Thriving as a Whole Woman

Embodying Nature’s Seasonal Wisdom and Creating a Community of Belonging






Please join the Center for Nature and Leadership (CNL) at this immersive in-person gathering on the wild desert lands of the Aravaipa Canyon, Arizona. We will convene as an intergenerational, cross-sectoral community of 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.

In this program, you will:

  • Deeply immerse yourself in nature and nature’s seasonal ways of knowing and discover fresh ways to apply this wisdom in your personal and professional life
  • Join a thriving circle of women ready to support each others’ journeys to wholeness
  • Learn new leadership skills to apply in your home, community, and professional life
  • Experience a nature-based approach to personal wholeness
  • Cultivate a deepening relationship with Earth through daily solo time and an optional 24-hour solo
  • 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

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


Camping option

$750 – $1900

Lodging option

$850 – $2100

Sliding scale pricing: 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 and provide more scholarships for future program participants.

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

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 fiery nature connector! Creating deep & meaningful experiences between humans of all ages and the natural world. I bring 29 years of corporate leadership and coaching experience; and over the last 10 years I’ve led corporate nature-based workshops. I’m the founder and president of a thriving Outdoor Enthusiast Club (500+ community). Three pillars root us, education, service, and connecting with the lands and waters of AZ. Through my evolution, I’ve become a certified master naturalist. I give my volunteer service (education, leadership, citizen science, and stewardship) to the Nat’l Parks/ Forest, the AZ Sustainability Alliance, 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!

Registration and Readiness

What is included with tuition?
  • World-class nature-based leadership guiding
  • Ground transportation from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to the venue (for those flying). For those driving, CNL can help you organize carpooling.
  • Your choice of guest accommodations in the Aravaipa Canyon Ranch Lodging or camping at spacious tent sites near the lodge

This is a self-catered program, and meals are not included in the tuition. Participants are responsible for contributing to group dinner costs and providing their own breakfasts, lunches, beverages and snacks. CNL will organize group dinners, with participants signing up to prepare dinner in a small team. Price of group meals not to exceed $10 per person. We will work to accommodate dietary needs.

What to Bring:

For those choosing to camp and/or complete the optional 24-hour solo experience, please bring your own personal camping gear. If you do not own camping gear, we may be able to accommodate rental gear for you with advance notice. A full packing list will be provided to participants prior to the program.

Photo credits Aravaipa Canyon Ranch

To secure your spot, complete the online registration no later than March 15, 2024