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  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015 2:58 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    SHE SHINES... REVEALING THE MYSTERY OF THE SACRED FEMININE
    Written & Illustrated by
    Roslyne Sophia Breillat


    Art by Sophia


    We are currently living within the intense complexities of the long predicted destructive Age of the Kali Yuga, frequently named the Patriarchal Dark Age. The dark energies of this Age express vehement denial of the gentled integrity of feminine wisdom, ancient ways of traditional feminine spirituality, inexplicable profundity of the womb’s fathomless depths.


    This corruptive force is fueled by great fear of the feminine, of her sensuality, her sexuality, her orgasms, her power, her gentleness, her vulnerability, her passion, her wisdom, her wildness, her openness, her strength, great fear of dirt, of the Earth, of chaos, of birth, of aging, of death, of intimacy, of lovemaking. This linear constructed fear denies the cyclic nature of the feminine and of the Earth, through supporting dishonest politicians, billion dollar wars, shallow conversations, false images, unreal lifestyles, toxic chemicals, ridiculous television programs and increasing obsession with cleanliness and sterile environments.


    Its disturbing anxieties add increasing impetus to dense pollution, natural species’ deaths and unnaturally grown foods. We are living within a penis-driven society, projective, forceful, yet so deeply afraid through being unaligned with the true loving essence and womb revering power of the conscious penis, the true integrity of the mythical phallus worshipped in ancient times, the integral authority, wisdom and strength of the masculine essence. Everything in this society is “out there”, “going somewhere”, “getting there”, aiming for something, producing something, outer but not inner, for, as a civilisation, we have lost touch with the beauty, wisdom and integrity of the sacred feminine, in a world where too many women must exhibit projective masculine characteristics in order to “succeed” or “survive”. The exquisite power of the womb mystery does not need to succeed or survive, but to simply be what it is, be who She is.


    There is much talk now of awakening the mystery of the sacred feminine, yet the inexplicable presence and beauty of the feminine mystery is already eternally awake, beneath and beyond myriad layers and complexities of contemporary patriarchal civilisation, beyond force, corruption, greed, beneath the tangled mesh and oozing mess violently casting its dark shadow across our beauteous Earth Mother’s belly. Here She is, shining forth her lunar essence from deeply within this sacred feminine mystery, right here, right now, within every woman upon this Earth, within the innocence of girl child, lunar cycles of menstruating woman, nurturing breasts of mother, wild wisdom of menopausal muse, caring sweetness of grandmother, wise eyes of elderwoman.


    How often do you feel the still and deep sacredness of her inner mystery within the busy distractions of your daily life? How often do you gently place your hands over your heart or your womb, in a prayer of profound gratitude for the sacred love of her divine mystery? How often do you feel the ancient wisdom of her mystery within the sacred depths of your womb? For She is already awakened, ever awakened, always awakened, within you, right here, right now.


    But you cannot hear her if you are not listening intimately to the silence of her inner calling, not welcoming the tenderness of her exquisite essence, not receiving the power of her passionate fire, for she does not reveal her sacred mystery to those who abuse the privilege of bathing in her light, who rape and plunder her beloved Mother Earth, who ignore, suppress and deny her powerful presence.

    Right here, right now, She shines, beneath assaults, beyond wars, beneath corruption, beyond pollution, but who will pause long enough to feel her mysterious presence, imbibe her flowing sensuality, behold her abundant fertility, receive her bountiful wisdom, dance with the ebbing and flowing of her cyclic rhythms, honour the natural order within her wild chaotic ways? Be still, be quiet, and you will sense her, feel her softly luminescent light, for She is shining.





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

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

    Sophia offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


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


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

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

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation. "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015 6:12 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    What is Viparita Karani ?
    Sheryl Wolover

    A delightful, nurturing restorative pose for the aches and pains in the spinal column. Calms the busy mind and body instantly!





    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
    http://www.pacific-elements.com/
  • Monday, May 18, 2015 10:32 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    BAKING BREAD AND MAKING SOURDOUGH

    by  Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt


     


    Flour, water, and salt is all that is needed to make a natural sourdough bread with a wonderful wholesome flavor. During the process of making the bread, the protein in the wheat flour, called gluten, sucks up moisture. When the dough is kneaded the gluten proteins stick together and become 'rubber like. The gluten can then hold little pockets of gas given off by the sourdough as it breaks down the starches in the wheat. This ability of the wheat to hold these gases is what "leavens" the bread. During the baking process, the gluten hardens while the starches keep moisture in the bread. The result is a light, airy wonderful tasting and nutritious bread. A whole wheat sourdough bread will keep fresh for weeks if kept in a dry cool place. When the bread is a few days old individual slices can be steamed and will taste like newly baked.

