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  • Monday, August 19, 2019 6:51 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    The Journey of the Rose ~ A Shamanic Herbal Tale Part III

    Toward Earth
            by Julie Charette Nunn, Crow’s Daughter

            



    The wild rose is quietly growing now outside my door. All her energy is going into the ripening of the wild rose hips. There is a subtle peace in acknowledging rose’s task of ripening, putting forth energy into her fruit so that she will continue. the Art of Wen HsuI like to think I am doing the same, working hard at tasks, expanding and ripening my work in the world. I enjoy noticing that rose is outside, without complaining, growing in heat or cold and continuing.

    The medicine of wild rose is something rather awesome. I met a man a few years back at an herbal fair in eastern Washington. He noticed that I had wild rose tincture for sale. He told me he was one of the researchers of Pacific yew who discovered the incredible anti-cancer properties in it. He continued to talk and shared that the University of British Columbia has been doing laboratory tests on Rosa nutkana and a few other plants. He said that Rosa nutkana aka wild rose tincture kills the cold virus in the laboratory. He shared that the tincture was made with the leaf and flower tips of the wild rose in full bloom. Up until this point, I had been making wild rose tincture with just the flower and flower buds. Well, I couldn’t wait to try this method of making the tincture.

    Just a year ago, I had the opportunity to utilize this wild rose tincture when I had a cold. I used 25 drops of tincture about every 3-4 hours. The energy of the tincture is gentle and rather calming. And I was able to recover from my cold within a few days.

    This “Pacific Yew Man” (I call him that because I didn’t get his name) said that the reason the wild rose tincture was made with the flowering tips was so that they could positively identify the species of rose they used as Rosa nutkana. He thought wild rose hips tincture would also be effective.

    When autumn equinox comes round this year, the wild rose hips will be ready to harvest. I have heard that waiting until the first frost to pick will insure a higher concentration of vitamin C in the hips. It rains so much here in fall that waiting may mean soggy rose hips. There are numerous herbal preparations to be made with these plump red berries. Collecting the hips and drying them is quite a joyful task. I like to collect the hips in a bag I can sling over my shoulder. Gathering and dropping them in the bag is a peaceful way to spend a fall afternoon.

    Once the wild rose hips are dry you can make nourishing herbal infusions with them. Here is how I do it. Put one ounce of rose hips in a quart jar, fill to the top with boiling water and let this sit overnight, the typical infusion recipe. Doing it this way will allow the Vitamin C in the rose hips to be utilized. But I don’t feel like I get enough of the goodness from the rose hips this way so, after I strain this brew, I take the rose hips and boil them again for a while and thus get more juice out of them. I then mix these two concoctions together. It is a bit of work, but so worth it. This wild rose hips brew is deeply nourishing and sensuously delicious.

    Last fall I made rose hips vinegar, rose hips infused oil and rose hips infused honey. The vinegar is rich in Vitamin C and other fine minerals. The rose hips infused honey is the most amazing concoction and can be used medicinally when a cold overtakes you. But don’t wait to get sick to try this delicacy.

    The wild rose hips herbal infused oil is really intriguing me right now. It smells wonderful and feels very good and wholesome to touch. I get the sense that it has deep healing within it.

    I remember the day I returned to the place on the Olympic Peninsula to gather wild rose hips in October. I picked rose berries, one by one, noticing which ones were most vibrant and the varying shapes and sizes. I was entranced with the deep medicine of this plant . . .  love and beauty again came to mind, but in the fall season I also sensed a strong pull toward Earth. The wild rose blossoms expressed to me a manifestation of heart, while the ripe, red berries spoke of womb medicine, the deep dark medicine of feminine power.

    May it be in beauty. 



    Julie Charette Nunn, Crow’s Daughter joyfully teaches the shamanic herbal tradition of the wise woman through apprenticeships, classes and one to one teachings at her farm on Whidbey Island in Washington State. She lives and works close to the earth, gathering and crafting plants for nourishment and healing. She sees the common plants as her wisest teachers. Her latest endeavor is a 13-month home study course in shamanic herbalism. www.crowsdaughter.com

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:05 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Pick-a-Card for the Aquarius Full Moon: Take Care of You & Avoid Burnout

    by Kathy Crabbe



    As I pull cards for you I'm happy to say I'll soon have a third oracle card deck to add to the mix: The Goddess Zodiac Oracle Deck coming out in Spring, 2020.

