While I’ve taken a break from social media and outreach for the last year and a half, I’ve been focusing on getting myself to a healthier place emotionally, financially, spiritually, physically, psychologically–in every way, essentially. Life has presented me with an opportunity that I’m very excited about in the interim. I’m going to be moving to the East Coast in the winter. I wanted to plant a few good seeds here in the Intermountain West, before I go. Share some of what I’ve been ruminating on during my solitude.
Bone Song has grown out of my desire to relocate myself. The first time I read Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ Women Who Run With the Wolves in 2018, it had a profoundly medicinal effect on me. Every time I’ve returned to it since then it has continued to help me see and heal the fragmentation of my psyche. At my most recent passes I’ve wondered about that word relocate. To be a wild woman, truly, must mean you feel some sense of location, some sense of belonging to the Earth. In moments of quiet, I recognize that I do not feel this way.
So, at these retreats we’ll explore these inclinations together. We’ll see what we can locate within when we look far back enough through (not around) our identities as granddaughters of colonizers, frontiersmen, and pioneers into our origins as daughters of the Earth. Hopefully, as we focus our gaze on our genesis, nestled as it is among the fronds and tall grasses, we’ll even catch a glimpse of our wild Mother as she bounds by.
My parents have very generously offered their mountain cabin outside of Idaho City for three weekends this fall, for me to host women who want to gather in person and discuss and explore the archetype of the wild woman, and what she can offer our healing as individuals and as a collective. (If you’d like to hear more about my approach to the wild woman archetype, please listen to the podcast I recorded with Bristlecone Firesides and Kathryn Knight Sonntag on the subject last year!)
With the help of some subscribers to my email list who offered feedback and suggestions, I’ve collated resources and created itineraries for Bone Song, a wild woman retreat. Thanks to my parents’ generosity I’m able to offer this experience in three different sessions, and at an extremely affordable rate. A retreat I attended last April cost me about six times as much.
September 23-25. This 2 night retreat will be for women who are still active or semi-active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The organization and activity list will be the same as for the event below, but the discussions will be of a slightly different nature and tone. The boundary here is in place to help people who need extra support finding safety in their bodies to receive that safety.
October 14-16. This 2 night retreat will be for women who identify as Post-Mormon or ex-Mormon. The boundary here is gently in place for the same reasons you read about above. If you don’t know exactly where you fall on this spectrum, and you think you’d be able to find and give a blessing in a space like this, you’re invited!
October 26-30. This retreat will be an immersive, instead of a weekend event. 4 nights instead of 2. Anyone who was or is now Mormon is invited to attend. The extra two nights will allow us to travel deeper into the wound together, so be warned. This gathering will include all of the discussions, ritual practices, and excursions of the 2 day retreats plus extra down time and an ancestor dinner! This is a tradition I’ve been developing over the last few years among friends. At the end of October our Celtic progenitors celebrated Samhain. Many cultures across the world believe that in the fall the veils between worlds thin, that it is the time for connecting with the spirits of the dead. The ancestor dinner is my answer to that.
I have six spots available for each of these sessions (three spots have already sold for the immersive retreat). If you’re interested in attending one, and available of course, please fill out this Google Form. Because we’ll be staying at a private residence, this retreat is by application only. I’ll need you to fill out the form by September 10th if you’d like to attend!
We’ll be using Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ seminal work Women Who Run With the Wolves to guide our time together. I’m planning somatic work, rituals, conversations, and delicious meals geared around the archetype. We’ll practice grounding her through our ancestral stories into the Earth itself, and we’ll take everything very slowly.
Idaho City, the township nearest my parents’ cabin, is like a time capsule. In 1864, at the height of the gold rush, it was actually the largest city in the Northwest–bigger than Salt Lake City or Portland. Eventually people moved on and away, but those who stayed preserved the town meticulously. It’s basically a film set! The Wild West in the flesh. But of course, that’s a different kind of wild, now isn’t it?
So, at these retreats we’d be exploring a few things:
1. How to uncage the wild woman as she lives inside of us.
2. How our pioneer/colonizer ancestors contributed to her caging, and gave us an inheritance of dominance over/disconnection from the land of the Intermountain West.
3. How to see the truth of these inheritances while standing in full awe of our divine/wild identities.
I don’t want to reveal too much more than that, because I dearly love surprises. However, if you’d like to see more detailed itineraries for the events you can click here to see the itinerary for the 2 night retreats or here to preview the itinerary for the 4 night immersive. You’ll find prices at the Google Form I mentioned earlier! Feel free to message me with any questions.
All my gratitude,