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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 3:25 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Slow Motion Garuda

    by Sheryl Wolover


    Sheryl shows us Garuda which is also Eagle pose, which is for opening up the shoulders and is also a balance pose.





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

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 12:23 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Mushrooms: Fungi for Health
    By Linda Conroy





        I am a big fan of mushrooms. I love to cook with them and eat them. I have not found a mushroom that I did not enjoy. Earlier today, I was preparing a vegetable soup and added mushrooms to the slow cooker. When I sat down for dinner and ate the soup, I was reminded of the many mushrooms I harvested and ingested during the past year. I remembered the long hikes during last years spring morel mushroom hunt. I was also reminded of the puff ball mushrooms we found in our neighbor's field last summer and how abundant the chanterelle mushrooms were in the woods. We ate mushrooms often during the summer apprenticeship program and I am confident our immune systems were thanking us.

    I have long been an avid wild harvester. Preferring to find my food in the woods or fields rather than the grocery store. Mushrooms made me nervous for a long time. Prior to moving from the west coast to the midwest, I was comfortable harvesting only two mushrooms and even then I was very careful, as one should be. Today I am happy to say that I enjoy harvesting close to 20 mushrooms and and each year I add to my mushroom repertoire. 

    I have long been aware of the immune boosting benefits of eating mushrooms. I also know that they contain a wide spectrum of nutrients including B vitamins, vitamin K, copper, potassium, selenium and other trace minerals. So, I was not surprised when I recently read an article in the Acres USA Farming Magazine, that research is being conducted on the vitamin D content of mushrooms. Similar to humans mushrooms need to be exposed to light in order to synthesize vitamin D. This is an important factor, as most commercial button mushrooms are grown in the dark, so unless they have been exposed to light, they will not convert the necessary compounds. Wild mushrooms and particularly those that are exposed to sunlight are the ideal mushroom for promoting health. Although it should be noted that sitting your mushrooms in a sunny window for a day or two will enhance the vitamin D content.

    This information is really inspiring to me, as I am continually trying to find ways to increase the nutrient density of my food. There has been a lot of attention in recent years, being paid to studies indicating that vitamin D is an important nutrient for maintaining health. Many providers of health care are encouraging their patients to ingest vitamin D supplements. As with nutrients in general I prefer to introduce them to my body through food not capsules or pills. I really do trust that with information and creativity we can assimilate the nutrients we need through our food.

    So while, I will continue to eat whatever mushroom is presented to me, I am more committed than ever to eating wild or home grown mushrooms on a regular basis.

    If you decide to harvest your own mushrooms be sure to consult a reliable field guide and/or spend time with someone who is knowledgeable about mushrooms. A good book is titled: Start Mushrooming by Stan Tekiela and in many areas you can find a local mycological society that will offer forays and other learning opportunities. Also growing mushrooms outside your door step is a good way to have them readily available and to learn to recognize them when you do see them in the a wild environment.

    Incorporating mushrooms into your diet is fun and easy. Add them to soup, stew, stir fry vegetables, omellete, quiche and/or stuff them. Use your imagination I suspect you can think of many other ideas as well!  One of the mushrooms that is abundant this year is the Giant Puff Ball mushroom. From the perspective of a chef, this mushroom is all in the sauce. It takes on the flavor of whatever you marinate or cook it in. Below is one of my favorite recipes for preparing this unmistakable, generous mushroom.


    In order to develop recipes for this mushroom you can think of them as a soft tofu. I like to marinate them and bake them. Once they are baked, I then broil or grill them and/or put them in the freezer for later us.
    Usually when I do this I have several baking pans full of sliced puff ball “steaks”, which I then either eat as a mushroom burger, eat as a main course with vegetables and /or cut into small pieces and add to a stir fry.
    Often when you find one giant puff ball there are many more. If you find many you can freeze them and eat then throughout the year! Below is my recipe for Mushroom “steaks”.