    Time now to go deep.
    Relax.
    Take some breaths.
    Choose a card below then scroll down for the REVEAL.





    Aquarius Full Moon Reading

    Card 1: Sandpiper (Elfin Ally Oracle)

    Keyword: Swirly
     Meaning: This is an emotional time so take care of yourself first.
     Reversed: You are trying to do too much and are in danger of burning out.

    Affirmation: I am LOVE.
     Astrology: Aquarius, Neptune, Pisces, Pluto
     Element: Air, Water

    Medicine: You reach deep down into the heart of the VOID to release the Magick within.
     
     Lore: She belonged by the sea, with Sandpiper, her ally, at her side. It was the light and the sounds and the water babies cooing that kept her there year after year, singing her song.

    You open me up to the very depths of my being, scraping the corners of my heart with your sensitive bill, feeling into my empty spaces to fill them up with all that ever was – JOY.




    Card 2: Demon (Lefty Oracle)

    Mantra: I transform.

    Affirmation: I journey into the dark to discover inner truths.

    Element: Spirit

    Song
     Be brave dear Soul,
     face your fright.
     open the door,
     welcome the light.

    If this card appears in a reading expect the unexpected! There is a trickster in your midst. Maybe it’s you? Not a mean trickster, but a true trickster; one who shifts your reality and helps you see things from a new perspective. Perhaps you’ve become complacent, or lazy, or overly self satisfied, and are no longer seeing the big picture because you’re too caught up in small details and worries. This WILL change soon so get ready to open your eyes wide and see the world in a whole new way.

    In my own life I do my best to see negative, challenging experiences on a deeper level and I ask questions, such as, “What is the teaching in this? What is being mirrored back to me about myself? What changes need to happen now?”

     

    Card 3: Jack Rabbit (Elfin Ally Oracle)

    Keyword: Noble
     Meaning: Romance is in the air; succumb to it, if you dare.
     Reversed: A missed opportunity is not worth tears.
     
     Affirmation: My love flowers only for one.
     Astrology: Mercury, Moon, Taurus, Venus, Saturn
     Element: Air, Earth, Water

    Medicine: Your magic is untamed, tricksy and loving, so take care in choosing the ONE.

    Lore: This was HER heart on the line, and it hurt. So she called upon Jack Rabbit, her ally, to make it better. He advised speed, but it was time that she needed instead. So, into the pink she leapt where sweetness dreamed and magic slept.

    She has tasted the sweetness of love flowering and just as quickly seen it fade away. As Elf Princess she had a higher, deeper path to follow and it was not with her Beloved Rose. Luckily, she had Jack Rabbit as her ally and he reminded her daily, that love would wait for she was a Priestess-to-be and happily pleasure and great passion was her birthright.

    Left Oracle Deck

    Elfin Ally Oracle Deck





    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.

  • Wednesday, August 07, 2019 4:07 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    The Journey of the Rose ~
    A Shamanic Herbal Tale Part II

    Breathing the Breath of Rose
    by Julie Charette Nunn, Crow’s Daughter



     

    The wild roses are in full bloom now on our land, enough for all kinds of herbal preparations. We discovered a variety of wild rose buds as we wildcrafted recently. One flower bud being is dark fushcia pink; , another more mauve in color.


    Last fall as we gathered the ripe rose hips, we noticed even more species of rose. Some large and fat, some round, some oval, some ripening quite early and others not quite ripe.


    The fullness of this diversity is heart warming. Even within the wild rose community, when you look closely you will see many unique and wonderful gifts.


    The wild rose, her teachings, her healing properties, her uses are an example of the ancient wise woman tradition of only utilizing a few plants for healing. Once, long ago, there were plants that were known to heal everything, anything. These plants were the companions of wise women and helped guide their healing practices. I enjoy discovering these plants and their shamanic teachings as well as utilizing them in as many ways as possible.


