Thriving as a Whole Woman

Emergence, Evolution, Action






April 17th – 21st, 2024

Aravaipa Canyon Ranch, Winkelman, Arizona

To secure your spot, complete the online registration no later than March 22, 2024

Are you ready to Emerge, Evolve, and Act?! And welcome camaraderie and fun in a community of dedicated women? Then join the Center for Nature and Leadership (CNL) to focus on improving your skills to make the world a better place in your own community or on the critical issues you care about, such as social justice, climate change or women’s rights.  We will convene on the wild desert lands of the Aravaipa Canyon, Arizona, as an intergenerational, cross-sectoral community of emerging and current women leaders, reuniting existing members and welcoming newcomers as we strengthen the diversity of our networks and perspectives.

Led by skilled Center for Nature and Leadership guides, this program offers a deep immersion into nature’s seasonal wisdom (aka, the Four Ways of Knowing). By pairing this teaching with self-reflection, extended periods of time on the land, and practicing the art of sharing, listening, and mirroring each other’s stories, participants will find greater clarity, conviction and empowerment to manifest their most authentic selves and make a powerful difference in the world.

The process the leadership used in structuring this group to lead, activate, integrate, reflect, and share was incredible. Most Valuable was creating time and space to do SOLO journeys in nature. While I always knew intuitively that nature was a natural healer for me, creating this intention to see how it connected to the rest of my being was a great revelation.

Terra Shimada

In this program, you will:

  • Deeply immerse yourself in nature and nature’s seasonal ways of knowing to discover fresh ways to apply this wisdom to bring your gifts to the world
  • Join a thriving circle of women ready to support each others’ emergence, evolution and action
  • Learn new leadership skills to apply in your home, community, and professional life
  • Experience a nature-based approach to personal wholeness and leadership
  • Cultivate a deepening relationship with Earth through daily solo time
  • Gather with new and known like-minded women in heart-connected Councils and conversations to support you in identifying and claiming your discoveries
  • Clarify your intentions for making a positive and powerful difference in the communities that matter most to you

Registration and Readiness

When & Where:

April 17-21, 2024

Aravaipa Canyon Ranch, Winkelman, Arizona

The ranch is nestled at the foot of Brandenburg Mtn. A spiritual labyrinth invites walking meditation, the quiet library awaits for reading and reflecting, and the deck that overlooks the creek has endless possibilities.  We’ll gather around the outdoor firepit or indoor fireplace.


$875 – $1300. Registration closes on March 22, 2024.

Tuition includes guiding and venue fees.  You are free to select any price within this range. Choosing the high end amount allows us to build our organizational capacity to provide more programming, provide more scholarships for future program participants, and provide more equitable compensation for our guides.

Interested, but the cost is prohibitive? Learn more about our scholarships here.


Aravaipa Canyon Ranch has a flat fee for accommodations that is included in the program price. You choose! Camp outdoors under the dark sky and stars in the majestic green space. OR there are simple, indoor shared sleeping rooms. Shared sleeping rooms have individual beds, with 2-4(max) women/per room. Campers will have full access to all lodge facilities; such as bathrooms, kitchen, laundry rm, etc.

And the vast indoor and outdoor community spaces are for everyone to use, experience, and enjoy!


Participants are responsible for providing their own breakfasts, lunches, beverages and snacks. Guides will prepare a welcome dinner on the first night. You will be randomly assigned to one of three dinner teams to purchase and cook a simple dinner for the group on the remaining nights. We will share dietary accommodations for the group dinners prior to coming together so that the teams can integrate your needs. This program will be alcohol-free, with the exception of the final evening when we will be having a celebratory closing meal.

What to Bring:

For those choosing to camp, please bring your own personal camping gear. If you do not own camping gear, another participant may be able to bring gear for you. This will be part of the self-organizing that guides will initiate prior to the gathering that will include flight arrivals, car-pooling & food shopping. A full packing list will be provided to participants prior to the program.

Photo credits Aravaipa Canyon Ranch

Your Guides

Cary Gaunt, Ph.D.

Two great loves comprise the heart of who I am and the work I do in the world. One is a profound connection with the earth forged by my childhood on a small farm and honed through a lifetime of listening to the land, exploring, and living in natural places. The other is a deep spirituality comprised of contemplative and nature-based practices, Soulcraft™, spiritual discernment, and wilderness rites of passage. I weave these two great loves in my work as a sustainability leader and contemplative practitioner and teacher. My commitment is to support organizations and individuals in moving beyond sustainability to restoration and flourishing.

Beverly Winterscheid, Ph.D.

I’m a mentor and motivator for change agents, social entrepreneurs and leaders wanting to make their organizations and the world a better place. With 20+ years of corporate experience,
and as the Leadership Professor in the Bard and Marlboro Colleges’ Sustainability MBA programs, I’ve dedicated my career to coaching people to recognize and use their best talents in service to something greater than themselves. That’s why I launched the Center for Nature & Leadership, and especially, the Generative Council. What better teachers are there for most lessons in life than Mother Nature and a community of talented women?

Chris Schneider

I am a deeply-rooted, insightful nature connector. Creating meaningful experiences between humans of all ages and the natural world. I bring 29 years of corporate leadership and coaching experience; and I’ve led corporate nature-based workshops. I’m the founder of the Outdoor Enthusiast Club (500+ community). Through my evolution, I’ve become a certified master naturalist and I am active in outdoor youth education. I give my volunteer service (education, leadership, citizen science, and stewardship) to the Grand Canyon Nat’l Park, the Grand Canyon Trust, and locally to the Highlands Center for Natural History. I look forward to journeying with you as you give your impactful work to the world!

To secure your spot, complete the online registration no later than March 22, 2024