RECLAIM, RELEASE & REWILD
with Vanessa Chakour & Àdhamh Ó Broin
This healing adventure takes place at Alladale Wilderness Reserve, a potent combination of complete wilderness and a re-imagined and re-vitalised landscape. As such, a powerful metaphor for who we are.
The experience will provide space and support for your re-enchantment: plunging into your own history and ecology in relationship with the land. Our practices and excursions will renew the sense of wonder and presence that is your birthright and open channels of creativity to strengthen your sense of who you are.
Through hiking, foraging, wildcrafting and exploration of the rugged terrain, you’ll re-kindle relationship with the land. Through Sacred Warrior movement practice, you’ll reveal innate wisdom and strength. With elemental herbalism, you’ll experience the interdependence between the individual and environment. Through storytelling, you’ll explore your personal story and how your narrative influences each and every experience. Through exposure to Gaelic language, lore and cosmology, you’ll explore the relationship that has existed over millennia between the indigenous people of the Highlands and the natural landscape in which your adventure takes place.
Alladale Wilderness Reserve is a 23,000-acre gem in the Scottish Highlands. They work hard keep their part of Scotland truly wild, by replanting lush forest and reintroducing original Highland plant & animal species. Alladale’s rugged terrain, dramatic glens, colorful hills, glistening rivers, and herds of majestic red deer will take your breath away.
You’ll stay in their luxury Victorian lodge. A portion of the accommodation revenue is transferred to their partner, The European Nature Trust. So by staying, you will contribute directly to a variety of conservation and restoration efforts throughout Europe.
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YOUR RETREAT EXPERIENCE WILL INCLUDE:
• Hiking • Foraging • Wildcrafting • European Herbalism in Folklore & Practice •
• Holistic Healing Practices • Daily Movement & Meditation • Creative Exploration •
• History, Folklore and Cosmology of the Highlands • Ecology of Landscape • Gaelic Story & Song •
Vanessa Chakour is the founder of Sacred Warrior whose mission is to deepen relationship with ourselves and our environment. An herbalist, artist, meditation teacher, archer and former competitive boxer and trainer, Vanessa’s teachings are a dynamic blend of her vast personal experiences over the last two decades. Her unique approach is rooted in the belief that healing happens through re-awakening an intuitive connection to ourselves, the natural world and our own “inner-wild.” Vanessa works as matchmaker between participants and nature, inspiring personal relationships with the plants and animals share our ecosystem. These intimate understandings create eco-defenders and Sacred Warriors, impassioned to defend our planet and home, so necessary at this time. She accomplishes this through curating embodied experiences in her workshops, herbal apprenticeships, and retreats. A fierce defender and advocate of the land, Vanessa embodies the practices she teaches and has spearheaded collaborative land-based education programs to inspire ecological awareness and land stewardship for the benefit of the earth and all species. Based in Brooklyn, Vanessa teaches throughout the Northeastern United States and runs Rewilding Retreats in New York, Costa Rica and Scotland. Being of Scottish descent, this retreat has a special place in her heart.
Àdhamh Ó Broin hails from Cowal in Argyle and is of mixed Irish and Highland descent. He is the first person in 80 years to raise a family of fluent speakers of his local Gaelic dialect which remains on the verge of extinction. Àdhamh has absorbed a huge storehouse of lore over many years traveling the length and breadth of the Scottish Highlands, spending time with the few mainland tradition bearers who now remain. This experience has fostered a particular concern with the maintenance of the native cosmology of the Highlands and in particular with the manner in which the natural world has come to be viewed as incidental to the human experience. Although globally renowned for his work as Scottish Gaelic advisor to the Outlander film production, Àdhamh’s daily preoccupation keeps him much closer to home and the long overdue decolonisation of Scotland’s people through reconnection with the carrying stream of indigenous culture, language and spirituality.
LODGING & RATES:
The Victorian Lodge Offers 7 luxurious rooms for individuals or couples.
Rates include lodging, all meals, excursions and teachings.
Note room selection when you register above. All bookings are done through Sacred Warrior.
The Willow, Holly, Aspen and Birch Suites are booked.
Private Room/Single: $2485
Choose: Pine or Alder
Private Suite/Single: $2785
Couples/Shared Room: $3485
Choose: Pine or Alder
Couples/Shared Suite: $3685
For payment plan options, contact us HERE