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  • Friday, April 04, 2014 2:07 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    MISO AND TAMARI FOR SPRING COOKING

    Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt





    Miso is an incredibly nutritious and healthful food. It might be described as having the consistency of nut butter, only not as stiff and oily but very spreadable. Since miso is aged, it has its own hearty aroma and flavor, which is fragrant and stimulating to the senses. As a food, it is best known for its use in soup, where it might be described as a satisfying and flavorful bouillon. That is only the beginning of miso's culinary uses, for it makes terrific sauces for noodles, grains, vegetables and fish dishes. Also, it is popularly included in all kinds of dressings, condiments, and sandwich spreads.


    Traditional Japanese miso is made by people who spend a lifetime learning the subtleties of making miso. This includes all the aspects of various fermenting time, temperature, humidity, quality of ingredients as well as the special feeling for their product. It is necessary to really be in touch -to almost perfection -in order to make the delicate fermentation processes to transform soy beans, rice and sea salt into miso.


    Once the rice is inoculated with the living culture, koji, it is placed with beans and salt in kegs or vats, usually made of cedar, then placed under pressure. In these wooden kegs miso ages for an average of one to two years. However, some miso requires two to three years to mature, while a lighter miso requires just a good hot summer. The type of miso is determined by the ingredients, the aging time and the amount of koji and salt used.


    Miso and tamari are similar products in many ways. They are both made from soybeans, rice and sea salt fermented with a special culture (koji) that transforms these products into wonderfully nutritious foods. Traditional tamari was, in fact, a by-product of the miso making process and was the excess liquid that was taken from the miso. Today a variety of misos can be found in health food stores, such as sweet rice miso,, chickpea miso, rice misos, and barley miso.


    Shoyu and tamari are also processed very much the same way as miso. Being a liquid, of course, shoyo and tamari contain more water. Soybeans are fermented in big vats, impurities skimmed off the top and sediments discarded. Traditionally the fermentation process takes one to three years. Today the process is often speed up by using temperature controlled rooms.


    The difference between shoyu and tamari is that tamari is made from soy beans and sea salt only, while shoyu is made with soy beans, sea salt, and wheat. However, almost all of the so-called tamari in the Western world is actually shoyu. Tamari has become a generic term for both shoyu and tamari. Therefore, the names shoyu and tamari are interchangeable, as far as the western consumer is concerned.


    Authentic tamari, made only from soy beans, can be found marketed by different companies under such terms as "Real Tamari," "Wheat-Free Tamari," and "Genuine Tamari."

    The long aging process of both shoyo, tamari and miso is very important. The soy beans, salt, and koji culture breaks down the protein in the soy beans to amino acids, so that they are easily digested, even by those who have problems eating beans. All of the essential amino acids are there, and more. Since these amino acids combine well with other foods to make complete proteins, the addition of miso or tamari, to a dish, not only enhances flavor, but also the nutritional value by boosting the overall percentage of protein available in the food to be eaten.


    Traditionally made miso, shoyo and tamari contain many vitamins and minerals. It is also particularly noteworthy that they contain vitamin B12, which is generally hard to find in a diet that does not include animal foods. This makes miso and shoyu-tamari especially important as a supplement to a vegetarian diet.


    The salt during the aging process is also transformed, making these products last for a long time without refrigeration in temperate climates.


    Truly naturally fermented miso, shoyu and tamari are real store houses of nutrition and flavors.


    SPRING MISO SOUP


    1 6" piece wakame sea vegetables,

    2 Tbsp chopped scallions

    1 c onions cut into half moons or fresh wild onions

    1 c fresh nettle leaves, top shoot (optional)

    3 c water

    1 – 1 1/2 Tbsp barley miso


    Brush the wakame clean and soak it for 3 min. Cut it into thin pieces and place it in a pot with the onions and nettles. Add the water and bring it to a boil. Cover with a lid and let it simmer for 7 min. Dilute the miso in a little of the soup water. Pour it back into the pot and let it simmer for another 3 min. Garnish with scallions.


    •Variation: Use many different seasonal vegetables and herbs, add leftover noodles, rice, or other grains. Try adding beans, lentils, tofu, fish, beef, or chicken. The vegetables can be fried before the water is added for additional flavor.





    Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt is a Waldorf class and kindergarten teacher, biodynamic farmer, author and nutritional counselor. She has taught nutritional cooking and counseled for 25 years in her homeland Denmark, Europe and the United States.

    She trained as a macrobiotic cooking teacher and counselor and studied the principles of oriental medicine and the research of Dr. Weston A. Price before embracing the anthroposophical approach to nutrition, food and cooking.



     



    This Four week course will explore some of the many benefits of fermented and cultured foods, and why it is important to include them regularly with every meal. You will be guided through the steps of making sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled vegetables, kefir, soft cheese, and yogurt, as well as get a chance to discover new fermented drinks such as kvass, wines, and beers. I will aim at answering personal questions around your culturing and fermenting experiences.


    Intuitively we know that cultured and fermented foods are real health foods. Naturally fermented and cultured foods are an exceptional way to prepare different ingredients and some of the most important side dishes and condiments in our diet. They are often overlooked or not mentioned when we describe what we had for dinner, and yet they are pivotal in creating a well-balanced, nutritious meal.

    They add a bounty of nourishing, life-promoting substances and life forces, almost miraculous curative properties, and a wealth of colors, flavors, and shapes. They increase the appetite, stimulate the digestion, and make any simple meal festive and satisfying. The course will be highly practical with many hands-on activities.


     

    In this Four week course you will learn about the nutritional needs of your growing child and receive delicious, seasonal, wholesome nutritious menus and recipes on affordable budget so as to encourage children to eat and live healthy.

    During this course we will explore the nutritious needs for your growing child.

    We will discover how rhythm, simplicity and nourishing activities support a healthy child development. You will find new ways to encourage your child to develop a taste for natural, wholesome foods as well as receive and create delicious, seasonal nutritious menus and recipes that stay within the limits of your budget.





    Cooking for the Love of the World:
    Awakening our Spirituality through Cooking

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



    A heart-centered, warmth-filled guide to the nurturing art of cooking. 200 pages, softbound


     
  • Friday, March 28, 2014 4:24 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)


    Tools for the Cold and Flu Season

    By Linda Conroy



    The cold and flu season is in full swing. Before deciding what to do,  It is helpful to understand that when we have a cold and/or the flu we are dealing with respiratory viruses.  In order to avoid these common ailments I find that prevention is the best defense. I am not inclined to get the flu shot and so I work to nourish myself, to build and strengthen my natural immunity. As the saying goes an ounce of prevention can go a long way, even if you do get sick. 


    A good rule of thumb during cold and flu season is to minimize contact with large groups of people. While not always possible, minimizing contact is ideal. We all know that kids in schools pass viruses readily and often. 


    It also is important to eat whole unprocessed food. Long cooked bone broths are very helpful and of course it is important to get plenty of rest. To learn about bone broths you can visit our blog post on the topic at this link.  During the winter months, it is important to get more sleep than usual. Really take an example from the hibernating bears, 10 hours really is not to much. And naps, well take an example from cats and dogs, they are master at napping.


    Drinking nourishing herbal infusions: Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus), Nettle (Urtica dioca), Oats (Avena sativa), Red Clover (Trifolium pretense) and Roseship (Rosa sp) is a powerful way to keep your body healthy and strong. To find out how to prepare nourishing herbal infusions click here.


    In addition to keeping your system strong, you can prophylactically or preventatively ingest Elderberry (Sambucus sp) tincture, tea or syrup. This is a powerful antiviral herb that can be ingested on a daily basis for long periods of time. If you are not able to make your own, preparations of this herb are becoming increasingly easy to find.


    At the first sign of a cold or flu I like to ingest Echinacea ( to learn more about Echinacea sp (click here) and/or Elderberry (Sambucus sp). These two herbs can be ingested as a tea, tincture or syrup. They are very effective at warding or minimizing the duration of a cold or flu.  I like to take large quantities of these herbs. In tincture or syrup form I take 1 tsp every 2 hours for the first day or two of the illness. If ingesting these herbs in tea form taking a cup or two every couple of hours. You really cannot ingest too much of these herbs. There are herbs that you want to be more cautious around, but these are safe and effective.


