We need to quieten the noise, and to do this, we retreat into silence.
Wild Night is the start of your transformation...
This is for you if you recognise that you're feeling a bit lost in yourself, as though you're waiting for something to happen, or that you know something needs to change but you don't know what. Maybe a significant change has already happened and it's left you feeling numb, confused, lost, or even as though you're in a liminal place - not really here, but also here.
Perhaps you feel completely disconnected from yourself and the world around you, or you struggle to spend time in your own company; maybe your reliance and focus is on others rather than on yourself. Yet deep within you, you know you're more than capable of achieving anything you put your intention to, you know you're motivated, confident and powerful, but that part of you has been drowned out by external noise that tells you you always need to be doing & giving & achieving & that you need to look amazing & have loads of friends & loads of money else you've failed. So now you're worn out, burnt out and not acting from a place of your truth.
A 2 day immersive retreat into yourself and into nature.
We'll spend our first day getting to know the land, with stories, drum journeys, sharing circles, perceptive walking and other glorious embodied activities that get us in tune with ourselves. We will walk to find your spot in nature and that evening, we'll sleep under shelter to allow the woodland to become familiar with our presence and for you to become attuned to the flora, fauna and fungi that snuffle at your boundaries. The following day we'll gather for more creative workshops, walking drum journeys, 1:1 sessions with myself, and enjoying the experience of having no expectations!
Then...we'll light a fire and have an evening circle, and once the embers die down, so we retreat into silence, into nature and into ourselves. You will spend the night in total silence, under the stars, nothing but your body in the mud and leaves in an ancient woodland.
I know that if you're reading this, your inner truth, your absolute highest self is starting to shout and you're starting to hear her. Deep within you something is feeling her become alive again. That is why I have created Wild Night. This is a chance for you to come back to you, to gain clarity, focus and deep insight. It's a chance for you to immerse yourself in silence and stillness, to face your fears and to find your confidence. This is you re-claiming your power!
When is it?
We'll meet on Friday 9th June 2023 (time tbc), and we'll depart before midday on Sunday 11th June.
How much is it?
The total cost of Wild Night is £300.00. To book your place I ask for a £100 non-refundable deposit. The rest can be paid in the week prior to the event. I'm also open to discuss staggered payment plans if you cannot pay the rest in full, email me to discuss this.
What is included in the price?
2x nights in a trauma-aware, beautifully held, safe & private ancient woodland
1x Shamanic 1:1 (via zoom 45-60 mins) prior to the event*
1x Shamanic 1:1 during (60-90 mins) the event
1x Shamanic 1:1 (via zoom 45-60) after the event
All food and water (and herbal tea) will be supplied
Craft materials for nature creations
Workshops on the day, including erotic earth/earth embodiment, and peripheral walking
Access to a beautiful, ancient woodland that is privately owned & therefore usually unaccessible to the public
Safe space holding - I will be there the entire night, supporting you how you need, holding safe, non-judgemental, trauma-aware space for you as you share your stories and experience
(*An online Shamanic 1:1 with me usually costs £75)
Where is the event held?
The woodland is based near The Wrekin in Telford. The woodland is privately owned but we've been given permission to use it for this experience. This ensures that there will be no (human) trespassers whilst we're there - you may, however, encounter wild deer and other woodland animals! The full address will be given to you at time of booking.
What do I need to bring?
Weather appropriate clothing
Lots of warm clothing (inc. hat), blankets, sleeping bag etc for the evening (even in June the temperature could significantly drop in the evening)
A small tent
If you have one, an open shelter in case of rain/something to protect you in case it does rain
An offering to the woodland (oats, flowers, period blood...anything you feel called to gift)
Journal & pen
Mug, bowl & spoon
Anything that's going to make you feel safer ie. crystals, cards, flowers, a soft pillow, something that has a homely smell...
Can I bring a tent?
You'll need a tent for our first night together on Friday 9th June, though you are welcome to sleep just under a shelter or without anything that first night too if you so desire. However, on Saturday 10th June I'd advise against using a tent at all as the idea is stepping into a full nature immersion to seek the wisdom nature and the night have to give you. If, however, it would make you feel safer to sleep in a tent both nights, you can of course do this.. You'll get out of the experience whatever you put in - sleeping in a tent isn't 'cheating' and could still offer you exactly what you need from the experience, so there's no judgement if you do want to bring one. As facilitator & space holder, I will be bringing a bell tent to sleep in. Your well-being is really important to me; if I too am immersed in the experience, (what is effectively a very short vision quest) I won't be at full availability in my own mindset to be there for you. I'll be able to sleep up to 3 others in my bell tent if anyone is really struggling with the experience.
Will I be fully alone?
No & yes...You will be alone in whatever part of the woodland you choose to sleep and meditate in, however we are all there as a group, so you can rest assured in the knowledge that other people (who you'll come to know well) are close by. I will also be there with you for the entire duration, and if you need anything during the night you will be able to come and find me so I can support you & whatever you're potentially experiencing.
Am I allowed to eat?
I would suggest fasting from the eve of Friday 9th until breakfast on Sunday morning. Fasting can help to clear your head, allowing you to be more receptive to your body, needs and the wisdom offered by 'other'. Though you know your body better than I do, so do bring fruits, nuts, and light snacks if you need to. I will supply a light breakfast on the Sunday morning for us to share. Please let me know of any allergies/intolerances.
Are there any facilities on site?
There is a compost toilet that can be used for poos, but nature wees are encouraged. There is no running/drinking water, but I'll be bringing plenty of bottled water for everyone. I will supply toilet paper for you all.
Will there be a first aider on site?
I have recently completed first aid training and will bring with me a first aid kit in case of any accidents. However (as you'll be made to sign), you'll take complete responsibility for your safety and wellbeing during the event. Please listen to yourself and don't do anything you feel uncomfortable or unsafe doing - you'll be stepping into radical responsibility.
Can anyone book?
This event is open to all those who self identify as women, no men unfortunately. This is purely because you'll probably be feeling a bit vulnerable and out of your comfort zone anyway, and for some women, the presence of a male (especially at night whilst you're 'sleeping' in the open woodland) can be quite triggering and intimidating. There may be another similar event in the future that is open to all genders, but not this time.
What if it rains?
I will keep an eye on the weather and if it's really looking like it's going to be soaking the entire weekend, I will reschedule the event. However, if you have an open shelter or some tarp to lay on and use as a shelter, then we can still go ahead with the event regardless of the weather. It's totally unpredictable so let's just see how it's looking in the lead up to the event.
From one of the previous Wild Night Attendees
"I don't even know where to begin to describe my wild night experience....but I'll start with: it was incredible and exactly what I needed in that moment! Danielle held space for us so beautifully, the entire vibe of the experience was just filled with love and companionship and warmth. We got to know the woods together, shared our deeply personal truths, laughed together and cried together too. Every moment was tailored to exactly what we wanted and needed from it - from drumming to crafting to practicing expanding our perception, right down to the 1:1 time we each had with Danielle, and then finally the solo time for reflection. Honestly this experience was a big step in unblocking some of the obstacles getting in the way of my personal growth and healing, and I am infinitely grateful for Danielle's nurturing supporting presence facilitating the whole thing. If I could go back and experience it again for the first time, I would in a heartbeat!"