On a snowy morning in March seventeen womxn filled my studio and one by one they peeled back layers of clothing, old stories, and closely held beliefs about themselves. They turned in what was, in exchange for a new sense of power and permission to be in their bodies. They touched their hips, bellies, and hearts with love, laughed, screamed, danced, and something broke wide open inside of me. Maybe it was the possibility for us to radically love ourselves because we are, in fact, living bodies of love, or that honest vulnerability is our super power or that when womxn tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth we can move mountains and shift entire paradigms. At the end of that day I knew this was just the beginning and Bloodroot Sessions were born.
What started out as individual photoshoots has now been spun into a full retreat for the practice of radical self love, deep rest and sacred communing sisterhood complete with your own private Bloodroot Session.
Join us this Fall - September 14-15, 2019 for a weekend of radical self love, sacred sisterhood and remembering.
The Fall Retreat will be held on 180 acres of Vermont farmland complete with wildflower fields, fruit orchards, beautiful forrest, hiking trails and a swimming hole.
Your own private, hour-long, body-loving Bloodroot photo session.
Magical classes and workshop offerings such as group yoga, flower essence making, mantra writing, embodied movement, art, meditation and more!
Personal reiki sessions with Hanifa Nayo Washington and Thema Graves.
A supportive circle of powerful womxn.
1 night, 2 day stay on a beautiful Vermont farm.
All meals and snacks, made with LOVE.
Hiking, swimming, and laying in the grass to your heart's content.
A private group photo viewing party for the retreat attendants a month after the retreat.
Rachel (she/hers) is the creator of Bloodroot Sessions, curator of healing photographic experiences for womxn, artist, and mama. She's a pursuer of justice and a deep lover of community. Rachel believes in magic, the power of healing and is committed to working towards liberation for us all. She knows that when a womxn comes home to herself there is collective healing for everyone.
Angela (she/hers) is a fiercely loving organizer and trainer committed to justice and joy -- to large, systemic change and deep healing. Body movement and dance have cracked open for her a path to healing, self-love and individual and collective liberation. During the retreat she will invite each of us to move, sway and shake our bodies to tune-in to the emotions that reside within and to turn-on to our power.
Hanifa Nayo Washington
Hanifa Nayo Washington (she/hers) is an artist, soul teacher, and the Principal & Co-Founder of One Village Healing. Hanifa is a certified Reiki Master Practitioner and views her energy healing as radical medicine for individual and collective liberation. Also experience Hanifa’s original healing mantras on her latest album Mantras For The Revolution, offering seven original mantras - one for each chakra.
TW (she/her/they) is a radical queer educator, farmer, justice love healing warrior whose work involves finding our ways to full expression on a path of liberation, internally and collectively. She is beyond honored to show up for everything that arrives on this Bloodroot path, from logistics to laughter to loud ass noises. She will come with herbs, salves, grounding practices, and wildness.
Thema Graves, RMT
Thema (she/hers) is a healing artist who specializes in Reiki energy healing, and the Managing Director & Co-Founder of One Village Healing. Thema is certified in Usui/Holy Fire Reiki. She supports and empowers people with a space to relax, while acquiring mindfulness tools and divine knowledge on their road to healing and wholeness.
My desire is for all womxn to be able to experience this kind of space for practicing deep self love and profound connection to themselves in community. Because of this desire the investment for the retreat is not fixed but it takes teamwork to make the dream work!
There are 13 available spots.
The weekend (including the photo session, meals, lodging, etc...) is $1,400.
If you are able to pay more I ask that you consider giving as generously as you can to help another sister/s be able to attend. If you are unable to pay the full investment I have a limited number of slots that are available at a sliding scale rate depending on what funds are available. Please reach out and let's make it happen!
I believe we are better together, with our vast life experiences and intersecting identities and that when we join together there is more than enough for everyone.