    Puff Ball Mushroom “Steaks”

    ~Harvest one or more giant puff ball mushrooms (Calvatia gigantea.) If you are unsure about identifying mushrooms, a good book for beginning mushroom identification is Start Mushrooming by Stan Tekila.
    ~Wipe off the outside of the mushroom and check to be sure the inside is white and smooth and that it does not have insect damage inside.
    ~slice into slabs approximately ¼-1/2 inch thick and place in a large baking pan.
    ~marinate in the mixture listed below, or your favorite rich barbeque or steak sauce for 30 minutes. Be sure the marinade is covering all sides of the mushroom. *see marinade recipe below.
    ~preheat oven to 325 degrees
    ~place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes.
    ~You can do several things next:
    1.place in a storage container and let cool. Once they are cool, freeze for future use.
    2.Eat directly as a “steak” and/or cut in pieces and add to a stir fry or other vegetable dish.
    3.Broil or grill and eat as a grilled “steak” or place on a roll to create a mushroom burger.
    Marinate recipe:
    Cranberry Sauce or other tart sauce 1 cup (I like high bush cranberry sauce)
    2 TBS mustard
    ½ cup tamari
    ¼ cup olive oil
    ¼ cup miso (barley miso is nice, as it is quite rich, but any miso will work)



     

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Listen to a thirty minute interview with mentor Linda Conroy

     

    Study with Linda Conroy from Home

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

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

  • Thursday, October 04, 2018 1:00 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Cultured and Fermented Foods
    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



    I serve some kind of fermented or raw food with each meal. Naturally fermented and cultured foods are an exceptional way to prepare different ingredients and some of the most important side dishes or 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 and life promoting substances and forces, almost miraculous curative properties and a wealth of color, flavors and shapes. They increase the appetite, stimulate the digestion and make any simple meal festive and satisfying.

    It is an old art to make naturally fermented and cultured foods. They are prepared without the direct use of fire or heat and were an excellent way to preserve food for the times where fresh produce was not available. People of all cultures enjoy fermented and cultured foods. The Greeks pickle olives, Germans turn cabbages into appetizing sauerkraut and the Japanese transform green, immature plums into the tasty medicinal umeboshi plums. Grains and beans are cultured in the Far East creating the now well-known nutritious miso and tamari soy sauce. Indonesia families culture soybeans to create tempeh. In many places of the world people ferment grains or fruit into vine, beer or vinegars. Everywhere flours of various grains are traditionally leavened with sourdough to create delicious breads. From Scandinavia and Russia came the tasty drinks kvass and kombucha, which kept young and old healthy and satisfied the need for fresh foods throughout the long winters. Many societies in the world culture the dairy of animals to make yogurt, butter, kefir and cheese.

    The most significant aspects of these foods are found in the process in which they are made. The fermentation or culturing process is more important than the foods that are fermented. When green cabbage is shredded and placed under pressure with a little sea salt, the liquids are extracted from the cabbage. In this liquid ethereal life forces and gases are freed. While the cabbage mixture increases in temperature, chemical interactions take place and substances transform. The matured and finished sauerkraut, has become an individual unique food with an inner liveliness, flavor and aroma completely its own. A whole new product has been created consisting of ‘magical’ living microorganisms and an abundance of nutritious substances and forces. The microorganisms in the sauerkraut, the lacto bacilli, create not only flavors and textures they also produce an environment wherein ‘unwanted bacteria’ can not live and therefore the foods are preserved instead of rotting.

    It is relatively simple to ferment or pickle vegetable foods. They can be ready in a few hours or in a few days and others, like miso, can take years to mature. The different pickles and fermented foods have different properties, effects, flavors and consistency. Some are more sour, some salty, some crispy and some soft, some are strengthening and warming, others loosening and cooling.  If for example a heavier meal is served with fried foods and well-cooked dishes a lighter, cooling fermented food is preferred to balance the meal.


    Light Vegetable Soup with Dill
    Frying vegetables before cooking them in a soup brings out their sweetness and creates a more warming dish.

