A couple weeks ago, we had our 3rd Annual Ladies Homestead Retreat up at Foxfire Museum in Mountain City, Georgia.

foxfire pic

I look forward to this trip ALL YEAR LONG – seriously it is amazing! Our group of ladies in GA belong to the National Ladies Homestead Gathering, just went National this year and how exciting is THAT?! I have a link to the group on my side bar but here it is if you want to take a look:

http://ladieshomesteadgathering.com/

We arrived on Friday afternoon, decorated for all the ladies and settled in to chat with friends at our Italian Feast of Chicken Cacciatore, Pasta with Shiitake Mushrooms and Mascarpone, Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing and Pizzelle cookies. This group loves to eat and loves to cook!

retreat dinner

Saturday morning we got up for a yoga class(well a couple of us did ๐Ÿ™‚ ) then had a delicious breakfast Frittata before getting ready for our class with Ila Hatter. Ila is an incredible wildcrafter, healer, storyteller – just fantastic person that took time out of her schedule to come visit with us for a few hours. Boy, did we have a great time, walking and learning about the Appalachian plants and hearing wonderful stories from Ila and her hubby, Jerry. ย Both of them are of Cherokee descent so they teach what they have learned through generations of healers. Ila even showed us how to make a cup or container from a tulip poplar leaf – how cool is that? Visit Ila at www.wildcrafting.com

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Say Sassafrass!!!!

sassafrass girls!

That wasn’t all we did all weekend!!!

Herb and tree ID walk, Foxfire Tour, LOTS of eating, Chatting, Knitting, Crocheting, Game Playing, LOTS of Laughing, Sausage Making, Enjoying a couple glasses of wine, EATING, Small Chapel Time, Note Taking and a little bit of sleep time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kelly R., Rebecca and me playing WildCraft!
Kelly R., Rebecca and me playing WildCraft!

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After talking about not liking scary movies at all, after getting a scraped knee and then picking the scraped knee card, Kelly then picks the SCARED card. Ok too weird….I was sore from doing the “Mr. Shut Up And Train” workout all week and then…I pick the sore muscle card. GAME OVER….like I said tooooooooo weird, you can’t see my face but that is how I reacted to the card. HaHaHa!

I so hope you enjoyed my retelling of an amazing trip!

Lori, Dee, Kim and Kelly H. and part of Kjesti
Lori, Dee, Kim and Kelly H. and part of Kjesti

shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday
http://mindbodyandsoleonline.com/herbal-information/111th-wildcrafting-wednesday/

Have a GREAT day,

Anne-Marie

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