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  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 7:22 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    In the Womb
    by Astrid Grove




    When my blood came today, I felt sadness...the kind of grief that only women feel. The inexplicable, deeper than deep pain of menstruation.

    I am not speaking here of cramps, being bloated, or back ache....no, that is not it. It's the grieving.

    I am not trying to conceive, so this grief is not aligned with the greater purpose of that deep desire to bring forth life.

    I am not near to menopause so it is not the feeling of being disappointedthat my blood has shown up yet one more time.

    This grief is of an origin so great that it's explanation falls through my fingers like water... I cannot hold onto it's meaning. John Francis Peters Art I let myself sink into the feeling...I let myself be immersed in the murky muddy intensity of it as my womb pulls and tugs, and my blood drips from my yoni onto the earth.

    The tears, they then flow, dripping, my nose is dripping my womb is dripping...I am connected to the waters...all waters, ocean waters, rivers, springs, lakes, ponds, tears, blood, amniotic fluid, cervical fluid, semen, rain. I am she and she is me.

    As I release the floods, the storms of emotion rive through me; they shake me and I roar like thunder.

    I bear witness to the transformation...and as I emerge from the storm, I understand. I experience clarity. I am she and she is me. I am not separate from the earth. There is no separation between me and the moon, the earth, the waters... between me and all beings.

    I cry for everyone. I grieve for everyone. I am a vehicle, I am a cauldron. I transform this pain as I open to it and I receive it as insight, intuition, and wisdom.

    My blood is my teacher, and in turn my blood nourishes the earth...as she nourishes me and the cycle is complete.


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    Astrid Grove received her BA in Eastern Medicine and Philosophy from UMass at Amherst in 2000 and is a graduate of Birthwise Midwifery School.


    During training, she traveled extensively, served many different communities and witnessed an assortment of styles and techniques.  She has acquired pieces of wisdom from many amazing and talented midwives and teachers including Ellen Evert Hopman, Pam Montgomery and Susun S. Weed.


    Herbs are an integral part of her life and her practice, and she looks forward to sharing this wisdom with her clients and students.


    Learn more about Astrid's WWU classes, Conscious Menstruation
    and Creating a Moonlodge.


     

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 7:07 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Wise Woman Wisdom...
    Journey of Spiritual Discovery
    by Ruth E. Danielson


       




    As women we have the wonderful opportunity to experience many things in our lives. One of them being the opportunity to feel life growing within our bodies. This gives us a unique perspective on the value of life. It also gives many of us the peace within our souls that there is a higher power, a Divine, a God and or Goddess. Ultimately we have the ability to create, just like our Divine did in the beginning of time.

    If we look to our journey of faith and discovery as an expectant mother in labor, we know there is a lot of pain and work ahead that is involved in each process. Some women seemingly coast through the birthing process with ease and very quickly..... some women do not. Much like our journey of spiritual discovery for the path to our Divine. Some women cry with pain and joy simultaneously. At some point in the process of labor, a lot of women feel they cannot go any further...they cannot push one more time.... they feel like they want to give up because the pain is so great. Again, much like our spiritual journey we have embarked upon. Our faith is challenged by others....(each contraction of labor), til the point comes when we must overcome our fears and our doubts in ourselves and in our journey.....(the final push of labor).
       

    In the end, the laboring mother has a beautiful baby...and in the end of our doubts about our Journey...we have discovered our Divine...But to any of the parents out there....this truly is where the challenges start, just as it is when we begin learning and growing in our beliefs. As parents we have a new life to protect, to nourish, to encourage and to love....Just as we must do with our Faith and our Divine. With both, we will have even greater challenges ahead, with many disappointments and frustrations along the way. On the brighter side, we will have many beautiful discoveries in life and the process of living. Raising children and enriching our faith are journeys that all should be privileged to experience. So many challenges to face, discoveries to make, and wonders to happen.

    One important factor to note within the birthing process is that it can be experienced in different ways. Some women choose to do it without pain, some all natural, some at home, some standing, some lying down at the mercy of others.

    Perhaps if we were to compare the differences to our journey in discovering our faith, are we on our backs at the mercy of others?? Doing everything they say and want?? Or do we choose to stand on our own and take control of the direction our lives will lead, because it is what feels right for us.

    We all come to our Path differently. Not everyone believes in the same Higher Being, God, or Divine. Some of us have more road bumps than others, while some coast with ease on their chosen path. We must learn from the failures and the successes that we alone experience.

