minors must be accompanied by an adult
Linne Doran: Duvall, WA
9-5pm Both Days; No food provided
Fall 2023 Dates TBD
Join us for a women’s deep nature connection weekend!
We refer to “women” in as many ways as they want to define themselves. Individuals who identify as trans, gender-neutral, or non-binary are welcome to attend.
Learn some of the core routines of a nature connection practice. Share stories around a fire. Enjoy wandering the land looking for signs of wildlife and deepening your awareness of the natural world – all in the company of incredible teachers and women with similar interests.
Wild Women’s Weekend is for experienced outdoorspeople and first-time woodswomen alike.
Wild Women’s Weekend has a Spring and a Fall session. Each session is different and they are designed to complement one another.
This hands-on weekend will cover a variety of topics:
- Harvest wild greens to make a healing tincture and discover common plants that can be used for basic first aid.
- Learn to safely use an axe, hatchet, and knife to make fires at home or in the woods.
- Walk the land with wild women who can show you animal tracks and signs, interpret the calls of the birds, and identify edible plants.
- Rediscover your sense of play and laughter as you stretch and move your body in a creative movement class.
- Move through the forest using senses other than your eyes.
Join like-minded women and our warm and inspiring teachers for this experiential and connective weekend. You’re welcome to camp with us on Saturday night if you choose!
Class will take place at our school’s 40-acre property from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.The program will take place outdoors throughout the weekend; we’ll have rain shelters and warm fires, but please dress appropriately for being outside all day. Participants should be comfortable moving across uneven ground, or contact us to see if we can accommodate your needs. No food or accommodations will be provided.
Camping is available Saturday night on our campus. To register, select “Optional Camping” under the Additional Options section during the registration process. Camping is at your own risk and available only for Saturday. Potable water and porta-potty access are provided. More details will be provided in the Program Details upon registration.
Please note that all classes at Wilderness Awareness School will require staff and participants to follow Dept. of Health Guidelines and to stay home if they have signs or symptoms of Covid-19. Masks may be required OR may be optional during programs per the most up-to-date state and county guidelines. See our Covid page for the most up-to-date information.
Meet Your Core Instructor: Brooke Nelson
Brooke grew up exploring the woodlands, valley farms, and salty shores of the Pacific Northwest where she first became aware of the mysterious sentience she feels in wild spaces. She spent years working in marine conservation adoring the orcas and spiny lumpsuckers of the Salish Sea, until her attention shifted to life on land. She attended Alderleaf Wilderness College where she earned a Level III Track & Sign Certification, a Permaculture Design Certificate, became a Wilderness First Responder, and coordinated the yearlong Advanced Wilderness Skills Program. Brooke recently attended the Nature Connected Coaching program at Earth Based Institute, and apprenticed at The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School where she learned to listen harder. She now serves as Admissions Coordinator for The Immersion where she’s able to connect with current and prospective students across the globe.
Most of all she loves wandering the wilds with people who marvel at the same things she does – animal tracks, native plants, bird calls – and sharing curiosity about all we find.
“I originally signed up for the Women’s Wilderness Weekend for skill development and knowledge. I gained much more than that in the community development, embracing such different women with like-minded hearts and needs. Ultimately, a lot of healing took place for me at WAS, and I am forever grateful.“
– Kate Wilson
“Wonderful program with incredibly wise and humble teachers. The women leaders modeled healthy group settings and a true appreciation and connection with their topics.“
– Laura, Teacher and Parent