current as of 11/9/2010
Susun Weed Workshops
(1.5 - 3 hours in length)
Artemis -- Goddess of the herbalist -- gives her name to a genus of marvelously aromatic, safely psychedelic, highly medicinal, dazzlingly decorative, and more-or-less edible plants. We'll take a shamanic journey into Artemis's sacred woods and come home with lots of uses for cronewort, wormwood, sweet annie, tarragon, and southernwood.
Healthy Breasts - in Our Own Hands
If you're interested in keeping your breasts healthy, or in finding ways to deal with breast cancer wholistically, join us for an inspiring and educational talk. We'll look at simple herbs and foods, as well as easy lifestyle changes, that can protect your breasts. We'll also examine the risks of screening mammographs and biopsies, and talk about herbs that complement orthodox treatments (and keep you free of side-effects). Christiane Northrup, M.D. (author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom) says: "Here is the information and spirit that our hearts and breasts have needed for a very long time: the voice of women's wisdom."
The Best Herbs for Women
By the power of three, we will open the book of women's mysteries and invoke the presence of our green allies. Come meet, up close and in person, vitex, motherwort, yellow dock, raspberry, blue cohosh, black cohosh, dandelion, and more. The day begins with a Talking Stick Ceremony where you may share your story and your questions (which will be addressed during the day). Let us reweave the healing cloak of the Ancients.
In an ever anxious world, what in the world can we do to keep our cool and save our nerves? Please meet my calming allies: skullcap, passionflower, motherwort, oatstraw, kava kava, lemon balm, and chickweed. We will also explore several breath exercises designed to free us from fear and turn our turmoil into action.
The Cervix - Gateway of Life
Have you ever seen your cervix? How do you keep it healthy? Did you know that 300,000 women worldwide and 4000 American women die yearly from cervical cancer? Can regular Pap smears save us? Or do they draw us in to be overtreated for non-threatening conditions? Or do they miss cancer? Whatever your age or sexual inclinations, cervical health and cervical politics affect you. This workshop includes clear information on, and remedies for, vaginal warts, HPV, and cervical dysplasia, as well as things to avoid if you have cervical cancer. Time permitting, we will look at a cervix or two.
Chronic Problems, the Wise Woman Way
Wise Women have remarkably effective ways of dealing with asthma, allergies, arthritis, shingles, headaches, back pain, cysts, chronic fatigue, and candida overgrowth. In this lively session we will learn about herbal remedies that nourish change and open the door to health.
Elements of Herbalism: Deep Roots
Roots and rhizomes, tubers and corms: the underground parts of plants have been the focus of herbal medicine for hundreds of years. We'll look at the differences between annual, biennial, and perennial roots; discuss optimum harvesting times and best ways to prepare and use the bounty of roots such as burdock, dandelion, echinacea, astragalus, yellow dock, ginseng, poke, ramps, bloodroot, and osha.
Elements of Herbalism: Harvesting
Folkloric information rarely discloses one of the most important aspects of successful herbal medicines: the best time -- of the day and of the year -- to harvest the plant we want to use. In this class we will look at general guidelines for harvesting the roots, barks, leaves, seeds, and flowers of annuals, bienniels, and perennials. We will discuss wildcrafting; and determine best ways to sustainably harvest. We will correlate harvesting with specific uses and preparations. Time, permitting, we will also look at specific herbs and their optimal harvesting circumstances.
Elements of Herbalism: Dosage
Nothing is quite as personal in herbal medicine as dosage. We'll survey the range of dosages currently used by practicing herbalists, looking at their benefits and drawbacks. We'll discuss general dosing strategy, general suggestions for safe doses, specific ranges for tincture, infusion, tea, vinegar, and honey doses, and specifics for a number of herbs. We may also touch on energetic and physiologic aspects of dosing.
