What should I bring?
Sleeping bag, mat and pillow (tents are provided, though you are welcome to bring your own)
Natural bug repellant
Re-usable cup & dishware (we will have extra biodegradable dishware, just in case)
Journal or drawing material
Small Glass jars for plant medicine making (if you’d like to make tincture, which you’ll learn!)
A candle and any sacred objects for our altar (optional)
Something yummy to share for our potluck Thursday night!
How many people will there be?
These retreats are intimate with 12 at the most.
Do we have free time?
Each retreat offers free time morning & afternoon on Friday. You can use this to gather plant medicines (which you’ll learn about), meditate, spend extra time amongst the wolves or simply be. You can always take time for yourself if you need to.
What does the time with the wolves entail?
We will meet and spend time with the ambassador wolves after our opening circle on Thursday. On Friday you’ll have time to spend with them more privately if you choose. We’re surrounded by the wolves and their healing howls throughout our retreat (they live in large, wild enclosures around the land where we camp).
How close can we get to the wolves?
The wolves live in large, wild enclosures with plenty of space to roam. We can get close to the fence where the ambassador wolves live (next to them, essentially), but we aren’t able to put our hands through the fence to touch them. This is for the well being of the wolves. We’ll likely catch glimpses of the more wild red & grey wolves. They surround us there on the land.
Mission and work of partner, Wolf Conservation Center (WCC)
The WCC’s mission is to promote wolf conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment, and the human role in protecting their future. The WCC accomplishes this mission through onsite and offsite education programs emphasizing wolf biology, the ecological benefits of wolves and other large predators, and the current status of wolf recovery in the United States.The WCC also participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) and Recovery Plan for two critically endangered wolf species, the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) and the red wolf (Canis rufus). The Mexican gray wolf and the red wolf are among the rarest mammals in North America; both species at one time were completely extinct in the wild. More at nywolf.org
Public Transportation from NYC:
If you travel from the NYC on public transportation, take the Metro North to Katonah and a cab to the Conservation center. The Katonah cab company number is: (914) 232-5772. They know how to get to there.
The closest airports are JFK or LaGuardia in NYC, or the Westchester airport.
Address to the Wolf Conservation Center:
7 Buck Run, So Salem NY 10590. When you come upon it , you’ll see a small white sign that says Buck Run. Drive all the way up the hill to the Wolf Conservation Center. Though the sign says “no cars allowed beyond this point,” you can drive up and into the center to park for the retreat. If you’re using the tents there, they will be set up.