    2 teaspoons dark roasted sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 cup leeks, washed well, cut thinly on the diagonal
    1/2 cup carrot cut in fine matchsticks
    1 quart water or light soup stock
    1-2 tablespoons barley or rice miso to taste
    4 tablespoons of dill, cut very fine

    Heat a soup pot, add oil and sauté the leeks for a minute. Add carrots and sauté for 2 minutes.
    Add water or light stock and let simmer for 7 minutes.
    Dilute and puree miso in a little soup water before adding it to the pot. Let it simmer a few minutes.
    Serve the soup in individual bowls garnished with fresh dill.


    Here is another delicious Salmon Miso Soup recipe complete with step-by-step pictures and detailed instructions: https://www.jenreviews.com/miso-soup/





    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, September 25, 2018 7:21 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    DRAGONFLY WINGS, page 2
    by JoAnne Dodgson




    When her arms and legs began to ache, Maia stopped to catch her breath, floating on her back in the rolling waves. She glanced toward the shore, seeking reassurance that she really hadn't gone too far. From the corner of her eye, she saw something glowing in the water. She swam quickly to catch up with the trail of shimmery lights. Suddenly a searing pain erased Maia's awareness of anything else. She hadn't noticed the stinging tentacles dangling below the surface near the jellyfish's alluring glow. Numbed and disoriented, Maia lay back and floated further out to sea.

    Like a leaf on the water, she floated between worlds, in a time beyond time, in a space where the ways of the world, as she knew it, washed away. Embraced in the warm salty waters, Maia sensed shifting shadows of darkness and light beyond her closed eyelids. She felt ocean tides echoing inside the rhythms of her breath. Flocks of pelicans and seagulls guided her safe passage from above. Sea turtles watched over from below as Maia floated out beyond the coral reef, leaving sight of land.

    It was boisterous laughter that finally woke Maia up. Disoriented, she tread water and quickly spun around, trying to figure out where she was and who it was she heard laugh. Fear gripped her belly when she discovered there was nobody, nothing, around her except the endless expanse of water which stretched from horizon to horizon in all directions. Panic surged through her veins when she felt something move underwater and brush against her legs.

    The rippling surface of the sea suddenly burst open with wild commotion. Countless dolphins leapt toward the sky, spinning, flipping and splashing back to sea. They called out to one another with staccato clicks and melodic whistles, creating a harmony of sound and meaning and movement, filling the air with magic, music and laughter. Maia couldn't help but smile watching the dolphins. They exuded boundless freedom, thriving in their exuberant play.

    Maia soon became aware of an invitation coming her way. She understood without question the dolphins' messages to her, though no words were spoken aloud. The dolphins had something to say about coming out of hiding, about the ways she kept holding herself back. So with playful abandon, she jumped into the soaring waves of dolphins, naturally synchronizing her movements with theirs. She dove to the depths of the sea, gliding gracefully, reaching out to connect with the diverse flow of life all around. With focused intent, she swam back up toward the surface. Bursting out from the water, she sailed into the sky, spinning, flipping and splashing back into the ocean waves. And on she danced between worlds of water and air, of spirit and physical form.

    As the rhythms of the dance slowed, Maia rested contentedly inside a circle of dolphins, floating in the vastness of her joy. One of the dolphins suddenly disappeared beneath the waves, diving toward the ocean floor. A few moments later the great dolphin leapt from the water, clasping a red starfish wrapped in flowing strings of seaweed. The dolphin sailed through the air before diving into the waters beside Maia, hardly making a splash. Maia reached out to touch the elder dolphin's silvery body, enthralled with her power and grace. Speaking in lyrical clicks and harmonic whistles, the dolphin looped the ribbon of luminaria and kelp around Maia's neck and placed the starfish on her heart.

    Maia immediately sensed the starfish had something she wanted, something precious she thought she'd lost and would never find again. The starfish reminded Maia of the agreement they'd once made, heart to heart, in a time beyond time. The starfish was to be a guardian of her spirit, particularly of those pieces that Maia left behind while navigating the turbulences of human life. Pieces of her joy. Elements of her power. Pictures of her purpose. Rhythms of her creativity and voice. The starfish agreed to tend to those lost soul pieces, to lovingly hold them in safekeeping until Maia was ready to call them back and reclaim them as her very own.