Enlightenment and the Wise Woman Tradition
Many seekers speak of "self-love," but the deeper meaning of this truth is elusive. Join Susun Weed for a lively discussion that will sort out the differences between the body as a fixable machine, the body as a repository of toxins, and the body as a perfect manifestation of wholeness. We will uncover the difficulties inherent in attempts to balance, cleanse, and control our health. We will discover the hidden springs from which self-love manifests and flows forth. Are you ready to accept your own perfection?
Favorite Herbs for A High-Energy, High-Intensity Life
If you want to take a big, juicy bite of life, join me for a high-energy session about the five simple herbs that will do the most for you. You will learn which plant gives you unlimited amounts of grounded, focused energy. You will discover the Swiss secret for increasing and maintaining libido, regardless of your age or sex. You'll be introduced to a great-tasting herb that counters inflammation so well it prevents everything from dementia to cancer. You'll find out why my students are in awe of a simple pink flower that grows everywhere. You'll be thrilled by the pain-relieving, mood-improving, infection-fighting powers of a plant used to celebrate Summer Solstice.
Focus on Fertility
Women have relied on herbs to help them conceive, maintain precarious pregnancies, and space their children from the earliest times. Although much of this wisdom has been lost, there remains a body of tried and true plants that powerfully influence our fertility. This presentation will focus on herbal helpers for women who have difficulties beginning or maintaining a pregnancy as well as herbs that can be used as birth control. We will also, time permitting, look at the pros and cons of herbal abortion.
Fabulous Fun with Plant Families
Why did a lynch mob form in front of Lineaus's house when he classified plants? Because he claimed that plants have sex! Join me for a rowdy romp through the sex lives of plants. We'll review a bit of botany and learn the main characteristics of several important plant families. Then -- weather permitting -- we'll go outside and test our skills on the flowering plants around us. Learning herbal medicine through the lens of plant families is one of the most satisfying and effective ways I know to deepen and expand your knowledge.
The Great Remedies
High summer is the time for making some of the most important remedies in my cupboard, the ones I rely on year after year, month after month the mainstay, dependable allies. And it's time to harvest herbs for infusion, too. Come along as we encounter the great remedy herbs: St. John's/Joan's wort, yarrow, plantain, red clover, comfrey, nettle, linden, and whatever gifts the fairies bring us. The day begins with our Talking Stick Ceremony where you may ask specific questions which will be addressed during our time together.
Herbal Birth Control
Herbs have been used for thousands of years to help prevent unwanted pregnancies. Come share your stories as we discuss the uses of wild yam, wild carrot, blue and black cohosh, ginger and more.
Let's Talk About Sex
Orgasm is central to health. Shall we talk about nurturing our orgasms? Women do not come as naturally to their orgasmic capacity as men do. Let us learn from each other, and from my extensive education in tantra and sex magic, how to find, maintain, and regain sexual pleasure for ourselves and for healing.
This fascinating day will delve into the many ways that herbs have been imbued with magical properties. We will talk about fairies and devas, the secret language of the plants, plant spirit medicine, the magic of psychoactive plants, flower essences, mojo bags, flying oils, love charms, and dream pillows. We will come to understand how to combine our own intentions with the energies of the plants to create more of what we want in life. (Day-long magical plants sessions usually include materials for students to make their own dream pillow.)
Menopause Means Change!
What is menopause? To the Wise Woman, a powerful time of change and metamorphosis. We'll learn about the five most important herbs and four most important foods for menopausal women, and discuss problems with black cohosh, wild yam, progesterone creams, tofu, and soy.
Change your story of the Change of Life. Discover the spiritual benefits of hot flashes. The community need for women to wake in the middle of the night. And why menopause is as important as an upright posture and a big brain for human culture. Learn how easy it is to be a strong-boned, hale-hearted, totally juicy Crone!
