Imagine standing in an open field, surrounded by the serenity of mountains in the near distance. You're standing in a circle of about 80 women who have all gathered to come together to better themselves in pursuit of their passions. There is a matriarch, an older woman, a maternal figure that exudes strength and wisdom. She is softly beating a drum as each person in the circle sets their personal intention, and you can feel the feminine energy of mutual support in the air.
Welcome to the Women's Wilderness Summit Sisters. Last summer, I attended this annual gathering in Colorado that "serves to build community and inspire participants to be their boldest, best, selves and create lives of meaning and fulfillment." For one weekend, a group of women congregate, connect, and attend workshops on a range of topics from nature awareness skills, holistic healing, spirituality, exploration, yoga, and more—all of which are led by other women.
The experience showed me the power of women's gatherings that are completely immersed in the natural world, separated from the rest of society. Here are a few reasons I think every woman should consider attending one for herself, especially in this highly tense time.