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  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 3:51 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Spring Harvest: Watercress
    With Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs

    www.moonwiseherbs.com
    www.midwestwomensherbal.com



    I am very excited about spring and all the possibilities. We have seeds planted in the greenhouse and we installed bees onto their hives earlier this week. We have mushrooms fruiting and have inoculated an area under the elder bush with more. This was a very good year for syrup, the maples were very generous this year, yielding 375 gallons of sap. Alot is happening, it is difficult to know where to start.

    So, I thought I would start with the picture above of my favorite spot to harvest
    watercress. Last week an apprentice and I ventured to the springs and harvested watercress. I made a salad that contained this as well as spinach from a local greenhouse, along with chickweed and lambsquarters. What a salad it was.. I could feel my cells jump with glee. Eating fresh young greens alerts my body that yes indeed spring is here! The wild greens offer this experience in a magnified way! I so look forward to the coming of violets, wild leeks, nettle and all the other spring plants that grace the landscape and my plate.

    Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) is an amazing plant. Greening in ice cold water, when there is still snow on the ground is a feet that many green plants do not attempt and so it is worth paying respect to this green ally. Watercress is considered a semi-aquatic plant and is a perennial, native to Europe and naturalized in the United States. Watercress is a member of the Brassicaceae or mustard family. Members of this plant family, including watercress have a very predictable flower pattern. The flowers have four sepals and four petals arranged in a cross like pattern. The stems are hollow, allowing the plant to float and the leaves are pinnate (having multidivided features).

    Eating watercress is a nutritional paradise. The plant contains significant amounts of iron, calcium, folic acid and vitamin C as well as vitamin A precursers. Watercress is a digestive aid, an expectorant and appears to have cancer fighting properties. It contains iodine, and thus is supportive of the thyroid.

    When harvesting watercress it is wise to have bare feet or wear waterproof shoes, as you will inevitably get your feet wet. That said, watercress is a damp herb and so in some traditions it is used to treat dry, irritating coughs.


    Below is a recipe for a watercress salmon spread that is delightful and deeply nourishing. Enjoy!

    Happy Spring, Linda


    Salmon/Watercress Spread


    Begin by poaching (cooking technique) or baking the salmon.

    Salmon 16 ounces (of course you can use any fish that you have available for this recipe)

    8 ounces of Thick Yogurt (homemade is ideal) or cream cheese (homemade is ideal)

    chopped fresh watercress (as much as you would like to taste)

    1 tsp. lemon juice


    powdered kelp or salt to taste


    Mix together, place in a bowl or jar and garnish with fresh watercress-flowering if possible.




     

    Linda Conroy is a bioregional, wise woman herbalist, educator,wildcrafter, permaculturist and an advocate for women's health.

    She is the proprietress of Moonwise Herbs and the founder of Wild Eats: a movement to encourage people and communities to incorporate whole and wild food into their daily lives. She is passionate about women's health and has been working with women for over 20 years in a wide variety of settings.

    Linda is a student of nonviolent communication and she has a masters degree in Social Work as well as Law and Social Policy. Linda has been offering hands on herbal programs and food education classes for well over a decade.

    She has completed two herbal apprenticeship programs, one of which was with Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center and she has a certificate in Permaculture Design.

    Linda is a curious woman whose primary teachers are the plants; they never cease to instill a sense of awe and amazement.

    Her poetic friend Julene Tripp Weaver, eloquently describes Linda when she writes, "She listens to the bees, takes tips from the moon, and follows her heart."

    Listen to a thirty minute interview with mentor Linda Conroy

     

    Study with Linda Conroy from Home

    ~Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making~
    ( Link to detailed description of Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making )

    The goal of the course is to have participants become familiar with herbal medicine, to become comfortable incorporating herbs into daily life and to gain hands on experience making simple remedies at home.

  • Monday, March 06, 2017 11:15 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Ganesha Mudra Vinyasa
    by Sheryl Wolover


    Ganesha the elephant deity hand mudra in a vinyasa form....to remove obstacles in your life and create a clear path.





    Greetings I'm Sheryl Wolover, native to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.  Mother of two children raised with Susun Weed's herbal infusions  somewhere in the 1980's~
     
    I am the creator of YOGA LEGENDS. Yoga DVD's that link poses together through story telling~  
    Owner of Pacific Elements studio for Massage Therapy (1984) and Yoga classes (2003)~
    My family (including the animal family) live around a beautiful lake side where we garden and gather herbs for food and medicine~
    *=Oceans+Mountains^^^^ of Peace,Sheryl ~ yogalegends.com

  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 1:34 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    New Moon in Pisces Inspiration

    by Kathy Crabbe


    Lefty Oracle of the Month: Mummy*


    Mummy by Kathy Crabbe from the Lefty Oracle Deck



    Mantra: I nurture.

    Affirmation: Shush! I quiet my outsides so my inner voice can be heard.

    Element: Spirit

    Song
    I am enclosed.
    Silence
    completes me.

    When you pull this card in a reading it’s definitely not a time to charge forward. You need to lay low and take care of yourself right now. Self care is number one so find a way to nurture yourself body, mind and soul. You deserve it.

    In my own life when I painted this card I actually had a cold and was feeling very inward, needing time to recover and take care of myself first.


