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  • Monday, June 12, 2017 11:45 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Fire Meditation
    with Sheryl Wolover

    Please take 3 minutes of your time and join me in a Fire Meditation.
    Find a comfortable seated position and breath into the peacefulness~





    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

  • Wednesday, June 07, 2017 10:44 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Wildcrafting the Wise Woman Way
    by Arwen Ek

    Three words: Reverence. Ethical. Beauty.

    Reverence

    When you are embarking on your spring wildcrafting weed walk, do a short meditation to set a positive and compassionate intention. Visualize yourself walking in the forest, noticing the birds, the squirrels, the tiny, baby sprouts pushing up through the rich and moist layer of forest mulch. Visualize a soft smile on your face, and stepping softly on Mother Earth. barefoot in the chamomile

    Bring an offering – some kind of libation, a gift, and a prayer. It doesn’t matter what traditions you choose or keep, and if you don’t have a tradition that links you to the land, some way of relating to nature, now is your chance to invent one. The Native Americans use incense and feathers to make offerings to the four directions and the three planes (heaven, earth and the human realm of activity). Many other traditions use alcoholic spirits – beer, wine or brandy for example – and reverently pour a glassful onto the earth while saying a prayer, specifically inviting the spirits of the land to enjoy these libations. Or, take a precious stone, feather, piece of bone or some other sacred object from nature and return it to nature. Remember, you are a guest on the land, wherever you choose to harvest your medicinal and nutritional plants.

    ***Please note: if you choose to use incense, DO NOT leave any fire unattended in the forest!!!! Please!! And, do not leave any edible offerings (beside a sprinkling of birdseed, for example) that might attract bears, etc. I really, really hope that is self-evident to my readers! ****

    Sing to the plants. If you are very quiet, and bend down really close to the earth, putting your ear to the dirt and closing your eyes…you might just hear the song of the earth, song of spring, the resonance of the plants you are seeking. Sometimes a melody will spontaneously occur to me, sometimes I pray for my ears to be opened to the song of pine or nettle or arnica. When I meet the plants, we sing together. Here is a song that carries so many memories of my childhood, in the herb garden or in the forest with my mother, meeting the plants and the animals. It’s a Navajo song for healing called “Now I walk in beauty”:


    Now I walk in Beauty
    Beauty is Before Me
    Beauty is Behind Me
    Above and Below Me

    Ethical

    The beginning of ethical wildcrafting is to do a lot of research about the plants that you will be harvesting. Know their root systems, their growing cycle, when and how they propagate and whether they are rare or endangered. Ask your local herbalists, ecologists, and naturalists. Ask them to take you out and show you the land. Read Susan Weed and Michael Tierra, and any other reputable source for information on wild medicinal plants.

    Ask permission – of the owner of the land, obviously, but also of the plant. I love Susan Weed’s advice on talking to plants in her Healing Wise and asking their individual permission – hello, nettle, may I have some of your leaves today? She even claims if you talk really nice, and handle ever so gently, she can harvest nettle without being stung. Interesting…inspiring!

    OshaHarvest when the plant is seeding, and spread the seeds back into the earth. Reseeding this way will ensure next year’s harvest to be plentiful and the survival of the precious medicinal plants. Consider Osha, which only grows above 9000′ and will only grow wild. She will not tolerate any kind of artificial environment, so any medicinal products containing Osha had to be wildcrafted. It is particularly important to space your harvesting, and bury the seeds in the top layer of loose forest soil.

    Take only what you need, don’t clear the area of all the dandelion and then let your harvest go bad at home. Have a specific use in mind, and specific quantities measured out before you go out with your scissors and spade. Remember that these wonderful wild herbs, roots, leaves, flowers, berries and all, are food and medicine for local wildlife who depend on these plants for survival. Think SUSTAINABLE.

