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  • Wednesday, March 06, 2013 4:26 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
  • Wednesday, February 06, 2013 12:52 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    •  JoAnne Dodgson

    I’m delighted and honored to share with you the gifts and teachings from the Plant, Animal and Spirit Nations in my medicine bundle for Throwing the Bones Ceremony.  Bone Throwing is an ancient Peruvian healing art, a Calling of the Spirits Ceremony, which offers extraordinary guidance from the vast perspectives and doctoring shared by the Spirits in the bone bundle.

    My apprenticeship as a Bone Thrower in the ways of Ka Ta See began in 2006.  For several years, I have been engaged in extensive studies and intentional cultivation of personal relationships with the Spirit Nations who have come to be part of the bone bundle.  In 2012, I received permission to give Throwing of the Bones Ceremony with individuals and groups.  My teacher, Kay Cordell Whitaker, apprenticed with Chea Hetaka, a Peruvian elder in the Ka Ta See lineage.  The art of Bone Throwing is a traditional medicine way passed on among the women in Chea’s tribal culture in the Eastern Andes.  www.pathwaysforhealing.net

    Living Your Truths, Wild and Free
    by JoAnne Dodgson

    Osha grows in the high mountains near my home in New Mexico.  Osha has long been an herbal remedy for the peoples living here, bringing relief from colds, flus, viruses and bacterial infections.

    Osha is also fondly called Bear Root, so named in North American Native Peoples’ stories which describe the bears’ special affinity for this plant.  Bears are known to eat Osha when they come out of hibernation to cleanse their digestive systems in preparation for spring foraging for food.

    Bears are also known to chew on the root and spew and rub the mashed plant and juices onto their fur.  Bears are great teachers for us two-leggeds about the medicinal properties of this mountain plant.

    Hand in hand with her effective gifts for physical healing, Osha has taught me about her wild essence and how she goes about living her life.  This plant so beloved by the bears simply does not appreciate being taken from her natural habitat.  She isn’t easily domesticated.  She doesn’t grow well in farms, garden plots or containers.

    Osha holds her ground with unwavering commitment to the truths held in her heart.  She is unwilling to acquiese, to be controlled by someone else’s agenda and shaped into something other than who and what she really is. 

    Osha only roots where she flourishes and thrives.

    With respect for her own existence, she loves her unique and sacred purpose.  Osha boldly claims her wildness and uncontainable aliveness, knowing just where she belongs in the intricate web of life.  She’s deeply rooted all the while abundantly free.

    Osha Root once instructed me during a spirit journey that I needed to get to know her as a living plant.  It only then became so evident that the primary way I knew Osha was as dried wildharvested roots.

    So if I was wandering around in the mountains, I could easily walk right by without recognizing this plant in her green leafy form.  I would have no idea I was in the presence of my very dear friend.

    The Spirit of Osha was calling me to see her, to know her holistically, to embrace and understand more fully who she really is.  I realized our relationship was not truly being cultivated if I only saw her within a limited frame of reference and point of view.  This eye-opening and heart-expanding teaching from Osha has stayed with me for many years.

    Among the diverse plants I share in ceremony and healing, Osha is the one to whom people are inevitably drawn.  After encountering Osha Root, they passionately head off on a quest to find some in an herb store or wildharvest from the land.

    When watching friends soak up the smudging from the burning Osha or chewing bits of root or sipping osha tea, I sense the Spirit of Osha Root passing on her teachings:


              Remember your wildness.

              Hold sacred your instinctual sense of home.
              Cultivate relationships with those who really see you - all of you.
              Root yourself only where you naturally flourish and thrive.

    JoAnne Dodgson is a healer, author and teacher of Ka Ta See, a unique Peruvian tradition from the Eastern Andes.

    JoAnne has adoctorate in counseling psychology and has pursued an extensive twelve-year shamanic apprenticeship to live and learn the Ka Ta See tradition and share the ancient teachings and ceremonial ways.

    For more information, please visit: www.pathwaysforhealing.net

    Listen to a 30 minute radio interview with Joanne Dodgson
    ~~ Listen Here ~~

    Study with Joanne Dodgson Online

    'Manifesting with the Moon' invites you to explore the unique energies and opportunities in each moon phase during one complete lunar cycle, one mo(o)nth.  With the moon as a guide, you will engage in an organic manifestation process which begins with claiming your intent, giving voice to your visions and dreams.

    ~ Shaman's Circle ~ Earth Spirits and Guides
    ( description of online course with mentor JoAnne Dodgson )

    'Shaman's Circle' offers opportunities to deepen your understandings of the path of the shaman and to integrate these ancient ways into your everyday life.  Each lesson offers discussion of unique aspects of the shaman's path such as bridging the varied dimensions of reality, living in balance with natural cycles and creating sacred ceremony.  Each lesson guides you in opportunities to discover and enrich your innate connection with the web of life on the mother earth and in the world of the spirits.


    by JoAnne Dodgson

    In the ancient art of storytelling, UnLeashing Love is filled with personal reflections and myth-like teachings to invite awakenings, passionate searchings, and rich discoveries. The medicine stories in UnLeashing Love carry many layers of meaning which open new awareness, nourish healing, and awaken deeply felt connections with the extraordinary web of life.

    UnLeashing Love is a beautiful book you'll want share with friends, read aloud to loved ones, and revisit over and over again.

    "absolutely exquisite" * "insightful & thought-provoking"
    "incredibly uplifting" * "touched my heart in so many many ways"

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  • Monday, February 04, 2013 11:01 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    by White Feather

    Just this passed week we have gone from 60 degree weather to a now 19 degrees and still below a good snow level for the reservoir. Seems everyone has a weather event story to tell. Our beloved Jersey Shore has taken a new look and folks out in the dakotas are suffering 50 degrees below.

    Earth changes are upon us. This is what we heard was going to happen. Well here we are in the thick of it and we need all our internal resources to draw upon as well as our collective humor.

    Do you have a wishing stone
    a wishing stone
    a wishing stone
    do u have a wishing stone
    that comes from earth or sea?

    Many moons ago, about 30 years past, I learned about a wonderful gift Mother Earth bestowed upon her children. It is a stone, it fits in the palm of your hand, it has a complete ring around it,it can be several rings or one large one, it must have a complete circle.