Menopause from Three Directions
As you approach (or find your-self in) your menopausal years, who can you trust to tell you what to do to remain hale-hearted, strong-boned, vital and sexy as you grow older? Join acclaimed author and speaker Susun Weed as she highlights three views of menopause: the Scientific belief that it is ovarian failure, leading to diseases caused by lack of estrogen; the Heroic or Alternative Medicine view that menopausal symptoms are caused by underlying imbalances; and the Wise Woman perspective that menopause is "puberty spelled backwards," a natural and healthy change. This lively and entertaining session has garnered rave reviews across the country.
A moon lodge is a place where women of all ages come to share the wisdom of the women's mystery stories. We will sing songs honoring the moon and learn some simple dances. Sitting in council, we will pass a talking stick and listen deeply to each other. Please wear you most beautiful clothing and bring objects of beauty for our collective altar. (Yes, these items will be returned.)
My Ally: Motherwort
Since motherwort is a rampant weed in my gardens -- and throughout the world -- I am happy that it has proven such a useful, even if overly abundant, companion. I'll share my experiences using motherwort as a longevity tonic, a heart helper, an easer of emotional distress, and a prime mover in the uterus. Bring your motherwort experiences and questions to add to our pot. This session will include a trance journey to connect with the motherwort deva.
My Herbal Medicine Chest; Part 1
Nourishing herbal infusions are the mainstay of my herbal practice. But I travel with fast-acting tinctures. Take a peek into my medicine bag as I share with you my favorite first-aid remedies: the ones I don't leave home without. Part one will focus on comfrey, plantain, St. Joan's wort, motherwort, and skullcap. You may take either part of this class.
My Herbal Medicine Chest; Part 2
Although I prefer to use herbs to nourish health, sometimes fast action is needed. What tinctures do I consider essential? Join me for part two of My Herbal Medicine Chest. I'll share my thoughts on and experiences with yarrow, echinacea, poke root, and wormwood. You may take either part of this class without taking the other part.
Ovation for the Ovaries
Our ovaries are storehouses of stories. They are the libraries of the wisdom of the Ancients. We have fallen so out of touch with them that we allow surgeons to cut them out far too often. Join me as we learn how to cope with ovarian pain, melt away ovarian cysts, help women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), and prevent ovarian cancer. With knowledge – and a few songs to sing – we can keep our ovaries.
Nourishing Herbal Infusions and Mineral-Rich Vinegars
If optimum nourishment, enduring energy, freedom from pain and chronic problems, and a healthy long life is your goal, this workshop is for you. Simple nourishing herbs -- such as stinging nettle, chickweed, comfrey leaf, red clover, linden, and oatstraw -- brewed in water or apple cider vinegar, can do all the above plus prevent and reverse osteoporosis, replace all the supplements you currently take, counter gum disease, improve the health of your hair and skin, and liven up your sex life.
Nourishing Wholeness the Wise Woman Way
To reach for the stars, we must have our feet firmly on the ground. Nourishing the soul rises up from nourishing the body. Male-centered teachings that regard the body as a hindrance on the path to enlightenment are prevalent. While they may work for men, they are intensely damaging to women's bodies and psyches. Susun Weed will reveal the herbs that nourish body and soul, putting you on the fast track to your heart's desire.
Optimum Nutrition, Beyond Heroics
Confused about food? Eating well is simple when you know which nutrient-dense foods to choose. Find out how easy it is to integrate nourishing herbs into your diet. Discover the importance of dietary fat and the benefits of chocolate. Learn about the health-negative effects of supplements, tofu, sprouts, and raw foods. We'll discover the simple secrets of optimum nutrition, beyond rules, beyond heroics.
Phytoestrogens -- Friends or Foes?
Hormones and herbs -- the news is confusing -- if you are at risk for breast cancer should you avoid phytoestrogenic herbs or stock up on them? And what about the rest of us -- is soy a blessing or a bane? We'll fit the facts together for optimum health.