    The protein in the wheat is what creates this special gluten, That is why wheat usually is used in sourdough bread making, however other grains can be used successfully as well. How the bread turns out also depends on the quality of the wheat, the amount of starch and protein in it,  the quality of the water, and salt, the climate and the season, and especially the strength and quality of the sourdough. Sourdough bread making is a beautiful art and requires tender loving care.

    To make sourdough starter:

    A good sourdough is "alive" and needs to be taken care of. It needs to be kept cool at all the times and should have a sweet/sour aroma. To begin a sourdough from scratch try this simple process.

    Day 1. Mix 1 cup of fresh ground wheat flour with 1 cup of spring water in a jar. Cover it with cheese cloth.
    Day 2 and the next 2-6 days the sourdough will need to be "fed" once a day.  Pour the sourdough into a bowl. Mix 1 Tbsp flour and 1 Tbsp water in a cup, and add it to the sourdough. Clean and dry the jar before returning the sourdough to it. Keep the jar cool all the time, so that the sourdough can develop strength and aroma. There should not be a grayish liquid on top, nor should it smell of vinegar. The finished sourdough smells pleasantly sour and sweet. It may be kept in a refrigerator until it is to be used for baking.

    Every time you make a bread with your sourdough, remember to take 1 cup dough aside for use next time making bread. The sourdough can be sprinkled with a little flour or salt and kept in a jar in the refrigerator. Feed the sourdough with a cup of water and a cup of fresh ground flour once a week if not used in baking bread.
    If a sourdough is well taken care of it will remain strong endlessly and create wonderful bread for generations.

    WHOLE WHEAT SOURDOUGH BREAD

    1 c sourdough           

    3 1/2 c-4 1/2 c whole wheat flour

    2 c warmed spring water       

    1/4 tsp sea salt



    Mix the sourdough with 1 c water, add 1 c flour, stir well. Let it sit covered with a wet cloth  for 8-10 hours. It will make bubbles on the surface and have a pleasant sweet and sour smell. Add the salt and the rest of the water and flour. The dough should be moist, but not firm and have a consistency like an earlobe. Kneed the dough well. Use water instead of flour on the kneading board if the dough is too hard. Cover it again and let it sit for 2- 3  hours. Take 1c of the dough aside, which is the sourdough for next bread making, and store it cold in a jar. Kneed the dough again before placing it in an oiled baking pan. Let it rise until almost double size, about 4-6 hours depending on the temperature of the room. Make a cut in the middle of the bread and bake it on high heat (400 degrees) for 15 min. Then lower the temperature to 325 degrees, and bake it for another 30 min. Let the bread cool before slicing it. The bread will taste deliciously sweet, not sour. Store the bread in a paper bag (or cloth) inside a plastic bag in a cool place for several weeks.

    *Variation: Use different kinds of flours with the wheat. A finer textured bread is made by adding sifted  flour, and a more substantial bread is made by adding cracked or whole soaked or cooked grains. Try also adding some seeds, nuts, raisins etc. to the bread dough.




     
    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, May 12, 2015 10:50 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Herbal Pharmacy: Buying Herbs

    by Susun Weed

     

    In your herbal pharmacy you transform fresh and dried plants into herbal medicines. Learning to identify and use the common plants around you is easy and exciting, beneficial and safe. Making your own medicines saves you money if you follow the Wise Woman tradition of using local herbs, free for the taking.

     

    Even one day's work in field, forest, and kitchen can provide you with many years' worth of medicines. When you make your own, you know for sure what's in it, where it came from, when and how it was harvested, and how fresh and potent it is.

     

    Dried herbs are best for the infusions recommended in this book. Stock your herbal pharmacy with your own foraged or cultivated dried herbs; expand your resources and experiment with new herbs by buying dried herbs from reputable sources.

     

    Fresh herbs are best for the tinctures and oils recommended in this book. If you can't make your own, buy from sources who wildcraft or grow their own herbs to use fresh in preparations.