    This is a unique way to also be present and send your gratitude to the stone with your intention of bringing something into your life. It may be a new job, a new lover, peace on earth and no suffering.

    Think big. By offering your gift of gratitude for this thought generated intention you are both honoring yourself and keeping the teachings of peace alive you will be amazed at the results.

    I can share a story when we were hosting Keewaydinoquay at the Green Nations Gathering some twenty years or so ago. We both had the opportunity to attend the late Helen Nearing's class that she was teaching in Phoenecia, NY. At that time it was known as Pathwork Center. I know some of you reading this story were there.

    Anyway at the beginning of class Helen Nearing placed a small stone in her mouth while the students were gathering, she was moistening her mouth before the class began. She began by talking about a wishing stone she had used to obtain her farm in VT when Scott and she were just beginning to think of leaving NYC and moving to the Maine farm where they lived for so long.

    It was wishing on the stone with the circle around it that she spoke of had helped manifest their dream. Ok, I said to myself, I know just where I have one and I do need some manifesting with a car. I recall have learned about the wishing stone at our Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge some years previously from  Grandmother Twylah.

    I was using a rental that weekend to have available as Keewaydinoquay was staying with me during her visit and my car was just not doing the trick. After the wonderful weekend of which leaves fond memories. No sooner had we retuned home that I made that grateful intention of finding an economical Volvo (love Volvos, still drive one 25 years later).

    I began to gratefully place the intention 3 days later just as soon as I returned the rental, got into my old car, drove down the road and there at the light at the store was a Volvo with a sunroof, as intended. Brought my mechanic, checked it  out, buy this car! Great deal, great car, grateful!

    Now of course you will note this was a mere material manifestation, the end result is just that, endless. As I said, think big.

    I learned about this technique from my elder Grandmother Twylah Nitsch, She
    whose Voice Echoes on the Four Winds, passed along through the ages we trust you nourish your wise one within and gifts as an earthwalker.

    We learn to Honor Truth this cycle. Take time each day and honor who you are, your ancestors, and the ancestors of the land where you reside

    See you next month. if you would like to learn more contact me at: wfeather@catskillmountainherbals. Visit the website: catskillmountainherbals.com

    White Feather

    White Feather (o' ah dah gah gen), was initiated into the Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge of the Seneca Indian Historical Society by her elder and mentor Yehwehnode-2-Wolves, Twylah Nitsch.

    She is Certified directly by Grandmother Twylah to teach and spread the wisdom wheel teachings to as many people who are eager to learn. She is the author of the Seven Directions Movement Meditation book and DVD. White Feather has been a holistic nurse for over 30 years, dancer, Buddhist practitioner, herbalist and founder of Catskill Mountain Herbals.

    Listen to 30 Minute Interviews with White Feather and Susun Weed

    Interview One

    Interview Two

    Study with White Feather from Home!

    ~ Seven Directions Movement Meditation ~
    ( description of online course with mentor White Feather )

    Introduction:  The Seven Directions Movement Meditation (Understanding the Cycles of Truth). Embraces all life with gratitude and love.  A gentle movement utilizing the body, mind and breath.  Strengthen heart, bones, vibral core. Bring clarity and focus to your life.


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



        The Seven Directions Movement Meditation
        By White Feather

    Collect all three of White Feather's Seven Directions Movement Meditation; includes book, CD, and DVD. With this complete set you will be practicing this dance with ease and grace. ~For more info~

        Seven Directions Movement Meditation CD
        This dance creates balance and centeredness as earth changes occur, strengthens our vibral core and brings clarity and focus.    ~For more info~

        Seven Directions Movement Meditation Guide
        Includes explicit drawings for following the Seven Directions Movement Meditation (Understanding the Cycles of Truth) with the Teachings of the Seneca Wolf Clan. Also songs and morning praise.    ~For more info~

  • Monday, February 04, 2013 4:33 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    When a woman opens to and welcomes the sacred feminine within, she is opening to and welcoming the beauty, power and sacredness of an ancient, timeless mystery, long suppressed, dishonoured and forgotten by contemporary civilisation, yet very much alive beneath the tarnished layers of a society that does not celebrate or acknowledge the sacredness of life.

    These forceful layers of the outer world have seeped deeply into the female psyche, where they mask a woman’s true nature, true power, true beauty, true magnificence and strength.

    When a woman returns to the sacred feminine as her true nature, she also returns to the Earth as her true nature.

    She learns to flow with the natural synchronicity of her lunar cyclic rhythms, she ceases listening to the shallow chatter of her mind and the shallow dictates of the world, she connects ever deeper with the wise mysterious power of her womb, she listens ever gently to the wise ways of her heart and to the ancient heart wisdom of the Earth.

    This inner feminine journey, this inner quest, this opening and healing of the womb,  dissolves past layers of emotional pain and melts hard layers of intellectual ideas, robotic conditioning and societal structures that are not aligned with her true nature.

    For deep within, beneath these restrictive layers of untruth, she is a vast and mysterious space of emptiness, stillness, peace, an exquisite intuitive inner unknowingness that arises from the heart, from the womb, from the Earth, and not from the mind.

    The sacred feminine is infused with the softness of sweet surrender, not surrender to anyone or to anything, but the surrender of life itself, of love itself, of life to life, of love to love, of life being life, of love being love.

    As these comfortable, familiar, yet stifling layers dissolve, uncertainty and fear can arise, or she can experience a profound psychic purging of deep grief for the loss of her sacredness, the suppression of her mystery, the denial of her power.

    This is all part of her releasing process and an inherent facet of her healing,  of her return to the ways of the sacred feminine, of her return to the ways of love, as she relinquishes all that does not serve her integrity, her purity, her sacredness, her fire. And this is all a necessary part of her reawakening, as she sheds the many illusions of her mistaken identification with a world that is not of her, that is not her, as she opens to the profoundly wise mystery of the womb.

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

    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 two books, WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE and HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE. Both of these are now available through PayPal... Please email Sophia for details.

    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."

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013 5:03 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Women's Intuition
    by Nora Beeman

    Women’s Intuition- Actually, both men and women are intuitive, as we know. When my hubby was training years ago as a correctional officer his first lesson was on intuition.

