A Weekend of Rewilding 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.
In this long weekend of rewilding for women, 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.
During this special weekend, we will learn and practice some of the essential, beautiful skills and rituals that have woven us together for millenia. We will gather around a fire; we will harvest, prepare and eat foods from the Earth; we will sing together; 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 limited to 20 participants. It is 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.
Each of the four days, we will gather for morning, afternoon and evening sessions. As we approach skills and projects, we will 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. Lunches will be provided each day. Evening sessions will take place around a fire.
Skills we will explore in a relaxed atmosphere that honors both ambition and repose:
- Medicine Making
- Moon and Menstrual (and Menopausal) Ritual
- Wild Foods Cookery
- Friction Fire
- Firewood Splitting
- Basketry with Willow and Kudzu
- Singing and Songsharing
Becky BeyerInstructor for Rewilding, Women’s Empowerment, and Foraging & Herbal Medicine Becky 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 ...
Charity CimmaronInstructor for Women’s Empowerment and Foraging & Herbal Medicine Charity Cimarron is a mother, woodswitch, craftswoman, Waldorf Music and Handwork teacher, community organizer and performing musician. She spent many years living alternatively, off-the-grid in a straw-bale house, on a converted school bus, in tents, tipis, and yomes across the country. She loves to spend countless ...
Josephine “JJ” BloomfieldInstructor for Women’s Empowerment During a very reluctant initiation in her late 20’s, JJ dove head first into understanding the feminine mysteries and rites of passage. What once felt hopeless and debilitating became her medicine and her calling. It was during this transition that she learned the power of women gathering, aligned with the natural ...
Natalie BogwalkerFounder and Director of Wild Abundance; Instructor for Permaculture & Gardening, Homesteading, Foraging & Medicine Making, Carpentry & Natural Building, Rewilding, and Women’s Empowerment Natalie is the founder and director of the Wild Abundance. She’s passionate about teaching and sharing tools and skills that are essential for living harmoniously within the natural systems of the ...
Nancy BasketInstructor for Women’s Empowerment Nancy 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, ...
While some locals prefer to commute to Wild Abundance from Asheville, students from the area and out of town are 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. We strongly suggest bringing a very warm sleeping bag and bedding. We do have a fully functioning outdoor kitchen and bathroom, though in extremely cold weather, sometimes one or both are out of operation due to the water freezing.
If you prefer something more conducive to creature comforts, we suggest browsing Airbnb or checking out some of the local motels and B&Bs within a 10-15 minute drive to Wild Abundance.
Below are a few local accommodations you might find to your liking:
Comfort Inn in Mars Hill, NC
The following are included in the price of the course: instruction, optional camping, and facility use (kitchen, bathroom).
Women’s Rewilding Weekend Pricing: May 4-7, 2018
Early-Early Bird Price: Now – March 23, 2018: $400-$600 Early Bird Price: March 24 – April 20, 2018: $500 – $800 Late Bird Price: April 21 – May 4, 2018: $600 – $900