     

    Whether you buy or make your own medicines, remember, herbal remedies may not work or may work incorrectly if they aren't prepared correctly. Read this chapter carefully; it contains easy to follow instructions for every remedy and preparation mentioned in this book [Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year].


    Buying Herbs

     

    Knowing how to buy herbs is a necessary skill, just like learning to identify them. It is my personal goal to find or grow all the herbs I use. But even with access to a garden and hundreds of acres of Catskill country, I haven't yet achieved my goal. I, too, buy herbs collected, grown, and prepared by others.

     

    In the last few years I have become aware of many practices in the commercial herb trade which appall me. Grossly substandard wages are paid to harvesters in Third World countries. Pesticide and herbicide chemicals banned in the United States are used on herbs grown overseas (and 80% of commercial herbs are imported).

     

    Dried herbs may be legally irradiated with the equivalent of hundreds of chest x-rays, yet there is no labeling as to which herbs have been so treated. All commercial herbal warehouses , even those storing organic herbs, must legally be fumigated several times a year with chemical sprays.

     

    I protect myself by purchasing herbs from individuals I know and trust. Their names and addresses are included in the References and Resources following this chapter.

     

    Whatever the source, dried herbs should be brightly colored, fresh smelling, and as whole as possible. Powdered herbs and herbs in capsules lose medicinal value rapidly, with some exceptions, like Ginger, Slippery Elm, and Golden Seal.

     

    When you look at a dried herb, envision it as it was when alive. The only thing that should be missing is the water content. Red Clover blossoms are a vibrant purplish-pink, not brown. Raspberry leaves are white on one side and green on the other, not a uniform brown. Witch Hazel bark shows the lighter color of the cambium along with the darker grey of the bark; it doesn't look like leftovers from the woodpile.

     

    Smell dried herbs carefully and reject those which lack scent and those which smell of chemicals or molds. Peppermint and Licorice, for instance, should fill your head with their scent. Comfrey root should smell clean and fresh, not musty and moldy.

     

    The energy, or life force, of an herb can be sensed even when the plant has been dried. Absence of energy means that the herb is old, or has been handled incorrectly. If you can, hold the dried herb in your hands: feel for tingle, look for sparkle. A pendulum will react to the life force present in dried herbs; dowsing can confirm your sensory impressions.

     

    If you are buying by mail, return herbs that do not look, smell, and feel alive. If you buy from a store, bring poor quality to the attention of the owner and demand unpowdered and unencapsulated herbs. Say what you want and what pleases you. Consumer desires do have power in the herb market. Interest in organically grown herbs has resulted in increased availability of organic medicinals.


    Green Blessings.
     Susun Weed

     

    this excerpt from:
    Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun Weed

     

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

     

    Susun Weed recommends Catskill Mountain Herbals, dedicated to crafting the highest quality wildcrafted and organic herbal extracts, vinegars, oils, and salves. Woman owned and operated, White feather’s herbs are harvested in the pristine Catskill Mountains, at the optimum time according to each plant, all herbals are hand prepared in small batches using 100-proof vodka, organic apple cider vinegar, organic cold pressed olive oil, and pure beeswax.

     

    Also highly recommended is Mountain Rose Herbs for high quality organic herbs and products.

  • Thursday, April 30, 2015 11:57 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    How To Shamanically Release Money Worries this Scorpio Full Moon

    by Kathy Crabbe


    full moon in scorpio altar

    My full moon in Scorpio altar: onions, catmint, malachite, topaz, opal


    The sex organs and the sacral chakra, other people’s money, red, psychics, blood, mud, brambles, geysers, graveyards, toilets…what do all these have in common? They are all ruled by Scorpio, the sign of the upcoming Full Moon on Sunday, May 3 at 8:42 pm pacific time.


    As I write these words while sitting in front of my altar I realize I don’t want to channel for this particular Full Moon like I usually do, but instead I’d like to write about the Lefty painting (shamanic cartoon) I did yesterday: I release fear.



    I release fear by k. crab

    I release fear by k. crab


    When I painted her I meant for the text to read “I release fear” but when I studied it afterwards I realized it could easily be read as “I fear release“! HA! Both are true. And aren’t they intimately connected?