     We must follow what feels right within our heart. We must embrace the Journey....much like you do a newborn babe.... and defend your faith with vigor....but also with love, just like a newborn babe. Embrace your Path with love, and live it with love, and your Journey will be one of beauty and joy.

    Our Divine loves us unconditionally. This is something we must strive for. We need to love each other and embrace each others hurts, and help to heal those hurts. Let us move forward to a place others will want to be because they see the miracles and magick working within the lives we are living.

    Let us lead, with the light of the love of our Divine shining brightly. By choosing this, others will see what is going right in our lives and be drawn to it. They will want it, will seek it, and hopefully mankind will benefit from the outcome of others choosing to seek their own path to the Divine.....


        Blessings and love to all who read this and are seeking.
        May your lives be enriched and full of joy and wonder...
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018 11:08 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    How to Find Calm Amidst the Storm this Leo New Moon
    by Kathy Crabbe



    New Moon Reading Channeled by Kathy Crabbe
    for the Leo New Moon on August 11, 2018


    To begin, let's all create a shared, sacred, safe circle to join and blend and enhance all our powers of intuition and protection. Envision each one of us together across the globe sharing space, breathing in and breathing out together in honour of Mama Earth, Father Sky and all our relations. This is our time together to do with as we will. Blessed Be.

    The Lefty Oracle card (below) I pulled for this reading asks us to stand (or sit) tall and proud, feeling our heart space filled with love, honour, pride and joy. You can also place your hand over your heart or a vein to feel it beating. You are very much alive and present in this moment. Acknowledge that.

    Leo is a HEART SIGN; a passionate fire sign, and with the Sun now entering Leo and the planet Mercury (ruling communication) retrograde and Mars closer than it's been in 60,000 years since 2003 plus a Solar Eclipse, we are going to work with this energy to go within.

    Often in an emergency our fight or flight reactions are so strong that they overwhelm us, so let's find some guidance around this right now. I'd like you to choose a color that calms and supports you, or pick a person (alive or dead) or an animal that can assist you in finding this calm.

    Now, practice doing this by envisioning or calling up that color/person/animal right now as you relax your breath and get quiet. Allow your heart to fill with their presence and repeat or envision their name, the color, or the animal over and over until you feel calm.

    Kidney Stones! My Story

    The exercise above is based upon a recent bout I had with a 5 mm kidney stone. I thought I might be dying; the pain was intense. Whilst in the hospital having tests done I called upon my birth mother, Sally  (a nurse) who had passed away. I envisioned her as a lithe Green Goddess with long red hair just as I'd painted her previously to help me through her dad's funeral. Interestingly enough while in hospital awaiting tests, an orderly was calling out, "Is Sally here?" over and over. This was yet another confirmation for me, that yes, we are guided and protected just when we need it the most.

    I also recommend Motherwort Tincture prepared in 100 proof vodka NOT grain alcohol for help with calming the nerves and the heart (as recommended by Susun Weed).

    In Love & Health,
    Kathy Crabbe
    Soul Reader + Artist




    Lefty Oracle Card for the New Moon: This beauty is killing me*

    Mantra: I am empowered
    Affirmation: I am beautiful in my own way.
    Element: Fire

    When this card appears in a reading it’s time to seriously look at how you might be damaging yourself, your health, your life. Wearing high heels, for example is extremely harmful to your feet and back and will cause pain for you at some point in your life. Are you hurting others or being hurt? Are you vulnerable? Do you need protection and education around protecting yourself, your loved ones, your home, or the natural world around you? This card is simply pointing out the price you are paying for so called ‘beauty’. Is it worth it?

    In my own life here in Southern California I look around at all the plastic surgeries and there are A LOT. But what can I do? I can accept me and put myself proudly out there to share my idea of what beauty means at middle age. It’s silver hair, extra weight and wrinkles that add to my beauty, not take away from it. I have survived AND thrived and beauty IS middle aged and wrinkled. So deal with it.

    *Excerpted from the Lefty Oracle Deck + 92 page Guidebook. 




    Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.

