She Can Do Wild
A unique fire, food & folktale retreat
“If women remember that once upon a time we sang with the tongue of seals and flew with the tongues of swans, that we forged our own paths through the dark forest while creating a community of its many inhabitants, then we will rise up rooted, like trees. “
- Sharon Blackie, If Women Rose Rooted
A unique retreat...
Holly & Pridie invite you to join them for a very special outdoor experience - a beautiful blend of guided walks, woodland cookery and outdoor storytelling.
As working women, wives and mothers ourselves, we know how hard it can be to find time for just us in the chaos of twenty-first century womanhood.
So this is about helping you find that time - outside.
We focus on supporting women to gently reconnect with the natural world; rebuilding confidence by providing a variety of practical and empowering outdoor experiences in a sensitive and supported way - think gentle story walks where we teach you to read the space you are exploring, campfire cooking that excites and delights with delicious new ideas, creative crafting that provides time to reflect and recharge, and lantern-lit storytelling beneath starry skies when it’s time to lie back, be still and think. All this with a small and intimate group of like-minded women who are keen to invite a little more wild into their lives.
While we’ll be sharing plenty of outdoor know-how, this isn’t about hardcore bushcraft. It’s not a question of survival and there’s no competition, no judgement, no pressure to do anything you don’t yet feel ready to do.
She Can Do Wild is about taking time for yourself in the company of others who have also pressed the pause button. It’s about being outside; listening, learning, contributing if you feel able, sharing, talking and supporting if it feels right. It’s about briefly releasing yourself from the pressures and demands of life; moving bravely beyond your ‘normal’ and stepping back into the wild with us.
We want to inspire and empower you - re-kindling your relationship with that great outdoors. We invite you to join us to rest, recharge and rediscover all the gifts that time outside provides.
"We need the tonic of wildness...we can never have enough of nature.” ― Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
Read our recent pieces for International Women's Day:
Click here for Holly's article in The Green Parent
Click here for Pridie's blog for International Women's Day
Click here for five simple ways we can reconnect with the wild outside!
This all-woman, intimate retreat focuses on providing you with a very special outdoor experience.
Our She Can Do Wild weekend is all about supporting women to gently reconnect with the natural world; rebuilding confidence by providing a variety of practical and empowering outdoor experiences in a sensitive and supported way - think gentle story walks where we teach you to read the space you are exploring, campfire cooking that excites and delights with delicious new ideas, creative crafting that provides time to reflect and recharge, and lantern-lit storytelling beneath starry skies when it’s time to lie back and be still. All this with like-minded women who are keen to invite a little more wild into their lives!
This retreat is about taking time for yourself in the company of others who have also pressed the pause button. It’s about being outside; listening, learning, contributing if you feel able, sharing, talking and supporting if it feels right. It’s about briefly releasing yourself from the demands of modern life, moving bravely beyond your ‘normal’ and stepping back into the wild with us... we really can't wait to share this with you!
Full price tickets are £280 for the weekend and concession tickets are £195. A 'pay half now, half later' is also available - get in touch for more details.
You'll arrive on the Saturday to the smell of fresh coffee, teas and delicious homemade cake - all to be enjoyed around the campfire while you wind down from the week just passed and your journey over.
Once we've sorted our sleeping arrangements and prepared lunch at our delicious focaccia filling station, we'll head out for a story walk packed full of folklore and fairytales as well as tips on navigation, plant identification and wild food foraging. On our return and after a rest, we'll come together again to enjoy some gentle experimentation in campfire cooking and natural crafting such as cordage and spoon making.
In the evening you'll enjoy a delicious three course dinner followed by a lantern-lit fireside folktale!
Following our sleep beneath the stars, we'll rustle you up a hearty campfire breakfast before a morning of reading, relaxing, practicing new found skills, continuing with crafting and optional song. There will be a chance to walk some more, talk some more, eat some more and paddle in the stream, before settling down for another nourishing lunch! All meals are provided and there will be plenty of cake available along the way. Food is vegetarian with vegan options by prior arrangement, we aim to use plant power as much as possible whilst also tantalizing your tastebuds!
Where will I sleep?
Feel at ease to sleep where you will feel the most comfortable, or the most challenged - the weekend is yours to embrace as you will! There is no additional cost for camping if you bring your own tent, choose to sleep in our communal bell tent or sleep outside round the campfire. Both a flushing and composting toilet are also available to use on site.
We look forward to inspiring and empowering you - re-kindling your relationship with the Great Outdoors. Come rest, recharge and rediscover all the gifts that time outside provides!
MEET THE TEAM
Several summers ago, Pridie and Holly took a trip together up a mountain. While they were away, they talked of how important is is for women to share time together - outside in the wild.
One starry sleep and wild swim later, She Can do Wild was born with the sole purpose of providing just that - time together in the wild - women supporting women in rekindling their relationship with the Great Outdoors, resting a while, e-energising and emerging with a renewed sense of self and purpose!
A massive advocate of outdoor life and cooking, Holly has been teaching the art of cookery for the best half of a decade and delights in helping people redefine their relationship with food - whether that’s growing, preparing or eating it! Very much at ease in the outdoors, she's always keen to sleep under the stars, swim in rivers, and get cooking at the campfire with family and friends - she even got round to climbing Ben Nevis recently!
An experienced educator and cookery tutor, Holly trained at Ashburton Cookery School and co-founded the Bristol Milk Shed Cafe. She now teaches at venues across the city and manages Redcatch Community Garden's foodie festivals and events.
Pridie is an unashamedly outdoor-obsessed educator and professional performance storyteller. When she isn’t teaching, running expeditions or performing stories, you’ll find her reading fairy tales, foraging for a wide variety of natural materials to play with or off on an adventure in the family van with her husband, two girls and their black lab Brock!
An accredited bushcraft instructor, qualified teacher and Mountain Leader (MLTB), it's safe to say that Pridie is an outdoor enthusiast committed to experiencing life via plenty of wild!
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for plenty more exciting details about our unique fire, food & folktale retreat for women; including dates, prices, how to book and more on the delicious fore-cooked food, guided story walks across stunning countryside, creative crafting and spellbinding storytelling that can be enjoyed during your stay with us!
Please be aware that ticket numbers are strictly limited, so do book early to avoid disappointment!
"Everything felt so relaxed and inclusive - really accessible for everyone."
"The singing and storytelling were so immersive, just excellent!"
"The food was absolutely amazing - loved it all! All the effort and little touches were really appreciated too!"
"Hanging out and chatting whilst making my grass mat was really therapeutic."
"I really enjoyed the walk - all the variety encountered along the way and those super tips and tricks you taught us!"
"I really loved sleeping out under the stars!
It was reassuring to know the bell tent was there - so lovely and cosy - if needed!"
SATURDAY 18th September 2021 (10:00) -
SUNDAY 19th September (15:00)
We are extremely excited to announce that we have the date for our next She Can Do Wild event! In keeping with our small and intimate group size policy and to continue keeping everyone safe, only eight tickets will be available for purchase.
So, if you are keen to share some fire, food and folktales this year with women who want a little more wild on their lives - book now to avoid disappointment!
This SCDW event will be taking place at Pridie's home - Cwmffwd Farm - twenty two acres of meadow and mountain nestled in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park!