A Traveled Trail to Spirit Weavers

Each year Women travel from all across the world to attend The Spirit Weavers Gathering.  This year we have sisters coming from Australia, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Chile, England, Canada, Indonesia, Israel, & United Emirates. Our new home in Southern Oregon along the Illinois River is breathtaking,  with so many incredible places to explore around it.

As you’re planning your travel, read here to explore what airports to fly into, how to book shuttles and organize ride sharing. Below is a list of places explore along your journey.
The most direct route from either SFO or SAC is the interstate 5N, about a seven hour beautiful drive. Our fellow sister weaver, Vicky Salcido-Cobbs, has given a great overview of the sights and heritage you’ll cross along the way. You will make your way through the land of the Winnemem Wintu and see Mount Shasta. Should you choose to stop and witness this sacred mountain, consider offering a prayer to the Winnemem Wintu, whose sacred practices are in danger of extinction with the rising of the Shasta dam and the tourists who come to bathe and party in the sacred waters/land. The federal government does not recognize the Wintu as a “federally recognized tribe” due to lack of paperwork, so they are not given protections needed to safeguard their land and traditions. Currently, many residents alongside the Winnemem Wintu are battling the destruction of the waters by Crystal Geyser bottled water, which has a processing plant that is up for expansion.

Should you wish to take a scenic route, the journey up the 101N to 199N will take about 8 hours, and is beautiul. You will drive through Sonoma and Mendocino counties, lands of the Miwoks, Wintuns, Wapo, Miyakmahs, Pomos, Koskiwok, Patwins. and Humboldt county, land of the Yurok, Tolowa, and Karuk.

You’ll drive through Richardson Grove, which Cal Trans is trying to cut down a portion of to widen the higway to make it easier for large semi-trucks with lumber and big-box store goods to pass. The drive is windy and large chunks of it are one or two lane, so it will be slow and steady. Some would suggest not driving in the dark if you are uncomfortable driving forested dark and windy roads. Deer are all over the forests, so stay alert. This is one of my favorite drives.

TRAVELING NORTH

WILLITS
Mariposa Market
500 S Main St, Hwy 101
Willits, California
http://www.mariposamarket.com

 

ASHLAND
Ashland is one of Oregon’s most charming small towns.  Just south of Medford, it’s a great place to stop for a great meal or a sleep for the night on your way to/from California.

Ashland Food Co-Op
237 N First St
Ashland, Oregon 97520
http://www.ashlandfood.coop

Papayas! & Juniper Row (Our favorite stores to shop!)
33 N. Main St.
Ashland, OR. 97520
http://www.papayaliving.com

Dobra Tea
75 N. Main St.
Ashland, OR. 97520
http://www.dobrateaashland.com

Sauce
1640 Ashland St,
Ashland, OR 9752
https://www.facebook.com/SauceMakesItTasty/

Jackson Wellsprings
Open Mondays for women-only soaking times
https://www.jacksonwellsprings.com

Shakespeare Theatre
Ashland’s known for this famous replication of the original Shakespeare Theatre, here they host a series of plays in their summer festival.
https://www.osfashland.org

Ashland Spring Hotel
A sweet little historic hotel in downtown Ashland. 
http://www.ashlandspringshotel.com


MEDFORD
If you’re flying into Medford, our shuttles will make a quick stop at the food co-op to stock up on snacks and more before driving to the gathering. Medford is also a central point you’ll pass through if you’re driving from California. 
Medford Food Co-Op
945 S Riverside Ave
Medford, OR 97501
https://medfordfood.coop

Natural Grocers
1990 North Pacific Highway
Medford, OR 97501
https://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-location/medford/


GRANTS PASS
Another charming town along the Northern route if you’re traveling from Portland, Washington or Canada. Grant’s Pass is also home to a fabulous farmer’s market on the weekends! 
Goosberries Market
1201 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, Oregon 97526
https://www.facebook.com/Goosberries1969/

Ma Mosa’s
118 NW E Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
http://mamosas.com



Out & About Treehouse Resort located just 15 mins from the gathering


CAVE JUNCTION
Hometown to the Gathering’s land! This little town has a handful of hidden gems, from the treetops to the underground caves. We recommend taking an extra day before or after the gathering to explore these sweet local spots.

Ol Jos Campground (RV & Tent)
156 Ollis Road
Cave Junction, Oregon 97523
www.oljorvcampground.com

Arriving to the area early?  Ol Jos Campground is right next door from our land and a great place to stay the night before or after.  It is also a great option if you wanted to bring an RV or Trailer.  The land joins with ours and is right close to where camping is.  There are also extra showers and laundry if you wish to use their amendments as well.

Grayback Campground: Siskiyou National Forest
12000 OR-46
Cave Junction, Oregon 97523  Greyback Campground

Cave Creek Campground
15500 Caves Highway
Cave Junction, Oregon 97523
http://cavecampground.com

Chinquapin Group Campground
14000 Caves Highway
Cave Junction, Oregon 97523
http://chinquapincampground.com

Diggin’ Livin’ Natural Food & Farm Store
143 Redwood Highway
Cave Junction, Oregon 97523
http://digginlivin.com

It’s A Burl Gallery
https://itsaburl.com

Out & About Tree House
http://treehouses.com/joomla/

Crystal Kaleidescope
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crystal-Kaleidoscope/175656575818384

Ravenswood Gallery: Sweet little crystal shop in town

Botanical Boardwalk
http://www.highway199.org/trails/eight-dollar-botanical-boardwalk/

Oregon Caves
https://www.nps.gov/orca/index.htm

Lava Beds National Park
https://www.nps.gov/labe/index.htm

Redwood Forest
https://www.nps.gov/redw/index.htm

Crater Lake
https://www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm