Book Reviews and Publications

 “Becoming Wild is the kind of book you don’t want to end.” When I finished it, I started reading it again.” – Erik Shou Hammerum


Article in Canadian Geographic


Shaw T.V. episode:


The North Shore News Review by Terry Peters:


“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.  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


Article in Travel for Wildlife by Christina Garcia


Article in Cascadia Weekly


Becoming Wild made the bestseller top 10 list for 2014


“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)


Edmonton Journal


The Nanaimo News Bulletin article by Nicholas Pescod:


“I unfortunately missed your recent visit to the island but wanted to tell you that I couldn’t put the book down as i stayed up until I had finished it.  What an experience! You are a marvelous writer and have the rare ability to make your reader really get in to the many adventures that you and Micah underwent.”

– Clark Blake


Review by Patrick Wiley of Wolf College


Story Circle Book Review


Review by Dude McLean of Dirttime


Review by Author Chris Czajkowski

August 27, 2014