Women’s Gardening Apprenticeship with Wildmoon Homesteading

Check out our Botanical Sanctuary Network member Shindagin Hollow Woodland Botanical Sanctuary in Willseyville, NY!

This is a 6 month program from May to October, meeting one weekend a month. The focus is learning to grow your own food organically from start to finish, to eat well and healthy, to empower and store power, to help reach our potential in all we may do.

Learning to grow a garden from seed to storage will be at the heart of each weekend. Around the gardening work we will use different tools such as the medicine wheel, meditations, woods walks & reading assignments to help increase personal power. There is a saying that ‘shamans are gardeners of energy’. We garden to grow our food and medicine with love, to eat that love and to empower ourselves physically and spiritually in the process of connecting with the web of life.



We will use the biointensive method that I have been practicing and using successfully for many years. This is meant for small scale food production that does not deplete the soil over time. We will make a ‘simplers’ tincture each weekend, maintain the garden, harvest, create crafts and work on skills that ground, strengthen and inspire us. Our goal is not only to have hands on knowledge to care for ourselves, but to help find balance and health in our hearts, minds and bodies.

Weather you want to become a gardener or are just looking to work with heart and hands outdoors with like-minded women, this program is for you.  At Wildmoon Homesteading it’s not just about looking for a new hobby, it’s also about pushing the edges of our experience in a safe and beautiful setting while learning unique skills that will empower you on your life journey, no matter what path you choose.

2020 Dates:                                     

MAY 15-17

JUNE 12-14

JULY 10-12

AUGUST 14-16



For Future reference 2021 tentative dates: 5/7-9,  6/4-6,  7/9-11.  8/6-8.  9/3-5,  10/8-10 

Class begins at 5pm Fridays and ends at 5pm on Sundays.

Each weekend we will begin Friday evenings with a check-in and then dinner together. After dinner we will discuss homework, the weekend schedule and enjoy a fire if weather permits. Saturday mornings class begins at 8:30am starting with body movement then move into what needs tending in the garden.  Sundays begin at 9am  and will be gardening, lecture and crafts as weather dictates.  Evenings will be for meditations, woods walks, enjoying a fire, tea and a hearty, gluten-free meal together. Weather will dictate much of what we do, so flexibility is important.

We will be getting dirty and using our muscles; lots of kneeling, hauling, bending, digging and lifting. We will share the work load, help each other, and work around challenges as they arise. Don’t worry if you are unable to lift or bend much – just being there to learn and enjoy is enough.

You can arrive as early as 4pm to set up a tent on Fridays. We will each bring a dish to share for Friday evening meal. I will provide breakfast foods and dinner Saturdays and breakfasts Sunday mornings.

You will need to bring food for lunches and snacks and any special diet needs. There will be small refrigerators to store food.

We are nestled on 34 acres in a narrow valley with beautiful creeks and forest surrounding us and just two miles from Shindagin State Forest. There is a small pond to dip in on hot days and evenings and a cold creek to wade in for quiet time. Both are great for rinsing off after a day of gardening.

Staying on the land for the weekend helps create an undisturbed space to learn and enjoy. There is a lean-to shelter that can sleep 3 and 2 large tents that sleep 2 with room for air mattresses/cots. There are two cots available to use. You can bring your own tent or borrow a friend’s to camp in the woods or lawn area under the stars.


Course cost is $1400 for 6 weekends. This includes breakfasts, snacks (can be made into lunch) and dinner Saturday nights. It also includes all supplies in medicine making, canning foods to take home, a copy of the gardening book that started this journey, How To Grow More Vegetables… by John Jeavons, a handmade larch planting flat, and craft supplies. Not to mention organic veggies that you take home in abundance when the garden is going!

Register in full by March 1st and take $150 off tuition cost.

Register in full by April 1st and take $50 off tuition cost.

Please fill out this form to register and submit payment via paypal or mail with check written to Wildmoon Homesteading.

There is a non-refundable deposit of $150 payable by check or @ paypal.me/wildmoonhomesteading

Full Payment can be made via check or Paypal @ paypal.me/wildmoonhomesteading/1400

Payment plans are available as well as work-trade and scholarships. Please call or email me to discuss these options.  wildmoonhomesteading@gmail.com / 607-659-5995

There is only room for 10 students in this program so register early to save your place.

You must be 18 or older to register.

Please contact me with any questions. Call or email:

Suzanne Johnson at