    Class was instructed that if anyone went into a room/house/building etc. and ‘sensed’ anything unusual to turn around lock the door if they could and leave to call the police. It all had to do with feelings. Gut feelings. Here is the definition of intuition from Wikipedia.

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without inference and/or the use of reason. "The word 'intuition' comes from the Latin word 'intueri' which is usually translated as 'to look inside' or 'to contemplate'." Intuition provides us with beliefs that we cannot justify in every case. For this reason, it has been the subject of study in psychology, as well as a topic of interest in the supernatural. The "right brain" is popularly associated with intuitive processes such as aesthetic abilities. Some scientists have contended that intuition is associated with innovation in scientific discovery."

    Mine would be more to the point of just following your gut feelings. One doesn’t always listen to that. One doesn’t always realize they are even working with their intuition in certain circumstances. Often we may not even realize we are intuitive which was the case for me years ago.

    I never put it into that framework but a friend (teacher and elder) helped me finally realize that I was a lot more intuitive than I thought. But it came with a price of not listening at first.

    In 1998 applied for an RSI (Residential Skills Instructor) position at an agency that hired me and I started my employment at a residence with 4 adult schizophrenic/psychotics and 1 higher level functioning retarded adult.

    I had prior experience with higher level functioning retardation from working a great job in upstate, New York back in the 80’s through the A.R.E. I loved that job and the folks were fun to work with. One might say “Never a dull moment”. I felt confident I could handle my new position as an RSI.

    I do remember, looking back, that during my interview, which took place outside on the patio, something that did speak to me momentarily. The kids, as I called them, had been out on a field trip and were just returning when two of them burst through the back door of the patio in a big tizzy. Each claiming the other had struck them.

    The manager took time to calm them down and then returned and said to me “This never happens”. When I think back I think of something I was told once by a very smart elder. “Never say never”. It’s true. You just do not know.

    I started my job and became very disenchanted with it quickly. I did not like what I saw, how the clients were used to benefit the employees, plied with drugs, neglected and blown off. I knew there was little I could do if anything to interrupt this pattern. I worked with some very lazy people who were not there for the clients but to take advantage.

    I could not deal with it so I put in my two week resignation. The following day when I showed up for work there was chaos. The clients had been told I was leaving and they were distraught. I could understand why and I caved. I decided to stay. Maybe I could make a difference, help, something.

    I did try to make some differences but that did little and in fact I almost lost the job due to one. I had read and kept an article on the benefits of the B vitamins applied to schizophrenia. It was a very interesting article and I copied it and sent it to the four client’s families.

    Most families got back in touch and thanked me however the psychiatrist at the agency was less than thrilled with me. I was lectured and then asked to sign a paper stating I would never do such a thing again. I refused but asked to take the paper so I could read it and then get back to them the next day. Hubby just told me to tell them I was going to show my lawyer first and that is what I said. I never heard a word about this paper signing or incident again.

    I worked on weekends and during that time the client files, which I was suppose to read, were locked in the basement office that I had no access to. Plus there really wasn’t time to read files. There was never time to read files, take breaks, eat lunch, it was almost constant attention to duty.

    About a year and a half into this job I had taken on several different shifts. I learned a lot that way too. When I started working weekdays my duties included more involvement with driving clients to appointments. On Feb. 21, 2001 I was scheduled to take A. and C. to the eye doctor’s. When I got to the residence no one was there except the two clients which was odd but things were always changing so off we went to see the eye doctor. C. was the higher functioning retarded adult and she was cranky. There was just something very off about her.

    She acted out at the doctor’s and was troublesome going to and from the appt. She complained she was missing workshop. When we got back to the residence I offered to take her to workshop but she refused. We were standing in the kitchen and I remember saying “Then we are good then, right?”. She said “Yes”.

    I turned to take the file work downstairs (13 wooden stairs) to the office and she came up behind me and with all her might pushed me down those stairs. Half way down I flew head first into a low ceiling beam which flipped me over (probably a good thing) and I landed on my back…..half on the stairs and half on the cement floor. I do not know if I passed out. I did see stars like you see in comic books. I was stunned to say the least. Happy to have on a full length down coat because I do believe that helped along with (at that point) taking Susun’s nettle infusion just about daily. No broken bones!

    I remember looking up at the stairs and seeing A. and C. standing there but also a maintenance worker who asked me if I was okay. I said I wasn’t and he left. Still wondering why he did that. I crawled into the office and locked the door. Called my hubby and then main office. Suddenly the place was packed with people, and all kinds of chaos.

    My point is this…listen to your gut feelings. You have intuitive abilities because they are a tool for survival and empowerment. I have not written this so that anyone will feel sorry for me but to show how extreme things can be when we do not listen to our first instinct. I really should have left when I thought I should have left. Perhaps I would have been hurt in some other way for some other reason.

    “They” say there are no accidents…..I have to wonder. But the experience did help me to become a more compassionate person because every year I would sprout a new physical development. Too numerous to mention and boring. But I have learned I can use my body in different ways when necessary and because of the conditions have more ability to feel for others. Are all of our experiences for growth? One would hope so I guess. It just isn’t always apparent at the time.

    Reiki has aligned me more with my intuition. When you are working with someone either close up and personal or at a distance (matters little) you sense so much. Hands pick up energies and mind/heart gives direction. I have used Reiki in many instances.

    It’s almost like having a no fail system at times. I think by using it after my ‘accident’ it helped keep my conditions from getting worse though they are not necessarily getting better. I’m holding as one might say and really, it could be a lot worse. I am very grateful that Goddess blessed me and has helped me to go on to help others.

    The idea of becoming a Reiki practitioner evolved from a book I got in 1991. It is called “Reiki Universal Life Energy” written by Bodo J. Baginski and Shalila Sharamon.

    I felt so at home with what I was reading. I wanted desperately to learn but when I researched fees it was outrageously expensive and I could not afford it.

    Then in time things started to move along and Reiki became more main stream and finally affordable. In 1998 I found a woman locally that I could learn from. I was joyous! Things evolved from there.

    I first obtained my Reiki Level 1 from Deborah Anderson August 1, 1998 and my Reiki Second Level with Lorrie Salluzzi October 31, 1998.

    I also did a wonderful online brush up Reiki Levels 1, 2 with Darla Meng in May- October of 2002. I became a Reiki Master Practitioner November 17, 2002 with Carol Denicker in Northport, N.Y.

