Spiral Roots Family Nature Retreat will be held in Wimberley, TX on May 26-28, 2018. The retreat starts Saturday 26th at 10am, attendees can set up camp after 3pm on the 25th. This retreat will be perfect for both children and parents offering a chance to deepen your connection to nature, and learn new skills, relax, explore and gather with others in the magical woods of Wimberley! The retreat will offer serene camping, fresh lovingly prepared organic meals, beautiful hiking trails, organic gardening, stories, survival skills, morning yoga, fireside music, nature craft, herbalism, cooking classes, all emphasizing sustainable living skills.
We will learn some of the basics of organic gardening and permaculture. Families will sow seeds, tend plants, and harvest fresh vegetables and herbs from our garden.
Families will be able to take time in nature to explore the woods, hiking trails, and meadows of the beautiful 40 acre Wimberley retreat property. During guided hikes we will explore the flora and fauna, playing and learning as we go with stories and activities along the way. Many beautiful birds, deer, fox, armadillos, and insects call these woods home.
Families will have the opportunity to learn fire starting and safety, shelter building, knot tying, archery, and go on a wild foraging walk.
A family yoga class lead by Tierra Barber will be offered each morning giving families a chance to rise and stretch together as we become more in tune with our bodies and the earth. This class will be beginner, child friendly, and fun.
Zena will be leading small hands on classes each day in preparing fresh whole organic foods, eating the rainbow, while incorporating simple recipes the whole family love. Raw cholcolates, lacto fermented saurkraut, and rainbow stir-fry are all on the menu so far!
Through out the retreat we will explore ways to implement sustainable living skills. Families will have the opportunity to work with cob natural building, composting, recycling, water conservation, community living and the importance of local organic foods.
Ashley founded The Children’s Garden and Outdoor Classroom in 2015 in Lorena Texas. There she leads classes teaching children and adults organic gardening, forest school, and sustainable living skills. She has been a maker since childhood. She loves using natural materials to craft quality handmade goods. As the owner of Spiral Roots Farmyard and Wildcrafts, she enjoys working with everything from beeswax and wood, to wild herbs and bits of nature. In college she studied Agricultural and Horticulture. She also works at the local farmers market and volunteers in the community. When she is not busy with all that you’ll find her in the garden tending plants, chickens, ducks, bees, and her homeschooled free range son. She is inspired by the magic of Mother Earth.
Brooke is the creator of the ‘Holy flow Parenting’ style, author of ‘Enchanted Cedar’ a Waldorf inspired children’s book and the founder of the Barefoot Five cyber-tribe. She is a chocolate lover, wanderer at heart, book reader, home apothecary/kitchen witch, tea addict, love-maker, wild water huntress, plant whisperer, moon dancer, sun gazer, herbalist, and barefoot mama to three wild babies. http://www.barefootfive.com
Since the age of 15 Cory has served as a counselor, mentor, and educator of environmental sciences and the importance of wildlife appreciation and conservation. He is an avid supporter and facilitator of Nature Play during the early stages of ones life and believes that by allowing children the freedom of environmental exploration; a sense of wonder, awareness and lifelong curiosity can be found in the world around them. Cory is currently the Animal Education Program Specialist at the San Antonio Zoo, and previously ran the Nature Spot at the San Antonio Zoo.
Mark Turner is certified in Permaculture Design, and is passionate about sustainable living and local foods. After working for many years as a private organic garden landscaper, he now manages the Lotus Ranch retreat property. Currently Mark is implementing sustainable practices and design on the property. He is excited to share his knowledge and garden with the families attending the retreat.
Yoga found Tierra at the same time she was seeking a deeper commitment to her physical, mental and spiritual health. Always being a health and fitness enthusiast, yoga opened her eyes to a new expression of everything she loved. After receiving her RYT-200 Hour Teacher Training, she immediately started teaching in her local community. Since then she’s been fortunate to share her love of yoga through a schedule of regular classes and now assisting with leading teacher trainings with Living Beyond the Mat. Tierra feels blessed to merge her passion of educating and empowering others to make a difference in the world and looks forward to sharing that with your family at the retreat.
Zena is a second generation chocolatier and rainbow foods chef. She started her relationship with colorful whole foods at a sustainable living community in Costa Rica when she was 17 years of age, where she was taught how to cook “farm/garden to table” style. She later became a raw treats chef at Enchanted Cedar, where she discovered, and created, healthy and more vibrant versions of all the sweet things she loved as a child. After studying Ayurvedic Medicine with Dr. James Anthony, she discovered that her fascination with color went beyond her artistic nature, and in fact, every color pigment holds specific nutritional value. She decided to bring her love for food, and her passion for children, to Australia, where she held the title “Holistic Nanny,” introducing the connection between all things by bringing the rainbow into family kitchens. She’s currently back in the states, personal cheffing beside Sweet Mama, the executive chef of Deer Lake Lodge, in the homes of people who are getting well through alternative and holistic practices. She is excited to bring the color cure to the Spiral Roots Family Nature Retreat!
The Spiral Roots Family Nature Retreat will be held at a beautiful retreat center in Wimberley Texas. The land features wild spaces of oak and juniper forest, with many meadows tucked away for us to gather and play in. The forest is home to deer that can be seen along with fox, armadillos and many bird species. The property features two ponds, has a large fire pit, organic garden, camping area, and is a destination for many spiritual retreat groups throughout the year, noted for its peaceful and healing energy.
A tent camping site for your family is included in the registration for 3 days and 2 nights. Bring your own tent and bedding or rent a tent from us. Indoor showers and restrooms are available for campers as well as a spacious lodge with a dining hall and an area for families to enjoy, should you need sometime to relax indoors. There is also a large lovely covered patio. There is a limited amount of indoor lodging available at an addition cost to families that need it. All pricing is available in the registration.
Delicious all natural organic vegetarian food will be served at the retreat. All 6 meals are included with registration for the retreat. Families can bring snacks if they would like. An on site shop with a selection of healthy snacks is also available.
If you and your family would like to pitch in for a reduced rate, please contact us below to learn more about the opportunity. If you have a question about the retreat, feel free to contact us.
You can also email us at spiralrootswild