Vanessa’s work evolved through her journey of healing and vast 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.”
HERBALIST • ARTIST • ATHLETE • ENVIRONMENTALIST • EDUCATOR
A visual artist, herbalist, holistic arts educator, former pro-boxer, and environmental activist, Vanessa Chakour’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.” She is the founder of Sacred Warrior whose mission is to deepen relationships with ourselves and the environment. Her upcoming book, Awakening Artemis: Deepening Intimacy with The Living Earth and Reclaiming Our Wild Nature, will be published December 2021 with Viking in the US, Penguin in the UK, and Ullstein Press in Germany.
Feedback & Experiences
“Vanessa’s herbalism course has given me a new way of conversing with my body and the world around me. There is a sense of connection, curiosity and abundance that is incredibly exciting”
Writer & Filmmaker
“Vanessa is an incredibly gifted teacher and it felt like a veil was lifted; opening to the amazing world of plant medicines that grow all around us.”
Filmmaker & Professor
“Vanessa is an amazing person. She knows how to teach us to get in touch with our animal instincts, animal spirit, like no one else I know.”
Author & Herbalist
“Vanessa’s knowledge and encouragement have helped me get back to my literal and figurative roots. She is an excellent teacher with a grounded approach and a kind but fierce heart.”
Author & Singer
PARTNERS & COLLABORATORS
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
Flower Hill Farm Retreat
Flower Hill Farm Retreat in Western MA deepens intimacy with the living Earth through land-based education, herbalism courses, creative writing workshops, and nature writing residencies.
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.
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.