Linne Doran: Duvall, WA
April 29th-30th, 2023
9am – 5pm both days
Join us for an empowering wilderness weekend program to dive deep into the power and intricacies of being a *woman of color in nature. This immersive program is designed to promote lifelong nature connection, foster a growing community of wild women of color, and support your connection to your lineage and yourself.
*We welcome ALL women (cis and trans) who identify as women of color. The purpose of this class is to intentionally create a sacred affinity space for women of color that supports freedom of expression, a basis of truth-telling, and safety in showing up authentically, all of which are at risk in mixed-group settings. For this reason, this class is for folks who define themselves as women and are Black, Brown, Indigenous of the Americas, Asian, Pacific Islander, and/or Biracial. This class is not for those who identify as White, or Caucasian.
This course will encourage you to:
- Practice core routines of nature connection.
- Learn to safely use an axe, hatchet, and knife to make fires at home or in the woods.
- Create sacred spaces that empower your unique connection to the earth.
- Spend time with a community of women of color, including experienced nature connection mentors, as you walk the land and see animal tracks, identify edible plants, and listen to bird calls.
- Rediscover your sense of play and laughter as you stretch and move your body while playing on the land.
- Move through the forest using senses other than your eyes.
You will leave this class with a cultivated sense of self in community as a wild woman of color!
Class will take place at our school’s 40-acre property from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with an option to camp overnight on Saturday. 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 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. You are required to bring your own camping gear. Potable water and porta-potty access are provided. More details will be provided in the Program Details upon registration.
We are offering scholarships up to 50% of the program cost. To apply for a scholarship, click here
Meet Your Instructors
Shivani spent her youngest years playing with her sister by the creek and in the woods behind their home. Her fondest and most vivid childhood memories include the changing colors of the seasons, crisp fresh air on her skin, the sound of flowing water, and the feeling of the warm sun after a long winter. After childhood, her parents relocated to a concrete jungle. When she finally moved to the rural Snoqualmie Valley after completing a Masters degree in Public Health, she was overloaded with nature nostalgia, quickly seeing and feeling that nature connection is one of the most accessible and powerful tools for building healthy communities. She is now committing herself to spreading nature connection to as many people as possible, teaching skills and routines as quickly as she can learn them. You can sometimes find Shivani tending to plants, hanging out with kids, exploring riverbeds, having a fire with her friends, or playing Ukulele. If you follow the sound of laughter, you might also find Shivani – she loves to laugh!
Davis is a lifelong student and social justice advocate deeply committed to connection and community. Growing up in Duwamish territory, she was able to participate in nature connection programs that inspired her love of tracking, edible plants, storytelling, songs, ecology and intentional relationship building, which later fueled her passion as an Environmental Science major at the University of San Diego. Because of these programs, she was able to cultivate a sense of self within a loving community, within herself, and in the land. In the past 17 years she’s participated in numerous programs and become a mentor herself. She has led in EMPOWER Women of Color retreats, worked for Multicultural centers and started a nature connection school in North Seattle called Barefoot. Her roots come from the Hopi and Purepecha people, and also from Northern Scandinavia. When not working as a mentor, Davis can be found camping, engaging in community, journaling, cooking, or standing up for what she believes in.