I had the pleasure of attending one of Jaclyn’s Wilderness Wisdom Journeys on 1 Big Sustainable Island in the wilds of Maine and I have enjoyed immediate blessings since! She guided us with subtle gentleness throughout the weekend working masterfully with the ebb and flow of the group. We began with a sacred stone circle where Jaclyn guided us to let go and ask questions of ourselves. This helped us open to receive the answers that would unfold with clarity at the end of our journey. We sat in sacred fire, building our dreams into the setting sun. We journeyed to the stars guided by Jaclyn’s words, tuning forks, and crystal singing bowls under a canopy of trees. We ate breakfasts by the fireside and swam in the brisk autumn waters of the Ancient Island, rooting ourselves into the very being of the Earth. She held space gracefully for the group allowing us to fall back into our own light, finding our inner compass. Every breath was an opening for deeper understanding, every walk down a path was filled with the whispers of spirit. Thank you Wilderness Wisdom Journeys! Forever changed~
— Faith Johnson, Fall Foliage Canoe & Nature Retreat, A Journey Inward October 2015
Jaclyn is one of my favorite teachers. I have worked with her a lot in the past 3 years and have learned so much from her. She brings a deep sense of the sacred with unquestionable respect and honor of the traditions she has learned from. While she holds the energy of a group in a very thoughtful and serious presence, she also has one of the most amazing knacks for keeping things light and fun and silly. Jaclyn easily lights up the room with her humor and incredible glow of spirit and makes new community feel comfortable and safe, in what are sometimes unchartered territories for people. Jaclyn’s resonance with the Earth is easily felt and grounded in all her work, and the earth has a funny way of registering it’s own teachings while being held by Jaclyn. During the last Wilderness Women’s Retreat, I was able to come to understand some places of resistance in myself better. I could see more clearly some things that I am working to accept about myself and was given some new tools to explore those places more and inspired to try incorporating them into my everyday life. My experience at the sauna and plunging into an ice cold stream held by the forest was perhaps my most awakening moment. Everything suddenly seemed to be so acutely alive and radiating under a whole new vibration! I could acutely feel my fears, my love, my voice, my courage to be barefoot in the snow! And to share this with a partnership of other sisters created a safe space to do this. Over the course of the weekend this group of women was able to quickly create a friendly cozy little community that supported each other with ease and fun. The setting was perfect, off grid in an eco-conscious little retreat center, nestled in little cabins and yurts in a mountainside, with a roaring brook nearby and an easy hike to some beautiful views!
— Tiff Women's Winter Reflection Retreat February 2016
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your Munay-Ki has rapidly transformed me. I am very powerful, free and flying. Our time together is extremely special. I love the lake we swam in with the rocks and the beach. You have taught me very well how to be a leader and I am now leading.
— Sigrid Brown, Saracuse, NY, Maine Personal Wilderness Intensive, July 2011
The Island retreat was magical! The feeling of being out in nature, close to the ground, open to the sky — yet perfectly safe and contained. For me this was a rare moment, when I could let down the guard and allow for deep healing to happen. I left with a feeling of overwhelming gratitude to the Island and its people: ancient and present.
— Yelena Shvets, The Island Retreat, A Maine Wilderness Wisdom Journey, July 2015
What an amazing retreat we had on the Ancient Island! Thank you Jaclyn Ouillette, for your wisdom, your work and your gentle ways. Thank you to all the participants for being present! Thank you to all the animals that blessed us with their grace! Thank you to the Sun for the Light, and the Rain for the clearing! Thank you to Mother Earth for holding us! We are richly blessed ~~
— Joanne Weiss, The Island Retreat, A Maine Wilderness Wisdom Journey, July 2015
I found the journey to be a good challenge as well as a validation for my growth. I found myself thinking creatively and expanding my thoughts and vision in ways that allowed for an incredible amount of personal, spiritual, physical, and emotional growth. The impact was profound and life affirming.
One of my favorite things: It was very cool to see myself in the future...way into the future. That was powerful and very satisfying.
Also I really loved being outdoors (the secret lake, trees, and sunshine) and in nature. Our indoor group sessions were awesome too and needed due to weather & learning at times. Taking the journey with the ‘leader’ trees on Old Turtle’s property was amazing and transformative!
It was all good and whether we were on the mountain or secret lake or Ray’s property or in Falmouth it was powerful and moving. Crystal bowls were especially welcomed.
I learned to trust myself more and it really validated how I work with my guides. I learned to see and sense beyond the physical senses and how to connect with spirit in the past, present, and future. I learned to think beyond limitations and explore. I learned the power of hummingbird and the importance of JOY. I learned to be lighter and more free. “
— Leah Mason, Brownfield, Maine Women's Journey of the Rites Fall 2012