The Winter Witch Retreat

Medicine & Magic

of the Dark Season

January 6-9, 2022

Mentone, AL

Size: 12 women

Step into the cottage of the Winter Witch and experience the magic, wonder, and wisdom of Winter. Come sit by the fire, sip some Hawthorn tea, gaze at the wild moon, and listen with all your senses

Winter is the season of the Wise Woman, also known as the Hag, Crone, Mother Night, and by our Celtic ancestors as The Cailleach. We will share her stories and open ourselves up to her wisdom as we remember and reclaim our own mystical, magical heritage as wise women and healers.

This immersive retreat will offer a very small group of women a weekend of dreamwork, restorative rituals, herbal medicine, and a little bit of magic making. In addition to nourishing meals there will be an array of concoctions to sip and savor from specialty teas to herbal hot chocolate.

This retreat is not aligned with any specific religion. As we reclaim the word "witch" to mean wise woman and healer, we all get to define magic, craft, and healing in our own ways. 

*Attendance at Thursday Night's Opening Ceremony is very important. If you will be unable to arrive by 7:30pm CST to attend this ceremony, please contact Michelle before registering*

Retreat Highlights

Sleep Tonics & Night Caps
Dream Elixirs for Nighttime Journeys
Evergreen Alchemy: Pine Potions & Bark Brews
Winter’s Cave of Wisdom Circle
Storytelling with The Cailleach
Savory Meals + Cozy Fires


*Registration Opens October 1*

Registration includes 3 nights’ lodging plus light breakfasts, savory lunches, and hearty dinners. Cost is determined by bed choice.
*Twin, Shared Room: $489.00
*Futon, Shared Room: $489.00
*Private Queen Room: $579.00
*Air Mattress/Cot: $399.00

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.

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. 

Retreat Hosts

This retreat is hosted by Michelle Rigling and Heather Holloway. Michelle is a ceremonialist, retreat organizer, and 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. Heather is the owner of The Cat & The Crow Apothecary and has been practicing herbalism for over a decade. She leads herbal tea gatherings in the Chattanooga area and loves finding ways to connect people with the magic, wisdom, and healing of plants


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This retreat will be held at a private cabin in Mentone, AL. You will receive directions after registering. Photos of the cabin and lodging options are below.

Winter Retreat Cabin
Winter Retreat Cabin

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Winter Retreat Cabin
Winter Retreat Cabin

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Winter Retreat
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Winter Retreat Cabin
Winter Retreat Cabin

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