    Giving and receiving Reiki is always an experience. I enjoy providing this service and also offer long distance healing for those who would like it. I will gladly put your name on my healing list along with the address the energy is to be sent to.





    This four week online class will cover the main concepts and information for Reiki Level 1 (The History of Reiki, The Reiki Principles, charts and diagrams, Questions and Answers) that will allow you to start healing yourself with Reiki awareness.

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2013 2:33 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Celebrating the Fire Goddess Within Me!
    Part One
    by Melissa Potter

    Fire as Creativity and Joy

    I look at the Spirit of Joy and Love as my Creative Fire Within.  It is a passionate flame of energy that fills my body.  I use this energy to create a life that I love to live in.  For me, it's filled with books, spiritual studies and delving into my psyche through dreams, astrology and ritual.

    It is filled with visits with family and friends, raising my son, watching him grow, keeping my home cozy, eating good food and spending time in nature.  I love symbolism and stories and exploring the sacred mysteries of the Underworld; the hidden aspects of others and myself. Teaching feeds my fire more than anything!

    Creativity is likened to the element of fire because creativity, like fire, is contagious, passionate, and untamed.  It dances! It spreads up and out, wide and far; and this is how I feel when I create something I love.  Our soul and heart soars wildly in the winds of joy when we make something out of nothing.  

    This something can be a home-cooked meal, a garden, a letter to our daughter.  It can be the table set beautifully, the piece of pottery, the painting. It can be the way you string just the right words together to give your neighbor hope, or an old-time tune you whistle on the way to do laundry.  Everyone is creative! It is life affirming, life giving, energy raising, and joy-producing, to feel alive! Just, plain, alive and living and making life feel like we want it to feel.

    (There really is a spiritual, dimmer-switch that we can turn up brighter and brighter when we feel like things are getting a little bit, too dark and gloomy!)

    Fire as Love

    Fire is associated with our Heart Center; with Love itself.  Many artistic depictions of the Divine Mother show her heart surrounded by flames of love.  We understand, through this artwork that Her love is radiating out to us in compassion and support. I receive this fire of heart-warming love, compassion and support by connecting, in prayer and gratitude, on a daily basis, to Spirit.

    Connecting to Creator reminds me that I am a part of The Source of our Universe. This fire in my heart heals and warms me. The radiance from this love-light heals, inspires and nurtures those around me, in turn.  Reaching out to people in need is a way in which I can share this warmth like a torch of love and light passed around my community.  I've learned that, "I have to give it away, to keep it!"

    The Guiding Light of Intuition

    The intuition and heart work hand in hand. Intuition speaks on behalf of my heart; the source of happiness, love and fulfillment. It is the light that guides me onward. Listening to myself about where I'm most happy, and listening to my intuition guiding me toward that happiness, I will arrive in the places, with the people, doing the things, I am meant to be doing.  Before I know it, there is a wildfire of glowing joy spreading through my Heartland.

    Intuition, also connected, through time, to the element of fire, is like a spark.  Sparks, when fanned by the winds of thought, attention and trust, have the capacity to explode into creative visions that, if heeded, will bring me joy. When I follow the voice of my intuition, I'll be led to the next, right step I am supposed to take.   

    Feeding the Fire, Tending the Flame and Gratitude

    When I'm tending my own, inner fire, through expressing myself, through surrounding myself with people, events, activities and thoughts that are healing and joyful for me, I'm sustained and nurtured by the life I've built around me.  It makes me feel so grateful.  Life shines and dances around me like a candle, lit at suppertime, to remind me of the blessings in my life.

    The term, Feed the Fire is relevant when we think of this creative, heart-love-light fire, within us.  This fire within must be fed in order to thrive just as surely as logs must be placed on a fire to keep it hot.  Creativity and love must be nurtured or the flames of my heart will reduce to coals and eventually burn out altogether; with only ashes, remaining.  During these times I feel that I am in a Dark Night of the Soul; light-less, hopeless, dried up and vulnerable to any strong wind that rises around me.  

    When I'm in this stuck, lost place, I'm like a seed in the dark, moist earth.  As a seed, I am resting. I need to be watered in order to break free from this darkness, into the light, of the sun. This water comes from the emotional realm of myself. My tears and grief, my anger and rage, are the emotions I need to feel and express to free up my heart and body for more life-affirming tasks.   

    When I express how I am feeling, vast amounts of energy that has been trapped within the stuck emotions, is released.  I feel a rush of relief that is like clean, clear water flowing through my body.  These waters, in turn, pour onto the sleeping seeds within me and they burst open! I push myself up through the dark earth into the light. My heart and it's many hidden sparks of light, ignite!  

    So, when I feel surrounded by darkness, when the light of love and passion for living feels lost, I ask myself, "What do I need to feel right now?"   

    When I feel these feelings, I become lighter.

    Melissa Potter

    Melissa Potter lives in New Hampshire with her 16-year old son, her greatest joy and their cat, Jack. She loves the earth and all its elements; loves to camp, kayak, swim, visit the mountains and to gather with friends and family for good food and conversation. She also loves exploring-adventures, music, libraries, bookstores and the theater.

    Connecting to nature has been a joyful and deepening source of strength, beauty and sustenance for Melissa. This honoring of Mother Earth and her devotion to holistic healing led her to the joyous and rewarding journey of studying and using herbal medicine and aromatherapy as well. Life is a magical, beautiful and aromatic adventure when surrounded by pure essential oils and colorful, healing plants!

    Her passions are writing for the joy of writing, inspiring others and doing service work. Creating venues to share her experience, strength and hope is extremely rewarding to her. She loves exploring the Divine Feminine through myths, archetypes and ritual and is deeply in love with creating altars and sacred space for healing and celebration.

    Her latest passions are astrology, working toward her degree in Counseling Psychology and the opportunity to serve as a mentor at Wise Woman University!

    Melissa graduated from the NH Institute of Therapeutic Arts in 1993 where she studied various forms of alternative healing. She offers craniosacral therapy, somato-emotional release work, ceremony, Astrological and Spiritual Counseling in her private practice at MotherRoots Healing Arts.

