SouLodge Medicine Gathering 2017
Things to know:
- SouLodge Ranch is located in Redmond, Oregon-about 30 miles north of Bend.
- This gathering is a great fit for you if you love being in community with women, love gathering new medicinal and craft skills, laughing, singing, eating well, and being outdoors with the elements and wildlife.
- SMG is an alcohol and substance-free event, and a healing place for all.
- Pets are not allowed at SMG, we LOVE the animals so, but they are safer at home.
- Range tipis are all double-occupancy this year, and you can request your roommate upon registration or let us matchmake for you (we have a sense about these things).
- We have 18 spots at each retreat for participants, but about 30 women will be in attendance total with our staff and teachers.
- Classes are open to everyone and no classes overlap, so you can take all of them if you like, and still have breaks for resting in a hammock. Overfilling your schedule is not recommended!
- Workshops are conducted by independent SouLodge Sisters, and you can sign up for and make payment directly to them when they are announced in October. We offer many earth-craft workshops with plant medicine, drumming, essential oil blending, leathercraft, photography and more.
The Basic Rundown:
Each morning of camp, participants are initiated into one of the four directions on the Medicine Wheel. This morning circle is held by Pixie. Everything about our time together is customized to the sacred Wheel, from your classes to your meals, which makes understanding the Wheel (our compass for life in Earth Medicine) a truly holistic experience.
In camp, we have a fine composting outhouse. It works really well and most folks prefer it to walking down to the toilet, which is also awesome.
While we put forth great effort to make your tipi-tents and cots comfortable for you, it is still camping. Plan accordingly for your comfort and needs. Some women bring sheepskins and wool blankets, sitting pads, decorations and altar items to make their dwellings gorgeous and comfy to their liking.
We can accommodate some food allergies/sensitivities, but not all of them. Be sure to list yours on the reg form and we’ll get back to you if we have any concerns. We’re actually getting really good at this-turns out most foods which really energize us don’t tend to be the usual suspects which cause allergies and inflammation.
The food served is omnivorous, but you can request vegetarian/vegan versions. The cuisine is really healthy, and really, really yummy. Every morning, we serve fresh juices and nut milks, and there are hearty scrambles to be had. We know that full-bellied women make for happy campers. Being on retreat for fifteen years, I’ve had some terrible food. Good food = great retreat in my book.
When you arrive at SouLodge Ranch, you’ll park your vehicle (ridesharing encouraged!) and a beautiful and sparkling attendant will help you load your cases into the motor-cart for transport, while you make the foot journey out to the meadow, received with open arms by singing goddess-like women. This is not a retreat where you have to walk up wondering if anyone is going to like you.
Your cases will be delivered close to your campsite shortly thereafter. At checkout, your belongings will be taken to your car for you.
What to Bring:
- Water bottle. There are refill stations throughout camp. Stay hydrated! Special SouLodge Hydroflasks will be sold in the vending area if you forget. Hydroflask keeps water cold for 24-48 hours and that is a very good thing in the Summertime.
- Sturdy non-precious walking shoes. Showers house and toilet are about a 5 minute walk from camp. We advise non-precious because the trail is dusty, occasionally muddy and there are sometimes cow pies!
- Sleeping bag and pillow. We do have some on hand-if you are flying in, be sure to let us know on your registration form that you’ll need a bag. Cots, a blanket and a really pretty altar space are provided inside of your tipi.
- Warm hat AND sun hat
- Insect repellent
- Shower towel
- Flip flops for shower house
- Layered clothing. The High Desert experiences forty-degree temperature changes from day to night and we are known to have sudden storms in the summer, perfect for dancing in!
- Flashlight and/or headlamp
- Yoga mat/sitting pad
- Medicine Shawl for our nightly fireside circles
- Drums and rattles
Precautions at the Ranch
Redmond, Oregon sits at 3,077 ft elevation, which puts it right in the middle of the High Desert region of Central Oregon. More hydration than usual is needed at this elevation, as well as more rest.
The walking path is flagged for your safety when going to the shower house and incinerating toilet.
Rocks and holes are all over the land, wear stable footwear and stay on path. Use bridges when crossing ditches.
There are poisonous plants on the property, namely Water Hemlock. It resides in the water ditches and we will point it out to you. It’s leaves are serrated, dark green and poisonous from flower to root.
Tents and easy-ups are secured with ropes and guy lines. We have extra flags if you need them to avoid tripping.
There are small animals who come sniffing around the tents at night. Please don’t feed or touch the wild ones, nor go outside to investigate. A family of skunks lives on the land that we love to avoid frightening. Please be mindful not to leave food/snacks on the tables or outside the tipis.
Bring sunblock and insect repellent which is effective for you. We found that taking turmeric and garlic capsules keeps mosquitoes at bay, and keeps inflammation of all kinds at a minimum.
Please leave fire at home including candles, lighters, incense, and matches.
SouLodge Ranch is a working cattle ranch and hay operation. The equipment on the grounds can be sharp and/or splintery. Much like a public campground, you will need to be aware of your surroundings such as tree branches sticking out, rough terrain, as well as hot camp stoves and fires.
Please commit to coming when you register. If you are unable to come to the gathering once you’ve registered for it, please send email@example.com an email so that we can contact those on the waitlist. We cannot refund or partially refund for this gathering because it is small and tailored just for you, but we can try to help find someone to take your coveted place around the fire.
If someone would like to take your spot, you can absolutely transfer your ticket up to two weeks before the gathering commences. The reason we need a two week lead is for meal planning and to handle workshop transfers. For June 2017, the deadline for ticket transfers is June 5, 2017.
We look forward to an epic time together with you!