    For relieving symptoms once they are established the following herbs can be helpful:



    Elecampane (Inula helenium) This is a European herb in the Asteracea family. This plant is easy to grow and it is beautiful in the back of the herb garden. The root is the part of the plant used for medicine. I typically take this in a syrup or tincture form. Medicinally, Elecampane is a wonderful expectorant. I find it to be a very effective lung tonic as well as a treatment herb for relieving congestion during the cold and flu season. This is the main reason I like to have it available in my winter medicine cabinet. To learn more about this plant visit our post here.


    St Johnswort (Hypericum perforaturm) While many think of this herb as a nervine or one that can ease mild depression, when I think of this plant I typically think antiviral. This plant, relieves pain, inhibits cancer growth, relieves/prevents muscle aches, is antiseptic, anitmicrobal, antiviral, heals burns, cold sores, herpes and shingles, relives sore muscles, bones, heals nerves, reduces inflammation and eases sciatica pain. I typically ingest this in tincture form, 1 tsp every two hours for acute situations. I decrease the dose as the symptoms decrease.


    Yarrow (Achilia millifolium) This plant is a common weed, in the Astercaea family. This plant is another under-utilized viral fighting plant. Not only does it fight viruses, it also relieves pain, reduces inflammation, stops bleeding and is a great insect repellent. Yarrow tea is wonderful and/or for immediate relief the tincture can also be useful.

    Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) This plant is a member of the mint family. It grows easily and readily in any garden. Lemon Balm is also viral fighting and is specific for fighting herpes infections, particularly during acute phases then pain is present. It can be ingested as well as applied topically to fight viruses, to soothe pain and irritation and to add a cooling affect both internally externally. A tincture, tea, oil or salve can be made. To  learn a little more about Lemon Balm click here.


    There are many other herbs that can be enlisted to support our bodies during the cold and flu season. The above plants are ones that I have had good results with and find are simple and safe to use.


    I hope you are all feeling well and if you are in areas where the arctic blast has brought very cold temperature that you are staying warm!


    Many Green Blessings,
    Linda

     




     

    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.

  • Friday, March 21, 2014 3:33 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    March’s Cat

    by Kathy Crabbe

     

     Kathy Crabbe

    Kathy Crabbe, March’s Cat, 2004, silk dyes on silk, 8×10”.



    Happy March! The black cat painting above is called March’s Cat and was inspired by a wild kitty who adopted me on the last night of a two month long art festival in Laguna Beach. One of my fellow exhibitors was carrying him in her arms after capturing him in a trap on the Sawdust Art Festival grounds. Luis aka ‘Pin’ grew up to be a shy, slightly clumsy, but still wild black cat that we lost eventually to the coyotes, but I think that’s how he would have wanted it.


    Prints and cards of March’s Cat can be purchased at KathyCrabbeArt.com



    Silk ties by Kathy Crabbe inspired by Luis the cat



    ABOUT LULU IN LAGUNA PAINTINGS
    LuLu in Laguna Originals are painted with silk dyes and watercolors by artist, Kathy Crabbe. She was inspired by living in mermaidalicious Laguna Beach, California for 8 years where she spent her time frolicking with red-headed mermaids, water-dogs, garden cats and artists as well as exhibiting her art every summer at the Sawdust Art Festival. Kathy’s fairies were inspired by spending time in nature amongst wildflowers, ancient oaks and elfin forests in Southern California’s inland valleys.


    - See more at: http://www.kathycrabbe.com/2014/03/marchs-cat/






    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, online resources, Divine Feminine eClasses and Creative Soul Readings infused with a rich background in the arts.

    Kathy's work has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, magazine and books.

    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.

    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. Currently Kathy is studying Celtic Faerie Shamanism with Francesca De Grandis, author of Be A Goddess.


    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. Learn more here.
  • Friday, March 14, 2014 3:09 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Yoga Legends - Whispering Om

    By Sheryl Wolover

    This Pranayama practice takes the "way" we make and the "how" me make the OM sound to a new level.





    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
  • Thursday, March 06, 2014 11:13 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    A Light from the Shadows: Healthy Parenting from a Traumatic Past
    Jill Diana Chasse


    The promise of parenting is filled with potential and excitement, as well as anxiety and confusion. It is a highly emotional experience. For adult survivors of child abuse, this experience can be even more intense and emotional, leading to angst, distress, and panic.

