Vermont Wilderness Rites
Vermont Wilderness Rites
Vermont Wilderness Rites Be Still. Listen. What in your life is calling you?
Vermont Wilderness Rites Be Still.       Listen.       What in your life is calling you?



Rooted Action


Turbulent Times 









Healing and Renewal in Nature    

  A Retreat for Activists,

Seasoned and Aspiring



We hope to offer Rooted Action in 2021.

Individual and small group experiences can be created on request. 




Rooted Action begins with naming that which we love and opening to what is being asked of us now.


We are living in turbulent times. Everything we understood and have known as true is changing rapidly. How do we hold center in the face of such turmoil and despair? How do we decide where and how to take a stand?  How do we renew to continue and sustain the collective effort?


Rooted Action is a 5-day retreat that invites seasoned and aspiring activists to connect to our own capacity to heal and renew in the face of the work we do, be it in service to climate justice, social justice, peace, community mobilization, or wherever you stand on the front line of needed protection, healing, and change. This work teaches us how to stay rooted – in our bodies, in our aspirations for social transformation, in our communities, and, ultimately, in our relation to the living Earth.


Employing an eco-psychological model of wholeness, we identify and learn to navigate common pitfalls of activism – despair, isolation, unrelenting anger, joylessness, that can sabotage our best intentions and efforts. Renewed by Earth herself, we will practices ways to sustain our work and the collective endeavor. With Nature as our mirror, we will explore authentic place-based practices that offer integrated ways to re-member self, culture, and community in service of Earth. 


Rooted Action is for those new to the path of activism, be it Earth stewardship or social justice, who are seeking meaningful ways to integrate activism into their lives.


Rooted Action is for leaders who are seeking renewal in their hard work of trying to create sustainable action for justice, equality, diversity, and inclusion. 


Rooted Action is for the weathered, discouraged, and hardened in need of renewal and re-souling.





We will set up base camp at the water’s edge, serenaded by loons, owls, and coyotes. Each day will include solo time in the forest or paddling on the water, Council sharing, and group discussion.  We will listen to dreams, lessons from the land, and each other’s stories to gain insight and direction for our work as activists. Participants can choose to do a 24-hour solo. 


We will meet at Green River Reservoir in Hyde Park, Vermont.  All tent camping sites at Green River State Park are water access only with established fire rings and composting latrines. Participants bring their own food and drinking water. A camp kitchen is provided for participant use. (Note: depending on global health recommendations, participants may be asked to bring their own cook stove, pots, and cooler.) Kayaks and canoes are available for rent nearby, or participants can bring their own. A full equipment list is sent to participants upon registration. 


Group Size:  8 maximum (6 needed to run this program)


Guides:   TBA


Registration Fee:  $150 Non refundable


Program Fee:  $675 - $1075   includes camping registration, basecamp “amenities,”  and guide expenses.


To register and for more information please contact Fran Weinbaum at









Contact Us

For information and to register for any Vermont Wilderness Rites Programs contact:


Fran Weinbaum

128 Bliss Road

Montpelier, Vermont 05602



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Art Credits


The art work and photographs that appear on this site are copyrighted. Please respect the work and the generosity of the artists and do not copy or reproduce any images on this website.  Contact the artist for more information about purchase or use of their work.  


Photograph in Rooted Action by Zach Reiner found at


Selections from Portraits of Nature by Corinna Stoeffl


Soaring and Leaping Ecstasy are by Jeannie Lindheim


Lady of the Land and Women in Leadership logo drawn for Vermont Wilderness Rites by Sara Grace. 


The Mirror of Nature watermark photograph by Tomasen Weinbaum.


Photographs shown in the Gallery from the October 2012 quest on Green River Reservoir by Arthur Hynes