In our time, the great question is how we will live in light of the ecological fact that we are bound together in the community of life, one and indivisible. 

David W. Orr, Ecological Literacy


Wilderdom is a collections of offerings - ways of experiencing the interconnectedness of life. Programmes, workshops and individual sessions are facilitated by Jess Tyrrell who is devoted to promoting ecological awareness and identity, sustainable living as part of a larger more-than-human world, creative learning and improvisational thinking. 


She has an honours degree in Social Work and Psychology, an interdisciplinary Masters in Environmental Humanities and has over 21 years of experience in ecotherapy and nature connection all over West and Southern Africa and internationally. She is a qualified lead guide in white water rafting, an off-trail mountain leader and a trails guide in big game environments.

She works with and consults for various organizations facilitating nature-based mentoring and education, rites of passage and wilderness based experiential learning for teenagers. She guides and supports adults and youth in nature and wilderness experiences through eco-therapeutic work and eco-literacy.

Between programmes and sessions she runs group workshops from her mobile apothecary and home-base nature reserve in the Deep South of Cape Town, that teach people about foraging and natural medicine making with plants.

She has a passion for singing, playing guitar, traditional medicine and bushcraft.

The Earth must be seen, not as a collection of objects for our use, but as a communion of subjects of which we are all a part - Thomas Berry