    Kathy’s art and writing has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazines and books including the San Diego Women’s History Museum, We’Moon Datebook, and Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach to name a few. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and ecourses and maintains a regularly updated blog, etsy store and portfolio site. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a Graphic Design Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992. Kathy has been an educator and mentor at Laguna Outreach Community Artists, Mt. San Jacinto College, Wise Woman University, Inspire San Diego Studio, HGTV, Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show as well as teaching her own classes: “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul”, and New Moon Circles. She is a founding member of the Temecula Artist’s Circle, the Temecula Writer’s Café and the Riverside Art Museum’s Printmaker’s Network. Metaphysically speaking, Kathy has studied with Francesca De Grandis (Third Road Celtic Faerie Shamanism), Adam Higgs (psychic mediumship), Om, devotee of Sri Chinmoy (meditation), Atma Khalsa (yoga), Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive), Joyce Fournier, RN (Therapeutic Touch), Steven Forrest & Jeffrey Wolf Green (astrology) and she received certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy.
    Learn more here.


    Kathy’s 4 week eClass “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul” is once again being offered at Wise Woman University so get ready to Moon Collage your heart out starting one week prior to the New Moon each month…more details here: eClass.
  • Thursday, August 09, 2018 10:53 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

     Celebrating The Midsummer Harvest with Juniper and Sauerkraut

    by Linda Conroy


    Early August is the first of 3 harvest festivals, Lamas or Lughnassad. This festival marks the middle of summer and beginning of the harvest and is usually associated with ripening grain. It also indicates the coming of autumn. These traditions are gifted to us from our ancestors who lived close to earth. Many religions and traditions have incorporated them into their rituals, so they belong to us all. Honoring the harvest in some way connects us to the earth and her cycles.


      Lughnasadh is the first of these, the time when the first grain harvest is cut. The name is derived from Lugh, a Celtic deity of light and wisdom. At Lughnasadh, bread from the first harvest was eaten in thanks. Baking, sharing and eating bead is a wonderful way to celebrate this time of year!!


      Each year on August 1st I bake bread in order to mark this seasonal transition. This year, although unbearably hot, was no exception. I baked a loaf of bread, with a sourdough starter recently gifted to me. I shared the bread with friends and family alike and put some out in the garden in thanks.. This harvest season I am grateful for the food that is being offered by our garden, as well as through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription, which not surprisingly doubled in size last week in conjunction with the coming of the harvest. I am eternally grateful for the wild plants that abound and the ways they bless my cells with vibrancy.


    There are many rituals and wild plants that I associate with this time of year. I am thankful for the familiarity of these as I ground myself in a new living place on the earth. I stay in tune with the rhythms of the earth through these sacred activities as well as my own cycles. One of my favorite activities this time of year is making sauerkraut. Each year I craft crocks of sauerkraut to be eaten during autumn and early winter. I always add Juniper Berries (Juniperus communis) to my crock and this year is no exception. These bittersweet berries (actually not berries at all, but a portion of the cone) are added to the crock to flavor the kraut as well as act as a preservative.


    One day last week an apprentice and I went in search of Juniper Berries. We found an amazing patch of pungent berries and made our way through the sharp prickly leaves. The mystery of this plant never ceases to amaze me. Its unique scent and its ability to maintain in hot dry climates are two things that intrigue me about this plant.


    Juniper is a small shrub, 4 to 6 feet high, widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Adding to their mystery Juniper berries take two or three years to ripen, so that blue and green berries occur on the same plant.


    The berries are used for the production of the volatile oil which is a prime ingredient in flavoring gin as well as luncheon meats. Juniper Berries are used in Northern Europe and the United States in marinades, roast pork, and sauerkraut. They enhance meat (particularly wild game), stuffings, sausages, stews, and soups.


    Contemporary herbalists primarily use juniper as to treat bladder infections. It is often combined with other herbs such as uva ursi, parsley and cleavers. Such formulas are said to be most effective when taken at the first sign of symptoms.


    Incorporating Juniper Berries into food in small doses can contribute to overall health (for example they are high in vitamin C), yet ingesting it (due to the high essential oil content) in large quantities can be quite stimulating. So I recommend investigating this plant thoroughly before ingesting it for therapeutic purposes.


    With that said adding a tablespoon or two to your sauerkraut will only enhance it’s flavor, help to preserve the cabbage as it goes through the fermentation process and offer vitamin C to your body in an easily assailable form. Sauerkraut itself is also high in vitamin c as well as vitamin K. I offer the following recipe in honor of the harvest.


    Blessings

    Linda


      Sauerkraut with Juniper Berries


    Ingredients:

     -cabbage
    -non-iodized sea salt (1 TBS for every head of cabbage) *iodine can prevent the bacterial fermentation

    -Juniper Berries 1-2tsp for every  5 pounds of vegetables


    Equipment:

    The fermentation equipment must be washed in hot sudsy water and rinsed well with very hot water before use.