    Rose is a spiritual teacher. I mean this in the shamanic sense. She is the one who will lead you to other plants that will nourish and heal you. In order to discover the teachings of wild rose, it is best to begin outside with her, listening. Here is a shamanic exercise that will facilitate this relationship:

    • Take a walk and find a wild rose plant you feel a connection with.
      Sit or stand near rose.
      Observe the rose plant, noticing how it comes up out of the ground and how it twists and turns toward the light.
      Find the thorns and observe the thorns.
      Observe the intricate patterns of the leaves, the buds and flowers, allowing yourself to detect the aroma.
      As you detect the scent of the rose notice your breath, breathing in and out three times
      Begin to feel yourself take shape as a rose.
      Feel yourself become the rose in all its intricacy, noticing many details
      Bring awareness back to breath again, breathing in the oxygen of this rose, breathing out offering your breath, and now breathe in as rose, breathe out offering oxygen. Do this for seven cycles.
      Listen. Listening is more than hearing. What do you see, hear, smell, feel?
      Now, ask yourself, “Who am I? ” Take note.
      When this feels complete, open your eyes and move and stand once again.
      Give thanks to the rose.
      While proceeding with this exercise, do your best not to interpret what you are experiencing. When you are completely done, this is a good time to write and explore fully what this means for you.
      Return to the same rose. Connect again, remembering its details and the interchange.

    Now take basket in hand and gather rose.


    There are many concoctions that you can make with wild rose. I have two favorites, wild rose infused oil and wild rose infused honey.


    To make the wild rose infused oil, I used to gather just the rose petals and buds. This makes an incredibly fragrant oil. Recently though, I have been experimenting with also using the wild rose leaves in my infused oil. The fragrance is a bit deeper and the healing tremendous.


    Gather wild roses in your basket. Immediately cut up the petals, buds and leaves, place them in a jar and drizzle olive oil over them just below the top of the jar. Put a lid on this and shake. Label with name, date, and perhaps something you remember from your journey and put it in the dark. Six weeks later, strain it and bless your skin with this precious oil.


    Wild Rose infused honey is made just this way. Instead of olive oil, drizzle raw, local honey over the roses. You won’t have to wait six weeks for the honey. In fact, you can make this and use it the next day. But do be patient to let some of it sit for six weeks to increase its potency. This sensual delicacy is extraordinary. Not only is it delicious, you can utilize this honey for deep healing of infections.


    Wild rose is anti-bacterial, antiseptic, very softening for skin and quite gentle. I have received feedback recently from people using wild rose balm (a combination of wild rose infused oil, wild rose infused honey and bees wax) who have experienced tremendous healing.


    A woman with auto-immune disease and a terrible rash that would not go away put wild rose balm on the affected area and overnight it had began healing. Another woman put some of this balm on an open cut that was very painful and within a few seconds, the pain had subsided. Such a powerful and yet gentle healer.


    As I reflect on the many ways that wild rose offers herself to us, I am reminded again of the wise woman. She is strong and compassionate, and she is also sensuous and joyous.


    May it be in Beauty.


    Julie Charette Nunn, Crow’s Daughter joyfully teaches the shamanic herbal tradition of the wise woman through apprenticeships, classes and one to one teachings at her farm on Whidbey Island in Washington State. She lives and works close to the earth, gathering and crafting plants for nourishment and healing. She sees the common plants as her wisest teachers. Her latest endeavor is a 13-month home study course in shamanic herbalism. www.crowsdaughter.com

     

  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 1:40 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Shine Bright! Leo New Moon
    by Kathy Crabbe




    Leo New Moon Reading by Kathy Crabbe


    Close your eyes.
    Take a deep breath
    And go within.
    Where all the good, juicy stuff is.

    Leo Energy asks us to step up to the plate and play - SHINE time!

    Where in your life are you shining right now?