    Maia's tears flowed into the salty sea, releasing the bindings of long-ago losses, opening space to welcome in all that was naturally her. Placing both hands on her heart, she touched the starfish tenderly and breathed deeply, calling herself back home. Subtly at first, she felt a sweet vibration came alive inside her. The sensation expanded, filling her up, like thousands of dragonflies fluttering their wings, drumming the rhythms of her spirit, fanning the song of her soul, inside each and every cell. Maia floated in the spaciousness of her being, holding onto her cherished rememberings - of her beauty, of her passionate enchantment with life, of her own undeniable power and grace.

    Flowing with the tides of the great waters, Maia continued her journey home. Pelicans and seagulls guided her safe passage from above. Sea turtles watched over from below. Maia crossed over the coral reef, coming closer to the land. When she opened her eyes, she discovered she'd washed ashore, nestled in the sand among a gathering of shells.

    She untied the ribbon of seaweed from around her neck and set the luminaria and kelp free in the ebbing tides. Placing the starfish in a tide pool, Maia shared her gratitude for the sacred safekeeping. She immersed her hands in the ocean waters, wiggling her fingers and splashing around, sending rippling waves of playful greetings to the dolphins out at sea. She walked along the shore, moving in rhythm with her spirit, leaving a trail of her footsteps gently imprinted in the sundrenched sand.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    JoAnne Dodgson, Ed.D. is a healer, teacher and medicine storyteller in ancient Peruvian medicine ways, Ka Ta See.

    She has a doctorate in counseling psychology and over twenty years experience offering counseling, ceremonial gatherings, holistic healing and workshops.  JoAnne lives in the enchanted desert mesas of New Mexico.

    JoAnne's writings include medicine stories and five books: Unleashing Love, MoonDance Journal, Walking the Spiral Path, Gifts of the Grandmother, and Cocooning.

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7:17 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    DRAGONFLY WINGS
    by JoAnne Dodgson





    Maia woke up with a start, her heart racing. She got out of bed and fumbled through the darkness, trailing her hand along the wall searching for the light. Blinking against the brightness that suddenly filled the room, she brewed herself a cup of chamomile tea, hoping to soothe herself back to sleep and leave behind the troubling dream that kept waking her up in the middle of the night.

    The dream was always the same. There she was, standing on a moss-covered cliff watching the ocean waves crash against the rocks far below. A golden dragonfly with glistening wings suddenly appeared. The dragonfly hovered high above the ocean, just beyond her reach, mysteriously calling to her. She felt an irresistible urgency to catch it, to claim it, to keep it for her very own. Staring intently at the dragonfly, Maia took several steps back and then ran forward as fast as she could. She leapt off the cliff, desperately reaching out for the dragonfly. She caught it, cupping it between both of her hands, feeling delicate dragonfly wings fluttering against her palms. Her delight turned to terror when she suddenly realized there was no longer any ground beneath her feet. Flailing her arms in distress, forgetting all about the dragonfly, Maia plummeted toward the ocean. And that's when she woke up, night after night, in the midst of a free-fall toward the rocky shore far below.

    Maia finished sipping her tea and went back to bed, tossing and turning for a few more restless hours. She was relieved when morning finally arrived. In the soft glow of sunrise, she eagerly got dressed and went to the beach, hoping this daily ritual would bring her some relief. Hurrying along the sandy shore, she rushed by the tide pools filled with starfish and seashells which she usually enjoyed taking time to explore. But she was too preoccupied with the dragonfly dream which kept lingering in her mind, even in the daylight hours. Maia couldn't shake the feeling that had been haunting her for quite some time - her deep yearning to catch and hold onto something beautiful, something enchanting, something to fill up the empty places in her life.

