• 20 - 22 Oct 2023
  • online

Wildness, Enchantment & Hope: Deepening Our Engagement with Nature

The intention of our gathering is to open ways for our spirit/soul/heart to remember that we are not separate from Nature. By conjuring up the magic that the natural world holds for us, in all its strange, beautiful, diverse, wild glory – we strengthen our ability to keep showing up to face the challenges of climate change and crisis.

” … names, good names, well used – can help us see and they help us care. We find it hard to love what we cannot give a name to. And what we do not love we will not save.”

– Robert Macfarlane, author of The Lost Words

How do we remain joyfully engaged with nature while living with the realities of the climate crisis? How do we take stock of our roles, and see our way forward, when the actions of one person seem so small against a global task? Consider joining us for Wildness, Enchantment, and Hope as we invite these and other questions. This online weekend retreat explores ways to enrich our relationship with nature. To discover the enchantment of speaking aloud the names of creatures, plants, and landscapes in danger of being lost forever. To revel in the gifts of small things.

Bringing an open-hearted love of nature back to life through the power of small and whole group conversation, poetry, images, and music. We will offer time for personal reflection, and encourage participants to spend time outside. We’ll follow the Courage & Renewal® approach to create a welcoming, caring, and trustworthy space.

We hope this retreat gives us a space to examine our roles in both ecological breakdown and renewal. Wildness, Enchantment, and Hope: Deepening our Engagement with Nature holds an opportunity to navigate a shifting landscape with renewed energy and joy. We look forward to seeing you there!


Friday evening 7:00 – 9:30 pm ET 

Saturday morning 10:00 am to 12:30 pm ET

Saturday afternoon 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET

Sunday morning 10:00 am ET to 12:30 pm ET


$230.00 CAD Early bird (by September 22nd)

$265.00 CAD after September 22nd

EventBrite fees  not included

We acknowledge that there are systemic barriers that sometimes make it difficult to participate and access programs.  We have made every effort to keep our costs as low as possible.  If the rates listed here are still prohibitive to your participation, please be in touch with us directly at retreats@insideoutsideretreatcentre.com and we’ll be happy to discuss upcoming online and in-person retreats as alternatives.

We appreciate that unexpected events occur. We can issue a full refund minus a small processing fee up until October 4th. From October 4th we regret we are unable to offer a refund unless a new registration comes in to cover that cost.


Leslie is a settler on Treaty 13 Land, and Mardi is a settler on the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations. These traditional  territories remain home to diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples from across Turtle Island.

We recognize that Land Acknowledgments can be empty words, spoken without reflection or action. We  wish to honour the peoples and history this land bears witness to by responding to the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada; and by committing to the struggle against the systems of oppression that have denied/continue to deny people of their lands, their stories, and their rights to self-determination.


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