- Do you feel most alive, calm, and joyful in nature?
- Do you crave more intimacy with our living, 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?
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 rapport 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. What is your nature calling you to do in these times of great turning?
In this program we’ll:
- Identify and use local plants for food and medicine
- Explore the natural history, ecology, and flora of Southern Oregon
- Deepen our connection to nature in a 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 a community of Wild Women
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 – 5 pm on one Sunday a month to 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 one Wednesday evening of the month (May – July) in class to craft medicines and wild foods and share teachings, readings and our experiences.
Babes in arms welcome.
Weekend classes are from 10 AM – 5 PM on April 6-7 (note: two days), May 5, June 2nd, July 7, August 3-5 4th. (note: this is weekend camp out adventure that starts on Friday afternoon and goes through Sunday to 5 PM).
Wednesday Evening Classes are from 6 pm – 8:30 pm on May 14th, June 12 , July 16th.
In the unlikely event that a class must be cancelled, make-up dates will be announced.
COST $1190 – 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 August
- Private Facebook page to connect with your wild sisterhood
- Detailed Syllabus
CHECK OR CASH RATE: $1150 (full rate) $1050 (Early Bird) $1100 (Not So Early Bird)
EARLY BIRD RATE IS $1090. Discount ends March 6th, 2019
NOT SO EARLY BIRD RATE IS $1140. Discount ends March 21st, 2019
BRING A BUDDY DISCOUNT: Two friends that sign up at the same time EACH receive $50 off, can not be used with the early bird special.
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 $75 – 130 per hour sliding scale for students.
Nature-Based Spiritual Mentoring Package of six sessions for $350.
We can offer payment plans. Contact us for more information.
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 $200 processing fee. No refunds are given after that date.
For questions or additional information email us.
*We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and welcome trans, genderqueer, and non-binary people who identify as women.
Wild Woman Schedule*
April – Welcome, Introductions, Awakening Our Nature – Weaving our Web of Life
We will have two days to build our sisterhood and set our wild intentions for ourselves and our sisterhood. We will explore the questions: 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. May classes will help students develop the basic building blocks of an ancient nature vocabulary based on symbols, archetypes, elements and myths to 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.
We will also create a ceremony that honors our intentions and the beginning our wild journey by immersing ourselves in a ritual bath. We will create a container of empathy and gratitude 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.
Additionally, we will 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 our times into the Great Turning.
May – Learning to See the Plants Around Us, Beginning Botany and Plant Sex 101
We will explore the gorgeous 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- 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 and herbal medicine making. 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.
Additionally, will also focus on ecological relationships and explore our own relationship to healing and our nature. 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 also partake in a Plant Spirit Journey increasing our ability to source directly from the plants for healing wisdom.
July– 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, authentic 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, 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 25 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 a certified spiritual Director by 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.
Hear what past Wild Woman students have to say about the program:
“This class helped me to trust myself and my relationship to nature. It helped me open my heart more and to feel more comfortable in a group. Jolie has a truly unique and beautiful way of communicating with nature and opening up the potential in others. She embodies wisdom and attunement that I have known is possible and am now opening up in myself. I loved that there were AMAZING women that I wouldn’t have gotten to know otherwise as well as outside time, and inspiration for deepening my nature relationship.” Lauren Kemple, Artist, Mother, Herbalist and Teacher.
“I was looking for something. My nature was calling me and I came across this class. I wasn’t aware then just how much I needed to connect with my wild self. Not only did I do that, but I built a stronger relationship to that self, to other strong like-minded women, and the nature within and without.” Taurie Michele, Massage Therapist.
“Prior to the program my heart and soul were starved of sisterhood and intimate vulnerable connections. I feel so blessed to have made new friends here and feel supported by the Earth. And I learned so much from Jolie’s effervescent flow of wisdom. This program has been a huge part of my healing – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I appreciate it. It was really life changing!” Kristin Nance, Student
“There is nothing more powerful than joining with a group of women who are all holding the same intention to go wild – whatever that means having to do with nature, with botany, with womanhood in general, with uncovering things that are there to be discovered- but doing it with a group of committed women is amazing. Jolie holds the space in such an incredible way. Its been a real blessing.” Candace Doyle, Mother, and woman who loves to swim with dolphins
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to look at really deep questions about the world and my place in it. Things that I never would have done without this course. It has totally shifted my whole reality and I feel closer to the land.” Vicki Davis, Retired – Wild Woman Student 2019
And did you get what you wanted from this life even so?