    I use my left hand drawings in my Creative Soul Readings (a deck of them, actually as I’m sure you already know). I figure out their meaning as I go along.


    The Leftys act as shamanic cartoons I believe; a dose of the Trickster AND a self esteem booster prompting many who view them to feel “curiouser and curiouser” as they journey down the rabbit hole into their deeper soul-self.


    I’ve been documenting my Leftys step-by-step recently both on Instagram and Tumblr; here’s what I mean (see below).


    Step by step Lefty of the Day no 2 …to help you make decisions about money …#watercolor #cartoon #drawing #gouache #healing #raven #crow #shaman #power (at Temecula old town, ca)

    Step by step Lefty of the Day no 2 by k. crab …to help you make decisions about

    money …

    #watercolor #cartoon #drawing #gouache #healing #raven #crow #shaman #power

    (at Temecula old town, ca)

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    Lefty of the Day no. 2 step by step by k. crab … to help you make money decisions

    …#lefty #cartoon #watercolor #gouache #healingart #shaman

    (at Temecula, California)


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    Lefty of the Day no. 2 step by step by k. crab … to help you make money decisions

    …#lefty #cartoon #watercolor #gouache #healingart #shaman

    (at Temecula, California)


    I enjoy the instant feedback I get on Instagram (and Tumblr) in the form of likes (hearts), new followers and the occasional comment. I enjoy sharing the process – all hand done – not computer generated.


    I created the Lefty, “I release fear” to help both myself and others release fears; especially money related fears. See that $ symbol above her head? She is a powerful being. May she support you as well ’cause she’s definitely plying her cell-rearranging magick on me. Since working with her over the last 24 hours, I’ve figured out and written down the branding for my Lefty Art in a way that captures their essence; their heart and soul and mine too, of course, because we are the same. Each time I start to feel anxious about $ I envision this Lefty and I see the strong green pubic triangle that forms the base of the green heart surrounding her and I also see the  3 black (raven) feathers in her place of power. Beneath her is a deep, dark pool of knowledge going down and into the center of the earth, the universe where dark, healing magic grows and sustains us as we lay down roots and claim our power; the power of the Earth Herself.


    Obsidian Sheen SphereSo, for this Scorpio Full Moon (in cahoots with Beltane/May Day at 8:05 pm on the same day) grab your crystal ball (i chose Obsidian) and go deep.


    What needs releasing? Let it out, let it go. Do ritual, ceremony, write it out and burn it in a fire, bury it in the earth or let it flow away in watery tears. Whatever works for you. This Scorpio Moon can help with that; it can help you release and transform and if your issues are $ related please work with today’s shamanic  Lefty painting and report back here or to me: I’m always curious to hear more.



    Scorpio Altar Suggestions from my Zodiac Goddess Playbook

    • Scorpio the Scorpion, Phoenix & Eagle
    • Time of Year – October 21 – November 21
    • Quality – Fixed
    • Element – Water
    • Planetary Ruler – Pluto
    • Anatomy – Sex organs
    • Natural Sign of – 8th House
    • Color – Blood red, maroon
    • Gemstone – Malachite, opal, topaz
    • Tarot Card – Death
    • Goddesses – Brigid, Hecate, Morgan, Selkhet

    Scorpio Meditation
    Deep inner knowing,
    Her arms snakes, her belly the depths,
    Slowly she transforms
    Vulture claws spreading open,
    Wings of magic, reborn glory,
    The Phoenix.

    Scorpio Affirmations
    I am motivated, resourceful and determined
    I risk honesty
    I transcend earthly concerns and soar to new heights
    I am magnetic and mysterious
    I am Phoenix Rising
    I have no fear of death







    Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, author and educator who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through inspirational art, creative soul classes, intuitive readings and online resources infused with a rich background in the arts.

    Kathy's work has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazine and books
    including the San Diego Women’s History Museum and the We’Moon Datebook. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and e-courses and maintains a regularly updated blog, portfolio site and etsy shop.
     
    Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen's University and a Graphic Design & Illustration Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992.
     
    Kathy has been an educator and mentor for Laguna Outreach Community Artists, the Sawdust Art Festival, HGTV, Wise Woman University, and Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show. Currently she is teaching her Creative Soul Class at Yoga for Life Temecula, Inspire San Diego and Mt. San Jacinto College.

