Women's Ancestral

Women’s Ancestral SkillsRegister Now WA

May 4-7, 2018

Women have a deep physiological and spiritual connection with creation.  All of us have woman ancestors that have lived as part of the earth’s patterns and cycles.  Their daily lives, and those of their families, were reliant on their connection in an incredibly deep way.  In these times when we organize our lives on our phones, communicate via the internet, and live in a culture so very estranged from the Earth, it is vital for us to come together to root, to remember what it means to be human and woman, to rewild together as women.

This weekend we will sit around a fire, we will eat, we will sing, we will connect with our ancestors through the crafts that were integral in their lives.  We will connect with each other, women from many ages, and many walks of life.

Women’s Ancestral Skills Weekend is limited to 20 participants, so please register soon.

Focus is placed on creating a safe, comfortable, relaxed and fun learning environment in which students with beginning to intermediate skill levels can thrive.  We focus on helping each student learn rather than the progression of projects. 

What to expect:

Skills we will explore in a relaxed atmosphere that honors both ambition and repose:

  • Medicine making
  • Moon and Menstrual ritual
  • Wild foods cookery
  • Friction fire
  • Firewood splitting
  • Cheese and soapmaking
  • Basketry with willow and kudzu
We are saving the following for our weekend in 2019:
Sweat lodge construction and ritual, fire tending and carrying, buckskin bikini top or moccasin making, primitive parenting, cordage,  broom making, felting, and more.

Local Accommodations

While some locals prefer to commute to Wild Abundance from Asheville, students from the area and out of town are welcome to pitch a tent in one of our flat camping spots in the woods or field, or to tie a hammock in the forest on our seven-acre property.  We strongly suggest bringing a very warm sleeping bag and bedding during cold months.  We do have a fully functioning outdoor kitchen and bathroom, though in extremely cold weather, sometimes one or both are out of operation due to the water freezing.

If you prefer something more conducive to creature comforts, we suggest browsing Airbnb (there are a few within walking distance of the school) or checking out a local motel within a 10-15 minute drive to Wild Abundance.

Comfort Inn in Mars Hill, NC


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Registration Info Register Now WA

We strive to make our classes accessible to those who wish to learn. Please pay on the sliding scale what you can afford, given your income.

The following are included in the price of the course: instruction, optional camping, and facility use (kitchen, bathroom).  

Women’s Ancestral Skills Pricing

May 4-7, 2018

  • Early Bird Price: Now – March 23, 2018:      $400-$600
  • Regular Bird Price: March 24 – April 20, 2018:      $500 – $800
  • Late Bird Price: April 21 – May 4, 2018:      $600 – $900

To register, please complete the registration form (by clicking the button above) and then make payment. Registration will be processed upon receipt of payment.  

Expect to receive a confirmation email within one week of sending payment. Additional emails will cover logistical details as the adventure approaches.  

Click here to see our policy on refunds, payment plans and work-trade opportunities.

Also, feel free to read our Frequently Asked Questions.