    Creative Journal Prompt:
    What feeds you? What keeps you going and fulfills you? Is this a part of your daily work or play or even your dreams at night?

    Quick, the fairies are calling you; can you see that flash of light, that wee sprite, out of the corner of your eye?  She is calling your name.

    You are the mummy now; the mummy of your own inner dreams. Take time out to acknowledge yourself.

    Take time out for you.

    Wrap yourself up like a mummy, in protective layers so that YOU, yes YOU can hear your own thoughts without distraction.

    Allow the Divine to speak through you, trusting that the advice she has for you is going to be good for all of us.

    Allow the group mind, the myriad of voices, the universal, co-creative, collective consciousness to speak through you by listening to your heart and soul.

    Allow this energy to fill your soul with light for you are love and all you touch is loved.

    *Excerpted from the upcoming Lefty Oracle Deck



    Goddess Zodiac Wisdom for Feb. 26, New Moon in Pisces

    Pisces – The Fish

      * Time of Year – Winter to spring
      * Quality – Mutable
      * Element – Water
      * Ruler – Neptune
      * Anatomy – Feet, lymph system
      * Natural sign of – 12th house
      * Opposite sign – Virgo
      * Color – Sea green, turquoise, lavender
      * Gemstone – Aquamarine, chrysolite, moonstone
      * Tarot card – The moon
      * Goddesses – Atanu, Dahud, Nix, Oto, Ran


    Pisces. Mixed media on board, 24 x 36 inches. © 1997 by Kathy Crabbe

    Pisces Meditation

    To feel love is pure warmth, wholeness, open-ness, selfless-ness, shameless, guiltless joy – that is love.

    Pisces Affirmations

     *  I believe
     *  I relax in solitude
     *  I am a mystic of the spirit realm
     *  I create to my heart’s content
     *  I open my heart to other’s realities
     *  My dreams, visions and intuition guide me
     *  I am the mermaid

    Take Time for Dreams
    - Pamper yourself, just because
    - Take time to empathize with a friend in need
    - Meditate, relax, recharge and space out
    - Honour your feelings within sacred space
    - Attune to the music of the spheres
    - Listen and accept your intuitive, psychic, mystical side




    Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.

    Kathy’s art and writing has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazines and books including the San Diego Women’s History Museum, We’Moon Datebook, and Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach to name a few. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and ecourses and maintains a regularly updated blog, etsy store and portfolio site. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a Graphic Design Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992. Kathy has been an educator and mentor at Laguna Outreach Community Artists, Mt. San Jacinto College, Wise Woman University, Inspire San Diego Studio, HGTV, Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show as well as teaching her own classes: “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul”, and New Moon Circles. She is a founding member of the Temecula Artist’s Circle, the Temecula Writer’s Café and the Riverside Art Museum’s Printmaker’s Network. Metaphysically speaking, Kathy has studied with Francesca De Grandis (Third Road Celtic Faerie Shamanism), Adam Higgs (psychic mediumship), Om, devotee of Sri Chinmoy (meditation), Atma Khalsa (yoga), Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive), Joyce Fournier, RN (Therapeutic Touch), Steven Forrest & Jeffrey Wolf Green (astrology) and she received certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy.
    Learn more here.


    Kathy’s 4 week eClass “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul” is once again being offered at Wise Woman University so get ready to Moon Collage your heart out starting one week prior to the New Moon each month…more details here: eClass.



  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 8:33 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Cooking for the Love of the Children
    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt

    There was a book published many years ago with a title something like, All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. This title builds on what many wise women, herbalists and philosophers have said for decades, that the first 7 years of our lives are the most important years in our lives. Now, contemporary scientists confirm that indeed it is in the first 7 years of our lives that we lay the foundation for not only our physical health, but also for our healthy development of soul and spiritual life in our later years. Giving children a healthy childhood and helping them to create healthy eating habits, are some of the greatest gifts we can pass along to them and our society, and thus contributing to the foundation of a healthy world. This is one of the reasons I created the Course offered at Wise Woman University, Cooking for the Love of the Children.

    This course will explore how to create healthy eating habits and healthy meals for your children. Let me share a little story. For the pat 14 years I have been a kindergarten teacher. It is the most wonderful job imaginable. Everyday I am being met with big smiles and warm hugs from 16 children age 3-7. We serve a full hot and wholesome lunch in the kindergarten, that is nourishing for the children and meets the needs of every family. Some years we have children who are vegetarian, some years there are children with allergies, children that don't eat wheat or corn or dairy and some children who have never before seen some of the food we eat.

    Once we had a sweet, sweet young girl with allergies, who also was a very picky eater. She would eat a big breakfast at home that would last until she could get home after school at 3 pm where she would eat a big bowl of mac and cheese. She refused to eat the meals we served at school. Partly because she wasn't hungry and partly because of power struggles and she was picky. We worked with the girl and the parents in different ways. One thing we did was to encourage her to eat a polite bite. We know that when children try different new tastes and textures over time they will often learn to like them. I can go into more details if you have a similar situation at home and would like to know more. For now I can tell you, that this girl learned to eat with all of us at lunch in the kindergarten and guess what her favorite food was? Sauerkraut! I found that very interesting. Sauerkraut has an unusual taste- a taste she was not familiar with. This little girl was naturally attracted to sauerkraut– when she was encouraged to try it. Sauerkraut is probably one of the best foods for people with allergies.

    Actually all most all the children in the kindergarten love sauerkraut. I can barely keep up making the enough. I make it in a way that it turns a beautiful pink. It looks quite decorative and appetizing on the plate. What a gift it is for a child to develop a taste for natural, whole meals and fermented foods in at early age.

    During the course Cooking for the Love of the Children, beside talking about healthy nutritious foods for children, what these foods are are and how to prepare them, I will talk about the quality of foods and why it is important to get excellent quality food for children. In Denmark, the country where I am from, organically grown foods were (still are, I hope) required in all institutions that serve meals to children before school age. I will also give you suggestions for healthy daily rhythms that support the children in their learning and growth. I will cover the importance of uninterrupted play and other healthy nourishing activities for children. We will discuss plant food, animal foods, proteins rich foods, healthy fats, sweeteners etc. I will give you recipes for making foods with and for children of all ages. I want this courses as well as the Culturing from the Heart course to help you in your life to meet the challenges and concerns you might have.

    I would like to thank all the hard working women and men at the Wise Woman University for creating this space, where people from all over the world can participate in courses and social net working. In participating in these courses you will be able to develop skills and wisdom that will benefit you, your children and grand children. Our children and grandchildren are the ones who will carry on our society and much depends on them for creating a healthy world. I would like to thank especially Susun Weed, whom I have learned so much from in the past and also Kim, Allie and Justine who have worked ceaselessly on getting the Wise Woman University on line and available for everyone who wishes to learn and share with one another the wise woman ways.

    Anne-Marie Fryer


    Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt is a Waldorf class and kindergarten teacher, biodynamic farmer, author and nutritional counselor. She has taught nutritional cooking and counseled for 25 years in her homeland Denmark, Europe and the United States.

    She trained as a macrobiotic cooking teacher and counselor and studied the principles of oriental medicine and the research of Dr. Weston A. Price before embracing the anthroposophical approach to nutrition, food and cooking.


     



    This Four week course will explore some of the many benefits of fermented and cultured foods, and why it is important to include them regularly with every meal. You will be guided through the steps of making sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled vegetables, kefir, soft cheese, and yogurt, as well as get a chance to discover new fermented drinks such as kvass, wines, and beers. I will aim at answering personal questions around your culturing and fermenting experiences.


    Intuitively we know that cultured and fermented foods are real health foods. Naturally fermented and cultured foods are an exceptional way to prepare different ingredients and some of the most important side dishes and condiments in our diet. They are often overlooked or not mentioned when we describe what we had for dinner, and yet they are pivotal in creating a well-balanced, nutritious meal.

    They add a bounty of nourishing, life-promoting substances and life forces, almost miraculous curative properties, and a wealth of colors, flavors, and shapes. They increase the appetite, stimulate the digestion, and make any simple meal festive and satisfying. The course will be highly practical with many hands-on activities.


     

    In this Four week course you will learn about the nutritional needs of your growing child and receive delicious, seasonal, wholesome nutritious menus and recipes on affordable budget so as to encourage children to eat and live healthy.

    During this course we will explore the nutritious needs for your growing child.

    We will discover how rhythm, simplicity and nourishing activities support a healthy child development. You will find new ways to encourage your child to develop a taste for natural, wholesome foods as well as receive and create delicious, seasonal nutritious menus and recipes that stay within the limits of your budget.





    Cooking for the Love of the World:
    Awakening our Spirituality through Cooking

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



    A heart-centered, warmth-filled guide to the nurturing art of cooking. 200 pages, softbound


     
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 10:30 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Healing The Womb Revealing Her Mystery
    Part Two
    Written & Illustrated By Roslyne Sophia Breillat




    Within every woman’s womb is the sacred purity of her wildness, an ancient power that aligns her with the expansive freedom of her primal instincts, the damp scents within the forest wilderness, the dry leaves crackling beneath her bare feet, the morning mists swirling deep in the valleys, the revivifying saltiness of the wild ocean’s spray, the intoxicating perfumes of vibrant desert flowers.

    Within every woman’s womb is the timeless sacredness of her menstrual cycle, the natural ways of her feminine lunar mystery, this life-giving power of her womb’s crimson blood, this glorious mystery of her creative fertile ovulation, this ancient honouring of her natural affinity with the Moon, as she ebbs and flows, turning her cyclic face from one lunar phase to another, and another, and another.

    Within every woman’s womb is the creative maternal sacredness of the Divine Mother, she who gives all to her babes, her children, her family, her home, she who nurtures with the loving fullness of her breasts, her womb, her heart, she who gives and gives and gives, she who ceaselessly and compassionately cares and tends and loves.

    Within every woman’s womb is her inherent affinity with Mother Nature and all things natural, the delicate scents of flowers and rich musty scents of leaves and land and soil, the soft caress of gentle raindrops in her hair, with wild storms and majestic mountains, deep rivers, lakes and seas, with the life-giving grace beneficently offered by the sacred womb of Mother Earth every moment of every day and every night.

    Within every woman’s womb is the wise and sacred mystery of the Menopausal Muse, She Who Holds Her Wise Blood Inside, She who is Mother of All, She Who Knows, without needing to know anything at all, she who gives all from the reaping and gathering and sowing of her ancient wisdom, the arising of power from the fiery inner cauldron of her menopausal metamorphosis, the intimate welcoming of her sacred menopausal journey into wisdom, freedom and power.