This fascinating and informative evening will provide you with the simple, safe tools you need to regain and maintain health with the least harm. The Seven Medicines -- Serenity Medicine, Story Medicine, Energy Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Pharmaceutical Medicine, and Hi-Tech Medicine -- will show us the benefits of doing nothing, the best ways to collect information, how to dance in the shaman's playground, simple lifestyle choices that extend life, ways to discern the differences between nourishing, tonifying, and stimulating herbs, and the uses and problems of drugs, including supplements, and high-tech diagnosis. Your health, and your life, will never be the same.
Sexy Weeds the Wise Woman Way
Aphrodisiacs are often the first, and sometimes the only contact, that many people have with herbal medicine. As experienced herbalists in the 21st century, we are not immune to the lure of sexy herbs, especially as we age. Baby boomers are getting into their scintillating sixties and we want sex to be sexy. While It may be true that women prefer intimacy to sex, that is not to say that women of all ages don't like sex, or want it. And while men seem to be endowed with endless desire, nonetheless, factors like age, LUTS, and prostate biopsies can leave him wondering where his get-up-and-go got up and went to. At least a third of women and a tenth of men, have dealt with traumas that make sex difficult or even threatening. Fortunately, herbs can help. Yes! There are herbs that encourage orgasm. Herbs that jump start lubrication. And even herbs that quicken desire. Susun Weed will share a wealth of sexy experience with you and she will answer your most intimate questions - the Wise Woman Way.
Sexy Women and Weeds
It may be true that women prefer intimacy to sex, but that is not to say that we don’t like sex, or want it. True, there are challenges to wanting and enjoying sex for many women. Women generally need specific instruction in achieving orgasm. As we age, dry vaginas and absent interest interfere. And at least a third of women have dealt with traumas that make sex difficult or even threatening. Fortunately, herbs can help. Yes! There are herbs that encourage orgasm. Herbs that jump start lubrication. And even herbs that quicken desire. Susun Weed will share a wealth of sexy experience with you and she will answer your most intimate questions – the Wise Woman Way.
The Shamanic Herbalist
What are the characteristics of the shamanic herbalist/healer? What part do magical plants play in their learning and their work? How can we strengthen the shaman, the wise woman, the witch in ourselves and in other women? Our discussion is ongoing; this part will take place in person and in the dreamtime.
Six Steps of Healing
The growing acceptance of "alternative" medicine can lead to confusion. There are so many options: from homeopathy to acupuncture, from reiki to rolfing, from surgery to salves, from nettles to belladonna. Are they safe? Are they effective? Make sense of medicine with the Six Steps of Healing. It's simple and easy. We'll consider the benefits of doing nothing, examine ways to collect information, delight in the shaman's playground, learn the differences between nourishing, tonifying, and stimulating, and talk about drugs, diagnosis, surgery and high-tech options. Whether your interest in health is new or well seasoned, this talk will help you get the most of what's available, with the least risk, and at the lowest cost.
Spirit Healing Skills
On the rainbow path of beauty we'll sing and chant and tone. We'll heal our spirits with color, sound, vibration, and earth energies. We'll share a talking stick ceremony, find our auras, experience our chakras, and go on a shamanic journey,. We'll open to the beauty of nature and discover our own psychic abilities. We will explore the value of opening and closing our various chakras. And, of course, we will revel in green blessings.
Spirit and Practice of the Wise Woman Tradition
If you think there's a choice between orthodox medicine and alternative treatments, think again. When you learn to recognize the three traditions of healing -- Scientific, Heroic, and Wise Woman -- you will discover the striking similarities between the MD and the ND. The invisible ways of the Wise Woman -- the oldest form of health care on the planet -- offer a dramatically different approach health and healing. Join acclaimed author Susun S. Weed for a lively session filled with stories, songs, and mind-altering facts. You'll learn how to get health care that really suits you.
Stories from Baba Yaga's Bag
This quiet, contemplative gathering is for the child in each of us. Thrill with Vasalisa as she encounters the Russian herbalist (and witch) Baba Yaga. Unravel the secret to sassafras leaves. Giggle as the angel in charge of trees is flummoxed by the cherub who creates witch hazel. Snuggle down; listen up.
