Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference

Beyond Classes

2017 Special Events & Activities 

While the classes and teachers are usually the main draw to the conference, there is so much more to experience. From dawn to dusk and beyond into the night, participants enjoy many opportunities to learn, celebrate, and connect.

Music, Meditation, & Movement

  • Savor the inspiring songs of female musicians at the Sisters of Soul concert, with featured guests gina Breedlove, Heather Mae, Lyric, and Ash Devine
  • Feel the vibration with Sarah Thomas at the Stone Meditation
  • Raise your voice at the Starlight Gathering Song Circle
  • Get your body moving in the West African Dance Class with Christan Carter
  • Stretch yourself & relax into one of our sunrise yoga classes


 Don’t miss...

  • The central Hearth Fire, tended throughout the weekend, symbolic of our unity and warmth
  • Swimming or canoeing in the beautiful Lake Eden on Saturday afternoon
  • Red Tent for women of all ages and stages, and Sister Love Deck, for women of color
  • Welcome Song Circle and Farewell Jam bookending the weekend
  • Shopping in our beautiful outdoor Marketplaces

    2017 Special Events & Activities Schedule

Friday 11:00 Welcome Activities

Fire Lighting & Song Circle
Join us to connect, sing, and initiate the weekend!

Newcomers Orientation
Newcomers are encouraged to come to this orientation for pointers about this unique gathering, to support your flow throughout the weekend. The second half is a walking tour of the campus.

Shopping at the Marketplaces at Eden Green & Unity Village

Friday 7:30 Opening Ceremony

As we begin this magical weekend, we open the conference together on Friday evening. Join all of us at Wise Woman Hall where Mother Turtle, Corinna Wood, and special guests guide us and ground us, as we engage our collective intentions. Enjoy song, story, and connections, honoring the plants and our diversity as wise women.

Friday 8:30 Evening Events

Stone Meditation with Sarah Thomas
Join us for a stone meditation and experience the massive power a large group of women can command, as well as create a miracle in your own life.  If you would like, bring any crystal that has rainbows within it. If you do not have one, we will provide one. Also bring whatever you will need to feel warm and comfortable lying down.  Go home with a newly charged powerful stone!

Embrace Movie & Discussion
Embrace follows body image activist Taryn Brumfitt's crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.

Starlight Song Circle
 with Kaitlin
Celebrate the power of song and sacred sisterhood at the Hearth Fire.

Saturday 7:00 Sunrise Activities

Sunrise Yoga with Shannon Lockhart
All levels welcome. (Bring mat and blanket if available.)

12-Step Recovery with Patty Grant
Each participant will commit to holding each other in the light of love and support as the circle connects each individual spiritually. All will be encouraged to speak their truths.

Saturday 1:30-2:30 Sisterhood Playtime

Teacher Market & Barter ONLY Circle at Wise Woman Hall
Spend a moment with a few of our teachers and enjoy their offerings or particpate in the Barter Only circle (no money exchanges permitted) at Wise Woman Hall .
To participate in the Barter ONLY Circle  from 1:30-2:30, bring your items to Wise Woman Hall at 1 pm to sign up.

Saturday 8:00 Evening Events

The Sisters of Soul Concert
Savor the inspiring songs of female musicians in concert: 
gina Breedlove
 Medicine Woman gina Breedlove is as dangerous and delightful as this earth we share. "FolkSoul" is the signature Sound of this versatile Singer & Songwriter, who defies and redefines genre. gina began performing at the age of 15, singing back up vocals for the incomparable Phylis Hyman. She went on to tour internationally with legendary artist/activist Harry Belafonte, as his featured vocalist. gina has performed with many amazing Artists; Toshi Reagon, Ani DiFranco, Sekou Sundiate, Ronny Jordan, Holly Near, and Bernice Johnson Reagon, to name a few. An actor as well, gina created the role of "Sarabi" in the Broadway production of "The Lion King". In 2015, gina appeared in 2 Spike Lee films; "Living Da Dream", & "Chi-Raq". Since 2010, gina has been touring her original Music, holding Sound Healing circles where ever she lands.

Heather Mae
Heather Mae was once just a folk songwriter with a ukulele but after recovering from vocal nodules – which left her unable to sing for two years – she is stretching the limits of her music and her voice. Noted as an “empowering artist” by FLURT Magazine and “charming” by The Washington Post, Heather Mae is using her music to shed light on issues that are close to her heart such as body positivity, mental health, LGBTQ rights, and redefining what it means to be “good enough”.

Leeda “Lyric” Jones is a singer-songwriter, musician, and music teacher, born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. It is safe to say that music is in her blood: her grandfather played harmonica and guitar with the late blues legend B.B. King, and father, who plays bass in her band has been playing in bands since his teenage years. Lyric draws inspiration from Lizz Wright, India Arie, Tracy Chapman, and Lauryn Hill, which isn’t surprising once one hears the way she gracefully intertwines Soul, R&B, Funk, and even a little Hip-Hop.

Ash Devine
Award winning songwriter, folk rock musician, caring clown Ash Devine is based the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville North Carolina. Ash Devine’s folk Fusion style gleans sounds of Appalachian traditional folk, americana-pop and classic rock. Ash Devine is an accomplished instrumentalist on finger-style and Flat Pick style Guitar and innovative original Ukulele picking style.

Saturday 9:30 Late Night Events

West African Dance with Christan Carter
This dance class is an active, dance experience that incorporates rhythmic energetic dance, and traditions of the people of West Africa. All levels welcomed.

Freedom from Oppression Ceremony with Ombassa Sophera & Cheri Maree
Are you ready to allow yourself to re-connect to your fun, lovable, inner child again? This powerful ceremony will provide the platform to release trauma, abuse, grief, and toxic relationships. Turn fear, paranoia and anguish into self-awareness; Anger, rage and depression into openness, compassion and balance; Grief, sadness and shame into courage, positivity, and love.

Drumming at the Hearth Fire with Jessie Lehmann 
Come one, come all to the Hearth Fire for a fun and festive drum circle. Get ready to feel the beat, let loose, and party under the stars  (no experience required, extra drums available).

Sunday 7:00 Sunrise Activities

Sunrise Yoga with Shannon Lockhart
All levels welcome. (Bring mat and blanket if available.)

12-Step Recovery with Patty Grant 
Each participant will commit to holding each other in the light of love and support as the circle connects each individual spiritually. All will be encouraged to speak their truths.

Sunday 1:00 Farewell Jam

Let's give thanks for this life-changing experience that we have shared! Join together  to say our farewells and recognize this incredible web of women that we weave as we go out into the world. See you next year!

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