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Ode to Marie

Monday, January 21, 2019 6:14 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)


Greetings of the growing light to you.

 

I spent the day with Marie Summerwood (shamanic apprentice number 50) recently.


We cried. We laughed. We reminisced. We kissed. We told stories. We drank infusion. We ate goat cheese lasagna. We enjoyed chocolates from Krause’s. We sang songs, songs Marie wrote for me, for us all. We looked at photos. (Here are a few.) We talked about the many workshops Marie taught at the Wise Woman Center: on grief, on chanting, on sacred sex. I thanked her for helping me with so many apprentices and cooking with me for so many years and for so many women.

 

We always joke that when Marie started her apprenticeship, she was a professional macrobiotic chef. And when she graduated, she was a damn fine cook. I have a macrobiotic background myself, but tend to follow dictums rather than practices (when they don’t agree). The main dictum of macrobiotics – “Eat what is in season where you live” – becomes, in practice, “Eat what is in season in Japan.” Teaching Marie to harvest and eat weeds brought to a whole new consciousness to her macrobiotic cooking.

 

Marie, my apprentice, my help mate, my friend of thirty years. I cherish you. Marie gave me books and a tray carved of teak and anything I wanted from her jumble drawer. I gave her a pair of green silk pants, a bottle of rose water, and an embroidered red silk scarf. Marie was diagnosed with stage 4, metatastic breast cancer this past August. Nothing modern medicine has to offer touched her cancer, but the treatments (chemo and radiation) weakened her to the point where she could not stand. She was taken care of with great finesse and grace by loving women of her community. Hospice was too late. Marie left her body before they could come.

 

Marie would like you to sing for her. Marie welcomes your loving thoughts. She is smiling. She is smiling at you. She beckons you to the Green Goddess Week, which is dedicated to Marie this year. (And filling up fast.) When Green Goddesses are initiated as Green Witches, they visit Lady Beauty’s Beauty Parlor, a special place Marie created for us to help us connect with the glamour of the Goddess. My life and land are imbued with so much of Marie’s glamour and magic. We wove so many spells here together.

 

Be like the bird, who, halting in her flight, on a branch too slight, feels it give way beneath her, and she sings, sings, knowing she has wings, she sings, sings, knowing she has wings.

 

In honor of Marie, and in honor of your compassion for her flight, please accept my gift of any one of her magical, powerful CDs with your order of at least $30 from the Wise Woman Bookshop from now until the end of February. Also, for the entire month of February, my special offer, repeated from last year due to popular demand: Buy ten classes for $750, get 13. That’s $225 worth of classes free. Wow.

 

Marie’s apprentice year was a solid one for apprentices. Irmela, Caro/Lilith, Regina, and Barbl – all from Germany – were four of the 23 shamanic herbal apprentices who graduated with Marie in 1990. Ann graduated after 13 weeks and returned home to Boulder to spread the word on the Wise Woman Way. She is still doing it, with grace and beauty. I am so proud of her. Thanks for the MAM sweetie. (Mayan Abdominal Massage) I love and appreciate you. Also graduating in 1990 was Jaia, who did the covers for all the Juliette de Bairacli Levy books published by Ash Tree Publishing. Last I heard from her, she was recovering well from a joint replacement. Love you too gypsy woman. Sylett Stickland is another 1990 graduate who went on to teach and do good works. You rock girl. I love you. I haven’t heard from Nikki, or Chris/tina, Maggie or Cindy, Amy or Ellen, Maureen or Chris, but Nora and Annemarie, Gardenia and Kim have been in touch over the years. Smooches to you all.

 

Applause for the past apprentices. Hooray for spreading the word on nourishing herbal infusions and healing by nourishing. Write or email or text or send a psychic message and let me know what you are doing now. I want to brag on you!


Green blessings to all.
Susun

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