Buying the Book


Becoming Wild is available from most quality bookstores and major stores, including:

Indigo, Barnes and Noble,  Amazon, Kindle or Kobo in Canada the US and Europe.

Amazon Canada / Amazon US

You may also contact Caitlin Press for orders and other stores carrying the book:

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Living the Primitive Life on a West Coast Island


Sometimes predator, sometimes prey, Nikki, Micah, and kitty Scout must fend off the harsh weather, hungry wildlife and persistent threat of starvation.  In this isolated rainforest, they discover what it really takes to survive…       Becoming Wild.

“Becoming Wild is a must read for anyone concerned about the future of people and the natural world. Nikki van Schyndel’s incredible story tugs strongly at the heart of one of modern life’s greatest challenges: the massive disconnection of people from nature. Nikki’s deep calling to ancient knowledge, skills and authentic experience leads to powerful connections and reawakens ancient instincts, sensibilities and perceptions that are now mostly gone from modern people. After becoming wild, Nikki returns to post-modern life to discover how far away her known communities have gotten from this original relationship — as all people realize when they reconnect with nature. Nikki’s heartfelt and transparent self-discovery, reconciliation and renegotiation with self, others and the offerings of our world is a model all can benefit from.”

— Jon Young, author of What the Robin Knows (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Founder of Wilderness Awareness School

BECOMING WILD is an amazing and intimate chronicle of a young woman’s experiences learning to survive and eventually thrive along the rugged, isolated rainforest of British Columbia, for eighteen months. With a meager amount of modern items, Nikki, her feral cat, and a virtual stranger achieve their inexplicable childhood dreams of facing life with stone-age tools and primitive technology, hand-crafting all they needed for survival, from cedar-bark rope to bone-barbed fish hooks, medicinal plant remedies to gourmet wild meals, baskets to bows and arrows.

“By forsaking almost all technology known to modern man, Nikki and Micah have taken wilderness dwelling far beyond the boundaries that most seekers of the wild will ever do. Who could imagine anyone these days building a bear trap with logs tied with homemade twine? As with Thoreau, their wilderness sojourn was not permanent, but they suffered endless deprivation, starvation, and extreme discomfort; however the experience was a real eye-opener as to what anyone can do if you put your mind to it. These lessons have enriched their lives in a way that few would understand: this well-written book goes a long way towards enriching ours.”

— Chris Czajkowski author of Cabin at Singing River (Raincoast Books) and Lonesome: Memoirs of a Wilderness Dog (Touchwood Editions)

Told in a voice that is both familiar and vulnerable, Nikki’s story is a deeply personal and honest account of self-discovery and transformation.  She is not your stereotypical survivalist.  She began her journey as a privileged, fashionable “city dweller” and now finds herself a confident, awakened “forest dweller,” balancing both worlds.  The charming aspect of her story is that she brings her femininity with her into the wild and into her story.

Nikki revels in the re-telling of her life in the wilderness.  Her spirit, passion, energy, personal courage and excitement for life reverberate throughout her highly interactive presentations.  As an experienced and engaging speaker, Nikki offers a unique perspective and incredible insight into our place – and future place – in this world.

“Nikki van Schyndel is the real thing.  Everything she says in Becoming Wild, down to the finest details of food, tools, and emotions, she has done with her own hands and heart.  I have known her for nearly twenty years, and she is all that you might imagine.  Focused, self-reliant, competent – a doer –  and inspiringly alive.   Nikki doesn’t look like a wilderness survivor, but she is.  She very definitely is.  She is also a beautiful woman, and one of the charming aspects of her story is that she brings her femininity with her to the wild and into her story.  Nikki’s rite of passage reminds all of us of our own possibilities.”

– Wes Gietz is co-author of Peak States of Consciousness, Vol. 2 and Founder of Windwalker; a nature-based school dedicated to spiritual awakening.

A bestselling book, Becoming Wild not only tells of unimaginable encounters with the very wildlife that captures our hearts and feeds our fears, but of the hilarious predicaments and physical, mental and spiritual challenges nature illuminates.  Her insights on living an authentic life, overcoming our limitations, developing our intuitions, letting go of fear, trusting our open hearts, finding “true” freedom and awakening to an ever present universal power – inspires all with a compelling dream of their own.