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Since 2012, Erin Faith Allen’s Call of the Wild Soul retreats have transformed creative lives in California, Glastonbury, Avebury, Oxford, and Somerset, England. We will be returning for the second year in 2017 to Prague, Czech Republic, and Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. Included in our teaching line up have been world renowned artists Flora Bowley, Teesha Moore, Orly Avineri, Tamara Laporte, Katie Kendrick, Misty Mawn, Melody Ross, Tracy Verdugo, Madelyn Mulvaney, Alena Hennessy and Erin Faith Allen.

Call of the Wild Soul took me away from day-to-day life to a place of creativity and healing where I found the opportunity to connect with women just like me. As soon as I arrived and sank into a saggy sofa with a warming cuppa, I felt instant connections and a stirring of magic in the air.  The retreat gave me the opportunity to open myself fully to my creativity and frankly, have fun! It also did not take me long to recognize that the biggest gift from the three days was the new friendships and treasured memories.  I’m waiting on tenterhooks for the dates for next year! ~ Lisa W

This was by far the BEST art workshop I have ever attended. The connectedness was deep and almost immediate. It was a magical space to hold a workshop but it was the wild souls that showed up to howl at the moon and make gorgeous art. The love and generosity of spirit was almost overwhelming. The teachers were perfect, powerful and inspiring. Call of the Wild Soul is extraordinary and I will attend all future workshops, no matter where in the world Erin holds them because I know the intention she puts into the workshops will bring only magic. I cannot even fathom how much my art catapulted since returning. I barely recognize my art it is so exciting to witness what was birthed that weekend at Call of the Wild Soul! ~ Katariina F

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I was a little nervous going on my own initially, I wasn’t sure if I would regret it. I didn’t, not one bit. It was so refreshing to do something totally new to me, to meet people I may not have otherwise met. I loved the whole experience from beginning to end and really didn’t want to come home. It wasn’t just about the creative environment, the fantastic tuition, the beautiful surroundings or the wonderful food – it was about the sense of connection I found with the most amazing people, all there to explore our creativity in a safe, nurturing environment. Thank you so much, I can’t wait to connect with my tribe again one day, not too far away. ~ Dee C

I loved every minute of it.  Fired me up it did.  And it kept me glowing for weeks afterwards.  In fact I can still feel the warmth and the energy.  I am definitely going back next year.  And every year.  ~ Moyra C


Call of The Wild Soul was my first “real life” art retreat. I was nervous and apprehensive about whether I would be good enough, last the pace, and cope outside of my quiet and solitary existence. What I found was an amazing group of women – all so different and yet all the same. There were others who were also juggling their creativity with chronic health issues, yet we each managed to squeeze every last drop of creative energy out of every day. Firm friendships and soul-warming memories were made. I came home exhausted but high on colorful adrenalin – totally inspired and a reformed journal page ripper! My most heartfelt thanks goes to Erin, Simon, and everyone involved in organizing what immediately became an awesome experience. ~ Jeanette H

I have never been to an art retreat before and given I have limited art ability was worried it would be way out of my comfort zone.  Well it was out of my comfort zone in all the right ways! – meeting truly inspirational people, who were calm, kind and generous.  All prepared to share and experience together some of the greatest teachers you could hope to find.  The workshops were inspiring, challenging and fun! The art produced amazing and the connections we have all made since and our growing network of art sharing and exploration is helping keep me creating and believing in my abilities – THANK YOU! ~ Rebecca S


I came scared and nervous as I didn’t consider myself an artist.  I left believing in my art and myself. I gained friendship, support and a depth of spirit I didn’t believe was possible. Call Of The Wild Soul literally changed my life.  ~ Sue L

Just fab from beginning to end, the teachers, the fellow wild souls, the venue and food, not having to think about anything but creating made the whole experience wonderful. Thank you Erin and Simon for creating such a warm, loving environment that enabled everyone to connect and share creativity together.  ~ Tracey W

I had the time of my life! I sometimes think it was all a dream – the location, the atmosphere, the wonderful teachers, all the wild souls, the fantastic organization. I felt so inspired by it all! A wonderful experience, soulful, and arty and fun! ~ Hagit R


I came initially because of the fantastic teachers, but also because I have always created in solitude and I wanted to connect with other creative souls. I was really apprehensive about being with so many people and worried that I wouldn’t be good enough. As soon as I arrived the warm welcome I received from Simon and Erin put my mind at rest and I soon realized that I truly has met my soul sisters and found my tribe. It was enriching and empowering.  ~ Janette G

I can’t believe it’s over! It was epic!!  My life is brilliant – so I was delighted at how much I got out of this experience and that my life has become more brilliant because I heeded The Call of the Wild Soul. I connected with some amazing people.  Namaste! What a Ride!! ~ Maxine J

I came to the retreat hoping to learn something more about art; I came away having learned something more about me. The key thing I took away was ‘connecting’ – the way I connect with my art, with others, and with me. ~ Jenny F