It is that time again! The very first weekend retreat we hosted when The Homestead opened its doors was The Women's Wellness Retreat. We are about to host our third and I start to get this exciting feeling in my stomach at the beginning of January just thinking about reconnecting with women in such a special way. This blog post is from Mandi Sanders, a natural family educator and herbalist who has taught workshops at The Homestead since it started.
At the heart of being a woman is our capability to nurture and heal. Working with plants to nourish ourselves, our children, and our community, as well as using their healing properties as medicine, is part of our ancestral birthright. Throughout the passage of time, women have passed down knowledge of working with the plants in these capacities.
We have a deep, intuitive relationship that has almost been forgotten and lost in modern times. At the forefront of my work as a woman, mother, and herbalist has been to restore this precious wisdom back into the hands from which it came. My earliest teachers in herbalism were of the Wise Woman Tradition. At the center of this tradition, is nourishment and self-love. It not only teaches plant medicine, but it reestablishes women at the heart of community as healers through our natural, intuitive and nurturing abilities. The Wise Woman Tradition centers around every woman, not just those practicing herbalists, natural mamas, midwives, doulas. These practitioners are the women that are here to lead us all back into the role in which we all once shared as keepers of this ancient wisdom.
Women and plants are deeply interconnected. We've always known which plants nourish us through foods and teas, and we've always known the plants to reach for when our bodies need additional support working to reestablish wellness. We've always known what to grab from right outside our door when our children have cuts or a stuffy nose, and we've always incorporated those plants into our lifestyles to ensure the wisdom would pass on.
The knowledge is still here and is seeing a resurgence. Women are missing their connection to this ancient wisdom and finding it again in many ways. We can each reclaim this knowledge within us, and through that healing and empowerment we will begin to again incorporate it into our daily life. We will all begin to connect to the plants growing around us in order to find this wisdom and pass it on to the next generation. And so, the wise woman tradition of nurturing continues... Join us!
There are a four full-weekend retreat spaces left and six commuter spaces left for this year!