    Many people are under the misconception that abused children grow up to be abusive parents. This is not necessarily the case, and just realizing that the cycle isn't set in stone can relieve much of the pressure that may lead to abuse. The cycle of abuse can stop. By understanding, accepting, and working through past traumas, an adult from even the most dysfunctional unhealthy environment can parent lovingly and effectively. Adult survivors of child abuse often need to seek assistance or support from a psychologist or other family therapist. Psychotherapy can make a massive positive difference in the lives of abuse survivors. Meeting with the couple together to share and address problems as a family often leads to a greater understanding for both parents.

    Adult survivors of child abuse often prepare for rejection. They may protect themselves by withdrawing or showing aggression in defense. It is important to acknowledge the behaviors and their roots. With each discovery of self, comes a better understanding of your growing relationship, and a calmer answer to each reaction. They often do not know how they will react to becoming a parent, so welcoming a child should be taken with preparation, strength and trust. The most important thing to remember is that parenting well starts with parenting yourself. Taking steps to heal unresolved emotional wounds and issues, create new belief systems about relationships and self, as well as healing emotional issues and learning new communication skills are imperative. Recovery is possible through nurturing relationships and the understanding what was lacking in the adult's own childhood. Learning how to uncover the layers of defense and walls built up is crucial. Making a conscious effort for resolution will lead to healthy parenting.


    Approaching parenting with an understanding of one's past helps a parent to be more mindful of his or her reactions to the child's behavior, actions and emotions. Learning about the past and accepting that there is still healing that needs to be done for the parent can stop the cycle of abuse. Making sense of the past not only heals the trauma for the parents, it allows the child to be raised in a healthy environment. A person's heart and mind are capable of healing completely. An adult from an abusive past can grow up to have a normal, healthy life with strong relationships and happy children.


    References:
    Briere, J. (2002). Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse and Neglect. The
    Phenomenology of Child Abuse and Neglect and Its Effects [Online].
    Available: www.johnbriere.com
    Siegel, D. and Hartzell, M. (2003). Parenting from the Inside-Out: How a Deeper
    Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive. New York:
    J. P. Tarcher.

     




    Dr. Jill Diana Chasse is maternal/child public health practitioner, an author and a counselor. Jill has been working with the mother-baby dyad in birth and psychology for over 20 years.

    She has studied midwifery at both Ancient Arts Midwifery Institute and Institute of Holistic Midwifery, holds Master's degrees in Psychology and Public Administration, and a Doctorate in Health Administration.  

    Personally, she loves the ocean, skiing, horseback riding, and cuddling up with her kids, hot coffee and a good book in front of a fireplace on a snowy evening.

    Currently, she works in public health for the federal government and teaches classes for the Childbearing Year at Wise Woman University, online, including the childbirth education method she founded, BEBE- Baby-Empowered Birthing Education.


    Listen to a 30 minute radio interview with Jill Diana Chasse


     
    Study with Jill Diana Chasse Online

    ~ Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Support ~
      ( link to detailed description of Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Support )

    Manage pregnancy and postpartum emotional challenges including baby blues and PPD symptoms to help reduce the risk of depression and keep yourself and your baby mentally and emotionally strong.  REGISTER HERE


    ~ BEBE - Baby Empowered Birth Education ~
    ( link to detailed description of BEBE )

    Baby-Empowered Birth Education is a Complimentary Natural Childbirth method for use with or without medications, at home, birth center, or in a hospital with key concepts of "Experiencing, Understanding and Enjoying" your labor and delivery through emotional support, empowering yourself, and empowering your baby. REGISTER HERE


    ~ BEBE Childbirth Educator Certification Program ~
      ( link to detailed description of BEBE for Educators )

    Become a "Baby-Empowered Birthing Education" Certified Childbirth Educator offering women and babies an empowering, magical, enlightening, and passionate natural choice for childbirth education, encouraging them to "experience, understand and enjoy" the Magic of Motherhood! REGISTER HERE
     

    This is an online workshop intended for parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy or after birth. It is a self paced, guided tour through the healing process to work through grief and bereavement issues. Working through these issues in this format is especially helpful in the early stages of grief when the shock and pain is still raw.
    REGISTER HERE



    Baby Magic for your Magic Baby
    By Jill Diana Chasse




    Baby Magic is a Spiritual Guide to Motherhood. Beginning before conception, Baby Magic guides a woman on her magical journey of becoming a mother.

