Women in the Wild the 4 Month Journey
The Fall 2018 Women in the Wild series in in process. If you are visiting this page and are interested in joining a Women in the Wild program, please sign up at the bottom of this page to receive updates. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Our next series will be February- May 2019. You can read below "About the Program" to learn more.
Dates and Rain Dates:
August 19, 9am-5pm
Sept 23, 9am-5pm.
Overnight backpacking and primitive camping “in- tents-ive” October 13-14, 10:00 am Saturday to 3:00 pm Sunday: rain date Oct 20-21.
Final gathering November 18, rain date Dec 2.
See emails for details on meeting places.
HOW TO PREPARE AND WHAT TO BRING: Fall 2018 In tents.. ive :-)
This is an adventure...it will be so fun! I have a lot of experience backpacking and camping...I’ve got your back! I LOVE helping women become confident, safe, and empowered through knowing how to hike and camp with confidence. I have witnessed that women of all ages, strength levels, abilities, and experience can do this with support and creative thinking. It takes more planning if you are not super strong like a young person, but it totally can be done. And it feels sooooo good, and also edgy or challenging for some. Ask Lavinia or Cindy if you'd like about our last overnight.
We will hike a little less than 2 miles to the camping spot. There is a short incline, and most of the hike is flat ground with spectacular views. We will set up our tents and saunter without our packs as much as we want to.
You can decide to rent or buy (or borrow from a friend) the supplies needed for sleeping. Beverly and Stephanie each have a spot for someone in our tents, Lavinia has her own tent. Nancy will have her own. If you would like to share with someone, go ahead and ask us/them & let me know.
This is a great opportunity to try out rented supplies, or to try out new supplies while with a group. I have a pretty good knowledge of supplies. They vary so much according to the individual’s needs, so contact me with questions. I have been very helpful to folks to figure out how to use what they have at home instead of buying a lot so again ask please. Outdoor Provisions and High Tor in Cville, and REI in Short Pump have staff who know a lot.
Renting in Charlottesville: UVA or High Tor:
Located at the UVA Slaughter Rec. Center now. See their hours on the site. http://recsports.virginia.edu/outdoor-adventure-equipment-rental
Rentals: backpack $8/ 2 person backpacking tent $12 (or 3 person if you want more room $16)/ sleeping bag 20 degree $10/ sleeping pad $3 Send questions and reservations to email@example.com
Call in advance to rent at High Tor, our local new and used outdoor gear store: https://www.hightorgearexchange.com/ Mention Go Into Nature Women in the Wild and receive 10% off purchases (not rentals)
Rentals: sleeping bag 20 degree $12/ backpack $10/ 2 person tent $18/ 3 person tent $15/ (no sleeping pads for rent, but may have some used) they have new poles at discounted prices
TO BUY : My fav in Cville: Great Outdoor Provisions https://greatoutdoorprovision.com/locations/charlottesville/
And REI online or at Short Pump. Online https://www.rei.com/
The weight you carry makes a huge difference to the quality of your hiking experience. I find it is best to keep the full weight of full backpack under 25 lbs, less is SO much better here! The tendency is often to bring too much. Water weight, container weight, and extra items can be reduced with creative thought using what you have or borrow, no need to buy more. Light plastic containers with secure tops you used from foods can work well. Ziplock bags hold food and weigh little. Take food out of a can, get rid of water, pack in a ziplock.
Can you bring something to share with the group? We will have space for a few at this gathering, and a couple at the last one. A poem, picture, story, song that has spoken to you to share with us, lasting 10 mins max, thank you! Bring a light rattle or noisemaker if you’d like, pens & light journal, … we will really have time to drop into the depth or what each of us bring, quiet alone time and connection time, connection with the trees and natural teachers around us, to let loose and laugh or cry, be quiet or celebrate around the fire!
headlamp. small flashlight will do, but headlamp leaves hands free so is handy.
Comfortable backpack with padded hip strap (can rent) check ahead of time that the size is right for carrying these items. They are sold by litres, 50 litres as average for a women’s backpacking pack.
Tent- (can rent) lightweight 1-3 person with fly.
Sleeping bag (can rent) October weather varies so much. Sleeping bags go by lowest temperature ie 20 or 30 degrees, or a summer bag. That refers to lowest temperatures it can keep your body above needed temperature, and it is always good to use a bag for colder temperatures than you need. Go for a warmer one if you have access to one or renting.