    Her womb mystery is innocent, passionate, sensual, deep, wise, sensitive, compassionate, receptive, strong. Her womb mystery is wild, pure, untamed, unashamed. Her womb mystery does not hesitate or doubt or fear, for her womb mystery is eternal, immortal, formless, everlasting, beyond all space and time. Her womb mystery is powerful, profound, expansive, a fathomless wellspring of stillness, presence, so naturally and sweetly and harmoniously flowing from the immortal womb of the Earth, the Cosmic womb, the Universal womb. For she and the Earth, womb to womb, heart to heart, breath to breath, are deeply united in a mystical and mysterious place, far beyond the forceful and corruptive ways of the contemporary world.
    v This mystical realm of her sacred womb mystery does not naturally align with the distorted energies of selfish sexual greed, rape, pollution, war, with computers, wifi and cyberspace, with plastics and nylon, with synthetics and toxic chemical substances. This sacredness of her womb mystery does not naturally align with men who use her body as a sexual object or with men who dominate and control. Her womb mystery does not naturally align with toxic drugs and medicines that harm and destroy the delicate ecosystem of her body, her psyche, her children, her Earth.

    This sacred womb mystery offers her bounteous ways of intimately, simply and joyously living her life as holy and wholly woman, for her ancient womb mystery is the immortal power of life and love. This sacred essence of the womb is purity, passion, wisdom, infused with an infinite profundity of deep stillness, yet this essence easily becomes veiled, masked, covered with myriad layers of unhealed wounding from physical and emotional abuse, abortions, miscarriages, stillbirths and birthing trauma. Inherited unhealed sexual trauma and buried memories of female wounding patterns block the womb’s inherent capacity for deep love, compassion, softness, openness, sensitivity and healing. Absorbing the negative speculation and media propaganda of environmental concerns, political hype and worldly events tighten the sacrum, pelvis, vagina and womb, creating physical and emotional tension, preventing the opening of the sacred feminine and her innate capacity for ecstatic sensual pleasure.

    A woman receives secure and supportive womb healing through re-awakening her natural harmonious affinity with the wise and ancient womb of the Earth. She experiences profound and sensual womb healing through making love with a devoted partner who is deeply committed to the true purpose of love. Negatively influenced by movies, magazines and the Internet, the contemporary woman too easily becomes indiscriminate and irresponsible with the quality of male energy she allows into and near her body and her womb. She then wonders why she experiences sorrow, confusion, depression, dramatic emotional outbursts, erratic mood swings, pre-menstrual imbalances, addiction to distorted sexual practices, rejection of lovemaking and fear of menopause.

    This healing journey into the wise heartspace of the womb’s ancient and universal depths is an inner pilgrimage that dissolves deep memories, emotions, trauma, wounds, through massage, natural movement, stillness and presence, being with Mother Nature, deep breathing, creativity, lovemaking, love, all of which can open the sacred portal into the womb’s fathomless mystery. Opening to, embracing and welcoming the natural Moon wisdom of her lunar menstrual cycle, her pregnancies, her birthing, her breastfeeding, her lovemaking, her menopausal transformation, creates deep restoration and rejuvenation of the womb’s natural sensuality, wisdom and power, returning her to mystery of the sacred feminine, returning her to love.

    Copyright... Roslyne Sophia Breillat ©
    Not to be reproduced without written permission from the author.


    The illustration accompanying this article is “She Who Weaves Baskets”... 33cm x 38cm...
    Mixed media and gold on illustration board...



    Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a wise woman who lives, writes, and paints from the heart. Her prolific articles and paintings embrace the wisdom and grace of the female essence and the beauty of the Earth. She is acknowledged as a powerful and courageous writer whose creative work features in many international websites and magazines and her website is an abundant offering of female wisdom that nurtures and inspires. Sophia is the author of two books, WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE and HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE. Both of these books can be ordered directly from sophia@wildheartwisdom.com

    Email: sophia@wildheartwisdom.com
    Website: www.wildheartwisdom.com
     

    Sophia offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


    ~ Being Woman ~ (detailed description of Being Woman online course)


    This six week online course provides a sacred and nurturing space where woman can learn to surrender more deeply to the natural receptivity of the female psyche. "...so blessed to have had gentle words of encouragement and support from you through the "Being Woman" course at W.W.U.... You have inspired me to continue my quest... Thanks so much!"

    ~ Dawning of Wisdom ~ (detailed description of Dawning of Wisdom online course)

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation.

    "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

  • Friday, February 03, 2017 7:29 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Deep Roots: Pickled Burdock
    With Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs
    www.moonwiseherbs.com
    www.midwestwomensherbal.com

    Burdock (Arctium sp) is one of the most nourishing herbs on the planet. It’s long tap root reaches deep into the soil and pulls up minerals, storing them in it’s roots. These nutrients are then rendered bio available to our bodies once we ingest them. Western herbalists consider burdock to be a blood “cleanser” and I like to be more clear in that it nourishes the liver, which supports our bodies with elimination. Burdock also nourishes the blood, it does not deplete as the wording “cleanser” insinuates. It actually, deeply nourishes and replenishes while also assisting the liver in functioning more effectively. In doing this burdock is known for it’s ability to clear skin conditions, from eczema to acne.    So you can see that ingesting these pickles can nourish the body in very deep and long lasting ways.

