Women’s Nature Art Retreat

June 24-27, 2021 

Southern Appalachian Mountains, North Carolina

〜 Four days of Nature, Art, and Deep Connection 〜

Could it get any better? 

We have heard the call of Mother Earth to bathe in the inspiration of pristine nature and hydrate our artist’s hearts. This 4-day retreat is for women who love to create, paint, draw, and craft. Artists of all levels join in sparking the creations within you and bringing them forth! There will be space to play, dive in, connect, and share. 

Join us to:

Be inspired by nature & the elements – Draw from the Southern Appalachian Mountains’ immaculate beauty and the old-growth forest! Allow the fresh waterfalls to clear your body and mind and fire kindle songs within you. Maybe you’ll find your muse in the cave or inside the hollow grandmother poplar? 

Play – Remember what it means to create with freedom! Choose from a wide range of art mediums: pastels, watercolor, colored pencils, graphite, pens, paints, clay, charcoal, and using found objects in nature.

Dive deep  – Enjoy both shared and solo time in the woods… Discover the freedom to journey within and see what is alive in your heart. 

Tap into the Flow– Begin your days with guided movement and breathwork and allow it to carry you into the inner discoveries. 

Cherish togetherness– Embrace peer artists! Witness and be witnessed by powerful women walking their path. 

Receive reflection & support – Share your creations in a safe container, welcome insights from the community, give, and receive. 

Be initiated –  Share ceremonial space to journey with a drum and move through a threshold. Now is the time to step into your power as a creatrix of your own life. 

Nourish – Enjoy rest and have luxurious free time to create. Nourish your body with wild foods and chartered delux organic meals. Treat your heart with ceremonial tea and cacao. 

Clarify & Align  – Sync up with the rhythms of nature and allow the ancient wisdom of the Earth to guide your way. Gain clarity on your path and refine your creative expression!

Empower Remember what it means to listen to the creative force that moves through you. Dare to walk the Beauty Way in its fullest potential. Be the Heart Centered Artist, the Heartist, of your own life! 

Location:

The immersion location nests in Southern Appalachia, about 1.5 hours southwest of Asheville. The site is surrounded by majestic mountains, pristine rivers, waterfalls, and the enchanted temperate rainforest of North Carolina. All the food will be provided and lovingly prepared on the open fire by our incredible chef Annie Kin. Annie nurtures life and fills everything she does with intentional love and yum! The campsite is right next to the car parking so you won’t have to carry art materials far.


 Registration:

***This retreat is open to all female, non-binary, and femme-identifying people.***

EARLY BIRD until May 30, 2021: $395 ($495 after)

Save up $100 by BRINGING YOUR FRIEND: two for $690

Rate includes the full program with all art materials and chartered delux organic meals. This is an outdoor event – please bring your own camping gear. 

$100 deposit (non-refundable) upon registration. Rest of the payment due June 10, 2021.

Payment plan option available –  contact Sanni at inchnatedjourneys@gmail.com for more info.

100% refund if the event is canceled due to COVID-19.

Space limited to 14 women.

NOTE! 5% of the profit goes toward a designated charity project – more info coming soon! 


Orientation:

Orientation Call: We will have an orientation call about a week before the event.

Opening circle: We will gather at a set meeting location in Asheville at 11:30 am on Thursday, June 24, 2021, and carpool to the basecamp.  We will set up the tents and enjoy dinner, followed by our opening ceremony.

Closing Circle: will be complete on Sunday, June 27, by 2:30 pm, and you will be back at your car in Asheville by 4 pm. 

Airports: The immersion location is about 1.5 hours southwest of the Asheville Regional Airport. Relatively close airports include Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, about a 2.5 hours drive from the site; Atlanta airport, about a 2.5 hours drive; Knoxville MacGhee Tyson airport, about a 3 hours drive; Charlotte airport, about a 3.5-hour drive. Specific address and directions will be given upon registration.


Facilitators:

Nikki Moon Shoneman has a BA in Fine Arts from UCSC focusing on painting and drawing, and was honored as a California Art Scholar. She is the founder and past director and art facilitator for MOVE (Making Our Voices Empowered), a non-profit art organization providing alternative education to at-risk youth in the Bay Area for over seven years. She has also taught natural science and history to 4-6th graders, backpacking in the wilderness with high school and college students while conducting environmental studies. She helped open Dobra West and created the food menu while being the kitchen manager.  

Nikki has a diverse education in Midwifery, Herbalism, Bodywork and is a Wilderness First Responder. Nikki graduated from Lifeways, an Early childhood education program based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, and the Explorations program through the Center of Anthroposophy. She is currently finishing Antioch University Master’s in Education, which includes a Waldorf Grades training.

Now living in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband and three children, they enjoy hiking, swimming, cooking, gardening, and making art together. Nikki continues to make art and teach art at a local therapeutic boarding school for high school teens and teaches at Asheville Waldorf School 100% outside as the Outdoor Parent-Child and Middle School Art teacher.

Nikki is excited to be blending her passion for the wilderness, art, and education into an offering through Inchanted Journeys.

Sanni Pääkkönen:  Devoted to experience the pure potential of a human being, Sanni holds loving and centered space to discover your True Nature as an artists of your own life.  Born and raised in Finland, Nordic forests and tales brought her to a deep connection with nature and led her into a well-rounded study on empowered living, embodiment practices and rites of passage work over the last 14 years in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Sanni is a Waldorf School alumni and has witnessed how the teachings of Rudolf Steiner have come alive through her service. She shares her art through yoga trainings (E-RYT500), women’s Rites of Passage work, Somatic Frequency Healing, intuitive dance, ceremonial arts & core- shamanic practices, and intentional journeys to sacred sanctuaries of nature. Her offerings are known to be transformative, deep, playful and empowering. Sanni walks the Earth with grace and calm confidence, dances with the creative force of the feminine and pours her contagious love into every relationship that comes on her way.

Sanni has experienced her journeys to the various power places of the Earth to be a powerful catalyst for a deeper communication with the inner gatekeepers and mystery school of Nature. Through living and studying with a handful of indigenous tradition keepers, she has discovered that natural belonging and creativity are  everyone’s birthrights. She holds space for the journeys and retreats that unlock this deeper connection within and brings eco-mythology alive in one’s daily life. By learning to listen to the song of the winds and stay rooted in storm one can reveal the underlying power within and claim one’s space as a sovereign creator being. Life becomes a living prayer and every day a meaningful piece of art.