    Suitable Containers

    A 1-gallon container is needed for each 5 pounds of fresh vegetables. A 5-gallon stone crock is the ideal size for fermenting about 25 pounds of fresh shredded cabbage. Food-grade plastic and glass containers are excellent substitutes for stone crocks.

    A large potato masher or similar tool for mashing the cabbage.


    Covers and Weights

    Cabbage must be kept 1 to 2 inches under brine while fermenting. Insert a dinner plate or glass pie plate inside the fermentation container. The plate must be slightly smaller than the container opening, yet large enough to cover most of the shredded cabbage. To keep the plate under the brine, weight it down with 2 to 3 sealed quart jars or a gallon jar filled  with water. Covering the container opening with a clean, heavy bath towel helps prevent contamination from insects and molds.


    Instructions:

    Discard outer leaves and any insect-damaged areas. Cut heads in four wedges. Compost cores.. Shred or slice to a thickness of a quarter.


    Put shredded cabbage in a suitable fermentation container, and add 1 Tablespoon of salt for each head of cabbage. Mix thoroughly and mash with the potato masher or other tool. Continue until salt draws juices from cabbage.

    Repeat shredding, salting, and packing until all cabbage is in the container. Be sure the container is deep enough so that its rim is at least 4 or 5 inches above the cabbage.


    Continue mashing until juice covers the cabbage. Place juniper berries in a muslin bag or tea ball. Immerse in liquid.


    Add plate and weights. Cover container with a clean towel. Ferment cabbage.

    Check the kraut two to three times per week and remove scum if it forms.


    Fully fermented kraut may be kept tightly covered in the refrigerator for several months. Some folk’s water bath can sauerkraut but I do not suggest this as many of the beneficial nutrients are lost upon heating.

     

    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."

    www.moonwiseherbs.com



    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, August 02, 2018 10:54 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Wisdom Woman, Elderwoman, Crone
    Custodian Of Female Power
    Part One

    Written & Illustrated By Roslyne Sophia Breillat


    Where is she, this Crone, this Elderwoman, this joyous wild woman of wise spirit and fathomless depth, this serenely sacred woman who peacefully holds her wise blood inside with such integrity and grace? What has the patriarchal world done with her and to her, where is she hiding, where is she abiding, this moment, right now? Where is her natural place within this male-dominated world that is so rapidly and rampantly destroying itself through raping and plundering her ancient Earth Mother’s womb?

    Not so very long ago, before the invention of tiny cramped granny flats and billion dollar aged care homes, this older woman was everywhere, strolling along the streets, sitting in the parks, tending her fires, sweeping her hearth, telling her stories, welcoming the children, gathering her herbs and flowers, singing her hymns. She lived and died in the peace-filled comfort of her family home, where many generations had lived and died before her. Where is her home now, where are her gardens, her stories, her sisters, her songs? Where is the vibrant fire of her belly, where is the profound wisdom of her womb? Where is her wise female power? Where is her sacred place upon this beautiful Earth?

    For I have seen her lying there, dying there, for many long, long, sad and lonely days and nights in the aged care home, asking questions about death, smiling sweetly when fragrant flowers from her beloved garden are placed in a vase beside her, and weeping because she has never known peace. I have seen what becomes of her when she is taken from her beautiful gardens, when she has forsaken her nurturing hearth and home, when she can no longer inhale the fragrance of her perfumed flowers or hold her dear husband’s hand, or feel the golden sunshine upon her skin, or chat with her dear neighbours over the old wooden fence. I have seen her brittle starving bones, and the way that too many toxic medications transformed her once thick blonde curls into dry stringlike wisps framing her lifeless, death-beckoning face. I have seen what all the pharmaceutical drugs have done to her body, her spirit, her soul. I have seen these toxic drugs legally poison her tiny frail form and prevent her from eating and drinking, and I have seen them steal her last breath and prevent her kind heart from beating. I have seen her innocent sweetness, I have seen her offering gifts of majestic proteas from her garden, handfuls of golden coins from her tapestry purse, perfumed posies of pansies and violets and daisies and roses, grown with her loving hands.

