The Story of the Witch
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Reclaim the power of your words

Embody the potency and possibility that lives within your stories.

Revel in and rest in an intiate relationship with the natural world.

And find connection, community, raucous play, as you dive to the depths with sisters.


Into a state of communion and union, with the self, other, and the natural world.
In these times of transition, as the shape of the old world gives way and calls for the new to be born,

the role of women’s knowledge, wisdom, and access to hear the voice of this planet is being called upon.


It is now vital for the truth of who we are to emerge and be expressed on behalf of the world that we love.

Its time for the truth of who we are to take its place and find its unique and vital voice.

How do we find that voice and feel our way home to ourselves?

We do it together.


You’re authentic expression is being called into belonging.

You are invited into deep circle, ceremony and celebration.

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The Journey: an Overview

Who are you

when who you are not

falls away?

Our time together will be an interweaving of story and nature, myth-making and land-dreaming, ancient and undeniably present in the now. 

Who are you when you let your longings breathe and find voice, when you let the deep instinctual river of feminine knowing rise within you and inform the path of your heart, when you bow to the mystery within and stop trying to control your reality?

‘Woman’ is an experience requesting rediscovery.

She is asking to be revealed.

She is asking for your breath and your bones to remember her flow and to welcome her home.


Some may be ready to be laid to rest—

Some may be ready to be recalibrated

And some may hold wisdom left behind in the wake of the thresholds you have crossed.

You may have new stories asking to be embodied and lived out loud.

And perhaps you can feel the stories living within the mysteries still living between, and you are ready weave a new story that carries the wisdom from your past into the future.

This journey has 3 main components:

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Feminine nature is nature embodied. We are not here to be acceptable, tamed rivers of acquiescence, we are here to embody the outrageous sensuality and power of wild nature, raw truth, and authentic responsiveness.

Discover the deep, enduring belonging as you let nature’s voice speak through you. Develop your unique voice and learn techniques to commune with nature’s intelligence.

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Discover the beauty of conscious togethering as a path to potent reflection, revelation, and healing. Your presence is alchemy waiting to happen. Through daily activities we will enhance our capacity for presence, embodiment, deep listening and reflection, compassion, and acceptance.



Come to rest, restore, and connect. Tap the depths of compassion and acceptance that free your energy and liberate aspects of self long exiled. Fall back into the arms of your own embrace and relax within yourself. Dance. Journal. Paint. Watch the sun rise.


Your Alchemists:

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Meet your Host

Leah Lamb, MSW, collaborates with story as a tool for self awareness, social change, and community building.  

She has authored short stories, documentaries, and award-winning PSA’s about the environment. She produced and hosted The Green Channel on the Emmy-award-winning television network, Current TV, and has written for Fast Company, Spirituality & Health Magazine, National Geographic News Watch, and Huffington Post, 
Her education in theater includes studying the Eric Morris technique, the Meisner technique at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC, and apprenticing at The Williamstown Theater Festival. Her love of the arts as a doorway to social change came alive when she began writing and producing to organize against the Iraq war, PIECING IT TOGETHER and ENGAGE. But it is her love of wilderness that took her to the threshold of listening. She worked as a wilderness guide for seven years, traveling from Alaska, to Nepal, to Mexico, and to the deserts of the southwest.

Leah created the format of Storytelling Ceremonies, (a process designed to alchemize and integrate the teachings of the story) which have toured in LA, San Francisco, and NYC. Her mystical storytelling, known as Soul Stories, provides people an opportunity to explore their archetypal structure and examine their lives through the metaphors and symbols that present in their consciousness.


Clare Dubois is an Earth loving social entrepreneur and inspirational speaker who worked internationally for 18 years facilitating groups, coaching business leaders and creating behaviour change processes within the personal growth sector.

As a Be The Change Symposium facilitator and freelance writer, she worked for three years as the UK co-ordinator for a massive agro-forestry initiative in southern India called Project GreenHands (PGH) before initiating TreeSisters. Through her work with PGH she has distilled the social mobilisation strategy deployed with great success in India, and now turns it towards the mobilisation of women within TreeSisters.

