Imagine a weekend where you can focus on your relationship with your child while exploring plants and nature with an herbalist and naturalist.
- 3 nights lodging at Orchard House Retreat
- Home-cooked meals and snacks
- Guided plant walk
- Herbal medicine-making activities
- Nature crafts and games
All supplies for herbal medicine making, crafts, and other projects are included as well as a recipe book for each family to bring home of the remedies that we create.
We will gather together near Osseo, WI at Orchard House Retreat, located on a small biodynamic CSA/family farm.
Orchard House is located approximately 2 hour east of Minneapolis and 4 1/2 hours from Madison, WI. If you will be flying to the retreat please email me and we will arrange affordable transportation from Minneapolis/St. Paul airport on Thursday and a return trip on Sunday.
Our schedule is relaxed, providing plenty of time for kids to play and adults to refill their cups. Be sure to bring your hiking boots, outdoor clothing, sunscreen, and any handwork projects you or your child enjoy like knitting, sketching, or journalling.
Each day parents and children will learn and create together as we explore the green magic of our plant allies. Plantain, mullein, burdock, and elderberry are among the plants we'll get to know (and craft remedies with) throughout the weekend. And what is summer camp without games and crafts? We'll include plenty of these activities as well.
At the end of the retreat each family will bring home a collection of their own hand-crafted remedies including teas, balms, syrups, and more - along with the recipes to create them all again.
Green Magic Summer Camp is held in a simple farmhouse in western Wisconsin. All families will be housed in multi-family bunk rooms that include top bunk, bottom bunk, and trundle bed accommodations. (If you or your child have accessibility needs please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.) Participants provide their own pillows, sleeping bags, and bath towels.
Because parents will room with their children, all bunk rooms will be co-ed, housing both mothers or female guardians, girls, and boys. Bathrooms are available for privacy when dressing if desired.
Meals and snacks will be simple, nourishing, and home-cooked. Most ingredients will be organic and many will be local. Some will even be herbal! If you have special dietary restrictions do let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs. Feel free to bring a cooler with snacks that you and your child enjoy.
About your hosts:
Rachel Wolf has a background in Environmental Education and spent her career-before-motherhood working with children and adults both in the classroom and out in the natural world. More recently Rachel's time has been divided between interest-led homeschooling her two kids, freelance writing about herbs and plant remedies, and running her herbal body care company, LüSa Organics. Rachel is a passionate teacher who delights in making topics accessible to a wide age range and hands-on learning is her specialty.
After a decade owning her own business, Kate Zomboracz is finally willing to admit she is, in fact, a cook. Her devotion to local, organic food came from a strong environmental ethic developed while studying philosophy, environmental biology & sustainable agriculture and has evolved into her family's Community Supported Kitchen. She works, lives and learns side by side with her three (wild and free) kids and husband.
The cost of the Green Magic Summer Camp is $450 per adult and $350 per child. Multiple children per adult are welcome, but at least one adult is required to attend per family.
How to Register:
Registration is now open! If you are interested in joining in the fun, please email me at your earliest convenience. There has been an unprecedented response to this gathering, so I expect it to fill quickly!
In your email please Include the number of adult women in your group and the number, ages, and genders of children who would like to attend.
April 7 Update: Green Magic Summer Camp is now full. If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, please email me and I'll happily add you!
50% of payment is due at time of registration, with the remaining 50% due on July 15. Registration is non-refundable but we'll certainly do our best to fill your spot if life gets messy and you discover you simply can't make it.
Registration is first-come, first served! We'd love to have you and your children join us at camp. Don't wait!
Some words from past retreat participants:
"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."