OUR RETREATS ARE ABOUT CONNECTING TO NATURE, TO EACH OTHER AND TO YOURSELF.
Join us for a week long program this September 20-26th 2019, in the beautiful Tulbagh valley- to refine and grow your ancestral skills and connect in a community of powerful heart-centered women. This retreat is a magical opening to experience a greater sense of belonging and relationship with the wild world around us. This is a place 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.
Celebrate the beauty of life and womanhood by learning Earth-based skills such as primitive pottery, camouflage, fire by friction, and herbal medicine making. Sleep under the stars and connect to your inner wise women in our sweat lodge and moon ceremonies.
Tribal people all over the world rely on primitive bushcraft skills to provide in their everyday needs and you will learn how to use natural resources to provide in your survival needs. On this 7 day intensive we will focus on learning and mastering bushcraft skills that will open up a whole new wild and wonderful world.
Sink your roots deep within the ground, call on your ancestors, the flowers and the animals and allow your spiritual imagination to deepen and expand as we take you on this powerful rewilding journey.
On this 7 day adventure…
Challenge yourself in our wild yoga and primal movement classes
Gain mental clarity and feel supported as you connect with your true self in our self-development workshops where we learn about authentic relating and how to rewild your mind.
Tap into your “inner nature” to ignite curiosity, passion and a joyfulness, as you reclaim your birthright
Nourish your body and increase your energy as we learn about wild foraged foods and traditional folk medicine
Prepare for your retreat
Fitness Level: all levels welcome
Pack: sunblock, good vibes, hat, swimsuit, your truth, water bottle, comfortable clothes, your sense of adventure, walking shoes
Tech: We invite you to leave your phone, ipad and laptop turned off and in your bag to give yourself a chance to fully explore and integrate this experience. This is not a rule, just an invitation (bring a book)
Special offer: Because we want this experience to be inclusive to all, we have 1 spot available at a 50% discount
If you would like to participate but cannot afford this please send us an email with your motivation.
If you would like to participate but cannot afford this please send us an email with your motivation:
Full work trade opportunities for wild women: Retreat cook - Do you have a passion for healthy foods and experience with outdoor cooking? If you love preparing delicious vegetarian meals for a group of 8-14 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 the retreat. You will be responsible for the menu planning, food shopping/gathering and cooking/cleaning. You will have support in the kitchen, Emily our wonderful staff member will be there to help with prep and clean up. Primitive Cooking skills are necessary. Trade is to the value of the retreat ticket price as well as a small daily rate. But please understand this is a work trade and not a high paid job.
Included is also the full 2 day bushcraft course valued at R3500. (You wont need to cook over these two days).
** We value the incredible skills you are bringing and deeply appreciate your support of the flourishing of this new program. Thank you! **
What will I learn on the bushcraft course…
* Making a fire lighting flint and steel.
* Making charcloth.
* Making survival tinder candles from wax.
* Making a water container from recycled plastic.
* Making a cooking pot from a tin can.
* Carving a bushcraft spoon from wood.
* Making a water bottle and tinder pouch from leather.
* Making a tinder box container from bamboo.
* Making a rescue whistle from bamboo.
* Making an otimani sun compass.
You will take home everything you make on the course
Traditional herbalism, folklore and plant magic…
Learn about the benefits of making your own herbal remedies and creations by:
* Sustainably wild-harvesting plants
* Making smoke wands and loose incense
*Creating tinctures and teas with the wild plants and herbs from the garden
* Making hydrosols and flower essences
* Making flower crowns and sipping on botanical cocktails
* Get a better understanding of the medicinal properties of local flora
Sweat lodge ceremonies…
There will be two sweat lodge ceremonies during your 7 days with us. A sacred tradition of the Native American people, the sweat lodge is a unique healing ritual with deep detoxifying benefits to the body, mind and soul. It is a spiritual experience that delivers a journey of physical and spiritual purification. Whilst inside the lodge, people may speak, share stories, sing songs and pray and this experience can help people through difficult transitions in their life.
*Physical Detoxification & Healing – the body is provided with antibacterial and wound-healing benefits.
*Mental Purification & Healing – the mind is freed of distractions, offering clarity of thought.
*Spiritual Healing – it allows for introspection and connection to the earth, to the planet and to the spirit world
We will be moving our bodies in various different ways. Whether in our yoga studio or playing with the elements outside, moving in wild and wonderful ways.
