Fall Mama Retreat

Charlotte Mason observed, “If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children when these are overdone, we should have happier households. Let the mother go out to play!”

Announcing the Fall Mama Retreat on Sept 30 to Oct 2, 2022 at the Wild + Free Farm Village in Head Waters, VA. Join us for a weekend to restore your heart, care for your soul, nourish your body, and inspire your mind.

We'll soak-up the beautiful surroundings in the Allegheny mountains, grow our skills in hands-on classes, go for hikes on the Farm Village trails, learn from each other, share our stories, and enjoy nourishing meals together.

Retreat Schedule

Friday, September 30

3:00 PM - Check-in (Store Open)
5:00 PM - Welcome Reception
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:30 PM - Group Session
9:00 PM - Bonfire

Saturday, October 1

7:00 AM - (Optional) "Mindfulness & Movement" (Bring Mat)
8:30 AM - Breakfast
10:00 AM - Morning Adventure
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM - Afternoon Activities
3:00 PM - Free Time (Store Open)
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:30 PM - Evening Session
9:00 PM - Bonfire

Sunday, October 2

7:00 AM - (Optional) Outing
8:30 AM - Breakfast
9:30 AM - Group Session
11:00 AM - Check Out (Store Open)

 

Note: Registrations are transferable but non-refundable. Unfortunately, we are not able to make exceptions, even with last-minute emergencies.

Retreat Details

The cost of the Fall Mama Retreat is $249 for a ticket with bunk room accommodations and $199 for a ticket with camping accommodations, which includes activities and meals from Friday night to Sunday morning.

Wild + Free Groups: If you're coming with a Wild + Free Group, let us know when you sign-up and we'll arrange for you to room together.

On Children: Because of the shared sleeping arrangements, we regret that we cannot accommodate nursing infants at this retreat.

Cancellation Policy: All registrations are transferable but non-refundable.

Wild + Free Farm Village

The Wild + Free Farm Village is located an hour and a half west of Charlottesville, VA and three hours from Washington DC.

Wild + Free Farm Village
6983 Cowpasture River Road N
Head Waters, VA 24442

Most GPS systems will try to take you on Cowpasture River Road SOUTH, which will get you lost. =) Be sure to go NORTH, and you'll be just fine.

Please note that your cell service will drop-out within a half hour from the Farm Village. We encourage you to plug-in GPS to your phone before this point. We'll have WiFi access and phone lines when you get here.

Accommodations

Lodge Bunk Rooms
Lodging at the Wild + Free Farm Village is "summer camp style" with bunk beds and shared baths. We've gone out of our way to make your stay comfortable with cozy, organic bedding, Tuft & Needle mattresses, Turkish bath towels and organic soaps, shampoo, and conditioner in the showers.

Tent Camping
For a discounted price, you have the option of setting up your own tent and camping on the property instead and utilizing our beautiful, new heated bathhouses. Please keep in mind that camping is rain-or-shine, and temperatures can sometimes drop into freezing during fall nights in the mountains. We recommend this option for experienced campers.

*The camping option requires bringing your own tent, sleeping bag, and shower supplies for the bathhouses.

Bungalows
If you have a group of 4-5 mamas who would like to stay in one of our two bungalows behind the lodge, you can enjoy our "glamping" option at the property. You'll find alpine beds, Tuft & Needle mattresses, organic bedding.

Keep in mind that glamping is rain-or-shine, subject to woodland critters, and temperatures can sometimes drop into freezing during fall nights in the mountains. But you'll hear the soothing sound of a rippling creek all night.

These bungalows are "screened shelters" with electricity but no running water. The lodge restrooms are a short hike away but can be a challenge at night. If interested, please contact us before registering your group.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Bring My Nursing Infant?

Because of the close sleeping arrangements, we are not able to accommodate nursing infants or children under the age of 18. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions. This event is mamas-only.

What Are the Closest Airports?

The closest airports to the Farm Village are: Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport - (1 hour), Charlottesville, VA - (1.37 hours), Lynchburg, VA - (2.12 hours), and Washington (DC) Dulles Airport - (2.52 hours).

Can I Park my RV On Site?

Due to zoning restrictions, we are not able to accommodate RVs at the Farm Village. However, you are welcome to use tents or pop-up campers.

Do You Offer Cancellations and Refunds?

Registrations are transferable but non-refundable. Unfortunately, we are not able to make exceptions, even with last-minute emergencies.

Is This Retreat Faith Based?

Everyone is welcome, and the content will be neutral. But due to the intimate nature of personal stories, there will likely be mentions of faith.

Are meals included?

Yes, we'll provide five meals starting with dinner on Friday night and ending with breakfast on Sunday morning. We can accommodate the following dietary restrictions: gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

Please note:

We require all guests to sign liability waivers and photo release forms in order to participate. Here are some additional policies at the Farm Village.

If you have any other questions, please email us.

Be Our Guest at the Farm Village

After all these years of dreaming and casting vision, Wild + Free finally has a Farm Village! Join us for one of our first retreats to experience the beauty of this place and be refreshed by the community of like-minded mamas.

We still have a lot of dreams for this place and a lot of work to do, but as the shadows begin to grow longer and the leaves start to turn into vibrant colors, we couldn't help ourselves but to start hosting retreats here!

Ainsley Arment
@ainsl3y