Wild Woman: Your Nature is Calling

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February 12 @ 10:00 am - July 9 @ 6:00 pm

In In this program we’ll:

  • Learn to recognize and use local plants for food and medicine
  • Learn the natural history, ecology and flora of the Bay Area
  • Deepen our connection to nature in way that feels authentic for our times
  • Learn how nature communicates with us through signs and symbols
  • Feel at home and comforted on the land while gaining the ability to source directly from nature for healing and wisdom
  • Strengthen our natural instincts, intuition and dream life to awaken the Wild Woman within you
  • Craft our herbal medicine chests
  • Build community of Wild Women

What you will learn:

  • Botany and plant identification
  • Herbal medicine making
  • Native American wisdom and mythology
  • Wild foods foraging and preparation
  • Ecology and natural history of the Bay Area
  • Herbal first aid
  • Plant spirit medicine
  • Ethnobotany
  • How nature speaks to us in signs and symbols
  • Ways to communicate with nature in your dreams
  • How to bring more nature into your nurturing relationships

Class Format

DSC05275This empowering program will be a beautiful blend between wild adventures, classroom time, ceremony, inner exploration as well as home studies and nature meditations.  We will learn from the Earth, each other and our own personal stories. We will meet from 10 am – 6 pm on the second Sunday of the month, February – July 2017. The afternoon of our Sundays will be spent exploring a beautiful flower filled trail in Marin or Sonoma County as we come home more fully to the Earth and ourselves.    There will be two extended overnight weekends where we can build our community while sharing stories, meals, songs and our own unique gifts.

Babes in arms welcome.

COST $1550 – includes materials fee and the cost of food and camping for both Wild Women campouts.

EARLY BIRD RATE IS $1400. Discount ends December 17, 2016.

We can offer payment plans. Contact us for more information.

Additional Offerings:

Individual mentoring is also available and encouraged both during and after the program.  (Personal mentoring is not included in the program fee). $85 per hour

Mentoring Package of six sessions for $450 (a $60 discount)

 


Wild Woman Payment Options



Pre-registration on our on-line system is necessary to hold your space and to allow the instructor to adequately prepare course materials. We recommend that you register as early as possible, as many classes fill up in advance.

All fees must be paid in full prior to the start of class unless a prior arrangement has been made

REFUND POLICY 

Cancellations up to two weeks before the course begins will be refunded, excluding a $150 processing fee. No refunds are given after that date.

For questions or additional information email us.

Wild Woman Schedule*

February 12 –  Welcome, Introductions and Beginning Botany  (A.K.A Plant Sex 101)

After our getting to know our new community of wild woman, we will immerse ourselves in the gorgeous early spring bloom to see the intricate beauty of flowers through the eyes of a botanist. We’ll discuss how plants are classified and the anatomy needed for identification.  We’ll take a walk down a gorgeous wildflower covered trail and take time to fully see and identify the plants around us. We will learn to use basic botanical keys in the field and start to recognize the floral patterns of major plant families. We will also begin our studies of the ethnobotany of the area and meet some top rate medicinal and edible plants.

“No one really sees a flower – it takes time, like having a friend takes time” Georgia O’Keefe

Wild Walk: Deer Park in Fairfax.

 March 12 –  Awakening Our Nature – Weaving our Web of Life.  

DSC05259How does Mother Nature speak to us? How can we attune to this language? From the beginning of time, Humans have turned toward the natural world for healing and spiritual direction. Learning to interpret and align with the powers of nature helps us awaken our ecological selves, fulfill our destinies, and live purposeful, healthy lives in balance with all our relations.   This class will help you develop the basic building blocks of an ancient nature vocabulary based on symbols, archetypes, elements and myths so that you can better decipher the Wisdom of the Earth.  In this class, we will weave together ecology, mythology, and ethnobotany as we explore our inner and outer nature. Students will discover how they are interwoven within the web of life on a physical, spiritual and emotional level.

Wild Walk: Deep ecology and botany walk. Location TBD. 

April 8 and 9th – Our Healing Nature.

On this two day herbal medicine adventure we will delve into the science and art of herbal medicine. We will learn the basics of traditional western herbalism and herbal medicine making.  We will identify and use local plant medicines. Powerful medicine resides not only in the plant but lives in the relationship between the healer and the plant. We will explore our own relationship to healing and nature and partake in a series of plant spirit journeys to learn how to access the wisdom of the plant directly though ancient methods of meditation. Together we will explore the question: What does it mean to heal ourselves, our community and the planet?  Students will take home hand crafted medicines and begin to build their own herbal medicine chests to better care for themselves and loved ones.

Camping location TBD

May 14 – Deep Ecology on Top of Mount Tam

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This fun and easy-paced field class will circle the top of Mount Tamalpais and give students a fabulous overview of the diversity of life and ecosystems in the Bay Area. We will learn basic ecological processes and cycles, dig into Bay Area geology and soils, spark our interest in the role of fire in our ecosystems, dive into watershed science, and learn the elements that contribute to Bay Area weather and climate.  We will continue to deepen our understanding of how we humans are intricately woven in this breathtaking web of life that is woven with sweetness made from sunshine via the process of photosynthesis.

 

June  11 –  Restoring the Balance – Restoring the Ceremony

All over our beautiful Earth, legends foretell that our precious relations in nature will cease to exist when humans stop honoring, celebrating and caring for them. Embedded in this world view is that we must follow Nature’s three R’s – Respect, Reciprocity, Relationship. Ceremonies that honor the earth demonstrate respect, create a relationship and reciprocate the gifts we receive. It is this relationship that ultimately instructs our sustainable management of our resources because these celebrations reorient our hearts and minds to a place of belonging within the web of life. When we act from this place, we can only act in a way that mutually benefits ourselves and our relations in nature. When we change our relationship to nature, we change how we impact our environment. How do we create meaningful rituals appropriate to our times?

Together we will take a beautiful hike, connect to deeply to nature and co-create a nature healing ritual that feels authentic to our group and our times.

July 8 and 9th – Feasting on our Wild Harvest

DSC05168Join your sisters on this Wild Women campout as we harvest what has grown from our collective and personal energies. Students will partake in a solo mini-vision quest to gain insight and direction.  Afterwards, we will share our experiences and insights. We will prepare, and feast on, a dinner of wild foods including acorns, nettles, elderberries and bay nuts.  We will share stories, songs, knowledge, joy and community in a beautiful natural setting. There will be plenty of time for nature connection, plant walks, medicine making and harvesting all that we have grown in the previous six months.

 

*Schedule subject to change.

 

 

And did you get what you wanted from this life even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved to feel myself beloved on the Earth.Raymond Carver
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Details

Start:
February 12 @ 10:00 am
End:
July 9 @ 6:00 pm

Venue

Go Wild Institute
A private home in Fairfax. Address will be given upon registration
Fairfax, CA 94930 United States

Organizer

Go Wild Institute
Phone:
510-666-9453
Website:
www.gowildinstitute.org