Women’s Rewilding Weekend: Remembering our Ancestral Skills

June 20 - June 23, 2019

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.

 woman with bow and arrow rewilding


weaving a cattail fiber hat elder womanLearning 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; 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.

woman with handmade hat wild pelt rewildingOur 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.


woman friends rewilding

woman blowing on tinder friction fire rewilding

Structure and schedule for this weekend of rewilding

Each of the four days, we will gather for morning, afternoon and evening 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:

  • Fire Craft
  • Ritual Candle Making
  • Wildcrafting
  • Wild Foods Cookery
  • Firewood Splitting
  • Medicine Making
  • Basketry
  • Women’s Nutrition

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

 

 

 

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


Instructors

Becky Beyer

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 being done in this beautiful bioregion. She teaches spoon carvin ...

Natalie Bogwalker

Natalie 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, ...

Nancy Basket

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, stories and art with ...
alexandria tait rewilding instructor

Alexandra Tait

Alexandra Tait is a professional archery instructor, level 2 with USA Archery (the national association). She has been passionate about archery since she was a girl, and her mother gave her her first bow at age 12. She specializes in teaching women and children’s empowerment. Alexandra teaches archery to connect with nature on a deeper ...

Chloe Lieberman

Chloe writes for Wild Abundance’s blog, newsletter, and website.  In addition, she cooks for some classes, teaches a few others, and jumps in to help out with management and strategy. These roles give her a welcome outlet for the knowledge and excitement she perpetually cultivates around land-based living and a positive future for the planet. ...

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Local Accommodations

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, we strongly suggest bringing a very warm sleeping bag and bedding. We do have a lovely outdoor kitchen equipped with stove and running water, an outdoor shower, and an outhouse available to campers.  In extremely cold weather, sometimes these 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


Registration Info

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 20 – 23, 2019

  • Early-Early Bird Price: January 1 – January 9, 2019: $400-$600
  • Early Bird Price: January 10 – May 8, 2019: $500 – $800
  • Regular Bird Price: May 9 – June 20, 2019: $600 – $900

The following are included in the price of the course: instruction, optional camping, and facility use (kitchen, outhouse). The Women’s Carpentry classes and Natural Building and Tiny House Workshop include lunches. The Permaculture Design Course has a meal plan option. 

To register, please complete the online registration by clicking on the “Register Now” button and then make your payment. Registration will be processed upon receipt of payment.

Expect to receive a confirmation email within one week of sending payment. Additional emails will cover logistical details as the date approaches.

Click here to see our policy on refunds, payment plans and work-trade opportunities.

Also, feel free to read our Frequently Asked Questions.