    ~ORDER HERE~

  • Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:50 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Winter Tree Walk

    By Linda Conroy


    Winter is a time of reflection and beauty here in the Midwest. The anticipation of the increasing light is in the air and today we went for a tree walk in The University of Wisconsin Arboretum in Madision, WI. The collection of trees there is amazing and what a treat to walk through in the snow and with the only other walking creatures being the resident turkeys.  

    Anticipation was all around, as we looked at each tree with it’s bud waiting for the right time to “spring” open. As we walked through the light snow, the bark on the trees was illuminating. Each different, unique and more obvious than when the leaves are present. The trees are alive and in waiting. They are absorbing the food they stored last year and are in waiting for the light, for photosynthesis to once again begin. Standing against a tree trunk, I could feel a vibration, a low hum of readiness.

    Trees have long been a source of inspiration as well as a source of food and medicine. Identifying trees during the winter months is fun and it can provide an outdoor activity. Identification in the winter begins with the bark. The bark of each tree is unique, look for unique marks on the trunk as well as the branches. For example Hawthorn will have sharp thorns, both on the trunk and the branches. Some more than others, but they will be there. Other identifying characteristics of trees in general are leaf scars, buds, old leaves, bracts and/or dried berries.

    The collection of trees at the arboretum is extensive, impressive and provides an incredible education for the enthusiast, herbalist, permaculturist and/or admirer. Below are a few photographs of the trees that we visited. I can’t think of a better way to spend a crisp winter day than walking with the trees.

     A few of the Trees we visited on our walk:

    Striped or Moose maple (Acer pensylvanicum)is a spiecies of maple thats native the northeastern part of the US from southern Ontario and down into the Appalachian mountains. In Wisconsin this tree is more common in the northern part of the state but when you see it you’ll never forget it. The beauty of this tree will be etched in your mind forever. The striking coloration of the bark is what makes this tree stand out so much. It is an understory tree and does stay smaller than other maples. Sounds perfect for broom handles!!

    Grafted Ash Tree: (Fraxinus sp)you can tell by the sharp contrast below and above that this tree was grafted. Ash bark can make an infusion that is a mild laxative and diuretic. The root bark is the most potent with astringent properties, and was used to treat liver diseases and arthritic rheumatism.  Other uses include reducing fever, treating kidney and urinary infections, expeling intestinal parasites, and treating malaria.

    One of the easier Trees to identify is paper birch (Betula papyrifera). The sap can be made into syrup, wine, beer, and medicinal tonics.

    Cornelian Cherry Dogwood, (Cornus mas) this shrub has a rough shaggy bark. The bark has been used historically for medicine and in the late summer or early fall you can harvest the edible fruits.

    This tree is: (Phellodendron sachalinense).As you can see the bark is quite unique. The common name is Sakhalin corktree  “His Majesty”. Sakhalin cork trees are easily grown from seed and transplant well in a range of soil conditions. Mature Sakhalin cork trees have thick, cork-like bark around the trunk. It is one of the largest types of cork trees available

    Linden (Tilia sp.)There are many species of Linden at the arboretum. One of the tell tales signs are the remnants of the bract and the berry, pictured here. The linden tree produces fragrant and nectar-producing flowers. They are very important honey plants for beekeepers. The flowers are also used for tisanes and tinctures; this kind of use is quite popular in Europe and also used in North American herbal medicine practices.




     

    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.

  • Friday, February 21, 2014 12:43 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Prayerful Warrior pose
    with Sheryl Wolover







    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/
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014 10:57 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    You are goddess, witch, moon mama

    (Peacock Ore Meditation)
    by Kathy Crabbe




    Kathy Crabbe, We are Divine, 2014, watercolor on paper, 8 x 11".


    I am the peacock of your soul.

    Sharp and sensual,

    I inspire you to hold your head high

    and remember who you are.

    Repeat after me:

    I am goddess

    I am witch

    I am moon mama

    Carry this knowing in your heart.

