September 7-9, 2018

Remember Your Soul's Purpose

The Wise One seeks to brings harmony and balance. She is guardian and protectress of all things. She is of the Earth, she is the Earth. In the chaos and confusion of today's world, we need to reconnect with this aspect of the feminine divine and reclaim our power as sources of unconditional love and healing. 

Corinna Stevenson, Founder of Dragonfly Healing

Join us for this 3-day transformative retreat as we awaken and remember our soul's purpose. Through dance, drum journeying, ritual, and sensory awareness you will experience your organic relationship with the forces of nature and embrace the archetype of the Wise One.

Specially created for women seeking to define and express who they are authentically in this world, the 2018 Wild Women Retreat will invite you to turn inward and explore the mansions and memory of your soul where you will learn what it means to fully realize your Nature. Through Dancing Freedom, sensory awareness, and ritual you will tend to your inner fire and manifest authentic self.

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 Wise One and renewing your sense of purpose and connection to the Earth. 

The 2018 Wild Women's Retreat includes activities in the following areas       

  • Reconnection to self, others, and nature
  • Embodiment of the Wise One
  • Sensory awareness and mindfulness practices
  • Time in solitude with nature
  • Self-generated ceremony and ritual
  • Trance drumming and spiritual journeying
You will be invited to participate in
  • An outdoor Wild Women Dancing Freedom ceremony 
  • Earth-based Ritual
  • Women's sharing circles
  • A sweat lodge ceremony (provided fire bans are not in effect)
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 accommodation).  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 accommodation).

The exchange is for instruction, teachings, and guidance during the retreat. There is no charge for ceremony. The exchange also covers expenses such as food, land rental, supplies, and travel expenses. It is what enables us to continue to offer this program to those who are called to it.

$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.

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.

Facilities include a 1,500 square foot lodge with full kitchen, a traditional sweat lodge, a cabin and prospector-style wall tents for shared accommodation, and hot showers. Electricity, phone, and internet service are also available.

Arrival & Closing

We will officially begin the retreat with an opening ceremony at 7PM on Day 1. 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. Rustic indoor shared accommodation options are available on a first-come basis. There is also plenty of space to pitch a tent. 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. 

Cabin: $15.00 per night. The cabin is a rustic bunkhouse that sleeps up to 10 comfortably. Wood stove and electricity are available. 


A basic and delicious vegetarian food package with eggs and dairy is available at $40.00 per day. There is no charge for food on the first day and a reduced fee on the last. In the spirit of community, participants help with meal preparation and cleanup. If you are choosing this option you must let us know by August 24, 2018

Total cost for the food package: $60.00. 

An outdoor cooking space is provided for those with special dietary needs or who prefer to prepare their own meals. With respect for our animal friends and the forest, outdoor cooking is only allowed in this designated space.


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 - The Wise One

Sayward, Mid-Vancouver Island, BC: Sept 7-9, 2018 
Cost $280-350  (+ food and accommodation)
$225 for returning participants (+ food and accommodation)