    Maia waded into the ocean and jumped over the frothy waves, finally diving in for a swim. Exhilarated by her immersion in the vibrant salty waters, Maia faced the distant horizon and swam as far and as fast as she could. The simple act of taking action, of moving under her own power and holding her own against the ocean tides, filled Maia with a great sense of accomplishment. Her mind raced with seductive imaginings of what it'd be like to just keep on swimming, to never turn back and leave everything behind.


    ~ Page 2 ~

  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 3:09 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Wisdom Woman, Elderwoman, Crone
    Custodian Of Female Power
    Part Two

    Written & Illustrated By Roslyne Sophia Breillat



    For she has walked this Earth for many thousands of years, gathering her wild and verdant herbs, preparing her nurturing plant medicines, offering the precious depths of her wisdom and the unique treasures of her many life experiences as a prayer to the Earth, as a prayer to all, as an honoured and honourable gift to communities, cultures, villages, tribes.

    And in this crazily seductive and distracting world of cyberspace, and cords and adaptors and cables and screens and pollution and automation and technology and noise, and twenty four hour everything and digital this and that, she is the only one who can weave the threads between female womb cycles. For she is the one who links womb and heart to the Earth. She is the one who relates delightful stories of her childhood and the childhoods of those who came before her mother’s mother’s mother. She is the one who tells the children of bullock drays carving roads through the rainforest, and old sandstone coach houses in gracious gardens. Her tales of glowing gas lights on wooden poles in the streets, of big chugging steam engines, of delicate crocheted shawls and cherished sepia photographs, are becoming lost in a synthetic world of plastic that is covering her beloved Earth. She is the one who can weave the fine and sacred threads of the tapestry of female generations, who can offer ancient natural healing skills from long ago. She is the true custodian and counsellor of morality, of law, of integrity, of menstruation, of sexuality, of pregnancy, of midwifery and birthing, of mothering, of menopause, of death and dying.

    She is the only woman of true power. For she is the only one who has lived through the lunar cycles of Maiden, Mother and Crone, of Creator, Destroyer and Preserver, of menstruation and mothering and menopause. She is the true Queen, She, the Crone, she of the Crown. She is the true ancient tribal Matriarch, the true wise priestess, the true dakini, the true guardian and keeper of mythology, of mystery, of seasonal honourings, of sacred writings, of prophecy, of alchemy, of magic. And yet, she who once was so revered and cherished upon this bountiful Earth, has no integral place of truth and wisdom within this male-dominated society. For this Moon Mother, this Mother of All, this Mother Night, this Goddess of the Black Night, this Heart Mother Crone, is not welcome in the glaring solar light of the patriarchal world.

    She, this Elderwoman, this Crone, is an embodiment of wisdom, mystery, purpose, of sage advice and counseling that arises from the ancient depths of her immortal wombheart. In matriarchal societies the Crone is the one who wisely educates the younger generations, and sadly, in our patriarchal society, this task has been taken over by television, movies and social media, that do not truly educate the younger generations at all, but teach them that everything is linear and not cyclic, that youth rules society, and that the deep feminine wisdom of the Elderwoman is no longer needed upon this Earth. And in our patriarchal civilisation, the wisdom and beauty of the Crone has become hidden, suppressed, useless, unseen.

    And as more bombs are dropped, more ancient forests become arid desert wastelands, more creatures become extinct, more innocent refugees are punished and rejected, more celebrities teach young women how to starve their beautiful bodies, more dishonest politicians are elected and more oceans acidify, the natural place of the beautiful Elderwoman and Crone, she who holds her wise blood inside, she who offers wisdom and peace, is so dearly needed upon this Earth.

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

  • Friday, September 14, 2018 4:16 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    *Acorn: The Forgotten Nut*
    by Linda Conroy




    Foraging is a lifeway for us and we take every opportunity to harvest. This past week we are harvesting as well as processing some of our fall harvest.
    One of the nuts we harvested in October are acorns. We harvested them here in Wisconsin as well as when we traveled to Kansas for the Mother Earth News Fair. 

