, fishing, foraging and direct living skills including natural crafts like basket making and fish tanning.

I love being an educator and course facilitator with the opportunity to share and receive knowledge from others. Thank you for taking the time to read a bit about me and I hope to see you at one our Wildkind Outdoor events or retreats!

"In this unique time, we are being called to live in greater communion with ourselves, humanity and the natural world. We can awaken our senses to engage life in a more meaningful way through what I call ALIVENESS training. By becoming a student of the outdoors we give ourselves the gift of going to wild places with greater reverence and confidence. Welcome to the way of the Wildkind... for those who value joy based living, nature connectivity and equanimity of mind" ~ Jess Caldwell

Interested in a more personalized approach to taking a walk on the wild side? Design a life that is truly exceptional and in alignment with your unique goals.

Visit the Individuals & Private Groups Page to learn more!