Vanessa Chakour is the founder of Sacred Warrior (sacredwarrior.co) whose mission is to deepen relationship with ourselves and the environment. A visual artist, herbalist, holistic arts educator, former pro-boxer and environmental activist, Vanessa’s work is a dynamic blend of her vast personal experiences over the last two decades. Her unique approach is rooted in the belief that healing happens through reclaiming an intuitive connection to ourselves, the natural world and our own “inner-wild.”


Retreats & Courses

Reveal your innate power, wisdom and connection to the natural world through Sacred Warrior retreats & courses. Vanessa leads ongoing courses in her base Brooklyn NY and runs Rewilding Retreats in New York, Costa Rica and Scotland.


Feedback & Experiences


Exploring The Inner & Outer Wild

Love Of The Land Through Endangered & Healing Plants

I’m excited to announce that the medicinal plant project I’ve been working on with The Wolf Conservation Center has been granted botanical sanctuary status by United Plant Savers. The aim is to bridge the gap between wildlife conservation and our own relationship with the earth. Through the lens of medicinal…

Read more

Plants, Power & People

As long as humans have inhabited this earth, there’s been a life-supporting, palpable connection between us and the natural world. Before grocery stores, before pharmaceuticals, before physicians, before farming; humans foraged, experimented and communicated with the plants around them. Over time, a huge amount of knowledge was accumulated about the…

Read more



Wildlife partners, retreat partners and collaborators.

Wolf Conservation Center

The Wolf Conservation Center teaches people about wolves, their relationship to the environment and the human role in protecting their future.

United Plant Savers

United Plant Savers’ mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.

Jaguar Rescue Center

The Jaguar Rescue Center is a temporary or permanent home for ill, injured and orphaned animals. The JRC provides veterinary services, round-the-clock care and comfort to animals that would otherwise be unable to survive in the rainforest or the sea of the Caribbean.

Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Alladale keeps their part of Scotland truly wild, by replanting lush forest & reintroducing original Highland plant & animal species.

Love Is Juniper

A yoga and healing arts space and botanical sanctuary. The site for Vanessa’s Sacred Warrior Herbal School

Sacred Arts Research Foundation

A nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support for the sacred arts through the provision of funds, space & resources.

Sawmill Herb Farm

An organic medicinal herb farm in Western Massachusetts where Vanessa runs an herbal apprenticeship and sources medicinal plants for Herbal School in Brooklyn.

Ravenous Zine

A zine inspired by Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Ravenous partners with Vanessa and Sacred Warrior on plant walks, retreats and other Rewilding events.