    Although Melissa has studied with many wonderful and wise teachers throughout the last twenty six years, many of her most profound teachings have come from the everyday women and men who have inspired her with their own life stories. For this she is eternally grateful. And to all of the women who’s tables she has sat around sharing cups of tea, potluck meals, stories and laughter ~ she is also grateful ~ for these are the intuitive, soulful Wise Woman ways that infuse us with the very deepest teachings about ourselves, each other and the world around us on our journey through life.

    New interview with Melissa!

    Melissa describes the archetypal qualities of the goddess Artemis. She explains why Artemis is a symbol of empowerment for her personally and what it means to be an empowered woman.


    ~ Reclaiming Artemis: Calling Passion, Power and Wildness
    Back Into Your Life!~

    ( link to detailed description of Reclaiming Artemis )

    (Testimonials from Students - Click Here)

    By connecting with our Inner Warrior and the Goddess Artemis, in this four week online course, we will learn to empower ourselves, set strong boundaries and live an intuitive, authentic life filled with passion, power and wildness.  We do this through spending time in nature, listening to the call of the wild within, and following the passions of our heart.

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2013 2:20 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    by Sheryl WoLover

    I am so fortunate to be here today and share my story of Yoga. The ancient rhythms of Yoga  untie us with ourselves.  These rhythms explore feelings, emotions and tell stories.

    Story telling is as old as the language of mankind. Long before there was the written word, stories were used to pass information from person to person, tribe to tribe, generation to generation. Stories are a flowing description of the human condition. Most importantly, stories are the glue that hold cultures together.  They teach values, morals and show people how to live.

    One morning as I was walking along the awesome Dungeness River with my dog Majic, I was gifted a unique sequence of Yoga poses joined together by an easy to remember story. This experience seemed to come from thin air.

    I believe that thoughts are energy, so from the grand energy “The Journey” was born. It’s a story which seamlessly links a series of poses, which adds a unique way of connecting  the poses together. We live this story, participate in the telling of it through our movements, imagination and through our  breathing.

    In the story “The Journey” the warrior (symbolizing the self) travels with a dog (symbolizing devotion) .  From the mountain top the two embark down to the valley below to visit a wise friend. Along the way the warrior and dog  travel along steep paths  and encounter obstacles whether challenging or beautiful.   In this yoga story we are able to transform our self from the rooted tree into the powerful eagle or transform our self from an arching bridge into a fish swimming effortlessly .

    The story is full of adventure all symbolizing many of the trials and tribulations and adventures within our daily lives.  Each of these  poses are done with intent and focus.  Learn a beautiful flow of poses and be swept away on a journey that  takes you away from the  clutter of the busy mind and body.  In this story explore deepen and expand your steadiness and strength.  With an easy to remember story  my hope is that your home practice becomes possible.

    Filmed in the Pacific North West the poses reflect animals and scenes native to the Olympic Peninsula.

    Where ever you are in your Yoga practice you will enjoy this new style of practicing the rhythms of Yoga ~

    I hope to be on video next month as we explore seated positions, hand madras. Why do Yogis say Nameste and what does this mean?

    Join me in the months to come and we will share this Yoga journey together.

    “Dreams create the Journey“.

    OM *=Oceans + Mountains^^^^ of Peace, Sheryl Wolover

    Sheryl (2) (1)Sheryl WoLover is native to the Pacific North West on the Olympic Peninsula~
    Mother of two children Mariah Trineen 29 and Bridger Weston 26 raised with Susun Weed's herbal infusions~
    I became a Massage Therapist in 1980 and still have a strong practice with my own business called Pacific Elements~
    A Personal Strength Trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine in 1999~
    YOGA Teacher training program in 2003 and this is where I found a fabulous part of me! Creator of Yoga Legends...stories that link poses together~
    Jim and I live at Lake Leland Washington~ We have a small herd of cattle, 2 horses, 3 dogs, 1 old cat, 1 pig, chickens~ Another passion of mine is gardening, canning and gathering herbs for making medicine~

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2013 11:53 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    On the Trail with Dr. Deer

    A Tale of Turkey Tail
    by Thea Summer Deer
    ©2013 all rights reserved

    It may well be winter but the pantry is stocked full of treasures gathered and dried throughout the summer and fall. Turkey Tail mushroom is one of those treasures. Considered a functional food and medicine it has been used for centuries in Asia, Europe and by indigenous peoples in North America.  I discovered it in the same manner that I discover many of the medicinal plants that show up for use in my herbal practice – when a need for that particular medicine arises.

    A friend and hiking buddy of mine recently passed away after battling esophageal cancer and shortly thereafter, another friend received the same diagnosis. It left me asking, “why?” I was already aware of my talented artist friend’s long suffering with Hepatitis C, and a musician friend suffering with the same. Both were seeking alternatives.

    I found myself asking, “How can I help?” In answer to that question someone shared a TED Talk video on Facebook, Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world. And if that wasn’t enough to get my attention, CNN picked up the story and aired a shorter video called “The ‘Forbidden Fruit’ of Medicinal Mushrooms,” with mycologist, Paul Stamets. That is how I came to learn of Turkey Tail mushroom and it’s ability to assist in remediating certain viral conditions and cancers.

    Not only did Paul talk about Turkey Tail mushroom, but he also shared the story of his mother’s stage IV breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver. The oncologist, who was a woman, said it was the second worst case of breast cancer she had seen in 20 years of practice. Turkey Tail_2154

    She predicted that Paul’s mother had less than 6 months to live. She also told them about a new study using Turkey Tail mushroom to cure cancer. One year later after a course of Turkey Tail mushroom in addition to the standard drugs Taxol (paclitaxel) and Herceptin (trastuzumab), she had no detectable cancer.

    Turkey Tail mushroom, whose botanical name is Trametes versicolor, for its wide variety of colors, resembles a wild turkey tail. It is a member of the polypore family because it emits spores from pores on the underside of the leathery cap.

    It has long been used in China as a medicine where it is known as Yun Zhi. In Japan where it also has a long history of use is known as kawaritake, or “cloud mushroom” for the image it invokes of billowing clouds. In traditional Chinese Medicine Turkey Tail is used to clear dampness, reduce phlegm, heal pulmonary disorders, strengthen the stomach and spleen, increase energy and benefit people with chronic diseases.