    For she, like so many other beautiful older women were not given a chance to shine as the sacred Elderwoman, as the sacred Crone, to feel the vibrant fire in their bellies, the deep passion in their wombs, for the patriarchy has deemed them useless, old, unnecessary, a burden, a profit-making business that does not allow their bodies to live and die naturally. For the patriarchy has falsely promised them that if they dyed their beautiful silvery hair and covered their soft wisdom wrinkles and coloured their faces until they looked like little painted dolls, then they would be honoured, acknowledged and seen.

    She has so many wise offerings to give, she has such profound purpose, this beautiful woman of her sacred menopausal years and beyond, this Elderwoman, this Crone. But sadly, the patriarchy doesn’t want her, and yet, it unknowingly needs her so very much during this destructive phase of the Kali Yuga, as her children and her grandchildren need her, as her tribe and her community need her, as the seasonal cycles of her beloved Earth need her, as life so very dearly needs her. As all need her.

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



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

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

    Sophia offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


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


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

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

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation.

    "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018 11:36 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Sensing Food as Concentrated Spirit Light

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt




    Many indigenous cultures all over the world recognize that the whole natural world, with all its delicate life processes, is an expression of the soul spiritual world. It is not an 'excretion' by a god or spiritual beings far away. The natural world is the spiritual world!

    The indigenous people understood that the world of nature is manifested by beings in nature, some of which are referred to as elemental beings. The presence of these living beings are sensed within every shimmering star and constellation, every moving cloud, roaring thunder and the growth and decay of all living phenomenon. This living relationship between the people and nature beings was expressed through the rich cultural rituals, stories, songs and many other art forms. 

    The heart is the organ of sensing Earth as an expression of the soul spiritual world. By placing our attention within the heart the immediate presence of holy wholeness of Earth can be felt directly. We sense an unmistakable intimacy and beauty. We are uniting our soul spirit being with spiritual Earth presence.

    Observe the natural world from within this heart presence. Sense that everything solid or condensed with finite shape is formed by nature beings -known by various names, most commonly gnomes. Minerals, pinches of salt, roots, ice cubes and the bark of trees are in the hardened nature of earth substance. These solids have definite independent forms and are influenced strongly by the earth forces we have come to know as gravity. They are the most rigid manifestations of life.

    Sense how liquids are influenced more by cosmic forces than the solids. We have all observed how water runs low but as vapor and mist is lifted up high. The downward flowing rivers as well as the upward running saps of leaves and trees are in the liquid state of water. Fluids lie between the solids and the gases. They have no form; the vessels in which they are contained, give them shape. Within liquids many chemical interactions and transformations take place. Water nymphs or undines are believed to dwell in lakes and flowing river.

    Sylphs, the beings inhabiting air, move within all gasses and everything expanding upward and outward in all directions. Gases are completely emancipated from the condensing earthly forces and totally opposite solids.  They are without form and imbued with light, active cosmic forces. The ascending steam and smoke, the bubbles in rising dough and the delicate scents of apple blossoms are lifted by these beings of air.

    Warmth has an even finer substantiality than air. It belongs to the activity of the fire sprites. This ethereal nature of warmth is so delicate and subtle that it is on both sides of the threshold of the visible and invisible world.

    The dynamic interaction of solidity and ethereal warmth, exists everywhere in nature. Observe, for example, how the elemental beings work together in the creation of a kohlrabi. Experience the firmness of the grounding life sustaining root so connected to the earthly forces. The leaves of the kohlrabi feel much less solid than the root. They are saturated with water. The white and purple flowers that appear later in the season are even less earthy and more insubstantial and delicate than the leaves. They are of the sweet scented, light-permeated air nearly dissipating into the cosmic warmth.

    In this spectacular -and immediately sensed -imagination, our food is concentrated warmth or pure spirit light.


    Pressed Kohlrabi Celery Salad with Walnuts

    A pressed salad is refreshing anytime of the year. It lightens up the meal. The pressure and salt ‘cooks’ the food without heat, and makes the vegetables more digestible and delicious. Any firm vegetables can be used in this recipe. Soaking the nuts makes them also more digestible and gives them a fresh flavor.

    1/2 cup walnuts
    1/2 tablespoon sea salt
    1 large sweet firm kohlrabi cut in thin slices
    2 stalks celery cut in thin diagonals
    4 slices of orange

    Soak the nuts for 4-8 hours, drain and mince.

    Mix salt with kohlrabi and celery. Place the mixture under pressure. Use a pickle press or two bowls, a smaller bowl inside a larger one. Place the vegetables between the bowls. Lay a heavy weight in the smaller bowl. Let it sit for 20 minutes to 2 hours.

