A rewilding retreat for women
Most of us are far removed from our ancestral roles and rhythms, but it is possible to come back to them. This is a process some call “rewilding.” Now more than ever, it is vital for us to come together to reconnect, to remember what it means to be human and female, and to explore the path toward rewilding for women. Women have a deep physiological and spiritual connection with creation. All of us have female ancestors who have lived in connection with the Earth’s patterns and cycles. Their daily lives, and those of their families, were deeply reliant on that connection. 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.
Rewild in a supportive, inclusive environment
In this long weekend retreat, focus is placed on creating a safe, comfortable, relaxed and fun learning environment in which students with beginning to intermediate skill levels can thrive. We focus on helping each student learn rather than the progression of projects.
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 will gather around a fire; we will harvest, prepare and eat foods from the Earth; and we will remember our ancestors through the crafts that were integral to their lives. Using our hands and hearts, we will connect with each other and with the nature of womanhood, throughout the ages and across all walks of life.
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.
Our weekend of rewilding for women is open to a limited number of participants. It’s important to us to create an intimate space in which to share. Emphasis is placed on creating a safe, comfortable, relaxed and supportive environment. We focus on everyone’s learning and growth above perfecting each skill. This class is about liberating our minds and hearts to express themselves creatively, not about measurable accomplishments.
No matter where you’re coming from, whether you are a woman homesteader or you have never slept outdoors, we welcome you to share in this weekend of rewilding for women.
Structure and schedule for this weekend of rewilding
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. Evening sessions will take place around a fire.
Skills we will explore in a relaxed atmosphere that honors both ambition and repose:
- Sexuality through Permaculture
- The Stages of Womanhood
- Ancestor Work
- Wild Foods Cookery
- Medicine Making
- Sacred Self Care
- Sewing with Buckskin
- Creating Bone Needle Cases
- Working with Goddesses and Archetypes
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, Massage Therapist and Birth Doula, Hubert, NC
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, High School Spanish Teacher, Paxville, SC
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. She ...
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