WOMEN IN THE WOODS
"YOU WERE ONCE WILD HERE,
DON'T LET THEM TAME YOU"
GATHER IN NATURE, TO CREATE, TO HEAL
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 of medicinal plants and nature healing. In many tribes around the world, women are said to be the wisdom keepers of untold knowledge; they are foragers, shamans and 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) practice mindfulness in nature, spend quiet time meditating. As well as practising bushcraft, you will take part in a drum circle. Have the chance to drum as individuals, as well as with the group around the central camp fire.
'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 fires, gain knowledge on nature science and ancient tree & woodland conservation. There will be an opportunity to get creative taking part in crafting (either creating dream catchers or wood working). You do not need to be experienced in bushcraft or drumming to take part and all equipment and drums are provided for the gathering. However, if you have your own drum, percussion instruments or something creative to share, please feel free to bring it along.
This workshop is for women only - so men, a good opportunity to treat your woman to something unique to help release her wild side, feel free to check out other courses on the homepage.
If you would like to organise your own personal 'Women in the Woods' gathering with us for either friends, a social or community group, please get in touch to find out the availability of our instructors.
FIRE SKILLS & DRUMMING GATHERING
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 water on site to refill.
There is no toilet on site so be prepared to go back to basics. You will be advised on the best way to do so. 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 and arts and crafts are led by survival instructor Yara Ghrewati. Sound healing and drumming 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 any overnight camps.
You may chose to bring a tent if you wish (optional) or you may prefer sleeping the wild, way using tarps for shelter. Tarps are provided for overnight camping and you will be trained on the best way to use them. With a 23 acre woodland and land space to explore, may either choose to sleep in the field under the stars or underneath a canopy of trees, the choice is yours. The option of using a hammock is provided to anyone who has health conditions and prefers to be off the forest floor.
If you have any questions or would like to organise your own personal Women in the Woods experience, please do get in touch.
Sat 3rd - 4th October 2020
OVERNIGHT CAMPING WITH WOMEN IN THE WOODS
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.
A warm filling vegetarian middle eastern breakfast is provided for the morning after.
Contact us for details.
Please 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 7 hours
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 FRIENDS, A SOCIAL /COMMUNITY GROUP OR A HEN DO.
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 only instructors, practising in bushcraft skills. Learn how to light your own fires, take part in a drum circle, get creative and relax under a canopy of trees.
Contact us for details.
"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
"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."
- Planted Skincare
"Light a fire, get warm. Connect with nature. Connect with your soul at the Women in the Woods event" - Veronica
"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."
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.