A rewilding retreat for women: reconnect and remember
Nourish yourself with a long weekend of reconnection and rejuvenation by engaging your hands and heart. Rewilding for women is a supportive, collective opportunity to learn ancient, archetypal skills, commune with your sisters, and fortify your connections with yourself and the generative Earth.
As women, we have a deep physiological and spiritual connection with creation. Rewilding is a way to nurture and animate that innate connection. No matter our backgrounds, all of us have female ancestors who lived with the rhythms of Earth’s patterns and cycles. Indeed, women’s relationships with plants, animals and spirits have been foundational to human culture for millenia. This Rewilding retreat offers an opportunity to revitalize those connections and to reclaim the power and grace of your womanhood.
Rewilding is about integration, not about going back in time. It’s about making space for the ancient, undomesticated part of ourselves to come forward, even in the modern world.
We’ll co-create a supportive, inclusive environment
In this rewilding retreat, we focus on cultivating a safer, inclusive, supportive, relaxed and fun learning environment in which students with beginning to intermediate skill levels can thrive. While we will be doing hands-on projects, this is not an outcome-oriented class; you won’t be pressured to work more quickly than is comfortable for you. The women’s rewilding weekend is about liberating our minds and hearts to express themselves creatively, not about measurable accomplishments.
This class is open to all women, including trans and femmes
Learning together with our hands and hearts
During this special weekend, we will learn and practice some of the essential, beautiful skills and rituals that have woven us together for millennia. We’ll gather around an altar and a fire to share stories, rituals, and prayers. Together, we’ll explore traditional crafts, self-care, wild foraging, medicine making, and more.
With the loving guidance of wise women from diverse backgrounds, we’ll learn to nurture the feminine strength within each of us that has sustained our ancestors, and that springs directly from the Earth. As we practice ancient skills and explore timeless ideas, we will connect with each other and with the nature of womanhood, throughout the ages and across all walks of life.
What is Rewilding?
Rewilding is a term that was first used in wildlife conservation. In that context, it refers to the restoration of land to a wild, uncultivated state, including the reintroduction of native plant and animal species. Human rewilding is a process of restoring our inner landscape and lifestyle to a more primal and natural state. In this case, we are welcoming home our instincts and innate connection with the natural world.
Through rewilding, we connect with our truest selves and our roots in the natural world
As a result, we’re able to access a much-needed inner compass to help navigate our busy, modern lives. Even though we all have a deep well of creativity, healing, and wisdom within us, many of us have forgotten how to get in touch with it. Rewilding is a path toward remembering.
Why is rewilding for women important?
We believe that empowered, grounded, earth-centered women are an essential part of a healthy world. But it can be hard to embody these qualities with the pressures of daily life! Especially in the face of rampant ecological and social upheaval, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or powerless. In these modern times, we organize our lives on our phones, communicate via the Internet, and live in a culture so very estranged from the Earth. Yet, the power and wisdom of the natural world continues to speak to us.
Rewilding is a way to listen to that voice and to reclaim the innate strength to show up with integrity in our own lives, our communities, and the wider world
Now more than ever, it is vital for us to come together to reconnect and to remember what it means to be human and female, in order to nurture a thriving future.
What to expect in this weekend retreat
Over the course of four days, we will gather for morning and afternoon sessions with a wonderful group of wise women. In the middle of the day we’ll break for lunch and you’ll be invited to enjoy casual connection, or solo reflection time. Afternoon sessions will take place around a fire. The retreat is held here at the beautiful Wild Abundance campus, and we consider this land to be one of your teachers. Throughout the weekend you’ll be welcome to take walks in the woods, sit in the garden, and deeply connect with the Earth mother.
Please note: this weekend of rewilding for women involves spiritual practices such as prayer and ritual, but it is not a religious class
Throughout the rewilding retreat, we will collectively tend an altar, honoring goddesses from various traditions, as well as the essential female archetypes of maiden, mother, matriarch and crone. This will include making offerings, prayers, and other rituals based on the backgrounds and training of our instructors. The women who lead these ritual practices will be speaking and teaching from their own cultural identities and acting from a place of honoring, with permission and respect.
All are welcome, regardless of your personal beliefs and practices
Most class sessions will include a hands-on project or craft, along with an in-depth discussion of its personal and cultural significance. Part of the magic of rewilding is the weaving together of our physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual bodies. For this reason, we’ll be working on projects that embody and explore essential aspects of our womanhood.
Skills and subjects we will explore in a relaxed atmosphere that honors both ambition and repose:
Each of the four days, we will gather for morning and afternoon sessions. As we approach skills and projects, we’ll begin by weaving in the cultural significance of each one. As we learn and practice together, there will be plenty of space for discussion and sharing. There will be one evening session that will take place around the fire. We vary the content of this class each year to allow for women to return to the class, and to accommodate our current passions. This is what we will dive into this year.