    Chinese medical doctors consider it a useful treatment for infection and/or inflammation of the upper respiratory, urinary and digestive tracts. It is also regarded as a curative to chronic active hepatitis and is used to treat general weakness of the immune system.

    Turkey Tail is incredibly abundant and may be some of the most common mushrooms found on the planet.  Any time a plant is “common” you can be assured that it is the people’s medicine that is needed at that time. It is found virtually anywhere that there are dead hardwood logs and stumps. Lucky for me, it grows in the woods all around my house. I gather it all year long, dry it in paper bags and store it in a glass jar.

    Wild Turkey Tail has a lifespan of a year or two but persist years after they die, attracting and harboring a succession of other organisms. They generally stay potent for many years. Actions include: Anti-tumor, Anti-Viral, Anti-microbial, Immunomodulating, Anti-oxidant, and it has been found to be effective for immunodeficiency, and against multiple types of cancers, Hepatitis B & C, and malaria.

    Hot water extracts known as decoctions extract the rich immune supporting polysaccharides common to all medicinal mushrooms. Decoction is the only clinically validated method for breaking these polysaccharides out of indigestible cell walls.

    Hot water dissolves the indigestible fiber, chitin, which is a derivative of glucose and is also found in the outer skeleton of lobster. Most hot water mushroom/mycelium extracts are at least a 20:1 concentration.

    The anti-cancer polysaccharide found in Turkey Tail is polysaccharide-K (PSK.) PSK fights cancer tumors by inhibiting growth of cancer cells, stimulating immune response and enhancing the population and activity of NK cells and other lymphocytes.

    It is often used in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation treatments as a non-toxic therapy to boost immune function (depressed by chemo and radiation), and to increase cancer survival rates. PSK has shown to be beneficial as adjuvant therapy in the treatment of gastric, esophageal, colorectal, sarcoma, carcinoma, breast, cervical, prostate and lung cancers, which is very good news indeed.

    So where my mind goes with this is, why just an adjuvant therapy? If radiation and chemo depresses the immune system and Turkey Tail boosts it while at the same time supporting and protecting the body against cancer, could Turkey Tail do the trick all on its own? Or better yet, what if it were part of a longevity strategy so that toxic therapies weren’t even a consideration? There is no question in my mind that more research is needed.

    Turkey tail is renowned in Asia as a source for cancer therapy, but is unlikely to be patentable in the US, deterring big pharma from conducting costly clinical studies. The reason for this is that the FDA requires that the Active Principle Ingredient (API) need be disclosed before approving a drug. The problem with this is that PSK is an assortment of sugars and attached proteins but has no unique molecule responsible for its impact on the immune system. This affirms its designation as a functional food.

    I feel very blessed to be able to wild craft Turkey Tail from around my home and when I’m walking in the woods I like to chew on a piece of it as a way of connecting with its medicine. It is tough and chewy with a non-distinct flavor. One thing to keep in mind with Turkey Tail mushrooms, like other mushrooms, is that they can hyper-accumulate heavy metals from air and soil pollution.

    This is one reason why it is important to find reliable or certified organic mushroom products. On the good side of this is that Turkey Tail can also accumulate selenium. I, personally, am dealing with mercury poisoning and when mercury meets selenium, they form a molecular unit that is totally non-toxic. So the next time you make a soup stock, try adding some Turkey Tails!


    The usual dosage in powdered form is 2 – 3 gm/3 X a day mixed into food or taken in a capsule. (Available from www.fungi.com)

    The therapeutic dosage is an escalation to 9 gm over a nine week period.


    1. Paul Stamets is a mycologist living in Kamilche Point, WA. He is the author of six books on mushroom cultivation and identification, including “Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms,” and most recently “Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World.” His business website is www.fungi.com

    2. The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institute of Health (NIH) approved a $2.25 million-dollar, 7-year study conducted jointly with Bastyr University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Washington. Researchers analyzed the impact of Turkey Tail mushrooms on the immune systems of patients with breast cancer. Results showed enhanced immune function that was dose dependent. The product taken was Host Defense Turkey Tail mushroom in pill form produced by Paul Stamets. Since Turkey Tail mycelium is presented in its unaltered form it qualifies as a FDA approved “nutraceutical” ingredient.


    Learn more in Thea Summer Deer’s class, Love Your Liver: Spring and the Wood Element, a work at your pace, online class at Wise Woman University.

    For an edible spring weed recipe visit: Thea’s Kitchen. Visit Thea Summer Deer: www.theasummerdeer.com

    Thea Summer Deer, Ph.D. is a clinical herbalist, educator, author and singer-songwriter. She began practicing midwifery in 1978 and was a founding mother of the South Florida School of Midwifery.

    Her involvement in Alternative Medicine spans 35 years as owner of Mindbody Press and Evolutionary Press, and as the executive director of Resources for World Health. She is a graduate of the Botanologos School for Herbal Studies and received her doctorate from Venus Rising University.

    Mother, Grandmother, avid cook and gardener, Thea is also an award winning songwriter performing in the acoustic duo, Thea & The GreenMan.

    Her new book, “Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth,” published by Inner Traditions International/Bear & Company, bridges botanical medicine with Earth-Spirit wisdom. ~~ Order Here ~~

    Learn more at www.theasummerdeer.com or “Like” her on Facebook.

    Listen to radio interviews with Thea Summer Deer

    Study with Thea Summer Deer Online
    ~ Indian Summer: Nourishing the Earth Element ~
    ( link to detailed description of Indian Summer: Nourishing the Earth Element )

    This class will benefit herbal and alternative medicine practitioners at any level, and individuals who want to heal and understand their digestive system for optimum health and longevity.

    ~ Hidden Treasure: Kidney Essence & The Water Element ~
    ( link to detailed description of Hidden Treasure )

    This class will benefit herbal practitioners at any level, and individuals who want to understand the vital role of Kidney Essence and how to achieve optimum health and longevity.

    ~ Heal Your Heart: The Fire Element~
    ( link to detailed description of Heal Your Heart )

    Heal Your Heart: The Fire Element, contains information I hope will someday be taught to our children as a matter of course so they grow in the knowledge that healing takes place in the context of relationships – our relationship with each other, the earth and her seasons and with the heavens.

    ~ Love Your Liver: The Wood Element~
    ( link to detailed description of Love Your Liver )

    This online course will benefit herbal practitioners at any level, and individuals who want to heal and support their liver for optimum health.