    The acorns from Kansas are more than twice the size of the nut here in Wisconsin. So we were very excited, as the larger acorns ultimately mean more yield for us! We have to date put up 30lbs of Acorn flour! We are still processing them, so more to come. This will be our predominant flour for the winter.

    Many people do not think of these as nuts, which is why I call them the forgotten nut. Most people see them as food for squirrels. And while they indeed are food for other critters we can eat them too!

    Oak trees can produce large amounts of acorns. Harvesting and processing them before the weevils turn them into a powdery dust and render them inedible is one of the keys to ending up with delicious flour.

    Historically acorns were an important important food source to North American indigenous people. They were as important as many grains are today.

    Acorns are nutritionally dense, containing protein, minerals, vitamins and fiber.  Acorns have also been tested and shown to have the potential for controlling blood sugar levels.

    In order for humans to ingest this nut the tannins need to be leached out of them. Tannins are organic substances, which occur in plant tissues.
    Tannins in small amounts are not harmful, but in large quantities they can upset your stomach and promote dehydration. Plus they taste bitter and thus make the nut initially unappetizing.

    If you are interested in processing acorns or at least seeing how we process them you can watch our new youtube video below put together by our very own John Holzwart. Thanks John!

    http://youtu.be/T_4Zc55iIEo?list=UUCbOsbgXBghT_eZPJp0EOkg

    We will be adding the flour to many of the dishes we prepare over the next few months, including acorn soup.

    Below is a recipe for this delicious soup. For other recipes, enjoy being creative and introducing acorn flour wherever flour is called for. If you would like your baked item to rise you will need to add something that has a leavening agent, whether it be glutenous flour or some other rising medium.

    I like to use Eikorn wheat for bread and muffins. For flat bread, pie crust and crackers you do not need to add these as there is no need for rising.

    The nut meat of Acorns can be used as is. I have made a chili style dish, added them to tomato sauce in place of meat and simply toasted them and put them on top of salads. As with all wild edibles use your taste buds, imagination and creativity!

    *Acorn Soup Recipe*

    ~Boil in broth cut up carrots and onions until tender (you can use any
    broth, I like to make a rich bone broth, but a chicken, vegetable or
    mushroom broth will work well.

    ~Add ground acorns, dry or wet and simmer for 10 minutes

    ~In the meantime, sautee oil with powdered wild ginger (if you don’t have
    wild ginger you can add cultivated ginger)

    ~Add the boiled vegetables to the sautee pan. Simmer for 20 minutes

    ~Place all of this in a food processor and/or blender. Blend until smooth



     

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Listen to a thirty minute interview with mentor Linda Conroy

     

    Study with Linda Conroy from Home

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

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

  • Thursday, September 06, 2018 2:01 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    How to Find Your Place in the World: A Virgo New Moon Blessing
    by Kathy Crabbe



    New Moon Reading
    Channeled by Kathy Crabbe
    for the New Moon in Virgo
    Sept. 9, 11:01 am PDT


    Virgo is all about the small things - the details - often overlooked. This is the energy we'll be attuning ourselves to during the New Moon Meditation and Guided Visualization I've channeled for you today.

    New Moon Reading & Guided Visualization

    Sometimes I like to paint and photograph rocks really close-up so that the finished piece looks completely abstract. it's easy to dream in these spaces; to get lost in their infinite beauty; the beauty of tiny lichens; pink, green and mermaid aqua.

    I invite you now to envision something very small and detailed like a gold leaf rose in a greeting card or a baby's fingertip, or a cat whisker, or the vine-ey pattern of a leaf found on a walk.

    Immerse yourself, eyes closed in this tiny, fey world, resting there gently until you too feel a part of that tiny vision encapsulating a whole world in a raindrop.

    Firstly I'd like you to identify the element that you are in. For example, the Water Element if you are having a raindrop vision.

    Next, envision yourself. Are you tiny too? Are you human, elf, fairy, a color, a feeling, a dancing spark, a firefly?

    This is your world; finite yet infinite.

    Feel your place in this world.