Strong Bones, the Wise Woman Way
There's a lot of confusing information on osteoporosis these days. I'll share case studies that document the bone-building power of herbs, latest research indicating calcium supplementation may be counterproductive, and the fruits of my time spent reading, discussing, and researching ways to keep our bones healthy without drugs.
Triple Goddess Herbs
Maidenwort, motherwort, and cronewort: three sacred herbs for women, three dear friends of mine. Come share your experiences with these lovely ladies, and learn more about the many marvelous ways these three aspects of the Goddess can bring green blessings to you throughout your life.
Using Herbs Simply and Safely
Are herbs natural and therefore safe? Or are herbs really drugs in green guise and therefore dangerous? Are standardized extracts safer? Are combinations of herbs necessary? What about homeopathy? Whether your interest in herbs is new or well-seasoned, this talk will help you understand how to get the most out of herbal medicine -- with the least risk.
Walk in Beauty
A herb walk with a difference. Learn to use the Wise Woman tradition in all the work you do with plants. Using a drum-driven shamanic trance, we will attune ourselves to the earth and breathe with the plants. Then, dancing in give-away with the green nations, we will walk barefoot on the Mother, absorbing boundless grace and infinite healing. Our time together will culminate with another healing trance. We will not identify anything.
Weeds in Your Garden? Bite Back!
What do you do with the weeds in your garden? Herbalist Susun S. Weed turns them into medicines and gourmet foods. So can you! It's easy, simple, safe, free, and fun. If you are intrigued with herbs, curious about herbal medicine, or just looking for a way to get even with those weeds, join us for an entertaining session filled with practical information and a pinch of green magic.
Wild Woman Weed Walk
Calling all wild women and wild men. Let's wander a while in the garden of Eden and see what tastes good. We'll sing some songs, share a shamanic trance, breathe with the plants, and connect with the devas and fairies. If we are clever, we will return with additions to lunch.
Women, Witches, and Weeds
This class is for you. Bring your questions and concerns to our talking stick ceremony -- hot flashes, headaches, cramps, fibroids, dysplasia, bladder infections, cysts, lumps, candida, fibromyalgia -- from menstruation to menopause, from infertility to too much fertility, whatever interests you. Susun will share an abundance of easy, effective, alternative approaches -- including herbs, foods, songs, stories, laughs, and some surprises.
Winter is wonderful; winter is misery. Colds, flus, coughs, depression, cold fingers and toes, sinus infections, and worse have a way of making the snowy months less than fun. Join herbalist Susun Weed for a class designed not just to cure those woes, but to make them less likely. This hands-on class will teach you how to prepare and use garlic honey, echinacea tincture, and elder berry tincture. You will discover the benefits of sauerkraut, and learn how to tell the difference between a hot cold and cold cold. You will learn how to use the poisons in poke root, connect with sage, the savior, and prepare for the healthiest, and least miserable, winter you ever had. Join me for an afternoon of herbal wisdom, songs, stories that will reweave the healing cloak of the Ancients and restore herbal medicine to its rightful place as people’s medicine.
Susun Weed Intensives
(Intensives run 4-6 hours)
Artemis -- Goddess of the herbalist -- gives her name to a genus of marvelously aromatic, safely psychedelic, highly medicinal, dazzlingly decorative, and more-or-less edible plants that I love. Come with me on a shamanic journey into Artemis's sacred woods. We'll return with our arms laden to discuss some of the uses (and abuses) of cronewort (A. vulgaris), wormwood (A. absinthium), sweet annie (A. annua), tarragon (A. drancuncula), and southernwood (A. abrotanum). Specifics of cultivation, harvest, preparation, and dosage will be discussed.
Healthy Breasts - in Our Own Hands
"The perfect antidote to fear."