    "My goal in taking your class was to learn how the liver might affect hot flashes, but your gift of knowledge has far surpassed that and thank you." -- Helen Rollins Lord

    "I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying the classes and how much healing I am experiencing in my own life/body right now because of the information you have shared. I truly appreciate the gift of this class." -- Kristina White

    "I am so excited to have been guided to you and am so happy to be in this phase of my life with you. Thanks for being so very approachable and responsive." -- Sandi Manoogian

    "These classes have been so inspiring, gracefully presented and dense with insightful information." -- Emily Sabino

    "Thank you so much Thea Summer Deer. you have been placed on my path in perfect timing." -- Pat Alexander
  • Thursday, January 24, 2013 5:13 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    The Herbal Homestead
    With Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs




    I like to call our Urban Permaculture Farm, the Herbal Homestead. I call it this, because for me it all started with herbs. My first herb teachers were wise woman herbalists. They encouraged me to focus on the herbs growing right outside of my doorstep and this has remained as a pivotal place for me to return over and over again.

    A lot happens at our homestead. We grow food and medicine, we wild forage from green spaces in our community as well as neighbors yards. We tend the critters in our space, we feed ourselves, as well as our family and friends. We strive to expand our understanding of life and to weave ourselves into our surroundings.

    This column will highlight some of the things that happen here at The Herbal Homestead. It is an invitation to spend time with me through stories of daily life. 

    Winter Nourishment: Soup Stocks and Broths

    This morning I awoke and it was cold. We heat our home with a wood furnace, so sleeping 8 hours means that you wake up to a chilly house. My wool comforter made by the local woolen mill, keeps me very warm at night, yet when I emerge from under the covers I have two goals.

    1. To reignite the wood stove

         2. To make something warm to drink.

    I often make a cup of tea, but some mornings only a cup of broth will do.  I was inspired a couple of years ago when I attended a Weston A. Price Foundation Conference to begin incorporating broth into my breakfast routine. At the conference they served broth for breakfast. It was winter and I will never forget how satisfying that morning cup of broth was. I realized that by stereotyping broth as an afternoon or evening food, I was missing out on a very special morning opportunity. Of course I still incorporate broth into my winter stews and soups, but I now have expanded my horizons and added it to our homestead breakfast list!

    Below are a few of my favorite recipes for broth. Broth can be made and frozen for future use.


    How to Make Soup Stock: 3 Easy Broth Recipes

    Soup stocks are incredibly healthy, nutrient dense and serve as a quintessential comfort food on a cold day. Soup stock has a long history as a nourishing and healing food. While the village herbalist has always known the healing power of soup stock and chicken soup in particular, it took until the year 2000 for CNN headlines to read, “Chicken soup is medicine, U.S. scientists confirm.” Glad they caught up.

    There is no doubt that homemade soup and soup stock is healthy, tastes good and is easy to make.  The following are recipes that serve as guidelines. I say guidelines, as I am a scratch cook, which means that I add what I have. I love to add new herbs, spices, vegetables and animals parts. A couple of years ago I began adding egg shells. It means the stock that I make is always new and interesting. I often add herbs and spices not only for flavor, but to increase the nutrient density of the stock.


    Vegetable Stock

    Place the chopped vegetables, herbs, and spices into a crock pot or stockpot. I like a crockpot, as it can be left unattended for long periods of time. Add enough cold water to cover the vegetables. Simmer for approximately 24 hours. Many people make vegetable stock from scraps such as peels and stems. If you use vegetable scraps to make your stock, you will need to strain them from the stock and discard them when finished. And to note, when you boil vegetables for a meal, a lot of their flavor and nutrients leach out into the water.

    The next time you boil vegetables, save the water and add it to your vegetable stock or next batch of soup. Of course being the seaweed lover that I am, I sometimes thicken and enhance the consistency of a vegetable broth by adding a red seaweed ie dulse, turkish towel and/or irish moss. Red seaweed contains carrageenan, which adds viscosity or thickness to the broth and is nutritious. Carrageenan is particularly supportive to the digestive system.    


    Chicken or Turkey Stock

    Place chicken or turkey bones, spare meat, vegetable scraps, herbs and spices into a stockpot or slow cooker. If you have access to the feet of the animal you will want to add them, as this will add gelatin to the broth for a thick, rich, highly nutritious broth. Add enough cold water to cover the vegetables and bones. Simmer for 24 hours. Foam will form on the surface of the stock as it simmers. Use a spoon, or ladle, to skim it off. Strain the bones and vegetable scraps from the stock and discard them.


    Beef Stock

    Begin by baking the beef soup bones in the oven at 450 degrees for half an hour. If you have access to oxtail bones you will want to add them, as this will add gelatin. As with chicken or turkey broth, the gelatin will create a thick nutritious broth.  Put the beef bones, spare meat, vegetable scraps, herbs and spices into a stockpot. Add enough cold water to cover the vegetables and bones. Simmer for approximately 24 hours. Foam will form on the surface of the beef stock as it simmers. Use a spoon, or ladle, to skim it off. Strain the bones and vegetable scraps from the stock and discard them.


    *For bone broths you will want to place your stock in the refrigerator for 8 hours in order to separate the fat and for the broth to gel. The best broth will be quite gelatinous.

    *Adding herbs to any of these broths will also increase their nutrient density. I often add seaweed, burdock, astragalus, mushrooms, lovage, alfalfa, nettle and whatever else happens to be near by. There is no limit to what you can add to your stocks! Have fun! Seaweed added to stock contributes much needed trace minerals.

    Gelatin extracted from bones is a nutritious source of protein as well as collagen, calcium, minerals and the amino acids proline and glycine.

    Stock made from poultry or other bones increases endurance and strengthens the immune system and veins, arteries, muscles, tendons, skin and bones. It also soothes and heals the gastro-intestinal tract and is thus a potent medicine for people suffering from food sensitivities and digestive or bowel problems. All stock provides an easily assimilable form of vitamins and minerals.