    Be proud my sister.

    We are Divine, you and I.







    Peacock Ore opens the third eye and stimulates psychic vision and inner knowing. This helps us learn to trust our psychic abilities and manifest them through visualization.

    Excerpted from Gemstones A to Z by Diane Stein


    Today's painting was inspired by the Moon in Aries and the gemstone Peacock Ore.

    Find more art at CreativeSoulGuides.com


    - See more at: http://www.kathycrabbe.com/2014/01/you-are-goddess-witch-moon-mama-peacock-ore-meditation/#sthash.81f33m67.dpuf






    Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, educator and writer 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, online resources, Divine Feminine eClasses and Creative Soul Readings infused with a rich background in the arts.

    Kathy's work has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, magazine and books. She 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.

    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. Learn more here.
  • Friday, January 31, 2014 11:57 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Preconception - Building your nest
    Jill Chasse


    A thought, a twinkle and a loving dream. The miracle of conception begins way before sperm meets egg and cells begin to divide. The miracle starts in the soul and in the heart. Each month your body prepares itself for a child, but circumstances don't always welcome it into being. Before you can achieve conception, your body-mind-spirit connection must be ready and at ease. What other factors are around you now? Stress can creep up on you from the tiniest places, hiding in the dark ready to make its attack. Be aware of the whole picture.

    There are so many ways, methods and techniques to help you conceive. Research, read and talk to other women about the ways that have helped them, then use what you feel drawn to. Get to know your body and understand your fertility. If you understand why and how it makes it easier to work with and through. Tracking your basal body temperature, for example, knowing your body's temperature at rest allows you to see the temperature slightly rise after the time of ovulation. Since it is after, you'll have to extrapolate to where this rise would be to see when you're ovulating. It takes several months to get a pattern to down, but use can use these months wisely following a preconception diet and exercise plan.

    Knowing your cervical mucous is also a great way to see if your body is ready. By the texture and amount of the fluid that your body releases, you can tell when you are ready to accept sperm to create an offspring. If you insert your pointer and middle finders to the opening of your cervix, you will feel either a sticky or slimy mucous. Squeeze your cervix slightly and capture some of that fluid to examine. If it is cloudy and scare, you are not ovulating. It is thick, acidic and harsh on those little sperm. They're not going to get anywhere in that fluid. When you are near ovulation, estrogen increases and the mucous will be just that- mucous, like a raw egg white. It will be clearer and more abundant. When you are able to stretch a thin gelly thread for an inch between two fingers, it is at the perfect state to let those sperm swim happily around and find (and get sucked into) your egg.

    Any type of pre-conception planning has to have your full heart and follow-through. Don't be over anxious, nervous, angry or frustrated it the method you choose isn't at all as you imagined. Relax and let yourself be open. A comfortable way will come to you.
    Take this time to strengthen your relationship, build your nest. When you are ready, your egg will drop into it. Treat your body as a garden whether you've achieved conception yet or not. Prepare for the beautiful plant that will soon grow in that rich, strong soil.




    Dr. Jill Diana Chasse is maternal/child public health practitioner, an author and a counselor. Jill has been working with the mother-baby dyad in birth and psychology for over 20 years.

    She has studied midwifery at both Ancient Arts Midwifery Institute and Institute of Holistic Midwifery, holds Master's degrees in Psychology and Public Administration, and a Doctorate in Health Administration.  

    Personally, she loves the ocean, skiing, horseback riding, and cuddling up with her kids, hot coffee and a good book in front of a fireplace on a snowy evening.

    Currently, she works in public health for the federal government and teaches classes for the Childbearing Year at Wise Woman University, online, including the childbirth education method she founded, BEBE- Baby-Empowered Birthing Education.


    Listen to a 30 minute radio interview with Jill Diana Chasse


     
    Study with Jill Diana Chasse Online

    ~ Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Support ~
      ( link to detailed description of Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Support )

    Manage pregnancy and postpartum emotional challenges including baby blues and PPD symptoms to help reduce the risk of depression and keep yourself and your baby mentally and emotionally strong.  REGISTER HERE


    ~ BEBE - Baby Empowered Birth Education ~
    ( link to detailed description of BEBE )

    Baby-Empowered Birth Education is a Complimentary Natural Childbirth method for use with or without medications, at home, birth center, or in a hospital with key concepts of "Experiencing, Understanding and Enjoying" your labor and delivery through emotional support, empowering yourself, and empowering your baby. REGISTER HERE


    ~ BEBE Childbirth Educator Certification Program ~
      ( link to detailed description of BEBE for Educators )

    Become a "Baby-Empowered Birthing Education" Certified Childbirth Educator offering women and babies an empowering, magical, enlightening, and passionate natural choice for childbirth education, encouraging them to "experience, understand and enjoy" the Magic of Motherhood! REGISTER HERE
     

    This is an online workshop intended for parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy or after birth. It is a self paced, guided tour through the healing process to work through grief and bereavement issues. Working through these issues in this format is especially helpful in the early stages of grief when the shock and pain is still raw.
    REGISTER HERE



    Baby Magic for your Magic Baby
    By Jill Diana Chasse




    Baby Magic is a Spiritual Guide to Motherhood. Beginning before conception, Baby Magic guides a woman on her magical journey of becoming a mother.

    ~ORDER HERE~

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:39 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    SACRED WISDOM OF MENOPAUSE
    Roslyne Sophia Breillat



     

    The sacred wisdom and mysterious profundity of menopause have long been forgotten by western society. This powerful metamorphosis is commonly hidden from husbands, misinterpreted and ridiculed by the media and curiously described as a medical condition in need of a "cure". These ignorant beliefs denigrate the inherent wisdom of the womb and the timeless mystery of the feminine essence, creating separation from the integrity of love and separation from the integrity of the earth.


    A woman cannot find her deepest sense of femaleness in the outer world. She finds this by descending within, into the heart of her mystery, the heart of her womb. And here, within this formless place, she comes to life, she comes to rest and she comes home. This sacred journey of menopause is a descent into the female psyche's mysterious depths. Through diving into and being immersed in these wise depths, she reunites with the ancient mystery of menopause, for this powerful transformation is the way of the earth, the way of the womb, the way of the heart. The contemporary world does not want her to awaken during menopause. And yet the earth needs her to awaken, through consciously embracing this important transformation of deepening, of opening, of change. For Mother Earth and her people are in need of many awakened and awakening women of wisdom right now. The wise seeds of menopause arise from the depths of her womb, from the womb of the earth, from the universal and galactic womb. And within these seeds await the wisdom of her female sexuality, the sacredness of the female elder, the grace of true maturity, the radiance of her truth. For to live a womb-centred life is to live a heart-centred life, where the energy uniting heart wisdom and womb wisdom is receptively open and freely flowing.


    The menopausal woman, challenged by contemporary society's denigration of the "older" female, is nurtured by loving reflections of real women, unafraid to live from the wholeness of their wisdom, integrity and power. Like a seedling pushing through the moist rich earth, she is inspired by these heart sisters to reach for the vastness of the unknown, beyond all that has previously made her feel secure. The primordial stirring of this raw and primal essence of menopause welcomes her into the transforming power of a tumultuous journey of change. It is an invitation for her to dive deeply beneath society's unreal obsession with youth and aging and to unite with her wisdom, her purpose, her truth.


    Copyright ~ Roslyne Sophia Breillat ©

    Not to be reproduced without written permission of the author...

    The above article is an excerpt from Sophia's new book, "WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE"...

    Sophia 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. Her website is an abundant offering of female wisdom that nurtures and inspires. Sophia is the author of WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE and HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE.

     

    Website ~ www.wildheartwisdom.com

    Email ~ sophia@wildheartwisdom.com

     




    Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a woman who lives, writes and paints from the heart. The inner richness and profound healing of her life experiences are inspiration for her flowing creativity.

    Her articles and art embrace the beauty, power and sensuality of the feminine essence and celebrate the natural flow of woman's transformational cycles. Her website offers a sacred space for woman to dive into the deep, to open to her true nature, to be who she really is.

    Sophia's training and experience includes primal therapy, intuitive massage, reconnective healing, writing, art and design, astrological counselling, instructional skills, training program design and teaching within the Aboriginal community. She has also facilitated many creative and inspiring workshops and courses.
     

    Sophie 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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