Lightweight sleeping mat (can rent or buy cheaply). If you are not planning on backpacking long distances a bulky one is fine and cheaper.
Poles, if you’d like. I find them so helpful for hiking long lengths, and I tire slower when using them carrying a backpack. If you have any feet or hip issues, or not. I see young fit folks with them now because they really help the body.
A good stuff sack is not essential, but helps keep the backpack small & close to your back. We can go over how to distribute the weight for packing.
A small pillow- Be picky here. A pillow can add weight & bulk. Do you have a little one on your sofa? You can cut a latex or ordinary sized memory foam pillow in half. I did that & it’s light, comfy, and packs down tiny. Some people are happy with blow up pillows. Try it at home & choose.
Personal medicines needed. If you have allergies be prepared. If you need silence to sleep, bring earplugs.
Good shoes with a tread. Bring good socks and a change of socks.
Lightweight clothing- one change max, or wear the same both days- lightweight poncho or raincoat if rain is forecasted. Dress in multiple thin layers. Hat that you can sleep in is essential if it’s cold- bring 2 hats to layer if it looks cold. if you want to invest in one piece of clothing for cold weather, get Smartwool base layer bottoms. Love em. Wear them under my clothes all winter long to town and trail!
Toothbrush, tiny amounts of essentials for hygiene. Be wary of the weight of liquid products such as creams and the weight of containers. These add up quickly.
2 snack/sandwich style no-cook lunches.
1 breakfast- may be to cook over fire- oatmeal, eggs in non-breakable container, or non-cook breakfast such as energy bars or freeze dried backpacker meals.
drinks coffee/tea in dry form.
FUN ONE: 1 protein and 1 veg to share for dinner. We will prepare this together and cook it over an open fire so don’t cut it up ahead of time! I will bring aluminum foil. Each person will bring 1 veg & 1 protein to cut up together and share in little aluminum foil packets cooked over a fire. IE: 1 large broccoli floret and 1 uncut hunk of tofu. or 4 carrots and 1 envelope style package of salmon. or 1 bunch kale and 1 ziplock bag of beans. I’m not a meat eater, but you are welcome to bring some as long as it is cool enough to keep safe outdoors. Bring just enough for yourself for dinner. Then when we share it will be the right amount.
Snacks as desired- keep it lightweight- energy bars, small bag trail mix.
I am bringing a water filter, pan, fire glove, med kit, lighter, toilet paper & shovel. There is a stream to gather more water if we need to, but it is a long walk from our site
Plastic garbage bag and string to hang food at night. This prevents bears, raccoons, etc from getting the food, and more importantly it provides a way to get the food far away from where you sleep! I’m bringing one but you can too.
Knife to cut dinner portions- we can share if you don’t have one.
Lightweight spoon/fork and cup
Light non- breakable bowl or plate only if you are cooking breakfast. It’s not needed for dinner.
Hydration: bring 3 liters of water in bottle or platypus bladder. see this link to learn more: https://www.greenbelly.co/pages/how-much-water-should-i-carry-backpacking
Leave water in your car as backup, and to drink on the way home. Hydrate before you begin our hike too. I am bringing a water sterilizer as a backup. We can hike to the cars or to a stream & sterilize water using a steripen/tabs if needed.
Notice something I’ve forgotten? Please let me know!
About the Program:
Why in the Wild?
· Our wild is entirely interconnected with nature, and with each other as animals in that system. We are nature. We are meant to spend time to connect deeply and comfortably with the never-ending supply of creativity, the flow of cycles, to access the medical benefits* that are so readily available to us if we just give them our time, attention, and intention. Being in a group brings us support, we grow together, we mirror each other for deeper growth than we can experience alone.
About me as your guide:
· I am an Ecotherapist, specializing in somatic, body based ecotherapy.
· I have created an 8-part series to bring us into deep connection with nature, and each other, embodying our true nature as women.
· Each part is based on a 5-part flow, inspired by the cycles in nature.
How it works:
· We will meet once a month on Sunday for 5-6 hours in the mountains over 4 months, exploring several of of the 8 parts of Nature as my Ally Program. In October, we will go on an overnight camping trip together. As a group, we will decide the ‘wildness” level of our camping and backpacking trip.
· I will bring you to my favorite places in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We will experience the forest moving from the letting go time of Fall, into the inward reflective time of Winter, and at different times of the day and night. Each location has special and different qualities, but each has privacy, and is wild and natural… just as you are!