    For me, the focus is on the Divine Feminine and my big art exhibition opening at Siler Gallery (more info at bottom of page). It’s a chance to put my soul, my heart, my life on-the-line, so to speak. The opening also coincides with LAMMAS; first harvest. Whatever the outcome I know I’ll have shone bright.

    Did you know the Sun was considered female in some cultures and the Moon, male? This is a great time of year to remember that.

    Do you have a BIG PROJECT up your sleeve? A dream, idea or goal? Imagine it as a flower. What kind, color, shape, smell is it? Now, plant that flower in your heart, then nurture it, tend it, watch it grow as this New Moon waxes to full.

    Leo New Moon Oracle Cards



    Card 1: I Refuse to Take Sides (Lefty Oracle Deck)

    Mantra: I flow.
    Affirmation: I stand for truth, beauty, intelligence and integrity.
    Element: Water

    If this card appears in a reading you ARE in your power. Un-swayed by others, you know what you want. Guided by your own moral compass, intuition and intellect, the path is made easier. There is a fated quality to your decision. This is what you were put here to do.

    In my own life there is a lot of second-guessing, so when the above happens and things feel fated I just KNOW I’m on the right track. Often a dream will confirm it. It’s so much easier to move forward with pluck and confidence when this happens. I can only describe it as a bone-deep knowingness; so deep that nothing can touch it because it’s meant to be.



    Card 2: Black Swan (Elfin Ally Oracle Deck)

    Keyword: Fanciful
     Meaning: Your beauty is refreshing.
     Reversed: What are you hiding?

    Affirmation: I bring joy and tears wherever I go.
     Astrology: Aquarius, Gemini, Mercury, Neptune, Venus
     Element: Air, Water

    Medicine: You awaken the Sun, Moon and Stars within.

    Lefty Oracle Deck

    Eflin Ally Oracle Deck




    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, July 25, 2019 3:01 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Thankfulness -The Ways of the Ojibwa

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt


    Several years ago a Native Ojibwa Elder had been coming to our Waldorf School and my class of twice a year sharing age appropriate stories, teachings and songs with the students. A class teacher in a Waldorf School stays with the same class from 1st through 8th grade and teaches the majority of lessons through those years.


    The students and I had developed a warm relationship with this charismatic and kind Elder since his beginning visit in first grade years. When we got to Sixth grade he invited us to camp for almost a week at his village that he (and others) had build on the Lac de Flambeau reservation in north Wisconsin. The class of about 20 students and I were there to experience the Ojibwa ways. During the days we were educated of the traditional village and ways of the natives. In the evening we went into the teaching lodge with our Ojibwa Elder. We would enter one by one through the East door, take tobacco with our left hand, sprinkle it on the fire as an offering before we sat down -boys on one side and girls on the other- completely quiet absorbed in reverence. No one was told to be silent or had to be reminded. We were simply wrapped in this Elder's presence of humility, receptive listening, and genuine integrity so deeply that it became us. It was as if holiness itself was present and pervaded us.


    One evening, as he lit up his peace pipe and passed tobacco around for giving thanks, he spoke of the Rites of Passages and the responsibilities of these soon to be young adults sitting around him; their responsibilities as Keepers of the Fire, Keepers of the Heart and Keepers of Mother Earth. He told us that the way of the Ojibwa, Anishinabe people, was to always, always give thanks to the Great Spirit for life. He sang songs, drummed and told us stories that made us be filled with joy and veneration. We left the teaching lodge through the West door in the same reverential mood as we had entered through the East door, but this time a little more humble and in a cloak of awe.


    The next morning, as I woke early looking out from my tent over the lake blanketed by a gentle mist, I heard loons call. I felt then that these calls, in a strange way, were connected to our evening lodge gatherings around the fire. Thankfulness visited me as an inner presence centered in the heart, where a felt palpable spaciousness unites 'the inner' and 'the outer'.


    I enter this heart presence regularly through out the day. It has become a way of being -kind of being within Thankfulness - within the soul spirit Earth presence that is also us and is always here. It never goes away, it is us who leave this presence.

    And as an outer gesture of this inner presence I place a tiny portion of food (a piece of bread for example) on a small platter before we sit down to eat as an affirmation that with the food we eat spiritual substances are assimilated as well.