    As for harvesting, we harvest burdock root in the late fall, just before the ground freezes. The roots contain the most nutrients, at that time, as the plant has stored them for it’s own winter nourishment. You can also purchase burdock root in asian grocery stores as well as health food stores. Burdock is a biennial (a plant with a two year life cycle) and like many plants with a two year life cycle, the root is harvested in the fall of the first year. When harvested at this time of the year the root is a tender vegetable. In Japan burdock is known as gobo and is considered a staple vegetable. When prepared properly it is tender and delicious. I love to pickle the roots and to eat them as part of my daily nourishment, particularly during the winter months. I learned to make these pickles from one of my first herb teachers, Eaglesong Gardner. I am ever grateful, as many years later we still make these with our own twists to the recipe. I like to make one or two gallons which will last through the winter months.



    Making Burdock Pickles

    1. Slice burdock roots. Can be in strips or coins, but which ever style you choose it

    is ideal to slice them evenly


    2. Place sliced roots in a steaming basket and into a pot. Add a small amount of water to the bottom. Steam for 5-10 minutes.


    3. While the roots are steaming slice a small amount of garlic and ginger.  Wild leeks, wild ginger and turmeric can be added as well. Place garlic and ginger in a proper size jar for the amount of root that you have. I use quarts or 1/2 gallons.


    4. .  Prepare the brine. The brine consists of:

    -1 part cider vinegar (I like to use raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar)

     -1 part tamari or shoyu (both fermented soy products)

     -1 part steamed burdock water.


    5..   When roots are steamed, pack into jars. Once roots cool down, pour the brine over them. I like to have everything cool, so that the beneficial bacteria in the vinegar and the tamari renders these a fermented food product, beneficial to the digestive system.


    *burdock contains inulin, which is a prebiotic substance, also beneficial to the digestive system.

     

    6.I like to leave these on the counter for a day or two, until the flavors meld. Then I place them in the refrigerator. They can be stored there indefinitely.

     

     

    7.We like to nourish our bodies by eating a couple of pickles a day.

     

    We hope you enjoy these as much as we do! 




     

    Linda Conroy is a bioregional, wise woman herbalist, educator,wildcrafter, permaculturist and an advocate for women's health.

    She is the proprietress of Moonwise Herbs and the founder of Wild Eats: a movement to encourage people and communities to incorporate whole and wild food into their daily lives. She is passionate about women's health and has been working with women for over 20 years in a wide variety of settings.

    Linda is a student of nonviolent communication and she has a masters degree in Social Work as well as Law and Social Policy. Linda has been offering hands on herbal programs and food education classes for well over a decade.

    She has completed two herbal apprenticeship programs, one of which was with Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center and she has a certificate in Permaculture Design.

    Linda is a curious woman whose primary teachers are the plants; they never cease to instill a sense of awe and amazement.

    Her poetic friend Julene Tripp Weaver, eloquently describes Linda when she writes, "She listens to the bees, takes tips from the moon, and follows her heart."

    Listen to a thirty minute interview with mentor Linda Conroy

     

    Study with Linda Conroy from Home

    ~Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making~
    ( Link to detailed description of Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making )

    The goal of the course is to have participants become familiar with herbal medicine, to become comfortable incorporating herbs into daily life and to gain hands on experience making simple remedies at home.


  • Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:22 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Healing The Womb Revealing Her Mystery
    Part One
    Written & Illustrated By Roslyne Sophia Breillat


    She Who Weaves Baskets

     
       The ancient mysteries and the fathomless wisdom of the womb are not lovingly perceived, respected or honoured within these turbulent times being lived upon the Earth right now, for a civilisation that does not revere life and love as sacred cannot honour this wise womb of the sacred feminine or this wise womb of our beneficent Earth Mother. And a world not lived within the loving essence of sacredness cannot perceive or love the Universal womb mystery that deeply and peacefully rests within every woman’s body, this ancient portal of the sacred feminine that births all of life and all life forms. And within and beneath and beyond the shocking horrors of this outer world that dishonours our Earth Mother’s womb wisdom, that murders our innocent babies and children and poisons our pristine life-giving waters, every woman is now called and challenged to live her life ever deeper from this formless essence of her womb’s sacredness.

       When a woman begins healing her womb, she is swimming upstream, swimming against the current of a world that treats her female lunar cycles of menstruation, lovemaking, pregnancy, birthing, mothering and menopause as unimportant intellectual linear concepts, whilst her body, her womb, her heart are longing for her innately natural reconnection with the sacredness of her beloved Earth. And as her womb begins to heal, she remembers the sacredness of the wise Elderwomen and their magical and mystical affinity with Earth Mother’s sacred womb, she remembers the ancient wisdom of her plant medicine, she remembers her profound sexual healing, she simply remembers what was lost so very long ago, when the patriarchy first came into being. And as she so silently, sweetly and deeply remembers all from so very long ago, this woman who is healing her womb realises that this longing, this yearning, this remembering, this calling, is not a dream, a vision or a fragmented figment of her imagination, but a profound reality calling her from within the sacred depths of the womb’s divine mystery, from the sacred portal of the universal womb.