    Kathy received intuitive training from English psychic and channel, Adam Higgs and spiritual training from meditation teacher Om (devotee of Sri Chinmoy). She studied yoga with Atma Khalsa and Amanollah Ghahraman, herbalism with Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive) and Therapeutic Touch with Joyce Fournier, RN.


    Kathy received her certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell's Crystal Academy and has been a lifelong student of astrology through private study and group sessions with Steven Forrest, Laura DesJardins and Jeffrey Wolf Green. Currently Kathy is studying Celtic Faerie Shamanism with Francesca De Grandis, author of
    Be A Goddess. Learn more here.

    Kathys 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, April 24, 2015 12:11 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    WISE WOMAN DANCING
    written and illustrated by
    Roslyne Sophia Breillat

    excerpt from “womb of wisdom, the sacred journey of menopause



    She emanates the depth and potency of an inner wisdom that is given by grace. And although this wisdom’s powerful potential rests innately within the feminine psyche, not every woman consciously embodies this as a constant guiding power of love in her life. For many women repress the spontaneous and intuitive flow of their female wisdom in favour of a false life of compromise, a deadening life of certainty or a stagnant life of control. Throughout the menopausal years, this sacred gift of deepening female wisdom prepares to open an abundantly overflowing treasure chest of freedom and truth. And the wise woman surrenders to this process, for she senses and she knows that it will guide her towards a new and purposeful life. This wisdom of menopause is bestowed and it it is offered. It is embraced, it is given, it is earned. It calls to a woman from the infinite depth of a profound and timeless place she has perhaps never before experienced. And it calls to her from an ancient and mysterious place she has known forever. For such is the wisdom of menopause.

    This exquisite grace of her wisdom is gathered, integrated, gifted and revealed through suffering, through experience, through healing, through loving, through being loved. It arises through letting go of all illusions of future and all concepts of past. It arises through living within the beauty and simplicity of now. And it awakens through letting go of anything and anyone in her life whose presence prevents her wise wild ways from spontaneously deepening and flowing and flowering.

    The wise woman is aware of her inherent place in the world and she is aware of her inherent place upon the Earth. She honours this place, her place, with humility and presence. And she surrenders to her gift of wisdom with acceptance and trust. Her words are wise and her ways are wise. Her actions flow with the river of life.

    And her deeds have purpose. She is humbled by the many situations where life reflects her love. She courageously and confidently lives from a shining light of inner strength. She abides within the integrity of being. She rests harmoniously within the present moment. She is both ordinary and extraordinary. And she emanates the joy of an open heart. The wise woman knows when to go, when to stay, when to work, when to play, when to leave, when to return. She knows when to slow down, when to stop, when to rest. She knows what is best. She knows when to speak and when to remain silent. For her words are wise and her silence speaks of life’s many mysteries. The essence of the Moon shines within her womb. For she is attuned with her innate internal lunar rhythm.

    And she flows harmoniously with this rhythm, for she knows its natural place within the cosmos and its natural place within every cell of her being. She is deeply connected to the spirit of the Earth Mother within. For she knows the wild yet gentled power of her female wisdom and the immortal beauty of her love.

    Copyright ~ Roslyne Sophia Breillat ©




    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, April 10, 2015 11:47 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Nutritious Whole Grains

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



    Many people of traditional cultures naturally understood which foods were healthy and nutritious. Modern people, however, have to consult charts and nutritional tables to learn if a food is healthful. (Detailed research and charts are readily available on line.) Grains are an example of a food that is well represented in all the vital nutrient groups: vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, oils and fibers. These nutrients come in a very balanced proportion to each other. This balanced nutritional content is one reason why people, who have adjusted to a diet including grains, seldom feel cravings for something missing. With a few added condiments such as healthy oils and fats, and fermented foods much of human nutritional needs are supplied by these lovely grains. Below is a highlight of a few of the essential nutrients in grains.

      The vitamins in grains are many. Dependent on growing methods and geography, grains contain several essential B vitamins; B1, B2, and B6. Vitamin E is also found in all grains as well as vitamin K1.

      The mineral and trace elements in grains support the digestion and assimilation of the other nutrients in the grain. Grains are a good source of organic silica as well(especially abundant in millet).  Many of these minerals and trace elements assist in especially healthy brain function, nervous system, and in the building process of healthy bones, muscles, skin, hair, and nails. Thus grains are a natural beauty aids.