If you want to keep your breasts healthy. If you're concerned about breast cancer. If you're uncertain about the benefits of mammograms. If you have a lump in your breast. If your mother had breast cancer. If you've had a biopsy. If you have a diagnosis. If you are dancing with cancer. Join me. We'll learn about the herbs, the foods, and the lifestyle changes that protect our breast from cancer (or recurrence). We'll explore breast self massage. We'll look at herbal ointments: from health-promoting infused herbals to cancer-killing escharotic salves. We'll talk about anticancer herbs, and herbs that complement orthodox treatments and reduce side-effects. We'll discover the dangers of supplements, the perils of Essiac, the difficulties with raw foods, and the worst of alternative cancer treatments. We'll sing and we'll pass the talking stick.
Chronic Problems, the Wise Woman Way
Wise Women have remarkably effective ways of dealing with asthma, allergies, arthritis, shingles, fibromyalgia, headaches, back pain, cysts, chronic fatigue, and candida overgrowth. Join us for a lively session. We'll discover how dooryard herbal remedies, compassionate listening, and simple ceremony have the power to nourish change and open the door to health/ wholeness/holiness. Susun may do one or more consultations as part of this intensive.
Digestion: from Start to Finish
Take a trip through the digestive system and explore its many functions. Discover ways to outwit the protective factors in plants -- from cell walls to seed coats. Learn about your stomach, liver, pancreas, and intestines. Find out how to maximize nutrient uptake and why wild foods are important for health. Increase your store of remedies for dealing with acid reflux, indigestion, food allergies, constipation, and other upsets of the digestive tract. This intensive will include a variety of teaching techniques, including a shamanic trance, the fat follies dance, and an enactment of cellular mechanisms.
Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way.
Join herbalist and best-selling author Susun Weed for a day devoted to "Down There, the Wise Woman Way." There will be songs and stories, ceremonies and community. Come share the pleasures and pains of down there. You'll learn simple, safe ways to prevent (and deal with) HPV, lack of libido, dry vagina, bladder infections, prostate problems, and ovarian cancer, plus, your personal questions will be addressed With an ovation for the ovaries and power to the prostate, Susun will share the good news for boys and girls and tickle your fancy. Your health and your life will thrive!
Green Blessings, Earth Magic, Herbal Medicine
Join acclaimed teacher and herbalist Susun Weed for a day focused on your needs. We will choose from a basket brimming with possibilities: weed walks, earth attunement meditation, herbal and Wise Woman help for your specific problems, trance journeys to the Ancient Ones, talking stick ceremony, and -- of course -- answers to your questions. Bring your curiosity and your sense of adventure. Your life and your health will never be the same. Special event (optional): all-night heat-beat drumming circle.
Herbs for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
Many minor, but distressing health complaints can accompany pregnancy. What can the expectant mother use that is safe for her unborn child as well as herself? Drugs are best avoided; so are some herbs. Many herbs, however, are beneficial and generally safe for use by pregnant and lactating women.
Spirit and Practice of the Wise Woman Tradition
(including three traditions, seven medicines, and nourishing herbal infusions)
If optimum nourishment, enduring energy, freedom from pain and chronic problems, and a healthy long life is your goal, this fascinating and informative intensive is for you. You'll learn about the three traditions of healing -- Scientific, Heroic, and Wise Woman -- and how to use them to your best advantage. You'll be introduced to the oldest form of health care on the planet, a dramatically different way to approach health and healing, the Wise Woman Way. Then, after a short break, you'll find yourself immersed in the Seven Medicines -- Serenity Medicine, Story Medicine, Energy Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Pharmaceutical Medicine, and Hi-Tech Medicine. From the shaman's playground to high-tech diagnosis, you'll discover how easy it can be to choose the simplest, safest remedies for your problems. And, as a bonus, Susun will tell you which inexpensive, tasty, and highly-effective herbs can be used to prevent and reverse osteoporosis, replace all the supplements you currently take, counter gum disease and indigestion, improve the health of your hair and skin, and liven up your sex life. Susun's stories, songs, and mind-altering facts will change your health, and your life!
