The rising sun wakes you from the sleep you were enjoying while stretched out on a homemade trampoline strung between trees. You thank nature for the bug bites you accumulated throughout the night and Shailene Woodley leads a short meditation, focusing on how truly entwined the lives of all creatures are, before taking a moment to allow the wind to blow her hair into a beautiful braid. “When will the wind blow my hair into a beautiful braid?” you ask Shailene Woodley. “When you allow it,” she responds. (You sit for a moment, throwing your hair onto your shoulder, tilting your head to the left so it hangs freely, waiting, but the braid doesn’t come. You are not ready.) You gather wild foods for your breakfast and retire to her cabin for some homemade apple cider vinegar in a tree mug. From Shailene Woodley’s interview in Flaunt:
“I think everything about my lifestyle is fairly alternative. I gather my own spring water from mountains every month. I go to a farm to get my food. I make everything from my own toothpaste to my own body lotions and face oils,” she laughs at the long list. “I could go on for hours. I make my own medicines; I don’t get those from doctors. I make my own cheese and forage wild foods and identify wild plants. It’s an entire lifestyle. It’s appealing to my soul.”
Making medicines takes up a majority of the morning. You’re unsure that Shailene Woodley knows exactly what she is doing. You can tells she’s read a lot of books on the subject, you don’t think she’s just guessing, but you do — with all due respect — question the credibility of those books. They seem like the type of books that would tell you cancer can be cured with kale, local honey, and clean living. The medicines are beautiful, in any case. The afternoon is spent hiking with breaks to breathe and stretch and take in your surroundings. Shailene Woodley identifies wild plants along the way. “Ooh, right. That does look like one of those,” you say. You don’t know. Does she know? Does it matter? You conclude that it does not. It was a wonderful day.