Unity Village is the heart of the conference, which we collectively create as a community of women. This is a place to connect and integrate in relaxing and intimate ways, honoring our similarities as well as our diversity. Laid out in a round cluster, these spaces have something for everyone. You’re invited to come explore . . .
Deep Roots Sanctuary
Deep Roots Sanctuary is a space for integration and personal reflection within a supportive communal setting. In this sacred space, we honor the women who have come before us, and prepare our own “roots” for the inward wintertime. Experience and embody the Wise Woman Tradition—with indigenous roots from around the world—through interactive activities. Come as often as you want . . .to pray, think, grieve, remember ancestors, meditate, or simply be and breathe. May this be a place for you to ground, center, and connect!
As we all cultivate our connection with our new home at Kanuga Lake, you are invited to bring offerings of gratitude for the land to the Land Blessing altar just outside the Deep Roots door. Please bring meaningful items of yours from home or that you respectfully gather nearby.
Red Tent ~ for women of all ages & stages
We look forward to seeing any and all of you in the Red Tent as we gather to honor our journey as women. The Red Tent Movement is a revival of the ancient custom of women taking time away from their busy lives to rest and renew. Not only for menstruating women, this space welcomes women of all ages and stages, of any spiritual path or background—a place for elder women to connect with one another, a place for breastfeeding women to relax together, a place for all women to celebrate our commonalities as well as our differences. Come to rest, draw, journal, share stories, move, dance, rub shoulders, meditate, sing, giggle, or just relax and enjoy this nurturing environment. Open all day, until midnight.
Sister Love ~ sacred space for women of color
Sister Love is a sacred space founded in 2009 by Olatokunboh Obasi, in which we honor the healing legacy of our black and brown grandmothers and ancestors. For many centuries the suppressed earth-based practices of People of Color went underground in order to protect and preserve knowledge for future generations. In honor of our grandmothers, we join to reclaim our ancient wisdom. Sister Love serves as a gathering place for celebration, congregation and communication as a movement towards big healing and big unity among us.
Facilitated discussions and class offerings run throughout the day, until midnight. Please note that this is sacred space for women of color ONLY (racially/culturally diverse heritage non-European in origin, such as Native American, African American, Middle Eastern, Asian, Indian, and Latina), ages 18+. Women of color are welcome to drop in at any time.
To learn more or offer an activity or discussion at Sister Love, send a message to Phyllis, the Sister Love Coordinator, through the contact form.
All women are welcome to congregate at the firebowl at the heart of Unity Village. Gather with us in unity as we share our commonalities and our differences, engage in open dialogue as sisters, and consider steps that we can take to support racial healing in our lives and institutional racial transformation. No shame, no blame in this place of support, compassion, and accountability. Come with your brave and open heart, reframing “I don’t see color” to recognizing white privilege and racism, to heal and transform together for racial justice..
Wondering why a focus on racial equity at an herbal conference? See the Our Philosophy page for more info.