The Magnificent Mints
The mint (Lamiaceae/Labiatae) family is filled with aromatic, beneficial plants beloved by herbalists, women, and most everyone on the planet. This intensive will expand your mint horizons: beyond peppermint and spearmint, to lavender and sage, lemon balm, catnip, rosemary, thyme, bergamot, shiso, oregano, motherwort, and ever so many more. Together we will have mint adventures and share minty secrets. I'll share mint identification guides; enabling you to identify family members -- they grow absolutely everywhere -- easily and confidently. Edible, exciting, mind-altering, and medicinal, the mint-family plants deserve their reputation as true saviors of humankind.
Menopause Can Change Your Life
Is menopause the failure of your ovaries and the beginning of the end? Or is menopause a normal and valuable event for women and for society as a whole? Susun will expose the myths and mistakes underlying Scientific and Alternative ideas about menopause. She'll share the Wise Woman view: menopause as metamorphosis. She'll reveal the hidden health benefits of hot flashes. Tell you how to keep your bones and heart strong without supplemental hormones. Expose the problems with progesterone cremes. Help you deal with sleepless nights, dry vaginal tissues, palpitations, anxiety, menstrual flooding, or mood swings with safe, simple nourishing herbs that are easy to buy, grow, or collect. There will be time for your questions, and time for you to share your stories of Change. Your health, and your life, will never be the same!
Menopause is far more than modern medicine makes it out to be. This intensive will take you on a journey with Inanna into the underworld, and back again. You will come to understand menopause as a metamorphosis and a time of power. You'll discover the benefits of hot flashes and sleepless nights, learn about kundalini and crone energy, and share your own menopausal experiences. I'll remind you of the value of herbal allies such as nettle and red clover, revisit the healing power of milk and yogurt, and add to your list of reasons for avoiding soy products and vegetarian diets. If you, as I, want to be strong boned, hale hearted, and vital as long as possible, without drugs, do join me.
Optimum Nutrition, Beyond Heroics
This mind-altering workshop with Susun Weed will teach you how find, choose, prepare, and consume nutrient-dense foods that build vitality, joy, and superior health. Learn about the health-negative effects of vitamin/mineral supplements, the problems with sprouts and juices, and the long-term health difficulties caused by restricted diets (such as low fat, vegan, macrobiotic, and raw food diets). Follow digestion from start to finish in your body, encounter the mysterious cell wall, and marvel at the microbes that feed you. Come, discover the simple secrets of optimum nutrition, beyond rules, beyond heroics.
Ovation for the Ovaries & Power to the Prostate
In celebration of the publication of her new book – Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way – Susun Weed will offer the latest information on keeping your ovaries and prostate in tiptop health. These glands are storehouses of stories. They are the libraries of the wisdom of the Ancients. We have fallen so out of touch with them that we allow surgeons to cut them out far too often. Learn about simple, safe ways to deal with pelvic pain and prostate enlargement, melt away ovarian cysts and reduce PSA scores, and, most importantly, prevent ovarian and prostate cancer. There are herbs, foods, and energy medicines that counter and cure LUTS (lower urinary tract symptoms), PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), BPH, and your personal problems. We will sing, tell stories, learn about our bodies and our selves, and leave with energy and power.
The Shamanic Herbalist
What are the characteristics of the shamanic herbalist/healer? How does a shaman learn plant spirit medicine and the secret language of the plants? What part do magical plants play in their learning and their work? Are there local psychoactive plants we can safely use? What is the shaman's playground? Is there a Western shamanic tradition? A woman's shamanic tradition?
How can we strengthen the shaman, the wise woman, the witch in ourselves and in other women? Our discussion is now, our discussion is ongoing; please join it in person or in the dreamtime.
