I know. It's barely spring. But I thought a little "save the date" teaser was in order...
Because we're gathering on the shores of Lake Superior once more!
I've reserved the Lake Superior Barn for an Autumn Women's Herbal Retreat and I would love to have you join me. We'll gather from October 26 through 29th to explore the South Shore, relax in The Barn with a community of kindred spirits, and learn much about herbs and handmade remedies.
I don't have any retreats yet planned for 2018, so if you've been hoping to join me this would be the time. (There is a chance that I'll do more, but I haven't committed yet. Honestly, I'm unsure as to how many retreats I will be able to fill in the long-term. Are you a small pool of interested ladies who love Clean or love LüSa or love what I write for Taproot? Have most of you who were interested already attended? I'd love to keep at it, but I really have no idea how long such a venture is sustainable. Talk to me!)
I'm taking it one step at a time, and one retreat at a time at this stage. But this one? It's written in pen on my calendar. We're doing it. And I would love to have you there to share in the experience.
To sign up for the herbal retreat mailing list all you have to do is drop me an email. I'll send you an invitation when registration opens.
Some words from participants from the Spring 2017 retreat:
"This retreat was everything I dreamed it would be and more. Because how often do your dreams become reality? Rachel's warm and gentle spirit permeated the whole experience. Her wisdom is priceless. We shared an amazing fellowship, phenomenal food, and learned lifelong skills as well as took away a remarkable amount of herbal remedies! So grateful for the experience and cannot wait to do it again!"
"The herbal retreat was incredibly relaxing and fulfilling and the food provided was amazing, wholesome, and nourishing. The herbal information provided was invaluable. This is the information your grandmother and mother would have given you centuries ago, but here you are, in a company of beautiful women, learning it midway through life. It is wonderful, uplifting, freeing, and will forever be in your heart and mind."
So... who wants to join me?
Oh, goodness. Where to begin! I returned last night after the Spring Women's Herbal Retreat both exhausted and elated. The weekend exceeded my expectations in every way - primarily on account of the ladies who came together to share in the experience.
This group of thirteen kindred spirits arrived from across the midwest, from as far as Ohio, Illinois, and distant parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Throughout our three days together we listened to each other's stories, learned with (and from) one another, laughed uproariously, and quietly refilled our cups with this mindful pause from our day-to-day lives.
Truly, this group of women gelled beyond my wildest expectations and I was so grateful for the insights and gifts that each woman brought to our gathering.
My friend Kate from 608 Community Supported Kitchen prepared exquisite organic meals for us each day (so much delicious food!) that everyone agreed was a highlight of the weekend. When we weren't enjoying/over-eating/gushing over Kate's food and treats, we were delving into equal parts hands-on herbal medicine making and self-indulgent down time. It was the just right balance of learning and relaxing.
Oh, and that medicine-making! At the end of the weekend even I was amazed at how much each participant had crafted to bring home - there several herbal balms, some tea blends, and plenty of tinctures, herbal oils, decoctions, syrups, and sprays. (Off the top of my head.)
As the weekend ended, emails and phone numbers were exchanged, and one by one we said goodbye and headed back to our families and our day-to-day lives.
After the last guest left I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the magic that happens when women come together to learn, share, and play. And I was thankful for the role that I was able to play to help bring this group together.
I have so many things to share with you - from the latest Taproot to a couple of just-cast-off knitting projects, some homeschooling reflections, homesteading updates, and other projects in the works.
But all of that will have to wait! Because tomorrow marks the start of the Spring Women's Herbal Retreat.
That means that today is devoted to last minute class preparations and loading my car to the roof with herbs and supplies. And also asking myself questions like: "Is too much coffee (or butter) even a thing?" or "I hope I don't get pulled over with all these random bags of herbs in my trunk, alongside this case of brandy and hard to explain bundles of tree branches."
I'm so excited for another long weekend with another inspiring group of women to learn from and share with. Bring it on, Spring Retreat! We're ready.
Now. Wish we luck for another beautiful, magical weekend of plants, medicine making, and women.
February 23 Update
We have just two beds remaining for the spring retreat! Details follow. I'd love to have you join us.
I promise to stop with the retreat talk in just a moment! But today is the last day for registration for our spring gathering.
I'm hoping to have the last remaining slots filled soon!
And while I can't speak for you, the idea of mindfully gathering and learning these ancient skills feels resonant with me now more than ever.
To gather with community, forge friendships, learn from one another, and develop skills to care for our families with what nature provides? Now feels like the perfect time.
If you'd still like to join us just drop me a note and I'll send you an official invitation. This spring we'll be gathering in a new location and I'm excited to be adding a guided plant walk to our weekend agenda as well, so we can hopefully forage some plants for a few of our recipes.
Below are a few favorite moments from the first retreat that we held in November on the shore of Lake Superior.
I can feel my shoulders soften just looking at these. What a wonderful three days it was!
Ah, yes. What a delightful and lovely weekend it was. I can't wait to do it again next month!
Just popping in with two quick pieces of business!
First, a heartfelt thanks. Your words yesterday were so kind and understanding. Thank you for sharing your voices here. It means more than you know.
And second, the Spring Herbal Retreat is beginning to fill. Hooray! We have just seven beds left - and I'm saving one for you.
If you did not receive your invitation please let me know by email and I'll send it out again.
This retreat is shaping up to be as lovely as the last, and I can't wait to gather with you.
Hello there! I am Rachel Wolf. Lover of wild places, blogger, homesteader-in-training, unschooling mama, & owner of LüSa Organics. At home in the hills of the Driftless. Welcome!
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