Go Wild offers a variety of Private and Group classes to a wide range of audiences at reasonable rates. If you do not see the class you are looking for contact us and we will be happy to customize a class or adventure that helps you foster a deeper connection to the natural world.
Wild Woman: Your Nature is Calling
May 27 @ 10:00 am - September 23 @ 6:00 pm
- Do you know feel most alive, calm, and joyful in nature?
- Do you crave more intimacy with our living, sentient, sacred earth and her beautiful creatures?
- Is there something emerging deep within you in these times of great change that you want to explore within a supportive community of Earth loving women?
- Do you long for a way to be of service and healing to our beautiful planet?
- Do you want to learn to communicate with nature in your dreamworld and share your dreams with your sisters?
- Do you feel called to reweave your mind, body, heart and spirit into the wild fabric of life for a joyful, resilient and healthy future?
The Wild Woman program is a perfect opportunity for nature loving women to join together to develop a common language and deep dialogue focused on reweaving ourselves into the web of life for the benefit of self, community, the Earth and Spirit. This circle is about developing a community of women who support each other in awakening our own wild nature and building deep report with our sentient more-than-human world. There is great potency in being in a consistent, cohesive community as we grow our intuition, develop our dreamlife, become fluent in the language of nature, and hone our own unique pathways of service and healing.
In this program we’ll:
- Use local plants for food and medicine
- Explore the natural history, ecology and flora of Southern Oregon
- Deepen our connection to nature in way that feels authentic for our times
- Experience 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
- Earth wisdom and mythology
- Wild foods foraging and preparation
- Ecology and natural history of Southern Oregon
- Herbal first aid
- Plant spirit medicine
- 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
This inspirational 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 our teachers, the Earth, each other and our own personal stories. We will meet from 10 am – 4 pm on the fourth Sunday of the month, June – September 2018 where will explore a beautiful flower filled trail in Southern Oregon as we come home more fully to the Earth and ourselves. In addition, we will meet on the 2nd Wednesday evening of the month (June-September) in class to craft medicines and wild foods and share teachings, readings and our experiences.
Babes in arms welcome.
Class Dates: (note: class dates were changed in late March)
Sunday classes are from 10 AM – 5 PM on May, 27, June 24, July 22, August 26th, and Sept 21 – 23 (Note: this is weekend campout adventure that starts on Friday afternoon and goes through Sunday to 5 PM).
Wednesday Evening Classes are from 6 pm – 9 pm on June 13, July 11th, August 8, September 12.
In the unlikely event that a class must be cancelled, make-up dates will be announced. NOTE: the class has been redesigned in late March 2018- dates have changed and price has been adjusted to account for increased class time and accommodations for camp out.
COST $1090 – includes:
- Materials fee for all wild crafts and medicines made in class
- One session of nature-based spiritual mentoring with Jolie Elan
- Accommodations for our Wild Women overnight in September
- Private Facebook page to connect with your wild sisterhood
- All Handouts
CHECK OR CASH RATE: $1075 ($975 Not So Early bird )
EARLY BIRD RATE IS $890. Discount ends March 26th 2018.
NOT SO EARLY BIRD RATE $990 Discount ends April 25th 2018
BRING A BUDDY BONUS: $50 bonus given to any registered student who refers a friend to the program.
BRING A BUDDY DISCOUNT: Two friends that sign up at the same time EACH receive $50 off.
Nature-Based Spiritual Mentoring is also available and encouraged during the program. (Once session of mentoring is included in the program fee). Regularly sessions are $65 per hour for students.
Nature-Based Spiritual Mentoring Package of six sessions for $340 (a $50 discount).
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If students need to make payments, prior arrangements, interviews, and contracts are required. Students are still required to pay 50 percent of the tuition on the tuition due date. The remainder of the balance can be paid in two installments. For more information and details, please contact the school via email.
WORK STUDY POSITION: We offer one work-study position for tuition reduction. Students applying for this position must be available an hour before and after class, have reliable transportation, be highly responsible and always on time. A greater discount may be optional to those available to assist with social media, photography and videography. This position will fill quickly. If you’re interested, please submit your resume as a pdf. attachment via email.
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
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*
May – 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
June – Awakening Our Nature – Weaving our Web of Life _
How 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. June classes will 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 month, 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.
During our evening class on June 13th, create a Wild Women ceremony and immerse ourselves in living, healing waters at the Mikvah (ritual bath)* at Jackson wellsprings. This is a wonderful way to ritually release what no longer serves us, while at the same time welcome aspects or our wise, wild selves we wish to invigorate. The mikvah at Jackson wellsprings is located in a private, gated garden where three warm water springs flow into Wildcat Gulch.
*While Mikvahs are traditionally Jewish, our local mikvah can be used by anyone who wishes to cleanse their heart and soul.
July – Our Healing Nature.
During the month of June we will delve into the science and art of herbal medicine. We will learn the basics of traditional western herbalism herbal medicine making, and herbal materia medica. We will identify and use local plant medicines. Students will take home hand crafted medicines and begin to build their own herbal medicine chests to better care for themselves and loved ones. We also partake in a Plant Spirit Journey or two so we can increase our ability to source directly from the plants for healing wisdom.
August – Healing Relationships
This month we will focus on ecological relationships and continue our studies on herbal healing. Together we will explore the question: What does it mean to heal ourselves, our community and the planet? 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 our nature, and partake in a plant spirit journey to learn how to access the wisdom of the plant directly though ancient methods of meditation. Classes in July will also give students a fabulous overview of the diversity of life and ecosystems in Southern Oregon. 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.
We will also delve into the The Work That Reconnects, a body of work developed by system theorist and Buddhist Scholar Joanna Macy that addresses the crises of our times through a Gaian lens. The Work invites us to honor our pain for the world and go forth with new eyes through the bottleneck of the Anthropocene* into the Great Turning. *( Anthropocene relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.)
August 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.
September Feasting on our Wild Harvest
Join your sisters on this three day Wild Women adventure 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 based on the desires, interests and needs of the group.
Your Teacher: Jolie Egert Elan, M.S.
Jolie Elan is the Founder and Director of Go Wild Institute. She is a deep ecologist, ethnobotanist, herbalist, and educator. She has inspired thousands of people to deepen their relationship with nature. Jolie has worked with ethnobotanical projects on four continents including restoring sacred forest groves in India and developing the herbal medicine sector in war torn Kosovo. Jolie is a certified forester and permaculture designer. Jolie received her B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Environmental Studies and her Master’s degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University. Jolie has been studying herbal medicine for over 20 years. Some of her teachers include Matthew Wood, Native Healer Bobby Lake Thom (A.K.A Medicine Grizzly Bear), 7Song, and Jane Bothwell. She regularly teaches at nature centers, ecoliteracy programs, colleges, field institutes, and herbal medicine schools throughout the West. Jolie is in the process of completing her certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Chaplaincy Institute and is excited to offer nature-based spiritual mentorship to her students, which can help increase intimacy with the Divine through nature. Jolie is blessed with a deep and rich dream life and regularly communicates with our living Earth through dreams. She recently moved to Southern Oregon and is overjoyed to be here. Jolie can often be found foraging wild foods and medicines and hanging out with oak trees.
And did you get what you wanted from this life even so?