Join us for weekends to refine and grow your earth skills, connect in community of woman, to sing, dance, to feed the wild woman within, to be held by the Earth and replenish your body, mind and soul with ancestral skills and ceremonial arts.
Harvest your nourishment from the earth, heal yourself and your family with herbal medicine, make your shoes and clothes from your region with your hands, birth the fire of your passions and connect with your ancestors. Weave baskets and songs with your sisters, dig roots, and craft clay bowls. Call on flowers to offer you vibrational healing and color in your clothes, drum to the stars, and remember who you are and where you come from. Choose the beautyway of earth connection and regenerative culture within a supportive village ecology.
2017/18 Women Rewilding: Save the Dates: September 1-3, November 3-5, April 27-29, July 29-31. Register today to reserve your space~
September 16th - 18th:
Honoring the Elementals
Water: Friday Night - Tea Ceremony, and Learning to craft Feminine Supporting Local, Wild-crafted Teas. We will bring these Appalachian medicines into our bodies and spirits with the water while setting intentions for our year together.
Air: Saturday Morning - Introduction to Bird Language and listening to the ecological storytelling of the winged ones.
Earth: Saturday Afternoon - Wild Foods and Medicines, Harvesting and Seed Saving: We will forage berries, dig and sing to the medicinal roots, dry the leaves for tea in the winter months, and save the seeds.
Fire: Saturday Night - Fire Walking Ceremony
Earth: Sunday - Harvesting Clay and making a bowl that will be primitively fired and used throughout our year-long journey as an important tool for food preparation and joyful eating!
DECember 9th - 11th:
Ancestral Fire Making: Fire as a Gift
Friday Night - Saturday
There is no making of Ancestral Fire, fire in the old way without gratitude and humility. There is also a required knowledge of the plants. With out plant materials harvested in the right stage, properly cured and carved, it will be hard to receive fire.
We start with a knowledge of the plants, and trees, we will have a local tree walk, and an intro to carving class, we will harvest the materials, make our bow drill kits, and then explore the techniques of courting fire.
moccasin making AND SONG WEAVING
Saturday Night - Sunday
We will be making sacred objects to feed our soul: sewing buckskin moccasins to warm and protect our feet while connecting us to Mother Earth and the deer nation. Learn this Southeastern style of moccasin making and learn to sew buckskin and use an awl. We will also explore song catching as we receive our own songs and birth them into the supportive container of our circle of sisters.
APRIL 14th - 16th:
BIRTH YOUR FRAME DRUM: MEDICINE OF BUFFALO WOMAN
We will open this powerful weekend of uniting our Gaian heartbeats, with the Lakota story of White Buffalo Calf Woman. On Saturday we will merge the buffalo skin with the cedar rounds, we will weave, we will tighten and we balance the energies of the medicine wheel as we weave across the cedar circle of the drum. On Saturday night we will paint the surface of our drums with sacred symbols that will emerge from a guided meditation with your ancestral and spirit guides. On Sunday we will make our drum beaters, with a specific tree's medicine that you will call forth from the land for your handle. We will offer our songs, and our drumbeat in connection with one another and the one heartbeat we all share.
It's time to respectfully receive the abundance of Gaia. We will experience the optimal nourishment that comes from eating wild foods, reminding ourselves and our bodies of a time when we were in healthy relationship with the earth, this alone has the power to awaken more of our wild woman potential, to remember her, to bring her back. With the gift of morels, wild greens, edible flowers, and fresh sprouting medicines, we will feast our bodies and our spirits.
JULY 14TH - 16TH:
INTEGRATION AND SOLO QUEST
You will gather wild foods you have preserved throughout the year, and bring your wisdom of the wild plants and embark on a wilderness solo. On Saturday morning we will learn how to build a debris shelter, and you will have a day and night solo with as little gear as you can manage. Eating wild food, sleeping in a survival bed under the stars or a survival shelter, making a fire with your bow-drill kit, perhaps enjoying some wild food kraut you brought with you... Walking upright in your huaraches, drumming to the heart of the mountain, listening to the waters, the birds, you are bound to grow in beauty and your walk will be an offering to the sanctuary that has held you as you've traveled and transformed through the seasons.
january and february: go within
January and February we will not officially gather as we encourage the natural going within of winter, of deep dreaming and visioning, of slowing down with friends and family and of integrating what you have learned. Although we won't be meeting in person, we will participate in two ceremonies together. One is the Renewal of Creative Path, as developed by the Art of Mentoring Community and Jon Young. And the other is a 12 Nights of Dreaming Ceremony as envisioned by Rudolph Steiner and guides us in a deep dreaming journey as it relates to 12 values correlating with the 12 months of the year to come. A fascinating winter ritual, that connects you to the wisdom and guidance of your dreaming
- October 30th: 7-9pm
Lunar Samhain and Herbal Medicine Crafting
- January 29th: 7-9pm
Sharing from the 12 Nights of Dreaming Ceremony
- May 21st: 7-9pm
Wild Foods Spring Cleanse
- August 6th: 7-9pm
Harvesting the Nourishment from the Year
- Four - 2 hr Teleconference Calls
- CD of Songs shared throughout the Year
*** Sessions are from Friday 7pm - Sunday 3pm
Recommending Reading for the Program:
- Women who Run with the Wolves: Clarissa Pinkola Estés
- Tending the Wild: Kat Anderson
- Spirit of Intimacy: Sonbonfu Some
- Wild Fermentation: Sandor Katz
- When the Drummers Were Women: Layne Redmond
Full work-Trade Opportunites for Wild Women: Earth Skills and Ceremonial Arts Immersion
We will gather/grow/forage the ingredients and plan the menus and sometimes we will cook and prepare food as a group. Mostly though the food will be prepared for the facilitators and participants by the camp chef. If you have experience and a love for preparing healthy and delicious meals for large groups of women this may be the trade for you. You will need to come prepared to prioritize food preparation and cooking and expect to miss some of each weekend. You will need to arrive by 3pm on Friday to be oriented to the food and menu and begin cooking. Friday night includes snacks but not dinner. We will all help on clean up of our personal dishes but ask that you clean as you go and manage all the cooking dishes. Primitive Cooking skills are encouraged and you will have access to a modern kitchen too. Trade is valued at the living wage of $18 an hr. with a total of 155 hours of trade for the program. That's 15 hrs for the three days, 5hrs a day to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner with support and pre-preparation time. Fridat we offer tea and snacks, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday Breakfast, and Lunch. We will have healthy snacks offered between meals. You can organize your hours and what needs to be complete as you see fit. You may choose to have 8-10 hrs of to be outside of program hours to have more available time for the programming.
Professional Photographer and Videographer:
We would love to have an abundance of incredible images, and video to track the profound beauty of our year together, we intend to gift each of the women in the program some photographs of her in her element, and the beauty of our community and sisterhood. We also would like to share what we are doing with the world through social media and the Earth Path Education website to inspire others to follow their bliss and passions and reconnect with themselves, eachother and the earth. We also want to create a vault of videos to share the teaching of ancestral skills far and wide. We want to share what we are up to and water and hydrate similar projects to sprout up all over the country and world! And through photographic journaling we would like to help promote the future health of the immersion. You must have all your own equiptment. A 155 hr. trade for the year long program - that's 12 hrs a month.
** We know that your incredible skills are valued much higher than $18 an hr! We deeply appreciate the gift you are bringing from your heart in suuport of the flourishing of the program. Thank you!
To apply for a work-trade, please contact us below: