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  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 7:42 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Mother of All She who Knows
    Excerpt From Womb Of Wisdom, The Sacred Journey Of Menopause
    Written & Illustrated By Roslyne Sophia Breillat



    The menopausal womb is relentless in its desire to release the past, as it brings residual tensions and long-buried emotions to the light for healing. Many women experience the dissolution of suppressed cellular memories and  the healing imagery of graphic vivid dreams as past trauma is released during this phase. These suppressed memories are often deeply sexual, intensely sensual, painfully raw and intimately real. And as they dissolve, they create a vast new space in her psyche for enhanced creativity, vibrant passion and deeper loving. The impersonal wisdom of the Crone does not wish to journey with the past. Her purpose now is to purge and purify, to cleanse and renew, to strengthen and empower. releasing all that will not serve the harmonious containment of her new life. Emotional disharmony frequently erupts as the menopausal woman prepares for her new phase of peaceful detachment and deepening wisdom.

    She may experience hormonal disturbances, lack of interest in lovemaking, disruptive separation from people and places and situations that once fulfilled her and filled her life with joy. She may find that she is no longer attracted to particular foods, flavours, clothing, activities or work that once enlivened her and gave her a sense of security and comfort. This powerful phase of female life is for releasing cluttered possessions, unreal dreams and impossible ideals. It is for relinquishing past behavioural patterns, disempowering lovers and dysfunctional relationships that are not aligned with the wise ways of the Crone. As the powerful weaver of wisdom, she cannot integrate these into her rich tapestry of new beginnings, her colourful fabric of life, if she denies her female truth.

    This is not a time for rigid structures and driven ambitions, for she no longer has any need to prove herself to the ways of the masculine world. Her primal wildness and instinctual passion are beginning to stir more deeply, opening her womb’s wisdom as it has never opened before. She is being prepared for living from a wise inner place that rests far beyond superficial layers of emotional attachments, scattered thoughts and erratic feelings. She is diving deeply into a cauldron of fire, a cauldron of transformation, a cauldron of rebirth. And like the mythical Phoenix, she will soon arise reborn from the ashes of this menopausal transformation as a woman of wisdom and power. She is now being guided silently through the dark night of the soul, as her heart’s intuitive knowing leads her through the unfamiliar waters of this potent change. This twilight phase can create fear in a woman, particularly if she identifies with her outer worldly roles as being the truth of who she is. This powerful journey frequently embodies a lone crossing of the vast barren desert until she finally reaches the nurturing oasis of her well of wisdom.

    There will be no more babies birthed from her womb. There will be no more rich crimson blood flowing with the moon. There will be no more pregnancies. There will be no more fears or joys of conception. A deeper seed is now being sown in preparation for her forthcoming fruitful harvest of joy and freedom. Finally, she envisages harmony upon the horizon, as her inner desert flower blooms with vibrant colours, emanating the glorious fragrance of mellowing peace, grace and maturity, and taking root within the enriching sustenance that is the sacred ground of her new life.

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




    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."

  • Thursday, April 06, 2017 1:41 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    SOME MEDICINAL VALUES OF SEA SALT
    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



    Sea salt is vital to our lives.
    In many ways, sea salt is a medicine. Salt is the strongest alkaline forming mineral. Along with other minerals it helps to create a strong resistance against infectious diseases, by keeping the blood slightly alkaline.


    Salt can remedy many diseases that are due to an overly acidic condition. This is extremely important when considering the acidic effects of most modern foods, such as refined flour, sugar, and processed meat. People reach instinctively for salt to help balance these acidic forming foods. However, it is too strong a medicine to be misused in this way, because too much salt can make the body hold onto fats, cause cardiovascular diseases, kidney and stomach problems, headaches, and hypertension. Mentally, the over use of salt can make us feel inflexible, tight and narrow-minded, as if emotions become sharp and hard as salt crystals.


    Salt stimulates the kidneys to do their job well, however, too much salt will require the body to take in more liquids. One of the kidneys' main functions is to cleanse the waste from the blood. If too much water is ingested, the kidneys main job becomes eliminating excess water and salt from the body. The toxins in the body then begin to build up. At this time, signs of an over-worked bladder and kidneys begin to appear, such as aching of the muscles, skin diseases and inflammation or pain in the lower back.


    Strangely enough, conditions similar to eating too much salt can be created when salt is eliminated from the diet. The kidneys, in their role of regulating the body's salt balance, produce a hormone which contracts the blood veins. This contraction causes excess stress on the heart and increases the blood pressure, and the body becomes tighter. These symptoms are normally associated with the use of too much salt. The kidneys then discharge very little urine, in an attempt to hold onto the body's salt supply, creating water retention in the tissues, similar to symptoms of excess salt.


    Traditional Ayurvedic medicine uses sea salt as an aid to digestion. The trace minerals in sea salt aid in the functioning of enzymes, and the breaking down of foods in the metabolism. Salt aids in the production of bile to break down fats, forms digestive juices in the stomach, stimulates the intestinal muscles, as well as the saliva production in the mouth.


    However salt in its raw state is difficult for the body to handle. It is much better for the body to assimilate salt when it is combined with other ingredients during cooking, or in seasonings. In this way the salt becomes easier to absorb , and is carried- along with the other nutrients deep into the inter-cellular fluids, where it helps these fluids to stay slightly alkaline, and promote healthy well functioning body cells.


    One of the traditional ways to eat salt in the orient is to season with tamari and miso or combine sea salt with sesame seeds in a condiment such as gomasio.


    Gomasio, or roasted sesame salt, is a salty slightly salty/bitter condiment. It is a much healthier way to add salt to foods at the table than the common way of sprinkling the meal with salt and pepper. Gomasio is particularly delicious on grains and vegetables. It is prepared by crushing sesame seeds together with sea salt so that the salt is well coated with the oil from the seeds. In this manner the oil buffers the effect of the salt in the digestive system, and enables it to be absorbed safely in the body. The proportions are usually 1:10 or 1:16, sea salt to sesame seeds.


    GOMASIO

    1 cup sesame seeds
    1 Tbsp sea salt


    Clean and rinse the seeds. Let them drain while roasting the salt on a dry skillet for a few minutes. Place the salt in a mortar or suribachi and grind until fine. Roast the seeds in a dry skillet until golden. They will give off a strong, delicious roasted aroma. Add the seeds to the salt and grind them together until the seeds are 50-70% crushed, using a gentle, rotating motion. Make sure the gomasio is cool before storing it in a jar with an airtight lid. Use gomasio as a condiment on grain and vegetable dishes.


    • Variation: Instead of sea salt, use roasted miso and dried, finely crushed herbs.




    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


     
  • Friday, March 31, 2017 3:31 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Aries New Moon Inspiration
    by Kathy Crabbe



    Dear Moon Musers,

    I pulled a Lefty Oracle Card for the Spring New Moon in Aries and her name is Nambia, pleasantly present.  As I read this card energetically without looking at it (a special technique I use for soul readings) I felt the Power of Spring course through me, but it wasn't an overwhelming or strident feeling. Instead, it felt like I was sinking into a bed of wildflowers; all yellows and oranges, reds and purples, filling my soul with beauty and strength and resilience, ephemeral though it was, for Spring flowers disappear so quickly! So I rush instead to breathe in deeply as big storm clouds of blue and sky sail over my head. We need this fullness, this ache, this newness, to ground and center so that we can soar and dive and play in this Season we call Spring. if you're in the Southern Hemisphere this reading can also apply to Fall's arrival, so try it out!


    Lefty Oracle of the Month: Nambia, pleasantly present

    Mantra: I relax.
    Affirmation: I am pleasantly present and focused upon one project, and only one project at a time.
    Element: Air
    Song
    I am
    at peace
    with
    myself.

    I rest.
    I float
    untethered.
    Pleasantly
    present.

    When this card appears in a reading you definitely need a break. Take some time for rest and relaxation, to shed your worries, get pampered and have some fun. This is not a time to crack down and get busy. You'll achieve far more later by taking it easy now. Figure out an easy way to charge your batteries and make time for YOU.

    In my own life, I love to simply just sit in nature, breathe in the smells and enjoy the sights; not thinking or doing anything, just being.

    Zodiac Goddess Wisdom


    Aries Goddess by Kathy Crabbe

    Aries – The Ram

    Time of Year – Spring, March 21 - April 19
    Quality – Cardinal
    Element – Fire
    Ruler – Mars
    Anatomy – Head
    Natural sign of – 1st House
    Opposite sign – Libra
    Color – Red
    Gemstones – Amethyst, diamond, fire opal, garnet
    Tarot cards – The Emperor, The Empress
    Goddesses – Amazons, Fuji, Kali, Sekhmet, Valkyries

    Aries Meditation

    Fire God, Fiery Goddess,
    Red the path to your heart’s desire,
    Lead the way to your soul’s fire.

    Aries Affirmations

        I embody spring fire
        I am true to my path and my inner convictions
        I am erotic and independent
        I am a primal, revolutionary rebel
        I am adventurous, assertive and courageous
        I am the Divine Warrior
        I remember who I truly am even if it bothers others


    Kali (Aries Goddess) by Kathy Crabbe

    Tap Into Your Aries Fire

        - Take on any challenge
        - Start a project
        - Assert your rights
        - Get creative
        - Feel power, strength and vitality come alive within you

    Aries Goddess ~ Kali
    Kali the destroyer
    Wants my heat
    To dance destruction
    With her feet.

    Kali or “Black Mother Time” symbolizes our worst fears. She is one of India’s most powerful and popular Goddesses although terrifying to Western eyes. Through her fascinating dance of death she helps us face and transform our fears as she too is transformed into the Great Mother and Lover.






    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.



  • 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."

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