       Within a world that insidiously sexualises young girls through distorted media advertising of clothing, music and movies, the sacredness of the womb is denied. Within a world that cheapens and devalues the lunar power of a woman’s menstrual cycle by calling her sacred bleeding time “The Curse” or “That time of the month”, she is shamed, she is blamed for being woman. Within a world that mockingly calls the glorious beauty of her pregnant belly a “baby bump”, the sacredness of her fertility is denigrated, made shallow, an excuse for another joke, for this world cheapens her sacredness whenever it has an opportunity to express its ignorance of the sacred feminine and to create financial profits for its own selfish gain.
       This world denigrates her sacred womb mystery by preying upon her fears of ageing, by making billions of dollars through cunningly seducing her into a realm of doubt, of fear, of feeling not good enough, thin enough, beautiful enough, young enough, or simply “enough”. And sadly, too many women, when they reach the powerful pinnacle of their menopausal years, cannot find their true place upon this Earth because they are too fearful, too exhausted, too afraid, too powerless to intimately and unashamedly embrace the wise womb power being offered by this transformational metamorphosis.   

       Within every woman’s womb is the sacredness of her naturally sensual and passionate sexual cycles, the sacred fire of her orgasms, the rising and falling of her breath from deep within this sacred womb space, from deep within this sacred portal that unites her with the many Aeons of her sexual power.  

       Within every woman’s womb is the sacredness of her innate simplicity in meditatively enjoying the daily tasks that connect her with the womb of the Earth, through an invisible harmonious thread that grounds her to the home and hearth and heart and land of her belonging. Her love of sewing, cooking, gathering, reaping, creating, crafting, harvesting, weaving, dancing, singing, repairing, mending, planting, being, arise from the tender heart of her womb’s sacred mystery, as an integral thread woven amongst the tapestries of many female generations who have lived and loved upon this blessed Earth. And yet these simple sacred tasks are now being exploited, abused and replaced by mega factories, corrupt organisations, toxic life-destroying materials, the cruelty of child labour and the abuse of life’s natural simplicity and the womb’s inherent affinity with the Earth .

       As she begins to heal her womb, she reveals unhealed pain, hidden deeply in places where integral honouring and welcoming melt the years and tears of sorrow held tightly within her muscles, her ligaments, her cells. She will find the tears of the girl child, of the maiden. She will find the unhealed patterns of her mother, her mother’s mother, her mother’s grandmother, of many female generations. She may find emotional wounds, sexual wounds, birthing wounds. She may find the wounds of  abortions or miscarriages. And as she looks within, she intimately heeds the wise and silent whisperings of her womb, her heart, her soul, her spirit, her strong and sensitive and wild and simple female power, she welcomes these wise and silent whisperings, she brings them to the surface for healing, she allows them to flow, and allows them to bestow her life and the lives of others with beauty, with joy, with wisdom, with peace.

    Copyright... Roslyne Sophia Breillat ©
    Not to be reproduced without written permission from the author.

    The illustration accompanying this article is “She Who Weaves Baskets”... 33cm x 38cm...
    Mixed media and gold on illustration board...



    Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a wise woman who lives, writes, and paints from the heart. Her prolific articles and paintings embrace the wisdom and grace of the female essence and the beauty of the Earth. She is acknowledged as a powerful and courageous writer whose creative work features in many international websites and magazines and her website is an abundant offering of female wisdom that nurtures and inspires. Sophia is the author of two books, WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE and HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE. Both of these books can be ordered directly from sophia@wildheartwisdom.com

    Email: sophia@wildheartwisdom.com
    Website: www.wildheartwisdom.com
     

    Sophia offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


    ~ Being Woman ~ (detailed description of Being Woman online course)


    This six week online course provides a sacred and nurturing space where woman can learn to surrender more deeply to the natural receptivity of the female psyche. "...so blessed to have had gentle words of encouragement and support from you through the "Being Woman" course at W.W.U.... You have inspired me to continue my quest... Thanks so much!"

    ~ Dawning of Wisdom ~ (detailed description of Dawning of Wisdom online course)

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation.

    "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

  • Monday, January 09, 2017 2:21 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    A New Year Coming Our Way
    by Sheryl Wolover

    A few simple things to think about and keep in prospective




    Greetings I'm Sheryl Wolover, native to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.  Mother of two children raised with Susun Weed's herbal infusions  somewhere in the 1980's~
     
    I am the creator of YOGA LEGENDS. Yoga DVD's that link poses together through story telling~  
    Owner of Pacific Elements studio for Massage Therapy (1984) and Yoga classes (2003)~
    My family (including the animal family) live around a beautiful lake side where we garden and gather herbs for food and medicine~
    *=Oceans+Mountains^^^^ of Peace,Sheryl ~ yogalegends.com
  • Thursday, December 29, 2016 9:13 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Arising Of Power Wisdom Unveiled
    Excerpt From Womb of Wisdom, The Sacred Journey of Menopause
    Written & Illustrated by Roslyne Sophia Breillat



    This sacred power available to the menopausal woman is the power of wisdom infused with the power of love. It is the power of the female spirit infused with the power of justice and strength. It is the power of experience infused with the power of maturity. It is the power of life infused with the power of the feminine psyche. It is the power of transformation infused with the power of the womb. It is the power of the earth infused with the power of the moon. It shines with a calm serenity. It glows with a gentled grace. And it embraces a gentle strength.

