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Sacred Feminine Retreat & Feast of Forbidden Fruit

March 17-20, 2022

Sewanee, TN

Size: 10 women

Calling all Wild Hearts, Goddesses, Rebels, Witches, Creatrixes, and Soul Sisters!​

Pack your bags, wild ones, for a weekend of creative expression, indulgent self-care, “red tent” rituals, and laughter. We’ll be working with the liberated stories of Medusa, Persephone, and Eve, proving that biting into forbidden fruit is sometimes exactly what we need to do to empower ourselves.

 

There will be she-nanigans, sass, and a “tit” bit of rebellion. You can dive deep through ritual, strut around in a red robe with a crown on your head as a spit in the patriarchy’s face, or just sit back and take it all in. There will be writing, drumming, soulful reflection, and a “red revival” complete with inspired songs and stories. Your participation level in each activity is up to you. 

 

The highlight of our weekend will be Saturday Night’s Feast of Forbidden Fruit. We’ll transform our space into our very own temple and then indulge in a decadent, organic, delicious feast including foods inspired by our heroines’ stories. Costumes and adornments are welcome!

Retreat Highlights

Our Bodies As Sacred Spaces Circle

Forbidden Fruit Art Workshop

"Red Revival" Ceremony

Feast of Forbidden Fruit

Medusa Mandalas

Reclaiming Our Voices Drum Ritual

Indulgent Meals

Time for Rest, Reflection, and Nature

The Feast of Forbidden Fruit Menu

Fig Roasted Chicken with Grapes

Pomegranate Brussels Sprouts

Rosemary Potatoes 

Citrus Ambrosia

Tasting Platters Galore!

(Vegetarian options available)

Red Revival Ceremony

Inspired by the Goddess and fueled by our own creativity and humor, we're flipping the script and re-envisioning some traditional "church" practices. What you will experience will be a revived, empowered, FUN, and feminine-affirming ceremony! Here's a glimpse of the agenda:

Sacred Smoke & Holy Water

The Altar of Womanhood

Prayers of Rebels and Wild Women

A Reading from The Book of SHE

A Reading from The Holy Wild

The Blood of Wisdom

The Body of Truth

Songs of the Goddess

She-nanigans Package: Thursday Arrival 

Come a day early to mingle, settle in, explore the quaint shops of Sewanee and have some extra fun. Early Arrival includes Thursday Night lodging, a Goddess Movie Marathon, Friday morning Sewanee shops outing and 3 additional meals (including lunch at the Famous Shenanigans restaurant!)

Accommodations

Everyone will share a room with at least one other woman, however each woman will have her own bed. There is one private room upgrade available. Our Retreat House includes an indoor fireplace, screened in porch, yard space to spread out, plus natural surroundings. Hiking trails are very close by and the mountain's ephemeral wildflowers will be in bloom during our stay!

Registration

Includes 2 nights' lodging, 5 meals, and all activities. Rate is determined by bed choice. While bedrooms are shared (except for private queen), each woman will have her own bed.

 

King Bed: $499.00

Double/Twin: $479.00

Bunk: $459 (SOLD OUT)

Private Queen: $599.00

Thursday Arrival: +$150.00

Deposit Option

Save your spot with a deposit! If you choose this option during registration, $300 will be deducted from your total registration fee. Your $300 balance will be due by February 11, 2022.

*If at least 4 women do not register for early arrival, we reserve the right to eliminate the immersion program. If this happens, early arrival fees already paid will be refunded, however your weekend retreat registration will not be eligible for a refund.

 

Refund Policy

No refunds are available for this retreat unless the organizer cancels it. However, you may transfer your registration to someone else. If the host cancels the retreat, each person will receive a 100% refund, minus any merchant fees taken by PayPal if the person paid online. To avoid such fees, you can pay by check. 

Early Arrival Refunds: If at least 4 women do not register for early arrival, we reserve the right to eliminate the immersion program. If this happens, early arrival fees already paid will be refunded, however your weekend retreat registration will not be eligible for a refund.

Health & Safety

This is a very small group retreat and individual health and safety protocols will be at the discretion of each person. As the host, I will sanitize and clean spaces frequently and provide extra supplies for others to do the same. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Michelle before registering.

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About the Host

This retreat is hosted by Michelle Rigling, PhD, M.Sc., MBA. Michelle is a Ceremonialist, Retreat Organizer, Imagine A Woman Life Coach, and a Doctorate-Level Transpersonal Counselor. She's the Founder of The Midsouth Women's Herbal Conference and The Chattanooga Red Tent. Her practice, The Cavewoman Way, helps people return to a wilder, simpler, more intuitive way of living through circles, retreats, and private sessions. She has hosted over 18 retreats in the past 6 years in addition to over 130 women's circles and spiritual wellness events.