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About the name

Why Wolves? 

It began when young Sandra met the young wolf. Its leg had been caught in a trap, and guardian volunteers rescued the  pup and bandaged it leg. They cared for the wolf for two months before they released it back into the wild. In the meantime, the wounded wolf had a visitor and found a friend. 


Sandra was warned by her parents not to touch the wolf, but she was intrigued the very moment she saw the beautiful grey wolf tied to a long rope with a splint bandage around her injured leg. She had been tranquilized so that the vet could fix her leg, and since then, no one had touched the wolf. They fed her, and then backed away so she would eat. While the adults were visiting, Sandra found herself staring into the wolf's eyes, and being drawn closer and closer . The young wolf's eyes stared deeply; piercing her soul with an ancient understanding, a connection to the wild and the wisdom of the wolves. 


Sandra felt a connection she didn't understand. For an hour, she slowly took one small step forward, then stopped, to gain the wolf's trust. Soon the wolf took a small step towards her. As they approached one another, Sandra slowly put out her hand. The wolf took the last step closer and touched her hand. The trusting young wolf allowed Sandra to gently pet her and Sandra felt her life change forever. This bold and kind attraction stunned the onlookers, but Sandra had followed her heart and the wolf understood she had a friend, and neither felt fear. 

Sandra grew up in the Rocky mountains in Utah. She graduated Cum Laude honors from Weber State University with a degree in Psychology and Philosophy. During this time, she was also busy raising horses an wolf hybrids, and was involved with wolf rescue and relocation as well.

Then almost thirty years ago the Tradewinds called to Sandra and her young daughter Danyell, and they happily moved to beautiful Maui. 

Sandra wanted to create something unique, something especially designed for women so she opened a one-of-kind shop called Women Who Run With Wolves-more than a boutique to help encourage, inspire , and empower women to be their "true wolf self". For over 20 years this Maui boutique has been there to help, to care, to share. We are more then a boutique, we are a gathering place for women to vent, to grow, to find strength, acceptance and solutions.  We love to be a part of the community in a way  that supports local artists and businesses and have a place for locals and visitors to come and experience a wide selection of clothes, gifts, jewelry, swimwear, lingerie, crystals, aromatherapy, shoes, bags, and so much more. 


Enjoy each day-without would of, could of, and should of's...Live with intention and be guided by your intincts and your intuition.  Love unconditionally, ,especially love yourself, and laugh with abandon. Let yourself be wild and free to be you.

The studies of the wolves Canis lupus and Canis Rufus are like the history of women, regarding both their spiritedness and their travails. The Alph and female wolves mate for life, raise their young and hunt together. The female maintains her strong nature, her instincts for self-preservation, her ability to be independent and  the thirst for freedom.  At the same time, she is a faithful mate and loving mother. She has naturally found that balance that we all strive for. Healthy wolves and healthy women share certain healthy characteristics: kin sensing, playful spirit, high intelligence, loyalty and communication. 

Although wolves have been portrayed in a negative light  through stories , Native American Indians and many other cultures around the world  like the Romans, Egyptians, Mongolians, and Asians held them in high esteem for their leadership and modeled after them in how they hunted and worked together in groups.  

Wolves teach us about cooperation and the value of our extended families. They taught us about protectiveness and about fidelity to our pack. They taught us how the social system in a pack functions smoothly, and with the best interests of everyone in mind. We watched them, and learned how to (howl at the moon) in celebration. They showed us how to move through the world carefully an quietly. It has ben said that wolves are the creatures most like us, but perhaps we have our seniority system mixed up. Perhaps we are the creators most patterned after wolves. Wolves remind us that we have a choice before us. We can carefully use some of the Earth for our own benefit, or we can choose to believe that we a have a right to it all. Always, out there in the night, Wolf is watching patiently to see if any wisdom is rubbing off."

Wisdom Warrior

Native American animal legends

Dennis L. Olson

( I found this wonderful book in Yellowstone when I went up to check on the wolves this  summer). 

                   This is your life, be strong, be free, be brave, be your true wolf self.