    Beauty

    Think beauty, sing beauty, wear a beautiful hat, walk with dignity, respect, awareness. You are not just harvesting wild medicinal plants, you are consciously contributing to the beauty of the area. Pick up trash and pack it out – always. Build a small carin (rock pile) in a sacred spot. Spacing your harvesting will allow the soil to breathe better. Don’t pick flowers unless you are consciously harvesting medicinal varieties like calendula, arnica, or dandelion. I used to love picking wildflowers when my husband Greg reminded me, “that is God’s boquet.” Meaning, let it be, and enjoy the natural, wild beauty as it is.

    Leave no trace. No trash, no food, no detritus. Repair the soil and rocks where you have harvested. Harvest flower tops at random intervals, so that it would be impossible to notice any were missing.

    …and finally, gratitude.

    I learned the art of wildcrafting from my own mother. She patiently took me into the wilderness, she showed me how to cultivate and harvest medicinal plants at our garden at home. Of course, as a kid I thought it was so corny to sing to the plants. Now I get it…thirty years later! Kids don’t usually understand the importance of reseeding or not destroying an entire plant colony in one go. I was so reckless in my younger years…but my mom’s gentle wisdom has stuck with me. And my husband is a constant reminder: respect mother nature, give to the earth and She will take care of you. Thank you thank you, mom, for your love and patience. I hope that I am beginning to understand what you tried to teach me, the wisdom of the earth, the healing power of simple plants.

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    Red Earth Herbal Gathering is a sacred ceremonial container created by and for women to honor and activate our inherent life-nurturing power. We gather together to learn from and inspire each other through ceremony, workshops, deep healing and community building. By recognizing the beauty and power of what it is to be women doing our sacred work, our life's calling, we step into our collective potential to support the great turning of our planet at this time.
    Join us at Red Earth Herbal Gathering from August 19-20th at Pachamama Farm and Wellness in Longmont, Colorado!
    www.redearthherbalgathering.com

  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:18 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Uterine Bodywork facilitates the healing of numerous emotional, menstrual, spiritual, and physical conditions.
    The solar plexus is known in numerous women’s indigenous traditions to be our "power center”, the center of our personal power source.
    Incidents such as rape, incest, abuse, abortion, infertility, and traumatic childbirth can restrict the flow of necessary energy movement in the area and as a result we lose our sense of power. One very common side effect is poor digestion, this is an indication that our power source is lacking energy. Mayan uterine massage is a simple and effective therapy that shifts stagnation into positive flow once again.

    Physically speaking, when the uterus is displaced oxygenated blood (arterial flow) coming to the uterus is sluggish and venous blood flow moving out of the uterus is restricted. This sluggish condition hinders outward flow and results in the buildup of carbonic acid and other toxins in the tissues. Without being able to excrete or dispose of these acids can lead to unpleasant symptoms and over a period of years, serious illness. Another symptom of a displaced uterus is clotting and brown blood during our moontime or monthly bloods. If this is something you are experiencing then circulation is stunted.

    Stress is a HUGE factor in all of stagnation. Any one of the instances above precipitates an interruption of relaxation where metabolism and absorption function improperly. In a chaotic stressful environment, your energy also becomes chaotic, your cells absorb the energy of your environment and this can lead to a digestive disaster. This stress-filled environment hinders one's ability to connect with a basic source of self-love. Eating healthy food and absorbing the nutrition therein is an elemental task that so many people cannot manifest. Massaging the digestive organs brings blood and warmth with vital nutrients into these places whereas before they were cold and stagnant. Penetrating those dormant areas moves energy, blood, and body fluid, and releases that chaotic (stressful) energy. This motion can release and breakdown negative thoughts stored in the tissue, a liberation related to this intense powerful healing.

    This summer I am teaching Healing the Heart of the Womb which includes the practice of the Mayan uterine massage, vaginal steaming, and sacred personal ceremony. I hold the container so you can open your heart and release what does not serve your highest good any longer. I want you to engage in your healing journey feeling supported and nourished. I uphold the safe place, so that 'she who is healing' can shine.

