3 Day NSLS Retreat: Personal Growth, Leadership & Outdoor Skills

August 8-11, 2019- SOLD OUT!

Join NSLS Founder on an exclusive Asheville Homestead Retreat with SCHOLARSHIPS covering most of the cost. Limited to first 16 people that apply.

This retreat is crafted to be an immersive, fun, rustic sampling of many outdoor survival skills, mixed with personal growth and leadership development. You will have the opportunity to utilize the healing power of nature, connect further with your own true nature, and form connections with others. You will leave empowered with new skills and friendships.

  • Network and learn from NSLS Founder who will be present and co-leading some sessions
  • Wild Foraging and Plant ID
  • Fire Building and Fire by Friction
  • Campfire Storytelling and Song
  • Organic Farm Homestead Tour (Honey Harvesting, Chickens, Mushrooms, Forest
    Gardening, etc.)
  • Yoga and Meditation Practices
  • Sensory Awareness Games
  • Sweat Lodge Experience at a Sacred Site at the top of the Mountain in the Woods
  • Cooking on the Campfire
  • Connection with Nature, Your Inner Self, and Others
  • Wilderness Camping Skills
  • Personal Reflection Time in a Wilderness Setting
  • Mastermind with Society Founder and Other Top Students
  • Outdoor Leadership Exercises for Personal and Professional Growth and Development

For registration questions, email us at Info@TrueNatureEducation.com

*PLEASE NOTE: True Nature Education is sponsoring this Asheville Homestead Retreat. This is not an official True Nature Education Program.


  • 3 nights of simple and rustic accommodations (see details below)
  • 3 delicious primarily organic meals each day
  • All activities, education, training, and experiences led by skilled leaders


This exclusive event takes place on an organic homestead in Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville was named one of the top travel destinations in America. Located 17 min from downtown, yet in a secluded rural valley, this retreat site is a nature lover’s dream: 51 acres including awesome mountain views, open flat land, rolling hills, farm, forest, creek, hiking trails for miles. Fresh pure drinking spring water coming straight from the earth. The homestead has gardens, honey bees, eggs from chickens, mushroom growing, blackberry/raspberry/wineberry/Goji Berry bushes, and fruit/nut trees.


We provide a few housing options on a first come first serve basis. All housing is shared room accommodations unless you wish to bring your own tent. Options:
1. Indoor housing with shared rooms
2. Bunkhouse- There are 2 bunkhouses and they sleep up to 4 participants each. They have electricity and both bunkhouses share an outdoor bathhouse.
3. Bring your own tent if you need/want your own personal space


Day 1

3-5pm check-in – get settled into your housing
6pm dinner
7:30 opening session
9:30 campfire, connection, sharing

Day 2 and Day 3

8:15-9:00 yoga (or other movement)
9-10 breakfast
10-1 session
1-2 lunch
2-5:30 session
5:30-6:30 free time/connect/lawn games
6:30-7:30 dinner
7:30-8:30 session
8:30-10 evening activity

Day 4

8:15-9:00 yoga (or other movement)
9-10 breakfast
10-1 session
1-2 lunch
2pm departure
*Schedule Subject to Change

For more information contact: Info@TrueNatureEducation.com


Normally $695/$645. Exclusive NSLS Scholarship of $500!  Limit first 16 people.

$195 In-house Accommodations- SOLD OUT!

$145 Bunkhouse- SOLD OUT!

*The trip has a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 16 people

*** A $35 Service Processing Fee will be added to the tuition.

In order to pay and register, choose the trip you would like to attend, then click the “REGISTER NOW” icon below. Once payment is processed you will receive a confirmation email with the payment schedule and additional information.

August 8-11, 2019, SOLD OUT!


  • 1/2 tuition is refundable up to 90 Days before the retreat.
  • 89 days prior to a program, tuition is non-refundable.
  • Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment


Society Alumni and Non-Society Members are also welcome on the trip. If you or someone you know would like to join us, please let us know.
Non-members will have to pay the full tuition price and also agree to the True Nature / Code of Conduct for the trip. Alumni are eligible for the discount.


While the programs are open to all ages, most of the people are of college age. Our programs are opportunities to put into practice the values and mission of True Nature which include service, leadership, adventure, and mindfulness. If you have an interest in the program, have an adventurous spirit, a desire to experience a different culture and a willingness to participate in group activities then you are welcome to join our programs.


We understand that many questions come up when visiting a place you have never been. What do I bring? What is the weather like? We have created Participant Packages that will clarify these type of questions and more. If you have other questions, you can always write us at info@truenatureeducation.com so we can support you.


To get from the airport to the retreat location, you can get an uber or rent your own car. Asheville has its own airport, AVL, which is 40 minutes driving. GSP is 1hr 30 min, and Charlotte is 2hr. The retreat location is in East Asheville. Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums.


Rachel Shopper is a naturalist, outdoor educator, and poet. Growing up, she spent most of her time in the forest, finding solace and inspiration in wild places.  Rachel’s curiosity about the various practices across cultures for healing, harmonious connection, and self- discovery have led her to explore many pathways that lead us toward weaving a web of regenerative human culture, wherein each of us can bring our gifts to the world in the truest embodiment of ourselves. Rachel has studied nature connection, mentorship, and earth skills at the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, WA. She is a Kripalu certified yoga instructor, and has also studied permaculture design, shamanic journeywork, and creative writing. She has taught for numerous nature connection programs in the Southeast and currently lives in Asheville, NC, where she is working on her master’s degree in counseling. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys wandering in the woods, gardening, and storytelling.


I am a North Carolina native who loves leading the Team of work traders and hosting guests on this unique and healing land. This Land is a renewing spot on this earth surrounded by 360 degrees of mountain vistas. Along with helping to envision and activate progress on the Land, I enjoy feeding folk healthy meals. I have an MSW with a concentration on Community Organizing. I work in a Group Home for young adults learning Independent Living Skills. I also facilitate Rites of Passage for Youth in Foster Care through Under One Sky Village Foundation which includes facilitating Talking Circles and Sweat Lodge focused on deep sharing and marking transitions toward greater responsibility and fulfillment in life. I recently returned to the U.S after 5 years in Ghana creating Moringa (“Pharmacy Tree”) School Gardens and an organic farmer’s market in Cape Coast. The small piece of land on the coast in Ghana I rented for 99 years back in 1997 has coconut, cashew, mango, lime, neem, moringa, avocado, banana and plantain trees growing as I nest on this continent for a little while.


NSLS Founder and Chief Visionary will be joining us and helping lead part of this retreat experience.

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