Chris and Ashirah Knapp are educators and homesteaders. For the past 20 years they have been living a solar-powered subsistence lifestyle: gardening and gathering the bulk of their food, making baskets of all types, sharpening tools, planting fruit orchards and chestnuts, building homes and root cellars, raising livestock on local forage, etc.
When Ashirah and Chris were in their late teens they were graced by an encounter with Ray Reitze, a Maine guide who had spent his youth learning from a native elder. Ashirah and Chris spent roughly 6 years apprenticed to Grandfather Ray, who’s teachings in earth skills and life philosophy have guided the Knapps daily ever since.
The Knapps led wilderness trips for Kroka Expeditions for 16 years and continue to teach on Kroka’s high school program, the Vermont Semester. For 6 years Chris co-taught “Living Sustainability,” a 4-week class offered through the University of Maine in Farmington.
The Knapps co-founded Koviashuvik Local Living School in Temple, Maine, in 2008, where they work with schools, families and individuals, teaching folk arts and modern-day sustainable living. Chris and Ashirah share their life with their two children, Owen and Bonnie Bee.