    It creates many changes. It takes her where she dared not go before. It knows no boundaries and it knows no fear. This power that is offered to the menopausal woman knows no structures and it knows no limitations. It simplifies her life. It makes her delightfully ordinary and yet she becomes extraordinary through living it in its entirety.

    It gifts her with infinite courage and it awakens the joyous singing of her wise heart. It dances through the flow of her words and it speaks from the depths of her womb consciousness. It demands that she be true. It is honest and it is straight. It compels her to let go. It calls her to move on. It filters throughout her daily life. It shines an iridescent light within the heart of darkness. And it prevents her from living a deadening and disempowering life of familiarity, of compromise, of fear. If she ignores this wise heart of her menopausal fire she will never experience the full beauty or the true purpose of her female power. The intensity of this transformational power culminates within a potent climacteric point during the peak of her menopausal phase, where the richness of her life experiences and the fullness of her wisdom merge within the alchemical glow of her menopausal cauldron of rebirth.

    This menopausal Goddess of Power becomes relentless, as she asks her to give up, to give in, to give over to the emerging wisdom of her deepening truth within. She asks her to fearlessly trust. She asks her to graciously receive. She asks her to listen to her heart. She demands her to listen to her inner muse. She compels her to honour, to integrate and to receive the inexplicable mysteries of her wise female ways. She enfolds her in her arms and she holds her hand and she asks her to rest peacefully in the abundant lap of Mother Earth for a while. And she leads her into unknown territory where fear no longer abides. 


    She reveals the sacred knowing of her womanly mystery. She awakens her passion for life and she deepens her desire for truth. She rebirths her as the profundity of the wild wise woman. She calls her to be unique. She calls her to be different, to become authentic, to embrace the many treasures bequeathed through change. She casts a shining light upon her actions and upon her deeds. If she ignores the irresistible dance of this power, she will never realise the full potential of her femaleness. If she is ruthlessly honest, she will be compelled to embrace this power, to surrender to this power, to live from this power, to love from this power. When she becomes infused with the richness of this power, she can never go back. She can never return to where she was before this tumultuous adventure of menopause began to rock the familiar comfort of her cosy world.



    Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a wise woman who lives, writes, and paints from the heart. Her prolific articles and paintings embrace the wisdom and grace of the female essence and the beauty of the Earth. She is acknowledged as a powerful and courageous writer whose creative work features in many international websites and magazines and her website is an abundant offering of female wisdom that nurtures and inspires. Sophia is the author of two books, WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE and HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE. Both of these books can be ordered directly from sophia@wildheartwisdom.com

    Email: sophia@wildheartwisdom.com
    Website: www.wildheartwisdom.com
     

    Sophia offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


    ~ Being Woman ~ (detailed description of Being Woman online course)


    This six week online course provides a sacred and nurturing space where woman can learn to surrender more deeply to the natural receptivity of the female psyche. "...so blessed to have had gentle words of encouragement and support from you through the "Being Woman" course at W.W.U.... You have inspired me to continue my quest... Thanks so much!"

    ~ Dawning of Wisdom ~ (detailed description of Dawning of Wisdom online course)

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation.

    "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

  • Wednesday, December 07, 2016 11:12 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

     

     

    I like to call our Urban Permaculture Farm, the Herbal Homestead. I call it this, because for me it all started with herbs. My first herb teachers were wise woman herbalists. They encouraged me to focus on the herbs growing right outside of my doorstep and this has remained as a pivotal place for me to return over and over again.

    A lot happens at our homestead. We grow food and medicine, we wild forage from green spaces in our community as well as neighbors yards. We tend the critters in our space, we feed ourselves, as well as our family and friends. We strive to expand our understanding of life and to weave ourselves into our surroundings.

    This column will highlight some of the things that happen here at The Herbal Homestead. It is an invitation to spend time with me through stories of daily life. 



    Winter Nourishment: Soup Stocks and Broths

    This morning I awoke and it was cold. We heat our home with a wood furnace, so sleeping 8 hours means that you wake up to a chilly house. My wool comforter made by the local woolen mill, keeps me very warm at night, yet when I emerge from under the covers I have two goals.

    1. To reignite the wood stove

         2. To make something warm to drink.


    I often make a cup of tea, but some mornings only a cup of broth will do.  I was inspired a couple of years ago when I attended a Weston A. Price Foundation Conference to begin incorporating broth into my breakfast routine. At the conference they served broth for breakfast. It was winter and I will never forget how satisfying that morning cup of broth was. I realized that by stereotyping broth as an afternoon or evening food, I was missing out on a very special morning opportunity. Of course I still incorporate broth into my winter stews and soups, but I now have expanded my horizons and added it to our homestead breakfast list!


    Below are a few of my favorite recipes for broth. Broth can be made and frozen for future use.

     

    How to Make Soup Stock: 3 Easy Broth Recipes

    Soup stocks are incredibly healthy, nutrient dense and serve as a quintessential comfort food on a cold day. Soup stock has a long history as a nourishing and healing food. While the village herbalist has always known the healing power of soup stock and chicken soup in particular, it took until the year 2000 for CNN headlines to read, “Chicken soup is medicine, U.S. scientists confirm.” Glad they caught up.