      The oils supplied by grains are unsaturated and contain many "essential " oils that are necessary for the body. Linolic fatty acids are some of them, which among other benefits, prevents cholesterol build up, and break up fats.

      Proteins are also present in grains. As the matter of facts, grains are an excellent source of protein, containing 1/2- 2/3 as much as that which is provided in the same amount of meat and fowl. In a meat centered diet however, when a high proportion of the body's caloric intake is supplied simply by proteins, an acidic condition can be created in the blood. When this happens, the body drains its own mineral supply in an attempt to neutralize these acids.

      The carbohydrates provided by grains are what scientists call polysaccharides. These are complex chains of sugar molecules and easily digested when chewed well, releasing a steady stream of carbohydrates that provides a stable energy flow. Quick burning carbohydrates on the other hand, such as sugar, and other sweets, enter the bloodstream in a rush and puts strain on the liver, pancreas, heart, and other organs. They also produce highs and lows that become mood swings.

      The bran is an important part of the grains as well. It is a shame that when making rice "white", or turning wheat into white flour, this valuable substance is removed. Most of grains' vitamins and minerals are stored in and under the protective coating of bran, and so are lost with its removal. Much of the protein in wheat is also taken away, because this is attracted to the bran and germ. Additionally, bran contains enzymes, that aid in the digestion of the grain, and absorbs excess bile. It also acts as a roughage that keeps the intestines regular and functioning well.

    Whole grains can maintain their nutritive components over a long period of time. Once the bran has been removed, as with white rice or white flour, it looses most of its nutrients. In its whole state, grains are naturally sealed so perfectly, that grains are still capable of sprouting into new life years after their harvest. Whole grain not only provides us with an excellent form of nourishment, but also with the potential of life creating forces.


    GOMAKU RICE

    3 c short grain brown rice
    1 table spoon  lemon juice           

    Kernels from 1 corn on the cob
    1  6" piece kombu sea vegetables           

    1/2 lb tempeh, or chicken
    4 c water                  

    1/4 tsp sea salt
    1 carrot, diced                   

    Butter, olive or coconut oil
    2 onions, diced

    Wash the rice and place it in a pot with the water and lemon juice. Let it soak for 6-8 hours.
    Bring the rice to a boil. Soak the kombu for 2 min, and cut it in cubes. Cube the tempeh or chicken and fry the cubes in butter or oil until golden. When the rice has come to a boil add the kombu, carrots, corn, onions, tempeh and salt. Cover with a lid and let it simmer for 60 min. Let the rice sit for 5 min before placing it in a serving bowl. Garnished with finely cut parsley, gomaku rice is a little colorful meal by itself and can be served as it is with a few pieces of pickles.

    *Variation: Use rice and other grains together, beans, or beef instead of tempeh. Use different vegetables,  mushrooms etc. The rice can be pressure cooked for 40 min, instead of being boiled.





    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, March 31, 2015 3:56 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

     
    The sap moon has arrived! We have been the orchestrators of an Urban Maple Sugaring Project in our community for the past 6 years. Our project began with our own desire to learn about the process and add another wild food to our pantry.  We now provide ourselves and our community with a locally produced sweet that is mineral rich. We tap trees throughout the city of Sheboygan, WI (population 50,000) with the permission of home and business owners. We share some of the harvest with the people who support the project. They of course enjoy the syrup and they learn that there is food right in their backyard!
    The project also includes collaboration with our local environmental center. The center evaporates our sap for us. The center has been tapping trees in their aging maple forest for many years. Their project is focused on providing a demonstration project for school groups and a community celebration of the harvest: Flap Jack Days. We help to tend the sugar shack and we give the center a percentage of the resulting syrup. After a long cold winter, we are thrilled to be able to participate in this community activity!
    A Couple of days ago, we and a host of other volunteers tapped the trees at the center. It was still a little cold for the sap to be running, but they are preparing for school groups and needed to have their demonstration project ready.
    It is ideal to tap trees just when the sap begins to run, as the resulting yield will be higher. The sap will begin to run when the daytime temperatures warm up above freezing. It has been a very cold winter here in Wisconsin and daytime temperatures have not yet reached above freezing. As we watch, weather predictions show that the temperatures will begin to rise next week. We are planning to tap trees for our project at that time.
    I like to tap the trees when the sap begins running, so that we can drink the first sap of the season right from the tap. It is a such a remarkable site to see the sap run from the tree, once you have placed the spile or maple spout. While today spiles are typically made out of aluminum, the stalks of many shrubby plants can be used today and have historically been used. Two of those shrubs are staghorn sumac (Rhus sp) and/or elderberry (Sambucus sp). We have used commercial taps, as well as made some of our own.
    As we begin collecting the sap, we will transform much of the beautiful mineral rich sap into syrup for use throughout the year. The sap to syrup ratio is typically 40:1, but does fluctuate depending on many factors. To learn more about maple sugaring view our video on maple sugaring at this link.