    Blessings on the Meal!


    Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread

    Bread made with sourdough is nutritious and delicious. Caring for the starter will make it stronger and last for a long time. In Denmark I had a mother-dough that was over 100 years old; passed down though generations. Sourdough bread keeps well for 6-10 days in a cool place. Store the bread in paper placed inside a plastic bag. Week old bread can be sliced, toasted or steamed before serving.


    Mother Dough, the Starter


    1 cup freshly ground whole wheat flour

    1 cup water

    6 x 1/4 cups water

    6 x 1/4 cups whole wheat flour


    Mix 1 cup flour and 1 cup water in a glass bowl or jar. Cover with a cotton cloth and put in a cool place or outside in a shaded area.


    Everyday, for the next 6 days, transfer the mother dough to a new clean bowl or jar. Feed the starter with 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup flour, cover with a cloth and return it to the cool place.


    Keep at least a cup of the mother dough starter, in the refrigerator. Use a jar with a lid that allows it to breathe. If kept longer than one week, feed it again as described above, and put it back in the refrigerator.


    The day before baking, feed the mother dough with enough flour and water to make 3 cups. Two cups are for the bread, and one cup is to keep for next bread-making. The mother dough is always kept separate from the bread dough, and fed whole-wheat flour and water every week.



    Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread


    3 cups mother dough or starter

    1 3/4 cups of water

    1 tablespoon sea salt

    4-5 cups whole wheat flour or half unbleached white flour

    Avocado or olive oil


    Place 2 cups mother dough in a large mixing bowl. Place the remaining 1 cup in a pint size jar in the refrigerator for next bread making. Add water and salt to the 2 cups of starter in the bowl. Mix well with a wooden spoon.


    Add flour a little at a time. Form a firm but moist, light dough, the consistency of an ear lobe. Too much flour will make the dough hard.


    Cover with a moist cotton cloth and let rise in a warm place to double size, about 3 hours. The rising time may vary. Over-rising makes the bread sour.


    Oil a bread pan with avocado or olive oil.


    Moisten hands. Knead the dough gently for a few minutes. Place the dough in the bread pan. The dough should fill the pan about one-half to two-thirds. Let the dough rise again in a warm place, for 3 hours, or until double the size.


    Bake the loaf at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing.






    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


     
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 7:41 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Pyramid Pose is Timeless.
    with Sheryl Wolover

    Pyramid Pose (Parsvottanasana). Parsva == side or flank, Ut ==intense, and Tan==extend, stretch, lengthen. This posture helps correct rounded shoulders, opens the chest for better breathing, and stretches the tight muscles behind the legs. Stay in a deep focus while practicing this asana and journey into the power of the Ancient Pyramids, which have remained rooted through the challenges of time.






    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, July 16, 2019 6:16 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    The Journey of the Rose ~
    A Shamanic Herbal Tale
    ~
    Love and Beauty at My Doorstep

    by Julie Charette Nunn




    I am looking forward to the blooming of the wild roses this year, each day making my way down into the yard to “check on them.” We have lived here on this land for just over three years. When we moved here in December of 2004, one of the first things we did was to walk down into the wetland area. My husband was on this trek to “claim” the land he had chosen to steward. I was in search of plants. Who lives here? I saw the thicket of thorny bushes, but I didn’t yet know for sure they were roses.

     

    Around eight years ago, I discovered a magical place on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington where there are acres and acres of wild roses. I began to travel to this place to harvest the blooms in May/June and then the wild rose hips in October. Year after year I would make this pilgrimage to commune with rose. Wildcrafting wild rose blossoms is bewitching.


    It begins like any other wildcrafting task..... asking, listening, thanking, plucking the blooms, sniffing here and there, tasting. But then as I continue, I find myself entering another world. Soon I am mesmerized by this thorny priestess; I am inside the realm of love and beauty. Peace abounds in this space. Loving myself is simple.

     

    Wild Rose tells me tales of how to love, who to love and how to teach love. This sacred space that beckons me, welcomes me is difficult to leave. It is soon time for me to stop harvesting so that I can get to the ferry before the last boat.

