A nine month rite of passage
to birth your authentic leader and wild woman
with Alex Hatfield M.A. (Psych) co-founder of Wild Rites.
Are you ready to find belonging in the nature of your Life? Are you called to liberate from your imagination new forms, and bring to life new images of yourself? Are you willing to enter into your own wilderness? Then a rite of passage into wild womanhood is for you.
Wild Woman is about a group of women bringing their life experiences to the circle and exploring the different aspects of the feminine with nature as a mirror, together.
We come to know Soul through myth, image and metaphor. Soul is enlivened by feeling and imagination, through body, heart and mind; this is the ground we will walk upon for our 9-month long journey. We will walk together as leaders and Wild Women, guided by the feminine rythms and archetypes of Goddess.
Why Wild Woman?
When I talk about wild I refer to your untamed, un-caged and un-adapted True Self. The innate you that is always seeking greater expression in the world. The you that knows the Human Soul and Nature are non-separate.
For me nature is Life taking form, whether that’s our inner nature or the natural world. In every woman lies her Wild Authentic Self, a core that seeks and longs to live her story of being wild, authentic woman, leading her own life.
As women our bodies have natural rites of passage and yet we are culturally lacking in the soulful ceremonies, rites and gatherings where we can fully own-up to our authenticity and grow-up to our potential. The Wild Woman process has been designed with this end in mind. It catalyses a spiritual awakening and actualising of your feminine/masculine energies. It will awaken you to the Goddess within and in Nature. It will provide space for you to embody and self-lead.
What to expect:
You will learn about the seasons and cycles of the feminine through ceremony, council, self-reflection, medicine walks, mirroring and of course Nature.
We will form a bond of sisterhood and journey together to discover each aspect of the Wild Woman on our wheel – Maiden, Lover, Mother and Wise Woman.
We will each share our wisdom, experiences and stories to discover together how these archetypes play out in our own lives.
Through myth and storytelling we bring the archetypes alive and discover how they move though and within us. We learn about our light and shadow and allow ourselves to make room in our psyche for the emergent Wild Woman and self leadership.
You will encounter the Goddess in Her many names and faces within your inner landscape and in the wild landscape of our venue.
You will encounter your own rhythms and the rhythms of the Earth Mother in the northern hemisphere.
You will lead your own personal regeneration ceremony at the Winter Solstice.
You will reclaim what has been disavowed.
The Circle will Meet from April - December 2019
Spark - The Maiden
1pm Friday 26th-1pm Monday 29th April.
Flame - The Lover
1pm Friday 21st-1pm Monday 24th June.
Hearth - The Mother
1pm Friday 6th - 1pm Monday 9th September.
Embers - The Wise Woman
1pm Friday 25th-1pm Monday 28th October.
Regeneration - Wild Woman
Self generated, self-initiation ceremony at the Winter Solstice (Sunday 22nd December)
Plus three online reconnect group sessions in May, August and early December.
Base Camp Accommodation and Logistics
Our base-camp has a wild-wood, fire-pit, beautiful river running through, ancient mounds and is right in the Lake District Fells. It is a rustic place with a basic bunk-barn, camping ground, toilet/shower block and a main gathering/cooking barn with full cooking facilities. There is no central heating, although there is a large wood burner in the main barn and the showers are hot. Please prepare for rustic and natural, its part of the wild charm of the place!
The cost of the retreat includes:
Accommodation either camping (with your own tent; although we have some small tents for rental) or in the alpine-style bunk-barn (there are 3 rooms).
All guiding and teachings including the online circles and self-led activities before and during.
Welcome meal on the Friday evenings.
What you will need to bring:
Before each weekend we will send you a welcome pack for that weekend which will contain specifics on how to prepare and what to bring for each weekend ceremony. You will also need to bring the following general items:
Camping and/or sleeping equipment including your pillow and warm sleeping bag /blankets if staying in the bunk barn
Food for community cooking (apart from lunch on the Friday's).
Full waterproof jacket, trousers and waterproof boots. These need to be fully waterproof, (e.g. Goretex) not water resistant, you will be spending time on the land and it might rain.
All personal items such as toiletries, towels etc.
A small day backpack with enough space for spare clothes and a water bottle.
A rattle, drum or instrument (optional).
A notepad and pens.
Poetry, chants and songs that inspire your wild woman (optional).
Your voice, your madness, your sanity and your Wild Woman Self - all of you is welcome in the circle!
Arrival is Friday at 1pm. This will give you time to pitch your tent or find your bed and get to know the base-camp a little before we meet in circle after lunch. A vegetarian lunch will be provided (we cater for all dietary needs). The retreat process will begin after lunch on the Friday.
We will finish the retreat process by 11.30am on the Monday. This gives us time to tidy-up and pack-up as a community before holding our thanksgiving ceremony and departing at 1pm.
If you are coming by car there is parking available. Directions to base-camp will be provided upon booking. If you are travelling by train you can arrange a pick-up and drop-off with us from Oxenholme Lake District mainline station.
About your Guide
Alex is a are rites of passage guide with a wealth of experience. She is a member of the Wilderness Guides Council and the Association of Pscyhospiritual Practitioners. A psychospiritual psychologist with an M.A. in Psychosynthesis Psychology and a qualified counsellor and coach. Alex also works in leadership development with global organisations.
What lights Alex up is when compassion, free-will and surrender to something greater come together in the liminal space of ceremony. This is why she guides rites of passage like this.
Alex has been making ceremony and creating initiatory experiences for 18 years. Most prominently leading workshops and learning based in the mythology of the Goddess; the feminine aspects of creation and nature. She has worked with many people where it has been her privilege to witness their transformation. This program is a circle of equals and we will explore and journey together to deepen and enliven the goddess within.
Alex will be joined by an Assistant Guide for the duration of the rite of passage.
Costs: £1695. £295 non-refundable deposit secures your place, plus 4 payments of £350 before each weekend. Please note this program of self-development builds with each weekend. You are signing up for the full journey, it is not possible to sign-up for individual weekends. If you would prefer to pay the fees at once, the cost is reduced to £1,595.
Places are limited to 8. To speak to Alex before committing, contact email@example.com or book below if you more than ready for this!