Embodied and primal movement is an integral part of this experience as it is through this that we open our hearts, release tension and let energy flow, creating space for us to go deeper.
Some of the types of movement we will play with:
* vinyasa and hatha yoga
* dancing through the elements
* primal movement
* barefoot walking
fabric alchemy: batik and natural bundle dyeing…
We will be working with natural plant fibres and plant material to create beautiful fabrics with the colours of nature.
Batik is a process where selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax over them, and the cloth is then dyed. The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour. This process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated to create more elaborate and colourful designs. After the final dyeing the wax is removed and the cloth is ready.
Bundle dye is a process of transferring colour from plant material onto a cloth. You can get the contact prints by bundling materials between layers of fabric, twisting them around rods, wrapping tightly and then steaming.
Embrace your self and reclaim your power with the tools shared during our empowerment workshops.
Speak your truth and bare witness to others doing the same, acknowledging and befriending your deepest desires, fears and joys in a safe lovingly held space.
The tools shared in these workshops is sure to release your inner wild woman, bringing you into alignment with the meaningful life you are here to live.
Wild food foraging…
Discover the world of wild foods and how to sustainably and responsibly forage.
Learn how to identify certain weeds and how to prepare them properly.
Wild plant food is one of the most vibrational raising ways to reconnect with nature. Intuitively foraging for wild foods can help foster a much more sustainable way of life. Wild foods require no packaging; cause no pollution and they don’t require the harmful, man made chemicals that are found in commercial farming. Most, if not all, wild edible foods are packed full of vitamins and minerals that far surpass any cultivated varieties of fruit and vegetables.
Enjoy the day foraging, prepping and creating a wildly delicious meal together as we gather in circle and cook over an open fire, and feast until our hearts content as dusk turns into night.
On retreat we make sure to make time for sharing circles. Checking in with the group to see what has come up for anyone, who would like to speak their truth and bare witness to others doing the same. Our circles might be held in the studio, outside by the lake or around a fire, where we will connect, sing and share myths to feed the wild woman within.
Included in your experience
6 nights accommodation
2 sweat lodge ceremonies
All organic meals and spring water
Herbal teas and coffee
Wild food forage and cooking class
Daily yoga and movement
2 days bushcraft course
1 night camping
Herbalism in folklore, ritual and healing workshop
2 self-development workshops
Wellness gift pack
Transfer to and from the venue
Carly will be your host and resident plant guide, sharing her love and knowledge of edible and medicinal plants. We will be learning about herbalism in magical folklore, basket weaving using grasses found on the farm and batik dyeing with natural plant dyes. Her approaches range from using well-established modern herbalism practices to personal skills she's learned and adapted to while living out on the farm for the past 6 years. She will also be guiding you through wild yoga and elemental movement classes, always looking to nature to guide and inspire.
Simone, our special wonder-women healer will be facilitating the Sweat Lodge ceremonies. A Sweat lodge is a physical and mental cleansing practice originating from most native traditions and the sweat lodge ceremony is practiced in some form by every culture in the world in order to facilitate healing, purification and relaxation. Simone ''Songweaver'' Beckerling has been walking the Red Path for over a decade. Simone has completed her 4,7, 9 and 13 day Red Path vision quests and given the blessing to ''pour'' for the SweatLodge by her elders. Simone is an experienced Sweat Lodge facilitator who understands the subtlety of holding space, bringing people back to Mother Earth and back to their hearts.
Herman of Boswa survival skills school will be your bushcraft guide, teaching us the ways of our ancestors through re-wilding skills. Discover the ancient art of primitive survival skills and become competent in relying only on your knowledge and skill to be able to provide what you need in the outdoors.
We welcome all women to join us on this adventure, be inspired by, and make lifelong connections with awesome, like-minded women.
20-26 SEPT / 14-20 DEC
Accommodation & Location
Held at Guinevere Guest Farm situated just outside of Cape Town, South Africa.
The accommodation is surrounded, almost cradled, by majestic mountains in the Tulbagh valley on a nature-full farm. Whether you stay in a private room with en-suite bathroom and a balcony or whether you share a room with one or two others, there are many places to relax and reflect in this large retreat farmhouse that you have all to yourself for the duration of the week.
All rooms are beautiful, large, and comfortable with en-suite bathrooms, seating areas, and balconies overlooking the Tulbagh Basin. The private rooms are equipped with seating areas and en-suite bathrooms with private balconies. Meanwhile, shared rooms are facilitated with double beds and en-suite bathrooms.