     

    Wild rose is saying pick me, pick me, more and more. I am pulling myself away from her, telling her I will return in fall to harvest her hips. I discover that even after I leave this space between the worlds, I can still travel there in feelings and sensations.

     

    As spring came ‘round, our first spring here at our farm, I discovered the wild roses. Still doubt set in about whether it could possibly be true that I had chosen to live the rest of my life surrounded by this sorcière couverture. I made plans to travel to the Peninsula to harvest once again my beautiful blossoms. I returned to the spot where the wild roses spoke so loudly to me, seeking that feeling, craving the realm, hungry for it.

     

    The wild roses did speak loudly to me then and startled me. “What are you doing here?” they yelled. “You have roses on your land to harvest. You can harvest a few petals here and then you must return to your home and begin your journey there with wild rose.”

     

    I was heart-broken or might I say that my heart was broken open at that moment. I realized that up until this time, I had to go seeking for love and beauty, I had to leave home to find it. Now I am being called to a simpler and yet more difficult task, to find love and beauty at my door step.

     

    This year, I am restless to discover what wild rose will teach me. Her subtly, fragrant green leaves have already taken me in. Within her wise teachings, there is more difficulty in peeling away layers, in finding more love for myself and there is also laughter and singing to come.

     

    May it be in Beauty.


    *****************************************

     

    Julie Charette Nunn, Crow’s Daughter, joyfully teaches the shamanic herbal tradition of the wise woman through apprenticeships, classes and one to one teachings. She lives and works close to the earth, gathering and crafting plants for nourishment and healing. She sees the common plants as her wisest teachers. Visit her website at www.crowsdaughter.com

     

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:19 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Abundant Life Forces of the Carrot
    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt


    Imagine that you hold in one hand a seed of a carrot and in the other an exact clay imitation of that seed. To the physical sight they look exactly alike. Imagine in detail the seed of the carrot sprout, mature, wither and decay. What is missing in the clay imitation? Why doesn’t it sprout?

    When we see a beautiful orange carrot we only notice the outer manifestations of matter. In reality what we see is the physical expression of invisible forces. The carrot is in itself an activity produced by invisible, creative life forces; an activity that is constantly changing and metamorphosing,
     
    In order to 'see' this activity that the carrot plant is as well as the creative life forces forming it, let us imagine the tiny carrot seed sprouting and growing into a lovely vermilion red, sweet, crisp carrot with green tops. We can observe the root of the carrot growing downward vertically around its center. Compared with its leaves it is dense with matter. The carrot tops on the other hand are drawn upwards towards the periphery, spreading out horizontally. They are lighter, thinner with an almost lacy look.

    Already we notice two opposite, yet complementary, forces at work in creating the carrot that qualitatively are completely different. One is the downward spiraling centripetal force which is often referred to as gravity, and the other is the upward spiraling centrifugal force known as levity. One has a relationship to density, matter and heaviness connected to earthly forces. The other has a relationship to non-density, non-matter and lightness, connected to cosmic, celestial forces.

    Where do these forces originate? We usually view physical space and matter as having a center, a point connected to gravity, the earth’s force. But what about the forces we call levity? Could they be connected to and even have their 'center' at the periphery?

    Draw a circle from a central point. The distance from the point to any point of the circle will be the same. On another piece of paper make the same size circle, this time draw planes (tangents) originating from the periphery. Do you have a different experience when drawing this circle?

    We can imagine every living plant and being as created by the interplay between this polarities of the point-centered, more fixed and finite earth space, and the peripheral, flexible, open-ended, ever moving and infinite cosmic space. Perhaps we can also imagine that infinity exists not as a realm in a far distant place, but a soul-spiritual creative realm, the ever present source of everything.

    In reverence we can now envision the carrot plant unfolding and being sucked or drawn upwards by forces (or possibly fairies) connected to the realm of pure light. Picture these forces (fairies) endowing the carrot with its varied qualities as they draw and spiral the physical substances outward. And imagine that around the carrot is, not an empty space, but a life-filled space of abundant vital forces.


