Woods Woman 101

Weekend Workshop for aspiring Wild Women 

The Next Woodswoman 101 Workshop will be announced in 2018

Grandmother Gaia Illustration

Ever wonder why people sometimes act like its a “big deal” when a female wields a tool, like say.. an axe? Current cultural trends often steer young women away from the chance to get familiar with the tools that shaped our past. Restriction from a chance to use a sharp tool, simply ‘because it is dangerous’ is not a valid point at Turtle Island. We feel that true safety comes with the confidence and familiarity with a tool rather than ignorance of its proper use and care. Therefore, we will be hosting the first in a series of weekend workshops to help women folk of all ages and backgrounds get familiar with and experience the “woodsy-way.”

Come on out to the farm away from digital technologies, and cell phones and beeping alarms. Come to the outdoors and place your hands on tools that women were originally masters of... the hearth and home. Sharpen your knife, build a grand fire, explore the herbs and plants, sing while your hands remember the work of women. Our experienced women-folk will show you the way. From the seasoned grandmother, to the daughter addicted to her cell phone… all are welcome! This event will be the first in a series of empowering females with the skills, knowledge, and experience of working outdoors, with your hands in harmony and skill. More info to come... and if it goes as well as we hope... maybe we'll someday move all the way up to proper womanly chainsaw use and beyond! Hope to see you all here!


Location: Centered in our beautiful wilderness valley, 8 miles from Boone, NC - the awe-inspiring base camp at Turtle Island Preserve. (Just 2 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway!)

Date: To be announced in 2017

Cost: $300.00 per person *All overnight lodging, meals, tools and materials included

Activities Include: Outdoor Classes on firecraft, wood splitting, blacksmithing, farm animal interactions, openfire cooking, wildfood foraging, cob-oven construction and use, guided low impact hike, waterfall visit, bark craft, and much, much more...

Cancellations: A non-refundable deposit of 1/2 your total will be retained for all cancellations.

Road Conditions: watch the video of our actual gravel driveway

How To Register:

Print and complete the Workshop Registration Form, mail in with your payment and completed 2-sided Medical/Liability Form to:

Turtle Island Preserve
Attn. Woods Woman Workshop
2683 Little Laurel Rd
Boone, NC 28607

After You've Registered:

Please print and READ these documents prior to arrival

Driving & Parking Directions (for this weekend workshop only)

What to Bring (for this weekend workshop only)

Orientation Info (you NEED to know this in advance)

Preston's Camp at night Overnight lodging is in a pristine open-style, raised-floor cabin. Your home-away-from-home will have 3 walls, tin roof, and a gorgeous stone hearth. You'll lay down a comfy sleeping pad (luxurious air-matresses are welome but not provided) top that with a warm sleeping bag and a favorite pillow from home. You'll be falling asleep to the gentle sounds of our sweet-water creek, and feeling the breeze on your cheeks. The outhouse is only a stone's throw away and we'll show you how to wash up and heat water over the fire... C'mon out and go wild with us!