    Drain off the liquid that has been drawn out of the vegetables by the salt.

    Add nuts to vegetables and mix well. Serve a few tablespoons per person on a slice of orange.




    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, July 13, 2018 9:59 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Tingly Love: A New Moon Flower Meditation
    by Kathy Crabbe



    New Moon in Cancer Meditation Channeled by Kathy Crabbe
    July 12, 2018 - 7:48 pm, Pacific Time


    Rest your eyes, nose, mouth, ears, face, heart.

    Breathe deeply and sink into the delicate (or bold) colors of your favorite flowers. Allow yourself to be held and caressed by their gentle petals. Smell them (or not, if you're sensitive) and feel their gentle magic light up your soul tingling all your cells.

    Say thanks or give a small blessing to Mother Earth.

    Now, go even deeper within to where the still, small voice inside resides and ask your question (if you have one) allowing it to bubble up naturally, like breathing. If you don't have a question then set an intention for the moonth ahead. For more support turn to the Lefty Oracle of the month below.



    New Moon Lefty Oracle: Gonna Fly*

    Mantra: I change.

    Affirmation: I am free to be me.

    Element: Air

    Song
    I'm ready to go.
    To fly right outta here.

    I know no boundaries
    on earth or elsewhere;
    above or below.

    I am a force of nature;
    divine in body AND soul.

    My magick fills me
    with purpose and freedom
    and yes, flight.

    I surrender.
    I let go.
    I am free to be me.

    If this card appears in a reading either your spirit or your physical body, or both are ready to fly, move, shake things up, make a change, shift directions, vamoose! Perhaps this will enable you to see things from a different perspective or perhaps you’ll actually shift your reality in a big way by making a major change in your life. Whether big or small, this card signifies change. So embrace it, welcome it, prepare for it ‘cause it’s a coming…soon.

    In my own life I kept pulling this card over and over until it felt like my mascot. I didn’t yet know what direction it would take me, but I opened my heart to receive and surrender to guidance and change. And move forward I did without mental distraction. This is how the Lefty Oracle deck and guidebook was birthed and exhibited in a fine art museum for all to see!

    *Excerpted from the Lefty Oracle Deck & Guidebook



    Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.

    Kathy’s art and writing has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazines and books including the San Diego Women’s History Museum, We’Moon Datebook, and Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach to name a few. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and ecourses and maintains a regularly updated blog, etsy store and portfolio site. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a Graphic Design Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992. Kathy has been an educator and mentor at Laguna Outreach Community Artists, Mt. San Jacinto College, Wise Woman University, Inspire San Diego Studio, HGTV, Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show as well as teaching her own classes: “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul”, and New Moon Circles. She is a founding member of the Temecula Artist’s Circle, the Temecula Writer’s Café and the Riverside Art Museum’s Printmaker’s Network. Metaphysically speaking, Kathy has studied with Francesca De Grandis (Third Road Celtic Faerie Shamanism), Adam Higgs (psychic mediumship), Om, devotee of Sri Chinmoy (meditation), Atma Khalsa (yoga), Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive), Joyce Fournier, RN (Therapeutic Touch), Steven Forrest & Jeffrey Wolf Green (astrology) and she received certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy.
    Learn more here.


    Kathy’s 4 week eClass “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul” is once again being offered at Wise Woman University so get ready to Moon Collage your heart out starting one week prior to the New Moon each month…more details here: eClass.
  • Thursday, July 05, 2018 12:35 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Healing Your Chakras
    by Catherine Bastedo

    Do you think your chakras are clear and healthy? Do you nourish them? Or are your chakras neglected, sluggish, and weighed down or blocked? Are you aware of their health? And how can you tell what shape they are in?

    In the Healing Your Chakras class, I will help you answer some of these questions. You will come to know your chakras, and become friends with them by really “seeing” them and paying attention to them! Looking after your chakras can be fun and just requires a bit of your time, and a little discipline! Most of us have a hard time doing all the things that are good for us – eating the right foods, exercising, sleeping enough, drinking the water we need, and so on. And this, just on the physical side! It’s also a challenge to relax our minds, release negative emotional patterns, and connect regularly with Spirit.