- Sexuality through Permaculture
- The Stages of Womanhood
- Ancestor Work
- Wild Foods Cookery
- Medicine Making
- Sacred Self Care
- Sewing with Buckskin
- Creating Bone or Bamboo Needle Cases
- Working with Goddesses and Archetypes
“The Women’s Rewilding Weekend rekindled a spark of sisterhood in my soul that hasn’t been free to burn since I was a child. I am an introvert by nature, but felt totally at ease in the presence of a diverse group of women sharing an experience of conscious attention to ourselves, our community, and our ancestry. Every activity was imbued with so much spirit that even the simplest moments in each other’s company felt sacred. Exploring the Wild Abundance campus, a serene and bountiful homestead nestled in a mountain valley, offers a lovely option for alone time. Each instructor over the weekend gave us so much knowledge and support, and we all ended the weekend feeling fulfilled, strengthened, and connected to each other. I would recommend the Women’s Rewilding Weekend to any woman looking for deeper connection to herself, her community, her heritage, her spirit, and the natural world.”
Stephanie Berst, Hurdle Mills, NC
Women’s Rewilding Student
“The women’s rewilding weekend was nothing short of magical. The instructors were compassionate and facilitated a nurturing space for connection and reflection; I felt so inspired by the depth and naturalness of our conversations. To this day, my heart yearns for the freedom and empathy I experienced at Wild Abundance, and it was this course that continues to fuel my quest of healing, compassion, and wonder.”
Kate Weschler, Paxville, SC
High School Spanish Teacher
Women’s Rewilding Student
“I walked away from this weekend with so much: a renewal of interests for some crafts, a new-found love for others, a much needed weekend away out in nature connecting deeply with the Land. And, an almost even more-necessary need fulfilled: connecting in sacred space with other women, remembering our ancestral knowledge and relearning traditional skills as we were intended to — together, away from the hustle and bustle of modern societal trappings, integrated with the Land that nurtures and teaches us…I highly recommend this workshop, and all of the courses offered at Wild Abundance, to anyone with that deep ache, that unrelenting longing for something different, something old, something wild, something once lost that can be found.”
Aileen Marie Peterson, Hubert, NC
Massage Therapist and Birth Doula
Women’s Rewilding Student
Becky BeyerBecky started her crazy love affair with all things homesteading while growing up on a farm in central New Jersey. After getting her B.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont, she moved to Asheville, NC, to explore all the amazing work being done in this beautiful bioregion. She teaches spoon carvin ...
Evanye LawsonEvanye Lawson (pronouns she/her) is a licensed psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and founder of The Self Love Center. Her work is in breathwork, liberation, radical self love, pleasure, education, and nondualism. Her work centers nondual spirituality with self love, sacred sexuality and conscious relationships. She offers live workshops, healing ceremonies, meditations, online courses, and private sessions. Her website is www.cultivateselflove.com
Lucretia VandykeWith a journey that began as a little girl mixing herbs, clays, & muds on her grandparents’ farm, Lucretia VanDyke has been in the industry for over 20 years. A Holistic Educator, Speaker, Herbalist, Sacred Sexologist, Ceremonialist, Spiritual Light Coach, Intuitive Energetic & Reiki Practitioner, Diviner, & world traveler with over 3000 hours of training. ...
Nancy BasketNancy Basket takes her name from the work she does and from her Cherokee grandmother long ago, Margaret Basket. She came South in 1989 to gather pine needles and learn Cherokee stories to teach her 6 children. Nancy loves being an Artist in Education working in public schools sharing her culture, stories and art with ...
Natalie BogwalkerNatalie is the founder and director of the Wild Abundance. She’s passionate about teaching and sharing skills that are essential for living harmoniously within the natural systems of the earth. She and her family live at the Wild Abundance homestead campus in the Southern Appalachians. Natalie spends her time harvesting in the wild, building, gardening, ...
Our Campus is Unconventional
To read about our facilities, including accessibility for alter-abled people, read about our Campus here.
Wherever you’re coming from, you’re welcome to pitch a tent in one of our flat camping spots in the woods or field, or to tie a hammock in the forest on our seven-acre property. If you live locally, you may prefer to commute to Wild Abundance from Asheville (25 minute drive). If you choose to camp, please bring your own bedding and rainproof tent or tarp. In the early spring and late fall it can be cold at night, so please bring warm bedding if you’ll be here before May or after September. We have a lovely outdoor kitchen equipped with a stove and running water, an outdoor shower, and an outhouse available to campers. In extremely cold weather, the sink and shower may be out of operation due to water freezing.
If you prefer something with more creature comforts, we suggest you browse Airbnb for numerous options close to the campus. You can also check out local motels and B&Bs within a 10-15 minute drive to Wild Abundance. We’ll send a list of links to several options (with varying amenities and prices) in a welcome letter upon registration.
We strive to make our classes accessible to those who wish to learn. Please pay on the sliding scale what you can afford, given your income.
June 25 – 28, 2020
Early-Early Bird Price: January 1 – January 9, 2020: $400 – $700
- Early Bird Price: January 10 – April 19, 2020: $500 – $800
- Regular Price: April 20 – June 24, 2020: $600 – $900