    Come join us at the Red Earth Herbal Gathering at Pachamama Farm and
    Wellness in Colorado. To register go to https://www.redearthherbalgathering.com.


    Laura Clemmons CH
    Stregagardens.com ~ stregagardens@gmail.com ~ 720-380-9916


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    Red Earth Herbal Gathering is a sacred ceremonial container created by and for women to honor and activate our inherent life-nurturing power. We gather together to learn from and inspire each other through ceremony, workshops, deep healing and community building. By recognizing the beauty and power of what it is to be women doing our sacred work, our life's calling, we step into our collective potential to support the great turning of our planet at this time.
    Join us at Red Earth Herbal Gathering from August 19-20th at Pachamama Farm and Wellness in Longmont, Colorado!
    www.redearthherbalgathering.com

  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:49 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Culturing from the Heart
    Anne-Marie Fryer

    When I turned 50 I received in the mail a free introductory magazine from AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). An article in the magazine mentioned a study of Polish women who ate cabbage in the form of sauerkraut four or more times a week. The study concluded that the Polish Women were 74 % less likely to develop breast cancer than a control group. The article also mentioned that sauerkraut eaters were less likely to develop colon cancer.  The study was done by the American Association for Cancer Research, a highly respected organization in America. Issue and date is mentioned in the introduction to my class at WWU, Culturing from the Heart.

    Fermented and cultured foods, - sauerkraut being one of them, are some of the most wonderful foods created. They are kind of miracle foods. Just a table spoon or two is enough to harvest all the benefits of these wonderful tasty fermented and cultured foods. Why are sauerkraut and other fermented and cultured foods so important in our diet? Here are three basic reasons for eating fermented and cultured foods.

    One is the fermentation process or the culturing process helps digest the food that are being fermented or cultured. When we ferment foods we often just use salt, some times water -that is all. Some people add whey as a starter. When culturing foods,  for example making yogurt, we add a starter, -a culture, to the milk to create yogurt. Dairy is difficult for many people to digest. Cultured milk becomes so much easier to process. I had a client who could not digest milk – and wheat for that matter. When she changed her diet and life style she turned around her intolerance to milk and wheat and was able to enjoy both.  Wheat can be extremely difficult to digest when not prepared well. It is only by fermenting the wheat, or the gluten, during the process of making sourdough bread that the wheat is predigested and therefor not harmful to eat. This is the first reason for eating fermented and cultured foods; that the fermentation process or the culturing process help digest the foods that are being fermented or cultured.

    The Second main reason to ferment and culture foods is that these healthy bacteria and enzymes created during the process, benefit our entire digestive tract and therefor our immune system. We have about 4 pounds of healthy bacteria in our digestive tract that are hugely important for breaking down the foods we ingest and keeping unwanted bacteria at bay. I will in the course, Culturing from the Heart, go into more details.

    The Third reason is that fermented and cultured foods help digest the meal we are eating. Say we are having rice and burritos with sauerkraut. The sauerkraut helps digest the rice and beans and especially the oils and fats in the meal.

    In the class, Culturing from the Heart, you will be guided in a step-by-step process to make, beside sauerkraut, kimchi and brine pickled vegetables. You will get a hands on experience in making yogurt, kefir, soft cheese, as well as cultured and fermented drinks such as kvass, wild berry elixir and rosemary beer. Most of all I want to help you gain confidence and ease when making these wonderful, very simple and inexpensive, yet highly nutritious and medicinal foods.

    Both courses that I offer (the other being Cooking for the Love of the Children), will be customized to your needs as much as possible. I want you to share with me challenges or health concerns you may have.  I want to help you answer any questions related to the courses, as for example, 'What does it mean when mold appears on the sauerkraut?' or 'How do I help my children to appreciate broccoli or green leafy vegetables, like kale?' I look forward to working with you!


    Juicy, Healthy Sauerkraut

    2 pound green cabbage
    1 tablespoons sea salt

    Take the outer layers of the cabbage and discard.