. Level of hiking /camping /fitness: Our focus is on connection with nature rather than exercise. We will walk on and off trails at a low to moderate level. We will walk to a location that is 1-2 miles each way, 3 miles each way for the overnight.
Skills you will develop in your nature as my ally practice:
· My personally developed materials such as…. How to use the 5 part flow with individual guidance and support in creating a nature practice to change your life, The levels of nature connection & understanding why intention is a practice, my core belief that falling in love with nature requires intention and practice in the same way as our the other relationships in our lives; how to be comfortable in the woods; a checklist of nature features to create your own personal sit spot; finding your edges and working with them; finding your personal style in nature; I will teach the new research in the health benefits of spending direct & regular time in nature.
· Ecotherapy practices such as… the ancient practice of medicine walks, creating with intention and then mirroring with each other in a council style circle. Nature as a support for transitional times in your life, and more.
· Expressive arts in nature such as….. creating a mandala or Andy Goldsworthy- style art using objects carefully chosen in our natural setting. Writing poetry to a tree, or from a nature ally to yourself, and more.
· Shinrin Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing practices) such as… sensory walks focusing on one sense at a time… moving slowly, sharing in the ancient council style, and more.
· Mindfulness practices such as…..meditation in nature is opening us to include the wisdom of the nature around us. Thich Nhat Hahn’s pebble meditation and each creating a meditation sack together, and more.
· Movement and Voice practices such as…. authentic movement with nature, sounding for healing and connection with humming and toning.
· Ancient practices that bring out our primal nature such as… making fires, drumming, getting muddy, yelling freely!
Changes you can expect in your life through this program:
· You will develop a deep nature connection practice, learning skills and a personal program to take into your own life and develop positive life changes and better health with nature as your ally. When we commit our time and intention, powerful changes happen.
· We will heal. We will grow. This will ripple out to our families, our relationships, our workplaces, and ultimately to the world, like ripples from a pebble thrown into the water.
· Your health will improve. It may help you in dedicating this time, energy and intention on yourself, to research the health benefits, and I will teach about these in more depth. Being in nature has proven benefits of lowering stress hormones and blood pressure, increasing our immune and cancer fighting cells, lowering anxiety and depression, bringing a mental feeling of belonging and fulfillment, and much more. *See the research tab on my web site to explore the fascinating science behind this.
· You will integrate the practices you learn into your daily life. You will create a deck of cards along the way of this journey, writing up and illustrating the practices that you have learned in our time together that match your character and lifestyle, and you begin to practice integrating them into your everyday life, supported and nurtured by our group along the way. Some groups create a pebble meditation sack and a living journal, supporting your personal practice beyond these few months.
What will it be like? Can you give me an example?
As a group, we begin with a simple ritual to cross a threshold into intention, committing to leaving our past and future behind and focusing on the present for our time together. You are led in a nature meditation, opening to the wisdom of the trees above your head, the earth below you. You hold dirt in your hands, you are led through a sensory experience connecting you to the trees, the earth, the leaves, the small animals around you. The group gathers and creates a circle of women, an intention set, a song sung, and we part paths to go on a solo medicine walk, together and alone. This intention brings you to an old tree. You have been practicing hugging, listening, being with trees, so you settle and lean in and listen and connect. Back in the circle each woman shares of the medicine she received on her walk. Each one has something to offer, to add to your experience. You share and are heard. The circle of women support each speaker with rattles and drums as she finishes sharing her story. We make a fire, moving like the flames, feeling the heat, noticing how much you can feel your whole body, wild in the woodlands. You add your nature object to a mossy rock we use as our woodland altar/meaningful centerpiece.
During the last part, integration, you choose to write a poem, make your nature as my ally card, and then watch the stars.
Signing up, dates and prices:
· Set up a phone or in person chat about the program to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
· Register at http://www.gointonature.com/pagere/
Sign up with paid deposit by July 19th for Earlybird price. Deposit of $195, + 4 monthly payments of $125.
After July 19th price increases to 4 equal payments of $187 for 4 months.
Pricing includes August, September, November full days and the October Women in the Wild “In Tents-ive” weekend camping retreat, all art materials, access to program materials.
Work/study discounts are available. Must either be familiar with hiking and camping or have attended other Go Into Nature programs. Inquire if interested.
Monthly payment plans available. After $195 deposit:
1) Send 4 equal postdated checks for the Aug 1 through 1st of Nov.
2) Set up monthly payments using your credit card to be deducted monthly. This method adds an extra 3% charge fee.
3) Pay in full with credit card, or check/s.