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Western Women's Tracking Conference
Thu, May 18, 2017, 3:00 PM – Sun, May 21, 2017, 1:00 PM PDT
Welcome! We are excited to invite you to gather with extraordinary women for a weekend of tracking wildlife, ecology, and your internal landscape. The high desert of Cuyama Valley offers incredible biodiversity of animals, habitats, and culture.
"Cuyama", a word derived from the Chumash word kwi: 'ja:mé loosely translated means, "to rest" or "to pause", an ideal sentiment for tracking animals or your own curiosities. Each day will be spent exploring track and sign, trailing animals, and indulging in art and self-care, coupled with good food, starry nights around a fire, and a nurturing landscape that encourages us to slow down. We hope you find the time to join us!
- Meghan Walla-Murphy: Wildlife Tracker and Ecologist
- Mary Lowry: Tracking Instructor from Earthskills.com
- Kate Lundquist: Director of OAEC Water Institute
- Michelle Vesser: Gardener, Herbalist and Spirtitual Counselor
- Natasha Dvorak: Wildlife Biologist
Lodging and Meals:
For this year's gathering we will be tent camping in a secluded canyon with burbling springs in the high desert of Cuyama Valley, hosted by Quail Springs Permaculture. Days will be warm with cool nights and clear starry skies. While sleeping in a tent is not necessary, we suggest you bring a tent with all the cozy accoutrements that help make your night restful. The campsite is equipped with water saving, soil generating composting toilets and hot showers will be available. In the daytime, when we are not in the field tracking, we will be under the shelter of shade trees and canopies. At night, we will gather under the stars around a fire before snuggling into our sleeping bags.
Our meals, prepared by Jamie Shulander (Chef and Baker Extraorinaire), will consist of produce and meats provided by Quail Springs, as well as other goodies attained from local sites and farmer's markets. We are committed to local and regenerative practices that work for the health of both humans and all the other species we share our space with. We can provide gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, but let us know well ahead of time so we ca try to accomodate your needs.
Dates and Times:
- Arrive at Quail Springs between 3-5pm, Thursday, May 18th
- Depart from Quail Springs 1pm, Sunday May 21st
Costs and Registration:
- Tuition is $500/person
- $150 registration deposit is required to hold your space. Full payment must be received by April 30th
- Space is limted to 22 people, so register soon. (Last year we sold out!)
- If we reach a minimum of 15 people, we will be offering two work-trade positions at half price. Those work trade folks will help Jamie in the kitchen, help with set-up and breakdown of camp, refill water, and tend camp.
- We do not want finances to be the reason you cannot join us. So please reach out to Meghan to discuss payment option plans.
- Feel free to contact Meghan for any questions or concerns at 310-945-7408.
- Contact Meghan if you prefer to pay via check or PayPal.
For a full refund, cancellation must be made by April 30th, 2017. This allows us time to fill your spot and notify Quail Springs of changes.
After April 30th, we will be happy to return your payments if we are able to fill your spot. If we cannot fill your spot, you may forfeit the entire payment. This is to ensure that we can pay instructors, our chef, and Quail Springs the agreed upon amount without a personal loss. We appreciate your understanding in our coontinuing effor to pay good wages to folks that committed to honing skills that are repidly being lost.