    Even on holidays it can take a while. When I take a vacation, for example, first I sleep a lot and let my body recover. I have very vivid dreams, sometimes for nights on end – my mind is processing and letting go. Then I relax... I say to myself, “OK, so now I’m rested, what should I do?” And I try to catch up and be productive. Finally, I reach the point where I can tell myself that it’s alright not to do something. I allow myself to just be. At this stage my most creative thoughts come, new ideas pop up, fresh ways of seeing old stories come to light. I feel forgiving and grateful. Although a holiday can be a luxury, the same process can happen at home with just a few moments a day of being, of meditating, of working with your chakras.

    The Healing Your Chakras class will help you learn to stop mind chatter and find a still spot from where you can see your true heart and the beauty of who you are. You will nurture your inner spirit, explore new patterns in your life and new attitudes, and listen to the wise counsel of your inner voice.

    Please join me on this fascinating journey. Read about chakras; try some physical and mental exercises; do some short meditations. Send me your thoughts and the results of your exercises and I will comment back to you and provide my best help. You will sense which of your chakras needs more help. And you may discover some parts of yourself that you have not seen for a long time! The idea is to not judge yourself, but to nurture yourself and learn to be your own best friend. Clear chakras facilitate healing on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.



    Catherine Bastedo, M.A., Reiki Teacher Trainer, Canadian Reiki Association, Teacher Wise Woman Mentor for Healing Your Chakras, author of Bird Vibes.


    Catherine Bastedo is a Usui-Holographic Reiki and Karuna Reiki® Master-Teacher, international speaker, author and leader of retreats and workshops. She is a Wellness Coach at the Maplesoft Centre for Cancer Survivors. Catherine helps clients develop their inner guidance using a holistic, intuitive approach. She is also the author of Bird Vibes, a meditation deck based on the chakras and our connection to birds and nature.  This deck helps deepen our understanding of our spiritual path and provides helpful messages.  

    Catherine held various leadership roles in the Canadian Public Service and then was Executive Director of the International Council for Canadian Studies. Her clients and students appreciate the breadth of knowledge, wisdom, empathy, experience and love of nature that she brings to her classes and sessions.

    Website: www.visionreiki.com ~ Email: cbastedo@visionreiki.com


  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 11:22 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    A Guided Meditation to help you Uncover Your True Mission
    by Kathy Crabbe



    Why am I here in your blogosphere?
    What is my duty to you?
    What can I offer you within this sacred space and time we have together?

    ---  a moment of magic ---

    a glimmer
    sparkle
    breath
    insight

    And in that spirit I pull a Lefty Oracle card and I write, channel, meditate this
    Full Moon in Capricorn Reading.

    Sparkly Blessings,
    Kathy Crabbe


    Full Moon in Capricorn Guided Meditation

    This is soul work.
    No need to write it down.

    To begin, visualize yourself surrounded by ice.
    Alive.
    The ice contains and purifies your soul so that your deepest, purest, inner mission awaits you clearly.

    Sustain enough inner fire to stay alive.

    To 'see' into this vision of your mission call upon your guides, the Divine, your higher power, black onyx, or the Lefty Oracle tor assistance, if need be.

    Know that you are in your mission. You are living your mission even if you don't yet know what it is.

    Be in charge
    of yourself
    for a change.
    Strong
    disciplined
    protected
    inert.
    Just
    BE.

    Allow thoughts to fly past you. This may not be easy (at least it wasn't for me!)

    Now, place whatever image, symbol, feeling, sound etc. that came to you into your heart, knowing it will grow and flourish there. If you'd like to say a short affirmation or blessing, please do!

    Blessed Be.
    Kathy Crabbe
    Full Moon in Capricorn, June 27, 9:53 pm, pacific time, 2018



    Lefty Oracle Card Message: Sometimes all we really need is a big pink sweater*

    Mantra: I am vulnerable.
    Affirmation: I am brave and vulnerable.
    Element: Earth

    Song
    I want to get lost
    in my pink sweater.
    Like a cloud, a furry friend,
    a lover’s hug, or a bean bag.

    It’s comfort food
    for the soul.

    When this card appears in a reading it’s time for self care! What do you need to make yourself feel good? To feel pampered, cared for, loved? Make a list and do one of the things on the list every day for a week. Note how good it feels. Revel in it. Express it. Just plain enjoy it. It’s long overdue and you deserve it, whether you know it or not.

    In my own life I try to take special note of daily pleasures; melted cheese on toast, warm sun on bare skin, hugs, and walks in nature on a dirt road. Sometimes I make silly, relaxing sounds to release my joy, sometimes I smile to myself and I give thanks when I remember. Life is simple at such moments but oh, so full.

    *Excerpted from the Lefty Oracle Guidebook



    Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.

    Kathy’s art and writing has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazines and books including the San Diego Women’s History Museum, We’Moon Datebook, and Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach to name a few. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and ecourses and maintains a regularly updated blog, etsy store and portfolio site. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a Graphic Design Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992. Kathy has been an educator and mentor at Laguna Outreach Community Artists, Mt. San Jacinto College, Wise Woman University, Inspire San Diego Studio, HGTV, Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show as well as teaching her own classes: “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul”, and New Moon Circles. She is a founding member of the Temecula Artist’s Circle, the Temecula Writer’s Café and the Riverside Art Museum’s Printmaker’s Network. Metaphysically speaking, Kathy has studied with Francesca De Grandis (Third Road Celtic Faerie Shamanism), Adam Higgs (psychic mediumship), Om, devotee of Sri Chinmoy (meditation), Atma Khalsa (yoga), Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive), Joyce Fournier, RN (Therapeutic Touch), Steven Forrest & Jeffrey Wolf Green (astrology) and she received certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy.
    Learn more here.


    Kathy’s 4 week eClass “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul” is once again being offered at Wise Woman University so get ready to Moon Collage your heart out starting one week prior to the New Moon each month…more details here: eClass.
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 3:33 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Nature--A New Relationship
    by Nancy Meilleur




    Have you ever wondered how Nature does it? How Nature sustains health, balance and relationships?

    I recently asked Roberta, my bonsai tree, how she so perfectly emerges new miniature leaves so wonderfully identical to her mature leaves? I wondered how she so authentically and unwaveringly expressed her true self. I wanted to know how I could do the same.

    She said, “You cannot-not be yourself, you simply have to remove the layers that no longer serve you.” I was surprised at the immediate response to my question and how those words were not my mind’s chatter, but indeed from another being. I felt comforted by the lesson that I merely have to release what no longer serves me to become more and more authentic.

    I believe Nature is authentic because it was never taught to be something other than itself. Nature just freely and happily expresses itself??

    Imagine if we allowed ourselves this freedom! We would listen to ourselves because our minds would not be full of stories that take us away from our own source. Our minds would relish the delicious soup of feelings and joys as we followed our attractions and continued to grow.

    I became reconnected to this way of living through the teachings of a course on ecopsychology developed by Dr. Michael Cohen. Dr. Michael Cohen is the Director of the Department of Integrated Ecology for the Institute of Global Education and the author of The Web of Life Imperative. He has developed 128 nature-centered activities that create heart-to-mind-to-nature connections.

    These nature-centered activities guided me gently back to a healthy relationship with myself. I learned that I belong and that I am a part of nature; in fact, I am Nature. My heart began to open and feel appreciation and connections once again.

    The orientation course is entitled Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship. It consists of eight weeks of experiential activities in nature that are shared with a six-member online interact group. Sharing these experiences within a group deepens insights, clarity and self-knowing. Can you imagine a course that frees you from the negative chatter of your mind? Can you imagine a course that solidifies your sense of self and restores your self-worth? Words cannot express the simple purity and wholeness you can experience in eight weeks!

    Participants learn to use the Natural Systems Thinking Process, which is designed to restore the self-to-nature relationship. Relationships within your life begin to shift and improve as you heal the separation between yourself and Nature. The shift is profound and rebuilds connections to values and qualities not consciously attributed to Nature.

    A sense of awe for the diversity of life opens, as does the way to accepting your own diversity, and accepting the diversity of others. As a result, peace reigns and breathing resumes and body intelligence is re-awakened. Such is the gift of the Natural Systems Thinking Process and reconnecting to Nature.

    Through the activities in The Web of Life Imperative I created a new relationship with myself and Nature as can be witnessed by my last orientation course posting:

    I, Nancy Meilleur, being of sound mind, body and webstrings hereby commit to my trustable thought and feeling space the following:


    - A knowing that I belong
    - A knowing that I am a wonderful individual expression of human-nature that has value
    - A knowing that nature supports me and I support Nature
    - A knowing that nameless experience is rich and fulfilling
    - A knowing that we are all living with the common intent to grow and know the light and yet the light created us, so that in knowing Nature, we know ourselves and therefore we know the light.
    - I am a joyful aspect of the light!

    I am grateful for The Web of Life Imperative as it has restored my health, my joy and my relationship to All That Is.

    For more information on ecopsychology, please visit www.ecopsych.com.

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