This retreat 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. Join us on this healing adventure to reclaim, release and rewild.
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 at 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 of the Highlands & Ecology of The Landscape •
LODGING & RATES:
The Victorian Lodge Offers 7 luxurious rooms for individuals or couples.
Rates include lodging, all meals, excursions and teachings.
Note, the Willow & Holly and Birch Suites are booked.
SAVE $100 WITH EARLY REGISTRATION THROUGH EARTH DAY, April 22nd:
$2485 for an individual, $3495 for a couple or shared room
Vanessa Chakour is the founder of Sacred Warrior whose mission is to deepen relationship with ourselves and the 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 around us. 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. She has spearheaded collaborative land-based education programs to inspire ecological awareness and land stewardship for the benefit of the earth and all species. Vanessa teaches ongoing Herbalism Courses and workshops in NYC and throughout the northeast, and runs Rewilding Retreats in New York, Costa Rica and Scotland.
Alladale’s Ranger, Innes MacNeil has been working at Alladale for 27 years now. He is a born and raised Highlander, who knows these lands like no other. A head stalker at Alladale at first, he ‘came with the property’ when Paul Lister bought Alladale in 2003. Innes has bought into Paul’s big vision of bringing back wolves to the Highlands, or a controlled release of wolves as we call it.
Over the years, Innes has seen many projects carried out Alladale. European Elk has been brought to Alladale, wild boar, red squirrels, Scottish Wildcats as part of the Scottish Captive Breeding Programme, and of course the massive undertaking to plant around 920,000 native trees. The elk and boar projects have ended and the animals are no longer at Alladale. But there is plenty to take care of out in the reserve, and Innes does this with his team of rangers. Innes knows every nook and cranny of Alladale’s 23,000 acres, and can talk about our lands extensively. Over the years, he has worked with biologists, researchers, academics, stalkers, and especially with neighbouring estates, to control deer populations, find the best locations to plant trees, restore peat lands, and care for our part of the Highlands.’