WOMEN IN THE WOODS
WHEN WOMEN SUPPORT EACH OTHER
AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN
Many years ago women would gather in the woods to celebrate nature. They were powerful healers, medicine women, who had a deep wisdom on medicinal plants & natural/nature healing. In many tribes around the world, women are said to be the wisdom keepers of untold knowledge; they are foragers, shamans & hunter-gathers.
Women in the Woods invites you to connect in the woods to heal. Using the element of fire and sound healing. Spend time with the trees (forest bathing/Shinrin-Yoku) practice mindfulness/breath work/meditating and depending on the
availability of our instructors, you may also take part
in yoga, belly dance or ecstatic dance.
After getting to know the woods & practising survival skills for most of the day. You will take part in a drum circle early evening time. Have the chance to drum individually,
as well as within the circle, around the community camp fire.
You are free to be in a creative flow.
'Women in the Woods' workshop is led by female instructors and is based in private ancient woodland in Brasted Chart in Sevenoaks, Kent.
Discover useful trees & plants, forage for tinder & fuel and practise different fire lighting skills. Create your own shelters, camp fires, and gain knowledge on ancient trees & woodland environments.
There will be an opportunity to get creative by taking part in crafting (either creating dream catchers, wood working or creating tree spirits). You do not need to be experienced in bushcraft or drumming to take part, but be prepared to adapt to the elements whatever the weather. Don't expect a walk in the park. Survival skills involve the consumption of energy. Don't under estimate your capabilities. You will adapt during the experience and after time in the trees, you'll find that you begin to tune into the forest environment. Humans are amazingly adaptable creatures.
Your strength is in your personal will.
All bushcraft equipment & drums are provided for during the experience. However, if you have your own camping gear, drum or percussion instruments, or some other creatives vibes, feel free to bring it along to the circle.
Welcome to women in the woods gathering. Join the tribe.
GATHER IN NATURE, TO CREATE, TO HEAL
Sat 10am to Sun 12pm (Next day)
GATHERING MAY INCLUDE
LEARN MORE ABOUT TREES, PLANTS & FUNGI
PRACTISE DIFFERENT FIRE LIGHTING TECHNIQUES
LEARN HOW TO START A FIRE AND MAINTAIN IT SAFELY
FORAGE FOR TINDER & FUEL
HOW TO USE A BUSHCRAFT KNIFE
CARVING PEGS USED FOR SHELTER
SOUND HEALING SESSION WITH DRUMS
DRUM CIRCLE ROUND COMMUNITY CAMP FIRE
ARTS & CRAFTS (CREATING DREAM CATCHERS OR TREE SPIRITS)
HERBAL TEAS PROVIDED
CAMP FIRE COOKING
SOLITUDE IN NATURE
There will be hot water and herbal teas provided, so please bring an outdoor mug and a refillable water bottle along.
There is drinking water on site to refill.
There's no toilet on site, so be prepared to go back to basics.
You will be advised on the best way to do so. Think like a wild cat.
All trash must be either disposed of and taken off sight with you at the end of camp. Respecting the environment is a must.
Woodland awareness, bushcraft skills, arts & crafts are led by survival instructor Yara Ghrewati. Sound healing and drum circle will be led by Melonie Syrett aka The Drum Woman.
Please bring a creative offering to the gathering
(incense, an instrument, a quote, offering to the fire,
whatever you feel to share) You will be sent a kit list,
location, directions etc prior to attending camp.
Sleeping bags and roll matts are required for all overnight camps.
You may chose to bring a tent if you wish (optional) or you may try sleeping the wild way, using tarps to create shelters.
Tarps are provided for the overnight camping experience and you will be advised on the best way to use them.
You'll be exploring a 23 acre woodland space and you will be free to explore, to find your own individual spot in the woods.
The option of using a bushcraft hammock is provided to anyone suffering from health conditions and prefers to be off the forest floor. Please enquire about hammocks.
If you have any questions, wish to be added to the mailing list or organise a personal Women in the Woods gathering (for birthdays, hen dos, ceremonies) Feel free to connect.
Overnight camps start from 10am on the first day until 12pm the next day. You will be sent a kit list and details on what to bring for the camp. A sleeping bag and foam/roll matt is required. Tarps are provided for a wild experience sleeping on the forest floor. However, you may bring personal tents. Women in the Woods is self catered camp. You are required to bring a packed lunch for the first day and an evening meal to cook over a fire. Bring plenty of snacks to keep you going. You will burn energy in the woods, foraging, creating shelters & fires. Your world is what you make it in the woods, literally.A warm filling vegan Middle Eastern breakfast called "Foul" is provide the morning after. It has been well received on previous camps.
Contact us to be added to the mailing list for future events.
