Reclaim, Release & Rewild

A healing adventure in the Highlands

Reclaim, Release & Rewild: A Healing Adventure in the Highlands, July 14th-19th 2020

This experience will provide space and support for your re-enchantment: plunging into your own history and ecology in relationship with the land. Our practices and excursions will renew the sense of wonder and presence that is your birthright and open channels of creativity to strengthen your sense of who you are. 

Through hiking, foraging, wildcrafting and exploration of the rugged terrain, you’ll re-kindle relationship with the land. Through Sacred Warrior movement practice, you’ll reveal innate wisdom and strength. With elemental herbalism, you’ll experience the interdependence between the individual and environment. Through exposure to Gaelic language, lore, and cosmology, you’ll explore the relationship that has existed over millennia between the indigenous people of the Highlands and the natural landscape in which your adventure takes place.


• Hiking • Foraging • Wildcrafting • European Herbalism in Folklore & Practice •

• Holistic Healing Practices • Daily Movement & Meditation • Creative Exploration •

• History, Folklore and Cosmology of the Highlands Ecology of Landscape • Gaelic Story & Song •

• Staying in the luxury Alladale Lodge

Your booking will be process through the Sacred Warrior website where you’ll also find more information regarding the itinerary, costs, and getting organised. 


Vanessa Chakour is the founder of Sacred Warrior whose mission is to deepen relationship with ourselves and the environment. An herbalist, artist, activist, meditation teacher, former competitive boxer and trainer, Vanessa’s teachings are 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 re-awakening an intuitive connection to ourselves, the natural world and our own “inner-wild.”

Vanessa works as matchmaker between participants and nature, inspiring personal relationships with the plants and animals around us. These intimate understandings create eco-defenders and Sacred Warriors, impassioned to defend our planet and home, so necessary at this time. She accomplishes this through curating embodied experiences in her workshops, herbal apprenticeships, and retreats in partnership with wildlife organizations.

A fierce defender and advocate of the land, Vanessa embodies the practices she teaches. She has spearheaded collaborative land-based education programs to inspire ecological awareness and land stewardship for the benefit of the earth and all species. Vanessa teaches ongoing Herbalism Courses and workshops in NYC and throughout the northeast, and runs Rewilding Retreats in New York, Costa Rica and Scotland.


Àdhamh Ó Broin hails from Cowal in Argyle and is of mixed Irish and Highland descent.  He is the first person in 80 years to raise a family of fluent speakers of his local Gaelic dialect which remains on the verge of extinction.  Àdhamh has absorbed a huge storehouse of lore over many years traveling the length and breadth of the Scottish Highlands, spending time with the few mainland tradition bearers who now remain.  This experience has fostered a particular concern with the maintenance of the native cosmology of the Highlands and in particular with the manner in which the natural world has come to be viewed as incidental to the human experience.  Although globally renowned for his work as Scottish Gaelic advisor to the Outlander film production, Àdhamh’s daily preoccupation keeps him much closer to home and the long overdue decolonisation of Scotland’s people through reconnection with the carrying stream of indigenous culture, language and spirituality.

ABOUT SACRED WARRIOR: Sacred Warrior experiences strengthen relationship with yourself and the environment. Integrated practices reveal your innate wisdom and power, while outdoor retreats and courses connect you to the plants and animals that share your ecosystem. 


Founder and retreat facilitator, Vanessa Chakour facilitates a lived experience of the Sacred Warrior philosophy. With the Sacred Warrior system of training, you’ll engage integrated practices of meditation, movement & creative exploration to reveal innate strength. Teachings of ecology and local plant medicine are integrated to experience interconnection, recall ancestral healing practices & reclaim connection to the earth.