Green greetings to each of you.
I am just back from an adventure-filled, heart-warming, incredible time in Australia. High Priestess Anique Duc was my tour guide, setting up places for me to teach in Melbourne, Sydney, Tallebudgera Valley, and Brisbane. Kylie Coad organized an exquisite event for me at The Heirophant (an herb store and more) in Canberra. I also taught at the sensational Australian Goddess Conference created and hosted by Bilawara Lee and Anique Radiant Heart, where I was adopted by three outrageous aboriginal women. I saw a portal to another world, a different dimension, open as these aboriginal elders (aunties) welcomed us to Country. I heard a kookaburra sing. I saw wild parrots eating flowers outside my window. I was healed by an Ice Dragon. I found new sisters. I tasted new flavors and met new green allies. I know I shall return Down Under – soon. More words and photos from my time in Australia are here.
‘Tis the gift-giving season. ‘Tis the season of sparkle and flash. ‘Tis the season of quiet introspection and raucus family gatherings. ‘Tis the season of evergreen. Need help making your gifts green? Here are a few suggestions for you.
Instead of giving products that contain essential oils, choose hydrosols and products with infused oils. Mt. Rose has a great line of hydrosols, which don’t mess with your hormones like essential oils do. And Ku’umba Made has the absolute best scented coconut oils. They are totally divine.
Instead of giving supplements, give herbs for nourishing herbal infusions. Include a link to my YouTubes showing how to make these deep and delicious drinks and add a book from my Wise Woman Herbal Series to complete your gift. I was quite happily embarrassed to find that my visit to Australia caused such a run on dried stinging nettle that all suppliers were sold out by the time I left. Fortunately, it is spring there, so they can replenish. And fortunately, the American herb market is robust and ought to have a good supply to last us through the winter. Frontier Co-op , Mt. Rose, and Starwest Botanicals all supply excellent quality herb in bulk.
For that relative with joint pain, give them my new 24-video course “Happy Knees, the Wise Woman Way.” Justine and I had a wonderful time creating the content and making the videos for this course based on my popular workshop. If you like my YouTubes, you will love this. I include lots of herbs, foods, and simple home remedies to help you create healthy knees – and other joints – and ease pain caused by injury, arthritis, rheumatism, Lyme, or ordinary wear-and-tear. Calling all tennis elbows, skiers knees, carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers, knotty fingers, and those with “bad” backs.
And for yourself, now is the time to start a correspondence course. In fact, it is your last chance to get a correspondence course that allows you to choose which books you want. Due to the ever-increasing costs of shipping books, as of 2017, I will provide these books with correspondence courses. Students taking the ABC of Herbalism will receive a set of five herbal texts. Students in the Spirit & Practice of the Wise Woman Tradition will receive a copy of Healing Wise. Students in my Green Witch course will receive a copy of Childbearing Year, and Moon Days. Students in the Green Ally course will receive a field guide for their area. There is no time limit, ever, on your participation in your correspondence course, and you are welcome to pay in installments, so why not start right now!?