    Using Your Stock

    You can use the stock immediately as a base for soup, or you can freeze it and begin making your soup on another day. If you freeze the soup stock, leave a bit of space in the top of the container for expansion. It is a good idea to freeze the stock into the portion size that works best for you. A single cup of stock can be warmed on a cold day for an instant meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    Tossing in leftover meat and vegetables from the refrigerator creates a wonderful meal. Adding cream, pureed vegetables, starch, or flour can thicken soup stock. I also cook rice and other grains in soup stock for added nutrition and flavor. This is a very creative process and a great way to enjoy leftovers in a new and refreshing form.

    May the stock be with you during these cold winter days.


    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.
  • Sunday, January 20, 2013 5:08 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    The Language of Plants
    by  Kimberly Cedar Cat

    We lost our memories of connectedness relatively recently in the span of human history, say the last 1000-1500 years.  Which seems like a long time, until you realize that humans have been on this planet for around 5 million years and the planet itself is thought to be at least 5 billion years old. At least according to the scientists.

    Ancient wisdom survives with indigenous people around our planet, who have lived this wisdom for time beyond memory.  (That is, those who survive our endless, destructive push towards “civilization”.)  The ancient wisdom is a holistic, or perhaps more accurately, a “holographic” way of living.  The whole is contained in each part and each part is sacred.

    We now know that everything in the Universe is actually made up of the same basic “stuff”.  We and the Universe are truly One!  We are All connected.   Our science is only as advanced as our technology and as science continues to improve its measuring devices, it is slowly catching up with the native peoples and their ancient wisdom.

    All is energy and each plant and tree and stone and animal and insect is connected and makes up a sort of vast, universal “Being”.   Spiraling endlessly from the void and back again.  Spun by the energy of the yin-yang, darkness and light, never balanced, always in dynamic disequilibrium.  Everything is food and nourishment for something else.

    The Wise Woman tradition helps us remember how to connect to the plants and their energy. They are sentient.  They respond to our words, thoughts and emotions.  They have auras, just like we do.   They are our green sisters!

    Once you get to know them, you’ll have green allies wherever you go.   Some I know by their Latin names.  And yet, the science is only one dimension of the plant - that “straight-lines”, “rational” thinking dimension we’ve been stuck in for 1000 years.

    Actually sitting with a plant: breathing with it, listening to your intuition, feeling it  - spiraling with it - that opens the door to our ancient memories.  The plant will give you her healing wisdom.  Shamanic Herbal Apprentices at the Wise Woman Center choose a Green Ally and develop a deep relationship with the plant without benefit of books.

    She whispers her name softly, sometimes in languages unknown.  She reveals herself to you as a lover.  She speaks her healing truth for unique & beautiful you.  Find the voice of your Wise Healer Within.  Your own unique Truth Within.

    Truth Within is sacred. It’s whole. It’s a positive energy that unifies and feeds the body and the mind. It helps you digest your food, digest your lessons, and move through your Earthwalk in a focused and positive manner.

    Seneca Elder Twylah Hurd Nitsch, Grandmother Two Worlds

    This is how plants talk to people around the planet.  Indigenous shamans, medicine women and men prove this out.   Consider that no matter how remote the location, nor how far apart these shamans might be, they will point to the exact same plant, and have the exact same medicinal uses for it!  Many times the names are quite similar.

    They never had contact with the outside world, nor each other.  How can this be?  The plants told them!  And the plants will tell you, if you will only learn their language and be still and listen to your Wise Healer Within.  The one who understands Oneness and connection.

    And guess what?  The plants also heal each other, in a vast interconnected web, akin to our own neural networks.  Scientists confirm that plants communicate with each other, nourish each other, heal each other.  Which only makes sense when you consider that some plants on the planet today have been here for 100 million years - far longer than humans.

    So, do we think they were just hanging around, waiting for us humans to evolve?  Seems doubtful.  Everything is food and nourishment for something else.  We are all One, all energy, each vibrating at our own unique frequencies.

    The Seneca Indians of the Northeast, one of the great peaceful Iroquois Nations, have a sort of “bill of rights”, which some say our founders used as a model for our own.  The difference is that theirs begins “All are created equal”.  ALL.  Not all men, not even all people, but ALL!

    The sacredness of All and of each One provides us a deep connection and relationship to our planet and the other beings who live here.  Native American tribal wisdom contributed to the founding principles of the US Constitution.

    White leaders watched the method of government that the Iroquois utilized and they learned union and democracy from it. Historians are now beginning to admit what they must have been aware of, that the government of the United States is not patterned after something across the ocean where there was a belief in the divine right of kings and where the people had no voice, but it is patterned after the government of the People of the Long House, where all people, including both men and women were respected and took a part in their government.”

    Excerpt from The Effect of the Iroquois Constitution on the United States Constitution by
    Janet L. Daly,  Fitchburg State College (1997)

    If you’d like to learn more about how to work with plants to make and use simple, natural medicines, please contact me.  If I’m not in your geographic area – I live in the suburbs of New York City – then we can connect by phone, Skype or by email.  

    I don’t have a magic green pill to sell you.  Wise Woman wisdom  empowers you to reclaim your health.  I will give you objective advice for healing your unique and beautiful self.  You can also sign up for one of my classes, either live online.

    See my website at http://www.AncientMotherWisdom.com for more information and a calendar of upcoming live and online classes.

    Please join me as we re-weave our ancient healing tapestries and remember who we really are.  Here’s to our Awakening to this simple fact: We are All One.  We are All Connected.  So talk to the plants, and listen.  Take 10 minutes each day and just breathe with your plant.  Each breath is a giveaway dance between you and the plant.  Soon you will be able to hear her and understand the language of plants, using your beautiful intuitive self.

    Green Blessings,                                                                   

    Kimberly Cedar Cat
    Wise Woman herbalist & educator


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    Kimberly Crail, MBA, CPA spent over two decades as a financial executive, working for corporations large and small.  In 2008 she began her transformation from corporate CFO into Wise Woman, Kimberly Cedar Cat, by completing a Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship with Susun S. Weed.

    She is now a Wise Woman herbalist & educator and is devoted to empowering people to reclaim their health.  She lives in suburban Long Island, NY with her 3 cats.

    Visit her at www.AncientMotherWisdom.com for more information and a calendar of upcoming live and online classes.

    Kimberly exemplifies the Wise Woman Tradition. Her workshops nourish deeply, re-empower thoroughly, and help you reclaim your health!”

    Susun S. Weed, author and herbalist.

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