minors must be accompanied by an adult
Linne Doran: Duvall, WA
9-5pm Both Days; No food provided
March 27th – 28th, 2021
Join us for a women’s* deep nature connection weekend!
*We refer to “women” in as many ways as they want to define themselves. Individuals who identify as trans, gender-neutral, or non-binary are welcome to attend.
Learn some of the core routines of a nature connection practice in the company of experienced teachers and like-minded women. Share stories around a blazing fire, wander the land looking for signs of wildlife, interpret the language of the birds, and deepen your awareness of the natural world.
Please note that this class has a Spring and a Fall session. Each session is different and they are designed to complement one another.
This hands-on weekend will cover a variety of topics:
- Practice the art of making and maintaining fire using modern and traditional methods
- Learn how to safely and confidently identify, harvest, and prepare spring wild edible and medicinal plants
- Tune into the language of the birds and learn to interpret how their calls can clue you into your environment
- Spend time with an engaging group of experienced female instructors
- Connect with other participants!
Additional activities are dependent on weather and COVID-19 safety for all participants. Small group instruction may include experiences like:
- Experiencing the eye-opening art of tracking wildlife
- Making a nourishing spring tonic with plants you’ve foraged yourself
- Crafting around the fire with traditional materials
- Learning how to walk like a fox, see like an owl, and hear like a deer
Participants will leave with a new set of eyes to view the natural world as well as a new bond with other women!
Class will take place at our school’s 40-acre property from 9am-5pm on Saturday and at a nearby wilderness area from 9am-5pm on Sunday. No food provided. The program will take place outdoors throughout the weekend; please dress appropriately with the expectation that you could possibly be outside in the rain all day. Participants should be comfortable standing and walking on uneven ground, or contact us to see if we can accommodate your needs.
Please note that all classes at Wilderness Awareness School will require staff and participants to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and have a health check at the start of each day. With all of this, we’re still confident that these workshops will remain potent experiences that deliver new skills, enrich perspectives, and deepen a connection to the natural world around us.
Meet Your Instructor: Brooke Nelson
Brooke loved growing up exploring the woodlands and salty shores of the Pacific Northwest. After many years working in marine conservation and education at the Seattle Aquarium, Brooke wanted to learn about wild things on land. She attended Alderleaf Wilderness College where she earned a Level III Track & Sign Certification, a Permaculture Design Certificate, and Wilderness First Responder certification and became the Program Coordinator for the Advanced Wilderness Skills Program. Brooke recently attended the Nature Connected Coaching program at Earth Based Institute, and is currently an apprentice at Anake Outdoor School.
Most of all she loves wandering in wild places with people who marvel at the same things she does – animal tracks, native plants, bird calls – and sharing curiosity about all the mysteries we find.
“I originally signed up for the Women’s Wilderness Weekend for skill development and knowledge. I gained much more than that in the community development, embracing such different women with like-minded hearts and needs. Ultimately, a lot of healing took place for me at WAS, and I am forever grateful.“
– Kate Wilson
“Wonderful program with incredibly wise and humble teachers. The women leaders modeled healthy group settings and a true appreciation and connection with their topics.“
– Laura, Teacher and Parent