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?














We hope to offer a Women's Wilderness Quest again in 2022.

Individual and small group experiences can be created on request



The Earth is waiting.

She has been waiting a long time for your return.

Drawn by hope, desire, vision, desperation,

service, bottomless grief, abiding love,

we come.


A Women's Quest in the Wilderness 


We begin in a circle of women; then walk into the wilderness in solitude to access our deep knowing,  and return to the circle of women with our stories as gifts to the world.


Listening deeply within and around, we begin to hear what we need to most know in our lives now.   Sharing with other women, we hear our stories in the words of others and find healing and hope.  Held by forest, streams, birdsong at dawn, and night sky, we find comfort, love, and connection.   Challenged by the elements, we find courage and humility.   The land and all that live there offers guidance and serves as a mirror to the landscape of our soul. When we are still enough, quiet enough, we can hear what we have come to hear, see what has been invisible to us, taste truth, and breathe joy.


A Women’s Quest in the Wilderness is open to women ages 21 and over.


Preparation will be done in advance through individual coaching and nature-based tasks with the Guide. We will spend the first two days together in base camp and then women will go on 2-3 day solo. The last day and a half we will return to base camp to listen to the stories from the solo time and talk about how to live those stories when we return to home, work, and community.  


Participants provide their own food and 4 gallons of water.  Cookstove and some cooking utensils are provided. 


Group Size: 6 minimum.  8 maximum


Fran works year-round with individual women to prepare for and enact a solo fast or other nature-based ceremonies. Contact her at for more information. 





Leaping Ecstasy by Jeannie Lindheim


Women in Transition Retreats provide an opportunity for women to support each other's learning and personal growth in a safe and supportive group setting.  


Each topic integrates collaborative life coaching, nature based reflection, and teaching stories about navigating transitions with dignity and grace, strength and flexibility.  







Leadership is a way of being.

Leadership is embodiment of belief.

Leadership is a relationship.

Leadership is action towards a goal.

Leadership grows and shifts within and between people

who share vision and purpose.


Women in LeadershipUsing the Four Shields of Human Nature©, we will invite the lessons of the natural world and apply them to our unique experiences as women in our personal lives and in the community, organizations and groups in which we work and partici-pate. We will also explore a larger question: what are we being called to now, in our lives, in our communities, in our cul-ture, in the world. Where do our skills, knowledge, and passion meet the world's needs?


Women in Leadership workshops in February and April 2013 were amazing beyond expectations.  We ALL learned about ourselves as women in leadership through the Four Shields of Human Nature.  


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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