    Shred the cabbage very, very fine.

    With your very clean hands rub the salt into the cabbage until the cabbage get shinny and juicy.

    Fill a wide mouth quart jar with boiling water to sterilize it. Pour off the water.

    Pack the jar with the shredded cabbage. Press it down firmly so that the liquid is above the cabbage. Place an air tight lid on the jar. Let the jar sit covered on the counter in room temperature around 70 degrees. After one day check if the liquid is still above the the cabbage and that no cabbage is exposed to air. If not add extra brine by boiling 1 cup water with an added 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Let it cool before pouring it in the jar.

    Cover the jar with a kitchen towel and let it sit in a dark place at room temperature, not higher than 72 degrees for the first 2 days. Place the jar in a cooler place about 65 degrees and let the kraut sit for 5-12 days.

    When the sauerkraut is done it will have an appetizing sweet and sour taste with a unique aroma. Keep the sauerkraut in the refrigerator.

    Anne-Marie Fryer
    Cooking for the Love of the World





    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, May 04, 2017 7:07 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Proud Warrior practices with the message of Ahimsa
    with Sheryl Wolover

    "Non Harming" (Ahimsa) also carries the message of honor thy self and others....before, during and after Yoga class.
    Practice deeply with this thought as you move into and out of Proud Warrior (Virbhadrasana 2).






    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, April 25, 2017 2:50 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    New Moon in Taurus Inspiration

    by Kathy Crabbe



    Mummy from the Lefty Oracle Deck by Kathy Crabbe
    This month as I sat with Lefty Oracle card of the month (Mummy) and pondered this New Moon in Taurus (April 26) these thoughts came to me:

    Why do we do anything?

    To be of service, of course, and to support our own growth and that of Mother Earth and all her denizens.

    How are you of service? And how does being of service tap into and express your own sacred gifts?

    When we express the love we have inside we ARE being of service. If we need to be flashy and show-offy, is this our true self, or just our ego saying 'look at me!'

    In this self obsessed world we live in, I heard online that it's now a radical act to take a walk and NOT share it online!

    Why not come up with your own radical act for NOT sharing online? I challenge you to try this out at least until the next Full Moon (May 10). Try making time for a walk in nature without your cell phone or camera. I'm going to try NOT checking my phone first thing after I get up.

    When I was a young girl in the 1970's I had a premonition about just how BIG a part screens would play in our lives and how avoiding getting sucked in would be one of THE most important things we could do to help ourselves be ourselves. I love computers, but hey, they're addictive, right? (Check out Wim Wenders' movie from 1991, Until the End of the World for some interesting observations and of course Aldous Huxley's book, Brave New World).

    Lefty Oracle of the Month: Mummy

    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. (excepted from the Lefty Oracle Deck Guidebook)



    Taurus Inspiration from the Goddess Zodiac Playbook

    Taurus – The Bull
    Time of Year – Spring turns into summer, May Day, April 20 - May 20
    Quality – Fixed
    Element – Earth
    Planetary Ruler – Venus
    Anatomy – Neck, throat
    Natural Sign of – 2nd House
    Color – Earth colors, green, pink
    Gemstone – Chrysocolla, green emerald, moss agate
    Tarot Card – Hierophant
    Goddesses – Demeter, Flora, Gaia, Hathor, Hera, Nokomis, Olwen, Rhea

    Taurus Affirmations

       I am practical, sensible and earthy
        I am sensual and loyal
        I am grounded and fulfilled in the arms of Mama Earth
        I am creative and persistent
        I grow deep roots
        I am slowing down and enjoying myself
        I take time to pamper and nurture myself
        I indulge my senses on a regular basis

    Feed Your Taurus Earthiness



        - Spend time in nature feeling comfortable and at home
        - Build and transform your world through the healing powers of art
        - Allow Mama Earth to support your endeavours
        - Discover deep bliss





    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, 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.

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