A visual artist, herbalist, holistic arts educator, former pro-boxer, and environmental activist, Vanessa Chakour’s work is a dynamic blend of her vast personal experiences over the last two decades. Her unique approach is rooted in the belief that healing happens through reclaiming an intuitive connection to ourselves, the natural world, and our own “inner-wild.” She is the founder of Sacred Warrior whose mission is to deepen relationships with ourselves and the environment.
Vanessa inspires personal relationships with the plants and animals around us and curates embodied experiences in her workshops, herbal apprenticeships, and rewilding retreats. She works in partnership with wildlife organizations such as the Wolf Conservation Center in New York, The Jaguar Rescue Center in Costa Rica, and Alladale Wilderness Reserve in the Scottish Highlands.
A fierce defender and advocate of the land, Vanessa embodies the practices she teaches. She has spearheaded land-based education programs to inspire ecological awareness and land stewardship. As an inspirational speaker, she has spoken at the United Nations, Brown University, and the Muhammad Ali Center. Her work has been featured in Aligned Magazine, Ravenous Zine, Culture Trip, and more. She leads ongoing courses and workshops in NYC and throughout the Northeast and runs Rewilding Retreats in New York, Costa Rica, and in Scotland.
Her upcoming book, Awakening Artemis: Deepening Intimacy with The Living Earth and Reclaiming Our Wild Nature, will be published in Summer 2021 with Viking in the US, Penguin in the UK, and Ullstein Press in Germany.
Personalized Nature Retreats and Herbalism Training
Join holistic herbalist and rewilding educator, Vanessa Chakour for plant walks, private retreats, and herbalism courses designed to deepen intimacy with the Living Earth and empower your personal healing practices. Vanessa’s work is rooted in the belief that healing happens through reclaiming an intuitive connection to ourselves, the natural world, and our own “inner wild.” Her approach to herbalism reminds you how to listen to, and learn from the language of nature.
Until it is safe to gather in groups, Vanessa is offering private, curated, loosely guided retreats or herbalism training for guests staying in the Writer’s Studio one week or more. Contact us for more information and when you do, please tell us a little about yourself the vision you have for your stay at Flower Hill Farm Retreat.
The Writer’s Studio
As you enter through a private front door entrance into the Writer’s Studio you take off your shoes and leave the outside world behind. A private peaceful and inspiring space perfect for single retreats. The claw-foot tub is out in the room and has a wand but no stand-up shower. (No salts. Sorry) There is a ‘Berkeley Ergonomic’ organic queen bed and a small seating arrangement for light vegetarian dining. The eastern view is beautiful offering sun and moon rises. And a spectacular starry night sky. Small trees in the terrace garden offer food for birds and butterflies, and beauty and privacy for studio guests. There is a kettle for boiling water, small French press for coffee, and a refrigerator, along with dishes and cutlery. A portable kitchenette island has a duo hot plate and toaster oven. There is a drawing table that can work as a writing desk too. A WC is within the closet under the hidden AC. Rates and Policies Back to Top