Nature’s Path: A Conversation with Wilderness Expert Woniya Thibeault

Woniya Thibeault (@buckskin_revolution) stands on a snowy mountain with her bow and arrow drawn.

Photo features Woniya Thibeault (@buckskin_revolution). Photo Credit: Gregg Segal

At Stormy Kromer, we find inspiration in individuals whose lives are intertwined with the natural world. Woniya Thibeault, a dedicated advocate of wilderness and survival skills, embodies this connection. We had the privilege of sitting down with Woniya to delve into her life story, her passion for the outdoors, and her experiences as a participant on the survival TV show Alone.

"One of the driving stories of my life is how much happier and healthier we are as humans when we spend time in and see ourselves as part of nature."

For Woniya, nature isn’t just a place to visit—it’s a way of life. Her childhood favorites, like “The Island of the Blue Dolphins” and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, kindled a fascination with self-sufficiency and living in harmony with the land.

Ancestral Skills and Survival Wisdom

Woniya’s passion for ancestral skills was ignited during her first ancestral skills gathering at 19. “I have devoted my life to them ever since,” she shares. These skills, encompassing everything from naturalist training to wilderness survival techniques, became the cornerstone of her purpose.

"Understanding that nature is where we came from and where we evolved to be... Being grateful for all we have, being willing to work for, rather than feeling entitled to, our basic needs and comfort makes a huge difference in survival situations."

Woniya emphasizes that survival extends beyond physical techniques. This mindset aligns with Stormy Kromer’s values—finding comfort and strength in nature’s embrace.

Buckskin Revolution

Woniya’s venture, Buckskin Revolution, is dedicated to reconnecting people with the natural world through ancestral skills and land-based living. “Inspiring others to live a more connected life” is at the heart of her mission. It’s a journey that resonates deeply with Stormy Kromer’s commitment to outdoor living.

Thriving Alone

Woniya’s decision to participate in Alone was fueled by adventure and challenge. Despite initial reluctance, she embraced the transformative experience it offered. Never Alone, her forthcoming memoir, goes beyond the show’s surface details, delving into the heart of the experience—both its joys and hardships. While viewers saw the journey of finding food and shelter, the internal transformative experience Woniya had was at the center. From preparation to recovery, the unseen parts of her time alone are discussed.

During her journey on Alone, Woniya turned to Stormy Kromer for her headgear needs. “I wanted a cap that would be good in a variety of conditions… It was the perfect hat for the job,” she says. The cap was snug and warm for colder temperatures, and the broad brim shielded her from the sun when necessary. This choice encapsulates the versatility and functionality that Stormy Kromer embodies.

Woniya reminds us that connecting with nature is integral to our human experience. Her story serves as a testament to the transformative power of the wilderness and the joy of embracing its challenges. At Stormy Kromer, we’re honored to share Woniya’s journey and celebrate her unwavering connection to the great outdoors.

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