    There is no doubt that homemade soup and soup stock is healthy, tastes good and is easy to make.  The following are recipes that serve as guidelines. I say guidelines, as I am a scratch cook, which means that I add what I have. I love to add new herbs, spices, vegetables and animals parts. A couple of years ago I began adding egg shells. It means the stock that I make is always new and interesting. I often add herbs and spices not only for flavor, but to increase the nutrient density of the stock.

     

    Vegetable Stock


    Place the chopped vegetables, herbs, and spices into a crock pot or stockpot. I like a crockpot, as it can be left unattended for long periods of time. Add enough cold water to cover the vegetables. Simmer for approximately 24 hours. Many people make vegetable stock from scraps such as peels and stems. If you use vegetable scraps to make your stock, you will need to strain them from the stock and discard them when finished. And to note, when you boil vegetables for a meal, a lot of their flavor and nutrients leach out into the water.


    The next time you boil vegetables, save the water and add it to your vegetable stock or next batch of soup. Of course being the seaweed lover that I am, I sometimes thicken and enhance the consistency of a vegetable broth by adding a red seaweed ie dulse, turkish towel and/or irish moss. Red seaweed contains carrageenan, which adds viscosity or thickness to the broth and is nutritious. Carrageenan is particularly supportive to the digestive system.    

     

    Chicken or Turkey Stock

    Place chicken or turkey bones, spare meat, vegetable scraps, herbs and spices into a stockpot or slow cooker. If you have access to the feet of the animal you will want to add them, as this will add gelatin to the broth for a thick, rich, highly nutritious broth. Add enough cold water to cover the vegetables and bones. Simmer for 24 hours. Foam will form on the surface of the stock as it simmers. Use a spoon, or ladle, to skim it off. Strain the bones and vegetable scraps from the stock and discard them.

     

    Beef Stock


    Begin by baking the beef soup bones in the oven at 450 degrees for half an hour. If you have access to oxtail bones you will want to add them, as this will add gelatin. As with chicken or turkey broth, the gelatin will create a thick nutritious broth.  Put the beef bones, spare meat, vegetable scraps, herbs and spices into a stockpot. Add enough cold water to cover the vegetables and bones. Simmer for approximately 24 hours. Foam will form on the surface of the beef stock as it simmers. Use a spoon, or ladle, to skim it off. Strain the bones and vegetable scraps from the stock and discard them.

     

    *For bone broths you will want to place your stock in the refrigerator for 8 hours in order to separate the fat and for the broth to gel. The best broth will be quite gelatinous.


    *Adding herbs to any of these broths will also increase their nutrient density. I often add seaweed, burdock, astragalus, mushrooms, lovage, alfalfa, nettle and whatever else happens to be near by. There is no limit to what you can add to your stocks! Have fun! Seaweed added to stock contributes much needed trace minerals.


    Gelatin extracted from bones is a nutritious source of protein as well as collagen, calcium, minerals and the amino acids proline and glycine.


    Stock made from poultry or other bones increases endurance and strengthens the immune system and veins, arteries, muscles, tendons, skin and bones. It also soothes and heals the gastro-intestinal tract and is thus a potent medicine for people suffering from food sensitivities and digestive or bowel problems. All stock provides an easily assimilable form of vitamins and minerals.

     

    Using Your Stock


    You can use the stock immediately as a base for soup, or you can freeze it and begin making your soup on another day. If you freeze the soup stock, leave a bit of space in the top of the container for expansion. It is a good idea to freeze the stock into the portion size that works best for you. A single cup of stock can be warmed on a cold day for an instant meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.


    Tossing in leftover meat and vegetables from the refrigerator creates a wonderful meal. Adding cream, pureed vegetables, starch, or flour can thicken soup stock. I also cook rice and other grains in soup stock for added nutrition and flavor. This is a very creative process and a great way to enjoy leftovers in a new and refreshing form.


    May the stock be with you during these cold winter days.



     

    Linda Conroy is a bioregional, wise woman herbalist, educator,wildcrafter, permaculturist and an advocate for women's health.

    She is the proprietress of Moonwise Herbs and the founder of Wild Eats: a movement to encourage people and communities to incorporate whole and wild food into their daily lives. She is passionate about women's health and has been working with women for over 20 years in a wide variety of settings.

    Linda is a student of nonviolent communication and she has a masters degree in Social Work as well as Law and Social Policy. Linda has been offering hands on herbal programs and food education classes for well over a decade.

    She has completed two herbal apprenticeship programs, one of which was with Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center and she has a certificate in Permaculture Design.

    Linda is a curious woman whose primary teachers are the plants; they never cease to instill a sense of awe and amazement.

    Her poetic friend Julene Tripp Weaver, eloquently describes Linda when she writes, "She listens to the bees, takes tips from the moon, and follows her heart."

    Listen to a thirty minute interview with mentor Linda Conroy

     

    Study with Linda Conroy from Home

    ~Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making~
    ( Link to detailed description of Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making )

    The goal of the course is to have participants become familiar with herbal medicine, to become comfortable incorporating herbs into daily life and to gain hands on experience making simple remedies at home.
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