Clare is leading the campaign, but TreeSisters at all levels is jointly held and developed within the circle of core team members. Her passion has always included exploring how patterns of consciousness manifest as behaviours and her primary work is in the creation of processes, tools, courses, and messaging that can access the nature connected essence of woman and activate new forms of leadership. She works on network development, ethos and principles, organisational culture and strategy as they relate to the Map of 5 Choices and behaviour change materials.

She is committed to the creation of an evolving system that learns as it goes and continually models itself upon the flows and forms of living systems. In her own life, her aim is to reclaim balance, to revel in freedom and health and to be 'walking permission' for those who are fed up of being held back, and just want to have a go.

I’ve been walking with a heavy story, in bewilderment of how to relate to it, what to do with it, carrying a sense that it has relationship to a universal human story but not knowing where to begin. Leah helped me spell out the pieces through feeling ALIVE in the story, honoring it, bringing intention to the craft of it, and allowing it to reveal itself to us. I feel like dignity has been brought to my role in these painful stories, and I feel empowered to live in them with awareness and choice.
— Kait Singley

Riyana Rose Sang and I have taught together many times, and circled together for over fifteen years. I’ve found her to be intuitive and inspirational as a facilitator, a compassionate counselor, as well as a gifted, lyrical, wry and funny writer, and wise beyond her years. She’s one of my favorite people, and anyone she works with will be lucky!
— STARHAWK, author of the Fifth Sacred Thing & The Spiral Dance.

Want to explore if this workshop is for you? 

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 The Journey:


Friday, July 12th

Arrive at Bell Valley Retreat in the afternoon, get settled and walk the land -- dotted with oak and madrone -- before we gather for tea and introductions in the yurt. On this day we'll tell the story of the Witch for the first time and begin to tease apart the many layers of this archetype-- ancient wise woman, modern day Tumblr meme, feminist icon, accusation, slur, fairytale, costume. In the evening, after dinner, we'll have our first ritual and open the portal of our work together in a sacred, connected, gentle way.

 We journey through three gateways of intimacy back home to ourselves.

In our time you will experience:

  • Opening the channels to creativity

  • Explore your sovereignty

  • Dance and movement

  • Eat delicious food gathered with consideration and cooked with love.

  • Hike the land

  • Rest in the hot tub under the stars

  • Explore your mythic imagination

  • Develop your wisdom, threshold, and teaching stories

During this workshop we will enjoy:

  • Delicious, organic, farm-to-table meals.

  • Yoga, movement, and song.

  • Inspiring, guided evening rituals.

  • Land-based medicine making, herbcraft and plant lore.

  • Sacred time to integrate & replenish in nature, surrounded by the quiet coziness of the valley.

  • Deep sleep and potent dreaming in starlit-silence, without screens, email, and the daily buzz of city life.

  • Sweet, intimate sistering and togethering in collaboration, and mischief.

Wednesday, July 17th

After a cozy breakfast and heartfelt morning ritual, we'll gather our selves, our belongings, our new visions and intentions, unwind from the sacred container we have created, and plan on leaving the land around noon


Embodied Wisdom

Somatic movement is a place to express your bodies’ inherent intelligence, creative and intuitive genius, and sensuous wisdom.


AccoMmodations & Food


Bell Valley Retreat Center...

You will be staying at Bell Valley Retreat, a beautiful private ranch with magical mountain pond, swimming dock, and deck for sultry sunny days (though we're much more likely to be immersed in the pitter-patter of raindrops on the roof at this time of year -- its a sweet time to go inward and be with story, song, and community).

There are a range of sleeping options, from shared dorms and rooms to your own private room.

Bell Valley is a majestic setting located in the serene hills of the Anderson Valley. The space is both rustic and elegant, and is truly magical.

