• Black women gathered looking at traditional west African newborn care products

There’s a certain type of woman who  craves more than pleasure or adventure when she travels. She moves with  purpose and seeks opportunities to bear witness to, and participate in,  traditions of culture, education, community, and wellness. This woman  identifies as a healer and an educator, and to her, this global callout  to join a small group of women in Benin, Africa is a chance for both  deep study and intense play.  Is this woman you?

Wise African Woman (WAW) Retreats offer women and their families space to study, environment to explore, and community with whom to gather, learn, play, and expand knowledge.


We will ẹxplore Ouidah and visit surrounding cities including Ganvié and Benin’s largest city, Cotonou.  

Outside of our travels and built-in time for you to do absolutely nothing but be with your thoughts, this retreat will gẹntly nudge your focus over to these topics: 

Ethnobotany • Ways hẹrbs and plants are used to support community wẹllnẹss. We will go on herbal walks, explore markets, and other unschooled advẹntures.     

Birth • Witness womb healing ways, nutrition, medicine and lifestyle. Learn and experience a traditional postpartum bath ritual. Make healing medicines for full spectrum womb health. Learn male and female medicines for fertility. Gẹt togẹther with local womẹn to discuss birth culture in your community and theirs with translation, curiosity and cultural knowledge as our guides.  

You are officially invited to a knowledge and guidance give-and-gain that will amplify and deepen your pleasure and purpose-filled practices; join us for Wise African Woman Birth Ẹducation Retreat.  


*January 7th – 18th

April 16th – April 27th

July 9th – 20th

*January 10th is Vodoun Day in Benin, January retreat may include related activities.


  • RETREAT ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS: A unique custom-made experience.
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Ground transportation to and from Cadjehoun Airport in Cotonou.
  • 3 MEALS A DAY: Blẹss your body with frẹshly-prepared, mineral-rich, delicious foods. Vegan, Vegetarian and other dietary needs can be met.
  • E-Course: Guts Over Malaria: A Plant-Based Malaria Prevention Method for Travelers
  • Wise African Woman PODCAST: WAW Retreat participants are invited to this patreon based podcast


  • FLIGHT Please book your travel accommodations with an airline of your choice to arrive in Cotonou on scheduled date.
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE Please insure your travel.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

You need a passport and visa to travel to Benin.

A YELLOW CARD is required.

There are NO REQUIRED vaccinations to visit Benin.

The CDC & WHO recommend some vaccinations, whether or not you get them is up to you.

You do not need to bring mosquito nets or bedding. 

The CDC & WHO recommend malaria medication, whether or not you get them is up to you.  My EBook Guts Over Malaria: A Plant-Based Malaria Prevention Method for Travelers is included in your retreat package.

All lodging will be provided.

Towels, deodorant, soaps etc will NOT be provided, please bring your own.  You can also purchase soaps etc. once you are in Benin.

How to dress:  You should bring light, cotton, comfortable clothes. People wear traditional and western clothing, there are no clothing restrictions in Benin.

Shoes: open toe shoes are best

Accessories: sunglasses, hats, head wraps and light scarfs are recommended.

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