JUNE 14-16, 2019


Join us for this 3-day transformative retreat as we awaken and remember our innate connection to the more-than- human world. Through dance, drum journeying, ritual, and sensory awareness you will experience your organic relationship with the forces of nature and awaken your true nature.

Specially created for women seeking to define and express who they are genuinely in this world, the 2019 Wild Women Retreat will invite you to connect with the wellspring of imagination. All life will be seen as sacred and saturated with meaning. Through Dancing Freedom, sensory awareness, and ritual, you will tend to your inner fire, rekindle your sense of awe and wonder, and experience the healing wisdom of Nature. You will explore the realm of Spirit and awaken your mystical and reciprocal relationship with Nature. 

Together, we will explore the East Shield of the medicine wheel and what it teaches us about how to be in the world by seeing the through the eyes of a child and embracing the feminine principles of nurturing, kindness, and caring for our other than human Kin. We will embody the archetype of the Innocent Sage.

This workshop is experiential and includes both group work and time in solitude in nature. Individual experiences will be processed in small groups with the intent of supporting integration and learning. 

By the end of our time together you will deepen your understanding of the healing and restorative qualities of nature, rekindling your relationship to the East facet of Self and awakening your connection to the Earth. 

The 2019 Wild Women's Retreat includes activities in the following areas       

  • Reconnection to self, others, and nature
  • Sensory awareness and mindfulness practices
  • Time in solitude with nature
  • Nature-based ceremony and ritual
  • Trance drumming journeying with the Spirits of Nature
  • Somatic yoga
  • Wild Women Dancing Freedom ceremony

While there will be lots of time spent outdoors, physical activity will not exceed the capabilities of most people. 


The fee for the retreat is $280 - $350 (+ food and camping).  We have established a sliding scale in order to make this program accessible to a wide range of people. We have set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what they feel is appropriate. 

Discount for returning participants: We love to see our Wild Women Sisters return annually for this retreat. The fee for returning participants is $225 (+ food and camping).

$100 deposit will secure your registration. Space is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Accommodation and meals are arranged at an additional fee. See details below to choose a suitable option for you.

  • Deadline for registration is: June 1, 2019
  • Maximum number of participants: 18 

Guides: Corinna Stevenson & Helen Pattinson

Workshop Location

The Wild Women's Retreat is held at beautiful Ravenwood Forest Camp located on 40 private acres bordering the crystal clear waters of the Salmon River in the Sayward Valley. The land features majestic old-growth forest, grassy meadows, and many species of edible, medicinal, and culturally significant plants. Visitors are graced with regular visits from a local herd of Roosevelt Elk, and the annual salmon run draws in wildlife of all kinds, including black bears and bald eagles.

Arrival & Closing

We will officially begin the retreat with an opening ceremony at 7PM on June 14. You may arrive anytime after 3PM to set up and settle in. Although we will be present to direct you to camping spots and answer questions, we will be busy prepping the retreat on that day. Please plan on taking care of yourself until the opening ceremony. If you arrive early enough for supper, you are invited to join us for a potluck dinner at 5:30 PM. Please bring a food item to share.

The closing ceremony will take place on the last day. You can expect things to be fully wrapped up by 4PM.


Ravenwood is a wilderness camp. There is plenty of space to pitch a tent. Participants are responsible for bringing all camping gear needed to stay warm and dry and for practicing leave-no-trace camping etiquette. You will have access to a bathroom and shower. 

For those who prefer less rustic accommodation, there are some options available in Sayward. Our days will start early and finish late. If you are choosing this option we strongly recommend staying nearby.

Tent sites: $10 per night. 


A basic and delicious vegetarian food package with eggs and dairy is available at $45.00 per day. There is no charge for food on the first day. In the spirit of community, participants help with meal preparation and clean

Total cost for the food package: $90.00. 


A retreat with Corinna and Helen is a subtle masterpiece.

If you are feeling like you are missing a feeling of connection or belonging (to yourself, others, or the natural world), or if you feel like you’ve forgotten what you are doing here, then this is probably the best thing you could do for yourself. Corinna and Helen create a sacred and safe space of listening and sharing, where you feel as though your true and beautiful self is clearly seen. With such pure and genuine love, lightheartedness, and ancient wisdom, Corinna passes on teachings that remind you of the magic of what it means to be human. Helen’s gift is how she is able to coax true soul out of our bodies in the expression of movement and art. Her authenticity completely dissolved my skepticism that I could gain anything from dancing with myself, and the discomfort gave way to a natural rhythm inside of me. The sacred council, the songs we sang, the laughter, and the lessons, all felt like missing pieces in my spiritual journey finally being found. The magical forest setting is a huge part of it too. Ravenwood is the gorgeous forest and river you’ve been dying to visit. The energy of the trees, the wildlife, the ancestral land adds immeasurably to the beauty of the experience. I would honestly say, if your heart is open, whoever you are, wherever you are at, the experience will be transformational. 

Rachel Boult, Artist & Medicine Woman

It started with tears. After a long journey, my soul carried feelings of pain and loss. When I came onto the land, Corinna and Helen greeted me with warmth and tenderness. When they opened the sacred circle, I could feel the ancient Grandmothers surround us and the spirits of the land embrace us. Then we journeyed together in the dark, lying on the earth covered with blankets, a circle of women. The drums quickened our spirits, as we dove into the other realms and were visited by beings of the night. Afterwards, we gathered around the fire to share our stories, receiving wisdom teachings from Corinna and Helen. Then we slept.

In the morning, we where summoned by sounds of drum and wolf call. I remember awakening to the stillness of the Big House and lying for a moment in the large open room. I get dressed, then pushed hard on the huge door, inscribed with a giant turquoise Thunderbird. I recognize something in this mythical being and continue on my way through the forest, out into the clearing, where many shining faces greet me. We began the day with our first ceremony- eating together! For the next three days, we will be learning the ways of the ancient ones, our wild woman ancestors.

Afterwards I would come away with many beautiful stories, deep healing, and a renewed desire to continue on my path of remembering the divine feminine. What a sacred gift! I would highly recommend this retreat to any woman on a healing path, looking to deepen her connection to the teachings of Earth and medicine of the wild woman sisterhood.

Jill Banting, Artist

This beautiful retreat changed my life for the better in 2015. Corinna Stevenson and Helen Pattinson are running it AGAIN! I can't believe it's already 2018 and the teachings I received are still at the forefront of my mind   .  I recommend it X1000!!!!!!! 

Johana Stark, Yoga Instructor

We highly recommend this retreat. It was a transformative experience in the woods of Vancouver Island! 

Allisa, We Are Wildness

 Wild Women Retreat - Awaken!

Sayward, Mid-Vancouver Island, BC: June 14-16, 2019
Cost $280-350  (+ food and accommodation)
$225 for returning participants (+ food and accommodation)