The 600-acre venue includes old growth trees, lush gardens, fire pits, swimming pond, varied, unique accommodations and access to over 600 acres of wild California land and more than 5 miles of developed trails to hike and explore. Bell Valley is home to a myriad of wild animals including bobcats, foxes, pigs, turkeys, grouse, quail, and many others, and holds redwood forests, oak knolls,the Navarro River, wineries, breweries, restaurants, and farms.

A note about the season...February has been known to be blessed with the presence of rain. It is a time when the land is refreshed and new life appears. It is a beautiful time to have your senses enlivened by the fresh new growth, and it is a time to wear more layers, to go within, to allow the chill of winter to provide us a reason to gather close...around the fire...



Cozy Communal Space

A cozy spot shared with 6-8 people in the Bunk House. The Bunk House is a freshly renovated space with a separate entrance from the main building, with its own private deck, kitchen, and full bath (with claw-foot tub and shower). The Bunk House’s unique layout centers around an octagonal living room with an open kitchen, creating a space filled with natural light -- it's a great place for a group of friends or women's circle, should you decide to come together.  We also have some shared spaces in the Barn, just over the knoll. Includes all meals, herbs and materials, guided workshops and daily ritual.



Deluxe Semi-Private Space

A semi-private room in one of the four original guest rooms in the Toll House, which is a Grand Victorian nestled in the center of the Valley. Originally a stop on the toll road from Boonville to Ukiah (the town “over the hill”), the Toll House served, in later years, as a restaurant, bed & breakfast, and residence. Includes all meals, herbs and materials, guided workshops and daily ritual.


Private Room

Your own sacred sanctuary in the Toll House: the Porch Room, the Green Room, the Red Room, or the Blue Room. Includes all meals, herbs and materials, guided workshops and daily ritual.



$2000 Support Tree Sisters & The Whale Dreamer

Above and beyond your own private room, this registration choice supports work-trade and scholarship opportunities for activists, single mothers, people of color, queer folk, students, and more. We aim to make this work as accessible as possible to everyone, and enrolling at this rate helps spread the Story of the Witch far and wide into all communities and with people from all walks of life.

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Glamping Option in Luxe Bell Tents

Just bring your bag and the rest is waiting for you. You will sleep in a beautiful bell tent on a platform with two twin beds, actual memory foam comfy cot beds-- no air mattresses or thermarests here. Linens, blankets, towels, and pillows are all provided. Tents are stocked with fans, heaters, and bed foot warmers. You will sleep in nature with luxurious comfort. You will have access to lounging indoors around a fireplace, indoor and outdoor showering options, and hanging out in any of our cozy communal spaces during the day as well as enjoying your own glamping deck space.

$975... special discounted rate!


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The food

Our kitchen with for the retreat will be Sarah from the Great Kosmic Kitchen, an herbalist, private chef, and teacher who lives in Sonoma County. Sarah has studied herbalism and culinary arts at Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, California and Herbalism, The Florida School of Holistic Living in Orlando, Herb Pharm in Oregon, and apprenticed at Tassajara’s Zen Kitchen. Her food is absolutely divine-- she incorporates traditional methods of cooking, fermented foods, fresh, local, organic ingredients, and herbal healing into every meal. Everything you eat all week is designed to be nourishing on all levels -- heart and soul, mind and body.

Please e-mail us for a copy of the proposed menu and plan to accordingly for special diets. All food is gluten- free, and mostly plant-based, although some meals will include optional dairy and animal-based protein.


The Circle is incomplete without you...

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Are you ready to join us?

This workshop is open designed for women.

Opening the channels to receiving.

Explore your soverignty.

There are no prerequisites for this retreat, and we encourage folks new to ritual, and storytelling, and experienced practitioners to attend.

This retreat is an immersive deep-dive.

You will have an opportunity to explore your edges.

You will discover, or rediscover, or uncover new forms of magic.

You will have the opportunity to lean into a community where you can explore transforming belief systems and stories that no longer serve you.

There is space for laughter and tears.

You may meet a soul mate. You will definitely find community.

If you're a "yes" to all of that, we would love to have you!

Revel in the beauty, joy, and untamed essence of women  







Questions? Inspirations? Did we forget something? Please do contact us below.