Ancient Earthways ~ a 7-day wild plant & animal medicine journey
Join us on pristine private wildlands for seven days of deep connection to the powerful wild plants and animals of the Cascade mountains. Reclaim your relationship to your plant and animal allies, learn the ecological arts of tending the wild landscape, and open yourself to the healing wisdom of the living Earth.
Journey deeply into the ancient practices of embodied ethnobotany, wild animal tracking and communication, ancestral fiber arts, and deep ecological awareness with a dedicated tribe of earth-loving people in an elegant mountain meadow wilderness camp.
Gourmet backcountry meals provided (along with a side of your wildcrafted cuisine!)
July 15th - 21st, 2019
Monday Lunch - Sunday Lunch
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: (see below for program details)
"Embodied Ethnobotany" ~ ecological awareness, plant communication, and wild-tending. Mornings, Tuesday-Sunday: 8:30am - 12:00pm
"Inner Wisdom of Wildlife" ~ wild animal awareness, tracking, and trapping. Afternoons, Monday-Sunday: 2:00pm - 5:30pm
"Weaving a New Way" ~ ancestral fiber arts and creative integration through storytelling and song. Evenings, Monday-Saturday: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Six full days of instruction, gourmet meals, & accommodations.
Sliding Scale: $490 - $690 before June 1st ($50 more after)
$490 - Subsidized donation
$590 - Sustaining donation
$690 - Supporting donation
***This cost includes all lodging, meals, and instruction - this cost may seem high, but we are dedicated to honoring our instructors who have spent decades honing their craft by paying them a living wage. In addition, we do our best to support local farmers and ranchers by providing, fresh, regenerative and healthy food for you all week. Thank you for your support as we strive to diversify and strengthen our local economies.
See below for work-trade opportunities.
REGISTRATION: There are limited spaces at the wilderness camp. Reserve your spot through one of the following avenues:
1) Send donation via PAYPAL to firstname.lastname@example.org. (PREFERRED - send using "friends and family" option to avoid fees.
Make note "Ancient Earthways")
2) Use a card on our online ticketing site: ***link coming soon***
3) Send check to Nature's Heart Retreats at 81868 Lost Valley Ln, Dexter, OR 97431.
WORK-TRADE POSITIONS: The positions below provide partial or full trade for the program. Inquire with your interest and experience at email@example.com.
1) Group Camp Set-up # 1
2) Group Camp Set-up #2
3) Skilled Wilderness Chef #1
4) Skilled Wilderness Chef #2
5) Skilled Wildlife Tracking Assistant #2
***If you are unable to work-trade or meet the suggested donation amounts, we are still open to working with you! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for special scholarship opportunities.
EMBODIED ETHNOBOTANY: (mornings)
- Ecological awareness exercises
- Wild plant Identification
- Plant spirit meditations
- Intuitive plant communication
- Wild medicine/food making
- Wild-tending/habitat restoration
- Ecological understanding of Cascade mountain ecotones, those present at the site, and several key native ethnobotanicals within each.
- Visual recognition and basic botanical understanding of at least one dozen key ethnobotanicals present at the site.
- Direct, experiential, creative connection to at least three student-chosen ethnobotanicals present at the site - through engaging all senses, creative exercises, meditative awareness/inquiry, and intuitive plant communication.
- Understand and practice techniques for locating, tending, harvesting, processing, and consuming/using at least six teacher-chosen ethnobotanicals present at the site.
- Ecological understanding and practical experience related to restoring, introducing, and planting native ethnobotanicals in a wild setting (nursery plants provided).
INNER WISDOM OF WILDLIFE (afternoons)
-Ecological Awareness exercises
-Wild animal identification
-Animal medicine meditations
-Small animal processing/Gratitude Ceremony
Specific Learning Goals:
- Ecological understanding of Cascade mountain ecotones, those present at the site, and several key wildlife within each.
- Visual recognition and basic biological understanding of at least one dozen key animals present at the site.
- Direct, experiential, creative connection to at least three student-chosen animals present at the site - through engaging all senses, creative exercises, meditative awareness/inquiry, imagination and embodiment, and intuitive animal communications.
- Practical understanding and physical practice of techniques for observing wildlife and their patterns, tracking their behaviors/territory, making basic traps and tools for harvesting, and processing (as a group) at least one small animal from the site during the program.
- Ecological understanding and practical experience related to restoring/managing the ecology of a site to increase the carrying capacity and ecological abundance for wild animals. (native plants provided).
WEAVING A NEW WAY ~ (evenings)
- Harvesting and processing materials/supplies
- Weaving willow baskets, cordage, and possible other crafts.
- Telling stories/insights and song from personal communications from plants and animals of the site.
- Guided group sharing and integration.
- Additional nighttime explorations and adventures...
Specific Learning Goals:
- Gain an understanding of the ecology, growth cycles, and harvesting regimes associated with the ancestral craft supplies (i.e. willow, nettle, etc). If possible, include observation of the plant(s) and the physical practice of harvesting and processing.
- Gain confidence and embodied skill in the crafts of basket-weaving and cordage.
- Gain an understanding of value and fundamental importance of storytelling and creative vocal expression in the maturation of the individual and the maintenance/evolution of healthy earth-based, community-driven culture.
- Gain confidence and embodied skill in the crafts of telling ones story, reflecting others insights, and liberating the creative, intuitive, and spontaneous potential of the voice in song and poetry.
- Integrate the learnings of each day and deepen connection to the community of participants.
MEGHAN WALLA-MURPHY: (bio coming soon)
TAMARA WILDER: (bio coming soon)
DJANGO GURLEY: (bio coming soon)
JUSTIN MICHELSON: (bio coming soon)
All attendees must have previously been overnight tent-camping ~ backpacking experience preferred.
All attendees must be able to make the 1/2-mile off-trail hike to camp. Arrangements can be made for help carrying gear.
We will serve three delicious, organic meals/day. Please let us know of any dietary requirements, and feel free to bring your own supplementary snacks, if needed. Also, please bring your own utensils and dishware!
Filtered water will be pumped and provided for the camp. Please bring your water bottle!
RECOMMENDED GEAR LIST:
Backpack and small day-pack
Backpacking tent (optional - participants are welcomed to store personal items and roll out sleeping gear under the common meditation tent)
Clothes for cool and warm weather (IMPORTANT)
Rain jacket, and light rain-pants
Sleeping Bag (warm) and Sleeping Pad
Personal dishware & utensils (IMPORTANT) - plate, bowl, fork, spoon, knife.
Special foods/medications (IMPORTANT - storage available in kitchen)
Fruit Donation (for breakfast/snacks)
Sunscreen, Sunhat, Lip balm, and Sunglasses
Personal toilitery items needed to feel comfortable in wilderness
Headlamp or flashlight + extra batteries
Biodegradable Toiletries (toothbrush, paste, etc.)
Meditation/Yoga props. (one cushion/backjack may be sufficient. Yoga mats are optional, as yoga can be done direct on the canvas drop cloth) ***IF you need a cushion, mat, or backjack, let us know - we can likely loan you one!
Towel (optional - if you want to swim/bathe)
Journal (optional - if you want to write!)
Pocket Knife (optional, but handy)
Wrist watch w/ alarm (optional - there will be bells if you are within ear-shot)
Special objects for altar (optional)
This retreat will be held at an undisclosed location 45 minutes south of Breitenbush, OR. Registered attendees will receive detailed information prior to the event.
Wild mountain meadows near Breitenbush, OR (View)
Detroit, OR 97342
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|