    Lemon Carrot Salad
    This bright, delicious orange salad lifts every meal. It is satisfying, zesty and refreshing.

    2 medium size carrots
    A pinch of sea salt
    Juice of 1/2 - 1 lemon
    Sprigs of parsley for garnish

    Grate the carrots on a fine grater.
    Add sea salt, season with lemon juice and blend well.
    Garnish with sprigs of parsley.



    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


     
  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019 5:51 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Culturing from the Heart
    by 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


     
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019 8:15 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    The Shaman Way: Seeing and Interpreting Alternative Realities
    by Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls



    Sometimes what we see can be happening, or about to happen, in other realities besides this one. There are other realities that look very much like this one does physically. Some People call them alternate realities. Jim Carrey made a movie where everything about his life was staged inside a bubble. Do you remember that movie? When he tried to get in a boat and sail away, the boat stopped at the edge of the bubble and he realized it was not real. Some realities are that close to our own.

    I was standing in my living room cleaning the rugs when I looked up. It was nice outside so I had the door open to allow some fresh air into the house. I looked out the door and down the front walk and there were horses and buggy carriages going by on the road outside. There were houses across the street that weren't there before, tall brownstone houses and a man walked by in a top hat. There was a picket fence in front of my house that was not there before. I looked back into my living room and then back out the door and it was still there. I just stood watching for a long time, maybe 15 minutes while carriages and people walked by my house. I saw a milk truck and some kids in knickers ran by playing with a hoop. I would look at myself dressed in my jeans and see my living room just fine and then look out the door and this other time was still here. It did not leave until I left the living room and came back.

    We are just a sheet of paper away from other realities. Sometimes we are more connected to alternative realities than to this one. Some people prefer to live in alternative realities and they are kept in insane asylums. It is not that they are insane - it is that they are more connected to other places and other times. If someone would do the study and research, we might be able to help these "insane" people. I have come very close to choosing an alternative reality myself. I was really tempted to stay in one reality, which was so much more loving than this one. I struggled with myself in order remain here, telling myself that I am here for a purpose. Even now I get sad thinking about it. Perhaps this is one place depression comes from.

    I counsel people every day who are slipping in and out of this reality. They don't completely slip out but they feel the disconnect and cannot control it. It is hard to tell people to remain grounded here when some part of them knows that it is better over there. How do I say that? I barely am here myself!

    But we can't be slipping back and forth without control either. One man was losing his job over it. A lady was losing her kids over it. We all want the better world. Somewhere inside we have seen it or felt it and we all know about it. Although it might not be on a conscious level, many are having a hard time finding a real reason to stay here. The ones who can fair well in this reality are the warriors, the healers, and the ones who like to fight and make a difference, the champions of a cause.

    I, myself, faced this choice; that is, either to be the traditional Shamanic healer I was raised to be or end up in an asylum. Do you remember the sainted nuns who would cloister themselves in church steeples for their whole lives? They would never see anyone and the priest would bring them one meal a day and their lives were spent in prayer for that church, the town, and the country. Believe me, they were seldom in this reality.

    I see that world is being populated more and more by people who have chosen to be healers, warriors, hunters, to do battle for the saving of this world, this reality. We were definitely put here for a purpose - no matter how stinky this reality might be. We chose to be here and to make a difference. So I keep reminding myself to remain grounded here in this reality.

    But my point to you today is...

    There are many realities and you may be picking up on any one of them. How can you know if it is this place or another? You can know through experience, practice, keeping a log and evaluating the results. Learn about other realities as well, so you can recognize them better in the online course called Shaman Apprenticeship 101 found at http://www.shamanelder.com.


    I saw a whole star system collapse when I was 24. I had a series of visions of this incredible implosion of the cosmos. It was very scary for me to witness this, as I thought it was this universe. It did happen but it happened a billion miles away, in another time.

    I am not saying that what you are seeing is not for here and now. I have no way to say that. I am not here to judge what you see. You are the best judge of what you see. I am suggesting that you learn to interpret as well as see. 

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