Living Afield
"Life awaits beyond the beaten path"
Guided Plant Walks
Walk with us, and learn about plants
Survival Training Classes
Learn the skills necessary to thrive in the wild
Make Medicine From Plants
"Use plants to heal mind, body, and soul"
Available training opportunities
We offer training solutions to suit everyone
Edible & Medicinal Plant Lists
Free information on plant identification and use
Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms
Free information on mushroom identification and use
Surviving in the Wild
Free information on thriving in the wild

Afield   [uh-feeld]


  • Abroad; away from home
  • off the beaten path; far and wide.
  • in or to the field or countryside
  • beyond the range or field of one's experience, knowledge, acquaintanceship, etc: a philosophy far afield of previous philosophical thought.

Welcome to Living Afield

"Where The Outdoors Is Our Classroom"

I am a naturalist, outdoor writer, herbalist, and survivalist. I offer training in essential skills like identifying and using edible and medicinal plants, making herbal medicines, wilderness survival, building shelter, making fire, finding and purifying water, setting snares, deadfalls, and other traps, survival fishing, and day and night land navigation, etc. I also lead edible and medicinal plant walks.

I do not believe nature is a malevolent force hell bent upon our destruction. Nature is not sentient, it has no knowledge of us. Nature simply “is”. It is our responsibility to learn to adapt to our ever-changing environment.

Simply put, Survival is learning to adapt our actions to any situation in which we may find ourselves.

With the proper mindset and skills, you can thrive in any situation or environment. I will teach you the necessary skills, and help you develop the proper mindset.

I hope you find the information contained in the hundreds of pages comprising this website to be useful. Drop me a line and tell me what you think of the site. If you like, I will add you to my mailing list, and you will receive my highly informative quarterly newsletter, and notices of upcoming events and classes.


Kirk Wahl

Available Training Opportunities

We offer wilderness survival courses. Immerse yourself in all of the aspects of surviving in the wild. We touch on all aspects of survival. We also offer guided plant wakls where you det up close hands on time with a multitude of edible and medicinal plants. Our walks are held in an area rich in plant life. You will learn how to identify some of the most common and most important edible and medicinal plants. If you cannot make it to our guided plants walks, you can try our online virtual plant walks. These videos quide you through the identification and use of a wide range of edible and medicinal plants. Come and learn the confidence and skills necessary to be able to make use of, and thrive in the natural world...
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Now that you have begun to learn about the medicinal properties of plants, it is important to learn how to make use of these properties. Our herbal medicine making classes are designed to teach you how to turn plants into healthful medicines to treat you and your loved ones. In these classes, you will harvest the plants, and we will provide the know how and the materials necessary to make these preparations...
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Edible & Medicinal Plant Lists

Our primary goal is to help ensure the knowledge of those who have gone before us is not lost to histry. If you do not want to make use of our classes, you can search through our free list of wide ranging edible and medicinal plants. If oyu are not able to get out into the forest, we offer lists of plants that can be found right outside of your door...
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A List Of Common Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms

While most people are justifiably afraid of mushrooms, there are multiple varieties that cannot be mistaken for anything toxic. Once you learn their characteristics, and where they grow, you to can make use of their culinary and medicinal benefits. We have compiled a list of widespread species which are readily identifiable...
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Visit Our Survival Skills Pages

Surviving is the wild is not as daunting a task as you might think. Our ancestors practicecd survival skills. They just called it living. Many peoples across the world still live a subsistence lifestyle. With the proper mindset, and a little knowledge, you too can learn to survive in any situation...
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About Us

Learn more about the journey that became Living Field...
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