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The Cavewoman Way

Counseling | Circles | Retreats

"Climb up to the cave. Crawl through the window of a dream. Sift through the desert and see what you find... Go gather bones." -Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés


The Cave is a place for wisdom seekers, wild hearts, wanderers, modern mystics, and anyone who desires a deeper, more meaningful life. You'll find nature-based workshops and immersive retreats, plant-spirit ceremonies, transpersonal dreamwork, and trauma-informed soul care.

Michelle Rigling, PhD, M.Sc., the founder of The Cavewoman Way, offers in-person counseling in Chattanooga, TN as well as virtual sessions by request.

Michelle in the Wild: Caving in Utah

Michelle Rigling, PhD

In her work, Michelle integrates wisdom of the natural world, depth psychology, intuitive intelligence, and many soul-centered practices to empower others as they boldly embrace their own gifts and desires. With creativity, intuition, and curiosity as her allies, she holds space for hard questions and deep introspection, recovery, spiritual questing, and whole-self healing.

The Cavewoman Way Vision

Imagine a world where we are all connected to the intuitive and wise one within, where we have access to wild and inspiring places, and have time for solitude and communion with nature.


Imagine a future where we are all empowered as stewards of the earth and our divine relationship with Mother Nature has been restored.


Imagine an existence where ceremony, ritual, and sacred conversation are all part of daily life.


Imagine having opportunities to experience deep healing and connection through relating to the seasons and cycles of nature and developing true companionships with earth, air, water and fire. 


Imagine a community where you can be fully yourself, where your unique gifts are honored, where you are valued and accepted just as you are, and where you have the support to be curious, ask bold questions, and explore.


Imagine yourself co-creating this reality with others walking a similar path.


This is the vision of The Cavewoman Way.

"In the out-of-the-way places of the heart, where your thoughts never think to wander, this beginning has been quietly forming, waiting until you were ready to emerge." -John O'Donohue

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Artwork by Brian MacGregor, commissioned art for The Cavewoman Way, LLC and used with permission.