Feel free to bring a creative offering to the gathering (could be incense, an instrument, a quote, a poem or song, an offering to the fire, any positive vibes you feel to share with the group)
PRICE PER PERSON:
£75 Full Day
10am - 12pm (Next day)
All bushcraft kit is provided for by wildeye adventures and all drums used have been created by Melonie Syrett | The Drum Woman
ORGANISE A PERSONAL WOMEN IN THE WOODS GATHERING FOR A HEN DO,
SOCIAL OR COMMUNITY GROUP
The 25 acre ancient woodland site is located in Brasted Chart, Sevenoaks in Kent. Privately owned by a family.
Spend the day or overnight in ancient woodland with female instructors. Practise survival skills and natural healing. Discover fire skills, take part in a drumming circle, get creative with arts & crafts and forest bathe under a canopy of trees. We tailor camps to suit individual groups.
Contact us for details.
"YOU WERE ONCE WILD HERE, DON'T LET THEM TAMEYOU"
8th & 9th May 2021
Drop us an email to be added to our mailing list
"Now I have been called to work with the drum in different ways, to gather groups together, to lead in the expression of our truest selves and to heal from the very depths of our being.
I believe that we should never underestimate the ability of the drum to reconnect us all and to lead us on our path to healing."
- Melanie Syrett | The Drum woman
"Fire is an element we cannot live without. Fire is like a wild animal. It eats, creates, destroys but it can be tamed and nurtured. It has the ability to give life and take it away. Cultures around the world have gathered around a fire. For community, healing, ceremonies, rituals, celebrations, magic and survival.
Having skills in fire lighting is continuing on a traditional practise that dates back to our tribal ancestors"
- Yara Ghrewati | Survival Instructor
WHAT WOMEN SAY
"It was such a good last minute decision to go down to the woods that day. I had other plans but I knew I needed to experience the power of the sisters drumming together in the most primitive surroundings, a place where it all began.
Being held and nourished by the trees, whilst being grounded by the earth and fire. Singing, dancing and drumming round fires is what I miss about traveling.
We need to make this more of a normal thing again, to gather in woodland, to learn bushcraft skills, to join in ceremony, support each other and drum together.
It was truly magical, thank you Yara from Wildeye Adventures and Melonie The Drum Woman for organising a beautiful gathering." - Dani Love 2019
"Meet the mother tree. She is an ancient tree and helps feed nutrients to all the surrounding trees. This is why it is so important to look after ancient trees, they are the foundations and nurturers of our woodland areas. I learnt this with Yara from Wildeye Adventures at the brilliant 'Women in the Woods' event I went to."
Melissa 2019 - Founder of Planted Skincare
"Light a fire, get warm. Connect with nature. Connect with your soul at the Women in the Woods event"
- Veronica 2020
"I went to a Women in the Woods event. We learned about bushcraft, lighting our own fires without a lighter! We spent time in nature just being. It all ended with a communal drum circle where I was struck by mental release. The rhythm the drums provided, the power of the bass and the beauty of the sound produced by a group of strangers. A connection, without the use of words is refreshing."
- Anna 2020
Wildeye Adventures shares outdoor education in the aims to promote a connection to the natural world and self-sufficiency.
Please be aware that you are responsible for your own health and safety whilst on camp.
Please ensure that you bring any required medications needed with you and take personal responsibility for them.
We cannot carry or look after any medications on your behalf.
Please be aware that we encourage having a strong sense of awareness towards the environment whilst on camp, bring rubbish bags to take away any rubbish you may have off site. Do not leave any litter in the woods.
Please do not burn plastic on fires as this can create toxic chemicals which may be harmful to health and the environment.
Please do not burn any cans or glass bottles on fires. If not burned out properly they can leave behind sharp objects which may harm wildlife.
Wildeye Adventures is not responsible for any food you bring on site and all food is your own responsibility.
There are no shops in the woods so do organise yourself before arrival, arrive well dressed and prepared for an experience in the woods.
Wildeye Adventures supplies hot water & herbal teas on the Women in the Woods course. You are required to bring a mug or outdoor flask.
Safety around fire is paramount, please listen carefully to all instructions and keep away any loose clothing or flammable items away from fires.
On overnight camps please bring a small first aid kit with you, self-treat & self-care if and when needed. Woodlands are a wild and natural environment. Be aware that there may be trip hazards from tree roots, uneven ground, or slippery muddy grounds after rainfall. Observation skills are needed.
Watch out for poisonous or stinging plants such as Foxglove, Nettles or Bramble.
Do not pick or eat any plants or fungi in the woods as this can lead to poisoning. Follow all instructions whilst on camp for your own safety and wellbeing of others.
Wildeye Adventures instructors are not responsible for any injuries, illnesses or sudden death (hopefully not) that may occur whilst on camp.
We will happily share any first aid advice if required and offer support but your personal health and safety is in your own hands. In the event of an unlikely emergency, emergency services should be called and 999 dialled.
Thank you for your understanding. Stay wild.