    In addition to transforming the sap into syrup, we also use the sap, which looks like water, but has a very slight sweet taste in other preparations. We also simply drink it. We like to use the sap as a base for teas and infusions. The sap adds minerals and a slight sweet taste to any beverage! We have partially reduced the sap and made maple soda as well as maple wine. These are some of the most delicious and do not last long in our house!
    We also use the water as a base for cooking venison stew. The sugars in the sap, tenderize the meat. The stew meat melts in your mouth. Of course you can use any meat that you have access to and your own stew recipe, just be sure to cook it slow for a long period of time. I like to use the slow cooker or crock pot for this.
    Cooking beans in sap, is something I learned from my dear friend Rose Barlow. Rose was an herbalist who was one of the inspirations for our sugaring project. She used to tap a couple of trees in her yard each year and she would make delicious maple beans.  While Rose died a couple of years ago, she is always present in my kitchen when I put the beans and syrup together in the pot. Below is my version of her wonderful Maple Bean Recipe.
    Happy Sap Moon to all of you. May the change of the season be sweet and kind.
    Linda
    Maple-Baked Beans

     
     


    These baked beans are slow-cooked in a crockpot for about 24 hours.  As the sap slowly cooks down it turns into a sweet, maple-flavored  gravy.
     
    4 cups dried navy beans (or any bean)
    10 cups fresh maple sap
    Bacon or other fatty piece of pork
    1 Tbsp salt
    2 medium onions, minced
     
    1.     Soak beans in water overnight in water and a TBS of whey or miso as well as piece of seaweed. If you do not have whey, miso or seawwed, you can simply add salt.
    2.     In the morning drain, put beans in a crockpot and add 10 cups fresh maple sap. (if you are going to add bacon or pork, cook it on the stove, storing the grease for other uses. Add it when you begin cooking the beans and cook throughout, it will add additional flavor for those who enjoy meat.)
    3.    3.  Turn crock pot on high and cook all day until beans are soft and tender. (if you prefer, you can also cook these down in the over on 175 degrees for the same time frame)
     
    4.  Add diced onions and a little more maple sap if they seem a bit dry or low on liquid at this point.
    5.  Continue to cook with the lid off of the crockpot overnight.
     
    These freeze nicely for use throughout the year. They are delicious served at barbeques and/or potlucks!



     

    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, March 19, 2015 11:49 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Pisces New Moon Reading: b is for beauty mark
    by Kathy Crabbe




    B is for beauty mark by Kathy Crabbe

    This New Moon Reading is going to be quite different from all my others…hmmmm, maybe because it’s in Pisces? A dreamy, watery, très magical kinda sign. So I sit before my altar which is all decked out in Pisces finery with a bowl full of cucumber, lettuce, and willow snippets and some Piscean gemstones (aquamarine and moonstone) and I sit…and I sit…Then I hear the words: just put pen to paper and the words will come. So I do.


    With my paints, brushes and stones in hand, I say to Goddess…O Goddess I am readying myself for Spring and this New Moon in Pisces. What do you want of me?


    And I hear Her say, “No word necessary”.


    And so I paint and a Lefty Mermaid appears…’b is for beauty mark’ (to the left).


    If you too are seeking inspiration to help find your way out of the deep (it IS a Pisces Moon after all; a watery sign represented by two fishes) then I hope that ‘beauty mark’ and her magical mirror can lead you deeper within, to where you soul calls out.


    When setting your intentions for the upcoming New Moon and Spring Equinox ( which is like New Years for many of us) the best time to do that is at the exact moment of the New Moon which is on Friday, March 20 at 2:36 am PDT (kinda early, so maybe set intentions when you wake up or before you go to sleep) and the Spring Equinox is on the same day- woohoooo…double power!






    Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, author and educator who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through inspirational art, creative soul classes, intuitive readings and online resources infused with a rich background in the arts.

    Kathy's work has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazine and books
    including the San Diego Women’s History Museum and the We’Moon Datebook. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and e-courses and maintains a regularly updated blog, portfolio site and etsy shop.
     
    Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen's University and a Graphic Design & Illustration Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992.
     
    Kathy has been an educator and mentor for Laguna Outreach Community Artists, the Sawdust Art Festival, HGTV, Wise Woman University, and Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show. Currently she is teaching her Creative Soul Class at Yoga for Life Temecula, Inspire San Diego and Mt. San Jacinto College.

    Kathy received intuitive training from English psychic and channel, Adam Higgs and spiritual training from meditation teacher Om (devotee of Sri Chinmoy). She studied yoga with Atma Khalsa and Amanollah Ghahraman, herbalism with Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive) and Therapeutic Touch with Joyce Fournier, RN.


    Kathy received her certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell's Crystal Academy and has been a lifelong student of astrology through private study and group sessions with Steven Forrest, Laura DesJardins and Jeffrey Wolf Green. Currently Kathy is studying Celtic Faerie Shamanism with Francesca De Grandis, author of
    Be A Goddess. Learn more here.

    Kathys 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, March 12, 2015 12:34 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Woman of Worth,
    Woman of the Earth
    Part Two


    written & illustrated by Roslyne Sophia Breillat

    And yes, she begins right now, breathing softly and deeply into her body, into her heart, into her womb, acknowledging her true and worthy place upon this Earth, in this moment, for the feminine essence, this pure spirit of She, this beautiful woman, embodies great worth and great value, as the Earth embodies great worth and great value.

    Woman experiences self-loathing, comparison, competition, self-doubt, because she is mesmerized by the contemporary world’s tactics, ploys and tricks, negative words that undermine her female power, cruel actions that abuse her female integrity, insidious lies that force her to feel and believe she is less. This convinces her to feel and believe she needs more ~ more food, more clothes, more make-up, more facelifts, more money, more diets, more exercise, more possessions, more sex. And through becoming addicted to the unrealistic feminine ideal’s enticing array of synthetic “beauty” products that promise to bring her love, attention and acknowledgement, she contributes to the expanding pall of toxicity upon our dear Mother Earth.

    And because she can no longer feel the inherent sacredness and grace of being perfectly beautiful, perfectly natural, perfectly wonderful, simply as she is, she becomes emotionally and psychologically attached to an incessant search for the perfect body, the perfect partner, the perfect look, the perfect image, the perfect outer appearance, the perfect life, none of which are real, and all of which belie the truth and wonder of the feminine spirit, the truth and wonder of her being.

    And through her attachment to this wonderless search, she becomes separated from the wondrous source of loving, giving, exquisite beauty within, she loses touch with her spirit, with her soul, with the inherent intuition, power, wisdom that guide her, like a mysterious beacon of life-giving shining light, into the depths of her true femaleness, when she lets go of this relentless search for outer perfection, for the unreal.

    And, what can she do right now? She ceases listening to that critical and devaluing voice inside her head, she enters her beautiful body more deeply, with her feet firmly planted upon the Earth, with her breath deeply filling every fibre of her being, opening, opening, opening, ever deeper to the stillness, vastness and loving wisdom of the feminine essence within. And no matter what the outer world has told her, what the advertising campaigns have told her, what that critical, destructive, judgmental voice in her head has told her, She, woman, is beautiful and worthy right now.

    She doesn’t need destructive diets that will cause her to instantly become skinny, taut and terrific, that will cause her body to squeeze into tight jeans, two sizes too small. She doesn’t need insidious advertising that increases her shame, deepens her confusion and engulfs her in a dark cloud of depression. She doesn’t need to be “sexy”, for she is the sensual fire of true female passion, she doesn’t need more love, for she is love, she doesn’t need more wisdom, for she is wisdom, she doesn’t need more power, for she is power, for She, gracious woman of this Earth, is beautiful, worthy, valuable, wise, wonderful, right now.



    Copyright ~ Roslyne Sophia Breillat ©




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

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

    Sophia offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


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


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

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

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation. "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

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