Women, Witches, and Weeds
This intensive offers an abundance of alternative approaches for all aspects of women's health, from menstruation to menopause, from infertility to too much fertility. Beginning with a talking stick ceremony, each woman will the opportunity to bring up her individual concerns: whether they be traditional women's reproductive problems -- infertility, too much fertility, menstrual pain, endometriosis, fibroids, cervical dysplasia, vaginal and bladder infections, breast concerns -- or other problems. Susun's answers may include a weed walk, information on herbs, songs, stories, laughs, and a variety of other surprises.
My Herbal Medicine Chest
Here's your chance to get up close and personal, to peer over my shoulder and into my medicine chest. I'll share stories of my "don't leave home without 'em" herbs, including Hypericum perforatum, Scutellaria lateriflora, Phytolacca americana, Plantago, Artemisia absinthemum, Echinacea augustifolia, Achillea millefolium, and Leonurus cardiaca. With this small collection of allies we can prevent sunburn and parasites, deal with food poisoning and most wounds, foil headaches and backaches, recover quickly from colds and flus, ease sciatica, counter herpes, calm anxiety, moderate PMS, menstrual cramps and hot flashes, challenge cancer, best all kinds of bacterial infections, and lots more.
Confused about "alternative" medicine? With so many options to choose from -- and with so many forms of herbs -- questions abound. Is it safe? Is it effective? What is my first step? What are the risks?
This intensive will help you make sense of medicine by looking at the Seven Medicines: Serenity Medicine, Story Medicine, Energy Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Pharmaceutical Medicine, and Hi-Tech Medicine. We'll learn the differences between nourishing, tonifying, and stimulating herbs. Discover the downside of supplements and alternative medicine. and reconsider diagnosis. Whether your interest in health is new or well seasoned, this talk will help you get the best health care, with the least risk, and at the lowest cost.
Tree Talk, The Healing Medicines of Trees
Trees are mystical, magical, and medicinal. Trees gives us shelter, warmth, and food. Let's wander in the forest and learn from the trees. There will be stories, songs, shamanic trances, fun facts, and a wealth of medicinal lore. Oak, ash, linden, birch, maple, sycamore, beech . . . who will entice us? How will we be touched?
Susun S. Weed is the author of the Wise Woman Herbal Series. She has lived the simple life for nearly 40 years as an herbalist, goatkeeper, homesteader, and feminist witch. Susun has been called "a true radical -- deeply rooted," "a modern pioneer," and "one of the founding mothers of herbal medicine in the United States."
to being the author of four highly-acclaimed books on herbs and women's
health, Susun lectures world-wide as the voice of the Wise Woman tradition,
personally supervises 300 correspondence students, is editor-in-chief
of Ash Tree Publishing, and directs the activities of the Wise Woman
Center, where she trains apprentices (222 to date) in the shamanic arts,
and plays with the fairies.
LONG BIO (add this to Bio for longer version)
Susun Weed, green witch and wise woman, is an extraordinary teacher
with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopedic knowledge
of herbs and health. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Way, where common
weeds, simple ceremony, and compassionate listening support and nourish
health/wholeness/holiness. She has opened hearts and minds to the magic
and medicine of the green nations for three decades.
Susun is founder of the Wise Woman Center, editor-in-chief of Ash Tree
Publishing, a high priestess of Dianic Wicca, a member of the Wolf Clan
and the Sisterhood of the Shields, a Peace Elder, and a devoted goat
Her four books: Healing Wise; Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way; Breast
Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way and Wise Woman Herbal for
the Childbearing Year are used by more than a million women, and have
been translated into German and French.
Susun currently sits on the advisory boards of the California Institute
of Integral Studies, the Weston A. Price Foundation, The Oregon Menopause
Board, and Beltane Papers. She has personally trained over two hundred
apprentices, initiated more than five hundred green witches, and oversees
the work of four hundred correspondence course students. She teaches
regularly in North America, Canada, Germany, and New Zealand and occasionally
in Holland, Spain, France, and Australia.
Visit Susun's Workshop page for more