    In your Moon Journal (if you have one) or if you need support starting or continuing one check out my Moon-Guided eClass here.

    We are separate yet together in our tiny worlds, are we not?

    Blessed Be & Happy New Moon!
    Kathy Crabbe



    Lefty Oracle for the New Moon: Alice Lives Here Now*

    Mantra: I am home.
    Affirmation: My feet grow roots as I sing Her song.


    Element: Earth

    Song
    And HERE is where I plan to stay.
    My heart is home and I belong.
    Finally.

    If this card appears in a reading there is a sense of coming home; a feeling of belonging, complete-ness, rooted-ness. You DO belong. Acknowledge this as you let your roots sink deeper into the ground. Feel yourself gaining strength and power.

    In my own life I often struggle to belong, but I find that when I do value and appreciate the good parts in my life it helps. Sometimes living in a place that does not feel like home helps us see what it is we don’t want so that when we do find our true home it’s all the sweeter.

    *Excerpted from the Lefty Oracle Deck. Click here to learn more.





    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.
  • Friday, August 31, 2018 10:53 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Eye Pillow Savasana

    by Sheryl Wolover


    Sheryl shows us Savasana, resting pose, with an eye pillow.






    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, August 28, 2018 11:24 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    The Power of Color

    by Dawn Gettig




    Color is powerful because it affects our behavior, and our mental and physical activity. It has the ability to shape a person's chi (energy) and in turn their destiny.


    There is a relationship between our energy and color. Think about how you feel when looking at a bright blue sky on a sunny day vs. grey skies on a rainy day. Or when looking at fresh green colors outdoors after it rains or a landscape draped in white on a snowy winter's day.


    The Art of Color and Feng Shui


    Color is one of the greatest tools in Feng Shui and it can be quite magical. Color can spruce up a room and create the feeling you desire. It can balance, bring joy or peace, or it can liven up or quiet down a room. And painting* a room can be inexpensive and relatively quickly. Or simply add color through pillows, artwork, curtains, furniture, or any myriad of ways.


    Ideas for Choosing Color

    Here are some things you may want to consider when choosing room colors:

    • What feeling are you trying to create in a room? For example: If you want a fun family room or if you want more spark in your life, consider choosing bright red paint or adding red accents.
    • How will the room be utilized -- for sleeping, socializing, to accomplish tasks? For example: If painting a bedroom, don't choose a bright orange because it can be too stimulating (although red touches are fine for romance!). I suggest a peaceful color such as lavender, peach, brown, or tan.
    • Take into consideration the amount of light the room gets when picking colors. A sunny room can wash out some colors. A dark room can make a dark color appear even darker than the swatch.
    • Deeper colors create a more dramatic and grounded setting, while soft colors create a lighter airy impression.
    • Use your intuition and pick what you love when choose colors.

    A Rainbow of Colors

    Here are some of the basic colors their qualities and symbology:

    • Blue is cooling and calming, yet for some having too much blue can give you the "blues". Symbolizes hope, like a blue sky.
    • Green creates a harmonious, tranquil and fresh feeling-- like nature itself. Symbolizes hope and growth.
    • Red is spirited and can motivate you. Use it when you want to energize or stand out. Too much red can be over-stimulating and create anger. Symbolizes good luck, happiness, and warmth.
    • Orange is joyful and productive and can enliven a space. It is a mix of red and yellow and symbolizes the qualities of those colors.
    • Yellow/Gold creates a uplifting and sociable feeling. Symbolizes power and warmth.
    • Purple is meditative, soothing and relaxing. It symbolizes royalty, religion, and fortune.
    • White relaxes and is a backdrop for other colors. Too much can create an imbalance. In western cultures white symbolizes purity and angels. In China it symbolizes death or a dormant state (like winter).

    Color touches us deeply in a physically, mentally, emotional and spiritually way. Color can personalize a space, create a mood, and make an instant impact. Have fun and experiment with color and take note of how you feel.


    *I highly recommend purchasing no VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints since they are better for you and the environment.


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